Menlo Park: Flegel's named small business of the year

Flegel's Home Furnishings, which is observing its 60th anniversary in Menlo Park this year, has been named Small Business of the Year in state Senator Jerry Hill's 13th Senatorial District.

The award is given in recognition of Flegel's commitment to community service and business ethics, according to Sen. Hill's office.

Mark Flegel
"I was totally blown away," said Mark Flegel, president and owner of Flegel's Home Furnishings, when he heard the news.

Sen. Hill's proclamation says that Mark Flegel and Flegel's have long supported such community organizations as the Rotary Club of Menlo Park, Music@Menlo, Peninsula Volunteers, Peninsula College Fund, Fraternite Notre Dame, and Vintage Affair.

Mr. Flegel was recognized for giving generously of his time and energy as chair of the Rotary District's 5150's Scholarship and Youth Exchange programs, as a director of the San Francisco Fleet Week Association, and as vice president of the San Francisco Navy League Council. He has served as a Menlo College trustee, a C.S. Lewis Foundation trustee, a Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce board member, and as a member of several city of Menlo Park committees.

Mark's father Arthur, who will turn 97 in August, opened the original Flegel's 60 years ago – in January 1954 – in a 5,000-square-foot store in downtown Menlo Park where Amici's East Coast Pizzeria is today at 880 Santa Cruz Ave. Four years later Flegel's moved next door to its current location at 870 Santa Cruz Ave., a 24,000-square-foot showroom.

Mark Flegel said he plans to hold a 60th anniversary celebration for Flegel's Home Furnishings in May or June.


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Posted by Jim Lewis
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jan 24, 2014 at 3:06 pm

I can think of few people more deserving of this recognition than Mark Flegel. Congratulations. You are certainly a role model and exemplify community service in a very favorable way.

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Posted by Rebecca Nelson
a resident of another community
on Jan 25, 2014 at 11:43 am

Congratulations to Arthur, Mark, Brian and the entire Flegel family for this well deserved honor. Here's to the first 60 years and to much success in 2014 and beyond. Rebecca and John Nelson

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