Browsing Category

Shopping

Shopping

Amazon Books Coming to Broadway Plaza will Include Cafe


Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Interesting addition about Amazon Books coming to Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek which we found out back in January. According to this East Bay Times article, a cafe will be included in the “6,469-square-foot Amazon store”. As you can see in the photo of the recently vacated Coach store, Amazon Books will replace both the Coach store as well the the former Go! Calendars – Games – Toys store.

Shopping

Golf Galaxy Opens in Pleasant Hill


Downtown Pleasant Hill Shopping Center

Thanks to a reader for pointing out that Golf Galaxy has opened in the Downtown Pleasant Hill Shopping Center where Golfsmith used to be. Golf Galaxy is owned by DICK’S Sporting Goods and according to a store employee everything in the store comes from Golf Galaxy, not leftover from Golfsmith. Too bad about that sign though…

Shopping

RadioShack Closing in Lafayette


Lafayette Clocktower

Thanks to a reader for sending word (and photo) that RadioShack is closing at the Lafayette Clocktower on Mt. Diablo Blvd. A couple of years ago they integrated Sprint stores within but looks like it was too little too late. For a way bigger selection Fry’s Electronics is located in Concord, worth the trip.

Shopping

Aritzia Opens in Broadway Plaza in Downtown Walnut Creek


Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Last June we learned that the Vancouver-based women’s clothing store Aritzia would be coming to Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek and they have now opened. They took over the former J.Crew and J.Jill spots and with soaring ceilings it feels quite spacious. The artistic flourishes throughout the store add to the scene. Check out their website here.

Shopping

Judging Convenience Stores – ENroute Market in Walnut Creek


7000 Sunne Ln, Walnut Creek

Earlier this month we learned that the gourmet convenience store ENroute Market opened in the Avalon apartment complex near the Pleasant Hill BART station in Walnut Creek and recently I stopped by for a closer look. To say ENroute Market is a “convenience” store is like saying Bergdorf Goodman is just a department store. Yes, ENroute Market is a convenience store in the sense that you can find most anything found in convenience stores elsewhere, but the quality of goods seen here is unparalleled, especially considering the location. They carry everything from snacks, grab-n-go breakfast and lunch items, drinks, gifts, condiments and more. In the mood for pizza? They can heat up a gourmet frozen pie in two minutes with their Turbo Chef oven! How about kombucha? Two recent flavors on tap are grapefruit sage and pomegranate. They even carry Marvis toothpaste, toilet paper and other sundries.

The breakfast and lunch meals are made fresh daily by former Google chef Charlie Ayers, with leftover food donated to the Monument Crisis Center and UC Berkeley food pantry. I tried the pork bowl with quinoa which was delicious. They also carry baked goods from Emeryville-based Starter Bakery. The kouign-amann (see photo after the jump) was great. The bread is from Oakland-based Firebrand. Although not cheap, they do carry bacon bread which tasted SO good. For drinks, in addition to dark roast drip coffee, craft soda and juices they also offer craft beer, clever wine recommendations based on destinations such as “poolside”, “date night”, “girls’ night” and more.

What sets ENroute Market apart is the quality and distinctness of items carried. The owner has personally tried every one of the 700 stocked items and just by browsing around for a few minutes it’s clear they really care about everything they carry. Items like Torra caviar chips, Malvi marshmallow confections, Humphrey Slocombe Secret Breakfast ice cream, Snozzberry craft soda (available from the soda machine). I could go on and on but check out the photos after the jump to see what I mean. This place is amazing; you should definitely check it out when you have a chance!

Plenty more photos of the inside after the jump… Continue Reading

Shopping

Ministry of Supply Coming to Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek


Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Boston-based clothing store Ministry of Supply is coming to Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek where Vince Camuto used to be. Check out their website here. “Complimentary tailoring” is a nice perk. According to the Wikipedia page, it was founded by MIT students and funded by Kickstarter campaigns. Sounds interesting! Has anyone been to their San Francisco store? Thanks to a reader for sending word about the latest city permit info.

From their website:

What if the innovation was actually focused on making the experience of wearing the product better? Ministry of Supply was founded in 2012 to answer this question. We believe that clothing is both an expression of our identity and ideas, and an extension of the body, where form and function intersect. Our mission is to design and construct garments true to the form of the body, so we can unlock the body’s innate potential, leaving one truly unrestricted to focus on their daily pursuits.