What's in Store: Welcome to Spring

Spring is my favorite season: The light breeze on a sunny-yet-chilly morning, colorful flowers and vegetation everywhere, and the bright floral patters and pastel hues lining shop windows. Yes, spring is a beautiful thing. 


Saturday, February 28, take a day trip to Benicia, and meet four Project Runway and Project Runway All Stars presenting their spring 2015 collections at Christina S Fashion Destination in beautiful and historic Downtown Benicia. Richard Hallmarq, Melissa Fleis, Samantha Black, and Daniel Esquivel are coming from all over the country, and will be on hand for a meet-and-greet and to talk spring looks. For more information, contact Christina Strawbridge at (707) 751-0100 or fashfun@aol.com. February 28, 12 p.m.-6 p.m., 370 First Street, Benicia.

Spring Finds

What's in Store: Welcome to Spring
Nathan and Co.

has unveiled its latest in spring décor—colorful kitchen wares! I am loving these ceramic Mason jars (above) in teal, sunshine yellow, and burgundy ($14 each). Use them as drinking glasses or decorative vases. Or go for this adorable salt box (right; $24), which will look perfect on the counter next to your stove. This blueberry-hued butter dish (below; $27) is a little bit retro, but still whimsical and stylish. For more fun Nathan and Co. homeware picks, check out Diablo's holiday

gift guide

. 4025 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, (510) 428-9638.

What's in Store: Welcome to Spring

Photo courtesy of Nathan & Co.

San Francisco Premium Outlets?

This month, it was announced that the Bay Area’s premier outlet shopping center, the Livermore Premium Outlets, has been rebranded as "San Francisco Premium Outlets," in conjunction with its current 185,000 square foot expansion. The new section of retail outlets are scheduled to open in August of this year. Stephen Yalof, CEO of Premium Outlets, says "the new name better reflects that residents from the entire Bay area as well as visitors from all over the world are shopping and enjoying the superior mix of merchants." All righty, then. 2774 Livermore Outlets Dr., Livermore, (925) 292-2868.


Broadway Plaza is celebrating a milestone: The complimentary valet service has parked nearly 100,000 vehicles since its inception exactly one year ago. The person driving the 100,000th car will receive a $250 Broadway Plaza shopping spree and other surprises. Will it be you?

New Openings

V and V Fine Jewelry and Coin recently opened in the space formerly occupied by Renditions Art Gallery in Downtown Walnut Creek. The Bulgarian business has been around for 35 years. 1383 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek (925) 768-7694.