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Holiday Guide An advertising supplement produced by the Palo Alto Weekly, The Almanac and Mountain View Voice Holiday Guide 2014 1

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Alexander’s Patisserie — Now Open Alexander’s Patisserie is the bay area’s premier European patisserie experience. Located in the heart of Downtown Mountain View on Castro Street, Alexander’s Patisserie is a welcome addition to the area. The patisserie is led by Executive Pastry Chef Dries Delanghe. Chef Delanghe was born and raised in Belgium and graduated from the prestigious Ter Groene Poorte in Bruges with a bachelor degree in pastry techniques. He has honed his skills working in several world renowned pastry shops including, the 5-star Hotel Les Sangliers de Ardennes in Brussels, Belgium, Pierre Hermé in Paris, France, and the highly acclaimed 3-Michelin-starred Joël Robuchon in Las Vegas, Nevada. Chef Delanghe describes his style as classic with a modern twist. His creations incorporate seasonal ingredients and reflect his traditional European training while also incorporating contemporary techniques. Alexander’s Pa-

tisserie offers a large selection of delicious sweets including, cakes, tarts, cookies, macarons, chocolates, and confections. They also offer a variety of savory breads and gourmet sandwiches. Alexander’s Patisserie also serves a variety of signature coffee and espresso drinks by Equator Coffee. Chef Delanghe and his culinary team are delighted to create and design custom desserts and confections in a variety of flavors that can be designed for any event including weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions. 209 Castro Street Mountain View, CA 94043 Tel: (650) 864-9999 For general inquiries, please contact: Business Hours: Sunday-Wednesday: 6:00am-8:00pm Thursday-Saturday: 6:00am-10:00pm

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Blue Illusion Celebrates Real Women Personal curators of style, in a French inspired boutique. Have you visited Blue Illusion boutique? With a nod to effortless French style and a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’, Blue Illusion created fashion for real women. This season Blue Illusion presents a chic collection of apparel, accessories, footwear and home decor. Discover a vibrant kaleidoscope of colour in signature prints featuring floral, geometric, and animal inspired patterns. Explore figure-flattering silhouettes suitable for every woman’s figure, making for an ultimate style statement this season. Shop an extensive range of beautiful dresses and kaftans, jackets and shapely flitting pants. Showcased within a charming environment. Blue Illusion provides every woman with fun, comfortable and friendly surroundings. The expert styling services available ensure you look and feel fabulous. OR CALL

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Escape from the ordinary. DINAH’S POOLSIDE RESTAURANT

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Local favorite, Dinah’s Poolside Restaurant, offers breakfast, lunch, happy hour with cocktails, and dinner daily. Newly renovated and serving up a fresh new menu, this spectacular setting is the perfect spot to enjoy special moments with family and friends. Try one of our new menu items or enjoy one of your old favorites. Open 7-days a week from 6:30am to 9:00pm. Revisit the unique charm of Dinah’s Poolside Restaurant.

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Soaring Over Lake Tahoe I’m not going to call myself a daredevil, although sometime I wish I were one. My vacation stories are usually pretty light on action, heavy on the hammocks. So I was more than a little nervous when I found myself considering going aloft in an aircraft with no engine. At first thought, flying in a glider seemed like an activity only for the brave of heart. Yet after just a few minutes with Laurie Harden’s friendly staff at SoaringNV in Minden, NV, I knew I was in good hands. The professionals at SoaringNV really took their time getting me comfortable in the front seat of the glider and explaining the instruments and controls. While my FAA-certified glider pilot and flight instructor got buckled in the backseat, he explained what I would be experiencing during the flight. My excitement mounted as the tow pilot attached the tow line to the glider, started his own engine, and began the take-off roll. Only a few bumps down the runway, and we were off the ground, being towed smoothly

behind the tow plane. We circled over the airport, gaining altitude, then headed west toward Lake Tahoe. When we were about a mile above the ground, I got to pull the yellow knob releasing us from the tow plane. I’ve seen it from the road, and I’ve seen it from a boat, but seeing the crystalline blue of Lake Tahoe from a glider was breathtaking. My whole flight could have been this relaxing, but Stefan (my pilot) offered me the controls. My stick and rudder time filled me with so much confidence, that I requested some aerobatics. In that one flight, I went from a girl that doesn’t venture to the woman who flew upside down over Lake Tahoe. So if you are seeking relaxation, a little adventure, or an aerobatic thrill ride, you should contact the folks at SoaringNV. You can even get your glider pilot license with them. For more information call 775.782.9595 or go to their website Only a 30 minute drive from Heavenly Ski Area, 45 minutes from Kirkwood, in the rugged, relaxed and reachable Carson Valley.


