Sprouts & Shutters: Linen Outlet and Nama Sushi Open

A roundup of retail, restaurant and other business news and happenings in Pleasant Hill and Central Contra Costa.

Wondering what new businesses are opening and changing in your town? This “Sprouts & Shutters” column highlights restaurant, retail and other business news in the Central Contra Costa cities of Pleasant Hill, Concord, Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Orinda, and Moraga.

Pleasant Hill

Open: To spruce up your bedroom or bathroom with bargain-priced linens, browse the selection at Pleasant Hill’s new Linen Outlet. The new store carries home décor such as window treatments, bedding, bath linens, rugs, mattresses and other discounted inventory from manufacturer overstocks, retailer-canceled orders and discontinued merchandise. The San Francisco based Linen Outlet opened on Contra Costa Boulevard next to Big 5 in the County Square shopping center in July.

Open: The new Japanese eatery Nama Sushi, covered earlier in Patch, is now open in downtown Pleasant Hill on Contra Costa Boulevard. 

Opening: It’s that time of year again: Halloween pop-up stores are creeping into town with their ghoulish garb and devilish décor. Spirit Halloween opens in Pleasant Hill in the Crossroads center on Monument Boulevard and in Concord on Clayton in Park N Shop on Willow Pass Road. These seasonal stores typically open by mid September and close a day or two after the holiday.


Open: Plate & Vine opened in the Hilton Concord Sept. 4. The new “California-style” restaurant incorporates locally sourced organic ingredients from nearby farms such as the California Olive Ranch and Frog Hollow Farm in Brentwood and County Line Harvest in Petaluma. Each menu item even lists the food’s source: “Red Organic Quinoa & Zucchini Carpaccio—Sunol CA,” for example. The sustainable restaurant also filters and bottles its water in house and delivers it to customers in reusable glass bottles. You can browse the menu and glimpse the warm woodsy restaurant interior on the new restaurant’s facebook page

Closed: The Berkeley-based womens clothing store Sway closed its Todos Santos Plaza location at the end of August. Staff said the reason was lack of business. The company has five other locations in Northern California, three of which are in the East Bay in Oakland, Alameda and Berkeley.

Plans for downtown: Have ideas on how Concord can improve its downtown? The city wants to hear from you, route: {:controller=>"articles", :action=>"show", :id=>"city-seeks-feedback-on-future-of-concord"} -->. Attend Concord’s “Idea Fair” Saturday, Sept. 22, from 9 – 11:30 a.m.  — one of six in the country — in Pleasanton’s Stoneridge Shopping Center on Oct. 5.

Opening: Le Gateau Elegant relocates to Walnut Creek from Martinez next month. Read all about Walnut Creek’s newest bakery in , which , reopened under new ownership a week later. Get the details in Patch's recent .

Open: Sprouts Farmers Market opened in Walnut Creek last week on the corner of Geary Road and North Main Street. You can read more about the new natural foods grocer in .

Open: Anthropologie, covered in an and and


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