ORGANIC FURNITURE STORE TO OPEN AT T&C ... An upscale, sustainable furniture store is about to take root in Palo Alto. Moving into the former Day One space in Town & Country Village, Cisco Home will feature a wide array of handcrafted home furnishings. All of Cisco's furniture is made by local craftspeople at its Los Angeles headquarters. The Palo Alto store is the company's sixth location and the second Cisco in the Bay Area — the first is in San Francisco's Hayes Valley. Cisco spokesperson Natalie Pinedo is anticipating the Town & Country store will be open in the next few weeks. "Our Palo Alto store is the first one in a shopping center. We're very excited about this one. All of our other stores are stand-alones," she said. Pinedo, who is the daughter of Cisco Pinedo, the founder of Cisco Home, said the company wants to have a greater presence in northern California. "We're looking forward to becoming part of the Palo Alto community," she said. With a sharp eye toward the environment, an unusual part of Cisco Home is the "Inside Green" collection, says Pinedo, which uses building materials that are made from organic and sustainable sources. Another "made-in-America" store recently opened in Town & Country Village. Malia Mills is a New York-based boutique that specializes in bra-sized swimwear. "Instead of looking for a small, medium or large, you buy by your bra-size. It's a much better fit," said Malia Mills manager Olivia Moray. The swimsuits are on the pricey side; they start at about $375. Acknowledging the price tag, Moray said, "Yes, it's expensive, but it's an investment, and the swimsuits will pay off year after year."
GROCERY OUTLET EYES AN APRIL OPENING ... After Grocery Outlet obtained final approval in December from the City of Palo Alto regarding its 26-foot-tall sign at Alma Village, it is now full-speed-ahead for the discount grocer to move into the space that formerly housed the short-lived Miki's Farm Fresh Market. Grocery Outlet is scheduled to open in April.
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