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Santa Cruz Avenue needs art shop and more

Original post made by Susanne Chang, Menlo Park: other, on May 17, 2007

About a month ago you asked local readers what businesses should be on Santa Cruz Avenue.

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Posted by Joseph E. Davis
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on May 28, 2007 at 2:53 pm

These businesses are there to make money. Apparently coffee, restaurants, and rugs make money, but art supplies does not. If you believe otherwise, then I urge you to start such a business, or invest in someone to do so.

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Posted by Angela Hey
a resident of Portola Valley: Brookside Park
on May 29, 2007 at 2:00 pm

Santa Cruz Avenue needs a British-Style afternoon tea venue with parasols and sidewalk (pavement in UK English) tables. It needs to be somewhere where people can hang out and get excellent tea or chai.

It can serve tiny sandwiches, celery, huge pots of tea, sausage rolls, custard tarts, Eccles cakes, trifles, fruit salads and more... Bagels and Bakeries aren't the same thing. I guess that Cafe Borrone is the closest thing to the hang out I envisage.

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Posted by Angela Hey
a resident of Portola Valley: Brookside Park
on May 29, 2007 at 2:06 pm

How about a music store that is very contemporary (Apple Store style) and sells everything from iPods to grand pianos, plus sheet music, didgeridoos, electronics, busts of Beethoven, posters of Paul McArtney, Jerry Garcia ties, opera scores, ability to order online, ability to recharge and download to music players etc.. Also make it a hang out for lessons, master classes, jamming, music making, lectures and more.

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Posted by Bianca Bacio
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on May 31, 2007 at 3:19 pm

What Santa Cruz Avenue really needs is an excellent gelato place. I'm not a fan of the sugary Cold Stone Creamery and Baskin Robins, while cheaper, isn't great either.
Does anyone remember when Bravo Fono at Stanford used to have the walk-up gelato bar near the front of their restaurant? I was so sad when they removed it. Delicious, homemade gelato that you could sit outside and enjoy while people-watching -- that's what downtown Menlo Park needs.