Cinnaholic Opens Today at Shops at Todos Santos in Concord

The Shops at Todos Santos, Concord

The cinnamon roll bakery Cinnaholic opened today at The Shops at Todos Santos plaza in Concord. Check out their menu here.

From their website:

Cinnaholic is the original, gourmet cinnamon roll bakery. With over 20 unique frosting flavors and a variety of fresh and decadent toppings, we’re not your typical cinnamon roll dessert shop. Visit us at our Cinnaholic Concord Downtown store to experience our award winning, handcrafted cinnamon rolls, brownies, edible cookie dough and baked cookies. We proudly cater small and large gatherings, including holiday parties, office and school events, business meetings, birthday parties, bridal and baby showers, and weddings. All our products are made with the highest quality ingredients, and are 100% vegan, dairy & lactose-free, egg-free and cholesterol-free. As seen on ABC’s hit television show, SHARK TANK!


NorCal Parkour Championships in Concord June 22nd – 23rd

NorCal Parkour Championships:

APEX School of Movement
930 Detroit Ave Suite A, Concord
Saturday, June 22nd – Sunday, June 23rd, 2019
Spectator – $10 for 1 Day ($15 for both Days)

We’re back at it again with another top notch event to test your SKILL, SPEED, and STYLE at The NorCal Parkour Championships!

Each event will feature design input from Sqvadron Athletics and SPL officials to ensure the events meet all our athletic tastes within the broad spectrum of parkour movement.

Come through and take your pick of any one, or all of these great events and put your movement to the test!


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


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.


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.


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.

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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!