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Eating Out - May 3, 2019

Shop Talk

VILLAGE STATIONERS TO CLOSE ... For 53 years, Village Stationers has helped Peninsula residents find gifts, cards, office supplies and more at its family-run stationery shops. But the owner of the business says Village's two remaining locations, in Menlo Park and Los Altos, will be shuttered before the end of the summer. Owner Kerry Hoctor, who plans to retire, has opted not to renew the leases for the two locations at the end of August, and is prepared to leave before then if the landlords find new tenants. Hoctor's family started the store in 1966 at the Palo Alto Town & Country Village before moving it to Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park in 1976, according to the Village Stationers website. Hoctor also ran a location on University Avenue in Palo Alto starting in 1988, before moving it to California Avenue in 2002. It closed in 2016. "I'd like to think that we'll be remembered at some point," he said. "You know, we're just going to be another chapter in the book of businesses that have come and gone," Hoctor said. — K.B.

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16 people like this
Posted by Pen And Ink
a resident of Community Center
on May 9, 2019 at 8:56 am

A stationary store is far more useful, advantageous and convenient than another upscale sandwich shop and a designer IKEA for children.

12 people like this
Posted by frank
a resident of University South
on May 9, 2019 at 10:38 am

It sure is more useful! Now where am I going to try out pens before I make my choice and order from Amazon?

8 people like this
Posted by Evie
a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove
on May 9, 2019 at 2:36 pm

People sized hardware stores gone, and now the last of the convenient, appealing stationery stores fades away. So much for a vibrant,fun "Main Street" type shop for the locals. There go my favorite calendars, small gifts great cards and home-office staples. Convenience and service are no longer the norm in our super-sized, on-line world. AT least independent book stores are making a comeback...Thanx to the helpful ladies who made a stop at Village Stationers just like old times.

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