Last October Shadowbrook Winery, Walnut Creek’s very first winery and tasting room since prohibition opened in the Northgate area of Walnut Creek. The inside is exquisitely designed with a main bar area front and center, surrounded by separate sections that can be rented out for events. Wine tastings are available on weekends and can be booked here. Their online wine collection can be found here.
Shadowbrook Winery has become Contra Costa County’s most decorated winery in San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition with over 60 medals.
Although a boutique winery, Shadowbrook is a leader in the industry featuring state-of-the-art equipment and technology rarely found anywhere in the U.S.
Tim Jochner grew up in Walnut Creek not far from where Shadowbrook Winery stands today. Like the wine growing region itself, Tim has deep roots here and takes tremendous pride as the catalyst in revitalizing the grape growing industry that once thrived here before prohibition.
Thanks to a reader for pointing out that Schroder Insurance relocated to Martinez after being in downtown Walnut Creek for 85 years. I passed by there so many times and appreciated the miniature fire engines on display. This surely must have been one of the oldest businesses in downtown Walnut Creek.
Michigan-based Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea, which opened over the summer at the Lyric apartment complex in downtown Walnut Creek, has closed. It looks like this happened around the same time Momo’s closed across the street. Thanks to all who emailed about this.
From an email:
It is with heavy hearts that we announce Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea will be closing on Sunday, March 3. Please know that if we could keep Sweetwaters open any longer, we certainly would.
We have sincerely enjoyed serving and getting to know all of our wonderful guests, employing the most amazing, hardworking and passionate staff, supporting local artists, businesses and charities, hosting meetup groups, live performances, pop-up shops, educational classes, and many other community events at Sweetwaters, and participating in many local events and charities around town.
The San Francisco-based menswear shop Unionmade is opening their fourth location and first in the East Bay in City Center Bishop Ranch in San Ramon this summer. Check out their online men’s selection here. Note that the above photo is not necessarily where the store will be.
Established in 2009 on the eastern edge of San Francisco’s Castro District, Unionmade has been offering some of the best-made, hard-to-find, wardrobe-elevating menswear on the market ever since. Proudly featuring brands from the US, Japan, Italy, France, Scandinavia and more, we take the utmost pride in our stock list, which is carefully curated to ensure that it reflects the values we hold most dear. And those values are the driving force behind every brand we carry.
Thanks to everyone who sent word that Momo’s has closed in downtown Walnut Creek after being open for only two years in this spot. I’m going to really miss their Big Ass fan! Their San Francisco location remains open. Does anyone miss McCovey’s which used to be here?
California Closets, located in the historic Dole House from the late 19th century in downtown Walnut Creek, is closing, possibly in a few months. According to the latest city permit information it looks like a Warby Parker showroom may be opening here. Stay tuned…
Thanks to a reader for pointing out this SF Gate article that shows that San Francisco Creamery in Walnut Creek was closed by health inspectors over a cockroach infestation. For ice cream in downtown Walnut Creek check out Lottie’s Creamery or CREAM.
Violations found by the health inspector on February 25 — four days after the business reported their last pest control visit — include seven or more live cockroaches (and droppings) on the refrigerator gasket at the cook line, as well as others on top of a soybean oil container next to a food prep sink, near a dishwashing sink and inside a cockroach egg case on a hotel pan.
Dead cockroaches were found on the gasket of the walk-in freezer, near the water heater, on top of a soap dispenser, inside a cabinet were soda machine is stored and next to a freezer that stores ice cream cakes.