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Vintage shop owner trying Mountain View on for size

Original post made on Aug 18, 2014

Tiffany Gush said it was "heartbreaking" to give up the Palo Alto location of her shop, Empire Vintage Clothing, but she was just scraping by as her rent skyrocketed. Her new location in downtown Mountain View proves to be a better fit.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, August 18, 2014, 8:31 AM

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Posted by randy albin
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 18, 2014 at 9:25 am

maybe she should transport her things to disneyland and so-cal entertainment amusement parks. this seems to be ambitious. mountain view is a curious choice for this location. wish this person well


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Posted by Puke
a resident of North Whisman
on Aug 18, 2014 at 12:55 pm

"It's an up-and-coming hipster central," Gush said. "Mountain View is really changing, Villa Street is really popular."

Haven't read anything more nauseating on mv-voice in some time.


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Posted by pam
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 18, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Goodness - these comments are just awful!! who are these people?? 90 year old republicans?? Mountain View has always been eclectic and we love it that way.....get with it.


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Posted by Stop the Trolls
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Aug 18, 2014 at 2:27 pm

@Pam -- these comment boards have always been filled with nasty comments like the ones you commented on. Guess some people just have to be who they are.

And as to your point: Mountain View has always had stores that were a bit *different*. Our gain, Palo Alto's loss.


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Posted by Charlene
a resident of Castro City
on Aug 18, 2014 at 4:48 pm

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I love this store!! The best to you, Tiffany. I wish you much success!


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Posted by Linda Curtis
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 18, 2014 at 6:01 pm

I'm looking forward to shopping in this unique store, especially if it really has vintage "Empire" dresses. I love 'em. They're a hard style to find much of these days. Great fun to check out places that are one of a kind.

And glad someone who would call themselves "Puke" won't be interested in being any where in the area.

At present, South Castro Street is similar to its other end, which also grew up naturally with unique places to eat and such. Too bad its best places to sit out and enjoy the outdoors are being shifted to El Camino Real instead, so they can be replaced with stack up housing. Soon to be a boring street, with people always watching you from above. It is city approved, planned death to an area as enjoyable as Villa Street or Castro Street near the tracks.


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Posted by incognito
a resident of Waverly Park
on Aug 18, 2014 at 11:55 pm

It's a unique, charming store, filled with all sorts of treasures. We shopped at the Palo Alto location and are thrilled to see they are now in Mountain View. It's a great addition to our downtown!


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Posted by Cassie
a resident of North Whisman
on Aug 19, 2014 at 9:54 am

A couple of these comments makes me wonder if some people got up on the wrong side of the bed. Good luck to you Tiffany.


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Posted by Garrett
a resident of another community
on Aug 19, 2014 at 6:01 pm

I like the idea of shop like the above opening up in Downtown, so we are going a little hip. It sounds like a fun store, hope to see more in the future. I don't see anything wrong with retailers picking Mountain View for a place to open. More retail like the one above will draw more retail.

Or do we shop at Wal Mart?


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Posted by Linda Curtis
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 20, 2014 at 6:01 pm

I drove by there yesterday. Looked great. But I couldn't find any parking. Too bad the City of Mountain View has seen fit to reduce how much parking it provides, so small businesses are the ones getting hurt.


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Posted by Think before writing
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 25, 2014 at 9:36 pm

Linda, your comment is the equivalent of "nobody drives anymore because there's too much traffic".


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Posted by Sparty
a resident of another community
on Aug 25, 2014 at 11:36 pm

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Linda Empire is open late. Same as it was in Palo Alto.

I know most people who post here are locked up at home by 9pm, so not everyone would be aware.


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Posted by Sparty
a resident of another community
on Aug 25, 2014 at 11:37 pm

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As for me, I've been boycotting Mt View since Liberty House became JC Penney.


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Posted by Linda Curtis
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 26, 2014 at 4:40 pm

What does a small store owner have to do with Penny's? Why make her pay? Oh, I get it, you are just spoiling for an argument.


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Posted by Sparty
a resident of another community
on Aug 27, 2014 at 12:36 am

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Linda did you miss the posts (including your own??) about shopping in Mt View.

And also you have missed that you can eat outside at Starbucks, Crepevine, New Mongolian, Bierhaus, Spica, Park Balluci, Amicis, Cafe Baklava, Los Charros, Blue Line, Scott's/whatever scotts will be presumably, Cascal, Le Boulanger, whatever that place is next to Le Boulanger, Posh Bagel, Saskoon, Ava's Downtown Market, Mediterranean Grill, Queen House/Tea place, Don Giovanni, St Stevens Green, Gyros House, Ephesus, La Fontaine, Shabuway (NOT Subway), Amarin, Blue Line, Doppio Zero, Xahn, Vaso Azzuro, Olympus ...and a few others on and off Castro I'm sure I've missed....


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Posted by Male Apricot
a resident of Bailey Park
on Aug 27, 2014 at 12:36 pm

Sparty, your boycott hasn't appeared to have any noticeable effect on the rest of us, but at least you have not decided to boycott Mountain View's news and issues. That shows you have an interest so glad you're hear to add to the fabric of the Mountain View quilt, so to speak


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Posted by Sparty
a resident of another community
on Aug 27, 2014 at 1:02 pm

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Thanks male apricot. Apparently sarcasm has no noticeable effect on you either.


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