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Downtown attractions

Original post made by Danbury, Danbury Park, on Mar 25, 2012

I moved to Pleasanton in the past year and always hear people rave about the downtown.I would like to know what I am missing.I think that it is quaint and nice to walk down to the farmers market but.....The restaurants are ok...nothing exceptional and I have tried about half of them.Other than that all I see is a lot of spas,salons and consignment stores.I do not see any stores that I would actually buy something and they are expensive.I do not see how a store like Domus and most of the others actually can possibly survive with the rent they must pay.It seems like the merchants all depend on the goodwill of the well to do community to overpay for things and support the small businesses.Please tell me what I am missing.If I had the money I would open an ice cream parlor like Fentons.

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Posted by Kathleen Ruegseggerr
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Mar 25, 2012 at 10:21 am

Quite a few comments on the downtown on this PW topic: Web Link

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Posted by Trudy
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 25, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Try the Pleasanton Downtown Association website Web Link for starters, then start reading the PW each week. If you cannot find something that attracts your interest to downtown, you are not looking hard enough.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Amador Estates
on Mar 25, 2012 at 7:23 pm

In the coming spring/summer months there are the Wednesday street parties, Friday night concerts, street fairs, wine strolls etc. That is what people from Pleasanton are probably referring too. Not much goes on downtown in the winter months. Getting to know the business owners downtown makes shopping/browsing a pleasant experience.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Mar 25, 2012 at 7:27 pm

If you don't what you see, go back to where you came from.

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Posted by L
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Mar 26, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Come to the Alameda County Fairgrounds this weekend for some special fun: Gourmet Food Trucks are back at the fairgrounds in Pleasanton on Saturday 3/31 from 4PM to 8PM. Enjoy 14 gourmet food trucks from around the Bay Area along with music, bar, and lots of fun.

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Posted by itsabore
a resident of Country Fair
on Mar 26, 2012 at 5:04 pm

It's just plain boring. Sorry to disappoint, just look at all the empty parking spots on most days and evenings. If you want more name-brand shopping and excitement, go to Walnut Creek. If you want used clothing and over priced Italian food, come to Pleasanton.

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Posted by Mr. Mittens
a resident of another community
on Mar 26, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Other places have too much "diversity" for me. I like a place where everyone else looks like me.

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Posted by Stig
a resident of Parkside
on Mar 26, 2012 at 9:21 pm

I work part-time and mostly live off my wife's salary. We can't afford any of the high-class eateries in P-town, but the higher class they are the better I like it. It makes me feel important to live in the midst of rich people who can afford to eat at fancy eateries. One day I'll be rich ... unless the state continues to bleed me dry with taxes for the entitlement groups.

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Posted by Dan
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Mar 27, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Well, there is a mighty fine bong - oops! I mean "smoke" shop and TWO massage parlors downtown.

Yes...the downtown area has improved mightily in the the last couple years...


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Posted by me
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:58 am

I live near downtown and had some of the same feelings as around town. The more you go, the more you will find somethings that you like. I agree that nothing is exceptional but there are places to have fun.

Some of my favorites are the bar at Haps, Wine tasting at The Wine Steward, and Pastas Trattoria. When the evenings are warn, it is also fun to sit outside at Blue Agave. Redcoats has dancing and music (think younger set) on the weekends. I heard that in the summer Barrones (sp?) has a huge crowd on Thursday night and that is lots of fun. Also there is a new wine bar, Grape Times, around the corner from The Dairy and that is a nice new little place.

The farmer's market is good and if you want brunch there are several places. Nonni's is nice (all fresh ingredients) and Dean's has good omelets and you will think you are back in the 50's but don't look too close or you will cringe.

If you need new athletic shoes, Fleet Feet is excellent. It is expenseive but they will fit you and your feet will feel better! It is worth the money. My son had heel pain every day and I took him there and it really helped his pain to go away.

I"m sure that there are lots more decent places but we don't get out oo much. My complaint is that the restaurants close at 9 and there is no where to go.

Good luck!

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Posted by me
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 28, 2012 at 8:00 am

Oh and I want to put in a good word for the bookstore downtown. Several times my daughter had needed a book for school, since she never tells me till the last minute, they are always sold out everywhere. They are always able to get in stock within a day or two. They are really friendly.

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Posted by lazzboy
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 29, 2012 at 11:32 pm

Not every town is for every person. Maybe Pleasanton isn't your kind of town and that is OK. You aren't required to love any town or place even if people or books tell you that you should. Hopefully, you have the flexibility to move on, if not there are many communities within easy driving range that may better suit. Whatever you decie, it is your life and there is no need to try to fit in to a community just because others like it.

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Posted by Danbury
a resident of Danbury Park
on Mar 30, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Thank you all for your suggestions.I actually love Pleasanton and I guess I was expecting a little too much from the downtown.

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