December 2014

Ace is the place for last minute gifts and practical stocking stuffers

Downtown Menlo Park has almost always had a hardware store. The “almost always” qualifier is because we seem to recall that when the original Menlo Hardware closed, downtown was left without one. That was remedied when ACE opened in 2006 at 700 Santa Cruz Avenue. It has since expanded twice, taking over adjacent space first in 2010 and […]

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Zero for 27: No Menlo Park establishments sold liquor to “minor decoy”

Through a grant awarded by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, the Menlo Park Police Department conducted a Minor Decoy operation on Sunday, December 21, 2014. A requirement of the grant is to conduct compliance checks at ABC-licensed locations. During the operation a minor, under the direct supervision of the Menlo Park Police Department, attempted […]

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Hats, shoes, gloves, and more – take your pick at Blue Illusion

Blue Illusion (779 Santa Cruz Ave.) opened at the end of the summer. It’s an Australian chain that features French-influenced clothes. When we talked to store manager Adriana Ivanov, she stressed that all stores try to forge a community presence through fundraising efforts. There are lots of gift items available. Pictured here are hats from $39, soaps […]

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Girl Scout Troop 61720 works on service project to help shelter animals

Reports Girl Scout Leader Grace Zales: “Girl Scouts from Junior Troop 61720 gave away holiday gift bags of homemade dog biscuits and collected donations for their Bronze service project to help animals at the Humane Society shelter this past weekend. They will be using the donations to furnish one of the shelter’s ‘dog condos’ to […]

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“F8 don’t wait” is photo blog that Menlo Park-based photographer David Hibbard contributes to

We first profiled Menlo Park-based photographer David Hibbard in 2010 and have followed up with announcements of shows he has exhibited his works in. We got an email from him today: “If you haven’t been following the photo blog I participate in, I would like to introduce you to it. Some friends and I started it […]

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Happy Quail Farms peppers that look like ornaments

We’ve photographed quite a few peppers brought to the Menlo Park Farmers Market by nearby Happy Quail Farms. The reason: They are so colorful it’s almost impossible to walk by without taking a snapshot. Today we spotted something we hadn’t noticed before — a mix of red, green and yellow peppers that made us think of […]

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December rain is outpacing what fell in last good rain year 2010-11

InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ measured an additional .35 inches on Friday (12/19) and overnight, bringing his year-to-date total to 13.60 inches. This is ahead of the seven plus inches at this date in December during the 2010-11 rain season, the last time he recorded over 20 inches for the season. All this rain has brought […]

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Pretty wood and shiny accessories make for great gifts at Menlo Hardwood

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. Menlo Hardwoods (first profiled last March) is not all about big (and beautiful!) table tops. The store also features a range of gift items, including books, candles, and […]

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Stylish winter looks come in brown at Graciana

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 […]

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Last 24 hours brings more rain to Menlo Park

Today is suppose to be a “dry out” day around the Bay Area and here in Menlo Park. We’ve had a good soggy December with InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ reporting another .2″ in his gauges early this morning, bringing his recorded season-to-date to 13.25″. The mushrooms in the accompanying photo by Irene Searles are big […]

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

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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