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gift guide 2010





Remember why you got your DSLR? Small Workshops Private Training Gift Certificates Jumpstart Booklet Coastal Explore Natural Light Explore and more!

Our goal is to impart the camera knowledge necessary for you to photograph your life as it unfolds before you. —Tom Upton Photo © 2010 Tom Upton

“I took the DSLR Jumpstart Deluxe course in October and learned SO much. My camera can do things I didn't know were possible. Tom and Nicole were incredibly patient and so helpful. The class size was very small (only 7 students, with 2 instructors) which allowed for lots of discussion and open Q&A. The booklet they provide you with is organized very well, and really easy to navigate. I felt like this class was tailored to me, my photography style, and my camera.”

—Stacy Greenwood

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Jewelry Stores

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Learn to love your camera this holiday season The DSLR is the brilliant digital progeny of the venerable 35mm SLR film camera. Dating from the mid-20th Century, the Nikkomat and the Nikon F were the most memorable. You may have recently treated yourself to a nice new DSLR camera with a couple a lenses. ...And there you are, staring a hole in your user manual, thinking, “Uhh. What have I done?” Zzzzzz. We created PhotoTrainer® to help people understand how to own and operate their own DSLR. The good news is that these cameras are not as formidable as they look. They are just packed with more features to make your photographs better than ever. Way more, way better. Are you ready to awaken latent artistry. PhotoTrainer® is for beginning and avid amateurs alike! “How can this be done, one size fits all?”, you ask... Our workshops have been crafted by a commercial photographer with 32 years of

experience and a technical writer and graphic designer, also with decades of experience. We create unique workshops that show you how your camera works, and how to practice good photography from this day forward. We single out the important camera features. We connect the fundamentals of good photography to the functions on your camera. You will be able to see the light and know how to set your camera for the photograph you want to get. Stop those blurry kids in their cute little tracks! We provide a supportive method and environment to get you started on your creative path with your camera. Break the Auto habit, practice well, and love your camera. 650-325-8120

Every child deserves a magical holiday season. Can you help us make that happen for homeless children in Silicon Valley?

PLEASE DONATE TODAY at or call 408.292.4286 Providing food,shelter and services to over 1,400 people daily at 26 locations 4 Holiday Gift Guide 2010

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“Bob will bring his store directly to your door” Now that’s location at it’s best! Enjoy our flexible presentations in the comfort of your home or office at your convenience... Featuring fine hand-made custom clothing and shirts by Brioni – Oxxford Clothes Hickey Freeman – Robert Talbott Direct Clothiers – H. Freeman.

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DIRECT CLOTHIERS Serving the Greater Bay Area Since 2000 (Formally with the original Bullock & Jones)

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Passionate about Jewelry Darren McClung Estate and Precious Jewelry is a jewelry lover’s treasure chest. For 17 years its extraordinary collection has been enhanced by the individual selection of the most beautiful, exquisitely made jewels by the world’s top designers or by designing their own timeless heirlooms. The talented artistic jewelers and designers that fabricate these jewels are also responsible for the custom work and restoration of their client’s jewelry, assuring that all work is in their most competent hands. The store also showcases period and antique jewelry from the 1790s Diamond hoop through the 1950s with earrings with an emphasis on Art detachable Deco and Edwardian jewels in their original fine sapphire drops. condition. Darren is also passionate about people and

Classic, with a twist.

the community that has supported his business for 17 years. His record of “giving back” includes support of Childrens Hospital, Menlo Charity Horse Show, Jewish Community Center, Palo Alto Humane Society and Vista Center For The Blind. And be sure to mark your calendars for these Holiday Special Events: November 19 and 20: British Designer Rodney Rayner and Gellner West Germany’s Randy Pavlow. December 10 and 11: The Michael Beaudry! Friday Events: Noon-6 Saturday Events: 11-4 Store Hours: Tuesday through Friday 11- 6; Saturday 11-4 Darren McClung Estate and Precious Jewelry The Stanford Barn, 700 Welch Road Suite 102 Palo Alto. 650.321.5994

Shop Olive 24/7 from home!

