gorjana Jewelry Store Coming to Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

The jewelry store gorjana, which first opened in Laguna Beach in 2016, and is carried by Nordstrom, is coming to Broadway Plaza in downtown Walnut Creek where Ivivva used to be. There are currently ten stores located in California and New York. Check out their online selection here. Thanks to a reader for sending word about this.

From their website:

gorjana was founded based on the belief that jewelry should be versatile and multi-generational. Designed with longevity in mind, gorjana jewelry is both timeless and effortlessly modern.

At the local level, the company and local charities co-host fundraising events in-stores and donate a percentage of proceeds back to the cause of choice. Jason and Gorjana also actively donate jewelry to be used at auction for local benefits and galas across the country.


One Medical Opens at The Orchards in Walnut Creek

The Orchards, Walnut Creek

The family practice office, One Medical, opened recently at the Orchards shopping center in Walnut Creek.

From their website:

Our Walnut Creek family practice office is conveniently located in the Orchards on Ygnacio Valley Road. Our whole patient experience is designed for real life and real families — from same-day appointments that actually start on time to 24/7 video visits to compassionate providers who listen. We focus on building real relationships with patients of all ages and using technology to simplify every aspect of getting care. And we’re not just here for when you’re sick or injured. We can also help you meet physical and mental health goals, manage chronic illnesses, and live a happier, healthier life.


L & L Hawaiian Barbecue Coming to Downtown Walnut Creek

1653 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek

Thanks to a reader for sending word that L & L Hawaiian Barbecue is coming to downtown Walnut Creek where Home of Chicken and Waffles and later Baygreens Salad used to be. Check out their menu here.

From their website:

In the early years, L&L Hawaiian Barbecue was a successful chain of drive-in restaurants with a reputation for serving fresh plate lunches throughout the Hawaiian islands. In late 1999, our founders – Johnson Kam and Eddie Flores, Jr. – introduced their signature, Asian and American fusion take on the classic plate lunch to the residents of California.

Plate lunch – also known as “the state food of Hawaii” – dates back to wage laborers in 19th century sugar plantations and pineapple fields, who brought rice and other leftovers to work in compartmentalized tins. Lunches were often shared, resulting in a harmonious mix of home recipes from Japan, China, the Philippines, Portugal, Korea, and even New England.

Daily Life

Cypress Corner Mini Plaza Coming to Downtown Walnut Creek “Late Fall”

N. Main St. & Cypress St, Walnut Creek

There has been lots of construction going on at N. Main St. near the corner of Cypress St. in downtown Walnut Creek as the sidewalk and a few parking spots get demolished to make room for a new “mini” plaza featuring “synthetic play mounds and a new outdoor parklet”.

From the project web page:

The Cypress Corner Mini Plaza project is a public private partnership between the City of Walnut Creek and Walnut Creek Downtown. The Cypress Corner Mini Plaza will enhance the public sidewalk on the west side of North Main Street at Cypress Street. The intent of the plaza is to create a public gathering space in the heart of the traditional downtown area. The project will reconstruct the existing sidewalk, adding new hardscape, landscaping, arbor, lighting and seating to create a mini plaza space. Synthetic play mounds and a new outdoor parklet will also be created as part of this project.


Painted Pianos Spotted in Downtown Walnut Creek

A new musical art project called, Painted Pianos, highlighting ten pianos painted by local artists, was recently placed around downtown Walnut Creek. Above you can see local artist Ally McKay putting the finishing touches on the piano on Locust St. Check out her Insta page here. More information about the project can be found here. There will be live performances every Tuesday from 12-1 pm through mid-October at the following locations:

1655 N. Main St. ~ 1501 Locust St. ~ 1328 N. Main St.

Piano/Artist Locations
1330 N. Main St. – Jane & Daniel Corich
Broadway Plaza (Event Plaza) – James Woods Marshall
111 Wiget Lane (Community Arts – Shadelands Campus) – Casey Rasmussen
1403 Locust St. – Faye Hsu
1499 N. Main St. – Lauren Bielawski
1362 Locust St. – Ande Lincoln/Rachel Chan
1655 N. Main St. – Susan E Blair
1501 Locust St. – Ally McKay
1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek’s Main Library – Cava Menzies
1430 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Liberty Bell Plaza – Christopher Cueves

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