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Car breaks through glass door, closes Trader Joe’s for the day

Car breaks through glass door, closes Trader Joe’s for the day

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Trader Joe's employees survey the damage after a car smashed through the glass doorway earlier today.

Trader Joe’s on Homestead Road is closed for the remainder of the day (April 17) after a car barreled through the glas...

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Schools

Pinewood student writes book about living with autism

Pinewood student writes book about living with autism


Traci Newell/Town Crier
Pinewood School senior Georgia Lyon wrote and illustrated “How to Be Human: Diary of an Autistic Girl” in 2013.

Although first published under a pseudonym, Pinewood School student Georgia Lyon is stepping out to ...

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Community

How to pass a business gene across generations: Entrepreneur Kurtzig, 10, follows in grandmother's high-tech footsteps

How to pass a business gene across generations: Entrepreneur Kurtzig, 10, follows in grandmother's high-tech footsteps


Courtesy of Los ALtos History Museum
Like grandmother, like granddaughter: Sandra, left, and Jamie Kurtzig participate in the Los Altos History Museum’s Family Day event last month.

Silicon Valley’s love affair with high-tech innovation starts ...

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Editorial: Let's assume not to presume

Two recent downtown Los Altos stories offer lessons in the drawbacks of jumping to conclusions.

A few months back, the Town Crier published an article on Ladera Autoworks on First Street closing its doors. That part was true, but the reason was not....

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Special Sections

Fitness focus: No holds barred for Los Altos sisters

Fitness focus: No holds barred for Los Altos sisters


Photos Courtesy of Barre 3
Gillian Brotherson, kneeling at left, guides studio instructors through a workout at barre3 Los Altos.

Health is all about balance. That’s what two Los Altos natives learned as they navigated work, motherhood and welln...

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Business

Steinway gallery brings pianos, musicians to downtown Los Altos

Steinway gallery brings pianos, musicians to downtown Los Altos


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Chrissy Huang, manager of Steinway Piano Gallery in Los Altos, showcases Steinway & Sons’ signature instruments. The gallery plans to host concerts with performers tickling the ivories.

A new downtown Los Altos bus...

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Books

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff


The idea that there may have a female pope at one time in history has generated much speculation throughout the centuries. “Pope Joan” (Crown, 1996) by Donna Woolfolk Cross, does not answer the question; rather, the author has created a detai...

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People

GREG STAHLER

GREG STAHLER

Greg Stahler died unexpecdly in his home in Belmont on March 26, 2015. (He was born in Mountain View on June 23, 1972). He will really be missed by three beautiful young children, Haley 7, Hannah 5, and Tyler 3, and his wife Kathryn. He will also b...

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

'Those Darn Squirrels' invading Mountain View

'Those Darn Squirrels' invading Mountain View


Courtesy of Lyn Flaim Healy/ Spotlight Moments Photography
Noelle Merino stars in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Those Darn Squirrels.”

The Peninsula Youth Theatre’s world premiere adaptation of “Those Darn Squirrels” is scheduled Friday and Saturda...

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Spiritual Life

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Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm


/Town Crier It’s not all cute and cuddly for teens participating in the eight-week Animal Husbandry Apprenticeship program at Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills. Mia Mosing of Palo Alto, left, and Sophia Jackson of Los Altos clean the pigpens – one of...

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Inside Mountain View

Home for disabled youth yields greener pastures

Home for disabled youth yields greener pastures


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Green Pastures staff member JP Mercada, below right, helps Tommy, who lives at the group home, sort through papers and organize his room.

Tucked in the corner of a quiet residential cul-de-sac in Mountain View, Green Pastur...

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State Street retailer The Makery strives to reintroduce arts and crafts to Los Altos


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An array of colors greets customers who enter The Makery.

The door to The Makery swings open, revealing yarn, fabrics and kits arranged in a spectrum of colors.

Apart from the steady hum of a sewing machine and the tap of shoes on the hardwood floor, the room is quiet. The inkpads, rubber stamps and well-lit tables sit unmarked and unused. The entire shop hums with unfulfilled creative energy, ready for its new customers.

Los Altos entrepreneur Mary Heffernan launched the arts and crafts studio last month at 170 State St. It is a new addition to her growing stable of downtown Los Altos businesses that include Bumble, Area 151 and Red Racer Hobby Shop.

“I’ve always enjoyed arts and crafts, but it’s really hard to find all the best materials,” Heffernan said. “I wanted to create one place with all of the nicest materials, right here.”

The shop imports wool felt from Holland, felt balls from Nepal and yarn from Petaluma. It also boasts a Vandercook printing press, a screen-printing machine and a 3-D printer.

“It’s not Michaels,” said Heffernan with a laugh.

A crafty comeback

Heffernan is convinced that nostalgia isn’t the only value to be gained from The Makery’s printing press, carved stamps and writing ink, rendered obsolete by newer technology.

“Working with your hands is making a comeback,” she said. “I think with so much technology, people want to do something with their hands and come out with something they made.”

Despite the emphasis on handmade crafts, The Makery does not shy away from technology.

Customers can sign up for one-on-one instruction, but the studio also supplies iPads with tutorials at each station and a self-taught online program. Additionally, the studio offers computer-based design programs like Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and 3-D printing.

At The Makery, the H&H Co., co-owned by Heffernan and her husband, Brian, continues its trend of local sourcing.

“I think it’s important to be locally sourced,” Heffernan said. “Everything (aside from imported materials) you see here was manufactured locally.”

The store sells retail kits and products from other vendors, but Heffernan aspires to fill her shelves increasingly with Makery-made items.

The store’s employees, also known as “Makers,” create items onsite. The Makers have all worked professionally in the arts and crafts.

According to Heffernan, customers with a large variety of interests have shown up in the few days since the store opened. The only demographic the store doesn’t cater to is children.

“People assume it’s for kids, because many of our stores have been geared toward kids,” she said. “But we wanted to create an adult sanctuary.”

In fact, no one under the age of 14 is allowed in the main studio rooms. A separate courtyard features long picnic tables and art supplies to occupy children while the adults work at The Makery.

“There’s been some pushback about (the rule), but I think it’s really important, because when there are kids, you just can’t really focus on your craft.” Heffernan said. “Also, there’s a lot of heavy machinery.”

Heffernan’s studio and shop combination is geared toward making high-quality crafting handy for people with busy lives.

“We try to make it easy for people by preparing all the materials beforehand,” she said. “We pre-wrap the yarn, make kits and provide all the supplies and working space to increase efficiency.”

Heffernan hopes to spread her love of crafting to others who haven’t tried it before.

“I really hope that people who don’t consider themselves crafty would come and do something with their hands,” she added. “They could give it to someone, and say, ‘Hey, I made this.’”

For more information, call 397-5613 or visit makerylosaltos.com.


The Makery - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Los Altos Town Crier

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