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What's in Store: Salons, Shops, and Shoes

Beards and beers at Lafayette’s newest men’s salon, Changes Salon and Day Spa turns 30, and more in this month's style roundup.



Styling by Demi Marchese | Model: Helen Owen

Courtesy of Demi Marchese

Coming Soon: 18/8, a fine men’s salon with locations in ten states across the country (and more than a dozen in California), was scheduled to open its first East Bay location in Lafayette’s La Fiesta Square in September. However, the opening was pushed to mid-October—so, any day now, it seems. 18/8 offers haircuts and styling, face, scalp and nail treatments, shaves, waxing, and more for men. We’ve also heard promotional rumors of complementary beer on tap …? 15 Fiesta Ln., Lafayette.

Jinny, a women's designer fashion boutique based in Columbus, Ohio is opening a location later this month next to Atlas in downtown Walnut Creek. Stay tuned for more details.

Just in time for my personal favorite season (boot season, that is), Designer Shoe Warehouse is opening a store in the Crossroads Shopping Center in Pleasant Hill—all 20,000-plus square feet of it. Opening day is October 23. I’ll see you there. 

Photo courtesy of Changes Salon and Day SpaAnniversaries: Changes Salon and Day Spa is celebrating 30 years of beauty and health in downtown Walnut Creek with an extensive remodel and a birthday party. Owner Bonnie Waters opened her first nail salon on Main Street, and eight years later, she opened the Changes Salon at her N. Broadway Street location. Now, Changes is a 10,000 sq. ft., cutting-edge hair salon and spa that employs more than 60 professionals.

As part of its birthday celebration, Changes will donate $10 to the Cancer Support Community with each purchase of a walnut honey moisture mask before October 31. And everyone is invited to drop by for an evening of fun on October 30 from 5-8 p.m., complete with a photo booth from Cantrell Portrait, pours from Shadowbrook Winery, small bites from Whole Foods and 1515 Restaurant, and a birthday cake by Le Gateau Elegant.

Stop by for biscotti and sparkling Italian soda at Misto Lino's Danville or Lafayette locations this Friday through Sunday to celebrate their 20th anniversary! Shop their anniversary bravissima sale, including items from Arte Italica, NEST, Tocca, Le Jacquard Francais, and many more brands. 704 Sycamore Valley Road West, Danville, (925) 837-6575; 3585 Mount Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 284-6565.

Photo courtesy of Demi MarcheseOn My Calendar: Demi Marchese, owner of the newly launched online boutique 12th Tribe (and former Diablo style intern), is displaying her vintage jewelry and clothing from around the world at a trunk show this Friday in Blackhawk Plaza. Polished Nail Bar is hosting 12th Tribe, which will be showcasing some of the latest fall trends from 4-8 p.m. 3476 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Danville, (925) 736-2457.

"Think pink" with Livermore Outlets. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and Premium Outlets is teaming up with Susan G. Komen in the fight against breast cancer. Donate $10 to the cause and receive 25 percent off one item from select outlet stores. Visit the on-site Information Center to donate and support raising awareness, research and treatment programs.

Speaking of pink, Martina Scanlan, Moraga resident and breast cancer survivor, is turning her experiences into a positive situation. Scanlan, along with friend Narda Skov, will soon launch the west coast brand of The Wig Exchange, which provides wigs for women undergoing chemotherapy. They'll celebrate the cause Wednesday, October 29, from 6-8 p.m. with an evening of appetizers, drinking, fun, and fundraising. Wig donations are also being accepted. 

Last month, we told you to mark your calendars for Athleta's grand (free!) opening party hosted by your's truly, Diablo. We hope you did, because tickets have SOLD OUT! But not to worry, the store will be open the following day, Tuesday, October 21 in Broadway Plaza. Visit Athleta, located next to Starbucks and the Tesla showroom, and browse the latest in performance apparel and gear.

Update: Macy’s in Walnut Creek’s Broadway Plaza is still covered by that large, black cloth, but details and computer-generated images for how the exterior façade is expected to look are currently being reviewed by the Walnut Creek Design Review Commission. Included in the proposed design is a large glass opening on the face of the building to let in more natural light, and an additional 57,000 square feet of retail space. Stay tuned for more information regarding the redevelopment happening over at the plaza.