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Good Vibrations Good Vibrations is the premiere retailer, trusted for over 37 years to provide quality products, education, and information about sexual health and wellness. We are proud to provide high-quality, sexpositive products and non-judgmental, accurate sex information through our clean and comfortable stores and website. Our mission is to enhance our customer’s sex lives and promote healthy attitudes about sex. We pioneered the concept of clean, inviting and well-lit stores in which to purchase vibrators and other intimate products. Trained by our resident PhD, our staff provides comprehensive and up-to-date information about sexual health and wellness products. Located just off University Avenue, our Palo Alto boutique is convenient yet discreet and is the perfect destination for an intimate date night and for finding sensual gifts. Drop in to browse our selection of toys and marvel at the newest technology in sexual pleasure. Good Vibrations 534 Ramona St Palo Alto, CA 94301 (650) 422-2790




Give That Special, Perfect Gift â&#x20AC;&#x153;Looking for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;smartâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;differentâ&#x20AC;? gift? BK Collections has art, jewelry, some clothing, and all kinds of items suitable for that special gift. A lot of the work is Asian-inspired which I especially like. Worth the trip to Los Altos.â&#x20AC;?

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Custom Closets Built Around Your Life Closet Factory closet systems are built with you in mind along every step of our design and build process. Whether you are looking for more bedroom space, an organized home office, or an attractive living room entertainment center; our closet system solutions are built specifically to your needs, desires, and budget. Free In-Home Design Consultations Each of our jobs start with an in-home visit from one of our highly trained closet designers who will measure your space and work with you to design a closet you love. Our designers are experts at creating additional garage space, convenient guest rooms, and so much more. However you would like to makeover your living space, we want to help! Quality Manufacturing As soon as you have approved the ideal design for your home, our craftsmen go to work; using only the best quality materials to craft each part of your custom design. From cutting to finishing to assembly to inspection, everything is done with the utmost care to ensure quality, specificity, and cleanliness.

Quick and Easy Installation The final step is a quick, clean installation of your immaculate new dream closet, garage, home office, entertainment center, pantry, laundry room, or other unit. The building is all done in our factory, so there will be no unnecessary cutting, sanding, or other messy construction in your home. And the installation is always completed within one or a few days! We look forward to meeting you and designing the perfect closet system to improve your quality of life. Remember, the entire Closet Factory team is never more than a phone call away and we are happy to receive any last minute questions or concerns. - Uri Rosenberg, CEO Closet Factory San Francisco Bay Area CLOSET FACTORY 9am to 5pm Monday thru Friday, Saturday 10am to 4pm, Sunday and evenings by appointment 1000B Commercial St, San Carlos 650-542-7120

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PACO’s second annual holiday extravaganza features seasonal favorites which include excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s beloved Nutcracker Ballet (with the fabulous young dancers of Mountain View’s Pacific Ballet Academy), and Handel’s Messiah (with sensational local soprano Shawnette Sulker), plus Beatles tunes with guitarist Yuri Liberzon and a cameo appearance by PACO’s youngest ensemble, the SuperStrings Orchestra, directed by Kris Yenney. 650.856.3848 • •

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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 her 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 320 Lambert Ave, Palo Alto 650-799-9009

A Bay Area tradition in Palo Alto. • Holiday Reservations Open 7 days a week M-F Lunch & Dinner Sat & Sun Brunch & Dinner

• Banquet Rooms • Happy Hour 4 - 7 pm daily • Monday Night Football

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• Across the street from Stanford • Monthly Wine Tasting

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If it’s holiday’s here!

H O L I D A Y S Frames, Gifts, Calendars, Cards, Toys & more... Create your holiday at UArt!

