J.McLaughlin Opens in Lafayette

La Fiesta Square, Lafayette

The New York-based clothing store J.McLaughlin, which we learned would be coming to La Fiesta Square in Lafayette (next to Starbucks), opened last Friday. Find out more about their story (founded in 1977) here, check out their online selection here and book an appointment with a stylist here.

Considering its East Coast origins I’m not surprised it reminded me of Vineyard Vines with a preppy look. In addition to an expansive women’s selection there is also a smaller men’s section including swimwear, perfect for the upcoming summer.


Club Pilates Opening in Lafayette Plaza Center in June

Plaza Center, Lafayette

A new Pilates studio called Club Pilates, with over 200 studios nationwide, is coming to Plaza Center behind Whole Foods in Lafayette. According to a post card on the door the grand opening will be June 3rd and 4th where they will offer demo classes, 25% off all retails merchandise, earlybird discounts and hourly raffles & vendor giveaways.

From their website:

The widest array of classes available anywhere, designed to challenge students at every level and target exactly what you want to work on most.
Brand-new state of the art equipment in every studio, including not just Reformers, but the entire array of Pilates tools: the Chair, the Springboard, the Barre. And the TRX Training System. You’ll get a complete Pilates workout, every time.
The best value in Pilates, with unexpectedly low prices that allow you to dedicate yourself to Pilates for life.


Lafayette Juniors Annual Kitchen Tour on May 20th

Photo from Lafayette Juniors

Lafayette Juniors Annual Kitchen Tour:

Saturday, May 20th, 2017
10:00am – 3:00pm | $40

Tickets are on sale now for the Lafayette Juniors 18th Annual Kitchen Tour. This self-guided tour will be held on Saturday, May 20th from 10am to 3pm and welcomes guests into six special Lafayette homes with masterfully-designed unique, elegant, and awe-inspiring kitchens. Attendees will receive a Kitchen Tour program detailing all of the distinctive design elements of the kitchens as well as information on the architects, designers, and contractors who created these spaces. This year on the tour, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with a few of the professionals who created these stunning spaces.
Proceeds from this year’s event benefit the work of four local non-profit organizations: Contra Costa Interfaith Housing, Alternative Family Services, The Taylor Family Foundation, and Trinity Center. These organizations were selected by the Lafayette Juniors for the support they provide to women, families, and individuals in need throughout the East Bay. Continue Reading

Real Estate

House of the Day

Brendan Moran is a broker associate with The Simply Bay Area Team at Keller Williams Realty. Neither he nor any company he’s affiliated with represented any of the parties or were directly involved in the transaction reported below. The source of information is Contra Costa Association of Realtors MLS. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

This 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath with 2,580 sq ft sold in just 9 days for $250K over listing price. You cannot ask for more when it comes to this lot boasting 23,800 sq ft in the Silver Dell pocket neighborhood of Lafayette. Endless enjoyment found in this home through the swimming pool with built-in automatic pool cover and an adjoining spa, flat grass areas, large patio, several garden beds, a dog run, lemon and grapefruit trees and stunning oak trees behind property!

Address: 16 Fallen Leaf Ct, Lafayette, CA
List Price: $1,775,000
Sold Price: $2,025,000
Days on Market: 9
Close of escrow: 3/14/17

Listing courtesy of Kristi Ives and Lisa Brydon with Alain Pinel Realtors.


A Plastic Ocean Playing at Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette on April 28th

A Plastic Ocean:

Town Hall Theatre
3535 School St, Lafayette
Friday, April 28th, 2017
7:30pm | $10

Sustainable Lafayette presents a special showing of A Plastic Ocean at Town Hall Theatre. Proceeds will go to Town Hall Theatre’s effort to eliminate the use of plastic bottles in our building.

A feature-length adventure documentary that brings to light the consequences of our global disposable lifestyle. We thought we could use plastic once and throw it away with negligible impact to humans and animals. That turns out to be untrue.

Daily Life

Save Lafayette Trees – “Be ready for people to be upset.”

Check out for more information and sign the petition here.

From an email:

I wanted to let you know about a grassroots effort we’re undertaking to stop Lafayette’s March 27 agreement with PG&E to take down 272 trees, 216 which were formerly “protected” under state ordinance. The city is accepting $536K for meridian improvements as part of the deal.

On the site, we link to a petition which has received over 200 signatures in the first 48 hours. Our goal is to raise awareness about PG&E’s plans since they refuse to release a map of planned tree removals. We also want the city to reexamine their approach with PG&E since it would create a catastrophic impact on some neighborhoods.


Dogtown Downtown at Lafayette Plaza Park on April 29th

Dogtown Downtown:

Lafayette Plaza Park
3511 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Saturday, April 29th, 2017
10:00am – 12:00pm | Free

Join us for our 4th Annual Dogtown Downtown on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10am-12pm at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center & the Lafayette Plaza.

-New Parade Route: Starting this year at the Lafayette Library and marching up Golden Gate Way to the Lafayette Plaza.
-Adoptions services will be back onsite: ARF and Contra Costa County Animal Services.
The Lafayette Police and Canine Companions will be back showcasing their dogs’ talents.


Homegrown Sustainable Sandwiches Opens in Lafayette

Lafayette Mercantile

Last year we learned that the Seattle-based restaurant Homegrown Sustainable Sandwiches would be opening in Lafayette where La Boulange Cafe used to be and they have now opened. Check out their menu here. I had an opportunity to try their Grass-Fed Steak & Bleu cheese sandwich, made with grass-fed tri-tip steak, pt. reyes farmstead bleu, caramelized onions, roasted garlic aioli & greens To me the pungent blue cheese really pulled everything together which made for one tasty sandwich. With their organic farm located in nearby Discovery Bay and a focus on fresh, seasonal cuisine, I look forward to trying out other salads, soups and sandwiches as summer approaches!

Plenty more photos including the steak sandwich after the jump… Continue Reading


J.McLaughlin Expanding to Lafayette

La Fiesta Square, Lafayette

Last week we learned that the New York based clothing store J.McLaughlin would be coming to Danville and according to the latest La Fiesta Square leasing information they also plan on opening in Lafayette where Art & Science of Eyewear used to be (who have since relocated elsewhere within La Fiesta Square). Check out the history of J.McLaughlin here and see their online selection here.