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What's in Store: Fall Forward

It’s not too late to score some fab sale items, or gear up for fall with new products. Plus, find out the scoop about remodels that are in the works.

Courtesy of J.Colleen

New Spots and Transitions

Join J. Colleen in Lafayette for its grand opening event, starting Saturday, September 7, at 11 a.m. A reception starts at 6 p.m., and word on the street is there will be wine tasting and margaritas. Bonus: The event will be emceed by our very own senior writer and editor, Peter Crooks. This boutique features everything from floppy hats to stunning dresses and jewelry, so be sure to sneak a peek.

Wish Boutique in Walnut Creek just reopened its remodeled back patio. You can now find garden furnishings, accessories, and potted plants in addition to garden décor, jewelry, and baby gift items. Also, Just Be Yoga & Meditation has taken over the back building of Wish, and is offering a steal of a deal: Get 30 days of yoga for just $30 for anyone new to the studio.

As you may have noticed in recent weeks, Broadway Plaza has had several stores move or close. The closing of Bath and Body Works has been mourned by many, but we have a sneaking suspicion that the outdoor shopping area may simply be getting renovated. Check back for more news in the coming weeks.

Speaking of Walnut Creek, the corner across from Tiffany & Co. will be undergoing a major facelift. Brian Hirahara, the developer behind restaurants Sasa and Va de Vi, is taking over. We’ve heard there are plans for a rooftop area, as well as open-air spots and expansive windows. There will also be aesthetically appealing brick buildings with plenty of foliage. Stay tuned as more announcements are made.

You might need to find a new salon …

Christopher’s Salon 07 and GHQ in Dublin have both closed indefinitely. Check out our BOEB 2013 Style winners for suggestions on where to go.

Courtesy of McMullen

Hot Fall Items

In addition to fall staples such as blazers and sweaters, McMullen in Piedmont has added the most divine pair of shoes – purple suede cut-out booties by Jerome Rosseau.

If shopping online is more your style, check out the Mercy Vintage website for a sale starting September 7. Kim Gordon, rock artist of Sonic Youth fame, will have her pop-up shop featured. You can score one of her items worn on stage, or other goodies pulled straight from her closet.

Stella Studio in Berkeley has added its Fall 2013 collection. This company, recently recognized as an eco-friendly garment manufacturer in the San Francisco Bay Area, offers materials such as organic cotton, bamboo, and hemp. As the seasons change, check out the store’s easy-to-wear, earth-tone pieces that are ideal for layering.

Courtesy of Stella Studio

Deals, Sales, and Specials

If you have yet to check out the new Elisa Wen on Prospect Avenue in Danville, it’s a good time to go. The weather is still calling for lightweight pieces, making it the perfect time to stock up on discount summer items.

The Sewing Room and Style Lounge in Alameda is having a sale. Stop in now thru September 21 to save up to 20 percent on vintage-inspired clothing from Oakland owner and designer Desiree Salas.

Lireille-Gallery of Contemporary Jewelry and Art in Oakland is now carrying designs by Kokkino. These textured pieces are contemporary as well as easy to wear, making them perfect staples to any fall attire.


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