Voted The Best Eco Boutique in the East Bay by Diablo Magazine in 2009. Olive where you can find amazing pieces from Gypsy 05, Prairie Underground, Loomstate, The Battalion, Alex & Ani and many more.

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Diamond hoop earrings with detachable sapphire drops.

Something Creative for Everyone Located in the heart of Downtown Palo Alto, this treasure trove of art supplies, framing, gifts and stationary, has been providing their customers with all their creative needs along with exceptional customer service for over half a century. Come in and be WOWED! Whether looking for traditional art supplies, photo & ready-made frames, custom framing, or fun and unique gifts, University Art is your one stop shop. In the main store they not only carry art supplies and framing, but a whole array of memory making supplies, journals, stationary, creative papers, portfolios, art books and unique gifts. They have been providing the Bay Area with top quality framing for over 60 years. For the past 15 years, they’ve been voted the “Best Frame Shop” on the Mid-Peninsula. University Art’s custom frame designers are highly experienced, friendly and professional. They do all their custom framing in-house and have the largest selection of ready-made and photo frames in the Bay Area.

Then step into The Annex for high design and contemporary handcrafted accessories. You’ll find sparkling contemporary art glass; beautiful and fun handmade jewelry from artists all over; a delightful selection of luxurious soaps and body lotions and pampering products; gorgeous scarves & wraps; a tantalizing supply of handbags, totes and carrying cases; gift cards and gift wrap; and many more fun and funny unique gifts to pamper yourself or your loved ones. Started in 1948, “UArt” is still a family-owned and operated business that is committed to the communities we serve. While we’ve kept up with the times via our website and online shopping – we never forget the importance of having real people available to personally assist you with all your creative needs. If it’s creative, it’s bound to be here! University Art 267 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. 650.328.3500



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Cheeky Monkey Toys, the magic of play, the wonder of learning. Complimentary gift wrapping and assembly!

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640 Santa Cruz Ave. Menlo Park 650-328-7975 Shop Locally this Holiday

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Facing Up to The Holidays The Holiday Season, filled with celebrations and events, is often followed by the setting of New Year’s resolutions for how we take care of our bodies, face and skin. Whether it’s a treat you’ve just decided to give yourself or something you’ve been considering for a while, a few simple things can reduce the signs of aging. Dr. Jill Hessler, a double board certified Facial Plastic Surgeon, states that, “The eyes are generally the first place to display signs of aging.� Fortunately, there are a wide variety of treatments available. Botox works very well to erase the crow’s feet and lines between the eyebrows. Lasers and chemical peels can smooth the skin when deeper lines are present, as well as remove signs of sun damage. When under-eye bags are present, surgery

is your best option, Dr. Hessler explains. Dr. Hessler received her training at the University of Michigan and was on the faculty at the Washington University School of Medicine before moving to the Bay Area to start her practice in Palo Alto. Among numerous honors, she was selected again by her peers as one of the “Best Doctors in America.� She also serves as director of an international course on rhinoplasty, instructing surgeons on the art of aesthetic nose surgery, and teaches at additional courses on aging face. She has extensive experience in all aspects of facial plastic surgery, including eyelid surgery, facelift, rhinoplasty and browlift. She is excited to offer her experience and expertise to private clients in the discreet setting of the newly built Palo Alto office and surgery center at Premier Plastic Surgery. Now is the time to visit Dr. Hessler for your individualized consultation to get you ready for those upcoming holiday events! Dr. Jill Hessler Premiere Plastic Surgery 1795 El Camino Real Suite 200 Palo Alto 650-321-7100

Happy Holidays Jungho Jang, MSOM Chinese Medicine of Beijing University

We accept most HMO, PPO, and Kaiser

Olivia Jung, L.Ac. 1704 Miramonte Avenue, Suite 6 Mountain View, CA 94040 Olivia Jung, L.Ac. Tel: 650.967.4323 Fax: 650.967.4540 Services 1704 Miramonte Avenue, Suite 6

s Acupuncture Mountain View, CA 94040 s Beauty Acupuncture Tel: 650.967.4323 Fax: 650.967.4540 s Herbs s Cupping s Diet/Nutrition s Non-invasive

