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Master Barber Susan D’Arcangelo has created an inviting, high-quality nine-chair barber shop, Blades Co Barber Shop, that exudes the charm and atmosphere of a 1930s traditional barber shop, from the custom-built barber stations—designed by her own hand—to the special purchase chairs that replicate the comfortable barber chairs from the era of black and white movies, to the expert barbers she hires as team members.
Susan opened Blades Co in The Orchards in early July 2021, and is excited to be here now, when the world is re-opening, to offer a high-level barber shop experience—with a twist of tradition.
With more than 30 years in barbering and cosmetology, Susan opened her first three-chair barber shop in San Francisco in 2015, eventually expanding to seven-chairs. With a desire to open a second shop, she chose The Orchards for a number of reasons.
Having moved to Concord three years ago, Susan is familiar with this area and the potential for clients who are looking for something extra in a barber shop to keep them feeling clean and fresh, and always looking their very best.
“I looked at The Orchards because of the high traffic that’s in and out of here; the easy parking; and the quality of restaurants and fast casual food here. The foot traffic is great, and we’re at a major intersection, so it’s easy to get in and out by car. I had a good feeling when I walked around in 2020, and I knew I wanted this location to be my second shop.”
Susan works in her San Francisco shop several days a week, spending the balance of the week in the new Walnut Creek shop. She has built longtime relationships with clients who have followed her through moves around San Francisco, and now to Walnut Creek.
“I want all clients to have exceptional experiences while they're in the barber chair. We go the extra mile to make that happen."

Visit Blades Co Barber Shop for a list of services—which include men’s cuts, straight razor shaves, beard trims, facials, and coloring—products, appointments, and shop hours.

Welcome to Shadelands,
Blades Co Barber Shop!
Blades Co Barber Shop at The Orchards
Susan D'Arcangelo, Master Barber and owner of Blades Co Barber Shop, with longtime client Tyson, who has been going to Susan since she opened her first shop in San Francisco in 2015.
The Orchards at Walnut Creek
2355 Oak Grove Road
Walnut Creek
(Next to Mod Pizza)
Blades Co Barber Shop owner and Master Barber Susan D'Arcangelo with Tyson, who sports a fresh new shave and haircut.
On August 20, Muir Orthopaedic Specialists (MOS) will launch its Saturday Injury Clinic, open Saturday mornings, 9am to noon, and located in its innovative Orthopaedic Express by MOS urgent care facility, 2405 Shadelands Drive, 1st floor.
While Orthopaedic Express is currently open Mondays through Fridays, the new Saturday Injury Clinic will be open Saturday mornings to provide specialized musculoskeletal urgent care to athletes injured in Friday night games and other sporting events. No appointment is necessary; walk-ins are welcome.
“This area is active with youth sports and Friday night games of all kinds—football, baseball, soccer, and volley ball, for instance,” says Tomi Barton, marketing and communications manager for MOS. “Our sports medicine and team physicians know that there is a significant number of injuries sustained on Friday nights.

"The new Saturday Injury Clinic is a community benefit in response to the need for urgent care within the first 72 hours of injury. Now, an injured athlete can come in to the clinic the next morning, Saturday, for immediate care, rather than having to wait until Monday, when urgent care facilities open, or going to the local hospital emergency room for an injury that is in need of care, but not necessarily emergency care.”
Sports medicine physicians will be on duty at the Saturday morning clinic, and the medical equipment room across from X-ray is stocked with walker boots, splints, crutches, and braces, so patients will be fully assessed and treated in one location.
“Once a Friday night game is over, the clock is starting on preparing for the next week’s contest,” says Dr. Charles Preston, Sports Medicine Specialist and Orthopedic Surgeon at MOS. “Timely injury evaluation allows us to assess the severity of an injury and determine whether a player can practice and play through the next week or if he or she needs immediate rest.”
Located in
Orthopaedic Express by MOS
Urgent Care Clinic
Saturdays | 9amNoon
2405 Shadelands Drive
Sequoia Building | 1st floor
Walnut Creek
In addition to ensuring the short- and long-term health of the young player, “getting that injury evaluation information on a Saturday morning is helpful for both the player and the coach to prepare for the next week’s game,” says Dr. Preston.
Great news for folks looking for vintage and one-of-a-kind treasures. The Walnut Creek Historical Society (WCHS) is hosting a Summer Market & Barn Sale, set among the groomed gardens of the historic Shadelands Ranch Museum, on Sunday, August 15, 9am–4pm.

The free, family-friendly, open-air market will be a one-stop shopping experience, featuring several businesses exhibiting their products and services, and more than 40 vendors offering locally produced goods and artisanal foods.

While the museum was closed, the hard-working WCHS staff was cleaning, organizing, and cataloging its extensive collection, and it found several distinctive vintage items that don't quite fit the historical time frame of the ranch house. As a result, WCHS is offering these items for sale, which it doesn't do very often—so don't miss out.

Food trucks will be on hand during the Summer Market, and the museum will be open for tours.

