1273 Locust St, Walnut Creek
It’s been a couple of years since we learned that Take One Pizza would be coming to downtown Walnut Creek next to the Century movie theater and since then quite a lot has changed in the neighborhood as Slice House opened and Pizza My Heart opened in place of Project Pie. Check out their menu here.
Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek
b8ta, a store featuring new tech products, think Makers Market for the tech world, is coming to Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek according to this article from Mercury News. Check out their offerings here. The product line reminds me a bit of Sharper Image which used to be at Broadway Plaza several years ago.
Thursday Night Street Feast:
Orinda Community Center parking lot
Thursday, August 17th, 2017
5:00 – 9:00pm | Free
Starting August 17th, Taste of the World will host a Street Feast every Thursday night in Orinda, featuring yummy food trucks, live music, and cornhole. Trucks will fire up in the Orinda Community Center parking lot from 5 to 9 pm with tables and live music on the Library Plaza. Come sample delicacies from the following purveyors at the very first Street Feast!
Copper Skillet on Wheels – all American fare
Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen – hot sandwiches
Southern Comfort Kitchen – cajun/creole cuisine
Golden Gate Gyro – halal truck
Street Steam Bunz – fresh, gourmet Asian food
Got Italian Ice – gluten-free and dairy-free dessert
The Guzzler Bar on Wheels – draft beer and wine
Tunes by DJ Bizkit
1632 N. Main St, Walnut Creek
The Persian bakery Haleh Pastry which opened last year and closed earlier this year is being replaced with a restaurant called Ikoi. Details are scant but I’m hoping for a Japanese restaurant. This does mean that Rinehart’s jewelry clock is due for an update. How about SUSHI? TONKATSU?
1521 Contra Costa Blvd, Pleasant Hill
A new yoga studio called Align Yoga that we learned in May would be opening in Pleasant Hill has now opened. Check out details on their studio here and schedule here. I like how they use an, “air filtration system, which combines Hepa filters and ultraviolet light to kill 99% of all harmful bacteria.” They also have showers and offer hot yoga at various temperatures. Find out about their class offerings here.
Danville Townwide Garage Sale:
Saturday, August 19th, 2017
Start early but not before listed times. Experienced shoppers come early to find the best buys. Bring a reusable bag, which will allow you to carry heavier items more easily and to protect fragile objects.
2112 N. Main St, Walnut Creek
The dance club and bar WPLJ’s was sold in the spring and it looks like an interesting new bar called Retro Junkie Bar will take its place. Check out their Instagram page here and Facebook page here.
Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek
It looks like Broadway Plaza may be getting a huge new gym in the remaining spot available across from Macy’s as Minnesota-based Life Time Fitness is in advanced talks with the owner of Broadway Plaza to come to the Bay Area. One source has indicated the likely spot if this does go through to be in Broadway Plaza. Check out their offerings including yoga, indoor cycling, kickboxing, pilates and more here. Stay tuned…
Photo by Flickr user gildardo
Chinatown Music Festival:
Waverly Pl (btw Washington & Sacramento, San Francisco
Saturday, August 12th, 2017
11:00am – 5:00pm | Free
This year, the Festival will feature the world debut of a newly commissioned composition by pianist and composer Jon Jang, and the theme of “Living Alleyways” to highlight the main arteries of the community and the vibrancy in the neighborhood through the arts. Nominated for the 2017 Robert E. Gard Award, a prestigious national award granted by the Americans for the Arts to projects that have integrated arts in the community in meaningful ways, the Festival is part of the “Chinatown Alleyways Project” and also part of Mayor Ed Lee’s $3 million initiative to spur economic development in Chinatown by demonstrating the neighborhood’s vibrancy and diversity through festivals and other cultural activities. The Chinatown Music Festival was previously located at Portsmouth Square.
Orchards Shopping Center, Walnut Creek
Thanks to everyone for sending word and photos that San Diego-based Mike Hess Brewing is coming to the Orchards shopping center in Walnut Creek. It turns out that Mike Hess is a Northgate High graduate so I can see how they decided to open in this spot. Check out this Brewbound article for more information on Mike Hess Brewing, check out their beer selection here and find out more about their brewery here.
From their website:
As the city’s first production nano-brewery – and its 33rd brewery – opening in summer in 2010, Mike Hess Brewing quickly built a solid reputation for great beers and a unique brewery and tasting room experience. After outgrowing Miramar’s production, Mike, his wife Lynda and his brother Greg launched the North Park brewery, welcoming our first visitors in August of 2013 after 18 months of construction. The OB location, located just blocks from Dog Beach, opened in November of 2015.
Our tasting rooms are family and pet friendly, and are staffed by some of the best beertenders in the industry. Whether a beer geek or novice, our friendly staff will make you feel right at home and happily walk you through our lineup of truly hand-crafted, well thought out beers. We offer tasting flights, beer by the glass as well as packaged beer – bottles and cans – or a 32 oz canned “Purrowler” of any draft beer to take beer home with you if you like.