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Saturday: Feldman’s Books to celebrate new Curtis Street location

Feldman’s Books, Menlo Park’s 25-year-old and last remaining used bookstore, has relocated from one of the city’s oldest buildings on El Camino Real to 1075 Curtis St.

The move to a more central downtown location has owner Jack Feldman and apprentice Aidan Stone discussing new ways to engage the community that the shop hasn’t been able to offer before, from hosting live music and poetry readings, to offering tutoring, children’s storytime sessions and debates.

“It’s a bit of an upgrade,” said Feldman in an interview.

The new location’s grand opening will be held Saturday, Aug. 14, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature music, drinks and books. The live music will start in the afternoon and will include two bands: the Gasmen, who play bluegrass and Irish music, and another band offering cumbia music, according to Stone.

Feldman’s former location, at 1170 El Camino Real, will be demolished as part of plans approved by developers Prince Street Partners to build a nine-unit residential building at 1162 to 1170 El Camino Real, which includes three below-market-rate units.

The developer team helped to facilitate the three-year lease, according to Stone.

Through the new development’s approval process, many Feldman’s fans expressed vocal opposition to the demolition of the old building that housed the bookshop. However, there are no hard feelings with the developers now, Stone said.

“They’ve done well by us and it’s all good,” he said.

The new store, Stone said, feels like “Feldman’s greatest hits.” They’re still in the process of setting up the new location, but he described plans to bring in a piano and set up an indoor fountain to offer visitors a peaceful ambiance.

The new location will be open noon to 5 p.m. each day with the exception of Sundays, when the shop will open at 10 a.m. in order to draw visitors

Article source: https://www.almanacnews.com/news/2021/08/13/saturday-feldmans-books-to-celebrate-new-curtis-street-location

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