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Join Cheeky Monkey Toys (640 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park) on December 31st at 11.30 am for its annual Countdown to Noon. The downtown store will have a noontime celebration for the New Year with fun crafts and activities to bring in the new year — and a balloon drop at the stroke of noon!

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Again, trust us. These are spectacular Christmas cakes

Each year we travel to the home of a fellow Menlo-Atherton High School grad (and friend since grade school) for Christmas dinner. And each year the dinner has a theme, with The Nutcracker the choice this year. The decor is always spectacular, the food scrumptious and the catching up great. But the highlight is always […]

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Kepler’s Angela Mann receives James Patterson 2018 Holiday Bookstore Bonus

Angela Mann of Kepler’s was one of the just over 300 bookstore employees to receive a James Patterson Holiday Bookstore Bonus in 2018 out of 1,000 nominees. Best-selling author Patterson personally selected winners from bookstores all across the country. Customers, booksellers, publishing industry colleagues, and others were invited to nominate a bookseller by answering the […]

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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 […]

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A.Space holds holiday open house on Dec. 6

A.Space owner Jill Layman emailed InMenlo to let us know the community is invited to stop by a Holiday Open House this Thursday evening, Dec. 6  from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. “We just recently added home furnishings and accessories to the mix,” she wrote “You might know of Stephanie Kolkka and her KOLKKA line of […]

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Small Business Saturday coming to Menlo Park on Nov. 24

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 […]

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Spotted: First of the season crab at Menlo Park Farmers Market

Fisherman Pietro Parravano brought the first crab of the commercial season to the Menlo Park Farmers Market today, offering both live (pictured) and boiled crab for sale for $9.95. He said that his pots were filled with crab of “good medium size.”

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Girl Code Rising Together panelists give perspective on competition and leadership

Last weekend, Fleet Feet Menlo Park hosted Girl Code: Rising Together at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center. Speakers included singer/composer/choreographer/writer Molly Bell (top); Steeplechase world champion Stephanie Garcia; [pictured with] Olympic athlete Kim Conley; (below), Nita Singh Kaushal, founder of Miss CEO; and  Ana Angel Avendaño, filmmaker/educator/community activist. The panelists discussed their paths to achievement […]

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Tian Mayimin brings artisan bread to the Menlo Park Farmers Market

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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Cheeky Monday Toys celebrates 18 years in business on July 15

Cheeky Monkey Toys is celebrating its 18th anniversary and inviting locals to join in the fun on Sunday, July 15, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The celebration will include prizes, balloons, games, face painting, crafts, and more. Owned by husband-and-wife team Anna and Dexter Chow, Cheeky Monkey Toys started in a 900-square-foot store with […]

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Spotted: Colorful Fleet Feet runners participate in Rainbow Run

Yesterday, Lisa Taggart and Jim Gothers, owners of Fleet Feet in downtown Menlo Park, hosted a Rainbow Run to celebrate diversity and inclusivity as part of Pride Month. About 45 runners wore bright and colorful clothing for the flat 4.5 mile run through the city. Post run, the gathered for some drinks and snacks behind […]

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