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Come See the Magic of Ladera Garden & Gifts Family-owned and operated by Mercedes and Juan Navarro, Ladera Garden and Gifts has been a cornerstone of the Ladera Country Shopper for over 30 years. At this full-service nursery, there is a huge selection of outdoor plants and trees - including annuals, perennials, roses, vines, native plants, succulents, herbs and ferns. For indoors, choose from an amazing array of orchids, bromeliads or ask Mercedes to create you a stunning bouquet from the selection of cut flowers. Discover whimsical and colorful garden art throughout the nursery and gift shop. We bring the beauty and excitement to our award winning Nursery and Gift Shop. In 2006, the Garden Center expanded to include a gift shop filled with treasures. Our selection is always changing, and, like favorite mementos from your life, each item has a story worth sharing. From California soaps and hand lotions, hand blown glassware from Vermont, Italian flatware and ceramic pots, French table linens, baby gifts and Jellycat stuffed - you’ll find some-

thing for everyone, from children to parents. And when you need entertaining essentials, we’re your one-stop shop - whether you’re hosting a holiday or a very personal special occasion. All gift purchases include complimentary gift wrapping. Our high-quality, original items are a great value. Choose from eye-catching, trend-setting home accents, an awe-inspiring array of holiday merchandise and much more. It’s much more than a nursery and gift center- it’s a community hub! A place to hang out and catch up on news with Juan and Mercedes as well as your neighborhood friends! Ladera Garden & Gifts 3130 Alpine Road, Portola Valley (650) 854-3850

Thank you Mid-Peninsula, for Helping Meyer Thrive for over 65 Years A third generation, family owned business established in 1946 - Meyer Appliance moved into our new Mountain View location in 2012. We have truly appreciated all of our many faithful customers who have stayed with us and allowed us to grow in our beautiful new showroom. To help show our appreciation, we are holding a HUGE SALE from now until February 2015. Please stop by to see our discounted prices on Miele, Sub Zero, Wolf, Thermador, and more.. As always, we are happy to go to your home at no charge to make sure that your desired appliance will fit in your space. Meyer is serviced based company - so we take our relationships with our customers 18 Holiday Guide 2014

very seriously. Our expertise is in Appliances, Kitchens, and Baths; and we also have an award-winning staff of designers and craftspeople to help with any remodeling project. If you are servicing an appliance or building your home, we have a complete showtoom and professional staff to help guide you through any size project. We are proud to have many clients who have realized their dreams with the expertise of the Meyer Family. Let us help you realize yours. Come visit us soon. 861 East El Camino Mountain View 1.800.540.8318



from Terri Couture









My clients always want to know what is happening in the real estate market. As part of your financial team, it is my responsibility to keep you informed of the general and specific real estate market conditions. I have all the current market trends, conditions and statistics. If it’s happening, I know about it. Houses are selling! 95% of my business is referrals from past clients and previous clients. Clients trust me to help them make decisions. Want to make the right financial decision? I will guide you to success.



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Please consider donating these most needed items: • Meals in a can (stew, chili, soup)

• Tuna and canned meat

• Peanut butter

• Canned fruits and vegetables

• 100% fruit juices

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FOR SALE // 6 Blue Oaks Court, Portola Valley | 6BLUEOAKSCT.COM Offered at $5,495,000 | Beds 4 | Full Baths 3 | Half Baths 3 | Home ±7,280 sf | Lot ±2.76 acres

312 Fulton Street, Palo Alto Offered at $2,200,000 | SOLD

435 Coleridge Avenue, Palo Alto Offered at $14,750,000 | SOLD

539 Madison Way, Palo Alto Offered at $3,998,000 | SOLD

221 Kingsley Avenue, Palo Alto Offered at $9,000,000 | SOLD

316 McKendry Drive, Menlo Park Offered at $1,395,000 | SOLD

35 Golden Oak Dr, Portola Valley Offered at $3,700,000 | SOLD

Michael Dreyfus, Broker 650.485.3476 LICENSE NO. 01121795

Downtown Palo Alto 728 Emerson St., Palo Alto | 650.644.3474 Sand Hill Road 2100 Sand Hill Rd., Menlo Park | 650.847.1141

Summer Brill, Sales Associate 650.468.2989 LICENSE NO. 01891857

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Ronald McDonald House® at Stanford Where Healing Happens Together Our story began nearly a year ago, when without warning, my three-year-old daughter Nevaeh suffered a seizure that lasted more than 20 minutes. Terrified, I called 911 and my little girl was rushed to the ER where she experienced additional lifethreatening seizures. A few hours later, Nevaeh was flown to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, where doctors worked to keep her alive. My two other children, Audrey, Nevaeh’s twin sister, and three-year-old Patrick, stayed with a relative while I drove hundreds of miles from Reno to Palo Alto, not knowing if Nevaeh would survive until I arrived. At the hospital, I found my little girl clinging to life. I was told she would need a kidney transplant and later, a liver transplant, and that it could take months of treatment and therapy before she would be strong enough for surgery. After five long weeks in the hospital, doctors

released Nevaeh to stay at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford. They knew the House would provide a safe and supportive environment close to the hospital where she could gain strength surrounded by her own family. Together, my children and partner Joe have made the House our home for nearly a year. Here, we benefit from a tightknit community of support comprised of amazing volunteers, dedicated staff, and the comfort of other families who are going through the same struggles. This is what makes the House a home. Nevaeh is now strong enough to be on the kidney transplant list and together we are anxiously awaiting the call telling us an organ is available. Every day I am grateful for Ronald McDonald House at Stanford. Here we receive the support, comfort, and care that allows my family, and many more like mine, to stay and heal together.

