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The walls are lined with names like Rolex and Cartier, but what makes this jewelry store unique is the large collection of timeless estate jewelry, some of which dates back well into the 19th century.

Gleim the Jeweler, a family-owned business established in 1931, was one of the first jewelry stores to specialize in estate jewelry. Today, it is one of the premier and most exclusive jewelers in the country.

“For decades now, we’ve been a part of marriages and celebrations of many Palo Alto citizens, and that is really special,” says Georgie Gleim, President of Gleim Jewelers and winner of the Robert M. Shipley Award. Gleim’s has always been active in the community, supporting many nonprofit organizations, including the Rotary Club and the Peninsula Volunteers.

One of the few original stores in the Stanford Shopping Center, Gleim’s celebrates 80 years and three generations of ethics, honesty, and professionalism in the jewelry industry.

Printed in Fall 2011 issue of Made in Palo Alto Magazine

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They could trot the mile in less than 2 ½ minutes. Governor Leland Stanford’s trotting horses brought fame to his Palo Alto Stock Farm, setting over 10 world records in the late 19th century.

In 1876, Stanford purchased 650 acres along the San Francisquito Creek. One year later, against the advice of experts, he bought a stallion, Electioneer, who would go on to sire 166 colts, 13 of which became world champion trotters. Over the next 10 years, his property grew to over 8,000 acres of orchards, vineyards, stables, grazing lands, and training tracks. At its peak, the farm employed 150 workers and housed 600 horses.

The farm not only produced record-breaking horses, but also contributed to the development of motion pictures. English photographer Eadweard Muybridge set up a series of cameras along Stanford’s Palo Alto track and, with the help of a filly named Sallie Gardner, took 12 photos of the horse running along the track that proved that a horse has all four hooves off the ground during a gallop. These photos became icons in the equestrian world as well as in the realm of photography and motion pictures.

The Stock Farm officially closed in 1903, 10 years after Stanford’s death. “Today the Red Barn embraces much of its esteemed history,” says Vanessa Bartsch, Head Coach and Executive Director of Stanford’s Equestrian Team. “It has served as an integral part of Palo Alto’s development and heritage.”

Most of Stanford’s land has been consumed by other means, but the historic Red Barn, a large Victorian building that housed the famous trotters, still stands at Stanford University’s Equestrian Center. The wind compass that sits atop the barn can be seen above the Oak trees while driving along Campus Drive, and the memory of Electioneer is embodied in a statue of the famous stallion that stands at the gates to the Red Barn.

-Erin Peterson, 8/26/11

Printed in the Fall 2011 issue of Made in Palo Alto Magazine

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Lamborghini. Ferrari. Porsche. Cadillac. Maserati… These are only a few of the automobiles shown annually at the Palo Alto Councours D’Elegance, an event that features glamorous and exotic cars from the classic Model T to the Flathead Powered Hot Rods.

The event that began as El Palo Alto Concours in 1967, was nearly cancelled after sparse attendence the first year. Established as a nonprofit fundraiser for the Palo Alto Host Lions Club Charities, it actually lost funds that year. However, with help from dedicated community leaders, the show continued to launch more successful editions.

Over the next 30 years, the Concours moved around, from El Camino Park to Palo Alto High School to the fields next to the the Stanford Football Stadium. In 1996, glamorous exotics were announced as the Featured Marque, the first of which was Lamborghini. The registration chair, Gil Gilfax, was able to field 34 Lamborghinis, the largest grouping of Lamborghinis ever assembled.

The reputation of the Palo Alto Concours D’Elegance grew with the establishment of the Featured Marque, with cars like Porsche and Ferrari taking the title in following years. Since its inception, the Concours has raised close to $1.5 million for over 50 local charities within the community.

To mark its 45th anniversary on June 26 this year, it seemed only fitting that it would name Ford, the Godfather of American automobiles, as its American Marque, and BMW, a global leader in premium cars, as its European Marque.

Henry Ford forever changed the automobile industry with his assembly line approach to making cars. He continued to revolutionize transportation with his Flathead and V8 engines. Clyde Barrow, a famous criminal of the day, wrote a letter to Ford in 1932 praising him on the V8, which read, “For sustained speed and freedom from trouble, the Ford has got ever other car skinned and even if my business hasen’t been strickly legal it don’t hurt anything to tell you what a fine car you got in the V8.”

Similarly, BMW, or Bavarian Motor Works, has become an industry leader in luxury and innovation. An aircraft engine maker until the end of World War I, it cleverly shifted its attention to motorcycle and automobile production in the 1920s. Its legendary six-cylinder engine and low, sleek sports car are models for excellence.

The many vintage automobiles, from as far back as 1916, attracted more than 6,000 spectators this year and all profits benefited the American Diabetes Association as well as many other local charities in the community.

The field fluttered that Sunday with car enthusiasts, admiring the way the cars shone in the afternoon sun. The rumbling engines of racecars and hot rods were like music to their ears. And the latest in green car technology left them in awe and awaiting next year’s Palo Alto Concours D’Elegance.

-Erin Peterson, 8/26/11

Printed in the Fall 2011 issue of Made in Palo Alto Magazine

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On a hot summer day, a child might take a piece of chalk to draw a flower, a space ship, or a rainbow. But for the artists at the Italian Street Painting Expo at the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, chalk isn’t just kid stuff.

On August 27 and 28, the asphalt on Tasso Street between University and Lytton provides the canvas for 50 chalk artists who create astounding images, from styles of the Renaissance to Modern Art. “It is amazing to me how people come from all over the place,” said Paula Sandas, CEO of the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce. “And you get to see the artists at work drawing these amazing paintings.”

The Festival, now 30 years in the making, showcases the work of over 300 fine artists along University Avenue in downtown Palo Alto, from sculptures made from recycled materials and paintings made with oils and acrylics to fine jewelery, photography, fiber, ceramics, and decorative glass. “It has really become a real destination point,” said Claudette Mannina, the festival’s marketing director.

With two stages of entertainment and streetcorner musicians along with gourmet food, fine wines, and microbrews provided by the Kiwanis Club, the Festival of the Arts has become one of the most popular events of the year, attracting over 150,000 people over two days.

For most of these visitors, the word ‘sculpture’ usually evokes a sense of stillness and immovability; however, Andrew Carson’s Sculpture Garden on Cowper Street will challenge those senses with his kinetic sculptures. Carson, an artist from Seattle, Washington, creates wind sculptures with cast glass, hammered copper, and wielded steel. With some over six feet tall, his colorful pieces of art turn the wind’s energy into balance and motion.

Sponsored by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce and the City of Palo Alto, the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts sets the stage for fine art festivals all over the west coast. With one-of-a-kind works one can find only at a select few events, who wouldn’t want to stroll down University Avenue on a warm Saturday afternoon, sipping on a glass of fine wine and listening to the musings of an acoustic guitar while reflecting on a brooding artist’s life’s work?

“This festival is definitely one to come to,” says Sandas. “It is the highest quality art festival in the area.”

-Erin Peterson 8/26/11

Printed in the Fall 2011 issue of Made in Palo Magazine

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