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Livermore Chic?


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Livermore Chic

No, not Wranglers and a checkered shirt.
You could still pick those up in the recently transformed downtown Livermore, but you might also want to take in some local art, taste Rhone varietals, or buy a designer kids’ puppet.

It’s only in the last nanosecond that downtown Livermore—the 138-year-old town was a popular way station for Gold Rush prospectors headed to the Sierra—could be thought of as a place to sit and sip cappuccino.

But with a new performing arts theater (see story, left), new restaurants, an all-digital projection movie theater, chic clothing boutiques, and wine tasting in five different locations, downtown Livermore has gotten downright hip.

Rob White, Livermore’s economic development director, says “the downtown area is becoming a destination,” both for residents and for weekend tourists who might be on their way to or from the wineries in Livermore Valley. As White points out, much of downtown’s overhaul has been orchestrated to attract foot traffic and create a “scene” where there was none, even by filling the previously nonresidential area with about 400 new townhouses and apartments.

Just beyond the white trellises and colorful flowers lining the newly widened streets around First Street and Livermore Avenue is the old Livermore. One sign advertises tattoos, another auto parts. El Cielito is a small stucco Mexican restaurant that looks like the old days.  Maybe so. But check out its new tapas menu.

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