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Walnut Creek Parties at Neiman Marcus

Opening eve gala raises money for four charities while one gala-goer buys a bronze pair of Gucci shoes.

A full moon rose over Mount Diablo Thursday evening, overlooking downtown Walnut Creek, which was partying to celebrate a Neiman Marcus luxury store opening in Broadway Plaza. 

The walkway to Neiman Marcus was a magenta carpet, with butterfly silhouettes illuminated on it by stage lights. "The entrance reminded me of Palm Springs or something," said Rene Zocchi of Danville, looking around the bright lights of the store, which opens to the public Friday morning at 10.

Thursday night was for a gala raising money for four East Bay charities, showing off the spotless story to the East Bay swells. "It's lovely," said Yolanda Gonzalez of Danville, "I'm happy to have it here in Walnut Creek. And I'm happy that the Monument (Crisis) Center is one of the recipients." Gonzalez volunteers at the Monument center in Concord, serving food in the food pantry and doing other volunteer tasks.

Her daughter, Julie Gonzalez of Danville, was along at the gala, and even made a purchase at Neiman Marcus. She bought a pair of bronze Gucci shoes with five-inch heels for $595.

"They're beautiful," said Gonzalez, laughing. "I'll wear them tomorrow, probably."

The other charities that benefited from Thursday's gala were Diablo Regional Arts Association, the Junior League of Oakland-East Bay and the Taylor Family Foundation of Livermore.

Hundreds of gala guests, paying $200 for tickets, filled the two floors of the store, with live music and a DJ. San Francisco 49er quarterback Alex Smith parked for an hour in the cafe, signing autographs and having his picture taken.

Neiman Marcus, said Melinda Darby of Lafayette, is "quite a smashing addition to Walnut Creek. It shows how far Walnut Creek has come in the 19 years I've been here." It's a rising tide, she said, noting recent improvements to Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus' neighbor in Broadway Plaza.

Mary Anne Clark March 23, 2012 at 09:49 PM
I grew up in Walnut Creek and my friends from grammar/high school now call the city "Wallet Creek". Now that I live in Rossmoor, I am seeing how the politics plays out with the corporation that runs Rossmoor and the City of Walnut Creek. There is definitely more interest in supporting corporate interests than the needs and desires of the residents. I had hopes for the Walnut Creek City Council and still do but it is all about who we, the residents, vote into office. I have to admit I do like some of the stores in Broadway Plaza but NM and Tiffany are a little over the top; especially the NM architecture (as usual represents the ostentatious quality that was so distasteful when they took over the City of Paris in San Francisco).
One more time with feeling March 26, 2012 at 06:39 PM
doadeer (or can I call you Dottie?) I clarify information to those who would use assumptions, innuendo and inaccuracies and claim "fact". Direct responses to your questions: I'm not angry. More than I care to count. Yes, over thirty years. Incorporated. I observe. The new 150/180/200 NM employees are in addition to the existing employee base. That's why the sliver behind Vic Stewarts was made into additional employee parking. It is a longer hike than the two blocks from Pottery Barn to the city-owned Broadway garage. I read signs. The 1st level of the 5-level Broadway Plaza parking garage on Main St is not enough for all employees at BP. They also have the 5th floor. Go there at 2pm almost any day. 1st & 5th floors are full. This was happening before NM opened. Experience. Retailers report numbers through financials. Individual store shrink is not public. That number is an aggregate. If you are interested (I am not), contact the parent company of the retailer whose shrink interests you. Experience. Admitting to watching WCTV is disconcerting. My condolences. Plans & reality are not the same. The city has already said there's enough downtown parking. The 63 spaces on Broadway Plaza cut by "vacating" the street & relinquishing it to Macerich might happen. Like the proposed tandem or lift proposals to accommodate the Nieman Marcus hordes. It is going to take a lot of "Spanx" sales to generate the sales tax the City needs.
Eric June 16, 2012 at 02:00 PM
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Eric June 21, 2012 at 03:06 PM
everybody is conscious about fashion however we should not only focus on fashion,we should also pay attention to the sick people.We should not only be aware of fashion but also the medical uses for marijuana for it can be a big help to the sick people.
Eric July 25, 2012 at 10:31 PM
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