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Shop Small on Saturday, November 25

First there was Black Friday, then came Cyber Monday but have you heard of Small Business Saturday?  Small Business Saturday is a day for everyone – from the business owners who create jobs to the customers who buy locally – to support small businesses that invigorate the economy and keep communities thriving.  American Express started the Shop Small movement in an effort to support these local places that make our communities strong.  They launched Small Business Saturday on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, hoping to help bring more holiday shopping to small businesses.

In Pleasanton, there are over 3,500 small businesses that employ more than 32,000 people collectively.  Supporting these businesses is a critical component of restoring and rebuilding a healthy economy.  Let’s support small businesses by shopping small on November 25.  Pleasanton Downtown Association is hosting an Open House in historic Downtown Pleasanton with free photos with Santa at Museum on Main located at 603 Main Street from 10am – 1pm.  Over 30 downtown merchants will be participating in this all day event by offering special discounts on shopping, dining and services.  Balloons, stickers, shopping bags, pet bandanas, pens and more will be given to lucky customers throughout the day as a thank you for supporting local businesses.

“When we support our local businesses by shopping here in Pleasanton, our sales tax dollars stay in the community.  For every $100 spent, $46 stays here based on an independent retail study conducted a few years ago,” said Lisa Adamos, City of Pleasanton Economic Development Specialist.  Show your support when you shop in Pleasanton on November 25.   Take a selfie at your favorite business, tag the business plus #inPleasantonCA, #downtownpleasanton, #pleasanton and share them with #shopsmallpleasanton.  Let’s make November 25 the Biggest Day of the Year for small businesses in Pleasanton!

Icicles is on a Roll

By Ryan Harding, Contributing Writer

If you’ve spent any time walking along Main Street since March, it’s very likely that you’ve seen a long line stretching from Downtown Pleasanton’s go-to stop for a sweet treat: Icicles. The unique dessert shop located on Division Street has enthralled locals with its selection of exciting and delectable ice cream bowls and ice cream tacos, but this isn’t your average scoop. Icicles only serves rolled ice cream.

The inspiration for Icicles came from founders Lit Leong and Lynda Huynh who saw street vendors in Bangkok crafting fresh rolled ice cream on frozen pans. They brought the idea back to the US to open the very first Icicles store in San Jose in 2016 where the dessert rocketed into popularity, leading to new stores in Cupertino, Newark, San Mateo, and our very own Pleasanton. The Instagram-worthy dishes are made from a simple base of cream, milk, eggs, and sugar, which is mixed with additional ingredients like fruit, cereal, and cookies depending on which of the fourteen flavors is chosen. The base is spread onto an ice-cold pan until it has frozen and then rolled up into seven spirals that are carefully fit into a bowl. From there, the ice cream can be topped with a variety of drizzles and an unlimited amount of the over fifteen tasty toppings that range from roasted marshmallows to bananas and mochi bits. The Icicles staff says that Oreo Blast and Strawberry Fantasy are the current most popular flavors offered, but that choosing less toppings is the best way to fully enjoy the smooth texture and bold flavors of the ice creams themselves.

Since its opening, Icicles has attracted a wide variety of fans. “Icicles is definitely well-loved by everyone, from young children to seniors,” Icicles employee Sem Leong shared. The store, which is particularly popular with students from Amador Valley High School and Pleasanton Middle School who can walk over after classes, is busiest in the evening until closing and on weekends. Sem explained that Icicles is so busy because it’s the only rolled ice cream joint around and patrons appreciate the positive environment in which employees strive “to be better at each and every roll.” But don’t let the long lines scare you away. Icicles has a large and efficient staff and each bowl only takes a couple of minutes to be made right before your eyes. For $7 plus tax, you can get a large serving of gourmet ice cream customized to your liking and a fun Benihana-style dessert experience unlike anything else Pleasanton has to offer.

