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June 2012


GRATiAE Skin Care Opening Soon in Broadway Plaza

GRATiAE, an organic skin care company from Israel is opening soon in Broadway Plaza in downtown Walnut Creek. From their website:

The genius of GRATiAE comes from successfully combining Gratiae thermal spring mineral water with Sea of Galilee native flora and organic plants. These ingredients, orchestrated by top leading biotechnology engineers, create a superior skin care line that promotes healthy, young, radiant and beautiful skin.

Check out a preview of the inside below:

GRATiAE is located at 1272 Broadway Plaza near Macy’s.


Lamorinda Theatre Academy Offering Free Classes this Week (June 25th – June 30th) in Lafayette

Back in May I checked on the progress of Lamorinda Theatre Academy, a dance, acting and vocal studio for children in Lafayette and now construction has been completed and free classes are available all this week. This seems like a great opportunity to check out the instructors and see what the studio has to offer. If you go, let us know how it was. Lamorinda Theater Academy is located at 83 Lafayette Circle, right above Lamorinda Music.


Unveiled Bridal Closing in Walnut Creek

Back in January I posted about the wedding goods store Unveiled Bridal on Cypress St. in downtown Walnut Creek and unfortunately they are closing their only store to focus exclusively on online sales. Their last day will be July 18th and you can see what kind of sales they are having below.

If you happen to have a wedding coming up drop by and you might be able to get a great deal on something. Otherwise you can always shop online here.


Santa Cruz Guitar Clinic at The Jam Brothers in Walnut Creek on June 23rd

From a press release:

The Jam Brothers, Walnut Creek, CA. On Saturday, June 23rd, Richard Hoover will make a rare appearance in Walnut Creek, CA, at The Jam Brothers guitar shop, 1208 Boulevard Way, for a 12pm noon workshop and demonstration. Attendees will learn how to design a custom guitar to fit their specific playing style, sound requirements and personal aesthetic values. Richard Hoover launched the Santa Cruz Guitar Company in 1976, and has never strayed from his original objective of using traditional lutherie methods in an intimate team setting and working exclusively with independently owned guitar shops. He has traveled all over the world to procure responsibly harvested and old growth tone woods and is known internationally as a forefather of the boutique acoustic guitar industry. Now in its 36th year, Richard and his team of 14 highly skilled luthiers handcraft around 600 guitars a year in the small shop in Santa Cruz. Richard’s workshop at The Jam Brothers on June 23rd will cover everything from internet myth busting, acoustic science and engineering, tone woods and the cowboy way.

Joining Richard Hoover at The Jam Brothers that afternoon will be world renowned jazz fingerstylist, Eric Skye. Skye has been featured in magazines such as Acoustic Guitar, Guitar Player, Jazziz, Jazz Improv and 20th Century Guitar, and can be heard regularly on NPR. A regular contributor to Acoustic Guitar Magazine and Fretboard Journal, Eric has been teaching the online acoustic community how to improve their jazz performance on guitar with inspiring video lessons. Eric will be playing on his signature Santa Cruz Guitar Company OO-Skye Model.


The Pizza Place to be Renamed North Main Grill & Pizza

Yesterday I noted on a restaurant name change in Lafayette, and word on the street is that The Pizza Place, located on N. Main St. in downtown Walnut Creek is planning to rename themselves, North Main Grill & Pizza, presumably to highlight the point that they don’t just serve pizza. I hear they serve a great prime rib sandwich from time to time with some help from 1515 a few doors down (and have the same owner).


Moraga Summer Concert Series – Moonalice 6:30pm Tonight at Moraga Commons Park

Photo from Moraga Park Foundation

From the Moraga Parks Foundation Summer Concert Series 2012 webpage:

You are invited to join your neighbors on Thursday evenings at the Moraga Commons Park for a relaxing free concert in the park. Bring your picnic blanket or lawn chairs to the grassy hillside in front of the band shell. Enjoy the music while your children enjoy the park. The volunteers of the Moraga Park and Recreation Foundation will even cook dinner for you with the Snack Bar opening at 6:00 pm.

Concerts start at 6:30 pm and end at 8:30 pm

2012 Schedule
June 21  Moonalice – Early SF rock band
June 28  Pladdogh- Celtic
July 4  Livin’ in the USA – Rock (7pm concert)
July 12  Bell Bros. – Country
July 19  Lady K & the Kings of Swing – Big band swing
July 26  Because – Beatles tribute band
August 2   Houserockers – Rock & Roll
August 9  Mixed Nuts – All decades of rock
August 16  Motor Dude Zydeco – Cajun zydeco
August 23  City Rocks Revue – Bay Area rock tribute
September 29  Pear Festival – tba


Tao Restaurant gets New Name: iSushi – Apple Fans Rejoice

Tao Restaurant opened last December with a unique cuisine focus of Japanese ramen noodles and Flipper’s hamburgers. I stopped by recently and learned that Flipper’s is gone for good and a sushi chef has been brought in to run the new sushi bar. To highlight the changed focus, Tao has been renamed iSushi. Notice how the pictures in the window are gone? Apparently people wanted to see outside while they were dining, glad they listened. In addition to sushi, ramen will also be served like before.

Check out the bar below:

Has anyone had a chance to try the sushi here?