Archive of Sheri Baer

Sheri has written 20 article(s) for InMenlo.


Local startup Gibi wins “great gadgets” category in Walmart’s Get on the Shelf competion

The votes are in, and Menlo Park’s Gibi Technologies owned by Synette Tom pulled out the win. Synette’s Gibi Pet Location Service is officially the fourth winner voted by America to be sold at Walmart.com through the retailer’s Get on the Shelf contest. After the final category vote is wrapped up this week, the five winning […]

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Avi Tuschman returns home to Menlo Park to shed insight into Our Political Nature

Avi Tuschman’s formative years ring out a familiar trajectory: Oak Knoll Elementary, Hillview Middle School and Menlo School. “For college and my doctoral degree, I went to Stanford,” he said, “so I’m a local boy through and through.” Local boy he may be, but from an early age, it was the unfamiliar and far away […]

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From Menlo Park’s JobTrain to The Refuge executive chef, Michael Greuel comes full circle

Back in 2001, Michael Greuel had dropped out of Cañada College and was working three part-time jobs to pay the rent. Concerned that Michael was adrift and knowing that he “liked to tinker around in the kitchen,” a family friend who worked at JobTrain (then OICW) suggested he try JobTrain’s Culinary Arts program in Menlo […]

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GPS pet locating device created by Menlo Park startup seeking votes to “Get on the Shelf”

Anyone seeing Synette Tom walking her apricot Labradoodle around West Menlo Park might think the dog’s name is Gibi. At least that’s what the dog’s seriously souped-up collar says. In fact, the scruffy pup’s name is Kale (Hawaiian for “Charlie”), and Gibi  is Synette’s GPS pet locating device that’s currently drawing the attention of the […]

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Natalie Richardson of LuLu’s cooks up success in Menlo Park and beyond

At this point it’s getting to be Menlo Park lore to remember what preceded LuLu’s on the Alameda. Known for its “comida fresca” and “salsa caliente,” the now longtime popular eating spot serves up fresh home-style Mexican cuisine. But before the locals began lunching at LuLu’s or grabbing soft tacos and a chopped salad to […]

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Local artist Nancy Clark Lewis brings pop-up gallery concept to Menlo Park

The sign in front of 110 Constitution Drive says Communication Arts, an internationally recognized graphic arts journal that’s been published in Menlo Park since 1999. Drive around the backside of the building to the magazine’s warehouse space and a propped-open door leads to something quite different – an artist’s studio and more recently, a pop-up […]

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Kuriosity Lab is Menlo Park’s new Willy Wonka’s learning factory

At the end of Marsh Road near Bayfront Park lies a nondescript warehouse space housing a unit that surprisingly defies description. Step inside 3553 Haven Street #6, and it’s simply impossible to process the sensory input: bouncing balls of every size, a ladder for climbing, blocks of wood, a door off its hinges, little floor […]

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From Kerri Stenson’s Woodside farm, Edible Silicon Valley makes local food connections

Plenty of clues point to Kerri Stenson’s latest endeavor. Kerri’s gold SUV sports a “Cal Ag” personalized license plate. And then there’s that slightly perplexing acronym:  EDBL SV. All is revealed when she pulls into the driveway of her Woodside home and opens the garage. Inside, there are boxes. Lots of magazine-stuffed boxes, labeled “Edible… […]

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Hosting an AFS student was start of lasting relationship for one Menlo Park family

Keri Tully will never forget the first night they welcomed AFS exchange student Onur Oktay into their Menlo Park home. Coming from Antalya, Turkey to attend Menlo-Atherton High, the 16-year-old senior spoke limited English. “The first night was really funny. We were trying to talk to him about our family rules and what his chores […]

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