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All the latest East Bay shopping news.


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Pleasanton’s first maternity boutique, Stork’s Nest, has opened at 55 West Angela Street. The shop sells designer clothing for infants, toddlers, and moms-to-be. Plus, Hush Baby makes its spring debut in Blackhawk Plaza with designer clothing and accessories that appeal to the same crowd.

The owners of Old Oakland’s Verse sneaker boutique have launched a second store, Lyric, down the block at 461 Ninth Street, in an effort to keep up with the growing demand for female-friendly kicks. Lyric carries retro styles ranging from checkered Vans to red satin Nike Airs. Serious sneakerheads flock here to have their footwear customized by professional artists for about $300 a pair.

Teens who prefer affordable trendy looks can stock up on accessories at Sunvalley Shopping Center’s For Love 21. A spin-off of Forever 21, the store carries jewelry, belts, hats, and handbags.

Pleasant Hill’s new Aromas and Accents, at 45 Crescent Drive, offers candles, incense, potpourri, and all the related accessories you’ll need to get your aromatherapy under way.

Wine.com has opened a brick-and-mortar location at 2220 Fourth Street in Berkeley where you’ll find collectible wines and wines for under $20 that have earned 90-plus points from publications such as Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate.

After 21 years in business (and many wins in Diablo’s annual Best of the East Bay) Walnut Creek’s Bonanza Street Books closes this month.

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