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Big changes have happened at 1419 Park Street this past month. Once a full-line furniture store called “Pillow Park Plaza,” owners Frank and Debbie George have turned the building back into a mini mall and have given it a new name. “Park Street Plaza” is now emblazoned on the building in bright red lights.
Frank and Debbie are no strangers to change. Debbie says that they have changed their business a few times over the years to adapt to changing market trends.
Frank and Debbie started Pillow Park more than 40 years ago. They first had a small shop on Park Street and sold pillows — that’s why the business has been called “Pillow Park” all these years. They later moved to where Tomatina is currently located and sold waterbeds. In 1996, Debbie and Frank bought a small shopping mall at 1419 Park Street, converted it into one big furniture store, and called it “Pillow Park Plaza.”
After serving the community for many years, and as a result of the recession, Frank and Debbie decided to downsize. They are now in the process of turning the building back into a mini mall and are recruiting new businesses that they feel will fit nicely into the Park Street Business District and the Alameda community. Businesses that have been recruited so far include The Cupcake Shoppe and Lanvie (both now open).
Frank and Debbie continue to operate their own shop in the back of the plaza. They are presently redesigning one of the smaller spaces and plan to call it Bonne Vie. “We’re going to sell wine, cigars, and selected spirits. I want to have fun!” says Debbie. In the meantime, you can still find Pillow Park and a selection of mattresses and home accessories in the back of the remodeled plaza.
Stop by and see the newest changes at 1419 Park Street…
Lanvie had its formal grand opening on Customer Appreciation Day. The women’s boutique clothing store is located in the front space of the building and features its own line of dressy casual wear and office clothes for women. The selection includes blazers, tailored slacks, skirts, and blouses. The store also carries handcrafted necklaces and other accessories.
Chief designer Lan Liu created Lanvie after finishing fashion school. Her goal was to create a collection of creative, yet affordable, clothing with an international flair.
By incorporating in-house design and direct sourcing of high-end fabrics, Lanvie is able to bring innovative designs right to the store at a reasonable price. To compliment her vision, Lan Liu also chooses a handful of other collections and accessories to produce a fashion boutique with the same high-quality you will find in stylish department stores.
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