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Business & Real Estate

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday


ElLie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Armed with blow dryers, Halo founder Rosemary Camposano, left, and store manager Nikki Thomas prepare for the blow-dry bar’s grand opening on First Street Monday.

A blow-dry bar is set to open downtown Monday, and its local founder wants to bring fancy hairdos to Los Altos’ ladies.

Stylists at Halo don’t cut hair, they just clean what you’ve got and style it sleeker, smoother and (often) with a little bend to the ends. Halo’s menu of five basic hairstyles ($40) ranges from the high-volume, high-curl “Glamorama” to the sleekly simple “Give It to Me Straight.” The shop also does event hair and updos and specializes in any take on “beauty from the shoulders up.”

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Think about shorting some stocks

Whether you are a bull or a bear, we are currently in a dangerous bubble period in the stock market, and now could be the time to consider doing a little selling for cash or shorting some better issues.

Solid earnings from good companies have countered the strife in Ukraine and the Middle East, keeping the major averages near all-time highs. But shares of small and mid-sized companies have been under pressure and tend to be sensitive to unexpected events.

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Reasons behind the uptick in property taxes

It’s that time of year when the county assessor sends notice of your estimated home value as of Jan. 1.

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Transactions

Los Altos

1694 Clay Drive, R. Dawson to Manea Trust for $1,712,000

650 Covington Road, D. & S. Alves to L. Sun for $3,100,000

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Palo Alto law firm coming to 400 Main


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Longtime Palo Alto law firm Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McClean plans to open an office at 400 Main St. in Los Altos after construction is complete in November.

A longtime Palo Alto law firm plans to expand into Los Altos.

Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McLean, a fixture in Palo Alto for 65 years, announced July 11 its plans to add a third location at 400 Main St., which remains under construction.

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Earnings reports still drive the market

The stock market is always on edge, waiting for something to happen.

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Are you ready to retire to South Dakota?

Bankrate.com recently ranked the 10 best states for retirement. The list, which includes such rugged spots as Colorado, Utah, North Dakota and Wyoming, was topped by, of all places, South Dakota.

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