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What’s in Store: Mother’s Day and More

Handmade wares for a cause by a Berkeley artist; Labels' new downtown Walnut Creek neighbor; and more.



Photo courtesy of Rigel Stuhmiller

Mother's Day is Coming

This Mother’s Day, give Mom a gift that gives back. Berkeley-based illustrator Rigel Stuhmiller creates colorful stationery, kitchen towels, calendars, and art prints with imagery inspired by her local surroundings. You can find her locally made products on her website and in many retail locations throughout the East Bay. Shop now and 20 percent of all profits from online sales made between Thursday, April 23 and Wednesday, May 6 will be donated to Save the Children, a charity that strives to give children worldwide a healthy start by providing food, education, health care, and more. To shop online or find the closest retail location, visit rigelstuhmiller.com.

Miette is offering a special, one-of-a-kind Mother's Day Box for the sweet mom with a sweet tooth. Filled with delicious treats like lavender shortbread, chocolate sables, chocolate wafer cookies, lemon meringues, caramels, Holland mints, and topped off by a pink silk bow and a handwritten note, this delicious gift is now available at all of Miette's four locations, including their East Bay shop in Jack London Square. 85 Webster Street, Oakland, (510) 663-1300, miette.com. Photo courtesy of Miette

Have a mom who is obsessed with Downton Abbey? Get her one of the seven perfumes from the exclusive line of Downton Abbey Fine Fragrances Collection, including "Grace and Devotion" (Lady Cora), "Demure" (Lady Rose), and "Bittersweet" (Lady Mary), by San Ramon's own Aidan Aryl Enterprises, LLC. Not sure which one she'll like best? Purchase the Ladies of Downton Exquisite Gift Set and receive a hand-crafted crystal perfume bottle. 2692 Bishop Drive, Ste. 123, San Ramon, (925) 242-0088, downtonabbeyfragrances.com.

Mark Your Calendars

See Jane Run is celebrating 15 years. Head to the Blackhawk Plaza store anytime between Monday, April 20 and Sunday, April 26 to shop the anniversary sale. Get 20 percent off of any one item by using the promo code SJR15. Bonus: There's a daily raffle! 3480 Blackhawk Plaza, Danville, (925) 718-4530, seejanerun.com.

Alina B. is throwing a party—and it's vanilla-scented. Join the Blackhawk boutique on May 1 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. for an evening with author and cultural anthropologist Patricia Rain, aka the "Vanilla Queen." Rain owns the socially conscious web-based Vanilla Queen Company and has traveled around the world researching vanilla and its benefits. “Vanilla and Women: Best Friends Forever!” will be an evening dedicated to the rejuvenating properties of this delicious spice, Rain’s newest book on the magic of pure vanilla--and, of course, there will be yummy sweet and savory treats. (This is also a great chance to get some Mother’s Day shopping done early). 3426 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Danville, (925) 736-1300, alinab.com.

Now Open

CorePower Yoga is open in downtown Walnut Creek off of North Main Street, next to Labels consignment store. Check out its class schedule here and go get your sweat on. 1375 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, www.corepoweryoga.com.

Take Note

Specialtees Outlet in Lafayette has temporarily moved due to a remodel. Visit the boutique's main location on Moraga Road to shop 75 percent off all outlet merchandise. Stay tuned for a beautiful remodeled outlet store, coming soon. 977 Moraga Rd., Lafayette, (925) 283-5114, specialteesboutique.com.

Closing Time

Scrapbook Territory in Berkeley is closing its doors after 12 years of service. The shop’s last day in business will be Sunday, May 3, and classes will continue through the end of April. All merchandise is currently 40 percent off. 1717 4th Street, Ste. A, Berkeley, (510) 559-9929, scrapbookterritoryco.fatcow.com.

After almost seven years, Olive, the eco-friendly boutique for eco-fashionistas in Danville, will be closing at the end of April. The shop’s owner, Kristy, sent out a letter with her decision to close the brick-and-mortar location in favor of focusing solely on the online store, which she will be revamping over the coming months. Follow Olive on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter for further information and to shop upcoming styles. 730 Camino Ramon, St. 130, Danville, (925) 362-0767, theecofashionista.com.

Coming Soon

Rumor has it that the fire-gutted Mt. Diablo Tile and Stone shop on Mt. Diablo Boulevard is going to be the new location of a Lafayette-based hair salon. No word on the new tenant’s identity. Your guess is as good as mine. 2073 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek.