Come to Downtown Pleasanton for "friendly, personal service, exciting events, and fast special orders" at Towne Center Books. Owner, Judy Wheeler has been in business for 23 years and her goal is to keep every customer satisfied. Supporting small business helps shops like Judy's stay in business, so stop on by and you may even get to meet the shop's furry greeter, Max.
Speaking of furry friends, could you use some unique pet supplies? Murphy's Paw is just the ticket... Dean Mancini has owned this Downtown Pleasanton gem for 10 years. It's family-owned and is dedicated to serving the community with all your pet needs. #Shopsmall at Towne Center Books and Murphy's Paw on Small Business Saturday, November 24 and remember to shop all year-round to support small businesses in Pleasanton! ... [ Read More ]
Support your favorite local spots, or find new ones in Pleasanton! 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 3,750 small businesses that employ more than 33,500 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 24. 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 10 am – 1 pm. 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 several years ago,” said Lisa Adamos, City of Pleasanton Economic Development Specialist. Show your support when you shop in Pleasanton on November 24. Take a selfie at your favorite business, tag the business plus #inPleasantonCA, #downtownpleasanton, #pleasanton and share them with #shopsmallpleasanton. Let’s make November 24 the Biggest Day of the Year for small businesses in Pleasanton!
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California Restaurant Month
occurs every January to feature the amazing menus offered by restaurants throughout the region. Whether you've frequented your favorite spot all year long or are interested in trying something new, the Tri-Valley is fortunate to have award-winning restaurants sure to satisfy your foodie cravings. It's not too late to take advantage of special menus and offers. Visit Tri-Valley gives a nod to California Restaurant Month with "Wine & Dine Tri-Valley
" where restaurants will waive corkage fees when patrons bring in their own bottle of Livermore Valley wine.
Dine out in Pleasanton this month at the following participating restaurants; special corkage fee waived at locations denoted with *:
- Ascona Pizza Company
- Baci Bistro and Bar
- Barone's Restaurant
- Blue Agave Club
- Chianti Reserve
- Eddie Papa's American Hangout*
- Faz Pleasanton
- Gay Nineties Pizza Co.
- McKay's Taphouse & Beer Garden*
- Nic's Wood Fired Pizza*
- Nonni's Bistro
- Oasis Grille
- Pasta's Trattoria
- Sabio on Main
- The Hop Yard American Alehouse & Grill
For more Pleasanton restaurants, check out the 2018 Pleasanton Winter Dining Guide
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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.
is located at 600 Main Street, Suite F and open every day from 12:00pm-10:00pm.
www.iciclescreamroll.com (925) 399-8153 ... [ Read More ]
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
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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
Hours: Monday - Friday: 11am - 9pm, Saturday: 10am - 9pm, Sunday: 11am - 7pm
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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.
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! ... [ Read More ]
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/
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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.
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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:
- Please keep Secret Somm’s identity anonymous
- Secret Somm will only visit places that serve wine produced in Livermore Valley. Bottles will be ordered from the restaurant’s existing wine list.
- Please share that Secret Somm has arrived at your establishment via social media with photos and/or video of the gift recipients
- Secret Somm always pays the bill (plus gratuity!), so no comps are requested
- Official hashtags: #secretsomm #secretsommca #visittrivalley
Spread the news, and follow the trail of good will-
Facebook: www.facebook.com/visittrivalley/ ... [ Read More ]
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. ... [ Read More ]
The first USDA-certified organic fast food restaurant in the country, The Organic Coup opened its' doors in Pleasanton on November 10, 2015. The eatery is located at 4825 Hopyard Road near the intersection of Hopyard and Stoneridge. A great addition to the dining options in Pleasanton, The Organic Coup features it's signature chicken sandwich, a spicy air chilled chicken breast fried in coconut oil with spicy shredded veggies on a toasted artisan bun. All ingredients are organic and you can top the sandwich off with organic sauce choices: Mustard Vin, Spicy BBQ Ranch, Sesame Ginger or Ranch. Other selections include a wrap and bowl. Check out the menu HERE
The Organic Coup, 4825 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton, CA 94588, (925) 399-6719, www.theorganiccoup.com ... [ Read More ]
Two new Pleasanton restaurants are quickly making names for themselves and getting attention from foodies and food critics alike. Sabio on Main
and McKay's Taphouse and Beer Garden
were recently recognized in the 2015 Diablo Food Awards
. Sabio on Main's chef Francis Hogan was recognized as Diablo's 2015 Artist in the Kitchen
. Hogan partnered with entrepreneur Jim McDonnell and general manager Matt Clasen to open the Spanish-inspired restaurant.
