Late last year we learned that The Shade Store would be coming to La Fiesta Square in Lafayette and they now plan on opening early April, possibly on April 5th. The storefront is particularly visible and bold at night as I’m sure people who drive by see. Check out their online gallery here.
Last month the children’s clothing store Janie and Jack was planning on closing at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek due to the bankruptcy of its owner Gymboree. However, it turns out that Gap bought Janie and Jack for $35 million and so it will remain open and continue to operate as a standalone brand according to this SF Chronicle article.
2nd & Market St, San Francisco Saturday, March 16th, 2019
11:30am | Free
Mayor London Breed as Grand Marshal will lead the parade down Market St.For 168 years, the Irish and their many friends in the communities that make up the San Francisco Bay Area have celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a parade. Last year over 130 groups participated in the parade. The theme of the parade is Women Breaking Barriers.
Some cities have food safety ratings posted on restaurant windows indicating how safe they are. In Contra Costa sometimes I see conditional permits with problem areas (usually food temperature, hand washing) checked off. That doesn’t stop me from visiting unless it’s for vermin.
One reader sent in the above photo for China Palace in Walnut Creek that “was only one of 3 restaurants in Contra Costa County that won an award for their food safety based upon their health inspections. They are the only Chinese restaurant that won”.
Should Contra Costa post a letter or number score for restaurants? Do you read the yellow conditional permits when visiting a restaurant?
Last November we learned that the piece. store opened in a second location in City Center Bishop Ranch in San Ramon and earlier this year we learned that they were relocating their Lafayette boutique around the corner within the Lafayette Clocktower but as you can see in the above photo they have closed their Lafayette location permanently. The San Ramon location remains open. Look for a new children’s boutique to open in their original Lafayette location later this month.
Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek Wednesday, March 13th, 2019
5:30 – ~7:45pm | Free (tickets required)
Join the East Bay Community Foundation for an enlightening conversation on the statewide and local economies, with Lenny Mendonca, Governor Gavin Newsom’s recently appointed Chief Economic and Business Advisor, and Margaret Hanlon-Gradie, Executive Director of the Contra Costa County Central Labor Council.
(Ticket required for entry – Drinks and appetizers will be served)
Thanks to a reader for sending word that the gourmet convenience store ENroute is closing after two years in business at the Avalon apartment complex near the Pleasant Hill BART station. As you can see in the letter below they were able to donate over 15,000 meals to the Monument Crisis center in Concord. They had a really interesting selection of items for sale and I’m sure it will be missed.
Lemon Gift Shop, which opened in Danville a couple of years ago, is opening their second shop in downtown Lafayette where A Runner’s Mind used to be. Check out their online selection here. They feature, “high quality items, organic baby/spa items, gifts people really want to give and get & carry local California items.”