TESLA CHARGES UP ON EL CAMINO ... Unplug one electric car company and plug in another. That's what's happening in Palo Alto at 4180 El Camino Real, with the news that Tesla Motors opened its new showroom this week in the former Fisker Silicon Valley dealership. Fisker, which ran into financial trouble, was the first exclusively electric-car dealer in town; Tesla is the second. Tesla has been busy making upgrades to the 27,500-square-foot showroom and service center, which happens to be located next to yet another luxury car dealer, McLaren San Francisco, at 4192 El Camino, which shares its space with Volvo Palo Alto. The newly painted building is expected to house a variety of Teslas, making the northwest corner of Arastradero Road at El Camino Real one of the snazziest in town, automotively speaking.
ICE CREAM TIMES FOUR ... There's a bevy of new ice cream shops in the Palo Alto area. Scoop is the latest one to hit the streets, at the former Haagen Dazs spot at 203 University Ave. Owners Dave and Cindy Somasunderam opened their store on Sept. 26, in their second venture into the ice cream industry. "We owned a frozen yogurt shop in New Jersey before moving out here. But now, we make our own ice cream fresh every day, using a liquid nitrogen method," Cindy Somasunderam said. The store has two huge tanks on display, each holding 265 liters of liquid nitrogen. She said the method they use at Scoop instantly freezes the ice cream, resulting in a richer, smoother, denser product. Yet another ice cream parlor, which also uses liquid nitrogen, is headed for this area. Scheduled to open in the next few months in Whole Foods Market at 4800 El Camino Real in Los Altos is Smitten, which began in San Francisco's Hayes Valley. It will occupy the front corner section of Whole Foods, taking over the 1,500-square-foot space that housed the grocery store's culinary center, which had a working kitchen and open seating for diners. Also: Cream opened in June at 440 University Ave., and is known for its ice cream sandwiches, and Tin Pot Creamery , the new ice cream parlor in Town & Country Village, features handcrafted ice cream made in small batches.
STANFORD MALL GETS JUICED ... Pressed Juicery is gearing up to open at the Stanford mall, replacing Happy Go Lucky Dog Boutique, which was open for only four months. The juice store, which has a dozen stores in Southern California and four more in the Bay Area, offers freshly bottled juices and nutritional juice cleansing programs.
LISA'S TEA RELOCATES ... Lisa's Tea Treasure is on the move. It closed its Menlo Park location at 1175 Merrill St. and reopened last month at 167 Main St. in Los Altos.
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