Bebe Closing in Sunvalley Shopping Center in Concord

Sunvalley Shopping Center, Concord

Last week we learned that the clothing store Kit and Ace would be closing their physical stores in the US to focus online and now another clothing store, Bebe, is doing the same. As you can see in the above photo, Bebe is closing their Sunvalley shopping center location in Concord. According to this LA Times article, Bebe is closing their stores to focus on online sales as well.

It’s hard to be a brick and mortar store in the online world we live in these days. How can you compete when there is greater selection and cheaper prices online? On the other hand, it’s great to be able to try on clothing before buying. I know some people buy different sizes, colors and styles to find the right one and return the rest but I never felt comfortable doing that. What do you think?


Art & Wine & Beer Walk at Todos Santos Plaza in Concord on May 13th

Art & Wine & Beer Walk:

Todos Santos Plaza
Saturday, May 13th, 2017
1:00 – 4:00pm | $25 ($20 in advance)

Participants will stroll around Todos Santos Plaza, Salvio Pacheco Square, and visit Downtown Concord businesses, while enjoying fine wines, craft beers, and appetizers, viewing beautiful art for sale, and meeting local artists. The Mt. Diablo Music Education Foundation All Area Music Festival will be happening at the same time in Todos Santos Plaza.

Walk starting location is at the corner of Salvio Street and Grant Street, outside of E.J. Phair Brewing Company – Concord Alehouse. At registration, you will receive a tasting glass, a hand stamp, and a map of participating locations and businesses. All locations are marked with balloons.


La Fritanguera Nicaraguan Cuisine Coming to Concord

1819 Colfax St, Concord

The restaurant La Fritanguera Nicaraguan Cuisine, currently catering at Nica Lounge in Concord is opening a new restaurant a few blocks away. Check out their current menu here. “Influenced by Spanish and Caribbean cuisine” sounds intriguing, I look forward to checking this place out!

From their website:

We are driven to bring the first Nicaraguan food experience to the East Bay.
Sorry, No Burritos!
La Fritanguera offers traditional vibrant and mouthwatering combination plates. Our well balanced dishes include a blend of sweet, tangy and savory flavors that will cater to our diverse communities.

Nicaraguan food includes a mixture of native indigenous “Miskito” culture, which is also, greatly influenced by Spanish and Caribbean cuisine. These are flavors we want the East Bay to experience and devour.


Super Duper Burgers Coming to Veranda Shopping Center in Concord this Fall

Veranda Shopping Center, Concord

Last year we learned that the supermarket 365 by Whole Foods would be coming to the new Veranda shopping center in Concord where Chevron offices used to be, right next to Willows shopping center, and last month Inside Scoop reported that San Francisco-based Super Duper Burgers will be expanding to the Veranda as well this fall. Check out the progress in the above photo and menu here.

From their website:

Step into any Super Duper Burger, and you’ll notice we’re different. From our famous (free) house-made pickles, to the hand-painted signage, to our cheerful staff, we build our restaurants like we build our burgers—sustainably, locally, and with an unwavering commitment to quality. We work with local designers, sign painters, and artisans because it reduces our carbon footprint, and, frankly, because they’re some of the best in the world.

All our beef is humanely-raised, 100% vegetarian-fed, ground fresh daily, and sourced from family-owned ranches.

Our buns are baked to our specification by an artisan baker in San Francisco.
All of our shakes and cones are made with organic cream from Straus Family Creamery, a small, family-owned, organic farm located on the pastoral shores of Tomales Bay.


Dojo Ramen Bar Signage Missing in Action at Sunvalley Shopping Center in Concord

Sunvalley Shopping Center, Concord

Earlier this year we learned that Dojo Ramen Bar would be coming to Sunvalley Shopping Center in Concord in their new food court area but when I stopped by recently the signage has been removed. The “coming soon” page is still up on the mall directory so hopefully they’ll still be opening…


Spring Brews Fest at Todos Santos Plaza in Concord on April 1st

Spring Brews Fest:

Todos Santos Plaza
Saturday, April 1st, 2017
12:00 – 4:00pm | $40

The Brewing Network’s Spring Brews Festival returns to Todos Santos Plaza in Concord to celebrate its eighth year as one of the best craft beer festivals in the Bay Area. And while mother nature has been doing her part to save us from this drought, we’re ready to get outside for a great day in the park with the lineup of the best craft beer in California you’ve come to expect from us!

Tickets are now on sale and are $40 pre-sale or $50 at the gate and include unlimited pours and a commemorative glass. Designated Drivers are just $5, however this is a 21 and over only event so all attendees must be of legal drinking age.

We are very proud that this year’s event is again a benefit for the TSBA Arts Foundation, which helps fund the summer music program in Todos Santos Park, as well as youth music programs around Concord.

Unlimited tasting from over 50 craft breweries, live music and great food.


End of an Era – Concord Jewelers Closing April 1st

2022 Salvio St, Concord

It’s the end of an era as Concord Jewelers is set to close April 1st. This family-owned business has been in the same family for over 30 years, and the store has been in the same location since 1946 and the same street since 1907! Check out their website here where they may still sell some pieces online.

According to a newspaper article taped to the wall, it was founded by Charles W. Thissell (one of the first Concord photographers) in 1907 where in addition to selling jewelry and repairing watches, also sold Edison phonographs and Victor talking machines.

Side note: This is one of my favorite photographs after converting the iPhone 6s color image to black and white using the Silver Efex Pro 2 Nik plugin. The checkerboard flooring, vertical lines at the edges and glass square tiles combined with the old style lettering on the window/door really makes this pop. Farewell Concord Jewelers!