Sunday, August 15

2660 Ygnacio Valley Road
Walnut Creek

Free admittance & parking

A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon in Walnut Creek!
Mike Hess Brewing (MHB) will be hosting its 11th anniversary celebration, HessFest XI, on August 8, 11am4pm. This year’s annual event marks the first time Hess has brought the anniversary celebration north, to its Walnut Creek location in The Orchards shopping center.

Celebrating 11 years of Great Beer, No Exceptions, Hess is also raising money for two exceptional organizations: MIB Agents, a foundation focused on pediatric osteosarcoma; and Dogs for Diabetics.

Sunday, August 8

Mike Hess Brewing
2313 Oak Grove Road
Walnut Creek

Hess is expanding its premises and taking over 40,000 square feet of empty lot next the taproom in The Orchards, and will have a stage set up for three bands, a free cornhole tournament, 20 varieties of beers, homemade root beer, food, and more. Family-friendly and dog-friendly.

MHB is donating 100% of the net profits to its two charity foundations, so attendees can have great summertime fun while doing good for others.
The Orchards at Walnut Creek
2313 Oak Grove Road
Walnut Creek
"I couldn't be more excited for HessFest this year," says co-founder Mike Hess. "We know our fans are clamoring for a return to normal, and bands have been dying to get back on stage. HessFest does all this in a meaningful way as we raise money for our passion projects: helping vets, working with service animals, and raising money for pediatric cancer research. Lynda and I couldn't be more proud of our team's perseverance and drive to push through hard times and get us here. It's time for some fun!"
Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa has been feeding the hungry of Contra Costa County since 1983 through its food pantry, stocked by donations, and dining rooms, which serve hot lunches in Antioch, Martinez, Oakley, Pittsburg, and Walnut Creek.

Since the onset of the pandemic, the number of meals served by Loaves and Fishes has increased significantly, signaling greater food insecurity and a growing population of new needy.

Kaiperm Credit Union is a longtime supporter of Loaves and Fishes and the food drive barrel is now in plain view and easy access, in Kaiperm's lobby, appealing for donations of non-perishables for our county's hungry.

Leading the Kaiperm food drive is Karen Introcaso, the credit union's CEO and board chair of Loaves and Fishes.

"Credit unions are people helping people," says Karen. "Being involved with Loaves and Fishes allows us to give back to our own community and make a difference in someone's life. Our food drives remind people of the desperate, ongoing need and are instrumental in allowing us to continue to serve the hungry in Contra Costa."
325 N. Wiget Lane
Suite 130
Walnut Creek
Please visit the big Food Drive barrel in the lobby of Kaiperm Credit Union's Shadelands branch with donations of non-perishables. Of particular need are bottles of water, juice, and canned proteins such as beans, tuna, chili, and soups.

One bag of food means so much to men, women, and children who have so little. No one should go hungry.
Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), is hosting its second annual Sit, Stay, Smile Photo Contest, which runs through August 29, 2021.

Submit your favorite photo of your dog or cat, then get your family and friends to vote for your pet's photo by donating to ARF.

The five photos in each category (dog and cat) with the most donation-votes will win a place in ARF's 2022 calendar.

For details and deadlines, visit Sit, Stay, Smile Photo Contest.

Photos and votes will raise funds for life-changing programs to save animals and enhance the human-animal bond. ARF programs include animal rescues and adoptions, veterinary care for low-income families, disaster relief, service dog training for veterans, and more.
2890 Mitchell Drive
Walnut Creek
The Walnut Creek Historical Society (WCHS) is hosting a distinctive Fashion Through the Years exhibit, now on display inside the Shadelands Ranch Museum and running through August 31, 2021.

The museum is open for tours Wednesdays and Sundays, 1–4pm (the last tour is 3:30pm). Admission is $5 for adults; free for youth 16 and under and WCHS members.
Fashion Through the Years
NowAugust 31

Shadelands Ranch Museum
2660 Ygnacio Valley Road
Walnut Creek

Open for tours
Wednesdays & Sundays
Walnut Creek Mayor Kevin Wilk's year-long campaign to celebrate the everyday heroes among us, "who are truly making a difference in the community in very positive ways," continues with the third round of heroes to be announced at the August 3 City Council meeting.

Visit Walnut Creek's celebratory Heroes Among Us for more information about the year-long campaign and meet the local heroes honored to date.

Do you know someone worthy of recognition? The fourth round of submissions is open September 6–17, with an October 5 announcement date. Check the Heroes Among Us website for the nomination form.
The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau hosts Back to Business webinars that focus on economic issues related to the pandemic and recovery. This month:

Tuesday, August 10, 910am
Retail in the
Post-Pandemic Era
A conversation with
BH Development

As the California economy reopens, what does that mean for retail? Brian Hirahara, one of downtown Walnut Creek’s preeminent visionaries and commercial developers, will discuss the post-pandemic landscape and opportunities for existing and new retail development in the region.
2nd Tuesday | 9–10am | via Zoom

Visit Walnut Creek Chamber for upcoming webinar details and registration. Topics, agendas, and dates are subject to change.

For previous webinars, visit

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