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How Stanford Shopping Center keeps up with Silicon Valley

August 8, 2018

When it comes to leasing, Simon’s Stanford Shopping Center reflects the innovation of the Silicon Valley tech startups that surround it, with its super-interactive Apple store and its Tesla showroom.

Next month Habbi Habbi, a pop-up offering toys, books on parenting, language-learning tools and other educational merchandise, will use a space decked out like a living room where children can try out the wares, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

High-tech tenants include Apple and Tesla (Photo: Stanford Shopping Center)

“We consider it the intersection of museum, which is about discovery, with the playroom, combined with home, which is ultimately comforting,” said Hanna Chiou, co-founder of the concept along with Anne-Louise Nieto, speaking to the newspaper. “And being the center of innovation in Silicon Valley, whether we’re testing different education models or learning models or retail models, it’s the right place to be.”

Chiou and Nieto, both from Palo Alto, Calif., are former business consultants as well as mothers. 

“We consider it the intersection of museum, which is about discovery, with the playroom, combined with home”

“In the way that smartphone users update their apps,” the newspaper reports, "Habbi Habbi marks the latest in a series of Stanford center upgrades — from new stores, fitness boutiques and restaurants, to outdoor furniture and better Wi-Fi — that are helping the 62-year-old outdoor mall to keep pace with the dizzying demographic changes around it."

By Edmund Mander

Director, Editor-In-Chief/SCT

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