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Events

Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums West Coast Swing Masters Playing at Todos Santos Plaza in Concord June 6th


Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums West Coast Swing Masters:

Todos Santos Plaza
2175 Willow Pass Rd, Concord
Thursday, June 6th, 2019
6:30 – 8:00pm | Free

Head to Todos Santos Plaza on Thursday nights the Farmers’ Market and free music concerts in the Park with a great line-up of wonderful Bay Area musicians playing Salsa, jazz, zydeco, blues and more.

Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums West Coast Swing Masters featuring Miss Carmen Getit

Restaurants

Cinnaholic Opening this Month at The Shops at Todos Santos in Concord


The Shops at Todos Santos, Concord

Cinnaholic Gourmet Cinnamon Rolls is planning to open this month, possibly as early as June 14th at the new Shops at Todos Santos plaza in Concord. Check out their menu here. Their popular Berkeley location comes highly recommended with franchises around the country and Canada.

From their website:

Our mission is to solve everyone’s dessert cravings. We’re proud to serve create-your-own cinnamon rolls and other sweet treats. Select from over 20 unique frosting flavors and a variety of fresh and decadent toppings. Mix and match flavors to create a new experience every visit! We believe in using the highest quality ingredients. All our products are scratch-made and fresh-baked, and are 100% vegan, dairy & lactose-free, egg-free and cholesterol-free. We look forward to serving you and your loved ones at one of 30 locations across the U.S. and Canada!

Things to Do

Red Door Escape Room Opens at The Veranda in Concord


The Veranda, Concord

Texas-based Red Door Escape Room opened recently on the second floor of the Veranda shopping center in Concord above Mikuni. For those not familiar with escape rooms, or episodes as they are called by Red Door, according to Wikpedia, it’s “a mental and physical adventure based game in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete the objectives at hand. Escape rooms may consist of a large, single room, or span multiple rooms. Players are given a set time limit to unveil the secret plot which is hidden within the rooms.”

Check out all six Concord episodes here and note the 50% discount if you book and play by 6/30/19. I played a couple of escape rooms with my friends and family elsewhere and had a blast so I will definitely be checking this place out soon! Based on the two episodes preview I saw the overall quality here looks amazing.

From their website:

Using technology, creativity and artistry we work passionately to bring human connection back into the world of entertainment.

If you’re someone who like creative challenges, loves new experiences and enjoys spending time with friends and family, you’re going to love Red Door. Perfect for families, friends, corporate groups and sports teams, our escape rooms challenge groups to solve cryptic puzzles and hidden clues to escape from a series of rooms in less than 60 minutes.

Events

Sustainable Enterprise Conference at Cal State East Bay in Concord May 22nd


Sustainable Enterprise Conference:

Cal State East Bay Concord Campus
4700 Ygnacio Valley Rd, Concord
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019
9:00am – 5:30pm | $25 ($35 at door) [includes lunch]

Sustainability is no longer simply a topic of conversation or political debate, it’s an imperative … and the path to Sustainability offers tremendous opportunities for creativity and innovation.

The Sustainable Enterprise Conference is Contra Costa’s annual gathering of business owners, entrepreneurs, civic leaders, educators and activists who are dedicated to the principles of Sustainability and One Planet Living.

Speakers and panelists address critical issues, showcase successful business models and present opportunities for creating a vibrant and truly sustainable economy.

Shopping

Barnes & Noble Opening Tomorrow at The Veranda in Concord


The Veranda, Concord

For several years people have been lamenting the closure of the Walnut Creek Barnes & Noble but good things come to those who wait with the long awaited opening tomorrow, May 22nd, of a new Barnes & Noble store at the Veranda shopping center in Concord. Although the 12,000 square foot one story store is smaller than the Walnut Creek location, thanks to a new contemporary design featuring low profile bookcases, tall ceilings and spacious aisles it feels much larger and airy. In addition to a Starbucks cafe to the side there is outdoor seating, a communal table, comfortable chairs and counter top seating by the window which includes both outlets and even USB ports for charging. So as long as you can grab a parking spot this will be a great place to hang out.

The children’s section at the back left includes a large DUPLO LEGO activity table with plenty of reading selections for kids. There are also record, Nook, stationery, gift and other sections as well as a wide selection of non fiction and fiction books including regional recommendations targeted to local interests. Interestingly, in addition to publicly available kiosks where you can search for in stock books employees will also be roaming around with tablets where you can get help and best of all, pay for your books right there with no need to wait in line which is great!

Watch for book signings and community events at this space with Claire Booth, author of The Branson Beauty and other books appearing this Sunday, May 26th. Don’t forget to check plenty of photos of the inside including the children’s area and more after the jump.

More photos of the inside after the jump… Continue Reading

Shopping

Half Price Books Coming to Willows Shopping Center in Concord this Winter


Willows Shopping Center, Concord

In February we learned that Half Price Books would be closing across from Todos Santos Plaza in Concord and I noted back then that Half Price Books would be a great addition to the Willows shopping center especially in terms of competing with the soon-to-open Barnes & Noble next door at The Veranda. It looks like I’m not the only one who thought that because according to the City of Concord Facebook page they plan on reopening late November or early December at the Willows shopping center where Aaron Brothers used to be.

This seems like a smaller spot than before but I’m glad to see them returning to Concord and to have two bookstores within walking distance is going to be great!

Restaurants

Izakaya An Opens in Concord


3501 Clayton Rd, Concord

A new traditional Japanese restaurant called Izakaya An opened recently in the same small strip mall where Concord Tap House on Clayton Rd. in Concord is. Check out their tempura, grilled fish and kobachi menu here, hot pot, and noodle menu here, and ochazuke and dessert menu here. As someone who lived in Japan for several years in the 90’s this place reminds me most closely to the cozy izakayas I encountered over there. Even the music playing here is from the 80s/90s. I definitely want to try this place out soon!

From their Yelp page:

Authentic Japanese Izakaya An, is clean and cozy at-home-like atomosphere gives you relaxed vibe where you can come enjoy yourself or with friends and family. We are specialized in kobachi (small homestyle dish) to compliment Japanese Sake and beer as well as charcoal grilled Yakitori, tempura, ochazuke and noodles.

Restaurants

Kick’N Mule Coming to Clayton Valley Shopping Center in Concord


Clayton Valley Shopping Center, Concord

Sacramento-based restaurant Kick’N Mule is planning to open at the Clayton Valley shopping center in Concord where Bella Ristorante used to be according to the latest leasing information. Last year they opened in Danville. Check out their Danville burger/sandwich menu here and entree/dessert menu here.

From their Danville website:

Kick’N Mule is home of 25+ Moscow Mules and HD TV’s on every wall so you can enjoy every action packed sport event without missing a thing. You will find a something special in our food menus to choose from. We are family friendly and nights to meet up or meet new friends!