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Double Board Certified Fellowship-trained in Facial Plastic Surgery Voted “Best Doctors in America” All procedures performed by Dr. Hessler Join us December 9th for our Holiday Open House Premier Plastic Surgery 1795 El Camino Real, Suite 200 Palo Alto, CA 94306

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Tree Lighting Kicks off the Holiday Season at Hillsdale Shopping Center, San Mateo Hillsdale Shopping Center is the perfect place to start and finish holiday shopping while enjoying a variety of festivities. This hub of activity will be home to Santa who will greet children, pose for photos and even take photos with family pets. Other festivities take center stage during November and December:

Breakfast with Santa – Saturday, December 4; 8:00 am. Tickets are $9 general admission. Outback Steakhouse breakfast of scrambled egg croissant with cheese, bacon, fresh fruit, orange juice and hot chocolate with Santa! For tickets visit event/133423 or call 1 800 838 -3006

Tree Lighting Ceremony featuring Peninsula Ballet & Masterworks Chorale – Friday, November 19; 6:30 pm

One Warm Coat Drive – Nov. 26 – December 17th Clean new or reusable coats will be accepted at The Customer Service Center daily on behalf of Samaritan House.

KQED/PBS “The Cat in the Hat” Character Meet and Greet – Saturday, November 20; 9:30 am Photos with Santa – Saturday, November 20 – Friday, December 24. Visit for Santa’s hours and pricing.

Samaritan House Giving Tree – Samaritan House will be accepting gift donations for children, teens and seniors. Donations accepted: Friday, December 3, 10 & 17; 4:30-9:00 pm Saturday, December 4, 11, 18; 2-6 pm

Pet Photos with Santa – Sunday, November 21 – Wednesday, December 15. (Wednesdays and Sundays) Visit www.hillsdale .com for times

Toys for Tots Drive – December 1-22. Bring your donations to the Toy Drive Outpost located across from LEGO; 10am-8pm

Custom Interiors from Concept to Creation

633 W. Dana St., Mtn. View, CA 94041 Tel (650) 938-8822

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TREE LIGHTING Friday, November 19th at 6:30 PM

We’re creating bright holiday beginnings with the lighting of our 32’ tree and celebrating Santa’s arrival. Enjoy festive entertainment by Peninsula Ballet Theatre, Masterworks Chorale and ornament making for the kids. Little ones will receive free jingle bells to ring in the season! Visit or call 650-345-8222 for more information.

HILLSDALE SHOPPING CENTER NORDSTROM, MACY’S AND SEARS PLUS 130 SPECIALTY STORES Located off Hwy. 101 at Hillsdale Blvd. and El Camino Real in San Mateo Shop Mon. - Sat. 10 am - 9 pm and Sun. 11 am - 7 pm. 650.345.8222 Call for our extended holiday hours. Hillsdale is serviced by calTrain and SamTrans. Gift Cards available for purchase daily at the Customer Service Center located across from The Tailor Maid

The Pet Place “Not a chain… just one special store” 777 Santa Cruz Avenue Menlo Park


M-F 10-6 • Thurs 10-8 • Sat 10-5

Personalized Service, Referrals & Information, Problem Solving, Outstanding Beds, Books, Toys & Treats, Competitive Prices, Senior Discount

10% OFF Expires Dec. 31, 2010

Direct Clothiers will Suit Your Schedule! We offer Exceptional, Custom Hand Made Clothing and Shirts by: Brioni, Oxxford Clothes, Hickey Freeman, Robert Talbott and H. Freeman. Along with the superb clothing and shirts offered, you will experience superior service beyond your expectations all in the comfort of your home or office. We know your time is limited that is why our clients enjoy and prefer us coming directly to them! Bringing you 40 years experience in the fine men’s tailored clothing business with a smile! Our knowledge, dedication to detail and expertise of how fine clothing, should fit, feel and look when on; gives you the best fitting, well balanced garments possible! Since 2000, we have been serving prominent clients (you may even know some of them) throughout the Greater Bay Area. Please give Bob a call – you will be glad you did!

