The one-two punch of the Covid-19 pandemic with recent looting in downtown Walnut Creek meant lots of closed and boarded up stores over the weekend but there are signs of retail shopping slowly opening up. Out of curiosity I checked out Williams-Sonoma which was open. A warning out front asking people to wear a mask and not to come in with a cough or fever was accompanied with touchless shopping signs inside the store. A few other people were inside as well, but frankly, it’s going to take a while to get used to shopping.
I noticed this “CREDIT CARDS ONLY” sign at the Broadway Pointe parking garage in downtown Walnut Creek. The toll booth was open but does anyone know how much they’re going to charge and whether there will be any free parking included like the three hours that Broadway Plaza offers? Or are they going to choose what La Fiesta Square did in Lafayette and offer NO free parking whatsoever? Is this the end of the road for free parking in downtown Walnut Creek?! 🚗🚘🚗🚘
A couple of years ago the boba cafe iTea opened in downtown Walnut Creek in the Broadway Pointe plaza across from Nordstrom but they have closed/rebranded with another boba cafe opening in its place called Teapot. As you can see from the menu below they also offer snacks and meals in addition to boba drinks.
Thanks to a reader for sending word that Jamba Juice closed their downtown Walnut Creek location recently. I wonder if they were affected at all by iTea opening last spring right next door? The other Walnut Creek spot in the Countrywood Shopping Center on Bancroft Rd is still around.
Earlier this month we learned that the online thrift store ThredUp would be opening their second retail location (10 month popup) in the Broadway Pointe shopping center in downtown Walnut Creek where H&M used to be and they are now open. I stopped by with my teenage daughter and was impressed with both the selection and quality of clothes. Before you go clothing shopping drop by to see what they offer. You could save quite a bit AND help the environment at the same time!
The online thrift store ThredUp is opening their second location in downtown Walnut Creek where H&M used to be in the Broadway Pointe shopping center on August 17th. A sign inside says “ThredUp popup” so this may be a temporary popup shop but there is no mention of this being a popup in this Forbes article, where the founder notes that people in Walnut Creek are “more affluent and suburban, and that store will offer more designer brands and more handbags.” Check out their website here, and enter for your chance at a $500 shopping spree in the Walnut Creek store here.
Downtown Walnut Creek is getting its third boba tea shop as iTea is planning to open sometime this week, possibly as early as Tuesday. A couple of blocks away are the other two, Chalogy and Mr. Green Bubble. Note the tea kettles in the bottom photo, which should make for fresh tasting boba tea made with loose-leaf tea. I look forward to trying this place out! They will be open until 11:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 9:30pm every other day. According to this menu, you can adjust both the sweetness and ice cubes 0%, 30%, 50%, 80% and standard. I will try 0% sweetness, 30% ice cubes, with sweetness provided by popping boba. Is there any reason not to get 30% ice cubes? Otherwise it’s like paying for ice with a little bit of drink. I hate drinks filled to the brim with ice!
Not so long ago downtown Walnut Creek was lacking in the boba tea department but now that i-Tea will be taking over where Gelateria Naia used to be in the Broadway Pointe plaza across from Broadway Plaza, downtown Walnut Creek will now have three boba tea cafes. Both Mr. Green Bubble and Chalogy opened late last year on Locust St. Check out the i-Tea menu here. In case you were wondering, yes, they do offer popping boba.