Barnes & Noble Coming to The Veranda in Concord

The Veranda, Concord

Thanks to a reader for pointing out that according to the latest directory map Barnes & Noble is coming to the Veranda shopping center next to Banana Republic in Concord. You may remember that Barnes & Noble closed over two years ago in downtown Walnut Creek and almost five years ago in Pleasant Hill. I wonder whether they’ll change anything up to compete with Amazon as they plot their return or will they continue to push the NOOK and hope for their loyal shoppers to return.


Waiting for the (not Craftsman) Hammer to Drop on Concord Sears as Bankruptcy Declared

This broken sign outside Sears at the Sunvalley Valley shopping center in Concord is representative of the decline of one of the most dominant retailers of the 20th century as Sears declared bankruptcy yesterday. Although the Concord Sears is not on the list to close it’s probably only a matter of time before the hammer drops there as well. And it won’t be a Craftsman either as that iconic brand was sold last year to Stanley Black & Decker. Do you think the Concord Sears will survive? If not, how long do you expect them to last? If you’re interested to see how far they’ve fallen I encourage you to check them out and walk around a while before it’s too late. I did that over the summer and was shocked at what happened, especially to the electronics section, where TVs are no longer sold, and it looks dreary throughout.


Funky Latin Orchestra at The Veranda in Concord Tonight, Oct 3rd

Funky Latin Orchestra:

The Veranda
2001 Diamond Blvd, Concord
Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018
6:00 – 8:00pm | Free

Vibes at the Veranda will light up Fountain Plaza beginning with Funky Latin Orchestra (FLO) on Oct. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. The group has a dynamic sound ranging from salsa, Latin jazz and old school funk, to R&B, pop, and even some oldies. Guests may arrive early on Wednesday to set up their chairs and get comfortable for the performance.


Concord Oktoberfest at Todos Santos Plaza Oct 12th – 13th

Concord Oktoberfest:

Todos Santos Plaza
2175 Willow Pass Rd, Concord
Friday, October 12th – Saturday, October 13th, 2018
Free ($25 beer pass)

For two days, Todos Santos Plaza will turn into a mini-Munich, hosting an authentic German Oktoberfest with a beer tent, live music, singing and dancing, strongman contests, food truck fare, a kid’s area, and more. This is a fun, family-friendly, free community event with food, drink, and activities available for purchase. Limited free parking is available throughout Downtown Concord or take BART to the Concord station and walk four blocks to the event.

It is no surprise that the beer tent will be the meeting point for craft brew fans with German-style lagers from 20+ breweries. If you are searching for extraordinary hospitality and a bombastic atmosphere, you’re guaranteed to find it here!


The Lettuce Inn Relocating around the Block in Concord

2115 Pacheco St, Concord

The vegetarian restaurant The Lettuce Inn is relocating across from Todos Santos Plaza in Concord to a new spot around the block on Pacheco St. As you can see in the photo below a new pizzeria called Islice will be opening in this location soon. Check out the Lettuce Inn menu here and find out more about The Lettuce Inn here.

From their website:

Our new location is bigger and better. We know you will love it. We have two areas for outdoor seating and finally our own restroom!!!!


Shapes Fitness for Women Coming Soon to Park & Shop in Concord

Park & Shop, Concord

An energetic workout could be heard far and wide in the parking lot of the Park & Shop shopping center in Concord promoting the fitness gym Shapes Fitness for Women which is opening soon on the second floor of a building at the far end near Rockin Crawfish. Find out more on the Concord page here.

From their website:

Shapes® has been involved in women’s fitness for over 26 years. Our first location opened in 1990 and we have been helping women achieve their fitness goals every since. The impetus for Shapes® to open a fitness operation that was 100% focused at women was driven by the mainstream desire to live a healthy lifestyle and female fitness had been influenced by the likes of Abbye “Pudgy” Stockton, Bobby Riggs, Jane Fonda and so many others who with the development of new technology, brought health and fitness into your home.