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It’s usually the big shopping day after Thanksgiving that gets all the publicity, but there is also Small Business Saturday on November 24, 2018!

To help support this initiative and make the term Small Business Saturday as popular as Black Friday, the City of Menlo Park is asking you to join millions of Americans to “shop small” at your favorite local stores and help fuel the Menlo Park economy.

This year marks the ninth Small Business Saturday. Last year on Small Business Saturday, Americans spent a combined $15.4 billion at independent neighborhood retailers and restaurants.

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Tian Mayimin brings artisan bread to the Menlo Park Farmers Market

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At last, there’s bread to buy at the Menlo Park Farmers Market. Very good bread baked in a Willows neighborhood kitchen that’s been certified by the County of San Mateo. The baker is Tian Mayimin, who we sat down with on a recent Sunday after what she’d brought to the market was sold out (as […]

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Lee’s Bees return to Cafe Zoë this Saturday with more honey products

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Heather and Jason, the two Willows neighborhood kids behind Lee’s Bees, make their second annual appearance at Cafe Zoë on August 18 from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm. They’re offering an expanded product list, all created — or inspired — from the honey made by bees in their grandmother’s backyard. Sandy Lee started the hives […]

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Father’s Day special on EZStart® Charcoal Chimney invented by Menlo Park resident Bill Mince

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We visited with Menlo Park resident Bill Mince when he was still developing and testing his EZStart® Charcoal Chimney, which eliminates the use of lighter fluid and the need to pour out hot coals. Adds Bill: “By using the EcoStart® Disk, made of environmental friendly pulp paper we eliminate chemical odors from lighter fluid and flying […]

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Spotted: Dazzling display of ranunculus at Menlo Park Farmers Market

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How could you not stop at Tony Cozzolino’s dazzling display of ranunculus flowers at this morning’s Menlo Park Farmers Market. It may still be winter but the “rose of spring” had arrived! Equally dazzling were his tulips, many of which were still sealed shut, waiting to open until they landed in a buyer’s home. We […]

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Spotted: New vendor – Smit Farms – at Menlo Park Farmers Market

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We stopped at the Smit Farms booth this morning at the Menlo Park Farmers Market, the second week the primarily apple grower from Linden, CA, has been there. The farm has been supplying tree fruit that has been sustainably grown to Certified Farmer’s Markets since 1969. Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2018 

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Jill Layman opens gallery that showcases art along with providing space for events

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In Jill Layman’s mind, the opening of her art and event space in downtown Menlo Park was “like the universe snowballing in the right direction.” “I’d considered going back to the corporate world and also thought about opening a cheese shop,” she said. “Both times, I hit a wall. But with A.Space, everything just came […]

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Spotted: Menlo Park school district administrators at Farmers Market

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Menlo Park City School District Superintendent Erik Burmeister, Oak Knoll principal Kirsten Garcia and Hillview associate principal Joan von der Linden (pictured left to right) were on had at the Menlo Park Farmers Market this morning. They were there to say “thanks” to the community for voting “yes” on proposition X and to answers questions […]

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Lisa Frick and Casey Raftery are linked by artistic endeavors, now on display at Gitane

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Dogs and art sparked a friendship between Lisa Frick and Casey Raftery that’s led to an art show currently on display at Gitane in downtown Menlo Park. Lisa, a relative newcomer to the Bay Area, works in collage and mixed media. She’s been making art off and on for the past 20 years, although she […]

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David Winsberg of Happy Quail Farms may be best known for peppers – but that’s not all he grows

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Farmer David Winsberg is a passionate steward of the land but that’s not what got him from Florida to California. “I came out to be an apprentice glass blower with Billy Bernstein,” he informs his two visitors at Happy Quail Farms in East Palo Alto. “I fell in love with California and worked at various jobs […]

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Spotted: Trader Joe’s celebrating its 50th anniversary

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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 […]

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