Indigo Cycling Studio Opens at Palos Verdes Mall in Walnut Creek

Palos Verdes Mall, Walnut Creek

Indigo Yoga & Pilates has expanded yet again, to a third location in the Palos Verdes mall in Walnut Creek, this time opening a cycling studio featuring stationary Schwinn bikes. Class offerings include high energy, inspirational and sweaty, classical-style and music-driven styles. Indigo also offers various yoga classes, including Vinyasa Flow, Kundalini, Hatha, Mat Pilates, Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga and Sound Healing. Check out their website here and take note of the special two week unlimited cycling offer for $29.


New Day for Children Fundraiser at Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland Oct 13th

New Day for Children Fundraiser:

Chabot Space and Science Center
10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland
Saturday, October 13th, 2018
6:30 – 9:00pm | $125

Join New Day at Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland for our Fall Fundraiser!

New Day for Children is a place for girls caught in the despair of human trafficking to regain their stolen childhoods.
Since 2009, we’ve provided restorative care and education to girls 10+ years old, in our facilities, state licensed boarding schools and partner programs in the Western U.S. We take a multi-faceted approach to meet the unique needs of the girls rescued, combining shelter, education, and therapy to help them recapture their lives. Our program was developed to lift the girls out of this desperation by providing a safe, loving, and hope-filled place to flourish and, in time, learn to lead happy, productive lives.


Cielito Cocina Mexicana Opening Early Next Year in Danville

445 Railroad Ave, Danville

Thanks to a reader for sending word that a new Mexican restaurant called Cielito will be coming to Danville where Chow used to be. Look for an early 2019 opening. Stay tuned…

From their website:

Cielito Cocina Mexicana features authentic, regional Mexican cuisine from Puebla, Oaxaca, and Veracruz. We support local farmers so that we can source the freshest ingredients. We also have a full bar with an exceptional tequila and mescal collection, California wines, and local microbrews on tap.


Jade Garden Loses Lease – “To say our neighborhood is mad and getting more upset is a vast understatement”

From a reader:

Someone on the NextDoor app posted a notice that Jade Garden, located next to the ‘new’ Whole Foods on Ygnacio in Walnut Creek was being forced to close.
When WF negotiated their lease, they have a clause that states all other restaurants in the complex cannot renew their lease. Jade Garden, a part of our neighborhood for over 30 years, is being forced to move/close because Whole Foods does not want the competition. This also means the other long-term restaurants in the complex will need to close over time. These are businesses run by families that live in our community. Our neighborhood has always been good about embracing these businesses and supporting them with our patronage.

To say our neighborhood is mad and getting more upset is a vast understatement.
To my eye, this flies in the face of how WF presents itself to the public. They come across as this good neighbor, supporting local farmers/food producers and the community…but here they are putting clauses in to shut out competition and essentially ruin local businesses. It’s disgusting.

There is a WC Planning Commission meeting tomorrow to review this change (and the pending new AAA office taking the space)…Regency Partners and WF may be shocked at the turn out


Vinous Reverie Wine Merchant Opens in Walnut Creek

554 Ygnacio Valley Rd, Walnut Creek

In the spring we learned about a new wine shop coming to Walnut Creek called Vinous Reverie and they have now opened. They feature a selection of hand picked, reasonably priced wines from around the world and have a wine tasting area (Friday evenings and Saturdays) in front. With free parking in back this is definitely a place you should check out if you’re looking for something new to try. To celebrate their grand opening all wine is 10% off through October. Look for wine tasting events on their Facebook page here.

From their website:

While the store has many classic wines (there are plenty of Napa Cabernets, Bordeaux, and Burgundies), its true gems are to be found among its many international selections. The store boasts a variety of highly rated Rieslings – German, Alsatian, Australian and even a Spanish Riesling. There’s also an eclectic selection of Indigenous Italian varieties as well as sparkling wines from England, Austria and Tasmania. The store offers a highly curated experience within a large space, including many “value” selections, acclaimed wines at very competitive price points.

More photos of the inside after the jump… Continue Reading


Rooted Opening in Pleasant Hill this December

1941 Oak Park Blvd, Pleasant Hill

Rooted Coffee Co which has been offering plant based food and specialty drinks at the Walnut Creek farmers market for several years will be opening a storefront next to SlowHand BBQ in Pleasant Hill this December according to a sign in the window. To help with funding they recently wrapped up a Kickstarter that raised over $55,000. (h/t Diablo Dish)

From their website:

We believe in offering a quality product and experience. For us, it starts with sourcing beans that are exclusively organic & fairly traded. Farmers who grow fair trade products receive a fair price while their communities and the environment benefit as well. Rooted is interested in bettering the lives of our bean farmers as well as leaving a better world for the next generation. These farmers enjoy freedom of association, safe working conditions and fair wages. Forced child labor is strictly prohibited.

While our goal is not to save the planet, we do intend to be good stewards of our resources and try our best to make a minimal impact on the earth. We do this by:

– exclusive use of fair-trade, organic beans
– exclusive use of plant based milks
– exclusive use of compostable, petroleum-free cups
– exclusive relationship with one independent, local roaster

Did we mention that Rooted Coffee has a smooth and complex taste with an aroma that is incomparable?!