Holidays 2009

Sparkling downtown for 23 years

Mercedes and Charles Horvath, proprietors of The Jeweler on Santa Cruz Avenue have been offering their services in Menlo for 23 years. The couple came to Menlo Park after 18 years in Chicago (“The winters were awful,” says Mercedes) where they also ran a jewelry business. The Horvaths hail originally from Hungary. Today The Jeweler […]

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Rosewood Sand Hill: All lit up for the holidays

The Rosewood Hotel on Sand Hill has been open less than year but this evening’s first holiday party of the season appeared to be an instant tradition. Families were packed into the lobby for the tree lighting while the bar was hopping with the [usual?] Thursday night see-and-be-seen crowd. That the in-hotel jewelry boutique, Stephen […]

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Holiday flags brighten downtown Menlo Park

Red and greeen holiday flags appeared along Santa Cruz Avenue this morning. The green ones urge Menloites to celebrate while the red ones bear the name of our fair town. White lights in the trees add a festive glow.

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Annual Toys for Tots drive is underway

With 46 drop off locations in place, the annual Toys for Tots drive sponsored by The Firefighters’ Association is underway. Donors are  asked to contribute a new unwrapped toy and/or non-perishable food. This year, the toys collected will go to one of four distribution points: St. Anthony’s Church; the Menlo Park Veterans Administration Hospital,  Stanford […]

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Shop Menlo – with increased parking hours

Starting Monday, Dec. 7, you can add an extra hour when parking in one of downtown Menlo’s lots.  Once again this year, the Menlo Park Police Department is collaborating  with the Chamber of Commerce to make it easier to shop downtown over the holidays – and  to support the city’s  “Shop MenloPark” program. The parking limit […]

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A Find at Feldman’s can be the Perfect Gift

Located in one of Menlo’s oldest buidings (“the only bookstore with an avocado tree growing in the middle”), Feldman’s Books specializes in used, rare and out-of-print books. Feldman’s definitely wears the perfume of a used book store, where people are free to linger and browse. Founded by owner Jack Feldman with help from brother Steve, […]

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Anyone else remember the life-size Nativity scene in Fremont Park?

Many decades ago, there were two landmarks that reliably appeared in downtown Menlo Park to mark the holiday season.  A Santa house would be erected in the vacant lot next the camera store that was housed in the funny yellow building on Santa Cruz Ave. (Blanking of the name of that camera store, while Santa […]

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Not your-run-of-the-mill toy picks from Cheeky Monkey owner Anna Chow

We checked in this Black Friday with downtown merchant Anna Chow, co-owner with husband Dexter of Cheeky Monkey, which made its debut on Santa Cruz Ave. in 1999, expanding to its current space a block from El Camino in 2007. The store was bustling with families on more than “tell me what you want for […]

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Some Special Hometown Peninsula Deals!

A few of our Menlo Park-based Hometown Peninsula merchants are offering some very special deals this holiday season. Be sure to check out Kepler’s Books – and their special sale underway this weekend. Click through to find a coupon for 40% off on any one book in stock this weekend at Kepler’s! Also included is […]

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Madera: Where grown ups eat on Thanksgiving

Make an Online Reservation (via OpenTable.com)! Reserve this as a tip for next year – at least as long as Executive Chef Peter Randolph (pictured overseeing the kitchen and service) is at the helm. Madera – the restaurant at Rosewood Sand Hill, which opened in Menlo in April – is the place to have Thanksgiving dinner with a a […]

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Bedwell Bayfront Park – perfect Turkey Day outing

The parking spots were filled and the trails were busy with walkers, joggers and cyclists this Thanksgiving morning at Bedwell Bayfront Park, which at 160 acres is Menlo Park’s largest park. Located at the foot of Marsh Rd. and surrounded on three sides by the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, it was […]

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