A stroll through Pinnacle Plaza and Euro Plaza this weekend brought attention to some things new…and some things missing. Like Coldstone Creamery. Totally gone now. A year or so ago we saw that it was reduced in size – scaring some of us that it might be closing for good. This time, the store is empty, the windows covered, and no indication of a nearby relocation. Very sad. On a different note, just down a few store locations from them in the old Michael’s space is a new German restaurant – uncertain whether or not it’s open for business yet, but it’s awfully close to being so if not already.
Meanwhile, over at Pinnacle, there is a new Hertz office location where Simon’s Shoe Doctor used to be (between the shoe store and Johnson’s), and there’s a “Fancy Nail” salon in that strip as well. Of note, the tattoo photographs along their glass wall – facing out – might make you want to shield your little ones’ eyes…
A shout out again for Avocado Tree, the new Mexican place next to Johnson’s. Many who hear of it or go there say “This is just like Chipotle in the U.S.!” Indeed it is. Looking at the sign inside, it’s clear that Chipotle was the inspiration and model behind this new place, with fresh ingredients and a build-your-own style counter for burritos, tacos and more. I must say, it’s pretty good!
Outside of Shunyi, but worthy of note – in the Auchan shopping complex on the 5th Ring Road (by Decathlon) there is now a Watson’s! Every time I find a nearer location for Watsons I get a little excited, since it appears that chain won’t make it out to Euro anytime soon.
Roundabout’s doors are open, as announced earlier, and they are eager for shoppers and donations to keep supporting the medical needs of babies and children. If you still have books to donate, the Book Fair at BSB continues to sell during school hours, replenishing the stock as donations come in. And if you’re moving away from Beijing this summer, start cleaning out your house now and offer your unwanted goods to Roundabout.
Renee Learning Centre is now located at the Swedish School within Gahood. There are toddler and adult dance classes now offered, and for the next week they will have free trial classes. Choose from ballet, to Latin dance, to folk dancing and more. For more information, call Tom or Renee at 139 1040 5475 or e-mail email@example.com.
Finally, parents and students alike should add this to their weekend calendar: ISB will host the World Scholar’s Cup this Saturday and Sunday (March 17-18), with 250 middle and high school students from around Asia participating in Debates (Saturday, 2-5:15pm), Showcase Debates (Saturday, 6-7pm; Sunday 1:15-2:30pm), and the Scholar’s Knowledge Bowl (Sunday, 9am-noon). Spectators welcome!
Photo by SimonQ of flickr.