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Apple Opens at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Over the weekend I saw a large presentation happening inside the Apple store at Broadway Plaza in downtown Walnut Creek and according to their page they are now open from 11am, with special measures in place:

To ensure a clean, safe environment, we’re taking these extra measures:

  • Limiting store occupancy
  • Face coverings (will be provided)
  • Touchless temperature checks
  • Social distancing
  • Continuous deep cleaning

Venture Quality Goods Reopens in Lafayette

Lafayette Clocktower

Venture Quality Goods is now fully open in Lafayette since they stock Patagonia provisions like wild sockeye salmon, smoked mussels, various snack bars and other food in front. While you’re there (limit five people in the store at one time), check out their clothing and other meticulously selected goods. You can also shop online at their website here.


The Find Open for Business in Danville

312 Railroad Ave, Danville

In March, we got a sneak preview of the Napa-based wine tasting lounge/store The Find in Danville, and although they were only open for ten days before the coronovirus pandemic caused them to close, when I dropped by over the weekend, I found they were open for wine orders via no contact curbside pickup. Check out their wine list here, and schedule a 30 minute Zoom-based virtual shopping session here.


Support Local Makers with Luxurious Hand Sanitizer at Makers Market Online

Makers Market at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek may be closed for the time being but you can still support them and local makers by ordering fancy hand sanitizer at their online shop here.

Cloud of Protection Hand Sanitizer

Protect against illness and the flu with this 65% alcohol, natural, anti-microbial spray formula to clear the air of negativity and cleanse the space. This “Cloud of Protection” defends against illness, smells, and bad vibes. You’ll clear the air of airborne pathogens, and works great as a hand sanitizer. How to use: spritz the air to clear the room, stick it in the diaper bag, and to air out bad energy in a room.


Grocery Shopping during the Coronavirus Pandemic

When it comes to grocery shopping it’s basically impossible to maintain six feet social distancing orders. I’m glad Trader Joe’s in downtown Walnut Creek limited access to maintain space but even so I felt really uncomfortable as I browsed aisle after aisle so close to people trying to stock up on groceries. I wondered if they had the virus, and they no doubt furtively glanced at me thinking the same.

At Safeway the following day I decided to wear an N-95 mask that I had for last year’s Bay Area fires, and although it was rather uncomfortable and awkward, especially at first, the peace of mind after the trip made it worthwhile. I did notice people giving me more space which worked out well. Am I being a bit neurotic? It seemed like the majority of people were not wearing masks but were concerned, and a few people had little concern at all.

How do you find grocery shopping these days?


Swan’s Fine Books Relocating within Downtown Walnut Creek

850 S. Broadway, Walnut Creek

Despite the morbid news emanating throughout our region and the world, life goes on as Swan’s Fine Books, which opened about seven years ago in downtown Walnut Creek, is planning to relocate to the newly remodeled historic Walnut Creek train station where Vic Stewart’s used to be. Before it was demolished I was able to snap a photo of the exposed Southern Pacific Rail Car which was super cool to encounter. Check out Swan’s online shop which remains open here.

From their website:

Our specialities are Fine Press, Illustrated, and Artist books, and it is these that you will most likely find on our web site and at book fairs. We particularly love the early British fine presses, such as the Kelmscott Press, the Ashendene Press, the Cresset Press, and the Golden Cockerel Press. Illustrators of which we are particularly fond include Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac, and Eric Gill – but there are so many it’s impossible to name them all.