Shop local Menlo Park

Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving,  may get all the publicity, but there’s also Small Business Saturday on November 30, 2019!

Local businesses are the cornerstone of a strong community. Menlo Park supports Small Business Saturday, a national campaign to celebrate local entrepreneurs, where you can find that special gift at a downtown shop (think Cheeky Monkey or Pet Place), sip coffee at a local cafe (think Borrone), pick up a gadget for your toolbox (think Menlo Hardware), or  sit down for a tasty dinner with the family at a locally-owned restaurant (think Camper or Bistro Vida).

You can join millions of Americans by “shopping small” at your favorite local places and help fuel the Menlo Park economy on Saturday, November 30, 2019 — as well as all year long.

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Spotted: Painting of Stanford University on display at Marcela’s Village Gallery

Miquel Aymerich, originally from Barcelona, Spain, and now a Bay Area resident, is an architect — and artist by heart. His watercolor paintings of the buildings and churches he’s encountered while traveling in Europe and Latin America are beautifully detailed. The Stanford University campus water color he has painted can be viewed at Marcela’s Village Gallery […]

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“Getting downtowns moving with convenient and sustainable access” is topic on Nov. 6

Many downtowns in the Bay Area are facing some version of this challenge: Customers and workers, residents and visitors all need to be able to get downtown and parking can be a barrier. In this talk, experts will discuss a variety of strategies to improve access to downtown, reduce congestion, and improve the environment. -Billy […]

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Sugar Shack 2.0 debuts in downtown Menlo Park

No, you’re not seeing things when you drive into the parking lot adjacent to Draeger’s. The Sugar Shack is back — just in time for Halloween and the holidays! “It’s really a Sugar Shack pop up,” explained owner Suzi Tinsley during a recent preview visit. “I’ve assumed the lease from Anthem for a year. If […]

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Ryan Carrington’s art and sculptures are featured exhibit at Art Ventures Gallery in Menlo Park

Ryan Carrington’s art and sculptures showcasing patriotism are on display at Art Ventures Gallery in Menlo Park through October 27. From Grandma’s Apple Pie to an American Flag created from carpenter’s pants, suits, collared shirts and neckties, Carrington captures the spirit of grassroots Americana . Carrington grew up in a family that values labor, hard […]

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Spotted: Sugar Shack is coming back

We happened to run into Suzi Tinsley a few weeks back and got the good news that she’s bringing Sugar Shack back to Menlo Park. The sign is up at the new store, which is located across the parking lot from Draeger’s. Stay tuned for opening details.

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Kerry Hoctor is busy closing up shop at Village Stationery in Menlo Park

We swung by Village Stationery Thursday afternoon to say thank you and good bye to the wonderful staff who’ve served Menlo Park so well for over four decades — and found owner Kerry Hoctor up a ladder taking down fixtures. The store is closing on Saturday, Aug. 17. Kerry said he’s been overwhelmed with all […]

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Spotted: Sugar the Golden Retriever visiting the Pet Place

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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