(May not be used with other discounts)

A full line of pet supplies, accessories and gifts for your dogs, cats, rabbits, small animals, reptiles, amphibs, birds & fish … also, wild creature supplies • Innova • Natural Balance • Nutro • Wellness • Solid Gold • Canidae • Nat. Planet Organics • Holistic Select • Wysong • Felidae • Sweet Harvest • Oxbow • Raw Frozen Food and much more... Owners Lynn and Marc Macy Lifelong Menlo Park residents, dedicated in every way to the health, education, and welfare of animals. Co-founders of the Stanford Cat Network and owners Pet Prints animal photography …while visions of the The Pet Place danced in their heads… 14 Holiday Gift Guide 2010

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Give a gift that grows… Help us preserve our redwood forests. For only $50, we will plant a tree in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and send the recipient an attractive gift card in your name. The perfect gift for the holidays, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and memorials. Dedicated trees, with a personalized nameplate, begin at $500.

Call today or order online (650) 949-1453

Preserving redwood forests since 1900 Sempervirens Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Gifts are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Health and Acupuncture This Holiday season give the gift of health, wellness and energy balance to yourself and your loved ones. Gen Acupuncture is working hard to spread the benefits of acupuncture and remove the mystery and skepticism that has been bestowed upon it by western medicine. Gen Acupuncture is dedicated to uncovering the root, or gen, of our patients’ ailments and diseases so that the appropriate treatments can be applied. We follow the founding concept of oriental medicine, which says that in order to treat an ailment or disease, you must first treat its root cause. The overall well-being of our patients is of utmost importance. We strive to help each patient find a healthy balance of mind and body through individualized treatment plans based on gen.

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Windows & Beyond

SALE ON NOW! LARGEST SELECTION Teak Outdoor Furniture Cushions & Umbrellas Sale Ends December 23rd

Our goal is to work with you to help you realize your vision. Whether you are in the beginning stages of your design planning or need help with the finishing touches, Windows and Beyond will help guide you to find the right window coverings, draperies and accent pieces that will perfectly reflect your lifestyle, personality, taste and budget. Since 1990, Windows & Beyond has helped create beautiful living spaces for thousands of Bay Area clients. We offer expert help with window treatments, color consultations, and assistance with furniture and accessory selections to make a house your home. Windows and Beyond is a Hunter Douglas Gallery Dealer. We carry all of the latest innovative products from Hunter Douglas. We also sell and repair Hunter Douglas window coverings. We have two locations to serve our Bay area customers:

Open Daily 10 - 5 / 650-366-0411

Mountain View 633 W. Dana Street. 650.938.8822

1445 Veterans Blvd Redwood City

Fremont 155 Anza Street. 510.623.8822

HAPPY HOLIDAYS Paquette Opticians Celebrating 37 years! We fit contact lenses, regular, sport and safety glasses and accessories for your whole family

$25 Contact Lens Fitting Fee with $100 purchase or more

Bonnie - Linda - Vanessa Family Owned since 1973 Hours: Mon-Thurs 10-7, Fri 10-5

(656) 965-4488 18 Holiday Gift Guide 2010

50% OFF Purchase of Sunglasses

with contact lens order

785 Castro Street, Mountain View

Wine and specialty food experts

Draeger’s Market has been catering to the distinctive tastes of the San Francisco Bay Area since 1925, earning a reputation for providing the very best food and wine from around the world. Draeger’s offers Specialty and Natural Foods, 300 varieties of Specialty Cheeses, Organic Produce, a broad selection of Bakery and Delicatessen products made fresh in their own kitchens every day, a full butcher shop and over 2500 domestic and imported wines. Party Trays are available. Awards include National Retailer of the Year for Wines and Spirits, 2010 Marketer Award for Lamb, and Reader’s Choice for Best Grocery Store. For holiday gift giving, the Home Department offers a wide variety of quality culinary tools, cookware, cook books and other accoutrements of the table. Food and Wine Gift baskets, Gift Cards and Gift Registry are available in the store or online. Draeger’s Market 1010 University Dr., Menlo Park. 650.324.7700


