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What's Up in Downtown Burlingame

With a recent wave of openings—complementing an array of more established retailers—shopping in this Peninsula city is better than ever.


Style That Suits
Made-to-measure orders from Devan Vincent entail one-on-one consultations as well as custom patterns.

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Shine On 
Reverse ring, $299, by Jean Paul Gaultier at Swarovski.

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In Store
At Kit and Ace, performancewear hangs alongside art.

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When Devan Rosdahl was scouting sites for his menswear atelier last year, he was drawn to the balance between independent and large retailers that characterizes downtown Burlingame. “This mix allows a shopper to stop by the Apple store for a new iPad or phone, and walk right next door into a local business,” he observes. In November, Rosdahl opened the Devan Vincent showroom on Burlingame Avenue—a central location for his customers, many of whom live between San Francisco and Palo Alto, to experience his bespoke tailoring service.

And Rosdahl isn’t the only new kid on the block. Swarovski—the Austrian purveyor of crystal jewelry, accessories and home objects—debuted shortly before him. As did Kit and Ace, whose signature fabric, “technical cashmere,” is used in its luxury athleisure line.

“New businesses are popping up all the time and help increase foot traffic, which benefits us all,” says Lauren Podoll of The Podolls. The 3-year-old boutique that she runs with her husband, Josh, carries their in-house label alongside brands such as Lauren Manoogian, Chimala, Freda Salvador and Melissa Joy Manning. “Most of our clients are based on the Peninsula,” she adds, “but some drive from San Francisco or the East Bay to see us and enjoy an afternoon exploring the area.”

On Sundays, the farmers market provides another draw, while a trio of newcomers on the food and drink scene are also worth noting: the seafood eatery Oyster Boy Fish House; Nachoria, which specializes in nachos, tacos and beer; and the latest Silicon Valley outpost of Philz Coffee. Enjoy a Philharmonic medium-roast blend while strolling on Burlingame’s main thoroughfare and its side streets, taking in one charming spot after another.


Six Shops Not to Miss:
Whether your taste veers toward timeless or trendy, Burlingame has you covered.

Devan Vincent
At his showroom, proprietor Devan Rosdahl provides men’s tailoring services by appointment. 1375 Burlingame Ave.

Kit and Ace
Men and women alike can appreciate the technical performance clothing at this Vancouver-based retailer. 1215 Burlingame Ave.

Les Deux Copines
For more than a decade, locals have relied on LDC for the hottest labels—think Isabel Marant and The Great. 1433 Burlingame Ave.

The Podolls
The original Podolls shop carries its own label as well as other cool designers. 251 Primrose Road

Sam Malouf
A bright-orange door beckons shoppers; inside, they’ll fi nd high-end brands for men and women. 1460 Burlingame Ave.

The company’s signature crystals adorn an array of accessories, from watches to statement necklaces. 1405 Burlingame Ave.


Originally published in the March issue of Silicon Valley

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