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Shop Talk: More fitness; Copyamerica shutters

 
Turbo 26 Studio, which offers 26-minute heated yoga classes that start every half hour all day long, is opening this fall at Stanford Shopping Center. Photo by Veronica Weber.

In this week's retail news in Palo Alto, Stanford Shopping Center is slated to get another workout option, a longtime printing shop on California Avenue shutters and a new milk-tea shop opens in Midtown.

TURBO 26 LAUNCH... Stanford Shopping Center will be home to the first Turbo 26 Studio, which is set to launch on Nov. 1 with plans to expand into a fitness franchise operation, according to the company website. Founded by Los Altos resident Joanna Meiseles, Turbo 26 Studio provides fast-flow heated yoga in 26-minute classes that start every half hour all day long, allowing participants to stay for multiple back-to-back sessions. The new studio will be located in the former Lavande Nail Spa site between Hair International and the Lobster ShackXpress pop-up that opened in July. The City of Palo Alto issued a permit for interior work at the 1,590-square-foot space at the end of July, and earlier this month, the company was hiring a concierge team and instructors to lead classes. Turbo 26 is the newest business to join the center's roster of fitness studios. SoulCycle has operated at the mall since 2013 and in April, Shawn Anderson from MSA Planning + Design in San Francisco filed for a conditional-use permit on behalf of Barry's Bootcamp to open a location near Pressed Juicery. Details about the opening of Barry's in Palo Alto have been scarce with the company declining to comment. A spokeswoman for the mall, however, confirmed last week that Barry's is in the process of preparing to open, but she could not confirm a specific date or timeline. -- L.T.

COPYAMERICA GONE FROM CAL. AVE. ... The Xerox machines and other state-of-the-art copiers have gone silent at 344 S. California Ave. where Copyamerica has operated its copy and printing center for 15 years. According to owner Jamshaid Rai, he chose not to renew his lease after learning that the landlord planned to increase his rent at the site. Rai closed his shop's doors on Aug. 25, according to a sign posted on the door last month notifying customers of the closure. Rai said he is operating out of a warehouse in North Palo Alto while he looks for a new location to relocate his business, which has provided printing services, photocopying and commercial printing for residents and local businesses since 2002. Rai said he wants to stay close to Stanford University and is looking at potential sites in Menlo Park. -- L.T.

TEASPOON IN MIDTOWN ... Midtown Palo Alto now has a new milk-tea option, with the recent opening of Teaspoon at 2675 Middlefield Road. The mini Bay Area chain, which serves Taiwanese milk tea and iced tea as well as shaved snow, soft opened at the Midtown Shopping Center on Sept. 3, according to a Facebook post. Jennifer Chao, a franchisee whose brother-in-law founded Teaspoon, took over the space earlier this year. The menu includes drinks like the house milk tea (blended black tea with cream) and the "lychee on lychee" (lychee black tea with lychee jelly). Customers can also customize their own drink from different tea options, toppings, cream and sweetness level. Teaspoon also operates locations in Los Altos, Mountain View, San Jose, Milpitas and San Francisco. Chao said in a previous interview that she plans to open several more outposts this year, including in Redwood City, San Mateo and Santa Clara. -- E.K.

Compiled by the Weekly staff; this week written by Elena Kadvany and Linda Taaffe. Got leads on interesting and news-worthy retail developments? The Weekly will check them out. Email shoptalk@paweekly.com.

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