Stylish clothes for today‘s Woman San Carlos 654 Laurel Street


“Peninsula’s Best.” —San Jose Mercury News

“Best Chinese restaurant in Palo Alto” —NetDiners Bay Area restaurant Guide

“The best Dim Sum in the Bay Area”

—Russ Riera, KGO Radio

“The best Chicken Salad!”

—CBS 5 ‘Eye on the Bay’

1700 Embarcadero Rd, Palo Alto (at E. Bayshore Rd off Hwy 101) 650-856-7700

For over 50 years, Ming’s has served Bay Area customers with its famous Chicken Salad, Ming’s Beef, Hunan Eggplant and Dim Sum. Enjoy a fabulous variety of regional Chinese dishes, including a 40-item Vegetarian Menu. Attention to detail and focus on the best in service, menu and atmosphere has made Ming’s one of the most popular dining destinations on the Peninsula. Open 365 days a year Daily 11am-9:30pm Dim Sum on carts until 3pm Take-out, Delivery Available Cocktails/Full Bar. Free Wifi Happy Hour 3-6 p.m. Mon-Fri

10% OFF

Not Valid on private room dining. Must present coupon. Valid only for orders placed directly with Mings. Black-out dates may apply. Cannot be combined with other offers.

Holiday Party Booking Accepted LUNCH

(Includes Dim Sum on Carts. Maximum discount $15)


(Maximum discount $15)

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T O W N & C O U N T R Y V I L L AG E

The Cardinal Collection TM

Your source for officially licensed Stanford apparel and gifts.

Town & Country Village

855 El Camino Real at Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto (650) 462-1983 Next to CVS Pharmacy


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Over 50 Shops & Restaurants Located at Embarcadero & El Camino Real

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From Our Family to Yours‌ “Eat, Drink & Be Merryâ€? This Holiday Season


Best Bakery

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Happy Holidays! Douce France

Calafia Cafe

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104 Town & Country Village Palo Alto 650-322-3601

The Town & Country Village 855 El Camino Real Suite 130 Palo Alto, California (650) 322-9200

It is better to gift than to receive. freedom of style

Women‘s Accessories and Apparel 88 Town & Country Village Palo Alto 650.853.1919

Stocking StufďŹ ng Jewelry PLUS Crystal, Silver, Art and Home Accessories Since 1992, the ďŹ rst and ďŹ nest in consigned furniture.



Our specialty is helping you find an easy, contemporary look for the holidays.

165 Main Street Los Altos 650.917.8900 Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm

Compassion for Pets Winners of The Almanacs’ Reader’s Choice Award for the 18th consecutive year, The Pet Place owners Lynn and Marc Macy, along with their friendly, knowledgeable staff, provide outstanding customer service. This is a wonderful pet supply store, with such heart and compassion for animals, dedicated to health, education, welfare, rescue, and adoptions. The store offers an incredible selection of products for whatever is needed to take the best possible care of your animals. The Pet Place goes the extra mile, whether it is locating a difficult to find product, a referral for a veterinary specialist, a custom harness for a disabled dog, or a toy for your favorite “grandcat”. The Pet Place has been recognized nationally as U.S. retailer of the year by the Pet Product News magazine and has received the City of Menlo Park’s prestigious Golden Acorn award for professional excellence. The Pet Place 777 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park 650-325-PETS

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2010 Voted Best Burger for over 17 Years PATIO DINING Great place to meet

“Setting a Standard of Quality in the Burger Industry.”

