Shop Talk3G'S OPENS ... On Aug. 29, the new 3G's Cafe opened at 456 Cambridge Ave. in Palo Alto, with its owners eager to serve menu items with a Bolivian twist. Sisters and co-owners Gloria and Fatima Justiniano said they designed their new business with the ambition to share their culture by focusing around the traditional siesta. "In Bolivia, it's a daily routine to take a siesta (nap) and have coffee and a pastry when you wake up," Gloria said. She added that 3G's most popular item thus far is the saltena, a Bolivian meat-stuffed treat, along with yerba mate green tea.
— Janelle Eastman
REVAMPED ANN ... The newly done-up Ann Taylor has reopened at Stanford Shopping Center, redesigned by S. Russell Groves architects of New York City. Intended to look like a "modern contemporary home," the store has white-washed maple hardwood floors, crystal chandeliers and a "runway" of mannequins bisecting the shop, according to a press release. Back-lit mirrors have been installed in the dressing rooms to flatter shoppers as they twirl.
— Rebecca Wallace
CHEESE, PLEASE ... The Melt, a new casual restaurant specializing in the classic grilled-cheese sandwich, is set to open in Stanford Shopping Center sometime before Thanksgiving. Created by Flip Video founder Jonathan Kaplan, The Melt is billed as a restaurant that will use fresh and all-natural ingredients and offer artfully prepared gourmet combos. Beer and wine will be offered, along with a weekly special that will be listed on the restaurant's Facebook page, according to Jim Ryan, vice president of business development for The Melt. Customers will also have the option to round up their check total and donate to charitable organizations fighting to end hunger.
— Janelle Eastman
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