I have been meaning to write an old school plug for Aaron Biner’s Premier Boutique in Palo Alto, on Ramona next to Coupa Cafe and across from The Old Pro.
They have a promotion for Puma with a picture of Walt “Clyde” Frasier in the window. They also have a signed “Clyde” basketball. Partially owing to the fact that my good friend the neuropathologist Dr. Brian Moore has relocated to Springfield, Illinois, I have had a Walt Frazier jones going for a while (although, it turns out that Southern Illinois Salukis actually play in the distant Carbondale Campus and people in Springfield more likely root for the Illini of University of Illinois).
Aaron Biner and his assitant store manager Nes helped me find a pair of Clydes that make me look cool. Cool enough, as I noted in previous post “Shields and Yarn: a review of “Reality Hunger’ to crash the Picasso opening at the De Young severely under-dressed.
Nes says she also works for San Jose Giants in concessions. We agreed that the churros are top notch — something I recall from too long ago, but am relieved is still true.
(Note: I have to admit or reveal that they gave me $1o or ten percent off or so on my Puma’s. I don’t feel too bad in that it seems they had been sending various email and social media discounts and sales notifications to their prospective customers. Nes also shot a nice portrait of me in my “new shoes glee” look, using an instant camera that seems to be filling the void left by the demise of Poloroid).
edit to add, eight years and eight days later: Aaron moved his store to San Mateo. I rarely wear the black Pumas. I loved the Picasso show. Have not been back to San Jose Giants, nor had their churros again. But the big news: Aaron gifted me the autographed ball, and I added signatures by Mildred Howard, Marcus Shelby and then-mayor Sid Espinosa. I will try to swede that in.