Walnut Creek


The Mystic Dream Closes in Downtown Walnut Creek

1437 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek

Thanks to those who emailed that the “spiritual and magical marketplace”, The Mystic Dream, formerly known as Dolphin Dream, closed their physical shop in downtown Walnut Creek. They do have plans to reopen in a new location eventually and for now you can shop their online selection here.

From their Facebook page:

We are thinking of this as our phoenix-phase, and we shall return stronger and brighter than ever. We have no intention of leaving the Bay Area permanently but have definite plans to reopen in a new location once it becomes feasible to do so.


PRIMA Ristorante Permanently Closes in Walnut Creek – PRIMA Vini Remains Open

1522 N. Main St, Walnut Creek

Sad news that PRIMA Ristorante, open for 43 years, is permanently closing in downtown Walnut Creek due to the Covid-19 pandemic. On the bright side, the wine shop next door, PRIMA Vini will remain open. Check out their online shop here.

From their closing announcement:

As you well know, the COVID pandemic has wreaked havoc throughout the entire restaurant community, and since our mandatory closure in early March, Chef Peter and I, after 21 years together as friends and colleagues, 15 of them as partners, have looked high and low for a path forward- a way to get PRIMA Ristorante back to its accustomed role of bringing its unique sense of Italian hospitality to the good people of Walnut Creek. Alas, though, it appears that events have conspired against us. The longer the restaurant has been closed, the harder it has been to find a way to successfully reopen. We’ve finally come to the realization that we won’t.


Daily Life

Welcome Back, and Get Ready to Pay for Parking in Downtown Walnut Creek

Well, it was fun while it lasted. As more and more people head to downtown Walnut Creek as shops continue to open, the free parking holiday will be ending soon, with parking enforcement returning on July 1st. Over the weekend I saw these Welcome Back flyers on car windshields throughout downtown Walnut Creek. I smiled when I saw the text at the bottom, “This is NOT a Parking Ticket”. Who could possibly think this is a parking ticket after reading this?!


Everything But Water Closes at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Thanks to a reader for sending word that Everything But Water, which opened almost four years ago in downtown Walnut Creek, is no longer listed on the Broadway Plaza directory. It’s not listed on the company store locator either, so considering it’s empty inside, it looks like this is permanently closed. Considering how many stores haven’t opened yet and are even boarded up, it’s difficult to determine whether a store is actually closed these days.