PALO ALTO, CA – 9/20/2016 (PRESS RELEASE JET) — For small business owners and founders, Rick and Alice Deutscher, success has come after some challenging circumstances. While other businesses went out of business, theirs survived thanks to beautiful and unique gift offerings, established ties with local artisans, an enthusiastic customer following, and a wonderful new door that has opened.
Their gift store, Shady Lane, was founded over 40 years ago in downtown Palo Alto on University Avenue – the birthplace of companies like Google, Pinterest, Facebook, and SurveyMonkey
A multi-award-winning business, Shady Lane became a fixture of the community to the point where many people called the building location “The Shady Lane Building” because the store was a beloved mainstay of the Avenue.
But when developers began plans to build a massive four-story building on University Avenue where the one-story historic building, “The Shady Lane Building,” was located, Shady Lane’s future became severely challenged.
Yet, the four-story project was sent back to the drawing board on August 8, 2016 due to being architecturally incompatible with its surroundings but it’s expected to be eventually approved.
For Alice, the plans served as a challenge and opportunity for Shady Lane to find a new home. “It broke our hearts to leave our beloved Palo Alto downtown location, but the silver lining is we actually like our new location better. When one door closed, an amazing one opened for us last year and we are so grateful.”
Sitting just three miles away from the former location, Alice found a new location at the Sharon Heights Shopping Center off Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park where customers have enthusiastically followed. Now that the move has been completed, customers can find the same carefully selected artisan creations in a light-filled octagonal building in a flower-filled courtyard.
At the store, customers can browse through locally-made jewelry, art glass, ceramics, fine woodworking, and textile art, and they can discuss these unique treasures with the artisans themselves, many whom help in the store. Plus, Shady Lane offers a wealth of gift items mostly made in the USA, including an amazing selection of artisan jewelry specializing in sterling silver and natural gemstones, photography, Native American creations including Zuni carvings, bronze sculptures, and specimen-quality rocks, crystals, and fossils.
For Alice, the fact that the business has maintained its following, and has lasted over 40 years, is a huge accomplishment. “I never thought we could survive our rent doubling in 2008 when the new landlord took over our lease and we did. But when plans were submitted to build a new building on our site, we saw the writing on the wall.”
“We are part of a story that is happening everywhere in the United States to small businesses,” said Alice. “Locally-owned businesses are being challenged by landlords doubling their rent and giving short-term leases because of their desire to develop the property. [Yet], we were one of three of the longest-established retail businesses on the Avenue when we left, which says a lot about our wonderful store, our amazing local artisans, and also about our customers’ loyalty.”
“We were on the Avenue (minutes from Stanford University) before current chains and the startups moved in, and we are still in business today. It is quite an accomplishment. We think it is because we serve our customers well, offer exceptional and unusual artisan gifts, and love what we do. If you combine those attributes with a determination to succeed, you have some reasons why we have maintained our longevity.”
Many generations have shopped at Shady Lane because the store has something for everyone. Plus, the store consistently offers creations from locally and internationally recognized artisans and adds new artisan-inspired creations every week.
“What I love most about Shady Lane is the sense of community I have with the local artisans,” said Alice. “I made a living for 20 years selling my own creations at art fairs. I know the struggles and the joys of selling your own work. I love to mentor and encourage our artisans. I enjoy displaying and selecting our treasures with an artisan’s eye and I also adore my customers, many of whom I have known for well over 30 years.”
Shady Lane receives rave reviews on Yelp and Facebook. Longtime customer Karen Ewart says, “The only place in the valley where I will buy gifts. At Christmas, if at least one gift per person doesn’t come from Shady Lane, there is disappointment. I’ve been shopping at this beautiful Boutique for over 35 years. The most gorgeous store in the area! Best jewelry and handcrafted items.”
Some of the internationally recognized designers at Shady Lane include Evelyn Knight, Holly Yashi, Firefly, Avolie Glass, Fire & Light, Lundberg Studios, Glass Eye Studio, Oberon Designs, David Rosales, Janice Girardi, and Trollbeads.
Exclusive, in the store, local artisans also include Lauren Tanimoto, Maria Torrey, Richard Dweck, Judi Eichler, Alainah McDonald, Rosalie Gerrans, Carol Kutsch, Sandi Morey, Diane Peterson, Diana Dutton, Perry Marlon, Celia Moreno and many more.
These names and more display their work at Shady Lane where long-time customers continue to shop and enjoy.
To see more of what Shady Lane has to offer, join them on Saturday October 1, 2016 from 11:30-5:30 for their Celebrating with Gratitude Event. Everything offered in their store will be 10-40% off in celebration of winning the Almanac’s Readers’ Choice Poll in three categories- Best Gifts, Jewelry, and Boutique, and for being accepted into the Palo Alto’s Weekly’s Best of Hall of Fame (Best in Palo Alto 5 years in a row). At the event you can look forward to meeting many of the Shady Lane artisans, and enjoy refreshments and drawings for gift certificates.
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Company Name: Shady Lane Gallery
Contact Person: Alice Deutscher
Country: United States