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Original post made on Apr 20, 2019


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Posted by not a head shop
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Apr 20, 2019 at 8:43 pm

Raw Smoke on Cal Ave will not be a head shop as cannabis sales are not legal in Palo Alto. OTOH it will sell vape supplies and tobacco products that are unhealthy for young Palo Alto residents, who (with their fake IDs) I suspect will constitute the majority of the customers. It's interesting that local residents are sent notices for public hearings on restaurants applying for liquor licenses but were not given notice of any public hearings on this smoke shop.

Posted by not what we need
a resident of Mayfield
on Apr 22, 2019 at 1:24 am

I'd be surprised if there's enough interest to sustain yet another smoke shop in Palo Alto, even with the underage vapers.

Posted by PA Traditionalist
a resident of University South
on Apr 22, 2019 at 9:14 am

Mac's Smoke Shop on Emerson (downtown PA) is all this city needs to meet its smoking and magazine needs.

Posted by 4good
a resident of Stanford
on Apr 25, 2019 at 10:56 am

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Pizza Chicago is awesome! Really nice people work there. Hope they can succeed in this location which has seen so many other businesses fail. We will miss the private dining room at the old location that has hosted countless youth sport team celebrations.

Posted by ChrisC
a resident of College Terrace
on Apr 25, 2019 at 11:31 am

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Head shops traditionally were places that sold paraphernalia, such as papers, bongs, incense etc.. has Palo Alto outlawed that too? I also doubt such a business can succeed here with such high rent. But, I do not know the profit margins of vaping stuff. Regarding revamping the Indian restaurant in downtown to include super foods for the younger demographic: I’m laughing. Indian food is perhaps the healthiest on the planet as long as they don’t use too much oil, which few modern cooks do. Hey folks, lentils and pulses are super foods!! Turmeric is the most studied spice , known for anti-inflammatory properties. Onions and garlic, relied upon heavily in Indian food, another super good we should be eating everyday.

Posted by Gale Johnson
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Apr 25, 2019 at 2:18 pm

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More of the good history of my town gone!

@PA Traditionalist...I didn't give them a lot of my business, but I always liked the store. I bought rum soaked Crooks cigars to celebrate my children's births, bought many magazines, including the Police Gazette, and when I dabbled in pipe smoking for a very brief period after I gave up cigarettes.

@4good...They're leaving the best location for a pizza parlor, to the worst location. After we couldn't buy Big Macs there anymore it has been the death knell for all other business ventures that tried it, right across the street from my church, Wesley United Methodist Church on Cambridge. Another pizza franchise failed there. Location, so important. They won't have the space to offer the Stanford sports teams their special space. Mings was a favorite restaurant of Stanford sports teams and we know what happened with that arrangement. And also, there was another great pizza parlor at their current location. Shakeys...I must be getting old! They had banjo and guitar players singing folk songs and war protest songs that were popular in...OMG...the 60's and 70's. Now I know I'm getting old.

Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Apr 25, 2019 at 4:05 pm

@Gale, no Big Macs at what was once my favorite KFC. I still remember the nice owners.

Posted by D Moore
a resident of Mountain View
on Apr 25, 2019 at 9:10 pm

When I saw the project sign in Pizza Chicago's lot, my heart sank. I thought yet another great place making way for what - more mixed use? We know all too well in MV that everything from restaurants to bike shops are closing in the name of "progress". Very glad to see they're relocating a stone's throw away.