CHANGES AT STANFORD SHOPPING CENTER . . . Kenneth Cole, a well-known footwear and accessory designer, will open a store at Stanford Shopping Center in mid-October. The store will carry shoes and an accessory line including handbags, backpacks, and small leather goods. Kenneth Cole will be located between Tse Cashmere and Bebe', near the Nature Company. Also moving into the center in November is Oilily, (pronounced OY-LILY) a Holland-based manufacturer of brightly colored knit and cotton clothing for women, infants and children. The store will also feature accessories, cosmetics, boots and shoes. Oilily will move into the old Tribal Eye space in the main mall, between Howard's Shoes and Nine West Shoes. This location will be its first West Coast store. And, darn it, Yogurt Village closed Aug. 31, making way for a 750-square-foot expansion of Baby Gap/Gap Kids. So we'll have to eat Haagen Dazs now.
SHE CAN'T STOP . . . Mary J. Rafferty has four 20-foot shipping containers of treasures ready to stock a new antique store she will open in October at the Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road at Cambridge Avenue in Menlo Park. She has been in the antique business in Menlo Park since 1967, most recently on Santa Cruz Avenue. Rafferty buys from sources all over the world and is especially proud of her selection of antique Chinese porcelains and artifacts. Even her new store is an antique. It was the original iron works for the Allied Arts Guild (which was then the Merner property) where all the wrought iron work was forged for the window grilles and doors that still exist throughout the Guild buildings. The new old space is located off the main parking lot between the back of the Traditional Shop and the restaurant kitchen, along the path to the Wick Candle Shop. You'll find it, really.
JOINING FORCES . . . Kurt Miller, owner of Kurt's Auto Service, has purchased Dorn's Safety Service, Palo Alto's oldest independent auto repair firm, to form Kurt's & Dorn's Auto Service. "We'll continue our straight talk, honest answers, common sense philosophy that has served us well in the community," said Miller, owner and executive manager of the new shop, located at 930 Emerson St. in Palo Alto. Miller has been in business since 1976. Dorn's Safety Service was originally Knapp's Safety Service, in operation since 1919. Together that's 95 years of experience, some of which was probably with horseshoes instead of tires, according to Miller. Kurt's & Dorn's offers full-service repair and warranty maintenance on foreign and domestic cars and light-duty trucks.
STILL ON SALE . . . The Goumas brothers have extended the closing sale at Karen's Antiques at 712 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. They thought their 5,000-square-foot warehouse was almost empty, but they still managed to fill a 24-foot truck two and a half times. The store was full of merchandise again. Beginning Thursday, Sept. 21, everything in the store will be 50 percent off the sale prices. Chris and Greg Goumas plan on closing the store Sept. 23.
--Dona van Bronkhorst
Dona was on vacation for our Aug. 30 and Sept. 6 issues but still managed to find shopping hot spots in Klamath Falls, Ore.; Donnelly, Idaho; and Weed, Calif. Send tips about store openings and closings, great deals and places to buy interesting things to Dona van Bronkhorst, Shop Talk, Palo Alto Weekly, P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302. You can also leave a message for Shop Talk 24 hours a day at 326-8291, ext. 357, or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
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