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Shop Talk: Hermès to open; restaurant news

The latest in Palo Alto retail news

In the latest Shop Talk column, read about French luxury house Hermès' forthcoming Palo Alto store, plus the latest restaurant openings and closures.

HERMÈS OPENING SOON... Work on the exterior facade of the soon-to-be home of French luxury house Hermès of Paris is underway at Stanford Shopping Center, where the boutique is scheduled to open in early 2018. The company is adding a new parapet to the front of the 6,052-square-foot shop, according to city permit records. The shop's opening has been highly anticipated since the company announced in October 2016 that it would be opening a new store at Stanford adjacent to Cartier. The boutique will be the first Hermès has opened in the United States in more than five years. The family-run retailer has manufactured luxury goods for six generations -- including the $300,000-plus Hermes Birkin mattee Himalayan crocodile handbag that has been billed as "the most valuable handbag in the world." The boutique will offer a collection of men's, women's, home and equestrian collections. -- L.T.

'MICHELIN' RESTAURANT COMING TO CHANTILLY ... The restaurant group behind local establishments Mayfield Bakery & Cafe and The Village Pub plans to open a Michelin-caliber restaurant in Redwood City. Bacchus Management Group has taken over the former Chantilly space at 3001 El Camino Real, founding partner Tim Stannard said this week. Chantilly closed in April after 43 years of business. Chantilly had a long and storied history in the area, with rumors of high-profile Silicon Valley deals being made in its private rooms. Stannard said the new restaurant will be similar in concept to The Village Pub and Spruce in San Francisco, which Bacchus also owns, but with a special focus on premium steak. The restaurant will have formal wait service and a sommelier. Stannard said they hope to start construction in the next month or so, with a goal of opening in summer 2018. Staff are already in training at The Village Pub. -- E.K.

WAHLBURGERS OPENS DOWNTOWN... An outpost of Wahlburgers, the national burger chain from celebrity family the Wahlbergs, is now open in downtown Palo Alto. Wahlburgers soft opened at 185 University Ave. on Nov. 12, an employee said. Paul Wahlberg, together with his two brothers -- actor-producer Mark and actor-singer-songwriter Donnie -- started Wahlburgers in the Boston area in 2011. There are now locations in more than 10 states, including franchises, plus a reality show on A&E about the family-run company. The menu includes several burgers as well as sandwiches, salads and sides. The signature burger comes with lettuce, tomato, onion, American cheese, "Paul's signature Wahl sauce" and housemade pickles. Burgers range in price from $9.25 to $12.95. The site at 185 University was previously occupied by Sam's Chowder House, whose owners sold the business to Wahlburgers last year. During the restaurant's soft-opening phase, Wahlburgers Palo Alto will be open from 11 a.m. to about 7 p.m., an employee said. The restaurant will eventually stay open late, until midnight. -- E.K.

'ROCKET' FIZZLES... Rocket Fizz, a quirky downtown Palo Alto candy store filled with items such as bacon cotton candy and buffalo wing-flavored soda, has closed, according to a sign posted in the store's windows at 250 University Ave. "The end of our lease is here," the message reads. "A special thank you to all of our friends and regular customers. We had a lot of fun with you and loved being your candy store." Rocket Fizz is a franchised chain that first started in Camarillo, California, in 2009. There are now dozens of locations across the country, including locally in Palo Alto and Mountain View. The Palo Alto franchisees, husband and wife Chris Dunn and Lisa Pelgrim, wrote on Facebook that they will be combining with another Rocket Fizz in Campbell, which they also own. They did not immediately return a request for comment. The couple opened the Palo Alto location in 2012. The shop sells novelty candy, toys and other memorabilia. In a 2015 interview, Palo Alto store manager Nichole Daviar said she had sampled nearly every candy that Rocket Fizz sells. -- 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


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4 people like this
Posted by Pop Up Store
a resident of Palo Verde
on Nov 27, 2017 at 9:40 am

There is a lovely pop up store coming to Town & Country for a short while opening on 30 November which supports a great cause in Kenya, Africa. Web Link I have visited the store when they "popped up" in the area in different locations over the past few years. It will be filled with lovely handcrafted merchandise specially imported as gifts for all ages and perhaps one for yourself.

8 people like this
Posted by Spelling
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Nov 27, 2017 at 11:50 am

... matte ... not mattee (Hermes Birkin mattee Himalayan crocodile handbag)

14 people like this
Posted by bikermom
a resident of Mayfield
on Nov 27, 2017 at 8:11 pm

this place is now way too Beverly Hills and I don't like it.

8 people like this
Posted by Sarah
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 28, 2017 at 10:17 am

We stopped shopping in Stanford Mall few years ago. Most of the stores are not for regular people. We go there to look at the dogs if weather is good on weekends.

We shop online or in Hillsdale mall now.

2 people like this
Posted by Judy
a resident of Menlo Park
on Nov 28, 2017 at 11:15 am

I just took a look at the Hermes website. You can buy women's athletic shoes (sneakers) for $1,025 and a bib for your baby for $270 (pray the little darling doesn't spit up his/her food). A great place for people who want to spend money!

Years ago, during my first trip to New York, I visited the Hermes store. I really liked their orange boxes so I purchased the cheapest item I could find (body lotion) and had it wrapped in the orange box. I still have that box and keep some of my treasures in it!

4 people like this
Posted by Haha
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Nov 28, 2017 at 2:24 pm

It's a store for bored people, to remind themselves that they have lots of money by spending hilariously large amounts of it on mundane stuff.
Make sure everyone sees the bag at lunch!

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