June 20, 2016
By: Ryan Mathews, Marketing Manager, JLL
On the lookout for somewhere new or different to take an out-of-town client for a formal or informal meeting in Silicon Valley? Here are a few suggestions, moving up the Valley from San Jose:
Original Joe’s, San Jose
Informal. Downtown San Jose has changed considerably over the last 60 years but one fixture that hasn’t is Original Joe’s. Now in its 60th year, Original Joe’s was reputedly the first restaurant to bring ‘San Francisco Dining’ to the South Bay. Founded by members of the Rocca family, who opened Original Joe’s on Taylor Street in San Francisco in 1937, the restaurant is often busy and can get noisy so you may want to forego food and hang out in the bar. Bring your client here or a slice of old San Jose
San Pedro Square Market, San Jose
Want to show an investor – or prospective tenant – that there is life in downtown San Jose? Take them to the San Pedro Square Market, which sits on the site of the old city of San Jose and has more than 20 restaurants, bars, cafes and shops and features live music on many nights of the week. The Market sits next to two of San Jose’s most historic buildings: the Fallon House, built in the 1850’s; and the Peralta Adobe, built in 1797 by a member of the same Spanish expedition which founded Mission Dolores (later San Francisco) and the last remaining building from the original El Pueblo de San Jose de Guadelupe.
Apple Store, Cupertino
At last count, there were 479 Apple Stores in 18 countries around the world, so why take your client to the Cupertino location? Well, it’s the only Apple Store located on Apple’s campus at One Infinite Loop in Cupertino. Redesigned and reopened just last year, the store sells products you’ll find in any Apple retail store but also offers some branded items you can’t find elsewhere such as T-shorts, water bottles and notebooks (of the paper variety).
The Stanford University campus has many great things to see and experience – but assuming your client isn’t an alum – consider a climb (there’s an elevator) to the observation deck on the 14th floor of the Hoover Tower for a panoramic view of the campus and beyond. The tower also houses memorabilia related to the 35th President, Herbert Hoover and his First Lady, Lou Henry. The more expansive Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit is nearby. If your client appreciates art, the Cantor Arts Center offers one of the best collections in Northern California.
Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel, Menlo Park
Here’s a more formal – and traditional – suggestion for a client meeting. The Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel is one of the standout business hospitality locations in Northern California and if you want to get a real ‘feel’ for the Valley, this is the place to visit. Former US Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice (now lecturing at Stanford) has been known to watch the sunset from the deck at Rosewood’s Madera restaurant and you may bump into Tiger Woods or Tom Watson if you arrange with the concierge to pay a round of golf at the nearby Stanford Golf Course.