The new Marshalls/HomeGoods opened last week

The new Marshall/HomeGoods opened last week in Mountain View

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Last Thursday I attended the Grand Opening of the Marshalls/Home Goods store in Mountain View and was so pleased with the wonderful variety of cool stuff that was on display. The store features a wide selection of curated pieces for the home in every category: fantastic linens, glassware, decorative accessories, garden and floral, decorative pillows, storage and more.

 

Regional manager Dustin mentioned that this is the 12th combined stores in the region and more to open soon. TJX Company is making it easier for frugal shoppers like myself, who appreciates the convenience of being able to shop fashion and home under one roof.

 

This is my favorite TJX store in the Bay Area, which in the United States includes TJ Maxx, HomeGoods and Marshalls. This particular store is always clean, well organized, with great selections and the staff is super friendly. Under the leadership of Store Manager Mei Mendiola, this store functions as a service oriented store where the staff is willing to go above and beyond to make sure shoppers find what they are looking for.  Some of you who visited the store during the two month long renovations noticed that the existing Marshalls was minimized to accommodate the inclusion of HomeGoods.  What a challenge it was for those wanting to explore their design creativity. Now a rebirthed design oasis is awaiting you at this location. There are lots changes including the checkout system.

 

The new Mountain View Marshalls/HomeGoods store has also taken on a new partnership with the Community Services Agency of Mountain View to assist with their ongoing programs to help those in need. Manager Mei donated $10,000 to the organization on Grand Opening Day to show their commitment to the organization.

Check out the lovely photos. You may just be inspired to start your new decorating project.

1040 Grant Road, Mountain Vew.  Marshallsonline.com/store-finder/345

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College Terrace Market Opens in Palo Alto

College Terrace Market Opens in Palo Alto

 

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A new grocery store that has added to this list of fantastic places to shop for locally grown foods and locally sourced products, opens here in Palo Alto. The long awaited College Terrace Market located 2100 El Camino Real, had its soft opening this past Wednesday, and will officially host its grand opening in two weeks.

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15 Amazing family-friendly Holiday events in the Palo Alto Area

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There is no doubt that December is one of the most cherished months of the year – by both young and old. The reasons are quite obvious for everyone: fun-filled Holiday activities, religious traditions, family and friend togetherness, tolerance, generosity and goodwill. As every year, the Palo Alto community puts on its festive clothes and invites everyone to enjoy the seasonal merriness. So are you ready for some traditional wintery fun? Here 15 amazing family-friendly Holiday events in the Palo Alto Area that you can definitely enjoy with your beloved ones.

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Tava Kitchen in Palo Alto unveils its new look and a fresh new menu

Tava Kitchen Palo Alto
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Tava Kitchen in Palo Alto unveils its new look and a fresh new menu

Wednesday evening, I was very delighted to experience the unveiling of the new Tava Kitchen. Tava Kitchen is part the fine restaurants and eateries located at Town and Country Village. What makes Tava Kitchen unique is its visually pleasing and equally great tasting, bespoke food, for a very reasonable price.

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12 Cool Holiday gifts for cool kids

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With hundreds and hundreds of amazing Holiday gifts ideas to choose from, there is no wonder that many parents find it difficult to find their way through the maze of eye-catching  window displays, catalogs and online shops. My husband and I have been in this boat for quite a few years, with three children and their varying interests. Somehow we manage to cheer our kids up duing the Holiday Season.  Because we want to help you put a smile on the faces of your tiny ones and catch off-guard your teens, we worked on a list of 12 Holiday gift ideas that we hope will take the hassle out of this year’s Holiday shopping.

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Just in time for holiday Shopping: Tesla opens a store at Stanford Shopping Center

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Palo Alto headquartered Tesla, has made it easier to pick out your new Tesla while picking out your new outfit.

 

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During a recent trip to the Stanford Shopping Center, I was pleasantly surprised to see the electric car maker’s new shop blending perfectly with the rest of the retail stores that call Stanford Shopping Center Home.

 

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Opened for just over one week, the new Tesla store has found a home close to Apple and sandwiched between Coach and Louis Vuitton. This is not the first shop of its kind in the area, which solely focuses on sales and roadside assistance. There are at least four more: in Santana Row, Walnut Creek, Corte Madera and Monterey.  This seems to be an obvious trend since Tesla cars are made to order, and the added value of convenience plays a key role in getting Teslas in the hands of consumers.

 

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Stanford Mall is an ideal location, and attracts the clientele to support this move, even though there is another Tesla store that offers sales, service and roadside assistance, less than 3 miles away. With the recent Model X launch and the Model S’s high ratings from Consumer Reports, Tesla does expect lots of interest in its vehicles, especially in the Silicon Valley area, where the car is not only manufactured and a favorite among techies, but there are lots of electric car chargers, which makes owning a Tesla much easier.

 

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Shoppers seem to love the new store, which is large enough to host 3 Tesla cars and a shell base, with a design studio and friendly staff. While I was there, I met a shopper,  Andre Oosterlinck, President of Leuven University, who was  visiting from Belgium, and said that he is in the market for a Tesla.  He mentioned that he has an electrical engineering background, and appreciates a car like Tesla.  He passionately declared that Tesla, is not only a leader in having a great product, but is a game changer in the automotive industry.

 

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He is definitely right. I think that the automotive industry is looking at Tesla as a company to emulate and to act as a catalyst in ushering electric cars to the masses.  With Google and Apple both launching their own electric cars in a few years, and a few other car makers following suit, who knows what the industry will look like a few years from now.

 

There is something inherently special about a Tesla car – the look, the feel, and of course the cat eyes.  So the next time you are at Stanford Shopping Center, and you feel the urge to part with tens of thousands of dollars, and own a piece of American history, then, a Tesla may just be in your future.  Check out their selections.

 

 

8 Apple picking orchards near Palo Alto

Apple picking near Palo Alto

 

Apple picking near Palo Alto

Though many of us may feel sad that summer is over, focusing on all the fun activities that fall brings will wash that sadness away. And apple picking in a delightful orchard is just the right activity to keep the whole family entertained…and healthy.  Moving to Palo Alto from New York, the changing seasons is something that we miss, and the apple picking tradition that our family had come to appreciate.  So, I have been doing some research on apple picking orchards near Palo Alto, and below you can find a list 8 of the best orchards in the near Palo Alto.

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