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Victory Workspace (formerly Laptop Lounge), Relocating Next to Century Theater in Walnut Creek

1261 Locust Street, Walnut Creek

Victory Workspace, formerly known as Laptop Lounge, is relocating from their N. California Blvd space to Locust St, right next to Century Theater in downtown Walnut Creek. According to a sign in the window they expect to open in June. A couple of months ago they opened a second location in Danville in the historic Shuey Podva house on Hartz. Ave.


J.McLaughlin Opens in Lafayette

La Fiesta Square, Lafayette

The New York-based clothing store J.McLaughlin, which we learned would be coming to La Fiesta Square in Lafayette (next to Starbucks), opened last Friday. Find out more about their story (founded in 1977) here, check out their online selection here and book an appointment with a stylist here.

Considering its East Coast origins I’m not surprised it reminded me of Vineyard Vines with a preppy look. In addition to an expansive women’s selection there is also a smaller men’s section including swimwear, perfect for the upcoming summer.


Club Champion Opens in Blackhawk Plaza in Danville

Blackhawk Plaza, Danville

The golf club fitter, builder, and retailer Club Champion has opened a new location in Blackhawk Plaza in Danville where Patrick James used to be. Check out their grand opening special here for 50% off a full bag fitting or 33% off all other fittings, good until June 30th. If you read the fine print it does indicate that it expires 6/30/16 so check ahead.


Bebe Closing in Sunvalley Shopping Center in Concord

Sunvalley Shopping Center, Concord

Last week we learned that the clothing store Kit and Ace would be closing their physical stores in the US to focus online and now another clothing store, Bebe, is doing the same. As you can see in the above photo, Bebe is closing their Sunvalley shopping center location in Concord. According to this LA Times article, Bebe is closing their stores to focus on online sales as well.

It’s hard to be a brick and mortar store in the online world we live in these days. How can you compete when there is greater selection and cheaper prices online? On the other hand, it’s great to be able to try on clothing before buying. I know some people buy different sizes, colors and styles to find the right one and return the rest but I never felt comfortable doing that. What do you think?


Saje Natural Wellness Coming to Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Thanks to a reader for pointing out that according to the latest city permit information, the Canadian skincare company Saje (founded in 1992), will be opening their first East Bay location in Broadway Plaza in downtown Walnut Creek. Stay tuned for updates on exactly where they will be opening… In the meantime you can check out their San Francisco store at 1913 Fillmore St.

From their website:

Our products contain pure ingredients from nature that are environmentally friendly and support the body’s natural functions. We always use 100% pure, plant derived essential oils that are sourced and distilled from all over the world—wherever the most potent species of beneficial flowers, fruits, leaves and trees grow naturally and sustainably.

We are also proud of the fact that our products are free of parabens, petrochemicals, synthetic colors and artificial fragrances. Look closely at each product label, as everything contained in a product is clearly listed. We stand behind our ingredient choices and have nothing to hide.