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Community - March 5, 2014

Artisan Shop has new home at Allied Arts Guild grounds

by Jane Knoerle

The Artisan Shop, which first opened at Allied Arts Guild in 2006, has a sunny new location.

It is now housed in the Milono Building, better known as the former Wick Candle Shop in Allied Art Guild in Menlo Park. Large windows open onto the guild's famed Blue Garden and Rose Allee. "We love the view," says shop director Laurel Trask.

The shop, operated by volunteers with the Allied Arts Auxiliary, features many hand-made, one-of-a-kind items. Jewelry by California artists is on display, as well as the work of artists in ceramics, glass, designer clothing, needlework and more.

Elegant donated vintage items, in china, crystal, and silver are displayed in handsome hutch cabinets from the former Traditional Shop.

"We really have something for everyone," said auxiliary member Tita Koloszu when the shop opened in 2006. Springtime shoppers will find colorful cards, trays and paper products. Easter goodies include charming faux "Limoge" Peter Rabbits selling for $10 each.

The baby boutique features pink or blue baby blankets, accompanied by a soft-cover book "B is My Blanket" by Tammy Gerber and illustrated by Louise DeDera ($24). A plush clown holding a cupcake with a birthday candle sings "Happy Birthday" ($23.75). New mothers would also cherish a hand-made quilt or unique baby jacket.

The Artisan Shop is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The shop's proceeds benefit Lucile Salter Packard Hospital, as do proceeds from the entire Guild operation. Allied Arts Guild is located at 75 Arbor Road in Menlo Park.

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