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Business in the 24/680 is picking up, we’re hearing, and we truly hope that is the case. Still, some local businesses are calling it quits. What’s opening – or closing – in your neighborhood?

Let’s get down to business. Here are some of the new enterprises that are “Coming and Going” in the 24/680 this month:

Openings:

In Walnut Creek, Stelle Bistro has opened in the old Chili’s space which had been shuttered for some time on Locust St. downtown. The bistro is located at 1403 Locust St.

Popular Kinder’s Meats & Deli has opened a second location in Walnut Creek, the latest storefront at 1293 Parkside Dr. joining their pioneer store on Ygnacio Valley Rd.

Freebirds World Burrito has set up shop in the Sprouts shopping center at the corner of N. Main St. and Geary Blvd. Look for the massive “Easy Rider” poster inside!

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Ice cream fanciers have noted activity and new signage at Lottie’s Creamery on N. Main St. in downtown Walnut Creek and it appears the artisanal ice cream shoppe could open any day now – at least the owners hope so. We know how these things go, sometimes. Best of luck there even though recent rains and low temps aren’t fueling the ice cream cravings (which are strong) right now.

If working out, carbing up Southern-style or trying some cool ice cream isn’t your cup of tea you might try Canvas and Cabernet, opening on Locust St. across from the Walnut Creek Yacht Club and Pyramid Alehouse. Apparently, C&C is a “drink and dab” business inviting customers to indulge their artistic side – Canvas – while have a couple of flights of wine – Cabernet. There’s a great restaurant in New York which supplies its customers with paint and encourages them to express their inner Van Gogh on the paper tablecloth, walls, each other. We’ll be interested to see how this one goes over.

Ike’s sandwich shop has a sign up at the site of the old Red Mango frozen yogurt store downtown. Ike’s fans are pretty rabid and the area, anchored by the Cheesecake Factory, is becoming something of a nexus for hungry Creekers on the prowl.

A new 24 Hour Fitness Super Sport is scheduled to open in Walnut Creek on Jan. 26 – on North Main Street right next to Chick-Fil-A. So you can power out some laps in Super Sport’s lap pool and then jog next door for some waffle fries. Fuel the burn.

Hooking a right out of town and heading east on Highway 24, storefronts are popping up in downtown Lafayette with the women’s clothing store Francesca’s Collections opening in the Clocktower next to Venture – which caters to the other gender – and which opened in September.

Closings:

Walnut Creek’s Fresh Choice restaurant on South Main is shuttered, along with all of the chain’s remaining locations, after rising costs and tax issues chipped away at their bottom line.

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And the venerable Yogurt Castle at N. California Blvd. and Bonanza appears down for the count. Fans of the store’s turreted architecture may have outweighed fans of its yogurt offering in the storefront’s waning days – and several readers have asked what is to become of the distinctive brick building. We shall see.

The women’s shoe and handbag boutique Footcandy is also closing – ostensibly because of competition from larger retail stores.

Over in Lafayette organizers behind the much talked about Farmers Market in the BART parking lot have abandoned plans to be a year-round concern, talking of a return in May but saying the city’s strict signage policy made it difficult to advertise. Readers we’ve talked to said the problem was not the lack of signage but rather the high prices and lack of selection. If you went to the market, let us know how you found the experience there.

 

If you’re opening a business in the 24/680, or know of one that is closing, drop us a line at news@news24-680.com

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