The store closings are continuing apace in Broadway Plaza and this time Häagen-Dazs, located next to Macy’s has exited. With winter approaching I imagine this is probably as a good a time as ever for an ice cream store to leave due to the impending demolition and reconstruction of Broadway Plaza sometime after January.
China Paradise has been closed for several months on Hartz Ave in downtown Danville but a recent sign in the window indicates that a new restaurant called Yo’s on Hartz will be opening up in this spot. Stay tuned…
Back in September I noted that the Dublin based bakery and restaurant Denica’s would be opening a Walnut Creek location (in the Nob Hill shopping center) and they are now open (h/t Patch). Check out their menu here. This looks like a good place for brunch, anyone go yet? What do you recommend? When I dropped by they had various sample trays with cookies above the pastry counter. They also offer fruit-infused water which is a nice touch.
Shelby Sexton Salon in downtown Lafayette is moving from their location in La Fiesta Square to 999 Oakhill Rd, also in Lafayette. The La Fiesta Square will be replaced by a new salon called Caroline’s Salon beginning this Friday, November 1st. Stay tuned for more details…
Bollinger Nail Salon will be opening a new location in downtown Lafayette on Moraga Rd. where Sew Now used to be in mid-December. They have several locations in the East Bay including Walnut Creek. Check out their website here.
A new showroom featuring bikes, books and hatchets called, appropriately enough, Rivendell Bike, Book & Hatchet is opening on N. Main St. in downtown Walnut Creek this coming Monday, October 21st. When I first met the owner and he told me the name and what he was planning on selling I thought he was joking, but it’s true; they have been making their own ‘lugged steel bicycle frames’ in Walnut Creek since 1994. Check out their complete bike selection here.
Our mission is to make things that wouldn’t be made if we weren’t here, to offer an alternative to racing-centric bikes and parts, and to espouse a different approach to riding. And to resurrect and keep healthy many of the better ideas, designs, and styles of bicycles, clothing, and accessories that we personally like to use or wear. If you’d like to know more, just ask. It’s not a secret business we have here, and nothing’s too personal or private. -Grant
In addition to high-end road and touring bikes, they will also feature a custom selection of books (including children’s books), hatchets (for wood chopping). They even have their own clothing brand, called MUSA and also sell high-end clothing from Australia, New Zealand and England, and various odds and ends you won’t find anywhere else in downtown Walnut Creek.
You don’t need bike-specific clothing to ride a bike, and so mostly we sell normal-looking clothes that are secretly superb for cycling, and every bit as good off the bike, too. MUSA is our own brand. It means Made in the U.S.A., and nobody else sells them. We ride and work and hike and shop and dine in these all year round. The non-MUSA clothing generally comes from Australia, New Zealand, or England. Everything’s good.
I travel to NYC every now and then and this is the kind of store I would expect to see in SoHo or the LES, but Walnut Creek?! Incredible. I can’t wait to check it out when it opens next week!
Check out this sweet custom made poster of their shop:
Photos of their HUNQAPILLAR bike, books, hatchets and clothing after the jump…
The Walking Company is closing in Broadway Plaza in downtown Walnut Creek next Saturday, October 26th. According to an employee I spoke with there are no plans to relocate in Broadway Plaza while that area undergoes renovation.