Something Creative for Everyone Whether you’re looking for tradi- in-house, and they offer the largest tional art supplies, photo & ready- selection of frames in the Bay Area. In May of 2014 University Art made frames, custom opened a new store in beautiful framing, or fun giftt Redwood City. Their ideas, University Artt new Art Center on the Center is your one-stop p El Camino is spacious, shop. In addition airy and chock-full of to art supplies and the same amazing framing, they carry a art supplies, frames, whole array of memcustom framing and ory-making supplies, unique gifts they’ve journals, stationery, been famous for for and hard-to-find gifts. UArt has been providing the Bay Area over 65 years. If it’s creative – it’s at UArt! with top quality framing for over University Art Center 2550 El Camino Real, Redwood City 65 years. Their frame designers are 650-328-3500 highly experienced, friendly and fessional, all custom framing is done Holiday Guide 2014 23


Delicious fresh Italian food in beautiful downtown Los Altos prepared with the freshest ingredients and healthy choices.



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for everyone on your list in DOWNTOWN LOS ALTOS 1. FOR THE CRAFTER: Fabrics, maker tools, and art supplies galore at The Makery, 170 State Street

4. FOR THE TODDLER: Gift Cards, individual and package play passes at PLAY!, 170 State Street

2. FOR THE PARENT: Dinner & drinks, and Bento Boxes for the kids while they play in the supervised Playroom at Bumble, 145 First Street

5. FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY: Bring home a catered meal for Dinner at Forest on First, 129 First Street

3. FOR THE TWEEN: 200 tokens to drop into the fun and exciting games at Area 151, 151 First Street

6. FOR THE HOME: Beautiful botanicals and hand GVEJXIH他SVEPWEX The Botanist, 170 State Street

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Traditionally Derby has quickly captured... the hearts of Northern California residents on the hunt for that perfect piece of furniture, a distinctive chandelier or room accessory, Design Services, or all of the above. Derby Owner and Designer, Eileen Bocci, is the driving force behind the shop and brings unbridled energy and passion to her work. Her staff provides professional design assistance and outstanding customer service. Courteous and resourceful, they are always available to help, as needed. No project is ever too small and no customer request is ever unanswered. This 5500 square feet showroom on Santa Cruz Avenue offers a broad selection of traditional and transitional furniture. If you don’t find what you are looking for, there is an extensive designer’s library with sumptuous, inspired fabrics for special order. Traditionally Derby 850 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park, 650.521.0778

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Tom’s Outdoor Furniture has been known for the past 14 years as the Bay Area’s #1 Teak Specialist. Voted “Best On The Peninsula” for the past 7 years by consumers business review. All of our premier Teak is Grade “A” kiln dried, plantation grown, government regulated and comes with a lifetime guarantee. We are proud of our exemplary customer service and look forward to serving you. We are a locally owned and operated family business helping build the community one outdoor living space at a time. We serve the entire Bay Area and deliver as far as Lake Tahoe & Carmel. Please visit us at 1445 Veterans Blvd in Redwood City. Open daily from 10-6. We do not sell through the internet; we are an old school hands on person to person experience. Tom’s Furniture (650) 366-0411

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;For more than 55 years, Midtown Realty has been assisting its neighbors and friends with one of the most important purchases in their lifeâ&#x20AC;Ś their home! At Midtown Realty, we are dedicated to working with people, not clients. We sell homes, not houses and Palo Alto is our home, not a branch RĹąFH<HDUDIWHU\HDUSHRSOHWUXVWXVWRKHOSZLWK WKHLUPRVWLPSRUWDQWLQYHVWPHQWWKHLUKRPH<RX too can count on us for all your real estate needs. Give us a call today.â&#x20AC;?

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10% OFF Holiday sheet music We’re now open 7 days a week! Make us your neighborhood morning coffee spot and join us weekdays starting at 8am! Present this ad before 12/24/14!

