Shop TalkREVAMPED 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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