Icicles is located at 600 Main Street, Suite F and open every day from 12:00pm-10:00pm.

www.iciclescreamroll.com     (925) 399-8153

Get Your Forkful in Downtown Pleasanton

 

A brand new event is coming to Downtown Pleasanton which is sure to be every foodies dream come true!  FORKFUL is on Saturday, September 9 from 3-6pm.  Come join in an evening of culinary delight with a unique self-paced tasting experience which will allow guests to stroll through downtown and visit 15 participating dining locations to taste their perfect forkful of deliciousness.  An added highlight are complimentary adult beverage tastings along the way.  This new event will expose guests to the amazing culinary landscape that downtown Pleasanton has to offer.

“Forkful is something we have been dreaming of for over a year and we are so excited to bring this unique culinary event to Downtown Pleasanton. We have an incredible array of restaurants here – some new, some well-established –  and we think Forkful is a wonderful way to give people a taste of what dining in Downtown Pleasanton is all about, “ says Pleasanton Downtown Association Executive Director Laura Olson.

Tickets are $50 and are now on sale online HERE.  Guests must be 21 and over to participate and the event is on, rain or shine with no refunds.  FORKFUL goers check in at Museum on Main located at 603 Main Street beginning at 2:30-4pm.  Cheers to Pleasanton Downtown Association and Alameda County Fair Fall Horse Racing for sponsoring this unique offering in Pleasanton!

Pleasanton Downtown Association 

(925) 484-2199

Restaurant Bringing Innovation to Stoneridge Shopping Center

By Ryan Harding, Contributing Writer

Everyone loves a little comfort food, but for anyone dealing with allergies, fun and flavorful foods can be near impossible to come by. That’s exactly where 3 Potato 4 comes to the rescue. The unique restaurant, which is located on the upper level of the Stoneridge Shopping Center between Zales Jewelers and Men’s Warehouse, serves a variety of items that are all organic, 100% vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, and non-GMO. “We want to make delicious vegan food accessible to everyone, even if they have allergies,” says manager Edan Cohen. 3 Potato 4, which was inspired by CEO Guenevere Blanchard’s experiences living in the Netherlands, brings a healthy twist to fast food.

Though 3 Potato 4 has only been open a short time, it is already garnering strong support. “People love that they can finally get a quick and healthy meal in the mall,” explains Cohen, “Usually the only options are greasy fast foods, but now people can have something light.” Those light and delicious treats include soups, vegan soft serve ice cream, over 50 rotating house-made dipping sauces, tater tots, and a variety of crunchy baked fries. “We bake all of our potatoes instead of frying them, so they’re 99% fat free,” says Cohen. The restaurant’s “always baked, never fried” approach mirrors all of the fun and flavor of European street food with none of the guilt. And since every potato dish is made to order, guests can be assured that they are getting only the freshest product.

If that wasn’t innovative enough, 3 Potato 4 is not only Stoneridge Mall’s first common allergen-free restaurant, but also its first zero carbon footprint tenant. “Everything we are serving to our customer is consumable, compostable, recyclable or biodegradable,” Blanchard confirmed. No waste from the store – from paper cones to potato starch bowls – ends up in a landfill. “We really want to be part of the community,” mentioned Cohen. To the 3 Potato 4 crew, being a part of the community means not only supporting the environment they inhabit, but also supporting the efforts of local charities and organizations. So far, 3 Potato 4 has served as host to multiple fundraisers and has partnered up with Build-A-Bear to provide food for allergy-friendly kids’ parties. As the crew maintains, from club meetups, to fundraisers, to the release of new menu items, there’s always something new and exciting happening at 3 Potato 4.

3 Potato 4, 1 Stoneridge Mall Rd, Pleasanton, California 94588

@3p4shop

(925) 425-7205

Hours:  Monday – Friday: 11am – 9pm, Saturday: 10am – 9pm, Sunday: 11am – 7pm

Poke Takes Over Pleasanton

By Ryan Harding, Contributing Writer

Pleasanton is now the latest community to take part in a tropical trend that is sweeping the globe: poke. By the end of the summer, Pleasanton will be home to three poke shops dedicated to providing the newest staple in fast-casual dining, a Hawaiian dish with endless variations. Poke, pronounced “poh-kay,” is a raw fish salad that has been enjoyed by native Hawaiians since centuries before European explorers stepped foot on the islands. Originally, poke was served as an appetizer or snack made from leftover fish, but the dish underwent a transformation in the 1970s when it was first sold as a complete meal of fresh fish and seasonings in a takeaway bowl. Since then, poke has spread across the continental US and to metropolitan cities around the world, transforming to reflect the tastes of each location.

