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What's in Store: Shopping and Parking News

Fashion and trunk shows; new store openings; plus an update on the Walnut Creek parking situation.

Courtesy of Elsie Green

Parking News

Downtown Walnut Creeks parking meter changes have officially gone into effect. You will now have to pay on Sundays as well, and cutoff time isn’t until 8 p.m. And that’s not all: Rates are now $2 per hour in all locations.

The good news? The first hour in downtown parking garages is on the city’s tab, so I suggest seeking out one of the three for your parking needs.


Check out the sidewalk sale happening Saturday, April 12 on Berkeley’s popular Fourth Street. From 11 a.m.-4 p.m., stop by for live music, spring crafting with Castle in the Air, and up to 60 percent off merchandise.

Start your spring cleaning off right with natural cleaning products from College Ave.’s Nathan & Co. All Murchison-Hume home cleaning products are half-off through Sunday, April 13.

Calling all bookworms: There is a book sale April 10-13 at The Bookmark Bookstore in Oakland. Stop by from 10:30-5:30 daily, finds some killer deals, and support Oakland’s Public Library.

Elsie Green in Concord is having its semi-annual sample sale Thursday, April 10, from 5-9 p.m.; Friday, April 11, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; and Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday will feature free wine and snacks, so I would try and make it then. Find great prices on vintage treasures for the kitchen and other rooms of your home.


Thursday, April 10, Flaunt Boutique on Danville’s East Prospect Avenue will be having a trunk show/meet-and-greet from 1-5 p.m. Calvin Rucker, which focuses on causal couture items, will be featured. For a guide to other places to peep on Prospect Avenue while you’re down there, check out my cheat sheet here.

April 23, take time out of your day to attend New York Fashion Week in Benicia. This luncheon and fashion show will feature Richard Hallmarq from Project Runway, as well as his spring clothing. The event will go from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tickets are $35, and proceeds will benefit Benicia Community Action Council and Senior Meals Program. For more information, please click here.

Hello and Goodbye

Atlas & Athena, an extension of Walnut Creek’s Atlas, is now open in Downtown Pleasant Hill’s Clock Tower Building. Expect to see all of the clothing and goodies than men love, as well as an entirely new section for females.

ECHO Grove has opened in Orinda Theatre Square. Shoppers will be able to find jewelry, men’s goods, and a variety of household items.

As of April 8, Dick’s Sporting Goods in Pleasant Hill is not yet open. From the freeway, I keep seeing a sign that promises an arrival in the near future; I will keep you updated.

Lesley Evers will be closing their pop-up shop in Lafayette’s La Fiesta Square. A new retail store is slated to open sometime during the summer in this location. You can still check out the Lesley Evers in Rockridge—it’s not going anywhere.