The Allied Arts Guild is filled with shops of locals artists (jewelry, clothes, pottery, etc.) that are spread out between pretty gardens and walkways. If you are looking for unique, handmade gifts, this is the place to go.
I have been taking my two girls (now 13 & 15) to Altos Pediatrics since they were born. This is a practice of about 6 women doctors and a few nurses. All the doctors we have seen are competent, friendly and thorough and are able to "grow" with the child. We plan to keep going there until the girls go off to college. The practice is open M-F and also on Saturday morning. If you have to bring your child in due to an illness, and your normal doctor is not available, the other doctors back each other up. If you need a referral, the women at the front desk are well versed in giving referrals. On the weekends outside of normal hours, the back up is Lucile Salter Packard Hospital.
Paul's European Cobblery has three stores in Palo Alto, Los Altos and Menlo Park. I shop at the one in Palo Alto since it is bigger than the Los Altos store. I have never been to the Menlo Park store. The PA store has a wide selection of European shoes of all kinds including clogs, sandals, etc. Just yesterday I went there searching for comfortable, yet stylish black sandals with heels after not finding anything at a variety of other stores. I found exactly what I needed! I will also be back to buy some comfortable, yet stylish flip-flops for my girls very soon.
I have had shoes repaired over the years at this store and the repairs are always done well and are reasonably priced.
Earthworks has been a favorite store of mine over the years for uncommon jewelry to buy for special occasions and presents. The store displays and sells jewelry from a variety of American artists. The prices are somewhat high, so I don't frequent the store too often, but every time I have made a purchase, I have been very happy with it.
This store as all sorts of gifts which appeal to both girls (starting at about age 11) and women. There are bath & body products, kitchen gift products and much, much more. The staff is friendly and helpful and always does a great job wrapping the gifts in unique ways. My 12 year old daughter has bought many of her friends' birthday gifts there.
In addition to being a salon and day spa, Ciana also sells Aveda products. I have been going to Ciana for several years for haircuts and color. I have always come away liking the results. The staff is very professional and friendly and although the prices are more than I would like to pay, I keep going back since I have been very happy with the results.
My parents, my children and I have been going to Dr. Mulchay for many years. He is great with all ages of kids and all ages of adults. He is friendly, puts you at ease and does great dental work of all kinds. He works in an office with two other dentists and several dental hygienists.