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News - November 18, 2022

A change in nature

After 35 years, Nature Gallery owner Carol Garsten is closing up shop

by Emily Margaretten

With a warm smile and greeting, Nature Gallery owner Carol Garsten welcomed visitors into her Los Altos store on a recent afternoon, drawing attention to a curated collection of fossils, geodes and minerals that sparkled from brightly lit glass cases, decorative bowls and ornate stands.

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Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Nov 18, 2022 at 9:02 am

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"For 17 years, Garsten ran Nature Galley from Town & Country Village, commuting to work by bicycle and enjoying the close-knit feel of the area. This changed, however, when new landlords took over the shopping center. Nature Gallery did not fit in with their corporate model, Garsten said, so she did not renew her lease."

How typical of Palo Alto. So she moved to State St. in Los Altos where she was responsible for launching First Fridays to revitalize THEIR downtown by attracting more than 12 bands and/or musicians to play on Main and State Streets for FREE -- ie not costing the taxpayers a cent or making Los Altos spend taxpayer dollars on a "retail consultant" with no local knowledge to declare how many square feet!!! of retail space we need -- without a word about the quality and/or uniqueness of the stores!!

Therein lies the difference.

She and her unique store will be sorely missed.

Posted by Jon Castor
a resident of Woodside
on Nov 18, 2022 at 11:24 am

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I’ll miss Carol’s cool store.

Posted by mjh
a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 18, 2022 at 3:04 pm

mjh is a registered user.

For all the years the Nature Gallery was located at T&C, running errands there wasn’t complete without a walk past the Nature Gallery store to admire the window display, and if with family members drop hints about possible future birthday or a Christmas gifts. I still miss being able to enjoy their windows when I am over in T&C.

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