Shop Talk: Coincidental closings, Anthropologie move delayed


MATTRESS, COFFEE SHOP, HOTEL GET TOP HONORS ... A few shout-outs to three businesses in Palo Alto that recently have been recognized by prominent publications. The first accolade goes to McRoskey Mattress, 220 Hamilton Ave. Forbes.com included the downtown mattress company in its 2016 list of the top 25 "America's Best Small Companies." McRoskey, which has its original roots in San Francisco, opened in Palo Alto in 2002. Sales specialist James Christiansen, who has been with McRoskey for 14 years, said the company was thrilled to make the list. "It was a surprise to us; a pleasant surprise that we were noticed. We've been making mattresses for 117 years," he said. Another downtown business was also mentioned on an elite list. Blue Bottle Coffee, which opened a year ago in HanaHaus, the shared tech workspace at 456 University Ave., was selected as one of the "21 Best Coffee Roasters in the Country," according to Thrillist.com. Blue Bottle started in Oakland more than 10 years ago. The company has seen explosive growth and now has nine other Bay Area locations, as well as a total of 13 coffee shops in Los Angeles, New York and Tokyo. The third mention is from this month's Forbes Travel Guide, which recognized Garden Court Hotel, 520 Cowper St., as one of the "Seven Sophisticated Spring Breaks for Adults," noting its proximity to "an abundance of shopping, spa and restaurant options."

COINCIDENTAL RESTAURANT CLOSINGS ... Through a series of coincidences, three local restaurants were temporarily closed to customers for several days in the past few weeks. Midtowners were without their Frappuccinos in late January, when Starbucks, 2775 Middlefield Road, shut its doors to do a quick remodel and reconfigure its customer seating. Next came Lyfe Kitchen at 167 Hamilton Ave. The healthy, fast-casual restaurant was forced to close its doors earlier this month after the restaurant's hot water heater reportedly broke. "No hot water, no business," said one restaurant employee, referring to the unexpected multi-day closure. And last week, it was Paul Martin's American Grill's turn to close. The 6,300-square-foot, farm-to-table bistro located on the Palo Alto/Mountain View border in San Antonio Center, went dark for four days so that it, too, could remodel. All the restaurants are now remodeled and repaired, and it is business as usual.

DELAYED MOVE FOR ANTHROPOLOGIE ... In the category of "Things that always take longer than they should," the latest entry is Anthropologie, the upscale clothing and accessory shop at 999 Alma St., Palo Alto. The store plans to move into the newly redone area of the Stanford Shopping Center. Anthropologie was originally scheduled to close this month to prepare to reopen in the shopping center this spring; then the date changed to a late summer closure; it now looks like it will be Thanksgiving when Anthropologie finally makes its move to the Stanford mall, according to an industry source. The new store at Stanford, which will officially be called Anthropologie & Company, will nearly triple its current size from the existing Alma Street location, making room for an in-house cafe, a bridal shop and an outdoor furniture section.

Got leads on interesting and news-worthy retail developments? Daryl Savage will check them out. Email shoptalk@paweekly.com.

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