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Eating Out - August 31, 2018

Shop Talk

FLOAT SPA COMING TO ALMA ... The Alma Street storefront that once served as the longtime home of outdoors sporting retailer The North Face could soon be filled with private pods — called sensory deprivation tanks — where clients can meditate and de-stress while floating in 93.7-degree water infused with more than 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt. According to a notice on the building, the Palo Alto planning department is reviewing a permit request to transform the vacant site at 217 Alma St. into a 4,169-square-foot float-therapy spa called Float Station. (The area's zoning requires all personal service businesses that exceed 2,500 square feet to obtain a conditional-use permit). Float Station owners Ryan and Katie Arikosay opened their first float spa in Campbell at the start of 2017 and are expanding into Los Gatos, Los Altos and Palo Alto, according to the company website. If the Palo Alto location is anything like the Campbell site, clients can expect to de-stress in float tanks (about the size of a bed) located in private soundproof rooms equipped with showers, personal lockers and other luxury amenities. According to the company website, each 60-minute therapy float starts at $89 for members and is "free of distractions, free of gravity, free of stress." —L.T.

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