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Makers Market Coming to Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Makers Market, featuring handcrafted, American-made goods is opening their second location after Santana Row in Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek where Les Lunes used to be (relocated down the street also within Broadway Plaza), near the fountain. Check out their story here and see their local maker product line here.

From their website:

Join our mission to Rebuild the Legacy of American Made. Products that honor the ideals of American craftsmanship and are Modern + Heritage-inspired. Products inspired by the heart and soul of an emerging maker. In our quest to bring you the best in handcrafted, we have vetted each product to ensure it is well-designed, long-lasting, and either organic, sustainable or ethically produced.

There is currently an exciting resurgence in American making, that is both steeped in tradition, and relevant to the modern world. At Makers Market, we’re weaving the legacy of American-made goods back together, one story at a time.


Saje Natural Wellness Coming to Broadway Plaza this Fall

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

A couple of months ago we learned that Canadian skincare company Saje Natural Wellness would be coming to Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek and according to the temporary signage now up they will be opening sometime in the fall where Michael Stars used to be. In addition to three other Bay Area locations in San Francisco, Santa Clara and Corte Madera in Marin, another store will be opening on Fourth Street in Berkeley. Check out Saje’s story here and their product line here.


Capital One Cafe Soft Opening Tomorrow in Downtown Walnut Creek

1139 S. Main Street, Walnut Creek

Last April we learned about a new Capital One Cafe bank opening in downtown Walnut Creek where GAP used to be next to the Apple store and according to an employee I spoke with over the weekend they are planning to soft open tomorrow (judging by the above photo I would add, *hopefully*), followed by the official grand opening on July 22nd with “awesome sweepstake giveaways”, “free food and coffee sampling”, “free swag giveaways” and more.

In addition to being able to get work done in a cafe-like environment this will be especially great for those with Capital One accounts (including credit cards) since all Peet’s drinks will be 50% off. This week I was at their San Francisco cafe and it was nice to see so many people working on their laptops as well as in small groups in a cafe-like environment.


ModernTone Studios Opens in Lafayette

1018-B Almanor Ln, Lafayette

A new music school and recording studio called ModernTone Studios opened recently in Lafayette. Each room has been rebuilt with acoustics and soundproofing in mind and it looks really sharp. There are separate guitar and drum practice rooms and in addition to guitar, bass, drum and music theory lessons, you can even schedule a home recording lesson to learn how to make a kick-ass YouTube video using a state of the art recording studio. The studio and practice rooms are also available to pro musicians as well. Check out their schedule online here. As younger kids grow up with social media this looks like a great way to highlight your (or your kid’s) musical abilities instead of the old recital way once or twice a year.

From their website:

ModernTone Studios is a state of the art recording and teaching facility in Lafayette, CA. It is a truly unique place that caters to beginners, intermediate students, and advanced players who are looking to go pro. Run by performing artists and musicians who specialize in a wide variety of styles and genres, ModernTone aims to provide professional instruction, guidance, and support that empower people to realize and fulfill their potential and achieve their musical dreams. Whether you are a child or an adult, a casual player or an aspiring musician, we would love to share our passion, experience, and knowledge with you.

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Douglah Designs Showroom Renamed “Luxe Home”

La Fiesta Square, Lafayette

The Douglah Designs showroom which opened late last year in La Fiesta Square in Lafayette has been renamed Luxe Home by Douglah Designs.

From the Luxe Home Facebook page:

Luxe Home by Douglah Designs is a state-of-the-art showroom in Lafayette featuring exclusive plumbing fixtures, tile, lighting, and bathroom vanities. Our design team gives our customers access to luxury product lines, and help you find the perfect fit for your home project.


Michael Stars Closes in Broadway Plaza

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Michael Stars closed over the weekend in Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek:



We are grateful for your loyalty to our brand & have enjoyed being a part of your community for the last eight years. Our last day at Broadway Plaza will be SUNDAY, JULY 2nd.

We look forward to staying connected with you on MICHAELSTARS.COM

It looks like this is where the Canadian skincare company Saje Natural Wellness will be opening. Stay tuned…


Sutter Walk-in Care Opens in Orchards Shopping Center in Walnut Creek

Orchards Shopping Center, Walnut Creek

From an email:

Sutter Health is announcing the opening of a Walk-In Care clinic in Walnut Creek, at the Orchards Shopping Center, 2878 Ygnacio Valley Rd. The clinic opened today and is a convenient addition for patients who need quality non-urgent care but can’t get to their doctor right away.

The clinic is open seven days a week, from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., with reduced hours on almost all major holidays, ensuring that patients can get same-day care close to where they live, work, shop or play.
o Because it is a stand-alone site and not located within a retail outlet, the Walk-in Care clinic is not dependent on a store’s hours of operation.
§ Staffed by nurse practitioners and physician assistants, the clinic can provide a range of medical services:
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