Shop Talk

Business openings, closings and more

Midtown Philz Coffee gets a makeover, a new shade and window treatment store opens in downtown Palo Alto, and the San Francisco Giants Dugout Store returns to the Stanford Shopping Center.

MIDTOWN PHILZ GETS A MAKEOVER ... Philz Coffee, 3191 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, closed its doors for 2 1/2 days last month for a "mild" makeover. "We didn't want to change the layout or the vibe of the store. But we did want to spruce it up," Philz spokesman Robert George said of the 600-square-foot long and narrow space, adding, "The Midtown Philz is one of our busiest stores." The renovation started out as just some minor repairs to the floor, "but then we decided to take it a couple steps further, so we completely replaced the floor with new tiles," George said. Also included in the redo was getting rid of the aging, wooden coffee bar and replacing it with a newer, more modern one, as well as adding new furniture. "We brought in taller tables and stools so that our customers are now elevated to be in line with our baristas," George explained. The next renovation project scheduled is the outside deck. "We're going to redo the deck in the late fall or winter and add some heat lamps, he said. "But the patio will remain quaint. We don't want to lose the cozy feel."

THE SHADE STORE REPLACES A "SHADES STORE" ... A new shade and window treatment store is opening in downtown Palo Alto, replacing the former Sunglass Hut at 250 University Ave. Simply called The Shade Store, it is the company's 18th location nationwide. "We chose Palo Alto because of its demographics," explained Shade Store Vice President Lisa McLelland. "We've noticed we have a large customer base in this area from our Internet business. Plus, our San Francisco store has been so successful, it just made sense to open up here." The 1,500-square-foot family-run shop is scheduled to open Sept. 17.

DUGOUT STORE RETURNS TO STANFORD MALL ... The San Francisco Giants Dugout Store is on the move. Originally doing business at the Stanford Shopping Center, it moved downtown several years ago to 425 University Ave., Palo Alto. Now it has closed its downtown location to jump back to the shopping center. The sports store has taken over the former site of Coldwater Creek, which closed about three months ago after the company announced bankruptcy. "This space was practically in move-in condition," said a Dugout store employee in the new Stanford location. In addition to traditional San Francisco Giants merchandise such as shirts, jackets and caps, the store offers some unique Giants-logoed items including flip flops, boxers and baby strollers.

Heard a rumor about your favorite store or business moving out or in, down the block or across town? Daryl Savage will check it out. Email shoptalk@paweekly.com.


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Posted by parent
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 5, 2014 at 10:31 am

Please do not park in the bike lane across the street from Philz. If there is no parking in the lot right in front of Philz, use the parking lot on the other side of the building, next to the liquor store.

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Posted by Silly
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Sep 5, 2014 at 5:04 pm

Too bad they didn't fix their driveway entrance right after the Middlefield light instead of on the side street. I see near accidents there at least once a week.

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Posted by Rick
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 5, 2014 at 7:52 pm

Thank you Shop Talk. This is the most informative part of the paper.

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Posted by Needy
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 6, 2014 at 4:02 pm

Philz needs more than a makeover--more like a face and body lift, maybe a new room added on.

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Posted by NoParkingOnLomaVerde
a resident of Palo Verde School
on Sep 8, 2014 at 11:39 am

*Parent* is correct. The other side of the street is a bicycle lane; NO PARKING there until after 7pm.
I would appreciate it if Philz would post a notice to that effect and ask patrons to park on Middlelfield or in the lot at the liquor store end instead (which does not just belong to the liquor store).

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Posted by UC Davis Grad
a resident of Mountain View
on Sep 8, 2014 at 6:26 pm

So the Giants Dugout store goes from the Stanford Shopping Center...to downtown Palo Alto...back to the Stanford Shopping Center?

Somehow, no matter what the rationale, this doesn't make sense.

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