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Business & Real Estate

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


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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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Successful first year in business for Enchanté


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Special to the Town Crier
Abigail Ahrens opened Enchanté Boutique Hotel last March with a keen eye for French flair and a playful nod to puppy love.

A year after opening the doors to Enchanté Boutique Hotel, proprietor Abigail Ahrens has her eyes on its renaissance.

“My job is to keep coming up with things that would have the community involved and make a difference,” said the longtime Los Altos resident and lifelong Francophile.

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Shopping local may score new buzzworthy benefits for buyers


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Los Altos businesses are invited to use the customer-incentivizing app Buzzub as part of a proposed citywide loyalty program.

Los Altos business leaders are exploring the option of incentivizing what many residents already do – shop local.

Using the mobile app Buzzub, customers would earn cash-back rewards and coupons that could be used at any store in a new citywide loyalty network. Buzzub provides the tools to administer the program, and merchants maintain the ability to individually tailor their rewards and coupon offerings.

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Startup rents out high-end South Asian attire


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Sumaira Nabeel showcases high-end South Asian attire, available to rent for special events at IndusThreads.com.

Friends of Sumaira Nabeel frequently voice wardrobe envy.

The fashionable Los Altos resident hails from Pakistan, and her collection of vibrantly colored, elaborately embroidered apparel highlights her cultural roots. Now she’s opening an expanded closet to the masses.

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