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Editor’s note: Colin Jenkins submitted this post. InMenlo profiled Occasions, etc…co-owners Carrie and Colin — who grew up in Menlo Park and who still live here — in  2012.

Started in our Menlo Park garage as Menlo-Atherton Trophy in April of 1992 selling trophies and awards, Occasions, etc… is proud to celebrate 25 years in business on April 15, 2017.

Over the years, we moved from our home to a small storefront on Santa Cruz Avenue to our much larger storefront at 826 Santa Cruz in 2006.

Changing our name in 2005 was our way of emphasizing that we had grown into more than a store that offered trophies, awards and engraving.

We now specialize in engraving and embroidery — most done in house — and are also known as the place downtown for cool baby gifts.

Our great customers and the friends we’ve made while we have been in business have truly enriched our lives, and we love opening our doors every day. We hope to be serving Menlo Park for many more years to come.

Photo by Irene Searles (c) 2012

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Spotted: Foster’s Freeze in Menlo Park under lock up

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We’ve been saying good bye to Foster’s Freeze in Menlo Park for two years now. The big sign is long gone and the stripped down shell of a building gets more and more forlorn looking. The latest chapter is the installation of construction fence, all to make way for the building’s demolition. As previously reported […]

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The former Roger Reynolds Nursery set to meet the wrecking ball

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Menlo Park Historical Association member Jim Lewis emailed: “The guillotine is falling. It’s the end of the road for the endeared local historical property formerly known as the Roger Reynolds Nursery, along with its iconic Carriage House [shown with adjacent dumpster]. “You may wish to take your own photos, documenting one piece of Menlo Park’s […]

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Judy Adams gathers signatures to save the Guild Theatre in Menlo Park

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Across the street from the Farmers Market this morning, Menlo Park resident Judy Adams (left in photo) was gathering signatures to save the Guild Theater, which she recently discovered was on a month-to-month lease. “Having an old single-screen movie theatre in Menlo Park – which once had three – may be considered a cultural dinosaur, what with […]

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Three Menlo Park icons all soon to disappear, but it’s the people we do – and will – miss

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So, I add my voice to the many who lament on Do You Remember the Old Menlo Park, that icons we grew up with are, in rather quick order, going, going, gone. Yes, the building on the former Roger Reynolds property that once housed Edy’s Ice Cream is lovely and quaint, but the truth is […]

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SLAC’s historic linac turns 50 and gets a makeover

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Since the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park powered up its “linac” half a century ago, the 2-mile-long particle accelerator has driven a large number of successful research programs in particle physics, accelerator development and X-ray science. Now, the historic particle highway is getting a makeover that will pave the way […]

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Rocky Horror Picture Show continues to draw audience at monthly Guild screening

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The Guild Theater in downtown Menlo Park continues to present screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show on the first Saturday of every month at midnight. With live shadow casting by The Bawdy Caste (pictured top), a non-profit theater group, The Rocky Horror Picture Show features lively pre-show entertainment and an interactive movie-viewing experience. Despite its […]

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Beltramo’s will close doors, property to be sold

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As reported by Barbara Woods on Almanac Online today, Beltramo’s, one of the few remaining Menlo Park landmark businesses, will be closing its doors and selling the property, which commenters suggest is worth more than the business itself. The owners are retiring. According to the book about Menlo Park, Beyond the Gate, the first Beltramo’s opened in […]

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Kepler’s book store receives Sustainability Award from San Mateo County

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Emails Praveen Madan: “I am very pleased to share that Kepler’s has won a significant award for our work on transforming the bookstore into a sustainable cultural institution. Sustainable San Mateo County (SSMC) recently selected Kepler’s from many qualified nominations to receive their Sustainability Award. This exclusive award recognizes businesses, community groups, and individuals in […]

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Public can tour SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory twice a month beginning in April

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Beginning in April, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park will offer free public tours, which last approximately 90 minutes and include a visit to the lab’s two-mile-long linear accelerator, now driving the world’s brightest X-ray source. Tours are offered twice a month, by registration only, which opens on the last Friday of the previous month. Registration […]

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Hey Menlo Park: This week is last opportunity to visit Sunset’s wonderful gardens

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One Menlo Park resident, who also is a Sunset employee, alerted us about this post by Erika Ehmsen, also a Sunset employee: “As we begin boxing up our Cliff May ranch house in preparation for our dual moves to Oakland’s Jack London Square and Sonoma’s Cornerstone, we’ll be closing the gates to Sunset‘s gardens on […]

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