I am so tired of people attacking the Woodside Atherton Auxiliary and criticizing our management of the Allied Arts Guild. During the more than 50 years we’ve owned this property, we’ve attempted to provide Menlo Park with an oasis of tranquility, seasonal images of beautiful gardens, and sophisticated artistic shops.
We’ve done this with grace and style, as exemplified by the wonderful Tally Ho events and our sophisticated gardens and gift shops. We’ve brought a level of elegance to the community, while benefiting our charity, the Packard Children’s Hospital.
Recognizing the historic value of the Allied Arts property, we undertook to preserve it’s heritage for the community, while making necessary tenant changes to reflect the more sophisticated tastes of a new generation of visitors.
Upon re-opening the complex after restoration activities were completed, we saw a drop in attendance due, we are certain, to a need for a more contemporary restaurant, and more upscale shops and art studios—both reflective of the growing affluence of our neighboring communities.
No one wanted to come to a lady’s tea shop, so our president terminated the old café and will replace it with a new, sophisticated restaurant that will draw younger people to a more complex cuisine. Success of the new restaurant will allow us to charge a higher rent, thus increasing our income, profits from the site, and contributions to Children’s Hospital.
The wonderful new shops and galleries will draw affluent buyers and create a successful, upscale, shopping environment.
Our president and board will also find ways to attract meetings and conferences to a level that will justify the expense undertaken to attract that business, since without them, it will be impossible for Allied Arts to be financially viable.
The Woodside Atherton Auxiliary has invested much of our time and effort in the greater Menlo Park community, and we anticipate that the public, in turn, will support us. Come to our Allied Arts shops, buy the many wonderful treasures you find in them, have your meeting and conferences here, and patronize the fantastic new restaurant that we will have in the near future.
Support us. Don’t criticize us. We do know what we are doing.