Stanford Shopping Center
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Stanford Shopping Center opened in 1956 with 47 new stores. Today the open-air mall has about 130 stores and restaurants.
The shopping center was designed by John Field and David Paoli (1974 remodel). It is owned and managed by the Simon Property Group. It has also undergone a number of renovations: 1961 (Macy*s added), 1963 (Saks Fifth Avenue added), 1974, 1978, 1983, 1985 (Neiman Marcus added), 2001.
The Stanford Shopping Center cost $15 million to build. It drained life out of the Inner Circle shopping area, located at the west end of University Avenue. Several downtown stores, including Roos Bros., Chandler's, the Travel Service and LaMontagne & Co., closed up and moved to the new center, principally to avoid a coming downtown shopping slump.
The job and building boom had been part of a new prosperity of the '50s in palo Alto. After two decades of scarcity from the Depression and war shortages, a long-delayed spree was about to begin. And when the area decided to go shopping, it did so with a vengeance.
The new-found wealth went toward cars, furniture, television sets - anything money could buy. Appliances like washing machines, dryers, refrigerators, electrical gadgets of all kinds were popular. As one resident said, "Modern was all the rage. No one wanted heirlooms any more. Everyone had to have Swedish furniture and anything else that was new."
Palo Alto's total retail sales in 1947 were about $42 million. By 1956 sales had soared to more than $105 million. But even so, the area lacked shopping alternatives to match its eager shoppers, who had to make frequent trips to San Francisco for the latest fashions and furnishings.
In 1953, the shopping crunch was partially alleviated with the opening of the $5 million ranch-style Town & Country Village. However, only with the newly built Stanford Shopping Center did the era of scarcity end.
The award-winning gardens at the Stanford Shopping Center are maintained by a staff of two full-time gardeners. There are 35 varieties of tress represented by 1,300 individual specimens in addition to flower filled planters.
There are two plantings each year. One is in April/May and a second is in October/November. There is also a mid-to-late summer "pick-me-up." The spring planting includes summer petunias, impatiens, dahlias, and summer-blooming perennials. In the fall, spring bulbs, pansies, sweet peas and fall-blooming perennials are planted.
 Stores and Restaurants
A|X Armani Exchange · Abercrombie & Fitch · Aldo Shoes · Andronico's Market · Ann Taylor · Apple Store · Arthur Beren Shoes · Babbo's Pizzeria · Banana Republic · Bank of America · BCBGMAXAZRIA · Beautyland Beauty Supply · bebe · Benetton · Betsey Johnson · Bloomingdale's · Books Inc. · Bose · Bowlicious · Brighton Collectibles · Brooks Brothers · Brookstone · Cache · California Pizza Kitchen ASAP · Cartier · Coach · Coldwater Creek · Crabtree & Evelyn · Crate & Barrel · Edward's Luggage · Eileen Fisher · Express · Fiori · Frette · Gap · GapKids/BabyGap · Giants Dugout · Gleim the Jeweler · Go Banana · Godiva Chocolatier · Going in Style Travel Accessories · Gourmet Franks · Gymboree Baby · Haagen-Dazs · Hair International · Hand & Mind Craft Gallery · Harold's · Health Library, The · Howard's Shoes For Children · J. Crew · J. Jill · Kate Spade · Kenneth Cole · Kiehl's Since 1851 · L'Occitane · La Baguette · La Belle Day Spa · Lady Foot Locker · Long Life Noodle Co. · Louis Vuitton · Lucky Brand Dungarees · Lucy · Macy*s · Macy*s Men's Store · Marmi · Max & Co. · Max Mara · Max's Opera Cafe · McDonald's · Mercer - Now Open · Miss Sixty/Energie · Nature's Secret · Neiman Marcus · Nike Women · Nine West · Nordstrom · Oakville Grocery · Oilily · Oregon Scientific · P.F. Chang's China Bistro · PacSun · Palm Retail Store · Palo Alto Creamery Fountain & Grill · Papyrus · Playa Grill · Polo By Ralph Lauren · Postal Annex · Pottery Barn · Pottery Barn Kids · Prospectacles - Optometrist · Rosetta Stone · Rugby · Scandia Down · Schaub's Meat, Fish, & Poultry · See's Candies · Sephora · Sharper Image · Shreve & Co · Sigona's Farmers Market · Smith & Hawken · Sony Style · Stanford Shops, The · Starbucks Coffee · Sunglass Hut · Sunglass Junction · Swatch · Sweet Things · Tailor Maid, The · Talbots · Teavana · Territory Ahead, The · Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland · The Body Shop · This Little Piggy Wears Cotton · Tiffany & Co. · Tom Wing & Sons · Tommy Bahama · Travelex - Foreign Currency Services · TSE · Valentin Ramos · Victoria's Secret · White House / Black Market - Now Open · Wilkes Bashford · Williams-Sonoma Grande Cuisine · Williams-Sonoma Home · World Savings & Loan ·