After leaving the tech industry behind in 2002, Dexter Chow and his wife Anna, originally working with nonprofits, bought Cheeky Monkey Toys in hopes of dabbling in an interesting market as well as achieving a flexible schedule to spend time with their growing family.

Cheeky Monkey Toys has grown since its establishment in 1999. After Dexter bought it, the store grew in size in 2007 and has continuously flourished throughout the years due to their quick adaptations with trends and experimenting with different toys. Dexter mentions that the main challenges he faces involves finding staff members for the store and losing regular customers that age out of their toy phase.  However he has learned to love the less constraining environment and flexibility that owning a store provides for him and his family.

Outside of Cheeky Monkey toys, Dexter and his wife enjoy spending the rest of their free time with their children and their activities.


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.