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Photos with Santa through Dec 24th at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

It’s that time of year again as Santa returns to Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek, this time right near Sephora, where you can get your photo with Santa.

From the Broadway Plaza Santa photos page:

Santa will be available for photos and visits at his winter home, located near Sephora and Crate&Barrel.

Reservations available, but not required!


November 17 – December 23:
MON-SAT: 10am-7pm (Break: 2pm-3pm)
SUN: 11am-6pm (Break: 2pm-3pm)
* November 23 (Thanksgiving): Closed

December 24
SAT: 9am – 6pm (Break: 2pm-3pm)


Amazon Books Opens in Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Almost two years have passed since Barnes & Noble closed in downtown Walnut Creek and finally a new bookstore has returned with Amazon Books having opened yesterday at Broadway Plaza. (Swan’s Fine Books which sells rare and vintage books is also downtown). With their highly detailed online shopping data Amazon is able to feature in-demand books throughout the store, face-out to make it easy to browse. There is a kid’s section in back as well as Amazon electronics such as Kindles, Echos etc. on display throughout the store. Unlike Barnes & Noble that offered sales on best sellers and other books at Amazon Books, pricing is only available for Prime members. Otherwise it’s list prices for everything. (Ironically, if you’re not a Prime member, you could browse Amazon Books in-person and then order via to get better pricing)! To find out Prime pricing there are scanners throughout the store where you can scan books (see photo after the jump). Magazines are list prices even for Prime members. Unlike Capital One Cafe down the block that offers 50% off Peet’s drinks when using a Capital One credit card, there are no cafe discounts for Prime members. Also, I saw only four chairs available along the front window so seating is extremely limited. With wide aisles and nicely curated books facing cover out, Amazon Books is a great place to browse and shop for books particularly for Prime members.

More photos after the jump… Continue Reading


Massive Gym Planning to Open in Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

In August we learned some scuttlebutt about Minnesota-based Life Time Fitness opening a huge new gym in the empty plot across from Macy’s in Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek and according to a recently posted Design Review agenda it looks like this is going to happen! Plans are for a massive ~75,000 sf, 50 foot building. There is no mention of Life Time Fitness in the agenda but we now know a HUGE gym is planned for this spot.


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.


Just Cozy Opens in Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Over the summer we learned that the clothing store True Religion would be closing in Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek and they have finally closed. In its place is a popup store open until January featuring leggings called Just Cozy.

From their LinkedIn page:

Just Cozy is a fourth quarter retail company. We specialize in fur-lined leggings and winter accessories. Just Cozy has been in 51 locations across Canada in 2016. We are a quickly expanding brand and are constantly looking for new venues.


Saje Natural Wellness Opens in Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

In May we learned that the Canadian skincare company Saje Natural Wellness would be coming to Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek and they have now opened where Michael Stars used to be. Find out more about the Saje story here and check out their best sellers here.

Another skincare company, Kiehl’s, opened a couple of years ago down the block, also in Broadway Plaza. How do they compare?


Heritage Eats Coming to Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Thanks to a reader for pointing out this Napa Valley Register article stating that the Napa-based fast casual restaurant Heritage Eats is coming to Broadway Plaza in downtown Walnut Creek. Check out their menu here and find about the Heritage Eats story here. This looks to be opening next to Boudin Bakery. Stay tuned…

Considering how crowded True Food Kitchen is all the time I’m not surprised another restaurant is opening here.

From their website:

Heritage Eats is a globally inspired, fast-fine restaurant concept serving sandwiches, salads, wraps, rice bowls, tacos & more with a focus on elevated ‘daily life’ food from the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Latin America, and beyond.