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Popup Alert – Kristi Yamaguchi’s Tsuya Opens in Downtown Walnut Creek

1521 Mt Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek

A new activewear popup boutique popup featuring figure skating gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi’s brand, Tsuya, recently opened where Tommy Bahama used to be in downtown Walnut Creek. They plan on staying open at this location through the end of January and possibly February with everything 25% off in-store. Check out their website here.

From a press release:

Yamaguchi launched this clothing line, Tsuya, (pronounced Tsoo-ya) in 2012, to deliver the style that fits every part of your active life. Tsuya offers modern designs, on-trend colors and sophisticated style, plus ultra comfortable fabrics.

Tsuya is a product with a purpose. A portion of the proceeds from all sales goes to the Always Dream Foundation (, which inspires underserved children to reach for their dreams through innovative reading programs and by advancing the cause of early childhood literacy.

Tsuya will offer additional discounts in-store only.


Amazon Books Coming to Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Goodbye Barnes & Noble, hello Amazon Books! Thanks to a reader for pointing out that according to the latest permit information Amazon Books is coming to Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek, possibly where Go! Calendars – Games – Toys used to be. It’s ironic how Amazon caused so many physical bookstores to close, with Barnes & Noble closing around the corner last year; and now Amazon is the one opening a brick and mortar store. As an Amazon Prime member I look forward to checking this store out!

From the Amazon Books page:

As a physical extension of, Amazon Books integrates the benefits of offline and online shopping to help you find books and devices you’ll love. We select books based on customer ratings, pre-orders, sales, popularity on Goodreads, and our curators’ assessments. We place books face-out on the shelves, so each can communicate its own essence. Under each book is a review card with the customer rating and a review. Most have been rated 4 stars or above and many are award winners.

Amazon Books is a store without walls – there are thousands of books available in store and millions more available at Walk out of the store with a book or device; lighten your load and buy it online (Prime customers, of course, won’t pay for shipping); download a book for your Kindle; or add a product to your Amazon Wish List, so someone else can buy it.

Devices in our Echo, Kindle, Fire tablet, and Fire TV families are available to test drive and buy. Associates are on hand to answer questions and show each device in action.

Prices on all items for Amazon Prime members are the same as from For customers who aren’t Prime members, Amazon devices are the same price as from; books and other items are sold at list price.


SafeAmerica Credit Union Opens in Orchards Shopping Center in Walnut Creek

Orchards Shopping Center, Walnut Creek

SafeAmerica Credit Union recently opened in the Orchards shopping center in Walnut Creek.

From their website:

SafeAmerica Credit Union is a non-profit financial cooperative, owned and operated by its members. Credit unions are not for profit organizations, unlike banks, which are in the business of making money for their shareholders. Membership entitles you to share as a “financial partner.” Rather than paying stockholders, credit unions return earnings to members in the form of higher dividends, lower loan rates and reduced transactional fees. This means you can enjoy low cost loans and higher yields on savings and investment options. This is what distinguishes the Credit Union from other financial institutions.


Atlas & Athena Relocating within Downtown Walnut Creek

1387 N. Main St, Walnut Creek

The clothing store Atlas & Athena is relocating a few blocks from their current Botelho Dr. location  in downtown Walnut Creek to a spot on N. Main St. where jeu de jupe used to be and interestingly, across the street from where Atlas was originally located several years ago. Check out their website here and check back for updates on their grand opening dates and events.

Old location:


Powell’s Sweet Shoppe Closes in Lafayette

3591 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

Powell’s Sweet Shoppe has closed in Lafayette however not to worry; according to a sign in the window, they are remodeling and will reopen as Zoonie’s on January 18th, “the same great store with all the sweets, gelato, chocolates and delights you love, under a different name”. According to their Facebook page, “the name change is because we will no longer be part of the Powell’s franchise. We will be an independent store.”

Note that they will be “serving free gelato Wednesday January 18 and all day Saturday January 21“.