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Eating Out - June 24, 2011

Shop Talk

VINTAGE CLOTHING STORE RETURNS ... With a fresh name and a new location, vintage and resale store Collective Soul reopened on June 1 at 4319 El Camino Real in Palo Alto. Prior to closing 13 years ago, the shop was open for five years as Now & Then Clothing & Collectibles, on University Avenue. Owner Lori Kinyon closed Now & Then in 1998 due to her rent doubling, she said. "I always knew I would open a shop again and have been collecting items ever since," said Kinyon, a fifth-generation Palo Altan. "Now that my two kids are older and self-sufficient, I have enough time to get back to doing what I love to do."

Like its predecessor, Collective Soul features hand-picked vintage clothing as well as current fashions, shoes, jewelry and accessories. The store also allows customers to bring in vintage clothing for sale or trade. "With the economy, people are looking for good clothing at a good price, and there are also people selling items to make money," Kinyon said. "I give them a place to meet." Store hours are Wednesday through Friday from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m. Go to or call 650-559-0699.

PARK PIZZA PLACE ...A gourmet pizza joint will soon occupy the former home of Casa Isabel at 2434 Park Blvd. in Palo Alto. Now under construction, Palo Alto Pizza Co. is slated to open by mid-October, co-owner Nick Minarik said. Its menu will feature pizzas with made-from-scratch sourdough pizza crust, as well as a salad bar with house-made dressings. The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner. Interior design plans include a classy, casual sports environment similar to the Legends Pizza Co., an eatery in San Jose that Minarik also co-owns. Its indoor seating and outdoor patio area will seat a combined 70 to 80 people, he said.

— Casey Moore

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