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How To Save Allied Arts – Bring Back the Palo Alto Volunteers

Original post made by A Concerned Observer, another community, on Jun 13, 2007

There's a simple solution to all the Allied Arts Auxiliary's problems with their property. Bring back the Palo Alto Auxiliary to run the restaurant, give them whatever lease terms and facilities they require, and hope that they'll be able and willing to take them and reopen the restaurant. Hope, because the way their lease was terminated forced them to sell all their equipment at "yard sale" prices, left a bitter taste in the mouths of their members, and gave them cause to believe that they had been intentionally blind-sided by both the (then) Woodside-Atherton president, and by inference, the leaders of the Association of Auxiliaries.

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Posted by Angela Hey
a resident of Portola Valley: Brookside Park
on Jun 13, 2007 at 10:58 pm

Who knows Allied Arts is there? Does it have the right name? Is it being marketed to the community?

It took me about 10 years of living in the Bay Area to discover it.

The location doesn't exactly stand out and putting Allied Arts on a signpost won't do it - unless it is a Large Brown Tourist Attraction type sign on El Camino - that might just do it. It needs a simpler name that ordinary people like me can understand. It needs marketing to the community - make it a place to go for Stanford parents when visiting, a place that students can safely bike to for a romantic luncheon, etc.


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Posted by Gern Blanston
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jun 13, 2007 at 11:48 pm

"It needs a simpler name that ordinary people like me can understand. It needs marketing to the community - make it a place to go for Stanford parents when visiting, a place that students can safely bike to for a romantic luncheon, etc."

Great idea -- why don't we change the name to ... "Ikea?" "Walmart?"

Gern


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Posted by MPworkingMom
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jun 14, 2007 at 10:43 am

Let's see, a place where you can eat, shop, stroll around ... maybe it ought to be called The Allied Arts Mall. Kids these days like to hang out at the mall, right?


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Posted by future patron
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jun 14, 2007 at 7:59 pm

I was excited about having Jesse Cool at Allied Arts. While friends and I enjoyed past lunches provided by the auxiliary, we were looking forward to the broader offerings (food and times of day) that we anticipated with Ms. Cool. Is it too late to work out something with her? Or someone like her? I would think guild shops would be viable only with the kind of foot traffic a cafe like hers would bring. Please don't give up!


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