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Cost Plus World Market Relocates to Veranda Shopping Center in Concord


The Veranda, Concord

If the Willows Shopping Center were a person how do you think they would feel that Cost Plus World Market left them for The Veranda, a new shopping center located right next door? Anyway, there are eclectic things to be found at Cost Plus which makes for fun browsing. I ended up buying a chocolate video game controller made in Germany of all things! The smile on my son’s face made it a worthwhile purchase. (It tasted pretty good, too) 🙂

Things to Do

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!

SANTA HOURS

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)

Restaurants

Goodbye Lumpia – Hello Urban Alley Salads, Fries and Wings in Walnut Creek


1411 Locust St, Walnut Creek

Well, that was fast. It turns out The Lumpia Company (which replaced 310 Eatery) only lasted about a week inside the Urban Alley bar in downtown Walnut Creek. 🙁 As you can see from the food menu below Urban Alley themselves now offer salads, wings, fires and fried brussels sprouts in addition to their extensive drink selection. Check out their Facebook page here.

Shopping

MakenPlay Toy Store Opens in Main Street Plaza in Downtown Walnut Creek


Main Street Plaza, Walnut Creek

A new toy store and gift shop featuring custom designs made out of cardboard and wood called MakenPlay opened recently in a tiny gazebo-like structure across from Papyrus in downtown Walnut Creek on Botelho Dr. What’s interesting is not only that it’s made in Walnut Creek but it’s actually made right inside this tiny store with a laser cutter. You can’t get any more local than this and considering the custom designs and reasonable prices, you should definitely check this place out just in time for the holidays!

From their website:

WHY MAKENPLAY ?

– %100 safe material, Environmental-friendly

– Paintable 3D Unique design

– Encourage creativity and imagination

– Made from 100% recycled cardboard.

– Foldable Design Giant Size Toys

– Made in USA

More photos of the inside after the jump… Continue Reading

Shopping

Hofssi Chocolates & Hollie’s Homegrown Popup Shop Open through Dec 23rd in Orinda Theatre Square


Orinda Theatre Square

A new popup shop featuring Moraga-based Hofssi Chocolates and Hollie’s Homegrown farm-to-table food & gifts opened recently in the wine bar Cine Cuvée next to the Orinda movie theater. They are open every day from 11am to 5pm through December 23rd and the wine bar is still open after 5pm. You can also find Hollie’s at the Moraga and Walnut Creek Shadelands farmers market. Hofssi Chocolates will be offering their chocolates at various events which are listed here and can also be found at Diablo Foods.

From the Hollie’s Homegrown website:

Hollie’s Homegrown is a small, organic family farm in Moraga, California. We specialize in growing culinary herbs, herbal teas, and medicinal herbs for bath & body products. Grown to perfection in our own backyard (literally!), we keep a watchful eye on our precious plants like part of the family.

From the Hofssi Chocolates website:

Linda Hofmeister and Susan Rossi founded their business in Moraga California to serve Lamorinda and the greater Contra Costa County. 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.

More photos of the inside after the jump… Continue Reading

Restaurants

Gott’s Roadside Opening Early December in Downtown Walnut Creek


1275 S. Main St, Walnut Creek

Gott’s Roadside, the iconic Napa-based burger joint that we’ve been following since last year, is set to open early December in downtown Walnut Creek according to a reply on their Instagram photo. As you can see from the photo below it looks almost ready go. If you look closely at the above photo you may even notice a rainbow… While we wait for it to open check out their menu here.