Shop Talk: Ninth Starbucks opens, boutiques shuffle


NINTH STARBUCKS OPENS IN PALO ALTO ... Starbucks apparently loves Palo Alto. The coffee company is getting ready to open its ninth shop in this city; this time it's in the newly remodeled Edgewood Plaza, on Embarcadero Road near U.S. Highway 101. A Starbucks spokeswoman said the store is scheduled for an early August opening. Construction is currently underway for the 1,300-square-foot store. The announcement of the newest Palo Alto Starbucks follows the recent renovation of the Starbucks store in the Stanford Shopping Center. That one briefly closed so that workers could create a more spacious store that allowed for a larger customer area. Another new tenant, Genius Kids, is also scheduled to move into Edgewood in early September. Genius Kids is an accelerated learning center that focuses on young children. Enrollment is open to kids as young as 18 months. Other previously announced shops that will be moving into Edgewood are Supercuts and the environmentally friendly Blu-White Cleaners. They will join the two current tenants, The Fresh Market and Chase Bank.

TEA TIME ... Too much coffee talk? What about tea? A Canadian company plans to open David's Tea in early August at 318 University Ave. This downtown Palo Alto location is the former site of The Sports Gallery, which closed in April after a 15-year run. David's Tea has made quite a name for itself in Canada with more than 100 stores in that country and an additional 17 locations in the U.S. Its popularity may be due, at least in part, to the unusual and large selection of tea it offers. In addition to the more traditional black, green and herbal varieties, flavors such as caramel corn, red velvet cake, and root-beer float grace the tea menu. The shop also carries a vast collection of tea accessories. David's Tea is known for its trendy, contemporary-styled stores, displaying nearly 100 canisters filled with teas neatly along the walls of its stores.

BOUTIQUE NEWS ... Gone from the Stanford Shopping Center is Juicy Couture. It closed last month as part of the company's announcement that it is closing all of its Juicy stores throughout the country. That vacancy made way for Kate Spade to relocate its boutique at the former Juicy site. It's a larger space for the shop, which is scheduled to open by the end of summer. Meanwhile, Kate Spade remains open at its current location in the shopping center. Town & Country Village continues to add new tenants. Jarbo hung out its shingle in late May. The Seattle-based women's clothing and accessory boutique describes itself on its website as "edgy, modern and wearable ... with European style sensibility."

Jarbo manager Rachel Martinez said that word is getting out about the shop. "People have been very gracious. They're telling their friends about us," she said, adding that Jarbo is also getting involved with the community. "We will be partnering with Four Seasons Hotel in East Palo Alto for a charity fashion show in July," she said.

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Posted by Sparty
a resident of another community
on Jul 7, 2014 at 9:58 am

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Good to see that old shopping center pick up a bit

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Posted by OOOOOOHHH, yeah
a resident of Stanford
on Jul 7, 2014 at 11:03 am

Right, Palo Alto really needs another overpriced Starbucks, making their profits by watering their coffee. Yuck.

David's Tea is just a chain, most of them are merely so-so, except the one in Burlingame.

Kate Spade is for middle-aged. Us ones women, and that's fine and all, but Juicy Coututre was great for the younger set. Why. to have BOTH?

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Posted by theMulberryGuy
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 7, 2014 at 11:42 am

Thanks Daryl. Say, have you heard anything about a new gym/studio moving into Edgewood?

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Posted by Crescent Park Mom
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 7, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Yea! A Starbucks in Edgewood Plaza. I'm so excited!

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Posted by parent
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 7, 2014 at 2:07 pm

We would love to see a Quickly or other family-friendly Asian-style tea cafe. These are all over San Francisco and San Jose. Is there anything like that in Palo Alto?

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Posted by WorkingNearby
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jul 7, 2014 at 6:59 pm

Yay! Everyday on my way to my office on East Bayshore, I pass the new Edgewood Plaza and think, "what a great spot that would be for a coffee shop". Although I'd prefer a Peets, a Philz, or an independent, I'm content that there will be a Starbucks. I'm sure to be known by name by the end of September!

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Posted by Mr.Recycle
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 7, 2014 at 8:45 pm

@OOOOOOHHH, yeah - I actually kind of agree with you, but it is such a huge upgrade over a wig store, a liquor store, or a vacant derelict mall, that I'm pretty happy it is showing up. There is hope for edgewood plaza.

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Posted by andrew rich
a resident of another community
on Jul 8, 2014 at 4:09 pm

(resident of Woodland Park neighborhood, aka the West Side of EPA)

I think it's a real shame that the (apparently) only food service venue in Edgewood will be Starbucks. I have nothing against Starbucks themselves, though I'd have liked to see a non-chain coffee place, but with all that space and nothing walkable closer than the Midtown shopping center? There should be a cafe (with a kitchen, unlike Starbucks), or a sandwich shop, or something useful.

Edgewood now has a lovely public plaza at the corner of St. Francis and Channing - the opposite side of the retail building from the Starbucks. It'll be such a shame, and a waste, if there isn't a food service venue in one of the adjoining storefronts.

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Posted by Still wishing
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 8, 2014 at 4:54 pm

I was kinda hoping for a Peet's, or a Specalty's at Edgewood. Starbucks coffee is more like hot milk.

Oh, well, with Grocery Outlet for sale, we'll have a chance at a Specialty's in the old Miki's building.....or the old JJ and F location.

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Posted by andrew rich
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on Jul 8, 2014 at 4:58 pm

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@still wishing : The staff at Fresh Market were telling customers as recently as a few months ago that Specialty's was going in. Seems like that deal fell through.

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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 8, 2014 at 6:46 pm

Yes - there was an early blog post that said that the Specialty deal fell through.

I prefer Peets myself...I like strong coffee or latte. But I am more than happy that Starbucks will be moving in. I said this in another thread - the shopping center needs a nationally recognized name brand tenant. Whether you enjoy Starbucks or not, it is very well-known and they have a steady stream of customers. For me, if I'm hitting the road (101), I'm going to go to Starbucks for a roadtrip coffee since it will be very convenient on the way out the door.

I am guessing/hoping that the Starbucks will draw in customers that have not tried the Fresh Market yet. Plus it is sure to grab customers who patronize the Shell gas station --- which is in direct sight. I would imagine that the blank square on the 30' shopping center sign will get the Starbucks logo --- which will also bring in drivers who are coming off of 101.

It was a good business decision to sign up Starbucks.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 8, 2014 at 7:43 pm

The Shell station/Starbucks nexus which CPD cites, probably won't help
Fresh Market, or anybody else in Edgewood Plaza, but may aggravate access, parking and traffic issues related to the center.

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