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Downtown merchants stock up for holiday season shopping

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Ellen Biolsi, left, owns State Street’s Cranberry Scoop, which now features seasonal gifts and twinkling trees with ornaments. Biolsi said events like Small Business Saturday provide opportunities for local residents to support retail in their towns.

In downtown Los Altos, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas shopping.

Preceding post-Thanksgiving retail events, holiday gift buying commenced Nov. 13 with the Los Altos Village Association’s 13th annual Holiday Stroll.


Maltby's pulls out the stops to stay in biz

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Maltby’s Public House proprietor James Maltby is making changes to draw new diners.

Let the word spread: Maltby’s Public House restaurant and tavern in downtown Los Altos is not only open indefinitely, it’s also sporting a new menu, an improved happy hour and reduced prices.

Proprietor James Maltby promises daily pasta specials at lunchtime and daily dinner specials such as Meatloaf Mondays and Curry Fish Fridays. He’s also introducing a 4-6 p.m. happy hour with appetizers half-off and bar drinks starting at $6.


Local entrepreneurs cook up Potaito Boards

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Los Altos resident Tait Detro, right, and Margot Czeropski are slated to launch Potaito Boards, a skateboarding company that features environmentally friendly and locally sourced products.

A new company is rolling out a product lineup that turns one person’s scraps into another’s skateboard. Potaito Boards – made of locally sourced, reclaimed wood – launches Nov. 15.

Los Altos resident Tait Detro spent his childhood sculpting and molding wood cabinets with his father, Tod, owner of Palo Alto-based Knotty Hole Woodworks. Noticing the discarded scraps, Detro – an avid skateboarder – began collecting the high-quality but oddly shaped pieces. Instead of being tossed or turned into mulch, he upcycled the wood.


LAH native takes over hometown boutiques

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Los Altos Hills native Nicole Castro now owns Jôr’Jet Boutique, one business with two locations, on Fremont Avenue and State Street.

Two Los Altos boutiques have been given one name and new style under the care of their new owner.

Now celebrating grand openings, Los Altos Hills native Nicole Castro rebranded Syd Boutique at 632 Fremont Ave. and Chelsea Boutique at 276 State St. as Jôr’Jet Boutique.


Longtime Chamber exec bids 'aloha' to Los Altos businesses

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Gayle Carter, left, and Julie Rose have worked together at the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce headquarters for nearly two decades.

For more than 20 years, Gayle Carter has been the face of local industry at the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce headquarters.

“She’s the cheery voice when people call,” said Chamber President Julie Rose. “When they walk in the door, she’s the first person they see.”


Food from the sea abounds in Mtn. View

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Diners at Pacific Catch can select from six variations on fish and seasonings for the poke trio. Traditional elements such as tuna and seaweed get a California boost from avocado and other flavors.

Seafood is in ascendance in new restaurant openings across Los Altos and Mountain View this year. Lobster and poke, in particular, have sparked a trend that will have local eaters taking their pick from among the best of imports from Hawaii and Maine.

Poke for all

Poke – pronounced “POH-kay” – the Hawaiian dish of chopped raw fish tossed with seasoning, graduated from generic tuna topping to full Hawaiian form locally when Pacific Catch opened last year at The Village at San Antonio Center. Tom Hanson, chief operating officer for the five-restaurant chain, said the poke wasabi Japanese rice bowl is its most popular dish. The bowl comes with greens or salad, topped with avocado, daikon sprouts, cucumber, ginger, sesame seeds, shredded nori and seaweed salad.


Local couple keeps smiles on Main St.

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Jasmine H. Le, D.D.S., and Mark Huy Vo, D.D.S., bring their Los Altos Advanced Dental Arts practice closer to home with a new office on Main Street.

For the new co-owners of a Main Street office building, a boring building redo wouldn’t suffice.

“We wanted something modern,” said Mark Huy Vo, D.D.S., who owns Los Altos Advanced Dental Arts at 166 Main St. with his wife, Jasmine H. Le, D.D.S. “We tracked down our favorite architect and he said, ‘We can transform this.’”


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