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Rebel Art School Opens in Walnut Creek


1133 Bont Ln, Walnut Creek

A new art school called Rebel Art School recently opened in Walnut Creek down the street from Monaluna off Mt. Diablo Blvd. In addition to art classes for both children and adults they also offer summer camps and host birthday parties. Find out more on their website here. For background on the owner, Alexandra Harrison, click here. Check out their Facebook page here and Instagram gallery here.

I love the name of this school and their motto, “an art school for the rebels, the rule followers, and everyone in between.” and how the owner believes that, “there is no right or wrong way to make art, and mistakes are merely happy accidents that allow us to discover new ideas, problem solve, and think outside the box.”

From the owner:

We offer a safe and engaging space for kids and adults to be inspired and creative. Classes range from drawing, painting, mixed media, sculpture, to printmaking while focusing on classical and inventive techniques, terminology, and history. Students can choose to attend classes, camps, workshops, as well as parties to come create original artworks with us.

More photos of the inside after the jump… Continue Reading

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Help Flashlight Books open in Walnut Creek

Help Walnut Creek get an independent children’s bookstore by supporting the Flashlight Books Indiegogo campaign here. Check out their Facebook page here. In addition to selling books they also plan to, “host events, create a tutoring space, and run programs for kids and teens.”

From an email:

My name is Shoshana Smith, and I am currently working to open up an independent children’s bookstore in Walnut Creek. We’re running an Indiegogo campaign right now to help raise funds for start-up costs, and I was wondering if it would be possible to have our story and campaign mentioned in your coverage. I think it would be of great interest to the Walnut Creek and surrounding community, and we’d really like to reach out to those community members who would be our future friends and patrons!

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Perfect Locks Relocates to Walnut Creek


635 Ygnacio Valley Rd, Walnut Creek

The hair extensions store Perfect Locks has recently relocated from their Concord location to Walnut Creek. Check for updates on their All Tressed Up blog here. Thanks to a reader for sending photos!

From their website:

We’ve been busy, really busy. Finally, our big move is happening and we couldn’t be more excited. 2 years in the making, our new state of the art flagship location close to downtown Walnut Creek will be the talk of the Bay Area and beyond. We’ve moved our corporate offices and retail hair extensions store from Concord, CA to a brand new location in the affluent, trendy, and rapidly expanding area of Walnut Creek. Located just 40 minutes from San Francisco and 15 minutes from Oakland. With free parking easy access from highway 680, our new Bay Area location makes it an easy choice for savvy hair shoppers. It may not look it, but we’re 98% complete and we’re adding the finishing touches this week. Stay tuned for our amazing grand opening announcement and party invitation!

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Apple Opening in New Broadway Plaza Spot in Walnut Creek


Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

The writing has been on the wall for a while now that Apple would be relocating from their location next to Tiffany in downtown Walnut Creek to Broadway Plaza ever since we learned of a new building with glass walls that was proposed last year where California Pizza Kitchen, Starbucks, Tesla and  Yogasmoga used to be. The Broadway Plaza directory now lists the Apple Store as a new addition so it’s official. Apple is relocating to Broadway Plaza in a brand new building! With Amazon opening in the fall I’m glad to see some tech focused stores opening here.

Note, you can actually see the current Apple store in the background of the above photo so they won’t be moving far.

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J.McLaughlin Expanding to Lafayette


La Fiesta Square, Lafayette

Last week we learned that the New York based clothing store J.McLaughlin would be coming to Danville and according to the latest La Fiesta Square leasing information they also plan on opening in Lafayette where Art & Science of Eyewear used to be (who have since relocated elsewhere within La Fiesta Square). Check out the history of J.McLaughlin here and see their online selection here.