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262 Castro St., Mountain View 650-961-1566 | Hrs: Mon-Thurs 10-8, Fri-Sat 10-9, Sun 10-5

Give a gift this Holiday that will nurture your child’s body and mind all year long...

Order Early To Ensure Pre-Holiday Installation! Receive a FREE ladder & Basketball set with select trampolines

1064 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View • (650) 969-2200 Open 10am - 5:30pm Everyday •

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A Unique Brand of Hospitality in Palo Alto Family owned and operated since 1957, Dinah’s Garden Hotel is a lush oasis in Silicon Valley, and was voted “Best Hotel in Palo Alto!” Visitors and locals alike love dining casually at Dinah’s Poolside Restaurant. Dinah’s Poolside is a local favorite for breakfast, and is now open for lunch, happy hour, and dinner as well. Poolside has a farm to table approach with seasonal dishes and provides a great atmosphere for events, whether it be a rehearsal dinner or a holiday party. Dinah’s is located near Stanford and the headquarters for the world’s leading businesses. We are California Green Certified and feature gardens, Koifilled lagoons, well-appointed guestrooms, banquet facilities, two restaurants and art from around the world. All 98 guestrooms and 31 suites are inspired by decorum from around the globe. Discover why we have been a destination creating a unique brand of hospitality for more than 55 years! Dinah’s Garden Hotel 4261 El Camino Real Palo Alto, CA 94303 (650) 273-5111

I can see your house from here! If planning to make a move, you can count on me to make sure you land safely in the right place! Happy 2015! No one knows your neighborhood like your neighbor

KIM COPHER 650.917.7995 BRE #01423875

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Support our Kids

with a gift to the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund Drive. With the support of matching grants from the Packard and Hewlett Foundations and other generous donors, the Palo Alto Weekly

Holiday Fund has raised and given away more than $4 million in the

past 19 years to local nonproďŹ t organizations with programs serving children and families.

100% of the money raised is distributed with no administrative expenses deducted.

Donate online today to the 2014 Holiday Fund at

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Give the Gift of Fun All Year Long! Families all over the world have found thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more to a Backyard Adventures wooden play system than you might immediately notice. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fitness and exercise, fresh air and time with friends, laughter and imagination, physical and mental development, learning and education and just downright good fun! Terra Patio is also proud to carry two top brands of trampolines: JumpSport Trampoline and AlleyOop Trampolines. Both of these top brands offer a trampoline with enclosure, and also other trampoline equipment such as trampoline tents, nets and pads. Our trampolines have exceptional safety jumping surfaces and features; in fact the patented Air-Pillow System is ranked #1 for safety by the experts. The next time you are in the market for a trampoline give us a call. 1064 W El Camino Real, Mountain View (650) 969-2200

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Happy Holidays We want to extend our wishes for a wonderful holiday season May joy, peace and prosperity be yours this season and through out the new year. There is no time like the holidays to express our sincere gratitude to our clients for their loyal business.

ELLEN BARTON 650.917.7989

IRENE YANG President’s Club BRE # 00640629


Vicki Ferrando



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PATRICE HORVATH President’s Club

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Angelique Elmenguard 650.793.3195 BRE# 01061833


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Happy Holidays We want to extend our wishes for a wonderful holiday season May joy, peace and prosperity be yours this season and through out the new year. There is no time like the holidays to express our sincere gratitude to our clients for their loyal business.


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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: Mon-Fri lunch & dinner, Sat & Sun brunch & 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 2014 Shady Lane opened over 35 years ago as a venue for showcasing our own creations, and we’ve since offered an ever-growing array of artisan designed gifts and jewelry from the Bay Area and the world. At Shady Lane you can browse art glass, ceramics, jewelry, fine woodworking, textile art, and discuss these unique treasures with the artisans themselves, many of whom help in the store. We are deeply thankful to our customers who have shared their delight in the Shady Lane experience. Our stellar Yelp reviews are an example. Please visit our completely NEW in 2014 website to see the breath and beauty of our wonderful offerings and visit our store to see why we are better than ever! Complimentary gift wrapping is always offered. Shady Lane Gifts from the Heart 441 University Ave., Palo Alto 650-321-1099


Ghodsi Emambakhsh BRE# 01298074 BRE#01404945




melanie.johnson BRE#01040928

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650. 823.1799


Soaring is one of the most safe, economical, and exhilarating forms of aviation. And Minden is an international destination for the sport.  Outstanding year-round conditions, and stunning scenery surrounding the Minden-Tahoe Airport make this a must-do activity for visitors to the area.  SoaringNV can taylor the experience to your thrill level.  Serene and floaty, upside down pulling some G’s, or something in-between.

