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What’s in Store

Neiman Marcus officially opens for business; Massage Envy Spa sets its sight on Pleasanton; Halmoni Vintage hosts A Naked Lady Soiree and more in our retail report.

Long-awaited Neiman Marcus finally opens in Walnut Creek

After months of anticipation Neiman Marcus swings open its doors this Friday. Flip to your March issue of Diablo (or here for you web surfers) for details on what to nosh at the NM Café to refuel your shopping extravaganza (because tasteful fashion always pairs well with tasty bites) and on the various collections in store this season.  

Super Sport 24 Hour Fitness coming to Livermore

24 Hour Fitness will be opening a Super Sport club in September on Kitty Hawk Road in Livermore. Use the clubs’ planned basketball court, racquetball courts and multiple pools to add a healthy dose of friendly competition to your fitness routine. The gym will also boast a spa along with the normal cardio and strength training weight machines.

Massage Envy Spa comes to Pleasanton

The national massage and spa chain, Massage Envy, will open a new East Bay location in Pleasanton this May at the intersection of Hopyard Road and Valley Avenue. Along with traditional massage, the Pleasanton spa will offer two signature services: Hot Stone Envy massage and Murad Healthy Skin Facials.

Marni PVC Paillette print tote at Neiman Marcus.FHL Styles and Francesca’s Collections open in Stoneridge Mall

Stoneridge Mall in Pleasanton welcomed two new stores. FHL Styles took over PacSun’s old location and contemporary women’s fashion boutique, Francesca’s Collections, opened last weekend. 

Rick Caruso pulls the plug on high-end shopping destination in Dublin

Retail developer Rick Caruso, of Caruso Affiliated, decided to forgo plans for developing 14.2 acres of land near Hacienda Crossings. This would have been Caruso’s first Bay Area development and would have brought much-anticipated upscale retail to Dublin. But with Broadway Plaza’s update and renovation in the works, the opening of Neiman Marcus, and a projected November opening for the Paragon Livermore Outlets, competition for high-end, luxury shopping in the area has grown.   

Firehouse Art Collective opens The Art and Makers Bazaar at the Emeryville Public Market.

Firehouse Art Collective opened its sixth location in the Emeryville Public Market. The Bazaar is open daily and features an evolving stock of original art and handmade goods from local artists and craftspeople. Vendors change daily so pop in as often as possible to discover the latest treasure. From hand crafted art to dress up your home, luxurious body products, artsy jewelry and unique collectibles the bazaar sees it all. 

Halmoni Vintage hosts A Naked Lady Soiree

Strapped for cash but dying for some new duds? Head to Oakland this month to swap styles with fellow fashionistas. Described by owner Natasha Harden as “a vintage boutique for bohemian Oakland,” Halmoni Vintage will host the fifth A Naked Lady Soiree – a once-a-month clothing swap and cocktail party. Harden decided to host her monthly soirees after noticing a lack of effort within Oakland to promote positive body images for all sizes and shapes of women. For $10 women can trade clean and gently used clothing or accessories, mingle, and sip drinks. “I want Halmoni to be a social hub for the neighborhood women,” says Harden. The party has been growing in popularity and draws women with a mix of styles, including current contemporary trends and vintage treasures. All A Naked Lady Soiree attendees receive 15 percent off any Halmoni purchase. RSVP online.

When: Sunday, March 11; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: 1601 2nd Ave., Oakland



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