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Pleasanton Weekly

- September 20, 2013

New Leaf to hold 'thank you' fair at Vintage Hills store next Saturday

Free event to offer samples, tastings of community market's food, beverages

New Leaf Community Markets in Pleasanton will hold a festive grand opening fair from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at its new store in the Vintage Hills shopping center on Bernal Avenue.

"We want to thank the community for the warm welcome New Leaf has received, and introduce the producers of our products to them," said Mark McKinney, store manager.

McKinney said the fair will feature samples and tastings of some 40 food and beverage vendors products stationed inside and outside the store. Also as part of the fair will be wine tasting, artisanal food demonstrations, "old-timey" games and a bounce house and face painting for children. Live music will be provided from 1-3 p.m. by the six-member rock and roll Max Cruise band from Livermore.

Admission to the event is free. Two $5 barbequed lunch specials will be offered at New Leaf's Goodness Grill: a barbequed Smart Chicken sausage served with garlic bread and salad, or veggie burger, and bottled water.

New Leaf opened its doors at 3550 Bernal Ave. in Pleasanton on May 15, offering food, nutrition and body care products. Especially popular, according to McKinney, are the store's large selection of fresh seasonal produce, natural and organic meats, and sustainable seafood. Also popular are features patterned after those in other New Leaf stores, including a deli, fresh salad bar, antipasta bar, hot bar, juice bar, sushi, gourmet cheeses and local wines.

"I am so happy New Leaf came to Pleasanton," said New Leaf customer Canna Yamamoto. "I am here at least three times a week. Yea for local and organic!"

For more information about New Leaf, sign on to the grocer's website at www.newleaf.com/

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