The most popular shopping strip in the area of Palo Alto, Stanford University and Menlo is the Stanford Shopping Center. With its open air design and beautiful landscapes, gardens and fountains give its visitors a warm and relaxing shopping experience.
The top destination stores are Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Ralph Lauren, Abercombie and Fitch, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Lacoste, Apple, Louis Vitton, Coach and more than a hundred specialty and high end establishments. It is also the primary destination for dining with its world class restaurants like PF Changs, California Pizza Kitchen, Max's Opera Cafe, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar and many more. It is also the only location in the bay area that houses the famous Sprinkles Cupcakes store. Being situated in the heart of the silicon valley, its main clientele are nearby technology, web and software offices, students and high profile subdivisions and communities.
It was a great thrill to attend the 2012 US Golf Open at the famous and historic The Olympic Club here in the Bay Area. Having the chance to see, up close, the world's best professional golf players today as well as the newest and future masters of the game is an unforgettable experience.
The Olympic Club is an exclusive sports and golf club in San Francisco and has been in existence since 1860 and is known to be the oldest athletic club in the US. Since then, it has hosted 5 US Golf Opens (!955, 1966,1987,1998 and 2012). The famous players participating in this historic game are Tiger Wood, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Rory Mcllroy, Kevin Na, KJ Choi, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk and more.
Walmart is the biggest retail establishment in the US. It operates chains of big department and warehouse stores in 50 US states and 27 other countries, under different names. Walmart is obviously the blueprint for SM Department Stores in Manila. The blue theme is reminiscent of SM colors.
This is your complete one stop shop store where you can get anything you need from clothes, grocery, home products, hardware, toys and so on. Walmart is also known for its prices, which according to some is the lowest, compared to its competitors.
The Union Square is the major plaza of the city of San Francisco for public events and activities, private parties, concerts, art shows, public speeches as well as demonstrations and protests. It can be compared to our own Luneta Park in Manila or Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City. Union Square is right in the center of major department stores, boutiques, hotels, restaurants and tourist destinations in downtown San Francisco. To name a few events that are regularly held here are the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, Chinese New Year's Parade, St Patrick's Day Parade, Salvation Army's Celebrity Bell Ringing, Bay To Breakers and many more.
In this Hoiday season, the major attraction at Union Square is the Macy's Tree Lighting Event and the opening of the Ice Skating Rink. Locals and tourists never fail to drop by and visit Union Square and enjoy the festive mood and holiday promos of stores and shopping destinations - CBD
Conveniently located in San Leandro, around 28 minutes drive from San Francisco, is a fairly sized outlet center. It is home to 23 establishments, mostly popular retail outlets like Nordstrom Rack, AnnTaylor, Eddie Bauer, Nike Clearance, Esprit, Gap, Guess, Nine West and others. The center may not be as large as popular Bay area outlet centers like Gilroy or Vacaville, it is nearer and the stores here offers almost the same great deals and discounts. It is for thie reason that this place is a popular draw almost every weekend and holidays - CBD
Located 80 miles from San Francisco, Gilroy Premium Outlet is a factory shopping outlet which offers an impressive collection of 145 premium and branded shops. Only here can you find branded products in one shopping area like Coach, Polo Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, DKNY, Tommy Hilfiger, Ann Taylor, Calvin Klein, Kenneth Cole, Bass, Banana Republic and much much more. It is so far the largest outdoor outlet center in California. Divided into 4 blocks, it is so big, you would need to drive to from one building to another.
There are a number of convenient restaurants near the outlets as well as connections to tranportation (bus routes) and accomodations (hotels and inns) for those who would need more than a day to visit all the stores. Gilroy Premium Outlets is truly a shoppers haven and paradise - CBD
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Fisherman's Wharf is a must visit location in San Francisco. It is a world famous and historic tourist attraction that boasts some of the best diniing in the world, first class hotels, great shopping, popular tour programs and endelss entertainment. This is home to the best shrimp, lobster and crab dishes, regional wine favorites from Napa Valley and the legendary sourdough bread. The famous dining places in the area are Alioto's, Boudin, Bubba Gump Shrimp Factory, Castagnola's, Crab House at Pier 39, Fisherman's Grotto, Fog Harbor Fish House, Ghirardelli Square, the historic Buena Vista and more.
Fisherman's Wharf is also the launching point of many tours and cruises which is the best way to enjoy the views and waterfront of the Bay Area. You can see and visit Alcatraz, cruise underneath the Golden Gate, get into sports fishing, whale watching and more. You can also get around the area by renting bicycles, electric bikes, segway or by the classic cable cars.
Perhaps the most popular sight attraction here are the sea lions that gathers on the docks beside Pier 39. Other popular attractions found here are Anchorage Square, Aquarium By The Bay, The Wax Museum, Ripley's Belive It Or Not Museum, and other national / local museums and historical parks. Famous hotels that surrounds the Wharf are Hilton, Holiday Inn, Sheraton and Hyatt.
One day would not be enough to truly see and appreciate this place. Its one place that people would definitely not get tired of visiting - CBD
Costco is a familiar brand for most retail companies in the Philippines. Its business model and concept has been copied by popular supermarkets and department stores like Makro, Uniwide Sales, Shoppwise, SM and the almost identical, S&R Price Smart. Costco opened its first branch in 1976 under the name Price Club and in a converted airplane hangar in San Diego California. This started the warehouse type store design which retails all kinds of products from food to rtw, appliances and others, under one roof.
Costco, originally, was only catering to small business retailers for their wholesale pricing. But the company realized the potential of selling more for selected non business members. They started the exclusively "for members only" policy for retail. At present, Costco now has more than 430 outlets all over the US and in Mexico, Canada, UK, South Korea and Japan. Costco also showcases computers, electronics, flowers, jewelry, books, CDs and DVDs, pharmacy , hardware, furniture, automotive products and even gasoline for cars - CBD
The most popular shopping destination in San Bruno is the Shops At Tanforan. From the list of previous blogs on malls reviewed so far, this is the only mall that houses movie theaters, owned and operated by Century Theatres. In total, they have 20 screens, including XD digital and 3D theaters , inside this mall.
The Shops At Tanforan also offers the best in shopping with anchors like Sears, JC Penney, Barnes & Noble, PETCO and Target. Other popular stores inside are Old Navy, G By Guess, Hollister, Nine West, Victoria's Secret and Forever 21. When it comes to dining, they have BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse and Hooters. Further, this is only mall that has a bi-level food court featuring fastfood favorites like Panda Express, Starbucks, Andersen Bakery, Burger King, Coldstone Creamery, Great Steak and Potato, Mai Thai, Italia Express and for the pinoys, Jollibee Fastfood. For the Christmas season, just like other malls and department stores, they feature Santa Claus at the main atrium for kids who would like to tell Santa their christmas wishes and shoppers who would want to take pictures with him - CBD
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