Menlo Park has a hidden treasure located at the intersection of Cambridge and Arbor. It might not have a Jesse Cool Restaurant, but it has an incredible collection of completely unique and wonderful stores at which a multitude of one-of-a-kind works of art can be purchased for yourself, your home, or as gifts. The list of shops include the volunteer operated Artisan Shop at Allied Arts, the Barn Woodshop, the Davide Bigazzi Studio, the Edith Schneider Jewelry & Accessories, Flair, La Bottega, Orapa Gallery of Wearable Arts, the Portola Art Gallery, Renaissance Spirit, Special Handling Pottery, and Susan's Soap.
Jesse Cool, who has been such as strong supporter of the Guild and of the Woodside Atherton Auxiliary which runs it, was deeply disappointed not to be able to open her restaurant there because she could not cater from there due to the permit. Other options are being considered and something good will happen soon.
In the mean time, the stores are open from 10am - 5pm. The garden is beautiful, a true oasis of calm and worth a visit. While all the buzz is going on about what to do about Allied Arts, the Woodside Atherton Auxiliary (WAA) is focusing on preserving a beautiful historical neighborhood landmark, and raising money for the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. WAA's Tally Ho raised more than $120,000 for the hospital last year, and this year's Tally Ho is shaping up to be a great event.
So, if you want to save the Allied Arts Guild - a cherished historical landmark created in 1929 to showcase the work of artisans, and since 1951 has supported the Children's Hospital (the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital receives all profits from Allied Arts Guild) - then visit the gardens, shop at the stores, and have fun attending the events - or even sign up to volunteer.
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