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What’s in Store: Home Décor and Tech Tips

Furniture in Oakland, Misto Lino on Facebook, and Broadway Plaza’s turn toward technological customer service.

Courtesy of Mulberry's Home

Happy November, y'all! It's me again, with more in-store happenings going on in the East Bay. Taking a trip out to Oakland? Be sure to stop by this adorable home style store for quirky mirrors and chandeliers, colorful pillows and patterned sheets, chairs, tables, lamps, and more. Celebrate four years with this Lafayette furniture and vintage collectibles store. Plus—Broadway Plaza has taken the meaning of "customer service" to a whole new level. Check it out.

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Photo by Jenn Fox, courtesy of Mulberry's HomeMulberry’s Home, a new home design and décor shop in Oakland’s hometown neighborhood, opened in mid-October in a quaint building formerly occupied by a small Oakland public library. Mulberry’s Home showcases high-end furniture, rugs, lighting, accessories, gifts, and exclusive jewelry handcrafted by a local artisan. Owner Chad Olcott has traveled all over the country, evaluating and selecting the best furniture makers and product lines. He landed here, on the West Coast, and founded Mulberry’s Home, which carries a combination of vintage finds and one-of-a-kind pieces mostly sourced from Northern California. Olcott’s store is the only one in Oakland that offers full-sized furniture not from a “big box” store. Visit Mulberry’s Home at 160 41st St. at Piedmont Ave., Oakland. (510) 350-8379.

Hey, ladies! (Yeah?) Looking for fashionable accessories? (Of course!) Look no further: Charming Charlie has finally opened in Blackhawk, next to Crunch Gym and Nekter, and just in time for your holiday shopping! The store held its grand opening on November 1. Blackhawk Plaza, Danville.

Get Social: Everyone’s favorite home furnishing store, Misto Lino, is now on Facebook! Like them here and receive store updates, featured merchandise, and more in your news feed.

Update: Valets, roving ambassadors, and a text-based concierge service? Oh my! With all of the construction going on in downtown Walnut Creek, you may be wondering if it’s even worth heading down to Broadway Plaza to pick up gifts for those on your list. From one holiday shopper to another, I’m here to tell you it is.

Not only is Broadway Plaza’s complimentary valet service open seven days a week (it's free, everyone, so take advantage), but there are roving ambassadors available to answer any and all questions you may have about the stores, construction, or anything Plaza-related. And for the digitally savvy, make a dinner reservation, book a hair appointment, call a taxi, coordinate wheelchair services, or even locate specific stores and products all from your phone! Personalized and timely guest service is just a simple text away. Text Broadway Plaza guest services at (925) 948-8826.


Courtesy of Farmyard Darlings Farmyard Darlings in Lafayette is celebrating its fourth anniversary by inviting y’all to their shop on November 7 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Stop by to check out their guest vendors, new knickknacks, and a surprise “special treat.” Be sure and park on the street, since parking is limited. 3295 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette.

Winter Fun: This Friday, my favorite East Bay winter tradition is up and running again in Civic Park: Walnut Creek on Ice is back until January 10. Grab your scarf and your skates, and I'll see you out on the ice. (Or face-first on the ice, as is typically the case ... I'm a bit of a klutz, to say the least). 1357 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek.

And for the third year in Alameda's South Shore Center, The Little Ice Rink will be open from Saturday, November 8 until January 19. New this year, on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, enjoy cookies, hot chocolate, and coffee from Panera Bread. And be sure to bring the little ones on or after November 28 to see Santa! 523 South Shore Center, Alameda. Photo courtesy of The Little Ice Rink, Alameda

Mark Your Calendars: Black Friday shopping is so last season. This year, head to downtown Benicia on Saturday, November 22 from 9 a.m. to noon for their "Earlier than the Bird" pre-Thanksgiving shopping event. For those hoping to get a head-start on their holiday shopping, this weekend before Thanksgiving is the perfect time to score special in-store promotions and morning treats.

On the following Saturday, November 29, Benicia Main Street is inviting the public to shop at the small local businesses downtown in support of Small Business Saturday, founded by American Express in 2010. Come support neighborhood shops and find one-of-a-kind holiday gifts for your loved ones from the small businesses that make downtown Benicia one-of-a-kind.

Email me with style tips and sales at style@maildiablo.com.