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Eating Out - September 6, 2019

Shop Talk

BOUTIQUE ENDS 44-YEAR RUN ... Phyllis Newhouse and her family have a long history as business owners in Palo Alto's downtown. Her father, Mose Newhouse, ran his own secondhand and Navy surplus store on Emerson Street starting in 1935, and when he retired in 1975, she took over the family business, moving the store a block over and exchanging the rentable tuxedos and vintage outfits for designer women's clothing. Now in her 80s, Newhouse has decided to retire. She closed down her iconic Phyllis Boutique, located at 540 Ramona St., on Saturday, Aug. 31. The shop underwent many changes under Newhouse. She stopped selling used clothes and military outfits, choosing instead to scour stores in Berkeley that offered interesting, quirky styles that would be hard to find elsewhere in Palo Alto. She also stopped selling men's clothes altogether, focusing exclusively on women's attire, particularly garments with Asian and European influences.— M.H.

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