Mountain View

615 W. El Camino Real (650) 967-0851 22 Holiday Gift Guide 2010

No place like Ming’s Dim Sum… Chinese Chicken Salad… Ginger Crab… Garlic-Baked Lobster… If Thoughts of these stir up your appetite, follow the path thousands of diners have taken for over 54 years and head for Ming’s. Noted for its Cantonese, Hunan, Szechwan and Hong Kong-style dishes, this ever-popular dining spot brings customers to Palo Alto for the celebrated “Ming’s Experience.” Ming’s Exterior façade and interior décor inspire the elegant feeling of a centuries-old Imperial Palace. The front door, flanked by two carved stone Foo Dogs, opens to an elegant marbletopped full bar and lounge. The right side of the bar are three private dining rooms which can join to become a 250 guests banquet hall. During lunch hours, dim sum is a big draw, served from little “buffets on wheels” carted to your table by attentive waitresses. These small delicacies range from Har Gau (steamed shrimp dumplings), spring rolls and pot stickers to stuffed mushrooms and countless others, allowing you to sample a great variety of flavors. Ming’s Open 365 days a year 1700 Embarcadero Rd., Palo Alto, 650.856.7700

City of Palo Alto Utilities

The City of Palo Alto Utilities Department (CPAU) is a customer-owned utility that has served the community for over 110 years. Residents and businesses maintain control over utility services with locally-accessible field crews and customer services staff. The money that Palo Altans spend on their utilities bills stays in the local economy. It goes to the operation of the utilities and to support other City services such as libraries, police, fire and recreation. CPAU aims to provide all of its customers with reliable, environmentally-sound service at the lowest possible cost, while encouraging efficiency improvements to reduce monthly bills. As purchasing an energy efficient car reduces your total gasoline bill, improving the efficiency of utility use maintains or lowers your bill. CPAU offers many incentives and programs to help you control costs. Learn more about CPAU. Visit or call (650) 329-2241.




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PentaTray by Boris Bally, Providence, RI ~ $85. Made from upcycled Department of Transportation street signs. Photo: J.W. Johnson Photography Visit livegreene for unique green gifts for every occasion. All of our products are made from recycled, reclaimed, organic, and/ or sustainable materials. Even our shelving is made of recycled paper! Or visit our online store for the perfect eco gift. It’s fun and easy to make your home or office green at livegreene. Green to the power of everything!

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526 Waverley St. Downtown Palo Alto (650) 328-8555

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Families Change . . . Children Grow . . . Our Portraits are Forever Make your holiday appointment now! 7i``ˆ˜}ÃÊUÊ*œÀÌÀ>ˆÌÃÊUÊ*>À̈ià Restore faded, old or torn memories THEODORE H. MOCK

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As Silicon Valley’s leading provider of housing and homeless services, we currently serve more than 27,000 clients and provide 195,000 nights of shelter and 500,000 meals to very low income, homeless and at-risk families and individuals. Children are the largest growing segment of our clients served. InnVision operates programs in 26 locations, from San Jose to Redwood City, to address the needs of people in transition. InnVision programs offer emergency shelter, transitional and permanent support housing and multiservice centers. Our comprehensive services provide individualized and group support with personal and job development, money management, child development and after-school programs. With your support, we can continue to provide critical services to those most in need in our community and empower our clients by providing them with the tools they need to find…the Way Home. InnVision 1900 The Alameda Suite 400, San Jose. 408.292.4286

It’s Holiday Time! Celebrate at Scott’s

For over twenty years, Scott’s Seafood has been a Palo Alto tradition. Our warm atmosphere and friendly service provide an inviting counterpart to our fresh seafood menu. Scott’s is best known for serving the freshest seafood from local and distant waters as well as USDA prime dry-aged steaks. From our savory clam chowder to Dungeness crab cakes, the flavors burst forth with originality and an Old World charm. Our new menu is modern and contemporary using seasonal ingredients and organic produce. We feature a California wine list and full bar. For a romantic evening, business luncheon or a casual meal with friends before or after a Stanford game, come to Scott’s and let our experience work for you. Scott’s is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We have live music in the bar every Thursday and Friday nights. And don’t miss our daily happy hour from 4-7 p.m. Scott’s Seafood #1 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto 650.323.1555

