Thanks to a reader for pointing out that last week Brookstonedeclared bankruptcy and is closing all stores including the one at the Sunvalley shopping center in Concord. According to an employee they are expecting to close within the next couple of months.
In April we learned that the clothing store Johnny Was would be coming to Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek and the coming soon signage is now up showing they’ll be opening next month in September. Now that Apple has reopened this part of Broadway Plaza looks completely different with a wide open space making this a great time and location to open. Check out the Johnny Was website here.
In March we learned that Soft Surroundings, a St. Louis-based women’s catalog retailer would be coming to Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek and the coming soon signage is now up next to Aldo and although their website still indicates a fall opening, the signage that is up now points to a winter, 2018 opening. Check out their online catalog here.
The home decor and gift store Transitions is closing in Lafayette according to a sign in the window. Although you wouldn’t know it from the storefront, according to the yelp reviews there is a hair salon in back. I’ve walked by there dozens of times and had no idea it was also a salon.
The Apple store reopened in Broadway Plaza over the weekend across the street from their previous location in downtown Walnut Creek. Obviously it’s a beautiful store with tall ceilings, and wrap-around, floor-to-ceiling windows allowing plenty of light in. The front of the store showcases their products while the back of the store features a Genius “grove” instead of “bar” to handle support issues with a giant LCD wall screen splitting the two sections up. The LCD screen area hosts various sessions to learn about Apple products and techniques like photography, music, coding and more. Check out and reserve current sessions here. The reason why it feels so spacious inside is thanks to the basement that was added to store their inventory etc.
Right outside in back are several tables with the patio area extending all the way out to the remodeled fountain and benches. Interestingly the Apple logo at the old store was blacked out but protruded nonetheless; check out this photo and more inside photos after the jump. What do you think of the new store? Has it met your expectations?
The Den on School Street is a premier, membership-based, shared workplace environment where business happens and community thrives. The Den offers its community a warm and comfortable work place in a dynamic and creative environment that promotes creativity, productivity and focus.
In addition, The Den on School Street offers connection. More than just a place to work, this is a lifestyle environment that encourages a strong sense of community and collaboration. Come and experience The Den today or call to set up a tour at your convenience.
A new baby food subscription service called Square Baby is opening a retail store sometime in August in Orinda Theatre Square where ECHO Grove used to be. You can choose between a customized meal plan designed by a registered dietitian and pediatrician or select meals directly, which are delivered frozen every two weeks. Check out their online shop here.
Fed up with all the fruit-heavy, sugar-laden baby foods masquerading as balanced meals, Katie Thomson, a Registered Dietitian with a Masters in Nutrition Science, knew she could do better.
With Square Baby, each meal is completely balanced and the Square Meal System™ delivers 100% of a baby’s daily recommended servings of fruit, veggies, protein, and grains. She even incorporated healthy fats like avocado oil, sprouted grains, lentils and Salba chia, and various protein sources like salmon, egg, and bone broth that were often missing from the leading jars and pouches.
It’s been over a year since we learned that Apple would be relocating across the street in Broadway Plaza in downtown Walnut Creek and they’ll finally be opening on July 28th at 10am according to the Apple Walnut Creek web page. Note there will be plenty of floor to ceiling windows surrounding the building; it’s just papered over in these photos. Also, the open space behind the store where Starbucks, Lacoste/Tesla and Lucky Jeans used to be is huge! New benches surround the fountain and new paver stones have been placed throughout this section of the plaza. This is going to be a great place to stroll around.
At the beginning of the year we learned that a Peloton cycling showroom would be coming to Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek and they have now opened, this being their third Bay Area location. For about $2,000 you get a stationary bike and for about $40/month you get access to on-demand and live classes. I took a test ride and was impressed with both the bike (smooth!) and the classes displayed on a giant tablet. There are plenty of class styles and times to fit one’s schedule and goals. Check out their schedule here. The bike/service also tracks performance metrics which can be used to compare to others if desired. According to someone I spoke they’re also planning on introducing a treadmill in a couple of months which will also be available at this showroom. Check out their website here.