>Hidden gems in Fremont

>After the Noodle Group lunch in Fremont today I did some underground shopping.

It involved finding the alley just east of the statue of Lenin, and following signs for Stickman coffee into a large lobby. Start with a rich, creamy espresso at Stickman (owned by the fellow who is the current North American champion barista), then walk down the hall to two windowless boutiques. The first one on your right is a brand new shoe store; it doesn’t have a sign yet, but it does have Corso Como shoes, reasonably priced high fashion shoes that are astonishingly comfortable. Just beyond the shoe store is the amusingly named Impulse boutique, where dresses cost $250 – $500, and high-end materials and elegant European styling justify the prices.

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