With the growth and expansion of Silicon Valley technology industries, small businesses are having difficulty finding space and funding. Verde takes a look at rising competition and city government protection of Palo Alto's small business community.
It's nearly 10 p.m. on a Friday night and I’m immersed in a mob of excited people surrounding Palo Alto’s next big thing: CREAM, a newly-opened walk-in restaurant dedicated to the creation of ice cream sandwiches to satisfy our sweet tooth. Expanding to Palo Alto this past summer, CREAM, which now has three locations and counting in California, was an instant hit. Who knew a tiny specialized Berkeley-originating restaurant could attract a two-hour-long line every night since its opening? I certainly didn’t.