Earlier this month we learned that Powell’s Sweete Shoppe closed in Lafayette which caused quite a bit of concern to Facebook readers who only read the headlines when in actuality everyone who read the article here knew that there was no problem as it was going to be replaced by a new candy store called Zoonie’s with the same owners. Zoonie’s has now opened and I’m happy to say it’s almost identical to Powell’s with the exception of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang playing instead of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, a new color scheme and missing vintage Candy Land game boxes. An employee noted that new candies will be appearing soon in addition the usual sweet fare.
Powell’s Sweet Shoppe has closed in Lafayette however not to worry; according to a sign in the window, they are remodeling and will reopen as Zoonie’s on January 18th, “the same great store with all the sweets, gelato, chocolates and delights you love, under a different name”. According to their Facebook page, “the name change is because we will no longer be part of the Powell’s franchise. We will be an independent store.”
Note that they will be “serving free gelato Wednesday January 18 and all day Saturday January 21“.
Over the summer we learned that Seattle-based Homegrown Sustainable Sandwiches would be coming to Lafayette where La Boulange Cafe used to be and thanks to a reader for pointing out that the signs are now up. Check out their menu here.
The La Boulange Cafes closed in Walnut Creek and Lafayette last September and we learned a while back that Lemonade will be opening this fall in the Walnut Creek location. We now know that Homegrown Sustainable Sandwiches will be taking over the Lafayette location on Mt. Diablo Blvd. Check out their Seattle menu here.
Our idea is that if we thoughtfully curate every little thing about the sandwich – where the grains for the bread come from, how the animals behind our meats and cheeses are raised, what chemicals we’re keeping off our fruits and vegetables – each sandwich will be a little bit healthier for the planet and for the people who enjoy eating them. And when you multiply that effect by all the sustainable sandwiches we sell every day, you can really start to envision the positive change we can have on the food system, even by rallying behind something as simple as a sandwich.