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Ray-Ban Takes Over Apex Store in Broadway Plaza


Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Last week we learned that Ray-Ban would be taking over the Apex sunglasses store in Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek and they have now opened. Considering they are both owned by the Italian eyewear company Luxottica I’m not surprised they opened so quickly. Looks like Oakley just couldn’t compete with the allure of the iconic brand Ray-Ban. In fact, I realized after entering the store to browse I myself was wearing a pair of Ray-Bans which one of the employees kindly offered to clean for me. If you’re looking for Ray-Ban glasses this is the place to check out!

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Amazon Buys Whole Foods – What’s going to Happen?

Last week the giant online retailer Amazon bought the high-end supermarket Whole Foods and as other supermarket chains shudder as their stock prices drop, shoppers are left wondering how this will affect them. Will we start start getting groceries delivered by drone? Not around here, but with all that money Amazon makes and tech knowledge they have, supermarkets are right to be worried.

Will human cashiers be replaced by self-service checkout options? Will big data allow Amazon to track use personally to make better recommendations and discounts as well as invade our privacy to a greater extent? What do you envision will happen at Whole Foods?

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Union & Fifth Pop-Up Shop Opening in Downtown Walnut Creek June 23rd


1401 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek

Union & Fifth, a high-end discount clothing reseller with 75% of the proceeds going directly to the charity of the donor’s choice is opening a pop-up shop in downtown Walnut Creek where Chico’s used to be. They will be open through October. Check for updates on their Facebook page here and check out the brands they carry and charities they support on their website here.

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Drift Co. Opens in Blackhawk Plaza in Danville


Blackhawk Plaza, Danville

Drift Co, the Pleasanton-based clothing boutique opened their second location over the weekend in Blackhawk Plaza in Danville. Specializing in “curating the best brands in swim, active and travel lifestyle”, they have a really nice selection of clothes and accoutrements. Check out their offerings on their website here.

From their website:

We all dream of our next big adventure. Drift co was dreamt up in pursuit of styling those adventures and bringing all the fun of fashion and glam into your most memorable moments. These are the moments that photos are made of so come drift away with us.

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Progress on Veranda Shopping Center in Concord


Veranda Shopping Center, Concord

The look of the new Veranda Shopping Center in Concord next to WIllows Shopping Center is starting to take shape with the first buildings that looks similar to Spanish Colonial Revival and Mission Revival architecture. So far we know of the following shops which will be opening here: