Cost Plus World Market Relocates to Veranda Shopping Center in Concord

The Veranda, Concord

If the Willows Shopping Center were a person how do you think they would feel that Cost Plus World Market left them for The Veranda, a new shopping center located right next door? Anyway, there are eclectic things to be found at Cost Plus which makes for fun browsing. I ended up buying a chocolate video game controller made in Germany of all things! The smile on my son’s face made it a worthwhile purchase. (It tasted pretty good, too) 🙂

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Photos with Santa through Dec 24th at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

It’s that time of year again as Santa returns to Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek, this time right near Sephora, where you can get your photo with Santa.

From the Broadway Plaza Santa photos page:

Santa will be available for photos and visits at his winter home, located near Sephora and Crate&Barrel.

Reservations available, but not required!


November 17 – December 23:
MON-SAT: 10am-7pm (Break: 2pm-3pm)
SUN: 11am-6pm (Break: 2pm-3pm)
* November 23 (Thanksgiving): Closed

December 24
SAT: 9am – 6pm (Break: 2pm-3pm)


Rakestraw Books presents Reza Aslan at Danville Congregational Church Nov 30th

Rakestraw Books presents Reza Aslan:

Danville Congregational Church
989 San Ramon Valley Blvd, Danville
Thursday, November 30th, 2017
12:00 – 1:30pm | $10

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Zealot and host of Believer explores humanity’s quest to make sense of the divine in this concise and fascinating history of our understanding of God.
In Zealot, Reza Aslan replaced the staid, well-worn portrayal of Jesus of Nazareth with a startling new image of the man in all his contradictions. In his new book, Aslan takes on a subject even more immense: God, writ large.


Goodbye Lumpia – Hello Urban Alley Salads, Fries and Wings in Walnut Creek

1411 Locust St, Walnut Creek

Well, that was fast. It turns out The Lumpia Company (which replaced 310 Eatery) only lasted about a week inside the Urban Alley bar in downtown Walnut Creek. 🙁 As you can see from the food menu below Urban Alley themselves now offer salads, wings, fires and fried brussels sprouts in addition to their extensive drink selection. Check out their Facebook page here.


MakenPlay Toy Store Opens in Main Street Plaza in Downtown Walnut Creek

Main Street Plaza, Walnut Creek

A new toy store and gift shop featuring custom designs made out of cardboard and wood called MakenPlay opened recently in a tiny gazebo-like structure across from Papyrus in downtown Walnut Creek on Botelho Dr. What’s interesting is not only that it’s made in Walnut Creek but it’s actually made right inside this tiny store with a laser cutter. You can’t get any more local than this and considering the custom designs and reasonable prices, you should definitely check this place out just in time for the holidays!

From their website:


– %100 safe material, Environmental-friendly

– Paintable 3D Unique design

– Encourage creativity and imagination

– Made from 100% recycled cardboard.

– Foldable Design Giant Size Toys

– Made in USA

More photos of the inside after the jump… Continue Reading


Free Coffee or Tea at Coffee Shop until 11am Today

From an email:

Join us tomorrow, November 21st from 7-11am for Customer Appreciation Day at Coffee Shop. As a way of saying “thank you” for supporting Coffee Shop, we would like to buy you any coffee or tea drink. (Limit 1 per customer, also excludes: juices, smoothies, and alcoholic beverages)


Te Aito, Warrior Performance at Lesher Center in Walnut Creek Nov 21st

Te Aito, Warrior:

Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Tuesday, November 21st, 2017
7:30pm | $35 – $45

Before becoming the great Chief, young Temarama and his twin sister Herenui were separated from an invasion of a villainous tribe, removing him from ascending to his father’s place in line of Chief. While left all alone, Herenui’s life mission is deliver brother back to ascend him to his rightful place. This is her journey.


International Auto Show at Moscone Center in San Francisco Nov 18th – 26th

International Auto Show:

Moscone Center
Saturday, November 18th – Sunday, November 26th, 2017
$10 (kids under 12 free)

The San Francisco Chronicle 60th Annual International Auto Show will offer Bay Area residents their first opportunity to see new 2018 model vehicles from the world’s major manufacturers, all in one place.

The San Francisco International Auto Show is Northern California’s largest and most spectacular auto exhibition. It is the only Auto Show held regionally that lures the dazzling high-tech manufacturer displays and showcases automotive innovation. The show will feature more than 600 vehicles representing the work of 35 major manufacturers for the year 2018 and beyond. It will fill the newly remodeled Moscone Center with over one million square feet of exhibit space.

Among the manufacturers scheduled to exhibit their 2018 vehicles are: Acura; Aston Martin; Audi; Bentley; BMW; Buick; Chevrolet; Chrysler; Dodge; Fiat; Ford; Genesis; GMC; Honda; Hyundai; Infiniti; Jaguar; Jeep; KIA; Lamborghini; Land Rover; Lexus; Lincoln; Lotus; Mazda; Mercedes-Benz; Ram; Nissan; Rolls Royce; Smart; Scion; Subaru; Porsche; Toyota; Volkswagen; and Volvo.