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Editor’s note: We’re highlighting holiday gift ideas that can be purchased in Menlo Park. Designated downtown parking lots have extended holiday hours — up to three hours.

When we interviewed Graciana owner Diana Ferrari earlier this year, she commented how black remains a favorite customer color. But for the holiday season, the store has some potential gift items in luscious brown. Price points are $69 for the leather fringe bag, $150 for the hand knit scarf, and $336 for the leather jacket. Graciana is located at 883 Santa Cruz Avenue.

Photo by Irene Searles

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HOME isn’t just about interior furnishings – there are gifts, too

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Editor’s note: We’re highlighting holiday gift ideas that can be purchased in Menlo Park. Designated downtown parking lots have extended holiday hours — up to three hours. Owned by interior designer Blair Morgan, HOME has graced the corner of Santa Cruz Avenue and Crane Street for just two years. And while most of the merchandise is […]

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Gitane owner Malika suggests accessories and jewelry as great holiday gifts

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Editor’s note: We’re highlighting holiday gift ideas that can be purchased in Menlo Park with the idea of shopping local. Designated downtown parking lots have extended holiday hours — up to three hours. Malika, who owns Gitane at 855 Santa Cruz Avenue, likes to point out that she has gift items for both mothers and daughters, in other […]

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Nancy Gilliland: Menlo Park’s very own chanteuse and pianist, performing the American songbook

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For many years cabaret singer Nancy Gilliland was a fixture in downtown Palo Alto, playing at Cafe Fino for 19 years, so we were surprised to find out that Menlo Park is her hometown. “I’ve lived here  since 1988,” she said. “My husband had a house here. I came West from Atlanta where I worked for Western […]

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M-A surpasses canned food drive goal, breaks records

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This year M-A broke records by raising just over 201,475 can, exceeding the Canned Food Drive goal of 200,000 cans, which “was set to be outrageous,” notes leadership teachers Jonathan Senigaglia and Mike Amoroso. “I’m really proud of the school. People sometimes say that M-A doesn’t have a lot of spirit, but I point to […]

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Gifts galore for dogs and cats at The Pet Place

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Editor’s note: We’re highlighting holiday gift ideas that can be purchased in Menlo Park. Designated downtown parking lots have extended holiday hours — up to three hours. For  over two decades, The Pet Place (777 Santa Cruz Avenue) has been providing a wide variety of staples for discerning dogs and cats as well as supplies for […]

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Lee Murphy makes sure Kicks offers a wide range of apparel at various prices

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Editor’s note: We’re highlighting holiday gift ideas that can be purchased in Menlo Park. Designated downtown parking lots have extended holiday hours — up to three hours. Customers know when they walk into Kicks ( 1060 Evelyn St.) that they’ll get good advice from owner Lee Murphy. She’s shared her knowledge about clothing and accessorizing for […]

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Quintessance holiday decor is on sale – for the very last time

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Editor’s note: We’re highlighting holiday gift ideas that can be purchased in Menlo Park. Designated downtown parking lots have extended holiday hours — up to three hours. Quintessance (889 Santa Cruz Avenue) opened about a decade ago as an antique shop. It morphed over the years into the go-to place for Halloween, Christmas and Easter decor. But bulletin […]

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Ellen Mouchawar, committed volunteer librarian at San Francisco 49ers Academy, is hoping people will donate books this holiday season

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Atherton resident Ellen Mouchawar remembers well the first time she looked at what was described as the “library” at the San Francisco 49ers Academy, a public school for 6th to 8th graders in East Palo Alto supported by a private, nonprofit agency. “It was a storage shed filled with junk,” she recalls, sitting in what […]

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Someone turned the spigot on in Menlo Park – and the rain continues

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Update as of 3:30 pm, Saturday, Dec. 13 from Bill Russ: “Lo and behold an additional .1″.  Now 11.25″ season-to-date. To my surprise I am higher than the SF Airport.” Update as of 2:00 pm, Friday, Dec. 12 from Bill Russ: “Just found an additional .2″ bringing my season-todate total to 11.15″. Update as of 7:00 […]

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Barbara von Haunalter is featured artist in December at Portola Art Gallery

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How Does Your Garden Grow, watercolor paintings by Barbara von Haunalter created in and around the Bay Area, is the featured exhibit at Portola Art Gallery in December. Barbara, a resident of Los Altos Hills, enjoys painting on location with the Peninsula Outdoor Painters and the Half Moon Bay Painters. Her impressionistic work includes interpretations […]

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