Tue05242016

Business & Real Estate

LA native makes beer, removes gluten


Courtesy of Caitlin Landesberg
Los Altos native Caitlin Landesberg, above, started her own brewing company to craft gluten-removed beer.

As a tennis player and then a competitive distance runner, Los Altos Hills native Caitlin Landesberg lived enveloped in an athletic world at work and at home.

She had established local professional roots as an intern at the Town Crier and then in high-tech marketing at San Francisco-based Strava, a technology company that tracks GPS data and provides a social network for runners and cyclists.

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Ride-hailing smartphone app caters to kids


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Los Altos Hills resident Nikki Willemsen, left, rides with one of her regular Zum drivers, Khaterah Atefy, a mother of three who drives for the service up to six hours daily.

Living in the land of on-demand, Los Altos Hills resident Frank Willemsen often found himself with an immediate problem: finding a trustworthy person to help cart his kids from point A to point B.

As he discovered, there’s an app for that.

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'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations


Courtesy of Eureka
Eureka, a new restaurant in downtown Mountain View, highlights local craft beer and whiskeys on a menu of food spanning from sea to farm.

Craft beer and fancy whiskeys headline the menu at Eureka, the new restaurant that opened last week at 191 Castro St. in Mountain View.

While deluxe burgers and truffle fries take their obligatory (and tasty) place on the menu, the offerings span from lobster tacos to slow-roasted pork rib. Part of a chain expanding rapidly across the western U.S., Eureka aims to capture the craft trend that celebrates super-local alcohol with a menu streamlined across corporate locations.

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Farmers prepare to market season's bounty


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Journeyman farmer Jen Friedlander waters Hidden Villa’s greenhouse plants, which will grow stronger in the controlled indoor environment before being transferred to the field outdoors.

Around Hidden Villa, the greenhouse is known as the “year in miniature.”

Tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and the like flourish as small starter plants in the muggy heat – eventually to be transferred to the ground outdoors in warmer days and then harvested at peak ripeness.

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NowRx: Pharmacy offers home delivery


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
NowRx CEO Cary Breese, from left, pharmacist Melissa Bostock, delivery driver Ricky Massie and Chief Technology Officer Sumeet Sheokand pose among the company’s prescription medication inventory at the Mountain View location.

There was a two-week span in early 2015 when Cary Breese spent nearly every night in line at the same CVS pharmacy.

“I’d grab a bunch of items and put them in my hands and stand in line, and then I’d talk to a few people and put them all away again,” Breese said.

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Employment program bridges gap for women returnees


Courtesy of Women Back to Work
Women Back to Work co-founders, from left, Suparna Vashisht and Sonu Ratra started a free corporate workforce re-entry platform for women in the Bay Area.

Women Back to Work co-founder Sonu Ratra knows what it’s like to try to return from a career break. In a word, she called it “frustrating.”

Sixteen years ago, the Los Altos resident left a lucrative job to spend time with her young daughter. When she wanted to return after a couple of years, she was met with closed doors.

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Passerelle reinvented with new name, leadership


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Real estate developer and urban planner Kelly Snider is now leading Los Altos Community Investments, formerly known as Passerelle Investment Co., in its efforts to enhance downtown Los Altos through leasing storefronts to varied businesses that offer shopping and dining options.

The private real estate holding company known for its involvement in Los Altos projects and events now operates under a new name with a renewed direction.

Los Altos Community Investments, the former Passerelle Investment Co., will continue working with approximately 15 downtown retail tenants and their customers to keep Los Altos “unique, vibrant and family-friendly,” according to a press release issued last week by new managing director Kelly Snider.

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