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What’s in Store: A Diablo Style Contest

Broadway Plaza's new parking garage opens; East Bay stores make moves; Anthropologie collaborates with Oakland artists; and more.



The holidays are officially upon us, and I don’t know about you, but I have a lot to be thankful for this year—and a lot of shopping to do for the people I am thankful for. Thankfully, the East Bay is a retail mecca, with new stores opening all the time. Which ones will make your must-shop list this season?

But before we talk shopping, let's get down to the stuff that really matters: parking. Can't shop if you can't park, am I right?

Lucky for you, Broadway Plaza has officially announced that the new South Broadway parking garage will open November 22, just in time for the holiday rush. And the best part? Free valet is included. Go ahead, let out a "Whoop!" I don't blame you.

First, a contest ...

Diablo Style is hosting an online Twitter contest at the end of November. Follow @OakSupplyCo and retweet any of Diablo’s series of Oakland Supply contest-related tweets from December 1 to December 7 to enter to win a $50 gift card to Oakland Supply Co. Follow us (if you don’t already) at @DiabloMagazine.

Now open ...

Whole Foods opened a second Berkeley location earlier this month in the Gilman shopping district. The West Berkeley store--Whole Foods' 41st in Northern California--will be open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. Bonus: Whole Foods-owned Allegro Coffee, an in-store roastery, will be open at 6 a.m. daily for the early risers and crack-of-dawn commuters. 10th and Gilman streets, Berkeley.

The Danville Livery shopping center has a new tenant: David M. Brian. It's the second location for the well-loved gift store in Walnut Creek’s Broadway Plaza (and Marin). The shop, which opened in early November, carries everything from mirrors and backpacks to crystal gifts and glassware. They also offer bridal and gift registries as well. 700 Sycamore Valley Rd., Danville.

Locally owned and operated, Sports Basement’s sixth San Francisco Bay Area location celebrated its grand opening mid-month in the building previously known as Berkeley Iceland. This athletic gear retailer holds a special place in my heart because of its constant support and contribution to the athletic program at my former high school, and mamy others in the Bay. So if you’re an outdoor enthusiast with a hunger for adventure and activity, Sports Basement is the place you’ll want to shop. 2727 Milvia St., Berkeley.

Encore Theatrical Supply Company, your go-to place for Renaissance Fair costumes or kicks for a '60s themed dance party, has moved from Pleasanton to Dublin. Visit its newly opened location at 7182 Regional St. in Dublin. (925) 463-2140.

In stores now ...

When I need inspiration or just want to be in the presence of retail beauty, there are a handful of East Bay shops I’ll wander through—not surprisingly, Anthropologie makes that very exclusive list. And one of the reasons I love this store so much is its dedication to displaying Bay Area designers and artists. Earlier this month, Anthropologie debuted a collection of home decor, tableware, beadwork, and illustrative art from three Oakland Creative Growth Art Center designers. I’m fairly certain I’ll be snagging something for my sister from this collection come Christmas time.

Coming soon ...

This summer, the women’s boutique Duchess moved from its Lafayette location to a storefront off of Hartz Avenue in Danville. Apparently, Duchess’ former downtown location will be filled by a blow dry salon—updates to follow.

Apparently, Danville and Lafayette businesses are playing hopscotch: Footwear and apparel boutique Patrizia Marrone, which was located in Blackhawk Plaza but closed a little over a month ago, is taking up residency in Lafayette—right next to Amphora and 18/8 in La Fiesta Circle behind The Cooperage. Stay tuned for opening date.

Smooches Pooches, a pet boutique with accessories for all your furry friends, is open in downtown Livermore. 2074 First Street, Livermore.

Closing time ...

Golden Gate Western Wear’s Pleasant Hill location is closing for good before the end of the year. So, if any of y’all are in need of a pair of cowboy boots, head over for their 70% off sale going on now—oh, and don’t forget to grab a hat on your way out. Indiana Jones never went anywhere without his, so why should you? The store also has one other location in Richmond (but that one's not closing). 963 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill.