Solano Jewelers Relocates to La Fiesta Square in Lafayette

La Fiesta Square, Lafayette

In August we learned that family-owned Solano Jewelers would be relocating from their Berkeley store to La Fiesta Square in Lafayette and they are now open. Check out their collections here.

From their website:

Solano Jewelers opened in 1977 in Berkeley, CA on historic Solano Avenue. Our family-owned and operated fine jewelry store specializes in the most exquisite selections, which include conflict-free diamonds and gemstones, handcrafted settings, custom designs, and pieces curated by Aline. We are a full-service jeweler providing jewelry and watch repairs, appraisals and restringing.


It’s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette at Plaza Park Dec 7th

It’s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette:

Plaza Park
Plaza Way, Lafayette
Friday, December 7th, 2018
4:00 – 6:30pm | Free

Fun, family-friendly celebration – tree lighting, live music, community sing-a-long, crafts — and this Santa’s “sleigh” is Lafayette’s historic fire truck, Old Betsy!

Arrive early and plan to stay! This fun and festive event includes visits with Santa, official holiday tree lighting ceremony, one-of-a-kind photo ops with the Town Hall Elves, live musical entertainment, crafts, holiday treats and a holiday sing-a-long.

Festivities begin at 4 p.m. Santa is scheduled to parade along Golden Gate Way on Lafayette’s treasured Old Betsy fire engine, along with a police escort. This caravan will start from the Lafayette Historical Society and arrive at Lafayette Plaza Park at 4:30 p.m. A must-not-miss for the little ones!
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Breakfast with Santa Benefit at Sideboard Lafayette on Dec 9th

Photo by Flickr user cloudsoup

Use discount code HOHOHO to get 25% off tickets now!

Breakfast with Santa:

Sideboard Lafayette
3535 Plaza Way, Lafayette
Sunday, December 9th, 2018
8:30 – 10:00am | $49

Santa has arrived in Lafayette … and this year he’s staying for breakfast! Celebrate the holidays with a special pancake Breakfast with Santa benefiting the Lafayette Historical Society.

Enjoy a private meet and greet with Father Christmas as you savor off-the-menu pancakes, and a choice of freshly squeezed orange juice or pour over coffee courtesy of Sideboard, the site of Lafayette’s original Pioneer Store. At your table, learn more about Lafayette’s past through historical photos, bring to life a special kids’ coloring sheet and bid on a variety of silent auction items with all proceeds going to the Lafayette Historical Society.

Families also receive an annual family membership to the Lafayette Historical Society through 2019 (value $50).


Camp Fire Benefit at Mighty Fine Guitars in Lafayette Nov 30th

Camp Fire Benefit:

Mighty Fine Guitars
85 Lafayette Cir Lafayette
Friday, November 30th, 2018
8:00pm | $$$ Donation

An evening of acoustic music with all proceeds going to the victims of the Camp Fire in Butte County. On the bill currently are Leftover Dreams (Tony Marcus and Patrice Haan), The Quitters (Glenn Houston and Stevie Coyle), Teresa Tudury, Tricia Hellman Gibbs and possibles Mark Goldenberg and Corinne West. Bring your checkbooks and great fistfuls of cash … no credit card donations can be taken.



Victoria Sweet – Slow Medicine Talk at Lafayette Library Nov 15th

Victoria Sweet – Slow Medicine:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Thursday, November 15th, 2018
7:00 – 8:00pm | Free

Over the years that Victoria Sweet has been a physician, “healthcare” has replaced medicine, “providers” look at their laptops more than at their patients, and costs keep soaring, all in the ruthless pursuit of efficiency. Yet the remedy that economists and policymakers continue to miss is also miraculously simple.

Good medicine takes more than amazing technology; it takes time — time to respond to bodies as well as data, time to arrive at the right treatment. Join us for a stimulating discussion with Sweet about her book, Slow Medicine.


Finally tried a Donut at Johnny’s Donuts in Lafayette

3629 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

In between Diablo Foods and Trader Joe’s in Lafayette is a small donut shop straight out of the 1970’s called Johnny’s Donuts. I’ve walked by dozens of times and for some reason it’s always been closed. Recently however, the stars aligned just right and I noticed it was open. So of course I had to drop in for a donut. I kept things simple and got the plain, powdered sugar one. They even threw in a donut ball. Nice gesture. The donut was tasty. Of course all donuts taste good to me. Dunkin’, Krispy Kreme, Voodoo (in Portland). There’s just something about the texture, smell and sweet, sweet taste that I can’t resist. For health reasons it’s imperative that I stay far away from donut shops.

Compared to the modern, hipster spaces opening left and right this shop is a nice throwback to an earlier era. Any fans of Johnny’s Donuts? What do you like most there?


The Shade Store Coming to La Fiesta Square in Lafayette

La Fiesta Square, Lafayette

Thanks to everyone who sent word that The Shade Store is coming to La Fiesta Square in Lafayette where Smitten used to be. Check out their online gallery here.

From their website:

We’re a wholly curated custom window treatment service – bringing the best to your windows and providing the kind of high-end design assistance and support that can only come with three generations of expertise.