Faces of Menlo

Catching up with the duo behind Camper in Menlo Park

With Camper in Menlo Park three plus months old — and now open for lunch Tuesday through Friday — we stopped in to talk with managing partner Logan Levant and chef/owner Greg Kuzia-Carmel. The two had met when Greg was cooking a private dinner for one of Logan’s friends. “I was struck by his great personality […]

Click to read more →

A holiday check-in with Cheeky Monkey owners, Dexter and Anna Chow

One of my favorite small businesses in Menlo Park is Cheeky Monkey, an independent toy store, located at 640 Santa Cruz Avenue a block and half from El Camino. Beyond just toys, Cheeky Monkey has board games, puzzles and gifts for all ages. The owners Dexter and Anna Chow were kind enough to sit down […]

Click to read more →

Benjamin Franklin the social network genius of his time? Yes, says historian Caroline Winterer

The 18th century may not come to mind in a conversation about social networks. But Stanford historian — and Menlo Park resident — Caroline Winterer sees the period as the first age that witnessed extensive communication among people across the world. Hand-written letters were the social media posts of that time, and a new social platform […]

Click to read more →

Jesse Cool brings in a new partner with a familiar face at Flea Street Cafe

Jesse Cool has a new partner at Flea Street Cafe — and the face is very familiar. Michael Biesemeyer worked for long periods of time over the past decade at the Menlo Park restaurant. “I’ve been hoping to find a partner for a few years,” explained Jesse. “I made a few attempts with chefs, but that […]

Click to read more →

John Jennings wants to deep freeze your body in order to heal it

John Jennings found himself at a crossroads. The Peninsula native had worked for a couple decades in the pool maintenance business, but there was a knawing feeling that he was meant to do something else. While investigating just what, he discovered cryotherapy. And that led him to open No Limits Cryotherapy at the Sharon Heights […]

Click to read more →

Willows neighbors embark on ambitious toy drive for 2,500 kids in the Ravenswood school district

10 days. 400 blankets for homeless families. 2,500 gifts for low-income kids. And 100 volunteers to pull it all off. That’s what’s top of mind for Willows resident Dana Shields and her neighbors. The children in the Ravenswood City School District (RCSD) are close to her heart. For six years, Dana has volunteered in RCSD […]

Click to read more →

Krista Skehan rediscovers painting, leading to show at CoffeeBar

Krista Skehan’s life has been a string of successes. Growing up in Lindenwood, she attended St. Francis High School, where she was on the boy’s golf team [there was no girl’s team] and acquired what she describes a “good foundation of water color techniques.” Off to Indiana University, she did an individualized major that in […]

Click to read more →

M&R Automotive celebrates 50 years in Menlo Park

Take a quick look at the Yelp reviews and it’s clear why M&R Automotive has been in business for 50 years in Menlo Park — great mechanics, great service and fair prices. Today the repair business is overseen by Henry Ma, who first came to work there in 1992 under then owner Wes NcNay, who […]

Click to read more →

Menlo Park resident Kyle Vogel takes over at the Woodside Deli

New Woodside Deli owner Kyle Vogel has a good problem: There’s a lot of pent up demand for sandwiches and other offerings after a nine month closure. That means the lunch rush is extending all the way to 3:00 pm. “It’s a bit like a tidal wave breaking,” he said with a smile. Kyle, a […]

Click to read more →

Scott Kaloust completes challenging open water swim – crossing the English Channel

Last month, Menlo Park orthodontist Scott Kaloust completed the most challenging open water swim he’s attempted, swimming about 21 miles across the English Channel from Dover to Calais in just under 15 hours. Having already swum the Catalina Channel (20 miles between Catalina Island and the California mainland) and Manhattan Island (a 30-mile circumnavigation of […]

Click to read more →

Greg Alden brings a second generation perspective to the Woodside Hotel Group

Many residents are undoubtedly familiar with  the Stanford Park Hotel. What may surprise them is that the hotel is one of 10  independent luxury hotels owned and/or managed by the Woodside Hotel Group, which was founded locally 46 years ago. Today, the Menlo Park-based company is run by Greg Alden, whose parents first got into […]

Click to read more →