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Shop Talk: hair salon opens; Starbucks closes; toy shop's final days

Original post made on Apr 3, 2017

In this week's retail news in Palo Alto, columnist Daryl Savage reports on a new 'educational' hair salon and the closure of Starbucks at Alma Plaza. Palo Alto Sports Shop and Toy World is also preparing to close after 87 years downtown.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, April 3, 2017, 9:04 AM

Comments (9)

Posted by resident
a resident of South of Midtown
on Apr 3, 2017 at 10:42 am

Glad to hear that the grocery store at Alma Plaza is doing well. Palo Alto needs a variety of grocery stores, not the same stores with the same limited selection.

Posted by Missing Alma Starbucks
a resident of South of Midtown
on Apr 3, 2017 at 3:22 pm

I enjoyed the Starbucks on Alma and am sorry it's gone. I think a lot of students camped out at the Starbucks and stayed for long periods of time. So, not a lot of lines and turnover, but always a full cafe.

Posted by Palo Alto Native
a resident of Duveneck School
on Apr 3, 2017 at 5:20 pm

Surprised Palo Alto Sports Shop and Toy World stayed as long as they did.

Posted by bob
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 3, 2017 at 6:11 pm

"feels that downtown now caters to 20-something techies and restaurants"

So sad. Palo Alto has lost everything that once made it great.

Posted by Pete Cockerell
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 3, 2017 at 10:35 pm

Wait, the hairdresser story was a late April Fool's, right?

Posted by Former Resident
a resident of another community
on Apr 3, 2017 at 10:41 pm

Palo Alto has really changed; not necessarily for the better. SO SAD!!! Kind of glad I left (never thought I would say that)

Posted by Parking
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Apr 4, 2017 at 2:08 am

Did anyone else have trouble parking at that Starbucks?

Not sure why else it failed...

Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 4, 2017 at 9:56 am

If this was a Philz Coffee or some other nice coffee shop, I think that it would have fared much better. There are just so many Starbucks in Palo Alto already.

I wonder what will replace it?

Posted by 20 Something Techy
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Apr 6, 2017 at 9:00 am

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