Shop Talk: Weekend Max Mara coming; Baking Co. closes

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In the latest Shop Talk column, read about a new Max Mara clothing line coming to Stanford Shopping Center, the closure of a longtime bakery and the opening of an all-you-can-eat Asian fusion restaurant.

A NEW MAX MARA LINE... Max Mara, the brand behind the iconic (and now in high demand) red coat that House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi wore during her contentious televised meeting with the U.S. president in December, is expanding its women's clothing line at Stanford Shopping Center. The Italian fashion house is scheduled to open Weekend Max Mara on Jan. 30, just eight storefronts away from its Max Mara shop on the Garden Walk. The new retail space will feature Max Mara's casual, outdoor weekend collection that includes coats, denim, T-shirts, knitwear and other wardrobe items designed for weekend wear. Launched in 1951, the House of Max Mara was allegedly among the earliest fashion labels to profile working women as its aspirational icon. Founder Achille Maramotti began his line by making high-end coats. Today, the label includes 19 fashion lines and is the largest clothing company in Italy. -- L.T.

BAKING CO. CLOSES DOORS... The last day of 2018 was Palo Alto Baking Co.'s final day of business at 381 S. California Ave. "It is with great regret that we inform you Palo Alto Baking Company will be closing indefinitely come the new year," according to a note posted on the bakery's front door a week before New Year's Day. The bakery operated for 12 years on California Avenue, selling pastries, desserts, bread, sandwiches and soups. Though the brick-and-mortar space closed on Dec. 31, Palo Alto Baking Co. will continue to sell wholesale baked goods, wedding cakes and specialty cakes. Customers can place orders by calling 650-321-3234 or emailing Ownership did not respond to an interview request. -- E.K.

ALL-YOU-CAN EAT... For those of us who won't be setting diet-related New Year's resolutions, a new all-you-can-eat Asian fusion restaurant will be opening in downtown Mountain View sometime this month. Superhot Hot Pot & Korean BBQ will serve hot pot, dim sum and Korean barbecue under one roof at 210 Hope St. The space was most recently occupied by Verde Tea Kitchen, which closed in February 2017. Superhot manager Jay Wang said the entire menu will be an all-you-can-eat model: $29.99 per person for dinner and $18.99 per person for lunch. The owners are a group of partners who own Chinese and Korean restaurants in San Francisco and Los Angeles, Wang said. He declined to name them. -- E.K.

Compiled by the Weekly staff; this week written by Elena Kadvany and Linda Taaffe. Got leads on interesting and news-worthy retail developments? The Weekly will check them out. Email


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