Shop Talk: Business openings, closings and more


Asian fusion café opens at Stanford Mall, Elements Massage comes to Edgewood and Coupa Cafe hosts an evening devoted to women's rights.

NEW SNACK SHOP; UPSCALE BOUTIQUE TO OPEN AT STANFORD MALL … A tiny café recently opened in the Stanford Shopping Center as an offshoot to the existing Yucca De Lac Store, a Hong Kong restaurant that has been serving its unique Asian fusion fare since 2012. Called the Yucca Snack Shop, the new café is nestled in a space directly next to the restaurant. In addition to offering a variety of coffees and teas, it has an assortment of sushi, dim sum and a selection of Cantonese-inspired pastries. Other changes in the mall include a new boutique, Stella McCartney, which is taking over the former Kate Spade location. The boutique, which is the first in Northern California, sells high-end clothing as well as bags, shoes and lingerie. That space was made available last month when Kate Spade moved to a slightly larger space in the mall, formerly occupied by Juicy Couture. A Kate Spade sales associate says she loves the new spot. "It's bigger and has more of a central location," she said.

MASSAGES AT EDGEWOOD … Activity at Edgewood Plaza is hopping. New construction is ongoing, but shoppers are already filling up the parking lot. In addition to The Fresh Market and Chase Bank, which opened last year, Starbucks and Blu-White Cleaners have hung out their shingles, with Supercuts and Orangetheory Fitness appearing to be the next two businesses slated to open. The latest entry for the revamped plaza is a 1,500-square-foot, six-room massage studio called Elements Massage, scheduled to open in late November. Elements, a franchise with 187 outlets nationwide, has 20 locations in California. Owner Mashid Parsi knew she wanted to open a studio in Palo Alto. "I've worked at Stanford for 20 years," she said. "After I retired last September, I wanted to try something completely different, and Palo Alto was the place I wanted to do it in. I was so fortunate to find a space that was brand new," she added. "Plus, having Fresh Market in Edgewood was definitely an attraction."

The Fresh Market, meanwhile, is keeping its annual tradition of hosting "Cupcakes for a Cause" this weekend. For a $3 donation, shoppers can decorate and take home a cupcake from the market's bakery. All money raised goes to Share Our Strength's "No Kid Hungry" campaign.

COUPA CAFÉ AND WOMEN'S RIGHTS … Coupa Café, 538 Ramona St., Palo Alto, will be the site of an event that is billed as "An intimate and casual evening of refreshments and thoughtful conversation." That conversation will be led by Suzanne Ehlers, president and CEO of Population Action International, a global advocacy group for family planning that promotes women's health, rights and empowerment. Ehlers chose to speak in Palo Alto because, she said, "The Bay Area is home to some of the strongest champions of reproductive rights. Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, Barbara Lee and Dianne Feinstein are just a few examples from the political sphere. I'll be chatting about the work P.A.I. does to support their efforts as well as a broad range of issues related to reproductive health." The program is scheduled for Oct. 8 at 6 p.m.

Heard a rumor about your favorite store or business moving out, or in, down the block or across town? Daryl Savage will check it out. Email

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