In the traditional Hawaiian style, poke is simply sliced raw fish (usually ahi tuna or salmon) topped with soy sauce, sesame oil, and green onions. In modern poke shops, the central proteins range from the traditional fishes to shrimp, octopus, and even tofu, all of which can be served over rice and paired with a variety of toppings like avocado, mushrooms, and chili peppers. The poke bowls served at Pleasanton’s three poke shops, Local Poke, North Shore Poke Co., and Prime Poke, can be customized to fit anyone’s taste, and are always full of vibrant and refreshing flavors.

Poke’s current rise to fame only began about five years ago when cities along the Pacific Coast started to see poke shops pop up by the dozens. Now, there are more than twenty specialized poke restaurants in the East Bay alone. Despite poke’s rapid and recent growth, Chai Lonh, manager of North Shore Poke Co., doesn’t see this culinary trend fading away anytime soon. “Poke is a really healthy alternative to all of those burgers, fries, and other fast foods,” explained Lonh, “People want something that tastes good and is good for them.” As Californians move toward more health-centric lifestyles, raw preparations and produce-filled dishes like poke continue to grow in demand. This poke craze isn’t coming out of the blue, but rather filling the need for more quick, easy, and healthy dining options in the Bay Area. It’s no wonder that Pleasanton has jumped on the poke bandwagon – now it’s just a matter of seeing where it leads.

Local Poke is located at 6700 Santa Rita Rd in the Trader Joe’s/Cort Plaza; North Shore Poke Co. opened recently on July 1 and is located at 6786 Bernal Ave #820 in the Pleasanton Gateway Shopping Center; and Prime Poke is located in Downtown Pleasanton at 349 Main St Suite 140 and currently having their soft opening.  Stop by one of these locations today and get your Poke fix!

Small Business Saturday… #ShopSmall & Support Local Businesses

The City of Pleasanton, Pleasanton Downtown Association, Visit Tri-Valley, Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce and Hacienda, are excited to work together to encourage the Pleasanton community to not only shop in Pleasanton on November 26, Small Business Saturday, but consider shopping “small” to support our local businesses this holiday season and throughout the year.

Numerous organizations have joined the national campaign, founded by American Express in 2010, declaring the Saturday after Thanksgiving every year as Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting the small businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country during one of the busiest shopping times of the year. In Pleasanton, small businesses having between 1 and 100 employees provide more than 29,000 jobs.

Pleasanton merchants are encouraged to visit shopsmall.com to obtain tools to market their stores. Shoppers are encouraged to visit inPleasanton.com as well as partner organization websites to discover all of Pleasanton’s retail shopping locations, and visit shopsmall.com to find local merchants that have joined the Small Business Saturday campaign by offering special promotions or discounts.

“We look forward to Small Business Saturday. It is traditionally one of our biggest days. It feels like Small Business Saturday is a day on which many of our regular customers express their appreciation and we love hearing that. It’s also a great way to remind people how important small businesses are to our local economy.” – Judy Wheeler, Towne Center Books

Pleasanton Chick-fil-A Grand Opening 11/17/16

More than 70 adults are in line for Pleasanton Chick-fil-A Grand Opening tomorrow, Thursday 11/17/16.  This tradition goes back 13 years, called Chick-fil-A’s First 100 which has given out nearly $27 million in free food and is the chain’s signature grand opening event.  The prize is a digital offer card loaded with a one-year supply of free Chick-fil-A meals (52 meals consisting of a Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich, medium Waffle Potato Fries and a medium beverage) that will be awarded to the first 100 eligible adults over the age of 17 with ID in line when the doors open around 6 a.m. on Nov. 17.

