This is a small private gallery located in Los Altos, that can be visited by appointment. (The web site is under developement.) The proprietors are a husband and wife team who have been in business since the late 1960's. The wife is an artist in her own right, and in addition to dealing and displaying traditional (high-end) African Art the gallery also provides a conduit for her work (African-American portraits and character studies). Local artists have been promoted through hosted shows and collaborations, and the proprietors have often shared their expertise in various art related community events. A nice local business that adds value to the community.
If you're stuck on Stanford University campus for whatever reason and suddenly have the need for an aspirin where would you go? What about when you get that craving for late night snacks? Tresidder Express is the on-campus mini-mart that carries a hodge-podge of everything a person might need in a pinch. But that's the premise behind convenient stores, you pay a premium for the convenience. Sure, the stuff is overpriced, but when you're desparate you'll spare no expense. And after a while you even become inured to it. The staff is fun and the store makes a habit of employing students part-time. It's also a bit of a watering-hole as everyone comes through the doors sooner or later, since it's located on the lower level of Tresidder, the student union/center.
The store is barebones, maybe it's called a pit for a reason. But how many gamers care about the scenery that's not on-screen? This little shop bills itself a a relatively cheap afternoon of entertainment (compared to a $10 movie, for instance). You can eat ice cream and drink soda, while playing the latest PC games or surfing on a "blazing" internet connection. And then you can pick up a Tee featuring your favorite character or game before you go. It may be the kind of place you'll want to go with a few friends and play against each other across an network while sitting near enough to scream.
The web site is under construction, but the smoke shop itself has been around for some time. It has a lounge area (as is prominently mentioned in the sign outside), and personal humidors for storage, in addition to carrying a good selection of smokes and their expected accoutrements. Browse through the lastest issue of Cigar Aficianado while enjoying your favorite puff. Chat with a few locals, and try out a new cigar brand or move up a guage. This is a well-layed out shop.
Not too long ago downtown Redwood City contained two separate salons one called Flirts and another called Hair It Is, but recently the two operations combined to make a go at a better enterprise, now called Hair It Is At Flirts. Conveniently located in downtown Redwood City, this shop is a full-service salon with a varied clientale. (The salon technicians and stylists have independent customer bases as well.) If you're unsure which stylist would be best for your need call in and get a recommendation based upon specialties and scheduling.
I have also been a great enthusiast for hand crafts, and needlework is not only a beautiful thing to witness (as a finished product) but a fun and enjoyable social activity to participate in also. Old World Designs caters to both aspects of this craft. The space is chock full of everything you'll need for any needlepoint project. If you're just getting started the staff is a great resource. The store offers classes, and has "sit-in" hours where fellow crafters drop by to work while chatting with each other. It's a warm and friendly place, and it has a very good selection.
Scout's House is a full-service rehabilitation center for animals. It was started in memory of Scout, a stray dog that was in very poor condition when she was found. Although Scout did not live to see the business begin, the center keeps her memory alive through all the good work it does. In addition to full rehab services the center also offers 24/7 hospitilazation, and full day care services. This is a special place where animals can go to get the treatment that will help them to heal from serious illness and injury. The peninusla is lucky to have it.
Located in a historic register building (an old court house) in downtown Redwood City, the San Mateo County History Museum is a very interesting place. It contains a volunteer run bookstore (mainly items that have been donated), and features a large space for exhibits and special events. Regular tours are given by trained (volunteer) docents. For some events museum volunteers put on re-enactments and bring history to life! It has a great collection of period clothing, so it's a wonderful place to visit if you are a fashion buff.
It's not every city that can boast having its own world class orchestra, and although the syphony itself draws musicians from all over, and it actually represents the whole San Francisco Bay peninsula it is housed/makes its home in Redwood City. While not as well-known (or regarded in some quarters) as the San Franscisco Symphony Orchestra, the Peninsula Symphony Orchestra is quite good in its own right, and puts on numerous concerts in the area. If you're into classical musical or want to enhance your cultural reach, then check out the local calendars for the next performance date.
A good alternative to the mass-market chain stores, Copy Copies offers local pickup and delivery for any $100-plus order. (Current sales and promotions can be found on the web site.) This is a full-service print shop that handles all your copy and print needs -- business cards, flyers, banners, etc. Family-owned and operated the business has been in existence for over 11 years, and has state-of the-art equipment. They have a pretty quick turnaround time to boot