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The Jungle Play Center Closing in Concord this Spring

Willows Shopping Center, Concord

UPDATE According to the owner The Jungle is not closing. They “got short lease extension and working on long term lease“.

The indoor children’s play center The Jungle, with massive amounts of jungle gym structures throughout is closing sometime early next year in Willows Shopping Center in Concord, possibly this spring according to an employee I spoke with. Taking its place will be a giant Total Wine shop based on its 15,000 sf footprint. Stay tuned…



See’s Candies Popup Stores Opening Up All Over

Willows Shopping Center, Concord

It’s that time again of See’s Candies popup stores sprouting all over the Bay Area. In the photo above you can see one See’s Candies popup in Willows Shopping Center in Concord but I’ve seen them almost anywhere I go these days. Is it my imagination or are there more of them this year? I love the butterscotch lollipops! What is your favorite?


Rick’s Rather Rich Ice Cream Opens in Willows Shopping Center in Concord

Willows Shopping Center, Concord

We have been eagerly anticipating the opening of Palo Alto-based Rick’s Rather Rich Ice Cream in the Willows Shopping Center in Concord and they are now open. They have been around since 1956 and this is their only other location! With flavors like Computer Chip (chocolate ice cream with chocolate chips and a hint of orange flavor) I can see how they’re from Palo Alto. Check out their complete 48 flavor menu here. On Saturday, October 10th from 11am – 10pm they are having a special buy one-get one free deal for scoops and regular sundaes.


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Preview of Eureka! Restaurant in Willows Shopping Center in Concord

1975 Diamond Blvd, Concord

Last month we learned that the southern California-based restaurant Eureka! would be opening in the Willows Shopping Center in Concord on September 7th, and recently I was able to get a preview of the inside. They also have a Berkeley location and are planning on opening new spots on the Apple campus and in Mountain View in the South Bay. Check out their burger menu here and starters/salads/taco/signatures menu here. I’m looking forward to the bone marrow burger and butterscotch rum pudding! This location will also offer a brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays in addition to lunch and dinner. Check for updates on their Facebook page here. There will be 40 American craft beers on tap with 20 of them featured in a rotating selection. (Check out the closeup of the rotating beer list sign after the jump). The bar also has a huge whiskey and bourbon selection.

The inside looks amazing and feels quite spacious thanks to the huge vaulted ceiling and wide sliding doors making for a great inside/outside dining experience. Handcrafted wood from historic American barns, factories, and whiskey distilleries adds a warm element to the overall design. This is a great addition to the newly redeveloped Willows Shopping Center and I look forward to trying this place out soon!


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Rick’s Rather Rich Ice Cream Coming Soon to Willows Shopping Center in Concord

Willows Shopping Center, Concord

In January we learned that Ike’s Sandwich Shop was coming to the Willows Shopping Center in Concord and right next door Palo Alto-based Rick’s Rather Rich Ice Cream will be opening up. Check out their complete flavor list such as caramel praline and black raspberry crunch here.

From their website:

Rick’s Rather Rich Ice Cream has been the home of 48 exceptional, handmade ice cream creations such as Coffee Molasses Chip, Rose andWhite Chocolate Ginger. We live, breathe and dream ice cream and never get tired of brightening a customer’s day with a big ol’ scoop of everyone’s favorite dessert —ice cream.

We also make the most delicious and beautifully decorated ice cream cakes (over 20 varieties) around. Or, try our handmade cupcakes, ice cream whoopies, cookies, brownies and pies.