Janie and Jack Saved by Gap – Will Remain Open at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

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.


St. Patrick’s Day Parade in San Francisco March 16th

Photo by Flickr user eventcoverage

St. Patrick’s Day Parade:

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.

Question of the Day

Question of the Day – Do you Consider Health Inspections when going to a Restaurant?

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?


the piece. store Closes in Lafayette

Lafayette Clocktower

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.


“Who Benefits from California’s Economic Boom?” Conversation at Lesher Center in Walnut Creek this Evening

Who Benefits from California’s Economic Boom?:

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)


ENroute Closing at the Avalon in Walnut Creek

Avalon, Walnut Creek

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 Coming to Park Plaza Shops in Lafayette

Park Plaza Shops, Lafayette

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.”

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Do you love Lemon? Want to see more of Lemon? Well your wish is happening🎉 🎉Excited to announce we will be opening our second location in beautiful Lafayette ✨Just got keys and super excited to expand our little Lemon baby ✨ Funny thing is when I started Lemon I wanted to run the whole thing myself, no employees, it was going to be 5 days a week 5 hours a day well that quickly changed and then some ✨ Not only will we be in 2 locations (and online) we will also have longer hours 7 days a week at both locations✨We are also hiring for both locations for all positions, if interested message or email us and join our amazing Lemon family✨ You will also notice our IG name has changed and our website is now ✨Thanks to all of YOU we have been able to grow, expanded & become this amazing store so thank you thank you thank you✨ #grateful #thankful #blessed #excited #lemon2.0 #danville #lafayette #eastbay #walnutcreek #alamo #pleasanthill #sanramon #moraga #orinda #gifts #giftshop #home #baby #kids #guys #women #style #holiday #thankyou #newstore #bignews #gotthekeys #bayarea #california #lovelafayette

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