Debbi Fields opened her first cookie store as Mrs Fields’ Chocolate Chippery in Palo Alto on August 18th, 1977 in the Liddicoats Market food mall at 340 University Avenue, where the Apple store stands today.
The popularity of the store’s freshly baked cookies grew, and in 1979 a second location was opened at Pier 39 in San Francisco. The business expanded to a chain of over 700 US and international corporate and franchise stores by the late 1990s.
A bronze statue of Nikola Tesla stands on Birch Avenue in Palo Alto at the intersection with Sheridan Avenue.
The statue of the Serbian-American engineer and inventor was sculpted by Terry Guyer following a crowdfunding campaign and was unveiled December 7th, 2013.
The statue serves as a free public wi-fi hotspot and also contains a time capsule to be opened on January 7th, 2043.