Sprouts & Shutters: New Sneaker Store, Shop for Triathletes, Home Decor Studio …
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Wondering what’s moving into your neighborhood shopping center? Our weekly Sprouts & Shutters column highlights the latest Tri-Valley restaurant, retail and other business news.

Collectors of trendy sneakers can shop, sell, trade or consign this stylish footwear at Livermore’s new Sneaker Habit, set to open on Second Street on June 1. In addition to dealing sneakers, owner Michael Leal keeps sneaker fans in the loop on future styles and release dates. Learn more at sneakerhabit.com.

Chili aficionados can sample local restaurants’ spicy chili concoctions during Saturday’s 3rd Annual Chili Shooters Stampede in downtown Livermore. For $ 15, you get a “chili shooter tasting glass” plus tasting ticket and for $ 25 you can add craft beer tasting. The family-friendly event also features “Old West” train rides, blacksmith demonstrations, live Western-themed music and more. Get details at livermoredowntown.com/events and purchase tickets at brownpapertickets.com……………. continues on Patch.com

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Forget the House, Redecorate Your Life Instead
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For the past year I’ve been rambling away to anyone who will listen that I am desperate to try a Caribbean makeover in our home. 

I’m not talking about scattering actual sand throughout the family room or making a thatched canopy for our bed, I’m basically talking livening up the main living spaces with fresh paint in shades of turquoise, mango and lime green.  Add in a few framed tropical prints, whimsical seashells for the mantel, spunky new throw pillows and a nifty new area rug or two and I’ll consider the project a success.

If you’re wondering why I am still in the talking stages and haven’t actually lifted a brush yet, I have no real good excuse except that life keeps getting in the way.  Mind you, I’ve already purchased the paint, the rollers, the plastic tarps to place over my gently-stained six-month-old butterscotch suede sectional, and one of my favorite ways to relax is to sit and daydream over my colorful paint swatches on a near daily basis.

The only thing I haven’t been able to buy for my fresh and magical makeover is a huge chunk of time that will allow me to start and complete the project.  Last I checked they didn’t have that on sale in Wal-Mart or Benny’s.

Multitasking is one of my specialties.  I kid you not when I admit to being able to identify last month’s leftovers in the fridge all while untangling the toaster, blend…………… continues on Patch.com

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Dragon Coral Covered Temple Jar – Tozai Home

Dragon Coral Covered Temple Jar – Tozai Home Will Not Ship Until Mid November 2011 Harvest the power of orange for your home decor. These decorative objects come alive with this energetic color. Orange works beautifully with natural and dark woods and helps to create an upbeat, sunny mood. Porcelain. 12.5″ x 23″H We are eager to share the latest haute couture decorative home accessory line by Tozai Home . The designs and selections express an attitude and direction that has been at the forefront of home decor: Eclecticism. The eclectic finds and objects presented here are inspired by trends and artifacts from around the world. Not only are their designs right on trend, but Tozai Home offers a vast array of materials and craftsmanship that is both unique and difficult to find. Please note, this item ships directly from the manufacturer. Occasionally lead times may extend past the standard 1-2 weeks.
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Price: 450.00