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What's in Store: Summer Fads and Gifts for Grads

A cute kids’ bedroom store comes to Pleasanton; an update on Broadway Plaza renovations; and graduation gift ideas.

What’s New

Un Deux Trois, a unique fashion-forward clothing store for young girls, is coming soon to Walnut Creek. The boutique will offer age-appropriate and trendy party dresses as well as coordinated separates for elementary school girls and tweens. Soon, shopping for your little girl will be as easy as “one, two, three.” 1537 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, (866) 386-9741, udtfashion.com.

Looking for a cute way to decorate your child’s bedroom? Look no further than Kids and Teens World, a children’s furniture store now open in downtown Pleasanton. This retailer specializes in designer furniture made just for kids, and offers everything from leading mattress brands like Sealy Posturepedic to Jumpsport trampolines. 720 Main St., Pleasanton, (925) 425-7655, kidsnteensworld.com.

Chris Wahlberg | ACCI GalleryFeeling artsy? Check out a new Berkeley exhibit called Converge. Artist Susan Brooks is showing her paintings and hand-wrought jewelry at ACCI Gallery through June 19. Brooks’ jewelry and paintings go hand-in-hand, and they share a vivid textural quality. Go see them for yourself. 1652 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, (510) 845-2612, susanbrooks.com.

If you are looking for something to do this summer, you’re in luck: The Ballet School in Walnut Creek just expanded. It now includes the Pilates and Music Studio, with Pilates classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. 1357 North Main Street, Walnut Creek, (925) 934-2133, theballetschool.org.

Broadway Plaza Watch

We’re all eager to see the final transformation of our beloved Broadway Plaza when it’s complete in 2017, but for now, any sneak-peek will do. This summer, the roads will be narrowed and paved to give the outdoor shopping center a more pedestrian-friendly European flair. This means closing Broadway Plaza Street to vehicles, but the plaza will still be open to foot traffic all day. All façade work will be officially completed by fall. In the mean time, more than 35 stores are still open for business; there’s plenty of parking (including the new South Broadway Parking Garage); and complimentary valet is still offered seven days a week. For more on the development and updates, visit broadwayplaza.com.

Grad Gift Ideas

Stumped as to what to do to celebrate your graduate’s big day? Here are a couple of ideas to get you started.

Courtesy of TiffanyWatch your graduate accept his or her diploma, and then him or her a gift-wrapped timepiece from the new Tiffany CT60 watch collection. Tiffany is now offering this line of wristwatches, inspired by the gold watch worn by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in order to pay tribute to the founder Charles Lewis Tiffany. Your graduate will have no excuse for being late to his or her first collegiate course. 1119 South Main Street, Walnut Creek, (925) 939-6300, tiffany.com.

Though this school year may be coming to a close, make sure your grad is equipped with everything he or she will need for next year. Stop by Crate and Barrel in Walnut Creek and check out “The A-Z of Back to Campus.” You’ll find bedding, storage accessories, kitchen utensils, coffee makers, and all the other dorm room essentials. 1115 Broadway Plaza,
Walnut Creek, (925) 947-3500, crateandbarrel.com.   

Here’s a treat for the apple of your eye: Rachel Dunn’s “The Unbelievable Apple” is the largest to be found anywhere. Weighing almost three pounds each, and coated in luscious caramel, Guittard chocolate, and roasted almonds, these giant caramel apples are the biggest, sweetest way to treat your grad. Apples are $24.95 and can be personalized with white chocolate writing. 1021 Detroit Avenue, Concord,  (925) 798-4321, racheldunnchocolates.com.