There’s Only 1 Store Left in This Lafayette, California Shopping Area

Although we’ve seen plenty of new places open in Lafayette, California this year, one shopping area on Mount Diablo has clearly had challenges. The winding shopping alley that used to house Patxis has seen multiple cherished businesses shutting their doors, resulting in only one remaining retail shop holding on.

The area now comprises of a lone store, Wax A Peel, surrounded by vacant shops and a few offices.

Recently, Lafayette experienced the devastating loss of Bell & Bunnas Books, an awesome and beloved store that was situated right behind Wax A Peel The shopping center also saw the closure of Patxi’s Pizza, a fantastic dining spot that many enjoyed. These two shuttered establishments, along with two other empty spaces, leave the shopping strip fairly desolate of retail options.

The Importance of Community Support

The good news is that several stores on the other side of the shopping area, including Luck, Francesca’s and Clover, are open and doing well. And one store that moved out, Venture, just went down the block to move into a bigger space.

Still, it’s clearly a challenging time for retail stores throughout the Bay Area. It’s important as a community to get out there and support these local businesses.

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Key Takeaways

  • Wax A Peel is the only retail store that is still standing in a popular shopping area in Lafayette
  • Bell & Bunnas Books and Patxi’s Pizza recently closed due to challenging conditions in Lafayette.

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is a food and travel photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His photographic work routinely appears in publications including Food and Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, and the New York Times and his writing appears in IEEE Spectrum, SFGate, the Bold Italic and more. Smith holds a degree in Cognitive Science (Neuroscience) and Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University.
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