INDOOR CYCLING AT STANFORD ... An indoor cycling studio is riding into Stanford Shopping Center, with construction underway. SoulCycle, which started in New York in 2006, is known for creating a kind of cardio-sanctuary for participants, where riders pedal by candlelight in a dimly lit studio. The Stanford location will be its third in the Bay Area. The 2,800-square-foot space on the El Camino Real side of the mall will have 50 bikes for exercisers, along with locker rooms, showers and a retail store.
MORE OPENINGS AT THE MALL ... Also at Stanford was the recent opening of the Container Store, which took over the Andronico's space next to Nordstrom. This Container Store location is the fifth in the area and the 63rd in the country; the store donated 10 percent of its opening-weekend sales to TheatreWorks. Meanwhile, American Girl, known for its line of dolls and accessories, has scheduled its opening weekend for Nov. 16 and 17, with balloon artists, face painters and gifts. The two-level, 15,000-square-foot store is the first American Girl store in Northern California and the 16th in the country. In addition to selling dolls and products, the store will have a hair salon for its dolls and a bistro that serves lunch and dinner.
TUTORING CENTERS ABOUND ... What is it that attracts tutoring companies to South Palo Alto? Two more centers are on the verge of opening in the south part of town. Kumon Learning Center is taking over the former space of Papa Murphy's Pizza at 2730 Middlefield Road, ending the one-year vacancy in the small strip mall. The after-school math and reading tutoring service plans to relocate from its current spot at Cubberley Community Center in late fall. Also looking at a late-fall opening, at 3775 El Camino Real, is Eye Level Learning Center. The Singapore-based tutoring center has pegged Palo Alto as its eighth location in this country. Kumon and Eye Level join three other tutoring centers already doing business in the south part of town. Huntington Learning Center opened in Charleston Shopping Center earlier this year; C2 Education had its grand opening in August at 3990 El Camino; and Think Tank Learning operates at 4131 El Camino Real. Wow. That's one heck of a lot of learning.
PALO ALTO BUSINESSES GET ACCOLADES ... Shout-outs to Paxti's Pizza downtown, which made it into the "Fast 100," a San Francisco Business Times report of the fastest-growing Bay Area private companies for 2013; and the Town & Country Village ice-cream shop Tin Pot Creamery, for its recent mention in Sunset Magazine. Tin Pot made the "Licks We Like" section.