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Jan 07, 2020 10:57AM ● By Pam Kessler

Popular eyewear brand Warby Parker—known for its affordable frames and charitable donations to developing countries —opened a boutique on Mt. Diablo next to Patioworld. Style and comfort are on display at Shoes on Solano, a new Main Street shop stocked with a chic selection of women’s shoes, boots, and bags. Iconic fashion furrier Maximillian signed a short-term lease and opened in the former Z Gallery space.

Broadway Plaza is rumored to have a new tenant for its vacant Stanford’s building—Canadian brand Joey Restaurants. Ahi tuna salad, sushi cones, and lobster grilled cheese are expected to star on the menu. Brioche de Paris is dishing up delicate French pastries from their new Locust Street café. Building on America’s passion for anything delicious between a bun, Burger Loft chose Main Street for its second eatery, the other one is in Lafayette. Bierhaus, a new German restaurant, has opened in the former Lark Creek space. Prost!

Women’s clothier Talbot’s is vacating its prominent Olympic and Main corner and moving down the block to take over the soon-to-close Uniqlo store. Adding to the downtown vacancy dilemma, Destination Maternity is closing its Walnut Creek doors, along with Forever 21, San Francisco Giants Dugout Store, and Daskalos and Lou & Grey at Broadway Plaza. Prominent local commercial real estate experts point to a silver lining—downtown rents should start coming down.

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