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Eating Out - November 12, 2010

Shop Talk

by Daryl Savage 

HAMILTON NEWCOMERS ... A couple of new businesses have popped up on Hamilton Avenue in Palo Alto. Both have a spa quality: One is specifically for feet and is owned by a podiatrist; the other is a more traditional spa and is owned by an esthetician. Podiatrist Brynn Ewen recently opened Stride Wellbeing for Your Feet at 512 Hamilton. The concept is that one's quality of life depends largely on the health of the person's feet. With that in mind, the business combines podiatric medical and surgical services with a medical spa dedicated to feet. The broad menu includes general podiatric medicine as well as foot massage and reflexology. Half a block away is Parasol Beauty Atelier, which opened Nov. 9 at 470 Hamilton. Formerly a vintage costume boutique called Trappings of Time, the 1,000-square-foot shop has been gutted for its transformation to a day spa. Owner Julice Chea, who had previously worked at Juut, another downtown salon, made the leap to create Parasol. "My dream was always to open my own day spa. And I couldn't ask for a better location. I'm fortunate to be downtown and have an established clientele that I built up at Juut," she said. Parasol offers skin care, waxing and makeup. Prices are nothing to blink at. A set of tattooed eyebrows run $750. "People appreciate top-quality work," Chea said.

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