Sprouts & Shutters: Super Sport, Gianni's, China Paradise and More

Here's the latest roundup of retail, restaurant and other business news and happenings in the Tri-Valley area.

Wondering what’s moving into your neighborhood shopping center? Our weekly Sprouts & Shutters column highlights the latest Tri-Valley restaurant, retail and other business news.

Just in time for those New Year’s fitness resolutions: The new 24 Hour Fitness Super Sport center opens in Livermore on Dec. 22 on Kittyhawk Road. The new club will feature a full-sized basketball court, indoor lap pool, racquetball court, towel service, whirlpool, TRX suspension training, group exercise, childcare and more. Get details about other amenities and the grand opening celebration at 24hourfitness.com.

European Wax Center opened recently in both Livermore and Pleasanton. The national chain, which provides facial and body waxing, opened on Livermore’s Portola Avenue in Yogurt Deluxe’s old space and in the Pleasanton Gateway Shopping Center. View your options at waxcenter.com.

Now Pleasanton residents have even more places to get in shape: Club One Fitness will open a 17,000 square-foot fitness center in the former 24 Hour Fitness space on West Las Positas at the end of December. See details and claim a free pass here. CrossFit fans can get an intense workout at the new Schubox Crossfit, set to open Dec. 8 on Old Santa Rita Road. Learn more at Schuboxcrossfit.com. Finally, the affordable Fitness 19 recently replaced Bay Area Family Fitness on Rosewood Drive.

Viva Yogurt Cafe recently closed on Hopyard Road, much to their fans’ disappointment. We’ll keep you posted on what moves into that space.

Dublin’s Hertlein Guitars recently closed on Dublin Boulevard. In addition to selling instruments and accessories, the locally owned guitar store was a hangout for local musicians and hosted clinics and live music events.

Opening Update: Great news for fans of authentic Italian cuisine: Gianni Bartoletti, founder and former owner of the award-winning Incontro will open his new Gianni’s Italian Bistro in San Ramon on Dec. 4. You’ll find housemade pasta, artisan bread and a seasonally changing menu of regional Italian dishes. The new Italian restaurant, previewed last month, opens on San Ramon Valley Boulevard in the space formerly occupied by Finestra and the original Incontro. (Incontro moved from San Ramon to Danville last year.) Learn more at GiannisSanRamon.com.

China Paradise in downtown Danville may be closed for good. A few months ago, Patch reported that the restaurant was closed temporarily for a kitchen remodel. But China Paradise’s owner Cecilia Yu says they had to permanently close the Hartz Avenue location because of escalating rent prices. Yu says she’s still holding out hope that they can negotiate a lease with the landlord and reopen the popular Chinese restaurant. China Paradise’s locations in Blackhawk and Dublin remain open.

Mary’s Art Studio recently replaced Hartz Flowers & Gifts in downtown Danville. Oregon resident and recent Danville transplant Mary Stupp-Greer says she’ll mainly use the new space as her working studio art but also hopes to offer adult drawing classes. Stupp-Greer, who specializes in drawing, painting, photography and mixed media, will also open her studio to the public for art shows, including two between now and Christmas.

Patch is inviting East Bay business owners to its next Main Street U, a free workshop about social media and online marketing. The workshop is 8:30 a.m., Dec. 13, at Hotel Shattuck in Berkeley. For more details or to RSVP, click here.

Want to find out what else is opening in the East Bay? Sprouts & Shutters now covers 21 cities on 18 Patch sites. Read the latest columns for the Central Contra Costa, Berkeley/Oakland and Fremont/Tri-Cities communities.

Did you miss Patch's last retail and restaurant roundup? Read about these and more in our last Sprouts & Shutters column:  

  • The Kitchen and Rakestraw Books in Danville
  • Weight Watchers and Buffalo Wild Wings in San Ramon
  • Holiday Faire in Dublin
  • Gregg Jefferies Sports Academy and TA Naturals in Pleasanton 
  • Tap 25 and wineries event in Livermore

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Lori December 03, 2012 at 07:50 PM
We need an Olive Garden!
Longtime Resident December 04, 2012 at 12:59 AM
No we don't. Support your local businesses.
Robert December 04, 2012 at 01:06 AM
I agree!


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