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We were lucky enough to run into high school chum Cynthia Lovewell at the Pet Place in downtown Menlo Park. She was there with her new puppy, a 12-week-old Golden Retriever named Sugar “because she’s so sweet!” Pet Place owner Lynn Macy made her feel very welcome, natch.

Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2019

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Shalini Bitzer combines creativity and international influences in designing luxurious fabrics

Beautifully patterned fabrics made of silk, linen and cotton adorn every inch of wall space of Shalini Bitzer’s shop tucked into a rear corner of the Allied Arts Guild. They are designed by Shalini who says she often gets her ideas from old books or movies. “Sometimes I draw the image, other times I photograph […]

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Menlo Park couple own and operate Leather Leather Furniture Gallery on El Camino

Not sure what it is about family-owned furniture stores in Menlo Park; there have been a number over the years. Since 2003, this has included Leather Leather Furniture Gallery on El Camino, owned and operated by Willows residents Tricia and Sean Mulcahy. [Note: Yes, there are two leathers; Sean knew a company in Texas that went […]

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Daniel Engels is third generation involved with Gray’s Paints in Menlo Park

Daniel Engels has been the manager at Gray’s Paint in downtown Menlo Park for two years now. But that just scratches the surface of his involvement with the store. “I’m the third generation of my family to be part of this business,” he explained. “My grandfather, Bob Gray, opened the first store in Redwood City […]

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Oros oversees Ace Hardware in Menlo Park – and its 45,000 products

What Menlo Park residents could always count on was a hardware store on Santa Cruz Avenue, that is until 2001, when Menlo Hardware closed. Four years later it was reborn, thanks to Vasily Oros, a Romanian immigrant who also operates Handy Handyman in San Francisco. “I was a handyman myself,” explained Oros, who is known […]

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It’s countdown to Noon at Cheeky Monkey Toys on Dec. 31

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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