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End of an Era – Concord Jewelers Closing April 1st

2022 Salvio St, Concord

It’s the end of an era as Concord Jewelers is set to close April 1st. This family-owned business has been in the same family for over 30 years, and the store has been in the same location since 1946 and the same street since 1907! Check out their website here where they may still sell some pieces online.

According to a newspaper article taped to the wall, it was founded by Charles W. Thissell (one of the first Concord photographers) in 1907 where in addition to selling jewelry and repairing watches, also sold Edison phonographs and Victor talking machines.

Side note: This is one of my favorite photographs after converting the iPhone 6s color image to black and white using the Silver Efex Pro 2 Nik plugin. The checkerboard flooring, vertical lines at the edges and glass square tiles combined with the old style lettering on the window/door really makes this pop. Farewell Concord Jewelers!


Ministry of Supply Opens in Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Last month we learned that the clothing store Ministry of Supply would be opening where Vince Camuto used to be in Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek and they have now opened. Although predominantly a men’s clothing store they also have a small women’s section as well. Check out their website here. They are having a launch party on March 15th with, “beer, wine, cocktails and made-on-the-spot ice cream from Smitten Ice Cream” as well as a “chance to win free Ministry of Supply products”. If interested, register for the party here.

More photos of the inside after the jump… Continue Reading


Porcelanosa Kitchen Bath Showroom Coming to Downtown Walnut Creek

1401 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek

A couple of years ago Performance Bicycle Shop closed in downtown Walnut Creek and now according to the building division a Spanish-based tile, kitchen and bath showroom called Porcelanosa will be opening in this spot.

From their website:

With more than 400 tile, kitchen and bath showrooms in over 120 countries worldwide and over 40 years of experience, the Porcelanosa Group is a major presence in the tile, kitchen and bath industries today. With a vertically integrated model that comprises manufacturing, distributing and retailing, Porcelanosa enables its clients to directly and effectively source from the manufacturer its wide product offerings, including kitchen cabinetry, bathroom furniture and fixtures,  hardwood, laminate, glass and stone mosaics, natural stone tiles, solid surface, and avant-garde building systems for contemporary architecture.