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Enjoying a $2 Ice Cream Cone

In a world of organic, nitrogen-churned, hand-crafted $6 ice cream cones, it’s good to know simple $2 ice cream cones are out there. On a hot summer day in Concord I really enjoyed this $2.19 chocolate fudge cone. No hiding of kid sizes like I’ve seen elsewhere. It may not be fancy-shmancy ice cream with a story, but it sure did taste good on a hot summer day… 🙂

Restaurants

Capital One Cafe Opens in Walnut Creek


1139 S. Main Street, Walnut Creek

Capital One Cafe opened recently in downtown Walnut Creek where GAP used to be, next to the apple store and I dropped by to see how it compares to their San Francisco location. With a Peet’s cafe located inside (50% off drinks for Capital One card/account holders) and plenty of seating this is a great spot to socialize and get stuff done! The lighting is great, they have meeting rooms for non-profits as well as little semi-private rooms called nooks that are available to individuals. Check with an employee first before using a nook though. They even have a water-filling station available. With the ATMs you can pay your credit card there as well learn about financial services they offer. And don’t forget to walk out the back to check out the koi pond with gigantic koi fish, it’s amazing!

More photos of the inside after the jump… Continue Reading

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Makers Market Coming to Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek


Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Makers Market, featuring handcrafted, American-made goods is opening their second location after Santana Row in Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek where Les Lunes used to be (relocated down the street also within Broadway Plaza), near the fountain. Check out their story here and see their local maker product line here.

From their website:

Join our mission to Rebuild the Legacy of American Made. Products that honor the ideals of American craftsmanship and are Modern + Heritage-inspired. Products inspired by the heart and soul of an emerging maker. In our quest to bring you the best in handcrafted, we have vetted each product to ensure it is well-designed, long-lasting, and either organic, sustainable or ethically produced.

There is currently an exciting resurgence in American making, that is both steeped in tradition, and relevant to the modern world. At Makers Market, we’re weaving the legacy of American-made goods back together, one story at a time.

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Saje Natural Wellness Coming to Broadway Plaza this Fall


Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

A couple of months ago we learned that Canadian skincare company Saje Natural Wellness would be coming to Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek and according to the temporary signage now up they will be opening sometime in the fall where Michael Stars used to be. In addition to three other Bay Area locations in San Francisco, Santa Clara and Corte Madera in Marin, another store will be opening on Fourth Street in Berkeley. Check out Saje’s story here and their product line here.

Restaurants

Fusion Bistro Opening End of July across from Todos Santos Plaza in Concord


Salvio Pacheco Square, Concord

Earlier this week we learned that the boba cafe T4 opened in Salvio Pacheco Square across from Todos Santos Plaza in Concord and it turns out the owner (who also owns Sushi Delight in San Leandro) also plans on opening the restaurant Fusion Bistro next door by the end of July which will feature Chinese style fusion dishes. I was able to get some photos of the inside since it’s directly connected to T4 via the hallway in back. They also share bathrooms.

More photos of the inside after the jump… Continue Reading

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Bounty Hunter Food.Wine.Spirits Coming to Downtown Walnut Creek Spring 2018


1521 Mt Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek

Napa-based Bounty Hunter Rare Wines & Spirits & Smokin’ BBQ is expanding to downtown Walnut Creek where Tommy Bahama used to be with a new shop and restaurant called Bounty Hunter Food.Wine.Spirits. with a planned opening date of March 2018. In the meantime check out their Napa menu here and their wine shop selections here. Stay tuned…

From an email:

Founded by Mark Pope in 1994, Bounty Hunter Rare Wine & Spirits began as a one-man shop dedicated to offering exceptional wine and spirits with a fun, authentic approach and uncompromising standards.  Its Napa restaurant and wine bar, Bounty Hunter Wine Bar & Smokin’ BBQ, opened in 2003 and quickly became a favorite dining and wine-purchasing destination.

Thanks to all who sent word about this.

Shopping

Capital One Cafe Soft Opening Tomorrow in Downtown Walnut Creek


1139 S. Main Street, Walnut Creek

Last April we learned about a new Capital One Cafe bank opening in downtown Walnut Creek where GAP used to be next to the Apple store and according to an employee I spoke with over the weekend they are planning to soft open tomorrow (judging by the above photo I would add, *hopefully*), followed by the official grand opening on July 22nd with “awesome sweepstake giveaways”, “free food and coffee sampling”, “free swag giveaways” and more.

In addition to being able to get work done in a cafe-like environment this will be especially great for those with Capital One accounts (including credit cards) since all Peet’s drinks will be 50% off. This week I was at their San Francisco cafe and it was nice to see so many people working on their laptops as well as in small groups in a cafe-like environment.