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Preview of IMAX Theater at The Veranda in Concord

The Veranda, Concord

Just in time for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the new LUXE Cinema and IMAX theater is opening next Thursday, December 14th in the new Veranda shopping center in Concord. There will be 10 auditoriums including an 80 foot wide, 4 story tall IMAX theater. Interestingly, every seat will have full menu service and if you check out the photo of the seats after the jump you’ll see little slide-out table trays in front of each seat. There is also a full bar near the lobby with seating throughout as well as an outdoor patio. I was able to check out one of the auditoriums with a Dolby ATMOS sound system and it sounded incredible. I can’t wait to check out the IMAX theater!

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E.J. Phair Brewing Company Coming to Alamo Plaza

Thanks to Melinda for the update that Pittsburg-based E.J. Phair Brewing Company is coming to Alamo Plaza Shopping Center! This will be their third location (they also have a restaurant/pub at Todos Santos Plaza in Concord). Check out their Concord menu here and beer selection here.

From their website:

From award winning ales and lagers paired with fresh, high quality dishes, to events focused on community enrichment we are proud to be more than just a couple of brewpubs. We are community inspired, community served.


The Grove Salon Opens in Orchards Shopping Center in Walnut Creek

Orchards Shopping Center, Walnut Creek

A new salon called The Grove Salon recently opened in the Orchards shopping center in Walnut Creek at the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Oak Grove Rd. The owner previously worked in a salon in Pleasant Hill and now has partnered with Aveda to open her own salon in Walnut Creek. Check out their services here.



Out the Dough Cookie Dough Cafe Opens in Concord

4666 Clayton Rd, Concord

A new cookie dough cafe called Out the Dough recently opened in Concord. Check out the menu after the jump to see the different types you can get such as cookie dough truffles and cookie dough shakes made with vanilla ice cream. They even have cookie dough cannoli! According to this East Bay Times article, the cookie dough doesn’t contain raw eggs or raw flour and can even be baked at home to make cookies. Check out their website here.

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Monica + Andy Opens in Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

The baby and children’s clothing store Monica + Andy opened less than a month after we first learned they would be replacing ivivva/XCVI in Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek right on time for the holiday shopping season. All clothing and blankets are made with organic cotton and they can order anything not available in-store and have it shipped to you directly. Beginning in January there will be various programs featuring local artists, musicians etc. hosted in the back of their store. Check out their online collection here.

It’s interesting to see online stores moving into retail locations, I think this is just the beginning…


What’s going on with Kanishka’s in Downtown Walnut Creek?

1518 Bonanza St, Walnut Creek

Thanks to everyone who sent word that something’s going on at the Indian restaurant Kanishka’s Gastropub that opened almost four years ago in downtown Walnut Creek. Their storefront is papered over and OpenTable reservation page notes that, “Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.” Their last Instagram photo says:

Kanishka’s Gastropub will be closed for Thanksgiving holidays this week! I believe whatever happens for a reason in life! Not everything is a sweet spice of pumpkin pie however there is something to look forward to! Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and I am thankful to many many things in life! – Paramita Roy



Mr. Green Bubble 1 Year Anniversary this Sunday Dec 3rd

1539 Locust St, Walnut Creek

It’s hard to imagine that a little over a year ago downtown Walnut Creek had exactly ZERO boba cafes and now there are four. The first boba cafe to open downtown was Mr. Green Bubble and they are celebrating their one year anniversary with $1.99 drinks this Sunday, Dec. 3rd all day. “Smoothies, juices and snacks are 20% off while supplies last”.


Bounty Hunter Food.Wine.Spirits “Opening 2018” Signage Up in Downtown Walnut Creek

1521 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek

Over the summer we learned that Napa-based Bounty Hunter Rare Wines & Spirits & Smokin’ BBQ would be opening a restaurant and shop called Bounty Hunter Food.Wine.Spirits. and the “opening 2018” signage is up. Note that previously the expected opening date was “March, 2018” so hopefully it’ll open the first half of 2018. Check out their Napa menu here and their wine shop selections here.

Daily Life

How to Stop Muscle Cramps… Pickle Juice?

I was standing in line at Lunardi’s in Danville when I spotted this Pickle Juice sign out of the corner of my eye. I thought it was a gag at first and then I noticed it was empty. Who knew pickle juice was so popular in Danville? The cashier mentioned people buying this to relieve muscle cramps, as the sign says. Is this really a thing? Not just pickle juice, but extra strength pickle juice!?