PALO ALTO, Calif., March 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Seattle-based glassybaby today announced the opening date for its fourth Bay Area location, in the newly redeveloped Stanford Shopping Center. Palo Alto residents will have the opportunity to visit glassybaby's thoughtfully designed 'home sweet home' on Friday, April 1.
At just 503 square feet, glassybaby at Stanford Shopping Center boasts the brand's latest design aesthetic, including an acrylic front window featuring more than 100 glassybaby sitting on circular acrylic cut-outs, reused from the original sheet of acrylic to make the most of the material while producing minimal waste.
"We've wanted to better serve the Palo Alto community for a number of years, and I'm thrilled to open our newest store at Stanford Shopping Center as a way to do that," said glassybaby founder Lee Rhodes. "Our customers have so graciously made glassybaby part of their homes for fifteen years, so it's always nice when we have the ability to welcome them into ours. Just as importantly, we look forward to working with local charitable partners to have a meaningful impact in promoting health and healing throughout the surrounding area."
Simultaneously, they are launching their glassybaby color tour, a series of traveling pop-up shops, which will make 23 stops along Pacific coast between Monday, April 4, and Saturday, April 30. Those who participate in glassybaby color tour events will have the opportunity to purchase 'home sweet home,' a newly released peacock blue-hued glassybaby. Guests who visit the Palo Alto glassybaby store between April 1-29 will also be able to preorder 'home sweet home.' glassybaby color tour dates are as follows:
April 4, 2016 – Gig Harbor, WA
April 5, 2016 – Portland, OR
April 6, 2016 – Lake Oswego, OR
April 7, 2016 – Salem, OR
April 8, 2016 – Eugene, OR
April 9, 2016 – Ashland, OR
April 11, 2016 – Sacramento, CA
April 13, 2016 – San Diego, CA
April 14, 2016 – Laguna Beach, CA
April 15, 2016 – La Canada, CA
April 16, 2016 – Palm Springs, CA
April 18, 2016 – Newport Beach, CA
April 19, 2016 – San Marino, CA
April 20, 2016 – Santa Monica, CA
April 21, 2016 – Malibu, CA
April 23, 2016 – Agoura Hills, CA
April 24, 2016 – Montecito, CA
April 25, 2016 – Morro Bay, CA
April 26, 2016 – Carmel, CA
April 27, 2016 – Monterey, CA
April 28, 2016 – Santa Cruz, CA
April 29, 2016 – Los Gatos, CA
April 30, 2016 – Palo Alto, CA
In celebration of the new glassybaby store, the glassybaby color tour will make its final stop at Stanford Shopping Center on Saturday, April 30, with a special delivery of 'home sweet home' glassybaby, which will be allocated to and available for pick-up by those who preordered from the Palo Alto store and to those who visit on that Saturday. 'home sweet home' will be available for purchase in all glassybaby stores and online at glassybaby.com starting Sunday, May 1.
Following the glassybaby color tour, the tour van will head to its new home at the brand's glassblowing production studio, event space and retail location in Berkeley, CA. The glassybaby van will be available for in-home glassybaby 'road shows' and other Bay Area community events with charitable partners.
"The glassybaby color tour is our latest step to solidify the company's commitment to the expansion of the brand within the State of California," said glassybaby CEO Bill Cummings. "Californians are passionate about glassybaby, so we couldn't think of a better way to satisfy their growing demand than by bringing our color tour to numerous communities along the Pacific coast."
glassybaby expanded its brand into California in 2015 by opening four Bay Area stores located on Union Street and in the Ferry Building Marketplace in San Francisco, in Berkeley, and at Stanford Shopping Center. The Berkeley location is home to glassybaby's hot shop, which supplies all the one-of-a-kind hand-blown glass votives for each of the four Northern California stores, with rental space that is available for people to try their hand at glass blowing.
Rhodes, a three-time cancer survivor, founded Seattle-based glassybaby in 2001. During chemo treatments, she met fellow patients who could not afford basic needs such as bus fare, childcare or groceries. It quickly became the company's core mission to help alleviate these struggles. glassybaby's giving mission has since expanded to support hope and healing for people, animals and the environment. To date, glassybaby has donated more than $4.5 million to more than 350 organizations around the globe.
Ten percent of all glassybaby sold at Stanford Shopping Center through 2016 will support the Stanford Women's Cancer Center, Ronald McDonald House and Children's Health Council. glassybaby has also developed local partnerships with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, College Track and the Stanford Cancer Center Adolescent and Young Adult Program.
For more information about glassybaby and the glassybaby color tour, please visit glassybaby.com, follow along on Instagram at @glassybaby and @glassybabyroadshows, and their blog at glassybaby.com/community/blog/giving/the-glassybaby-color-tour.
glassybaby are one-of-a-kind hand-blown glass votives and drinkers made by glassblowers in Berkeley, CA and Seattle, WA. glassybaby come in 400+ colors, each with a unique name like 'sunshine', 'hope', 'gratitude', 'roots', 'home', 'bff' and 'frog hunting'.
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