Gluten-free bakeshop gets new owner, salon closes and Singapore cafe expands: The latest in local food and retail news

Gluten free goodies at Gracie Jones Bake Shop include cookies, vegan chocolate banana almond streusel muffins, donuts, cinnamon apple gallettes and strawberry and jam donuts. Photo by Veronica Weber.

In the latest Shop Talk column, a gluten-free bakery will be under new ownership, a California Avenue salon closes its doors and Singapore's oldest cafe is opening a Palo Alto outpost.

GLUTEN-FREE BAKERY TO CLOSE ... Palo Alto's Gracie Jones Gluten Free Bakeshop is closing this month but will continue as a gluten-free bakery under new ownership. Mina Makram, owner of Misfits Bakehouse (formerly Ducks and Dragons in San Carlos), is taking over the 2706 Middlefield Road space. Grace Jones, the executive chef of local fast-casual eatery Asian Box, opened her bakery spin-off in 2017. In an Instagram post announcing the bakery's closure, she said the business has been successful financially but that "it is time to go in a new direction and move on in a very positive manner. We wanted to bring healthy and dietary friendly but delicious, creative and fun baked goods and lunches to the local community and we feel that we have accomplished that mission," she wrote. Gracie Jones Bake Shop will close for good on Friday, Aug. 16. Until then, the bakery will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and closed on Saturday. Jones will continue to sell her gluten-free flour mix at local restaurants and retail stores; follow the bake shop's Instagram for updates on that front. — E.K.

DI PIETRO TODD SALON CLOSES ... Di Pietro Todd Salon closed the doors on its high-end Palo Alto shop permanently on July 13 after operating on Birch Street for the past 21 years. Chris David, stylist and co-owner of the Palo Alto location, told customers in a letter posted on the salon door that it was time to move on. "As you can imagine, this was a huge decision," he wrote. David had been with the company for 22 years. He told customers he will "start the next chapter" of his career at the Monica Foster Salon on 2699 Middlefield Road this week. There are Di Pietro salons still in operation in San Francisco and Mill Valley. — L.T.

SINGAPORE'S OLDEST CAFE COMING TO PALO ALTO ... Come this fall, Killiney Kopitiam, known as Singapore's oldest cafe, will have its first U.S. outpost in downtown Palo Alto. Amanda Steckler, a Singaporean native who has lived in Palo Alto, is opening an outpost of the now-franchised cafe chain at 552 Waverley St. in early fall. The space between Tai Pan and The Prolific Oven last housed longtime office-supply store Congdon and Crome. Steckler described herself as a food lover and avid home cook who felt University Avenue's dining scene was "lacking in southeast Asian comfort food -- some place casual that individuals and families could go to enjoy great food," she said. "This is something that not only I missed, but my Asian friends and others that had lived in or visited Singapore missed." The Palo Alto Killiney will be a "trial cafe" for future locations in Silicon Valley and Southern California, Steckler said. She's aiming to open in September. — 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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Posted by Hair here
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 5, 2019 at 3:51 pm

I have never liked the di Petro Todd philosophy on hair, which is to cut it so that it's perfect for one day and you're unhappy with it and need a haircut the next day, and desperately need a cut by six weeks.

This was never a good fit with geeks who have the money for a high end salon but want to be happy with the cut until they decide to come back (which is more the Vidal Sassoon philosophy on hair)

Will a salon go back in its place?

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