Archive of Linda Hubbard Gulker

Linda Hubbard Gulker first moved to Menlo Park a really long time ago (long enough that she started kindergarten at Hillview School and graduated there from 8th grade in the days it was a K-8). Following her four years at Menlo-Atherton High School, she went “SoCal” to attend UCLA and stayed too long in the Southland. She moved back to Menlo Park 20 years ago to find some things had changed – and some things remained the same. When she’s not blogging or taking snapshots for InMenlo, she’s jogging the Dish or other nearby hills.

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We stopped in at Trader Joe’s on Menlo Avenue today and discovered the food chain was celebrating its 50th anniversary this weekend.

That made us feel a little smug as we knew TJ’s way before the Bay Area was blessed by its presence. In the early 70s we shopped at the original Trader Joe’s on Arroyo Parkway in Pasadena and well as the one on Mission Avenue in South Pasadena.

Here’s a little history of the early years, courtesy of Wikipedia:

“Trader Joe’s is named after its founder, Joe Coulombe. The chain began in 1958 as a Greater Los Angeles area chain of Pronto Market convenience stores. The original Pronto Markets were so similar to 7-Eleven that Coulombe felt the competition with 7-Eleven would be ruinous.

“Coulombe is said to have developed the idea of the Trader Joe’s South Seas motif while on vacation in the Caribbean. The Tiki culture fad of the 1950s and 1960s was fresh in the cultural memory, and Trader Vic’s was at its height with 25 locations worldwide. He had noticed that Americans were traveling more and returning home with tastes for food and wine they had trouble satisfying in supermarkets of the time.

“The first store branded as “Trader Joe’s” opened in 1967. This store, on Arroyo Parkway in Pasadena, California, remains in operation. In the first few decades of operation, some of the stores offered fresh meats provided by butchers who leased space in the stores. Trader Joe’s at one time had sandwich shops, freshly cut cheese and freshly squeezed orange juice.”

The other thing we remember about the two TJs in SoCal, where we were living at the time, was high end wine at great prices, handy for impromptu wine tasting parties.

Bonus points to folks who remember what was at Trader Joe’s current Menlo Park location before it became TJs.

Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2017

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Spotted: Cyclists enjoying the camaraderie of the 2017 Tour de Menlo

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The 2017 edition of the Tour de Menlo is in the books. Participants choose 35-, 45- or 65-mile routes that began and ended at Menlo-Atherton High School. All stopped at the rest stop at the Steven Creek’s Sycamore Grove. Participant Dennis Nugent, who took these photos, said: “This is my 5th year and it’s always […]

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Oysterette is new dining option at Flea Street Cafe in Menlo Park

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Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series spotlighting the special features of local restaurants that may not be obvious or well-known. If you think one of your favorite Menlo Park restaurants qualifies, please email us at tips[a]inmenlo.com. While not an employment criteria, there does seem to be a trend for servers and chefs […]

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It’s a celebration of smart mobility and Menlo Park’s birthday at 11th annual downtown block party

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Vehicles abounded — many of them electric — at last night’s 11th annual downtown block party on Santa Cruz Avenue, sponsored by the City and the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce. The theme was “Menlo on the Move,” and the emphasis was on “smart mobility.” A side street featured a line of electric cars available for test […]

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Photographer Betsy Sergeant Snow captures the sights at Strideaway Farms

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The InMenlo team recently visited horse trainer and riding instructor Nancy Hey at her facility Strideaway Farms in Menlo Park. Beyond capturing what Nancy was doing that day, InMenlo contributing photographer Betsy Sergeant Snow cast her camera lens at other scenes at the riding academy. We present a few of our favorites here.

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Sunflowers brighten up Robin Tobias’s Menlo Park yard

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InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most was at it again, this time photographing sunflowers at the west side of Menlo in Robin Tobias’s yard. (Last month Robb photographed the sunflower forest in Art Scott and Cindy Sumida-Scott’s backyard in the FairOaks neighborhood of Menlo Park.) Robin sent us an email about this year’s garden:  “I planted […]

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Rooftop bar and eatery in Menlo Park provides bird’s-eye views both east and west

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Editor’s note: This is the third in a series spotlighting the special features of local restaurants that may not be obvious or well-known. If you think one of your favorite Menlo Park restaurants qualifies, please email us at tips[a]inmenlo.com. As we took two seats at the bar, we looked down in one direction and watched a […]

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Spotted: Young princess dancers among a sea of older dancers

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The Steely Dan tribute band Aja Vu played at Fremont Park tonight. It brought out the usual kid dancers, and we spotted two Menlo Park princesses. Now some who live with women who grew up in Menlo Park would call any female raised here “a princess.” But that was only half the story. What we […]

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Visit Lee’s Bees – and the kids behind the project – this Saturday at Cafe Zoë

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We were lucky enough to get a preview this afternoon of Lee’s Bees, a project that two Menlo Park kids — 10-year-old Heather and her 12-year-old brother, Jason — have been working on this summer, under the guidance of their grandmother, Sandy Lee, who lives next door to her grandchildren. The young bee keepers tend […]

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Accomplished equestrian Nancy Hey looks back on her long career and her association with the Menlo Charity Horse Show

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While riding instructor and horse trainer Nancy Hey no longer competes in shows, she’s doing the next best thing — preparing horses and ponies to be at their best for their riders during lessons and in the show ring. Nancy is the founder of Strideaway Farms located down a long and winding road in Menlo Park that most […]

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The Rev. Ama Zenya hosts a Village Hub for Woodside residents

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One of the things that the Rev. Ama Zenya heard when she first came to Woodside Village Church in 2015 was that people felt Woodside didn’t have a community gathering place. “Parents at Woodside School felt a strong sense of community, but when their kids graduated and went on to high school, they lost it,” she […]

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