Voted Best Jewelry and Gift Shop 2010

Shady Lane originated over 30 years ago to sell our own designs and we now offer artisan-designed gifts from not only local but international designers. We always choose our offerings with an artistic eye and display them in lovely arrangements at very reasonable prices. Our extensive selection is simply extraordinary! The Trollbead collection is a Danish artisandesigned line that we are now offering and it is very much like Shady Lane, artist founded and family owned. We are always thankful to our customers who share the Shady Lane experience with family and friends as we are now generations enjoying our lives together. Please view our new website to see why we are better than ever! Complimentary gift wrapping is now available!


Shady Lane Gifts from the Heart 441 University Ave. 650.321.1099

The Straight Scoop

Hair International is celebrating 20 years at Stanford Shopping Center. We are very excited to have been voted, for the 5th year in a row, Best Hair Salon and Best Men’s Salon in the Palo Alto Weekly readers poll. We are committed to providing the highest quality service, products and treatments. Because of the recent controversy regarding Brazilian Blow-dry treatments, we want to assure our clients that our product is 100% formaldehyde free, independent lab tested, and safe for both customers and stylists. In our salon, the service is performed only by stylists certified and trained in this procedure. Brazilian Blow-dry by Cadiveu, manufactured in Brazil, results in smooth, easy-care, silky and healthy hair. Used on all hair types—and can tame the frizziest hair—it can lasts 3-5 months. We love it, and our customers have found it to be life-changing! Please visit us this holiday season, and enjoy our friendly, experienced staff and reasonable prices. You can rely on us to make your visit a happy and healthy one. Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday, Pam Decharo, Salon Owner. Hair Interntional Stanford Shopping Center. 650.324.2007

Private Rooms Special Occasion Dinners Award Winning Cuisine

Prix Fixe Menu $30 (includes Starter, Entreé & Dessert) Main Dining Room Only - Parties of up to six persons

3001 El Camino Real Redwood City, CA 94061 (at Selby Lane, at the border of Atherton & Redwood City)

Monday thru Saturday 5:30pm-10:00pm Dinner Only

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Edith Schneider Design A truly hidden treasure is “Edith Schneider Jewelry & Accessories” at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park. If you are looking for unique one-of-a-kind gifts, this is the place to go. Handmade jewelry and clothing designed by Edith Schneider and accessories from artists all over the US are arranged by color groups in her delightful store & studio at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park. Hats and scarves made of bamboo, felt or silk; bags made of felt, fabric or leather; fun cards, glass boxes, pewter photo stands and paper weights etc, you will be surprised with the variety of tasteful gifts you can find there. Walk through the store, or visit the courtyard that Edith has changed into a sculpture garden with the artwork of four local artists. Edith Schneider Allied Arts Guild 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. 650.327.2545 Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm

Celebrating 37 Years of clear vision

Paquette Opticians wants to thank everyone for the devoted support. October 1st we celebrated 37 years in business. We are the last independent optician in Silicon Valley and are family owned and operated. Bob Paquette started his career as a medical corpsman in the U.S. NAVY, continuing on to become an optician. On October 1st 1973 Bob opened his own business. With support of family, opthalmologists and optometrists throughout the valley he grew. Bob and his wife M.E. Paquette MD shared patients, solving endless medical mysteries and became very involved in the community and charities. Bonnie, his daughter, has carried on in his place with the help of her sister Linda and staff, including manager Vanessa. They continue to provide unique, quality products and service. Their patients come from 9 countries and over twenty states and all agree, Paquette Opticians is a positive, happy place to shop and offer old fashion personal service.

