Sprouts & Shutters: New Training Sites For Humans, Canines

Here’s your roundup of retail, restaurant and other business news in Walnut Creek and Central Contra Costa County. Find out what's opening, closing and changing around town.

Wondering what new businesses are opening and changing in your town? Our “Sprouts & Shutters” column highlights restaurant, retail and other business news in Walnut Creek and Central Contra Costa County.  

Walnut Creek

A new fitness center got up and running on Saturday. 24 Hour Fitness held a grand opening for its new location at 2800 N. Main St. The chain has another center down the street at 2033 N. Main.

A new place to train dogs is opening soon. Zoom Room will hold a grand opening in mid-February. The facility will feature indoor training facilities for dogs to learn obedience and other skills. Dogs are trained in groups or individually. The location is 7001 Sunne Lane, Suite 104, near the Pleasant Hill BART station. Phone number is 925-322-0667.

A Paper Source store is reportedly opening in April in the downtown area. This was first reported in the Beyond The Creek blog. Job openings for the store are also listed on several employment sites, although the shop isn't listed yet on the company's website. The specialty paper store's location hasn't been made public yet, but Beyond The Creek says it may be inside the building on Botelho Drive that used to house The Right Start store.

A new high-tech company is in town. Fast Pepper Solutions has opened an office at 1701 N. California, Suite 52. The phone number is 925-953-2056. The company provides Risk Management as a Solution and Technical Needs Analysis services.

The Carl's Jr. restaurant in the Citrus shopping center closed up shop on Friday. The Contra Costa Times reported the franchise's lease was expiring and the owner decided to close the restaurant at Oak Grove Road and Citrus Drive rather than renew.


Some readers have written, saying the Auntie Anne's pretzel shop in Sunvalley mall appeared to be closing. The rumors aren't true. Shannon Zimmerman from Auntie Anne's corporate offices says their Concord store is "definitely not closing." There was some remodeling going on and that might have caused the confusion.

A furnishings store has closed its doors but is still offering merchandise online. Dunhaven Place has shuttered its business at 4691 Clayton Road. However, it is still selling its cottage style furnishings on its website.

Pleasant Hill

a consignment shop that specializes in the resale of women's clothing, shoes and accessories, has been open since Dec. 1. The shop is located at 1630 Contra Costa Blvd., Suite A. It's in the same complex as Melo's Pizza. The consignment shop is owned by Nancy Rondum and Sue Damhesel. The phone number is 925-808-8765.


Bryn Thenell January 28, 2013 at 03:40 PM
Does anyone know what happened to Clarissa Bridal on South Main? I always loved checking out what they had in the windows as I waited in traffic...
Creek Diva January 28, 2013 at 04:25 PM
@Bryn, I was thinking maybe they are the ones moving to Broadway and Cypress. A "Bridal Salon" is going into that spot.
RZA January 28, 2013 at 05:42 PM
Clarissa retired after 30+years in walnut Creek..
Creek Diva January 28, 2013 at 06:26 PM
@RZA, thanks for the info.
Bryn Thenell January 28, 2013 at 10:01 PM
So sorry to see the store close, but after 30 years she's earned some free time! Best wishes for a fun filled retirement.


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