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.
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.
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