Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Christian Brennan opened her lifestyle store at 363 State St. Sept. 29. The shop offers a variety home items, including furnishings.
People can sometimes talk their friends into doing out-of-the-ordinary things. In the case of State Street’s newest business owner, Christian Brennan, a friend talked her into doing what she’s done for most of her career.
When Brennan closed her children’s retail store, Le Cirque des Enfants in Menlo Park, earlier this summer, a good friend pointed to Los Altos and suggested opening a new retail store downtown.
That friend was local business owner Mary Heffernan, proprietor of Bumble, Play! Los Altos and the soon-to-open Area 151 arcade. Brennan, who opened her first retail store – Menlo Park clothing boutique Pink Tangerine – as a college student, was ultimately convinced and opened the doors to lifestyle store Christian Sept. 29.
“I’d come down (to downtown Los Altos) all the time to see Mary and to eat at Bumble,” said Brennan, explaining why she chose to open her store at 363 State St. “I’ve had a store for so long. You really get into it, and I thought I’d miss it (after closing Le Cirque des Enfants).”
Brennan, who also works as an interior designer, said her eponymously named store offers a mix of goods, such as furnishings and home decor to children’s retail items she often featured in Le Cirque des Enfants, to name a few.
“We have skin care and nail polish, baby things, it’s all over the map,” Brennan said with a chuckle. “It’s home furnishings, decor and gifts. It covers a lot of areas.”
Brennan noted that many of the items available in her store reflect her personal taste, as well as those of her interior-design clients.
“The theme for the store is sort of everything I buy for myself and my clients,” she said. “I have something from every line (featured in the store) in my house, too.”
Brennan noted that she aims to create a laid-back vibe in her new store as well – no pushy sales tactics – so that her customers can browse leisurely. She added that she’s excited to be a part of the business community in Los Altos, noting in comparison the ups and downs she’s witnessed along downtown Menlo Park’s Santa Cruz Avenue, where both of her previous retail stores were located.
“This could be a really amazing grouping of retailers,” Brennan said of the various businesses located in the core of downtown Los Altos. “I think it’s just fun to be in the beginning stages of something like this.”
For more information, visit www.christianlosaltos.com.