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Japanese-inspired boutique to close after 44 years in downtown Palo Alto

Original post made on Aug 28, 2019

Phyllis Newhouse, whose family has a long history as business owners in Palo Alto's downtown dating back to 1935, will close her boutique store on Ramona Street this Saturday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 3:34 PM

Comments (12)

34 people like this
Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 28, 2019 at 3:45 pm

Another victim of greedy landlords


23 people like this
Posted by Independent
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 28, 2019 at 7:42 pm

@resident - what gives you the right to smear someone in that way, just because they own the property and want market rate rent? They're not entitled to a return on their property/their investment? But you are? Give me a break you may not like it but we live in a free market economy. Getting a return on investment is expected, and needed. Or maybe you wouldn't care if your 401k never grew. Guess you'd be just fine w that. Go call your names somewhere else.


2 people like this
Posted by Thad
a resident of another community
on Aug 29, 2019 at 6:01 am

Rent-seeking is greed defined.


11 people like this
Posted by Drumf dog
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 29, 2019 at 6:55 am

Mmmmmm. The gentrification smells amazing. Rental increases from 1800 to 4000 are yummy. Cant wait to work a 2nd job and move to Tracy.
At least we can sleep in an RV. God bles murca


10 people like this
Posted by Independent
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Aug 29, 2019 at 7:04 am

Y'all are ridiculous. Live w reality. Maybe focus on working and earning a living instead of trying to steal from someone else.


24 people like this
Posted by fashionista
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 29, 2019 at 10:30 am

Phyllis - while I could not afford your clothing or fabulous jewelry, I loved coming in and looking......like you sitting on your patio looking at your plants/creatures..............going into your store was a breath of fresh air. It didn't help your bottom line, but it was the best part of wantering downtown.

Enjoy retirement...


15 people like this
Posted by Wetzel
a resident of Mountain View
on Aug 29, 2019 at 11:02 am

Thank you and congratulations on decades of providing a unique, fun place to shop! Stopping at your shop always felt like visiting a friend. I wish you a long, beautiful, and joy-filed retirement.

People..a little positivity here!


8 people like this
Posted by Sister
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Aug 29, 2019 at 12:13 pm

Good luck in your retirement. Glad you will have time to relax, smell the roses and enjoy life without the stresses of running a business.


9 people like this
Posted by Lori Hobson
a resident of Menlo Park
on Aug 29, 2019 at 1:55 pm

Thank you, Phyllis, for decades of great clothes. Olallieberry and I will miss taking a break from the office and walking over to see you and buy the occasional fun, fantastic pieces. I still have and wear the first skirt I bought in your store. (You were on Emerson then!) I still get compliments on it. Gosh, I'll miss your presence.


6 people like this
Posted by The Big 4
a resident of University South
on Aug 29, 2019 at 3:14 pm

It is very difficult to maintain a successful downtown Palo Alto restaurant or boutique because most of the retail property is rented or leased. Few shop owners/restauranteurs actually own their buildings.

The 'Big 4' (Thoits, Stankovic, Ames, Brophy) own most of downtown PA & they purchased most of the buildings during the 1940s.

They were very astute businessmen & their children now control the key retail rental properties.



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Posted by grumpystiltskin
a resident of Community Center
on Aug 30, 2019 at 1:00 pm

The real problem is the fact that no development is allowed.

We ought to have a lot more housing for middle class people, and a lot more shops. And a lot less traffic because people could walk to work. (There are 400 times more open jobs in Palo Alto than open apartments!) So every apartnment added pretty much REMOVES car traffic. But complacent rich citizens don't want apartment towers, so... our workers have to live in Pleasanton if not Tracy.
Apartment towers can be wonderful places to live if the building codes allow things like play areas, nursery schools, and pubs to be close by.
Most of Palo Alto is a wasteland where there are not even coffee shops... Everything south of Page Mill to the 280. Disgrace.


1 person likes this
Posted by Barbara Van Kirk
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 31, 2019 at 1:42 am

Congratulations Phyllis! And thank you for staying in our neighborhood for so long, living through the escalating rents and dressing our ladies with such fine taste! Sounds like your going to have some fun at Stanford. I wish I were taking those courses too!
Barbara Van Kirk


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