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Community - February 2, 2011

Parking a factor in closing of Boutique 4 in Menlo Park

After five years in business in downtown Menlo Park, Boutique 4 has closed at 809 Santa Cruz Ave., according to Tamara Michel, co-owner of the boutique with her sister, Julie.

"Our lease was up and we were not comfortable signing up for another four years, given the business conditions in Menlo Park," says Ms. Michel.

Another factor in closing, she says, was Menlo Park's extremely aggressive parking enforcement. "We had many customers who refused to come downtown to shop."

The Mitchel sisters continue to operate a second clothing shop at 279 Castro St. in Mountain View, where parking enforcement is more relaxed, she says.

In 2010, Readers' Choice chose Boutique 4 as its favorite boutique for selling "timeless and classic clothing for women; styles that never go out of style."

A sign on the door at 809 Santa Cruz Ave. says a Subway submarine sandwich shop will be coming soon.

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