Solano Jewelers Relocates to La Fiesta Square in Lafayette

La Fiesta Square, Lafayette

In August we learned that family-owned Solano Jewelers would be relocating from their Berkeley store to La Fiesta Square in Lafayette and they are now open. Check out their collections here.

From their website:

Solano Jewelers opened in 1977 in Berkeley, CA on historic Solano Avenue. Our family-owned and operated fine jewelry store specializes in the most exquisite selections, which include conflict-free diamonds and gemstones, handcrafted settings, custom designs, and pieces curated by Aline. We are a full-service jeweler providing jewelry and watch repairs, appraisals and restringing.


Baygreens Salads Opens in Downtown Walnut Creek

1653 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek

The restaurant Baygreens Salads, which we learned would be coming to downtown Walnut Creek where Home of Chicken and Waffles used to be, has now opened. In addition to salads they also offer paninis, soups and fresh fruit and veggie drinks. Check out their menu here. To celebrate their first week in business they’re offering 50% all salads, paninis, soup and fresh juice drinks through Saturday, December 15th, making this one of the best deals in Walnut Creek right now. I’ve tried several of their fresh juice drinks and they are outstanding. Check this place out ASAP while this sale is on!

From their website:

We are committed to using only natural and organic produces and meats whenever possible. All of our dishes are prepared with the finest ingredients sourced from local farmers, and are made fresh to order on a daily basis.

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Flashlight Books Opens in Downtown Walnut Creek

1537 N. Main St, Walnut Creek

Last April we learned about plans for an independently owned children’s bookstore called Flashlight Books to open and they have now opened in downtown Walnut Creek. In order to open for the holidays they had to scale back the store design but after December 30th they plan on temporarily closing for two to three weeks for remodeling. This is a great addition to downtown with quite an interesting selection of stationery, toys and gifts that I haven’t seen elsewhere so definitely check it out if you’re in the area. On December 14th they will be hosting author Lynn Fulton where she will read from her new children’s biography, “She Made a Monster: How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein.” followed by a “discussion on the creative process behind writing, and we’ll all have some time to create monsters of our own through writing and/or illustration.” Recommended kids ages 7 – 11. Check out the Facebook event here.

From their website:

Flashlight Books will be an independent bookstore dedicated to promoting a sustained love of reading in children – particularly in their teen and pre-teen years, when they most need the messages of empathy and the diverse viewpoints that books provide. We will be a space that is community-focused and celebrates curiosity, passion, and learning. In addition to being a store for books, we will host events, create a tutoring space, and run programs for kids and teens. Flashlight Books will aim to be a place where families feel welcomed, kids feel safe, and young adults feel supported.


SantaCon 2018 at Union Square in San Francisco Dec 8th

Photo by Flickr dennis

SantaCon 2018:

Union Square
333 Post St, San Francisco
Saturday, December 8th, 2018
12:00pm | Free

Thousands of Santas will take over SF city all day tomorrow. If you’re donating a toy, go to Union Square where Tom DiBell will be collecting toys at noon. If you’re bar hopping, come to Santacon Central at OMG: Official Dance Party: No Cover.


Bagaan Replaces New Delhi Bistro at Rheem Valley Shopping Center in Moraga

Rheem Valley Shopping Center, Moraga

The owners of New Delhi Bistro in the Rheem Valley shopping center in Moraga have decided to switch gears and open a new vegetarian restaurant called Baagan. Check out their menu here. Note that the San Ramon location is a different owner. Although New Delhi Bistro is gone, Baagan will still feature dishes with Indian spices.

From their website:

We’re dedicated to providing scrumptious vegan dishes and drinks that will satisfy your cravings without compromising taste and nutrition. We use local, organic, fresh, seasonal, GMO-free and mostly gluten-free ingredients to make very delicious and healthy recipes. Our chefs cook hot food every morning. We use different spices to flavor food for therapeutic reasons. We focus on eco-friendly and sustainable practices.

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Ella J Boutique and Bayarea Fitwear Grand Opening Party Dec 8th at City Center Bishop Ranch in San Ramon

Come out to the new City Center Bishop Ranch. Ella J Boutique and Bayarea Fitwear are teaming up to open a new Popup! Both businesses have locations in Danville.

This store is a Lifestyle experience. Shop the latest in women’s contemporary and women’s activewear!

The Grand Opening Party is Saturday December 8, 10-9pm. Giveaways and discounts all day!

Located in the second level. Lots of parking and family fun at the new Center!

Follow us on instagram @ellajxbayareafitwear for the latest scoop!

6000 Bollinger Canyon Rd
Suite 2203
San Ramon Ca 94583


WomenSing Winter Reflections Concert at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Pleasant Hill Dec 12th

WomenSing Winter Reflections Concert:

Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church
1601 Mary Dr, Pleasant Hill
Wednesday, December 12th, 2018
8:00pm | $28

In this concert, not only will we sing songs celebrating Christmas, but also songs that inspire us to look deep into our souls and ponder life. Join WomenSing in an exploration of winter wisdom from sacred and secular traditions found in an ancient Greek Orthodox hymn, an Aboriginal songline, a soft Jewish Shabbat eve tune, a contemporary interpretation of early Chinese philosophy from the I Ching (noting encouragingly that even in the darkness there is light because “when the sun goes, the moon comes”), and a unique rendition of “In the Bleak Midwinter”, by American composer Frances McCollin, whose blindness in early childhood caused her to see colors when hearing music.


See’s Candies Popup in Moraga until Dec 24th

Rheem Valley Shopping Center, Moraga

The annual See’s Candies popup shops opened in Moraga at the Rheem Valley shopping center, next to Starbucks, open until December 24, 10am – 5pm. Another popup is located at the Moraga Center between Loard’s Ice Cream and the Moraga Garden Center.

The Kiwanis Club’s See’s Holiday Shops are an annual, major fund-raising effort that benefits charities in Lamorinda and nearby communities. The club raises and distributes in total approximately $60,000 annually.