When purchasing electronics think

ENERGY SMART THIS HOLIDAY. Did you know that some electronics use more electricity than other appliances or devices? IT’S TRUE. Some televisions use more than 650 kilowatt hours of electricity per year—costing you about $75 annually! Some high definition televisions with a 40-inch or larger screen use more electricity than even a typical refrigerator.* *per Natural Resources Defense Council Tips for saving money with electronics: • Buy ENERGY STAR® rated equipment

• Compare energy use between models. • Purchase a model with a power saver mode, and set it to this mode BEFORE you wrap it. • Disable “Quick Start” options that leave electronics in a constant standby mode. • When electronic devices are done charging, unplug the charger.

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Paquette Opticians 785 Castro Street, Suite C. 650.965.4488 Holiday Gift Guide 2010 29

A Holiday Treat for the Family The Bay Area’s hottest holiday ticket, The Christmas Ballet, makes its annual visit with a perfect gift for audience members of all ages. Smuin Ballet’s snow-filled extravaganza boasts everything from ballet, tap, and jazz to a wealth of other dances and music drawn from holiday traditions from around the world. Called “an ode to holiday mischief” by 7x7 Magazine and “an effervescent bauble” by the San Francisco Chronicle, this enormously popular celebration includes gorgeous traditional ballet danced to Handel, Bach, and familiar carols (the Classical Christmas) along with contemporary pieces set to beloved pop tunes by Louis Armstrong, Harry Connick Jr., and Elvis (the Cool Christmas). This year features two world premieres: Choreographer in Residence Amy Seiwert’s ballet performed to Leonard Bernstein’s sweeping version of “Carol of the Bells,” and Ballet Master Amy London’s cheery addition set to Andy Williams’ “It’s the

Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” In the spirit of the season, Smuin Ballet continues its partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program by offering an opportunity at each of its venues to help those in need. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to the box office, and you’ll receive 50% off your ticket to the 8:00 pm performance of The Christmas Ballet on Saturday, December 11th at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. On Saturday December 11th following the 2:00 pm show, Smuin Ballet presents its special children’s reception, “Santa’s Sweets.” Santa will be dropping in for a visit with his favorite Smuin Ballet dancers, and children (of all ages) are invited! Bring your favorite youngsters, enjoy some holiday treats – and don’t forget your camera. Single tickets ($49, $59, and $62) are available through the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts box office at 650.903.6000.

Brighten Your Holidays at Shreve Jewelers Stanford Shopping Center Shreve & Co. was established in 1852 just four years after the discovery of gold in the California hills. The oldest retail business in San Francisco and oldest jeweler in California, Shreve was the only jeweler to survive the 1906 earthquake and fire. After the deaths of the two intrepid Shreve brothers, the store was incorporated as Shreve & Co. in 1894, with George Rodman, the son of George Shreve, as president and partner Albert J. Lewis as the majority stockholder. The store now stood on Market Street, across from the Grand Palace Hotel. Stately carriages rolled by with women adorned in feathers and finery...their escorts clad in top hats and waistcoats. Fashion of the day dictated that men wear wide cravats accented by diamonds and gold stickpins. Women wore many pieces of fine jewelry — brooches, necklaces, rings... and many bejeweled bracelets on each wrist. The style setters of this era lived in opulence. The mines, railroads and rich farmlands had spawned a new wealth on San Francisco’s Gold Coast. 30 Holiday Gift Guide 2010

An independent, family-owned and operated full-service jeweler, Shreve has two locations: one on the corner of Post and Grant in The City and the other in the Stanford Shopping Center. Shreve & Co. carries watch brands Patek Philippe, Rolex, IWC, Omega, Panerai and Lange & Sohne; and jewelry brands Hearts on Fire, Mikimoto, Roberto Coin, Marco Bicego, and Wellendorff. “I have a great staff with over a hundred years of experience collectively to help you make the right decision whether you are looking for a diamond engagement ring or a fine timepiece,” says Stanford Shopping Center Manager George Bentley, “and our selection is the best in the Bay Area.” Shreve & Co. Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto 650.327.2211

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Celia Fushille, Artistic & Executive Director

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Holiday Gift Guide 2010  

The Almanac's Holiday Guft Guide 2010.

Holiday Gift Guide 2010  

The Almanac's Holiday Guft Guide 2010.