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Cheeky Monkey Toys - Best Specialty Store

Cheeky Monkey Toys

Cheeky Monkey Toys is a family-owned shop that specializes in finding "just the right toy" for each customer. Since opening its doors in Menlo Park in 1999, the shop has provided interactive toys designed to stimulate children's minds to generations of local families. When all nonessential businesses were ordered to close in March 2020, Cheeky Monkey Toys quickly pivoted to a direct delivery-only service, dropping off toys within a 10-mile radius of the store. Cheeky Monkey has reopened for in-store shopping and also offers on-site pickup and delivery.
640 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park | (650) 328-7975 |

Menlo Velo Bikes

Menlo Velo Bicycles is committed to making cycling the best it can be for riders of all levels and types. The shop sells a wide variety of bikes - from road and comfort to electric - and provides maintenance services, too. Owner Rainer Zaechelein said business has been through the roof over the past year as the pandemic has fueled a surge in ridership. The shop offers curbside drop-off and pickup. It has indefinitely postponed its bike rental program due to health precautions.
433 El Camino Real, Menlo Park | (650) 327-5137|

Kepler's Books & Magazines - Best Bookstore

Kepler's Books & Magazines

With its broad collection of books, magazines and literary events, Kepler's Books & Magazines has been a beloved cornerstone in the community since it opened in the 1960s. In response to the pandemic, the independent bookstore's nonprofit arm, the Kepler's Literary Foundation, created Refresh the Page, a series of online conversations, classes and seminars for adults and youth that has become part of its offerings.
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park | (650) 324-4321 |

Shady Lane

For more than four decades, Shady Lane has been offering one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, intricately woven scarves, artisan glass sculptures, wood carvings, handcrafted soaps and an array of other items handcrafted by local and international artists and designers. The boutique is open for in-store shopping as well as online shopping and curbside pickup. The store also offers gift wrapping.
325 Sharon Park Drive, Menlo Park | (650) 321-1099 |

Abbey Carpet & Floor

Abbey Carpet & Floor provides one-on-one expert advice on the newest flooring trends, styles and technologies. The locally owned shop has everything from tile and stone to vinyl, laminates and carpet. For those who can't come into the showroom, Abbey Carpet & Floor makes house calls. Its visualizer app also enables customers to see how various flooring options might look in their own home prior to visiting the store.
626 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park | (650) 462-0800 |

Peabody Fine Art Gallery & Framing - Best Frame Store/Art Gallery

Peabody Fine Art Gallery & Framing

Since 1989, the skilled designers at Peabody Fine Art Gallery & Framing have been working one-on-one with customers to help create one-of-a-kind framed designs for any project. Since the pandemic, the shop has launched a new service to enable customers to design and purchase frames online.
603 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park | (650) 322-2200 |

Ladera Garden & Gifts

Ladera Garden & Gifts is a one-stop shop for garden supplies, gifts and flower arrangements. Juan and Mercedes Navarro, who have operated the full-service nursery for nearly 40 years, provide custom floral arrangements as well as home goods and nursery items.
3130 Alpine Road, Portola Valley | (650) 854-3850 |

Harvest Furniture - Best Home Decor & Furnishings

Menlo Hardware

Menlo Park Ace Hardware has been the go-to hardware store for home, garden and building supplies since it opened in 2005. In addition to offering housewares and tools, the independently owned shop 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 |

Harvest Furniture

Harvest Furniture is a complete home furnishing store that offers decor for every room, from customized upholstery lines to interior design services with designers who will ensure that furniture selections flow together.
639 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park | (650) 325-7733 |

Bow Wow Meow

Bow Wow Meow is all about offering the most beneficial products and services to caring pet guardians. The pet store carries some of the most advanced products in the pet industry and offers grooming, training and other services to ensure that all pets are healthy and happy.
654 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park | (650) 323-2845 |

Fleet Feet - Best Place to Buy Shoes

Fleet Feet

Fleet Feet in Menlo Park is committed to enhancing local running and walking communities and helping customers find products that improve their fitness experience. They assess foot type and gait cycle and have 3D scanners to measure feet, making their footwear recommendations uniquely tailored to each customer. For those who prefer to shop online, the shop is offering virtual shoe fittings via Zoom.
859 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park | (650) 325-9432 |