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Live Happy Paper Crafts Closing in Danville

355 Hartz Ave, Danville

The stationery and crafting store Live Happy Paper Craft, which opened a little over a year ago on Hartz Ave. in Danville, is closing January 27th. They are only open Thursday, Friday and Saturday and over the weekend everything was 45% off. Contrast with almost every other store offering “up to” X% off” and one should give them kudos them for their straight-up sale!


Wells Fargo Closes in Lafayette and will close in West Berkeley this March

Wells Fargo recently closed their location at Mt. Diablo Blvd. & Moraga Rd. in Lafayette and will also be closing in Moraga West Berkeley this March. According to this CNN Money article, the closures are, “a reflection of Americans’ preference for online and mobile banking these days.” Considering how convenient online banking (even check deposits) has become, I’m not at all surprised by this.

Update: The Moraga branch is not closing. The West Berkeley Business Center is closing in March.


Popup Alert – Lina Shatara Jewelry Opens in Orinda Theatre Square

Orinda Theatre Square

A new popup shop, Lina Shatara Jewelry opened this month in Orinda Theatre Square. Check out their website here. They will be open here through January 2nd from 11am – 7pm.

From their website:

Lina Shatara’s love of travel inspired her collection along with the wealth of visuals (geometric patterns, organic shapes and calligraphy) that boldly influence her designs. Turning sharp yet simplistic pieces into edgy contemporary jewelry has become the DNA of the brand, although not one she is bound to. Every season is about challenging herself creatively. Her use of mixed materials, oxidized metals and matte finishes add elements of surprise to pieces, creating an undeniable unisex appeal.


Charming Charlie Closing Late December in Blackhawk Plaza – Files for Bankruptcy

Blackhawk Plaza, Danville

The Houston-based women’s accessories, jewelry and clothing store Charming Charlie is closing later this month in Blackhawk Plaza in Danville. According to this Houston Chronicle article they “filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Friday with a plan to revamp operations, reduce debt and shrink its chain of jewelry and accessories stores in a hotly competitive retail environment.”


365 by Whole Foods + Urban Remedy + Next Level Burger Open in The Veranda in Concord

The Veranda, Concord

The other day I was able to get a preview of the IMAX movie theater in the Veranda shopping center in Concord and that is also the day that 365 by Whole Foods opened at the other end of the center. On one end is the organic food company Urban Remedy (menu here) and on the other is Oregon-based, vegan fast food restaurant Next Level Burger. Check out their menu here.

The 365 Whole Foods looks like a typical Whole Foods with pre-packaged meats and a focus on “365” items. There is a great looking vegetable/fruit section as well as a separate taqueria section towards the back. They even have a rewards program. Considering how Amazon now owns Whole Foods it’s not surprising that many aspects of the store are electronically-based, such as beer and wine info and bulk weigh (see photos after the jump).

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