Sabio on Main is receiving notice and nods outside of the Tri-Valley as well. Check out the latest San Jose Mercury News Entertainment Review HERE
McKay's Taphouse and Beer Garden garnered Diablo's 2015 Best Bang for your Buck
honors with it's European beer garden, the perfect setting to enjoy 16 local craft beers, 4 wines on tap and "pub food with a chef's flair," as described by Barbara McKay, owner along with husband Josh. See Diablo's full write-up on both new restaurants HERE.
Sabio on Main, 501 Main St., Pleasanton, 925-800-3090, www.sabiopleasanton.com
McKay's Tap House & Beer Garden, 252 Main St., Pleasanton, 925-425-0217, www.mckaysbeergarden.com
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Veeva Systems hosted a ceremony on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, to celebrate the Grand Opening of its new Corporate Headquarters building in Pleasanton, CA. The building was designed around the principles of simplicity, health and productivity, and the ceremony featured guest speakers who addressed these issues.
Veeva is committed to developing the overall physical, mental and financial wellness of its employees through benefits like loaner bikes to promote biking to work, an onsite fitness studio, lunchtime yoga, financial counseling and more. The new 141,000 square foot facility also features a state-of-the-art kitchen with on-staff chefs who cook exclusively with locally grown produce, and Veeva is the only company in the Tri-Valley to provide its employees with free lunch.
Veeva Systems Inc. is a leader in cloud-based software for the global life sciences industry. Committed to innovation, product excellence, and customer success, Veeva has more than 300 customers, ranging from the world's largest pharmaceutical companies to emerging biotechs. Veeva has additional offices in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. For more information, visit www.veeva.com
Guest Speakers in Attendance:
Jerry Thorne, Mayor of Pleasanton, CA, Peter Gassner, Veeva CEO, Tim Cabral, Veeva CFO
Jerry Penton, Pleasanton City Council, Dale Kaye, Tri-Valley Innovation Forum CEO, Nelson Fialho, City of Pleasanton City Manager, Pamela Ott, City of Pleasanton Economic Development Director ... [ Read More ]
Some of you may have noticed that the Pleasanton website got a little bit of a re-vamping. We're excited to unveil it! Much like our city wouldn't be anything without our community, the website needs your involvement as well. So, that being said, our business owners and anyone that provides a service in Pleasanton are welcome to (and encouraged) to put their business biography and contact information on the site. Once you do, you'll have access to change it as you like! Whenever submitted, your business or service shows up in our list and is available to anyone visiting the site. If you run into any trouble, please feel free to contact us and we'll be happy to help.
We look forward to hearing from all of you! ... [ Read More ]
Pleasanton is home to a myriad of businesses, products, and service providers and we are so happy to call them part of our community. That being said, we encourage our residents to shop locally as to further strengthen our economy. For every $100 spent in our city, $46 stays in the community.
That's an incredible number!
But what are some other benefits of shopping locally?
- A sense of involvement
- Provides our Pleasanton Economic Development Program with more options and a larger budget to provide for you
- A better economy attracts more visitors and residents
- An ever growing community
And there are plenty more reasons! What are some you suggest? Let us know in the comment section below.
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We're constantly growing -- particularly in the dining area. ... [ Read More ]
Perhaps adding your business to our site isn't something that interests you right away. But we've got a few reasons that may sway you:
1. Adding your business means that residents and visitors will be able to easily locate your location, service, or restaurant. This ease of use function encourages users to try new places and that place could be yours!
2. More visibility means more traffic. Adding your business or service to Pleasanton's site means that your website, service, or restaurant will see more hits and therefore a possible increase in revenue.
3. Joining our online community shows that you're willing to stay involved with the City of Pleasanton as a whole.
4. And last but not least, we want to see you here! We love our city and our community and we want to see your name on our list.
Get connected and stay extraordinary. ... [ Read More ]