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Eating Out - April 9, 2010

Shop Talk

by Daryl Savage

EL CAMINO GOING TO THE DOGS ... The Los Altos section of El Camino Real is about to have a brand-new tenant. And it's a big one. The massive 14,000-square-foot building at 4470 El Camino is being transformed into a veterinary clinic. The site, which has been vacant since October 2008 when Elephant Pharm moved out after less than two years, is the new home of Adobe Animal Hospital. After 45 years on First Street in Los Altos, "it was time to move," said Adobe veterinarian and managing partner Brian Maxwell. "We outgrew our old building 10 years ago. It's been remodeled three times but it was designed for only seven or eight vets. We have 24," he said, pointing out that the new building is more than double the size of its First Street location. An August opening is planned. "We will have a lot more parking, a better waiting room and our clients will be happier," Maxwell said. Speaking of clients, he said: "We treat almost all animals. Dogs, cats, birds, guinea pigs, rabbits, chinchillas and the occasional pet sheep or goat. But we don't do cows or horses," he said. Or elephants.

ARTSY AND EDGY ... One of the latest apparel stores to open in downtown Palo Alto is Orapa Gallery. The boutique is a transplant; it gained popularity in San Jose's Willow Glen neighborhood, but owner Cedide Olcay had her eye on Palo Alto, so she made the move from San Jose three months ago. Opara is located in the tiny, 420-square-foot space at 315 Hamilton Ave., the former spot of Tibetan Design. The shop's eclectic items include coffee-scented handmade soaps, bracelets formed from newspapers, and handbags made from comic books. The Turkish-born Olcay has two master's degrees: one in math and the other in statistics. She also has taught college math and created databases for Valley Transit Authority. But all that gave way when Olcay realized her passion is fashion. Her creativity and artistry can be seen in not only the design of her store but her edgy, avant-garde selection of merchandise. "I call it wearable art," she said.

COCOLA ARRIVES AT STANFORD ... Cocola Bakery and Cafe is Stanford Shopping Center's newest tenant. The French cafe, which opened March 5, has filled the vacancy created when Oakville Grocery closed in 2008. The space has been transformed into an elegant and airy cafe with little touches such as leather sofas in front of a flat-screen TV, bistro seating and a kids' kids area. Cocola, which has four other Bay Area locations, serves small cakes and French pastries, along with soups, salads and sandwiches.

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. She can be e-mailed at<$>


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