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Hobby Lobby Opening New Store Next March in Concord

1280 Willow Pass Rd, Concord

Thanks to a tip from a reader I was alerted to the possibility of Hobby Lobby opening a new location in Concord and have confirmed this is indeed happening and the new store at 1280 Willow Pass Rd. will open in late February or March, 2014. This location used to be Tower Records and Sport Chalet but Guitar Center will remain open next door.

Hobby Lobby’s nearest location is in Antioch so this Concord location will be a lot more convenient for those in the East Bay. Note they are closed on Sundays by, “honoring the Lord in all we do by operating the company in a manner consistent with biblical principles.” Check out their website here. How does Hobby Lobby compare to Michael’s Arts & Crafts in Pleasant Hill? I imagine it’s way bigger?


Cafecitos Cafe Opening Oct 10th in Walnut Creek

1633 Bonanza St, Walnut Creek

Back in July I noted that Cafecitos Cafe would be opening in downtown Walnut Creek on Bonanza St. and a sign outside states they’ll be open this Thursday. This cafe will feature South American cuisine. Check out their menu here. Entries include Ecuadorian Mango Ceviche and Patacones & Papas (Deep fried banana and potato chips with dipping sauce). I can’t wait to try this place out!


Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar Opening at Willows Shopping Center in Concord Mid-November

1961 Diamond Blvd, Concord

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar is planning to open their first Northern California location next month at the Willows Shopping Center where El Torito used to be. Check out their menu here.

From an email:

The restaurant, Lazy Dog’s first location in Northern California, marks a milestone for the family-run restaurant that celebrated its 10th anniversary in August. With its serious bar program and forward-thinking menu that blends comforting classics with globally-inspired fare, the ambitious family-friendly restaurant has become a fixture in the Southern California communities where they were founded. Simms hopes to continue that local community focus in Concord, starting with a pre-opening fundraiser to benefit the Mount Diablo Music Education Foundation during the restaurant’s invite-only preview events.

Local breweries such as Drake’s Brewing Company, 21st Amendment, North Coast, and Anchor Brewing Company will be among the extensive selection of craft beers on tap, and the restaurant will also be working with local vendors like Laura Chanel Goat Cheese in Sonoma County and General Produce, a third generation family-run company in Sacramento.



Klein Gallery Opening Soon in Downtown Lafayette

50 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette

A new art gallery called the Klein Gallery is opening at the space formerly occupied by the Lafayette Art Gallery (which moved to Mt. Diablo Blvd. next to Bo’s Barbecue and Artisan Bistro). This is located in half a building with the other half housing The Art Room studio which offers art classes to children. In fact, the owner of both The Art Room and the Klein Gallery are the same.


Another week or so and it’ll be all ready:


Design & Interiors Closes in Lafayette

3590 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

The home furnishings showroom Design & Interiors has closed in downtown Lafayette, however their showroom is still open for a few more days with everything at 80% off retail price. The showroom is being run by an auction house who took over and according to them, the company went into bankruptcy.



Liliana Castellanos Boutique Closing End of November in Walnut Creek

1414 N Main St, Walnut Creek

The women’s fashion boutique Liliana Castellanos is closing by the end of November in downtown Walnut Creek next to Lottie’s Creamery. They feature clothing from the South American designer Liliana Castellanos and currently everything in the store is 30% off, with an additional 10% off for purchases over $500. Some goods will still be available for purchase on their website here.



Cypress Closes in Downtown Walnut Creek

1388 Locust St, Walnut Creek

The restaurant Cypress has closed in downtown Walnut Creek. According to Diablo Dish a new restaurant with “lots of beers on tap” will be replacing it.

The Cypress Facebook page says:

Dear Cypress Guests:
Cypress Restaurant has been sold and is closed as of
September 16. We thank you for your loyalty and patronage over the past couple of years.
Gift Certificates can be redeemed at 1515 on Main St.
Cypress Management

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