San Ramon: New shops now open at City Center Bishop Ranch

New merchants include Madewell, Music Together and Gio Gelati

The City Center Bishop Ranch family has grown by three this month, with the recent announcement that Madewell, Music Together and Gio Gelati have officially opened their doors at the retail and entertainment complex.

Located in the heart of San Ramon, the new offerings will now allow visitors to enjoy authentic Italian Gelato, shop even more fashion brands or drop their young children off for weekly music lessons.

Gelato enthusiasts may already know that the original GIO Gelati can be found in San Francisco, and the owners Guido Mastrapaolo and Patrizia Pasqualetti, selected San Ramon as their second location after a careful search.

“We’re proud to join the City Center adventure while adding our own flavor to a location that already radiates true Italian flare,” said Mastrapaolo, referring to Renzo Piano, the acclaimed Italian architect whose firm designed City Center. “We wanted to bring color to an often gray world and allow East Bay residents to enjoy life in a simpler way, through our homemade gelato.”

Hailing from Orvieto, Italy, Mastrapaolo and Pasqualetti say they seek to combine traditional Italian gelato flavors with contemporary tastes to surprise guests every time. Upon visiting the shop, guests will get to choose from always available classic flavors to a changing variety of traditional creamy, dairy-free and vegan offerings.

Also joining the lists of City Center’s offerings is Music Together, an internationally recognized early childhood music program that offers music classes for kids 7 years old and younger.

“Music Together makes it easy and fun for parents and children to tap into even the youngest child's creativity and self expression. Our mission is to make the world a better place by making it more musical, and we’re proud to enlist the community of San Ramon in that mission at our new location at City Center,” Rowena Morgan, director of Music Together, said in a statement.

Each week babies, toddlers, preschoolers and slightly older kids can be signed up for classes that includes music activities specifically crafted with young children in mind. Classes are led by a trained teacher and supported by take home materials that help kids get an early jump on their education.

“Music learning supports all learning: language, motor skills, social interaction and parent-child bonding, and it’s never too early to introduce children to its wonders,” Morgan added.

Last but not least of City Center’s new tenants is Madewell, a fashion brand that offers premium denim, women’s clothing and a wide range of accessories Established in 2006, the brand today operates 133 stores throughout the country and is located between Anthropologie and Sephora at City Center.

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Posted by ddmom
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 16, 2019 at 8:12 am

the city center continues to be a huge disappointment. The shopping is all upscale and too expensive. The restaurants are fair and also too expensive. I don't see this surviving for very long. Another blackhawk plaza. Very sad.

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Posted by Karen W
a resident of Alamo
on Sep 23, 2019 at 9:14 am

These are great additions! Can't wait for the new sushi place to open!!

Love the energy and feeling of City Center. Every time I go I am impressed with the vibe; they have created a space for family to be family but also elegance and charm.

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