PRODUCE, GROCERY, PLACE TO BUY MEAT, SANDWICHES
Since it opened at its Ladera location in 1998, the family-operated Bianchini's Market has been a favorite of the community. Shoppers can count on Bianchini's for fresh local produce, gourmet cheeses, and groceries from small producers whose items are not found in chain stores. Bianchini's is also valued by readers for its meat counter and sandwiches.
3130 Alpine Road, Portola Valley | (650) 851-4391 | bianchinismarket.com
With its commitment to bicycle riders of all types, great customer service, and wide selection of bikes, Menlo Velo Bicycles has long been loved by our readers. The shop rents bikes in addition to selling them, and their wide selection includes everything from road to comfort to electric bicycles.
433 El Camino Real, Menlo Park | (650) 327-5137| menlovelobicycles.com
Kepler's Books & Magazines has long been a beloved cornerstone of the Menlo Park community. It offers customers a broad collection of books and magazines, and its nonprofit arm, the Kepler's Literary Foundation, hosts author events, literary discussion groups, and events for youth "to ignite a passion in students for reading and writing," according to its website.
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park | (650) 324-4321 | keplers.com
PLACE TO BUY JEWELRY, BOUTIQUE
A reader favorite for artisan gifts and jewelry, Shady Lane has been voted best boutique for the fifth year in a row. The shop offers pieces from both local and international artists and designers. Its collection includes one-of-a-kind jewelry, intricately woven scarves, artisan glass sculptures and wood carvings, and handcrafted soaps.
325 Sharon Park Drive, Menlo Park | (650) 321-1099 | shadylanegallery.com
The family-owned and operated Menlo Flooring & Design has been installing floors in homes on the Peninsula for over 20 years. Its selection of flooring includes hardwood, tile, custom carpet, linoleum and vinyl. The store's website boasts of "good old-fashioned customer service" and invites shoppers to sign up for a free consultation.
905 El Camino Real, Menlo Park | (650) 384-6326 | menloflooring.com
FRAME STORE, ART GALLERY
Portola Art Gallery has taken the prize this year in the best art gallery category. The gallery has been showcasing work created by 17 local artists for 13 years at its current location in the Allied Arts Guild complex. In addition to the paintings, photos, and pottery it displays, the gallery also offers art classes and workshops.
75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park | (650) 321-0220 | portolaartgallery.com
GIFT SHOP, NURSERY, FLORIST
Ladera Garden and Gifts, operated by Juan and Mercedes Navarro for 38 years, has once again been chosen by our readers as No. 1 in the best gift shop, nursery, and florist categories. With its beautiful custom floral arrangements, friendly service, thriving nursery, and attractive gift selection, the store has long been a treasure of the community.
3130 Alpine Road, Portola Valley | (650) 854-3850 | laderagardenandgifts.com
Menlo Hardware is this year's winner in the best hardware store category. A go-to place for home, garden and building supplies, the independently owned Ace Hardware in Menlo Park has been serving customers since it opened in 2005. The store offers services including key cutting, custom glass and acrylic sheet cutting, blade sharpening, window screen repair, propane exchange, and product assembly and delivery.
700 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park | (650) 325-2515 | menlohardware.com
HOME DECOR AND FURNISHINGS
For over 60 years, Flegel's Home Furnishings has been helping Bay Area residents decorate and design the interiors of their homes. Customers can schedule meetings with interior designers in Flegel's Menlo Park showroom and select items from its extensive online catalog. Flegel's prides itself on its experienced and knowledgeable interior designers, as well as its ability to "work wonders on any budget."
870 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park | (650) 326-9661 | flegels.com
For the 27th consecutive year, The Pet Place has been our readers' choice for best pet store. The Pet Place has a deep commitment to the well-being of animals, demonstrated both through its selection of high-quality products for animals, including items for disabled pets, and adoption fairs to help animals in need find homes. More about the store's specialized services and products can be found on its website.
777 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park | (650) 325-7387 | thepetplacemenlopark.com
PLACE TO BUY SHOES
Fleet Feet in Menlo Park is committed to helping its customers find products that improve their fitness experience, as well as to enhancing local running and walking communities. To ensure that shoes fit, in-store outfitters use 3D scanning technology to measure feet, which enables outfitters to find the perfect products for customers. Its customer service and extensive selection of shoes and other gear make Fleet Feet a favorite among readers.
859 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park | (650) 325-9432 | fleetfeet.com
Cheeky Monkey Toys has been voted best specialty store in this year's poll. The family-owned and operated store prides itself on carrying "high quality toys [...] that center on interactivity and engagement" and a friendly staff that is always eager to help find the perfect toy or gift. The store carries items for children and adults — "anyone young at heart" — and offers complimentary gift wrapping.
640 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park | (650) 328-7975 | cheekymonkeytoys.com