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'Village People' prepare to close up shop

Original post made on Aug 8, 2019

Village Stationers, a family-owned stationery store with locations in Menlo Park and Los Altos, will be closing its doors on Aug. 17 after 53 years in business.

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Posted by Max Hauser
a resident of another community
on Aug 8, 2019 at 12:38 pm

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The closure is symbolic, change-of-era. Trends that started long before e-commerce did. Survival of Village Stationers even THIS long is remarkable, unusual.

Within memory of most people living, every local business district in the Bay Area had its neighborhood stationery store -- sometimes two or three (if many offices or schools were nearby). One was here in MV on Castro Street. Most gave way in the '90s to stationery chains (larger but less accommodating -- McWhorters, around here), and those in turn to the big-box "Office" chains.

Neighborhood stationers sold business envelopes in six or eight incremental sizes (they could enclose each other in turn) -- now you're expected to use one standard size that the big-box planners deem worth carrying. Manila envelopes in even more sizes and shapes. Lots of custom orders for rubber stamps or printed stationery. Rolls of tickets for school fairs and fund-raising raffles. Even (in the old days) ditto masters [remember those?], in many colors, even sold individually. Helpful staff who could explain standard paper and envelope sizes, or what "wove" and "bond" paper meant (try asking at "Office XXX" sometime!)

These shops went the way of the neighborhood pharmacies with soda fountains (once ubiquitous), and the little appliance-repair shops (still around but relegated to lower-rent strip malls).

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Posted by Robert
a resident of another community
on Aug 8, 2019 at 12:45 pm

Very sorry to hear, but like Max said above, I'm shocked that they've been around this long considering they're probably in the two highest retail rent places on the Peninsula (MP and Los Altos). If University Art Center can't make it in downtown Palo Alto, it's crazy to think any mom n' pop place will make it in a high-rent area (see Colin and Occasions, Etc. in Menlo Park as another example).

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Posted by diesel
a resident of another community
on Aug 8, 2019 at 1:43 pm

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I shall miss going in after the Farmers Market to get a greeting card. They had very good card selection. And now where do we go if we want just one of something? The chains sell envelopes, tape, labels etc. in packages which often are way more than needed for home use.

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Posted by pearl
a resident of another community
on Aug 8, 2019 at 2:47 pm

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Kerry, thanks to you and your family for your many years of service to the community. You and your great store will be forever missed. Hope you enjoy many happy years of well-earned retirement!

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Posted by Lynne
a resident of another community
on Aug 8, 2019 at 2:52 pm

Many years ago I was active with the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce. Many fond memories of Kerry’s support of the organization and his time given to insure a healthy environment of the local business community. His store was always a pleasure to pop into with friendly, knowledgeable staff. A wonderful reflection of their boss and way to take care of customers.
Retirement well deserved!

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Posted by Linda
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Aug 8, 2019 at 8:17 pm

So sorry to see you go, but I get it. For 30 years, our small business relied on you for single sheets of W-2's and 1099's but now we have retired as well. Your card and gift assortment has been amazing too. Wishing you well in your retirement.

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Posted by Ball of Whacks Guy
a resident of Woodside: other
on Aug 9, 2019 at 3:18 pm

Kerry: it was a great pleasure doing business all these years. You were a great customer. You have/had a great staff too — especially Kathy and the Swiss Miss. it was always a pleasure coming into the store.

Best wishes to you!

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Posted by Stu Soffer
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Aug 11, 2019 at 12:54 pm

Village Stationers will be missed. Personal service form people you know. Hand delivered boxes of paper.

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Posted by Menlo Mom
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 14, 2019 at 5:49 pm

Thank you Kerry for all of your generosity over the years, donating supplies to our local schools, like Hillview for Mini-Courses and also to causes like the Hurricane Katrina Drive, to just name a few. We will also miss the unique gifts and items your store has offered Menlo Park residents for so many years. Certainly the end of an era, and wishing you all the best in your retirement. Please know that you have positively impacted many people here...especially families and students!