Saving the Allied Arts Guild
Original post made by menlomomx2 on Jun 14, 2007
Jesse Cool, who has been such as strong supporter of the Guild and of the Woodside Atherton Auxiliary which runs it, was deeply disappointed not to be able to open her restaurant there because she could not cater from there due to the permit. Other options are being considered and something good will happen soon.
In the mean time, the stores are open from 10am - 5pm. The garden is beautiful, a true oasis of calm and worth a visit. While all the buzz is going on about what to do about Allied Arts, the Woodside Atherton Auxiliary (WAA) is focusing on preserving a beautiful historical neighborhood landmark, and raising money for the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. WAA's Tally Ho raised more than $120,000 for the hospital last year, and this year's Tally Ho is shaping up to be a great event.
So, if you want to save the Allied Arts Guild - a cherished historical landmark created in 1929 to showcase the work of artisans, and since 1951 has supported the Children's Hospital (the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital receives all profits from Allied Arts Guild) - then visit the gardens, shop at the stores, and have fun attending the events - or even sign up to volunteer.
Interested? Find out more: Web Link
on Jun 16, 2007 at 10:09 am
MenloMomx2 seems to be whistling in the dark. She also must represent the Allied Arts Auxiliary since she sees nothing but "something good" happening soon. This doesn't sound like a plan to me. It sounds like they have no idea what's happening next, and are just crossing their fingers until the money runs out.
The tenants she lists are those shown on the Allied Arts web site. All would probably do well in Carmel, or the Napa Valley, or in an outlet mall where there was heavy foot traffic and many, many stores to attract a large number of people. But Allied Arts has no foot traffic. Just go there during the week and see for yourself. Of the 13 tenants listed, two are architects, one is a woodshop, one sells soap, two are jewelers, one makes floral decorations, two are art galleries, one is a potter, and two are specialty shops. The other shop is run by the auxiliary. How long can these retailers last with no continuous foot traffic. Most of them have small inventories, and are not likely to have a rotating stock to bring back repeat clients unless sales are very good.
There's a reason that Filoli and Gamble Gardens don't have retail stores. People don't come to formal gardens to shop! But they do come to enjoy good food and to admire the flowers and plantings. Without a good restaurant to draw regular visitors, there is no compelling "shopping" reason for people to come to Allied Arts. The Palo Alto-run restaurant brought as many as 200 people a day for lunch. The diners then became potential shoppers. I'd guess that without the restaurant, the complex is lucky to see 200 visitors a week.
Neighbors (and tenants) have a right to be nervous with MenloMomx2's Pollyanna approach to the future of the Allied Arts Guild. There has to be a more specific plan, one that includes a restaurant to bring in regular foot traffic for lunch. (Breakfast and coffee don't make any sense at all.)
So, MenloMomx2, what's really the plan for the complex? We'd all like a few more specifics.
on Jun 16, 2007 at 1:27 pm
I think a restaurant or cafe that is available not only for lunch but also for "coffee" or "tea" get-togethers would be popular. The site needs more than just diners at a single seating at lunchtime. Because the setting is lovely and interesting, this would be a wonderful alternative to the hub bub of Starbucks and Peets. It also then could be a nice stop on a local tour.
on Jun 20, 2007 at 10:43 pm
menlomomx2 is confused about the history of Allied Arts. In 1932 the Palo Alto Auxiliary started lunch service at Allied Arts which was the beginning of support to the Children's Hospital from that site. Woodside-Atherton Auxiliary did not become associated with Allied Arts until 1951 when the property was deeded to them.
At the present time my heart goes out to the Davide Bigazzi Studio, the Edith Schneider Jewelry & Accessories, Flair, La Bottega, Orapa Gallery of Wearable Arts, the Portola Art Gallery, Renaissance Spirit, Special Handling Pottery, and Susan's Soap. Many of these tenants expressed great concern about their future when PAA lost their lease because the restaurant was critical to attracting visitors to the complex.