Locando Positano, an Italian restaurant originally based in San Carlos (with an additional location in Danville), is planning on opening later this week in Lafayette. As you can see in the photo the expansive patio in back has a foosball table! Check out their menu here and find out more about the owner here.
A new coffee and “spirits” spot called Papa’s Coffee & Spirits is coming to the Lafayette Forge shopping plaza where the Lafayette Art Gallery used to be. According to the California ABC pending permit the owner is the same as Bonehead’s Texas BBQ located next door. Stay tuned…
Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette Thursday, January 25th, 2017
7:00 – 8:00pm | $10
Ori Hofmekler discusses the science of stress and how to put hormesis into powerful practice. Hofmeklers latest book, The 7 Principles of Stress: Extend Life, Stay Fit, and Ward Off Fat is a call to action–a manifesto of living life to its utmost evolutionary potential, under stress, as nature intended.
Supported by cutting-edge research, Hofmekler redefines the term “nutrition” as it reveals the stress-mimicking nutrients that yield the same benefits of fasting and exercising. At the books core is the biology of stress and the way it affects all key aspects of life from feeding and sexual behavior to mental and physical performance.
Ori Hofmekler is the author of The Warrior Diet and the first to introduce the concept of intermittent fasting in practice. Hofmekler presents his approach in workshops targeting groups from special agents, air marshals, and SWAT to university professors, students, and fitness advocates.
The Marilyn Monroe Spa, which opened last year at the Lafayette Mercantile shopping center on Mt. Diablo Blvd, is switching from a franchise to a French-country inspired spa called Sanctuaire Spa on January 3rd. Check out their services here.
From a PR:
We are pleased to announce the exciting transformation of the former Marilyn Monroe Spa into Sanctuaire Spa, a French-country inspired sanctuary for your pampering needs. Sanctuaire will offer an all-inclusive SPA experience including refreshing hydrafacials , therapeutic massages, bubbling pedicures and more. Our competitively priced services featuringd Farm House Fresh (FHF) organic based treatments , will be sure to help you rejuvenate from the Holidays ! Come back and enjoy our saunas, team room and free parking all conveniently located in downtown Lafayette.
Back in April we learned that after 41 years the women’s boutique Specialtees would be closing by year-end in La Fiesta Square in Lafayette and there are only a few days left before they close on December 31st. According to a sign in the window their online shop will remain open. Check out their online selection here.
Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette Thursday, January 18th, 2017
7:00 – 8:00pm | Free
Join us for an evening with Tia Kratter, author of The Color of Pixar. She will share how the details of color convey a story and deepen our emotions.
Tia Kratter joined Pixar Animation Studios in 1993 during the production of the studios first feature film, Toy Story. She was a shader art director of five films, including Brave. She currently manages Pixar Universitys art and film education classes.
The Lamorinda winery Meadow View Winery is opening a tasting room inside part of the old “Hen House” where the vintage furniture shop Farmyard Darlings currently is in Lafayette. Farmyard Darlings will remain at this location and the tasting room is planning to be open on Fridays and Saturdays beginning late afternoon starting sometime in January. In addition to tastings, wine bottles will be available for purchase.
Meadow View Winery is a Lamorinda winery focused on making the best wine possible from Lamorinda grapes by thoughtfully controlling practices from the vine to the bottle. We work closely with local growers in the new Lamorinda AVA who are also interested in producing top quality wine to obtain the best possible fruit and then carefully ferment, cellar and bottle to obtain the optimum expression of Lamorinda terrior. In 2016 we are working with five Lamorinda vinyards. Above, winemaker Bill English is with Doug Spear and Isabelle Ord (Isabelle’s Vineyard), our largest grower.
Wells Fargo recently closed their location at Mt. Diablo Blvd. & Moraga Rd. in Lafayette and will also be closing in MoragaWest Berkeley this March. According to this CNN Money article, the closures are, “a reflection of Americans’ preference for online and mobile banking these days.” Considering how convenient online banking (even check deposits) has become, I’m not at all surprised by this.
Update: The Moraga branch is not closing. The West Berkeley Business Center is closing in March.
A few years ago we learned about a new Chase banking center coming to the empty lot across from Diablo Foods in Lafayette and as you can see progress is being made. I like how large those windows are, will get plenty of light!