APPLE COMES CLEAN ... After two years of blithe "no comment" from Apple, the tech company is finally acknowledging what has long been apparent to all — it's building a new store at Stanford Shopping Center. At 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept.7., the 12,000-square-foot retail space will open adjacent to Neiman Marcus. Three glass walls and a cantilevered roof will enclose the front part of the store, in what Apple is calling its new "pavilion" design. The back half, separated by an interior wall, will house the Genius Bar and other services. A source familiar with the project told the Weekly this summer that the opening had been scheduled for last November, but delays may have been due to the building's sensitive glass design: "The glass technique used in this building is very advanced. Unlike other materials, there is no forgiveness with glass. It has to be precise and must fit perfectly." The 23-foot-tall store will not be the largest Apple retail outlet in the immediate area. Apple's University Avenue store in downtown Palo Alto, at 16,600 square feet, holds that title. It opened last October. Apple has operated a small store at Stanford for nine years and currently employs 110 workers. The new location is seven times larger than the old one, an Apple spokesperson said.
TEAM LAWRENCE ... The family and friends of Lawrence Viariseo, the late Palo Alto resident and paraplegic bicyclist, are taking up his mantle in the Canary Challenge bicycle ride on Sept. 28. Viariseo became disabled after falling off a 100-foot cliff while skiing at South Lake Tahoe. He was just 21 years old. He taught himself to ride a bicycle using a small set of thigh muscles and his lower back, despite being told he would never walk again. He became an avid cyclist, riding up to 40 miles at a time. Viariseo was gearing up for the 100-mile Challenge when he died from bladder cancer on Jan. 30 at age 54. The Challenge is an annual benefit for the Stanford Cancer Institute and the Canary Foundation, which conducts early cancer-detection research. Viariseo's family and friends are racing in his memory, his niece Megan Cox said. Information about the Canary Challenge and Team Lawrence is available at www.canarychallenge.com.