Midtown Philz Coffee gets a makeover, a new shade and window treatment store opens in downtown Palo Alto, and the San Francisco Giants Dugout Store returns to the Stanford Shopping Center.
MIDTOWN PHILZ GETS A MAKEOVER ... Philz Coffee, 3191 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, closed its doors for 2 1/2 days last month for a "mild" makeover. "We didn't want to change the layout or the vibe of the store. But we did want to spruce it up," Philz spokesman Robert George said of the 600-square-foot long and narrow space, adding, "The Midtown Philz is one of our busiest stores." The renovation started out as just some minor repairs to the floor, "but then we decided to take it a couple steps further, so we completely replaced the floor with new tiles," George said. Also included in the redo was getting rid of the aging, wooden coffee bar and replacing it with a newer, more modern one, as well as adding new furniture. "We brought in taller tables and stools so that our customers are now elevated to be in line with our baristas," George explained. The next renovation project scheduled is the outside deck. "We're going to redo the deck in the late fall or winter and add some heat lamps, he said. "But the patio will remain quaint. We don't want to lose the cozy feel."
THE SHADE STORE REPLACES A "SHADES STORE" ... A new shade and window treatment store is opening in downtown Palo Alto, replacing the former Sunglass Hut at 250 University Ave. Simply called The Shade Store, it is the company's 18th location nationwide. "We chose Palo Alto because of its demographics," explained Shade Store Vice President Lisa McLelland. "We've noticed we have a large customer base in this area from our Internet business. Plus, our San Francisco store has been so successful, it just made sense to open up here." The 1,500-square-foot family-run shop is scheduled to open Sept. 17.
DUGOUT STORE RETURNS TO STANFORD MALL ... The San Francisco Giants Dugout Store is on the move. Originally doing business at the Stanford Shopping Center, it moved downtown several years ago to 425 University Ave., Palo Alto. Now it has closed its downtown location to jump back to the shopping center. The sports store has taken over the former site of Coldwater Creek, which closed about three months ago after the company announced bankruptcy. "This space was practically in move-in condition," said a Dugout store employee in the new Stanford location. In addition to traditional San Francisco Giants merchandise such as shirts, jackets and caps, the store offers some unique Giants-logoed items including flip flops, boxers and baby strollers.
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