Visit for this seasons holiday ride specials.

1138 Airport Rd., Minden, Nevada • 775.782.9595 w w w. s o a r i n g nv. c o m A message from Laurie Harden, a.k.a. Glider Girl: Why go out for a little fresh air, when you can have the whole sky?  Spend your ski vacation rest day relaxing in a glider. You will see the world a whole new way. 30 minutes from Heavenly. Holiday Guide 2014 35

Luxury Designs at Favorable Prices Estatements, Inc. is the premier location for luxury and estate jewelry, handbags, and accessories. We accept only the finest in Estate and Designer jewelry, watches, handbags, shoes, boots, and accessories on consignment. We fully insure and certify all of our merchandise, and we are pleased to announce that our Los Altos location now offers the services of a Master Goldsmith. We encourage you to shop with us online, call for an exclusive appointment, or stop by and visit our new location to see for yourself the beauty and quality of our selections. We are now accepting “Top Quality Estate & Designer Jewelry, Handbags, Watches & Accessories.”

395 Main Street Los Altos (650) 941-7828

Elegant Gifts to Warm the Heart and Soul™ Gifts of Romance is your one stop online store for all your special needs for that very special person. These romantic gifts are appropriate for many an occasion - Valentine’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, or just because. No matter your budget, here are ideas for the perfect gift, carefully, artistically chosen and sure to please. Art • Flowers • Chocolates • Books and Cards • Concierge • Jewelry • Bath, Body and Spa • Candles • Gift Baskets • Bridal and Wedding • Lingerie • Home Decor • Music • Fragrance • Travel • Gift Registry and more! The collection of unique, fun, beautiful and elegant gifts found at Gifts of Romance, will make the heart of your special friend, family or loved one, go zing!

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, Krisa, The Battalion, Alex & Ani and many more.

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Gifts of Romance

Deck the Halls with Less Waste This Year! We create an additional 1 million tons of waste each week during the holiday season. Here are some tips to cut down your waste during the holiday season. HOLIDAY PARTY PLANNING • Catering in? Choose one who will supply reusable dishes, silverware and napkins • Doing it on your own? Use your own dishes, cloth napkins and utensils instead of disposables. Or rent them — many rental agencies deliver. You may even return rinsed dishes and soiled napkins so you don’t have to do the dreaded holiday wash-up. • Minimize food waste by getting a good headcount and plan meals carefully • Donate whole, untouched leftovers to local food banks • Don’t forget to recycle! Make it convenient, have signs and always place recycling and garbage bins together as a set. GIVING WITHOUT ALL THE WRAPPING • Give an experience! Movie tickets, Bike Share or museum memberships all work well

Mountain View Voice

Holiday Fund Your gift helps children and families in need Donate Online

• Give a donation in someone’s name to their favorite charity • Give homemade, personalized gifts like scrapbooks or photo albums from old pictures and childhood memorabilia, cookies and other favorite recipes or hand-knit or sewn items • Purchase gifts made from natural ingredients or recycled contents (650) 496-5910

The joy can be all yours this season... Bring great joy to the season and leave the food preparation to Draeger’s Catering! This fine supermarket has been catering to the gourmet tastes of the San Francisco Bay Area since 1925, and has earned a reputation for providing only the very best food and wine from around the world. Draeger’s professional chefs prepare foods of incomparable quality made with premium grade ingredients, in accordance with the best food preparation methods. Your fabulous buffet will be attractively designed to reflect the spirit of the season. Choose from over 2000 of the world’s finest domestic and imported wines, an array of fresh flowers, European-style desserts, freshly baked breads and rolls, gift baskets, exquisite table linens, fine utensils and serving-ware. Draeger’s can accommodate any special event need from 6 to 2000 guests This holiday season, leave the work to Draeger’s, while you entertain and enjoy the company of family and friends!

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This Year, Give The Gift Of An Experience Create a cherished memory, not waste This holiday season, take a break from all that shopping and wrapping. Give an experience and create a cherished memory instead of more “stuff” that eventually ends up in our landfills. Experience gifts are for everyone: • Tickets to a sporting event, stage play or movie • Annual passes to museums or parks • Gift certificates for a massage, ski rental or restaurant Enjoy the holidays knowing you’ve given personal and enjoyable gifts to your friends and loved ones, and you’ve also reduced waste! (650) 496-5910

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