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Men’s Wearhouse to Include New Joseph Abboud Section with Separate Entrance

1101 Locust St, Walnut Creek

Men’s Wearhouse in Plaza Escuela in downtown Walnut Creek is planning on building a separate entrance on Locust St. to their new Joseph Abboud storefront according to a Design Review agenda scheduled next month. Check out this Fortune article from a couple of years ago to see how Men’s Wearhouse incorporated Joseph Abboud into their store.


Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us Opening Nov 4th at Veranda Shopping Center in Concord

Veranda Shopping Center, Concord

Lots of activity going on at the soon-to-open Veranda shopping center in Concord. Located right next to the Willows shopping center, there’s going to be a 365 by Whole Foods supermarket, an IMAX movie theater, and plenty of shopping and dining options. As you can see in the above photo, bankruptcy has not stopped Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us from opening here on November 4th. There will be a DJ, giveaways, raffles, food trucks, a special appearance by Geoffrey the Giraffe, and other activities from 10 a.m. to noon.


Amazon Books Opening Soon in Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

The brick facade is now up at the soon-to-be-opening Amazon Books shop in Broadway Plaza in downtown Walnut Creek. They are still looking for seasonal associates here, which will also feature a cafe. I can’t wait to check this place out, although considering their recent purchase of Whole Foods, I do wonder about the increasing power they have in the marketplace and how it will affect long-term prices.


Frame Up Bikes Opens in Walnut Creek

181 Mayhew Way, Walnut Creek

A cool, new full-service bike shop called Frame Up Bikes recently opened in Walnut Creek. In addition to tune-ups, repairs and other services, they carry bicycles from LOOK, Pivot and more and also offer weekly rides and workshops. They even have free espresso from their coffee bar in back. Check for updates on their Facebook page here. Although I’m a runner the sweet looking bikes on display made me want to take up cycling again. 🙂 One of these days…

From an email:

One kind of cool thing is that we built everything — including the fixtures — ourselves. Literally the STORE was built from the frame up.

So, one thing we really want to do at Frame-Up is emphasize community. We have a weekly Thursday night mountain bike ride, and a weekend road ride that we’ll be adding. We’ll also be offering workshops (how to change a tire, etc), a coffee bar, and volunteer opportunities such as trail maintenance.

The owners are Tom Crenshaw, Chris Reardon and Ron Ocampo, who all share a passion for bicycles that extends beyond the normal “tribes” (mountain bikers, road bikers, commuters). Tom and Chris have worked in bicycle shops for years, and they have competed at all levels of cycling. In 2017, they decided to make their passion into a business, catering both to the novice and the advanced rider seeking the best possible cycling experience.

The “frame up” idea is that you can’t always afford a new bike, but you can make tweaks to your bike (a new seat, a different stem, electronic shifting, tubeless tires) that can improve your saddle time.

More photos of the inside after the jump… Continue Reading


365 by Whole Foods Opening Dec 6th at The Veranda in Concord

Veranda Shopping Center, Concord

The eagerly anticipated 365 by Whole Foods supermarket is opening December 6th in the new Veranda shopping center at the corner of Diamond Blvd. and Galaxy Way in Concord. Check out their rewards program here. You can get 10% off over 100 products, buy 5 get one free deals, as well as, “lots of special offers that will surprise and delight you, from department discounts to birthday presents.”

From the 365 by Whole Foods site:

It’s time for a whole new grocery shopping experience. One that strives to be good for your body, your budget, your lifestyle and the planet.