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Cheeky Monkey Toys is celebrating its 18th anniversary and inviting locals to join in the fun on Sunday, July 15, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The celebration will include prizes, balloons, games, face painting, crafts, and more.

Owned by husband-and-wife team Anna and Dexter Chow, Cheeky Monkey Toys started in a 900-square-foot store with three employees. They expanded to its current location (640 Santa Cruz Ave.), a space over four times the size, in 2007. They now employ a team of 14 people during most of the year and up to 21 during the holidays. The store has made giving back a priority by donating over $20,000 annually to local schools, children’s hospitals and non-profit organizations serving youth.

Cheeky Monkey Toys has also won many awards over the years, including community recognition through numerous readers’ choice awards from local newspapers; local recognition from the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce with the Golden Acorn for Business Excellence in 2011; and industry recognition from the Western Toy and Hobby Representative Association’s Retailer of the Year in 2016.

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Spotted: Colorful Fleet Feet runners participate in Rainbow Run

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Yesterday, Lisa Taggart and Jim Gothers, owners of Fleet Feet in downtown Menlo Park, hosted a Rainbow Run to celebrate diversity and inclusivity as part of Pride Month. About 45 runners wore bright and colorful clothing for the flat 4.5 mile run through the city. Post run, the gathered for some drinks and snacks behind […]

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Kasumisou Gallery’s hand-smocked girls dress offered at pop-up store the next three Sundays

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This month Kasumisou Gallery is staging a pop-up shop offering their beautiful, hand-smocked girls’ cotton dresses for summer.  The pop-up will be on the corner of Santa Cruz Ave. and Chestnut Street from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on the next three Sunday mornings (June 17 and 24 and July 1). Kasumisou Gallery is a Menlo Park […]

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Carrie and Colin Jenkins bid good-by to Menlo Park, but their store, Occasions, etc…, will continue virtually

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The most Menlo of all Menlo downtown merchants — Carrie and Colin Jenkins both grew up here and they’ve raised three children here — are soon packing up and leaving the retail store, Occasions, etc…, they’ve operated for 26 years. Friday, June 8, will be the start of their final clearance sale. At the end of […]

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Temple Grandin talks about her new book at Kepler’s Literary Foundation event

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In an appearance sponsored by Kepler’s Literary Foundation, Dr. Temple Grandin was in Menlo Park last week talking about her latest book, Calling All Minds, and her life in general, taking questions from a sold-out audience that included elementary and middle school children at the Hillview Performing Arts Center. The author of numerous books, Temple […]

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Come join Cheeky Monkey Toys, and celebrate at two upcoming events

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Cheeky Monkey Toys in Menlo Park (640 Santa Cruz Avenue) invites you to two upcoming events: our Earth Day Celebration, and our May Day Celebration. On Sunday, April 22, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, join us outside the store for Earth Day, and paint Kindness Rocks to share with your friends and family. Be […]

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Spotted: “Shop local” sign going up on Santa Cruz Avenue

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This Saturday, Nov. 25, is Small Business Saturday, a reminder to do your holiday shopping right here in Menlo Park. InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most captured the moment when the banner went up across Santa Cruz Avenue on Tuesday. InMenlo has covered lots of local businesses in the past. Photo by Robb Most (c)2017

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Arthur Flegel approaches his 100th birthday

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We had the pleasure of visiting with Arthur Flegel in advance of his 100th birthday, which will be marked with a gathering of some 80 family and friends on August 6. The man who, along with wife Cleora, brought furniture to downtown Menlo Park with the opening of Flegel’s Home Furnishings in 1954, is in somewhat frail […]

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Cathy Bitler brings her background in science to making handcrafted soaps

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Most of Cathy Bitler’s professional career was spent in the lab. As a biochemist, she worked at companies involved in finding new drug therapies for stubborn-to-treat medical conditions. Today, her focus is on more immediate gratification through her handcrafted soaps, lotions, and scrubs made in her Menlo Park home. Her journey to soap maker started, somewhat […]

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Do your holiday shopping right here in Menlo Park

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Each year, we try to spotlight some of the great merchants offering a plethora of holiday gifts right here in Menlo Park. And thanks to long-standing, InMenlo contributing photographers, Irene Searles and Scott R. Kline, we’ve been able to profile many of these merchants – and showcase their wares – over the years. We do […]

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Menlo Park-based Kasumisou Gallery opens pop up store December 8-10

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Kasumisou Gallery is a Menlo Park-based online retail business, owned by longtime Menlo Park residents Mark Rosasco and Clare Warner. For holiday purchases, they will be opening a pop-up shop for three days in December — December 8, 9, 10 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm — at 1148 Chestnut (just behind Ace Hardware). Emails Clare: “We […]

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