I am a mother of a 7-year-old girl, I loved art as a child, and I want to show my daughter, Sherri, how creative art (not kits from toy stores) can be fun.
Music is almost as important in our family. We have a large collection of CDs and some small instruments. A piano is too big for our home.
I have noticed from Mountain View/Sunnyvale to Redwood City there are only two music stores left. The one in Palo Alto is very small. What if my daughter wants to join a band and actually own her own instrument? Do I have to drive all the way to Sunnyvale for that?
I am also disappointed that there is no art store of any kind from Menlo Park to at least Redwood City. Palo Alto has one large one and a medium-sized one.
I go to the stationary store if I want to shop locally for art supplies but I wanted more. Crayons, markers, sketch pencils, different qualities of paper, and Lyra products (high quality paints, pencils, and beeswax molding wax).
The last suggestion is to include something for the other large population of Menlo Park, who are older people. My mother is 71 and needs certain gadgets due to her arthritis. What about a special store for gadgets or tools that are helpful to seniors or people with disabilities?
I have talked to some of my friends about my ideas and they thought they were great. We certainly don't need another coffee shop, restaurant or rug store.
-- Susanne Chang, Roble Avenue, Menlo Park
This letter was published in the May 16, 2007, issue of the Almanac.