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Lemon Gift Shop Opens Today at Park Plaza Shops in Lafayette


Park Plaza Shops, Lafayette

The Danville-based gift shop Lemon is opening their second location today at Park Plaza Shops across from the Lafayette Plaza park. They feature, “high quality items, organic baby/spa items, gifts people really want to give and get & carry local California items.” Items can also be ordered online with a local pickup (and gift wrapping) option here. If you’re having lunch at Sideboard next door definitely drop by to check this place out!

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Events

First Wednesdays Street Fest May 1st in Downtown Walnut Creek


First Wednesdays Street Fest:

Downtown Walnut Creek
Cypress St, between Locust St. & N. Main St.
Wednesday, May 1st, 2019
5:30 – 8:30p | Free

We are kicking off WCFW’s with Neon Velvet in May, followed in June by Vybe Society. May through September you can end the work or school day on the first Wednesday of each month with a street festival full of live music, dancing, food trucks, wine and beer, Kids Fun Zone, interactive games and free prizes. This year we are partnering with the Contra Costa Certified Farmers Market (Sundays, 9a-1p, Cypress St, WC) to create a Chef’s Demo. Stop by and enjoy some delicious recipes.

Restaurants

Esin Restaurant & Bar Coming to Lafayette


Lafayette Mercantile

The Danville-based restaurant and bar Esin will be coming to Lafayette where Yankee Pier used to be at the Lafayette Mercantile plaza according to Lamorinda Weekly. Check out a sample lunch menu here and dinner menu here.

From their website:

Curious, adventurous, and caring, the deCarions meticulously oversee each meal for their guests. They are fussy about everything at the restaurant from the pristine dining room to the freshness of each ingredient. The couple also takes extra care to mentor and train their staff. Curtis and Esin attract food-loving servers who instinctively understand guests’ needs. They nurture a spirit of teamwork and independent thinking. And keep a keen eye on the environment by recycling and using many local purveyors.

Real Estate

Industrious (Coworking + Private Offices) Coming to Broadway Plaza Winter 2019 in Walnut Creek


Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Industrious, a New York-based coworking and private office space company, is coming to Broadway Plaza in downtown Walnut Creek by year-end. One possible location is on the second floor where the Lululemon and  L’Occitane building is located although that has not been confirmed. According to their Bay Area location webpage, prices in San Francisco start at $500+ for a community membership and $900+ for a private office so stay tuned for pricing in this suburban location…

From their website:

World-class amenities and unmatched hospitality — Craft coffee, artisanal pastries, afternoon snacks, and fresh fruit served daily. From curated speaker panels to thoughtfully-executed team offsites, Industrious will deliver a variety of programming and events to keep your employees happy and engaged.

Restaurants

Burma 2 Opening this May in Downtown Walnut Creek


1616 N. Main St, Walnut Creek

Last month downtown Walnut Creek had NO Burmese restaurants and by next month there will be two of them as Burma 2 is expected to open next month in May where Siam Fine Thai used to be. The other Burmese restaurant, Burma Unique, opened just this week. Check out their website here. However, I wonder what’s going on in front of the restaurant as that looks like a pretty big hole down there.

Question of the Day

Question of the Day – What’s the “Next Big Thing” you’d Like to See? How about a Dog Kitchen?

A few years ago I wrote how frozen yogurt and juice bars were taking over and how something more interesting like a rice pudding shop should open. After a recent visit to NYC I found a new shop planning to open called JustFoodForDogs, “New York’s first dog kitchen” that will provide, “small-batch, preservative-free meals” using “human-grade food” according to this Dogster article.

With the high-end dog boutique rororiri opening recently in downtown Walnut Creek, can a dog kitchen make it around here?

Restaurants

Goodbye Poke, Hello Japanese Desserts – Boba Hangs On in Downtown Walnut Creek


1385 N. Main St, Walnut Creek

The boba/poke restaurant T4 & Poke which opened a couple of years ago in downtown Walnut Creek is switching things up as they get rid of the poke and will be known as Amausaan Uji Matcha / Japanese Cuisine & Lounge. The boba drinks will remain as they offer Japanese desserts such as Matcha Mille Crepe. Check out their menu here. As a fan of Japanese desserts I look forward to trying this place out!

Events

Fiesta Cinco de Mayo at The Gardens May 5th in Walnut Creek


Fiesta Cinco de Mayo:

The Gardens at Heather Farm
1540 Marchbanks Dr, Walnut Creek
Sunday, May 5th, 2019
5:00pm | $75

Get ready to party at The Gardens at Heather Farm! This year’s Fiesta fundraiser hits right on Cinco de Mayo (May 5), and there’s no better way to celebrate the festive day than by hanging outdoors in our beautiful garden enjoying scrumptious tacos, frozen margaritas, beer, live mariachi and more!

Take in the fresh, evening air and walk among thousands of blooming roses. Try samples of several unique tequilas and test your taste buds on our salsa “heat scale” while helping to raise funds to support our community-based public garden and environmental science programs for local school children.

Featuring live performances by the amazing Mariachi Mi Mexico and an array of tasty, Mexican-inspired foods prepared by Elisa’s Catering & Flavors of Cali Food Truck, including tacos, mini empanadas and chimichangas, guacamole, salsa and more!

Ages 21+ only