Much anticipated, the newest Pleasanton Chick-fil-A location, located at Hopyard Road & 580, marks the first free-standing restaurant in the area and is part of the 104 locations opening across the country creating some 9,000 new jobs. The restaurant is a LEED certified building that efficiently uses water, conserves energy and uses sustainable building materials.  It also has a two-story interactive children’s play area and free Wi-Fi.  The 5,300 sq. ft. building has a dining room that seats 116 indoors and 40 outdoors.  As with all Chick-fil-A locations, it is closed on Sundays but open Monday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.  The Pleasanton location is operated by Franchise Operator Aaron Clifford, a Bay Area native.  For more information on the Hopyard Road & 580 Chick-fil-A restaurant, visit www.chick-fil-a.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ChickfilaHopyardand580/.

Why Shop in Pleasanton?

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It’s good for our Economy, Environment, and Community.

Buying locally . . .
Is more fun with unique, personalized service.  Your merchants get to know our local tastes and select merchandise with the local community in mind. You get personal attention. You feel connected. Pleasanton businesses know our local market and are more responsive to our local market. Customers are merchants’ friends and neighbors.

Keeps dollars in our economy.  Spending locally ensures that our sales taxes are reinvested right here in our community. Of every $100 spent at an independently owned Pleasanton store, $46 stays in the community. That makes our city extraordinary!

Ensures our city stays extraordinary and the place to go.  Our businesses make us special and give us a strong sense of loyalty for our city. The more unique we are as a community, the more we attract visitors, which benefits everyone.

Is more environmentally friendly.  Supporting our local businesses often means you can walk and bike to shop, supporting conveniently located and accessible shops. You get products that are often better-made because our neighbors stand behind them.

 

Secret Somm is Returning January 2016!

This January, California Restaurant Month will celebrate its sixth anniversary with flavor-filled days featuring prix-fixe menus, wine-pairing specials, chef-led events and more at dining establishments across the state.

To celebrate California Restaurant month in the Tri-Valley, the mysterious Secret Somm will build on last year’s buzz by surprising random diners with gifts of local wine and a paid meal tab every weekend January 8-31.

Last year, the Secret Somm gifted more than 30 bottles of wine to restaurant patrons in five cities. These random acts of wine-kindness generated national attention from media outlets such as Good Morning America, Huffington Post, ABC, NBC and CBS News.

Things to know:

  1. Please keep Secret Somm’s identity anonymous
  2. Secret Somm will only visit places that serve wine produced in Livermore Valley. Bottles will be ordered from the restaurant’s existing wine list.
  3. Please share that Secret Somm has arrived at your establishment via social media with photos and/or video of the gift recipients
  4. Secret Somm always pays the bill (plus gratuity!), so no comps are requested
  5. Official hashtags: #secretsomm #secretsommca #visittrivalley

Spread the news, and follow the trail of good will-

Twitter: @SecretSommCA

Instagram: @SecretSomm

Facebook: www.facebook.com/visittrivalley/

#ShopSmall on Small Business Saturday, November 28

The City of Pleasanton, Pleasanton Downtown Association, Visit Tri-Valley, Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce and Hacienda, are excited to work together to encourage the Pleasanton community to not only shop in Pleasanton on November 28, Small Business Saturday, but consider shopping “small” to support our local businesses this holiday season and throughout the year.

Numerous organizations have joined the national campaign, founded by American Express in 2010, declaring the Saturday after Thanksgiving every year as Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting the small businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country during one of the busiest shopping times of the year. In Pleasanton, small businesses having between 1 and 100 employees provide more than 23,000 jobs.

Pleasanton merchants are encouraged to visit shopsmall.com to obtain tools to market their stores. Shoppers are encouraged to visit inPleasanton.com as well as partner organization websites to discover all of Pleasanton’s retail shopping locations, and visit shopsmall.com to find local merchants that have joined the Small Business Saturday campaign by offering special promotions or discounts.

From the Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey: “According to research by American Express in 2014, consumers spent an estimated $14.3 billion at independent merchants on the day.” And a study of independent retailers that included Pleasanton merchants showed that for every $100 spent at an independently owned store, $46 stays in the community.