Walnut Creek

Shopping

Makers Market Relocates to Original Broadway Plaza Spot in Walnut Creek


Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

A couple of years ago the American-made, handcrafted goods boutique Makers Market first opened at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek but eventually relocated within the plaza to where Kit and Ace used to be. Last week they relocated once again, this time back to their original spot across from Nordstrom. With the recently opened Apple store nearby it looks much better around there. Find out more about Makers Market and check out their online selection here. With Mother’s Day coming up you should drop by to check out their gift selection if you’re in the area.

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Shopping

R&A Cycles Coming to Walnut Creek


2099 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek

The online bike store R&A Cycles is planning to open a new retail location in Walnut Creek where The Golf Mart used to be according to the latest Walnut Creek permit information. Judging from the amount of cyclists on the road lately this looks like a smart move to open here.

From their website:

R&A Cycles is the destination for premium bikes, bike accessories, bike parts, and cycling apparel. We have an online bike shop with international shipping, retail bike store in Brooklyn, New York, and Northern California bike shop opening 2019. R&A Cycles are specialists in road bikes, triathlon, track, mountain bikes, electric bikes, cyclocross & gravel. Our extensive range of high quality cycling products includes bikes, bike frames, wheels, helmets, shoes, jerseys, computers, lights, indoor trainers, tires, sports nutrition and more. We also stock a huge selection of running, swimming and triathlon accessories and apparel.

Restaurants

Amy’s Drive Thru Proposed for Walnut Creek (where In-N-Out Burger was Supposed to Go)


2nd Ave. & N. Main St, Walnut Creek

A couple of years ago we learned that the proposed In-N-Out Burger for Walnut Creek was cancelled due to potential traffic issues but now Amy’s Drive Thru is hoping to open a new vegetarian restaurant in this spot. Despite the name they will also offer sit down tables. Get updates about this proposed Walnut Creek location from their mailing list here and check out their menu here.

From a PR:

Amy’s Drive Thru offers great-tasting casual fare, like veggie burgers, shakes, french fries, pizza and burritos — all with gluten free and dairy free options.

“We are proposing to bring our next-level vegetarian fare to Walnut Creek with an Amy’s Drive Thru at the corner of 2nd Avenue and N. Main Street,” said Dave Wolfgram, President of Amy’s Drive Thru Restaurants. “We are focusing on providing the neighborhood with delicious and affordable organic food in a beautiful, community-oriented restaurant where all feel welcome.”

Wolfgram added that while the majority of Amy’s customers dine in, the drive-thru option is especially popular with young families, seniors, and those with limited mobility. From the building’s living roof to the fresh and modern interior, nearly everything at the Walnut Creek Amy’s will feel different than a typical fast-food restaurant. “We want delicious and affordable organic food to be readily available to everyone,” Wolfgram said.

Real Estate

Historic Walnut Creek Station House Almost Complete


850 S. Broadway Walnut Creek

A couple of years ago we learned that the restaurant Vic Stweart’s would be closing to make way for a new retail development, Historic Walnut Creek Station House, which is almost complete as you can see in the above photo. During the demolition process you could actually see the Southern Pacific rail car before it was shipped off to the Martinez Historical Society museum.

Restaurants

Pancoast Pizza Expansion Reopening this May in Walnut Creek


1516 S. Main St, Walnut Creek

Pancoast Pizza, which we learned would be expanding last year in Walnut Creek near Las Lomas High School is planning to reopen next month sometime in May. Check out their menu here.

From the owner:

We will have an expanded dining room and outdoor seating, additional menu items such as cheesesteaks, chicken wings, additional chicken options for salads & pizzas, cookies and finally craft tap beer/pitchers and soda. We can now accommodate larger parties at our new 10 foot table made personally by Bob Pancoast.

Crime

Man Arrested using Camera to Record up Girl’s Dress at Broadway Plaza Apple Store

From Walnut Creek PD:

Jacques Bloxham was arrested yesterday for PC 647(j)(2) – using a camera device to secretly record the undergarments of another person, and PC 647.6 – annoying or molesting a child under 18 years.

On 04/21/2019 around 3:00 p.m., Bloxham was inside the Walnut Creek Apple store. He had placed a camera on the top of his shoe and moved his shoe so that the camera was under a female juvenile’s dress. The juvenile’s father saw what was happening and immediately told Bloxham to stop. Bloxham ran away from the Apple store but was pursued by a customer. Walnut Creek officers were able to catch Bloxham nearby and he was arrested shortly thereafter. A search of Bloxham’s car was conducted pursuant to his arrest. Cameras and recording devices were located and seized, including the one from the top of his shoe.

Walnut Creek Police Detectives request that if you have any information pertaining to this case that you contact Detective Gerstner at 925-256-3578.

Gyms

Yoga & Pilates YogaWorks Popup Studios in Downtown Walnut Creek


Main Street Plaza, Walnut Creek

A couple of YogaWorks pop up studios, one for yoga in Main Street Plaza and one for Pilates in Plaza Escuela, are now open until summer when their new gym will open in Main Street Plaza where Tuesday Morning used to be. Note that the new gym will only use part of the Tuesday Morning space, not all of it.


Plaza Escuela, Walnut Creek

Events

First Wednesdays Street Fest May 1st in Downtown Walnut Creek


First Wednesdays Street Fest:

Downtown Walnut Creek
Cypress St, between Locust St. & N. Main St.
Wednesday, May 1st, 2019
5:30 – 8:30p | Free

We are kicking off WCFW’s with Neon Velvet in May, followed in June by Vybe Society. May through September you can end the work or school day on the first Wednesday of each month with a street festival full of live music, dancing, food trucks, wine and beer, Kids Fun Zone, interactive games and free prizes. This year we are partnering with the Contra Costa Certified Farmers Market (Sundays, 9a-1p, Cypress St, WC) to create a Chef’s Demo. Stop by and enjoy some delicious recipes.