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Shop Talk: Shinola, b8ta open in Palo Alto

Original post made on Dec 20, 2015

Luxury watch retailer Shinola and East Coast-based salad chain Sweetgreen move in to downtown Palo Alto, as does the hands-on technology store, b8ta.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, December 20, 2015, 8:06 AM

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Posted by Hahahahaha
a resident of Professorville
on Dec 20, 2015 at 4:57 pm

Ever had a salad on the East Coast? Ever been to a salad bar on the East Coast?

I sure hop Sweetgreen does NOT emulate East Coast-style salad bars, and that they use FRESH California-grown ingredients.


Posted by resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 21, 2015 at 7:52 am

Reading about it,Shinola is a great story- high quality diverse set of products American made coming out of Detroit,with its manufacturing legacy. Bill Clinton wears a Shinola watch. This place is so unique, with the outside clock and the bikes in the windows- and the website says they have pet products too along with the watches and purses. Original store is next to Wayne State Univ in Detroit. I plan to visit the store this week.


Posted by Good Choices
a resident of Professorville
on Dec 21, 2015 at 9:37 am

Great tenants for a nicely re-done building.

Shinola is a company with integrity, creating good products. It was originally a shoe shine polish company and when it was re-vamped as a watch and leather goods company they agreed to include a small tin of the original polish with each purchase to honor the original company. I have bought a couple items for myself and as gifts, each one just as good as the last. I also appreciate the nice clock addition to the streetscape.

Sweetgreen is VERY popular on the east coast, particularly in the Boston area and the surrounding cities. I've eaten there many times and I can assure you that people on the east coast care just as much about fresh ingredients as those in the bay area and it will be a welcomed option amongst the ranks of Sprout and Pluto's.

Looking forward to seeing what the last business is.


Posted by Gorge
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 21, 2015 at 11:04 am

Personally I miss University Art and the Annex. I am not interested in a Muhammad Ali Watch. However the building is beautifully re done.


Posted by Palo Altan
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Dec 21, 2015 at 11:45 am

How cool to have a bike shop and a restaurant that sources local & organic ingredients right across from city hall and a few steps from the bike blvd. Miss the University Arts store yet relieved vendors are moving in that will appeal to walk in customers, not something that technically is retail but has no foot traffic appeal like some other parts of downtown.


Posted by sheri
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 21, 2015 at 3:26 pm

"We chose Palo Alto because it's a very influential community," said company president Jacques Panis.

Maybe he meant an "affluent community"...


Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 21, 2015 at 3:40 pm

Well I know that I won't be popular here, but I am getting very fed up with businesses that use things other than the 26 letters of the alphabet or have incorrect spelling in their names. It is no wonder that the younger generation can't spell ever since Toys R Us started using a backward R.

I almost won't use a business if its name confounds me.

PS no wonder the journalist can't tell the difference between influence and affluence.


Posted by Hahahahahaha
a resident of Professorville
on Dec 21, 2015 at 8:28 pm

The absolute nadir of salad bars is actually in Boston: wilted lettuce, greenish tomatoes, brownish cauliflower, and broccoli so old it had yellow blossoms in it. The name has "greens" in it; I hope it wasn't Sweetgreens!


Posted by Palo Parent
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Dec 21, 2015 at 8:42 pm

Resident: Funky name spelling has a lot to do with protectable Trademark names, think "Rite Aid" as well as available internet domain names of which there are precious few.


Posted by Missing University Art
a resident of Downtown North
on Dec 22, 2015 at 11:35 am

"Muhammad Ali Limited Edition watch." priced at $2,250.
Given that you can buy a really attractive and functional watch for $30, anyone who has this much money to burn and also considers Muhammad Ali a hero is beyond my comprehension.
The abundance of free floating money has really downgraded the local culture. And thank you developer Roxy Rapp, for pushing out our beloved University Art.


Posted by Sticker shock
a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 22, 2015 at 11:52 am

Watches *starting* at $425? Bear in mind that many of us bought our houses before it cost $5mm for a teardown.

I bought my last watch to referee kids' soccer games. It cost about $15 and works like a charm, including buzzers to let me know when the half is over. I guess I don't run in the right circles.


Posted by Reader
a resident of another community
on Dec 22, 2015 at 12:52 pm

Some people view wristwatches more as jewelry rather than functional timekeeping devices, especially in today when most people carry cellphones.

There's a fashion element to anything you wear on your body. Practicality is not the only deciding factor.


Posted by Checked it out
a resident of Downtown North
on Dec 22, 2015 at 2:54 pm

If you are 20-something, you will be welcomed in both stores. If older, or if you dare to bring children, you will be ignored. I don't think either will stay in business, pretty stores that cater to a narrow slice of the population, most of whom can't afford to shop there!


Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Dec 22, 2015 at 5:15 pm

Shinola needs a new designer. Their watches all look a lot like my old $25 Timex. What good is overspending hundred$$ for your watch if people cannot immediately discern you overspent hundred$$ for your watch.


Posted by Some people hate anything new
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Dec 22, 2015 at 5:37 pm

Some thinges in palo alto never cease to amaze. We get a new business in town and immediately have people posting negative comments - the merchandise is too expensive, you will not be served at the store, people have too much money. They manage to denigrate Muhammed ali!!!!!
Let's be honest. This store is a great addition for downtown. It is replacing a substandard, dump of a store that had long been uneeded in the city. Maybe we need to bring back Lindicotts and some of the other stores from the bygone days


Posted by resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 22, 2015 at 7:01 pm

Following this renovation, Roxy Rapp should now
turn his full attention to 375 University Avenue,
The Cheesecake Factory, and do a complete exterior remodel there.


Posted by eileen
a resident of College Terrace
on Dec 22, 2015 at 10:38 pm

Shineola is such a wonderful addition to our down town retail! What a beautiful store, filled with exquisite handmade
items from, of all places, Detroit in the USA! Yes expensive but pieces you will keep for a lifetime. Check out this lovely store you will not be disappointed.


Posted by Marty
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 26, 2015 at 7:20 pm

When I was growing up the only thing that had the Shinola name on it was shoe polish. One of my dad's favorite expressions for someone who didn't know anything was that he "couldn't tell sh*t from Shinola."


Posted by wha? ...... from Shinola?
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Feb 26, 2016 at 2:50 pm

Shinola? "Maybe he meant an "affluent community"..."

Or.... effluent?

Worst name ever?




Posted by Linda
a resident of another community
on Apr 12, 2016 at 1:48 pm

I go to Sweetgreen in DC whenever possible. The salads and soups are very inventive and the ingredients are all first rate. The local sources are listed.


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