Enough with the "New" Menlo Park Already Menlo Park, posted by B. William, a resident of the Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park neighborhood, on Jan 12, 2007 at 3:43 pm
We all know Menlo Park has a wonderful standard of living, goods schools, etc., but enough with the "new" Menlo Park already! Where are the days of Derry's Feed and Fuel, Johnny's Smoke Shop, and Shaw's Candy? Where can a man buy a water bed these days without Chelsea? Roots and Shoots anyone? Cafe Barrone is no Don's Hobby Shop I'll have you know. The employees are well under the age of eighty. All the denim I needed was at Jeff's Jeans--in REAL Menlo Park I didn't need a high end clothing store. Sure, New Menlo Park, you've got the Hoot and Toot, Su Hong's, Flegel's, and Draeger's, but you're just riding the coat tails of the old Menlo Park. New Menlo Park..do you even HAVE a head shop...look in the yellow pages under Black Elephant in Old Menlo Park. I'd much rather have my stone and gravel quarry than another Chili's any day. Old Menlo Park didn't just have toys and parties...it had Toy and Party. So, I say "eureka", as in Eureka Federal Savings, and remember new Menlo Park, try to mix in a few palm readers once in awhile. And while you're at it, end the alignment of Menlo Avenue and return it to the way it should be. Don't understand the alignment NEW Menlo Parkian? Then you don't deserve a Village Host in the first place.
Posted by Old TImer, a resident of the Menlo Park: Sharon Heights neighborhood, on Jan 12, 2007 at 7:55 pm
Great post. I had forgotten about Don's Hobby Shop! Menlo Sport, the short lived TLC (now McDonald's), and H Salt Esquire Fish & Chips deserve honorable mention. And before Jeff's Jeans there was The Hippo. We even had an A&W!
But in the new Menlo Park, they have a chance to save a remaining icon: Foster's Freeze. Alas, there is no room ...
Posted by marie, a resident of the Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres neighborhood, on Jan 14, 2007 at 10:02 am
I miss the old Menlo Park. I to remember Don's Hobby shop, the tile quarry and of course Shaw's Old fashion ice cream store. I have lived in menlo park for over 30 years now. Half of what I remember being around is no more. It will be a sad day if the city bulldozes Foster's freeze just for new housing. When is enough going to be enough already.
Posted by Norm Charley, a resident of the Menlo Park: Downtown neighborhood, on Jan 17, 2007 at 8:00 am
I'm a Pink Pastry man myself. And, if I need a fish, I go to Marilynn's pet store. However, unlike the previous post, I do not go to Jeff's Jeans...I go to the European Jeanery. I went to buy groceries at Safeway the other day and there was a parking lot. Much to my suprise, Safeway had been moved into where the Brentwood Market used to be. With that being said, I'll see you at the Menlo Theater you Left Bankers!
Posted by brad anderson, a resident of the Menlo Park: Downtown neighborhood, on Mar 3, 2009 at 6:48 pm
the left bank was bank of america before it was a movie theatre and shaws candy was macfarlands candy and before tlc or mcdonalds that corner was a shell gas station and sherbas auto store used to be ciardellas grocery store...boy do i fell old now!!
Posted by R Gould-Saltman, a resident of the Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park neighborhood, on Jul 20, 2009 at 10:55 am
I was beginning to think I was the ONLY person who remembered Jiffy Burger! My family spent many a Sunday, 1961-65, eating tacos, "BBQ" beef on a roll, etc. there after going to family swim at Jane's Swim School (Jayne's? spelling?) over by Willow Road School, and winding up with ice cream from McFarland's.
Anyone else remember Howatt's Restaurant, at Santa Margarita and Middlefield?
Posted by ljh, a resident of the Menlo Park: other neighborhood, on Oct 10, 2009 at 6:29 pm
Let's not forget Stickney's in Town and Country Village (my dad always loved to brag that he installed the sound system in their Redwood City restaurant when he was at Stanford). McQuarrie's Drugstore on Alameda de las Pulgas, across the street from All American Foods (across the street from the Dutch Goose). When I was a little girl I rode my bike to ballet class at RoseAnn's Ballet Studio, which later evolved into MP Academy of Dance. Joseph Magnin and I Magnin in the Stanford Shopping Center, Bullock's where Nordstrom is now... ahhh, the '60s.
Posted by Doug, a resident of the Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park neighborhood, on Aug 31, 2010 at 1:31 pm
The greatest thing about the new/fake Menlo Park as opposed to the old/real Menlo Park is Trader Joe's. Trader Joe's is fantastic for sure, but it is a corporate mock up of an earthy, free-wheeling grocery store. Thirty five years ago, the same space was the Co-op, a REAL earthy, free-wheeling grocery store.