Solano Jewelers opened in 1977 in Berkeley, CA on historic Solano Avenue. Our family-owned and operated fine jewelry store specializes in the most exquisite selections, which include conflict-free diamonds and gemstones, handcrafted settings, custom designs, and pieces curated by Aline. We are a full-service jeweler providing jewelry and watch repairs, appraisals and restringing.
Last April we learned about plans for an independently owned children’s bookstore called Flashlight Books to open and they have now opened in downtown Walnut Creek. In order to open for the holidays they had to scale back the store design but after December 30th they plan on temporarily closing for two to three weeks for remodeling. This is a great addition to downtown with quite an interesting selection of stationery, toys and gifts that I haven’t seen elsewhere so definitely check it out if you’re in the area. On December 14th they will be hosting author Lynn Fulton where she will read from her new children’s biography, “She Made a Monster: How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein.” followed by a “discussion on the creative process behind writing, and we’ll all have some time to create monsters of our own through writing and/or illustration.” Recommended kids ages 7 – 11. Check out the Facebook event here.
Flashlight Books will be an independent bookstore dedicated to promoting a sustained love of reading in children – particularly in their teen and pre-teen years, when they most need the messages of empathy and the diverse viewpoints that books provide. We will be a space that is community-focused and celebrates curiosity, passion, and learning. In addition to being a store for books, we will host events, create a tutoring space, and run programs for kids and teens. Flashlight Books will aim to be a place where families feel welcomed, kids feel safe, and young adults feel supported.
The annual See’s Candies popup shops opened in Moraga at the Rheem Valley shopping center, next to Starbucks, open until December 24, 10am – 5pm. Another popup is located at the Moraga Center between Loard’s Ice Cream and the Moraga Garden Center.
The Kiwanis Club’s See’s Holiday Shops are an annual, major fund-raising effort that benefits charities in Lamorinda and nearby communities. The club raises and distributes in total approximately $60,000 annually.
Lafayette-based the piece. store, which features a “curated collection of luxury items for the woman, man, and home”, opened their second location in the recently opened City Center Bishop Ranch in San Ramon. Check out their online collection here.
You’ll discover collections you won’t find in other stores, handpicked from New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, as well as fashion capitals across the globe. We carry gifts, weekend wear for men, and select stylish items for your home.
The Veranda shopping center in Concord is not the only place to pick up mobile phone case at a kiosk. Now you can browse the latest in cases and even get a “new screen within 45 minutes”. The four new kiosks are located near Old Navy and GAP. Currently two kiosks are empty and the other one is selling toys.
The footwear and apparel store Vans opened recently in downtown Walnut Creek where Free People used to be. Considering this is a dedicated Vans store I imagine there will be some specialty items not available at authorized dealers like Tillys and Nordstrom. Check out their online shop here.
The pet boutique rororiri opened their second retail shop (after San Francisco) in downtown Walnut Creek where Consignit Couture used to be. Check out their online shop here. According to their Instagram page Santa will be visiting their Walnut Creek location for photos on December 1st from 1 – 3pm.