It was with sadness I heard that La Bottega, an Italian boutique in Menlo Park, is closing. This store is owned by two lovely Italian women - one of whom I know personally. They're having a closing sale, and I encourage you to go. Everything is 25-60% off. They have beautiful handbags, pottery, linens, note cards, jewelry, gourmet foods, gifts etc. Even before the sale, their inventory included a wide range of prices - with some very affordable items.
I featured La Bottega in a story for Spaces Bay Area, and got to see the Allied Arts Guild for the first time when I visited there. It's one of the Bay Area's hidden gems. If you haven't been to the Allied Arts Guild, that's another good reason to go. It's a park-like setting, with flowers, greenery, hidden corners and Spanish architure. The other artisans there sell (and make) unique items. While you're there, stop for coffee or lunch at Cafe Primavera.
If you go, tell Susy at La Bottega that I sent you.