Twenty-seven years ago on the 17th of September, Bob Hanson and his wife, Katie, opened Afterwards, a consignment shop that sells designer clothes and furniture for less.

“It’s a win-win situation,” Bob said. “Consigners get money back, and customers get merchandise at a good value.”

After working for Polo Ralph Lauren, Bob found the “silicon valley fascinating,” as well as the idea that people could “buy designer clothing for less,” persuading him to open Afterwards in 1990 in a “prime location” like Menlo Park.

Over the years Bob has enjoyed the customer service experience that he’s achieved from owning Afterwards.

“While we haven’t had as much vacation as one would like,” Bob said. “It has allowed us to raise a family and spend time together.”

While he is not managing his store, Bob Hanson spends his free time resting, watching his sons’ baseball games, or watching other sports.


About the photo-journalist: Jose Sainz-Medina

This collection of photographs and articles serves as a form of storytelling; it highlights business owners who have established their roots in Menlo Park and have faced challenges, as well as notable achievements throughout their lives. Jose Sainz-Medina hopes to serve as a visual storyteller. A storyteller who can interpret the stories that people, like business owners, want to tell about themselves and their business, explaining who they are and what their business provides to the community. After four years of studying photography and two years of journalism at Eastside College Prep high school, Jose developed a love for both visually and verbally communicating to those who are willing to listen.  In his spare time, Jose spends hours at his local Starbucks making coffee, as well as focusing his photography towards architecture and natural landscapes. In the fall, Jose will face his own challenges as he begins his college career at the University of California, Riverside.