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Hofssi Chocolates Holiday Store Open through Dec 23rd in Lafayette


3541 Wilkinson Ln, Lafayette

Hofssi Chocolates is back with a new holiday popup location, this time in Lafayette, behind La Fiesta Square inside the Alicia Klein  showroom. Check out their online selection here. The owners both, “received their official certification from Ecole Chocolat, a prestigious teaching organization focusing on gourmet chocolate production.” This looks great, perfect for the holidays!

From their website:

Linda Hofmeister and Susan Rossi founded their business in Moraga California to serve Lamorinda and the greater Contra Costa County, and the whole SF Bay Area too! We specialize in producing premium chocolates, gianduja, caramels, and toffee. Our elegant confections are freshly made using the finest ingredients. Our company’s motto “Conscientious Consumption” means that we are dedicated to sourcing as many organic, sustainable and local ingredients as practicable.

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Solano Jewelers Relocates to La Fiesta Square in Lafayette


La Fiesta Square, Lafayette

In August we learned that family-owned Solano Jewelers would be relocating from their Berkeley store to La Fiesta Square in Lafayette and they are now open. Check out their collections here.

From their website:

Solano Jewelers opened in 1977 in Berkeley, CA on historic Solano Avenue. Our family-owned and operated fine jewelry store specializes in the most exquisite selections, which include conflict-free diamonds and gemstones, handcrafted settings, custom designs, and pieces curated by Aline. We are a full-service jeweler providing jewelry and watch repairs, appraisals and restringing.

Restaurants

Baygreens Salads Opens in Downtown Walnut Creek


1653 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek

The restaurant Baygreens Salads, which we learned would be coming to downtown Walnut Creek where Home of Chicken and Waffles used to be, has now opened. In addition to salads they also offer paninis, soups and fresh fruit and veggie drinks. Check out their menu here. To celebrate their first week in business they’re offering 50% all salads, paninis, soup and fresh juice drinks through Saturday, December 15th, making this one of the best deals in Walnut Creek right now. I’ve tried several of their fresh juice drinks and they are outstanding. Check this place out ASAP while this sale is on!

From their website:

We are committed to using only natural and organic produces and meats whenever possible. All of our dishes are prepared with the finest ingredients sourced from local farmers, and are made fresh to order on a daily basis.

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Flashlight Books Opens in Downtown Walnut Creek


1537 N. Main St, Walnut Creek

Last April we learned about plans for an independently owned children’s bookstore called Flashlight Books to open and they have now opened in downtown Walnut Creek. In order to open for the holidays they had to scale back the store design but after December 30th they plan on temporarily closing for two to three weeks for remodeling. This is a great addition to downtown with quite an interesting selection of stationery, toys and gifts that I haven’t seen elsewhere so definitely check it out if you’re in the area. On December 14th they will be hosting author Lynn Fulton where she will read from her new children’s biography, “She Made a Monster: How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein.” followed by a “discussion on the creative process behind writing, and we’ll all have some time to create monsters of our own through writing and/or illustration.” Recommended kids ages 7 – 11. Check out the Facebook event here.

From their website:

Flashlight Books will be an independent bookstore dedicated to promoting a sustained love of reading in children – particularly in their teen and pre-teen years, when they most need the messages of empathy and the diverse viewpoints that books provide. We will be a space that is community-focused and celebrates curiosity, passion, and learning. In addition to being a store for books, we will host events, create a tutoring space, and run programs for kids and teens. Flashlight Books will aim to be a place where families feel welcomed, kids feel safe, and young adults feel supported.

Restaurants

Bagaan Replaces New Delhi Bistro at Rheem Valley Shopping Center in Moraga


Rheem Valley Shopping Center, Moraga

The owners of New Delhi Bistro in the Rheem Valley shopping center in Moraga have decided to switch gears and open a new vegetarian restaurant called Baagan. Check out their menu here. Note that the San Ramon location is a different owner. Although New Delhi Bistro is gone, Baagan will still feature dishes with Indian spices.

From their website:

We’re dedicated to providing scrumptious vegan dishes and drinks that will satisfy your cravings without compromising taste and nutrition. We use local, organic, fresh, seasonal, GMO-free and mostly gluten-free ingredients to make very delicious and healthy recipes. Our chefs cook hot food every morning. We use different spices to flavor food for therapeutic reasons. We focus on eco-friendly and sustainable practices.

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Gyms

StarCycle Opens Today in Danville


Photo from StarCycle
155 Railroad Ave, Danville

In September we learned that the Oregon-based indoor cycling studio StarCycle would be coming to Danville and they open today with free rides available through Sunday the 9th. This is their first California location and features a, “low-impact, high-intensity proprietary indoor cycling method, carefully choreographed to work every muscle group in the body and push riders to their edge.” Check out their schedule and find out more about the owner here.

From an email:

StarCycle is a different kind of indoor cycling studio—it’s a welcoming and energetic 45-minute class that keeps you smiling, sweating and motivated long-term. We believe fitness is the cornerstone to happiness, for both mind and body. In our classes clients unplug from our tech-heavy lives to connect with themselves and the beat of the music, leading to a more effective workout.

As part of StarCycle’s commitment to make working out easy and realistic for riders (especially moms) the studio will offer on-site child care through the brand’s StarKids program for just $5 per class.


Photo from StarCycle