Shopping

Retail Shopping Slowly Opening Back up in Downtown Walnut Creek


Broadway Pointe, Walnut Creek

The one-two punch of the Covid-19 pandemic with recent looting in downtown Walnut Creek meant lots of closed and boarded up stores over the weekend but there are signs of retail shopping slowly opening up. Out of curiosity I checked out Williams-Sonoma which was open. A warning out front asking people to wear a mask and not to come in with a cough or fever was accompanied with touchless shopping signs inside the store. A few other people were inside as well, but frankly, it’s going to take a while to get used to shopping.

Restaurants

Outdoor Patio Dining Now permitted in Contra Costa

Outdoor dining is now permitted in Contra Costa county, and as you can see in the above photo many people jumped at the chance to dine out at Modern China Cafe in downtown Walnut Creek. Quite a few other downtown spots were also quite busy and I’m sure it’s going to pick up further with summer approaching, as long as Covid-19 infections remain stable. Do you plan on eating out anytime soon?

Daily Life

What’s going on with the Broadway Pointe Parking Garage in Downtown Walnut Creek?

I noticed this “CREDIT CARDS ONLY” sign at the Broadway Pointe parking garage in downtown Walnut Creek. The toll booth was open but does anyone know how much they’re going to charge and whether there will be any free parking included like the three hours that Broadway Plaza offers? Or are they going to choose what La Fiesta Square did in Lafayette and offer NO free parking whatsoever? Is this the end of the road for free parking in downtown Walnut Creek?! 🚗🚘🚗🚘

Daily Life

Protests during Day, Curfews at Night – East Bay adjusts to More Changes

In response to the George Floyd killing by a police officer in Minneapolis last week, protests have replaced shelter in place life in many cities and towns across the United States and East Bay. In Lafayette, seen in the above photo, protesters took up spots at the corners of Mt. Diablo Blvd. and Moraga Rd. with some cars honking in support. Due to the looting that happened in Walnut Creek the other day, curfews have taken hold not only in Walnut Creek but also surrounding  towns including Danville, Pleasant Hill, Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda for the next several days. Stay safe!

Crime

The Mean Streets of Walnut Creek


Downtown Walnut Creek

Yesterday a woman was shot in downtown Walnut Creek with looters targeting Broadway Plaza, Target and other stores according to SFGate, with a curfew in effect from 8pm to 5am each night through June 8th. I saw many shops being boarded up a few hours earlier including the Apple store, Main Street Kitchen & Bar, Williams-Sonoma, Zara, Camera West, Warby Parker, Sasa and elsewhere. The videos of the looters show how brazen they were. Unbelievable.

From the City of Walnut Creek:

Due to incidents of vandalism, theft and violence, the City of Walnut Creek has issued a curfew to be in effect overnight.

The City Manager, as Director of Emergency Services, imposed a citywide curfew through 5:00 a.m. on Monday, June 1. The curfew will be in place from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. each evening through Monday, June 8. It requires residents, visitors and workers within the City of Walnut Creek to stay indoors during those hours. Exemptions include public safety personnel, health care providers, people traveling to and from work, and media representatives.

Question of the Day

What is your Favorite Takeout Restaurant?

Restaurants are probably going to open for outdoor dining sometime next month, but in the meantime, takeout has become very popular. Over time, I’ve noticed improvements picking up food with some even taking it straight to my car after I check in from an app. Very convenient and safer. Although, lately I’ve been having food delivered straight to my house via DoorDash. Contactless delivery is the best!

What is your favorite takeout restaurant?