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Business & Real Estate

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


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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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In the business of fostering business


took over as Los Altos’ new economic development coordinator in May after spending the past two years working as city assistant planner. Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier

Sierra Davis is wearing a slightly different hat these days as a Los Altos city employee.

The 27-year-old Sacramento native assumed the position of economic development coordinator in May, just two years after joining the city as an assistant planner. A Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo graduate with a degree in city and regional planning, Davis began her career as a public employee working as an intern in the city of Morro Bay’s Planning Department – a role that later turned into a permanent full-time position.

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Big changes ahead for local interior designer


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Spectrum Interior Design owner Amy Fischer, right, recently expanded her company’s services and named Debi Campbell, left, her new procurement director.

Los Altos native Amy Fischer’s vision is getting a little bigger.

Fischer, owner of Spectrum Interior Design Inc. at 425 First St., announced in early June the expansion of her company’s services that aim to “encompass every facet of design, from blueprint review through finishing touches.”

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Apothecary takes back-to-nature approach


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Natalia Zatarian joins the ranks of Los Altos business owners with the opening of EarthBeauty Apothecary at 271 State St. An esthetician by trade, Zatarian sells several lines of organic, cruelty-free wellness and beauty products.

For the past two years, Natalia Zatarian dreamed of opening a natural wellness and beauty store. She didn’t think, however, that it would happen so soon – as in last week.

Zatarian, a 26-year-old esthetician and makeup artist, opened EarthBeauty Apothecary at 271 State St. Friday, offering body, hair care and lifestyle products she said are organic, cruelty-free and “as chemical-free as possible.”

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Stylist celebrates 15 years in Los Altos


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Eric Ringo opened his business at 349 Plaza South 15 years ago after working for a salon in Palo Alto for nearly 10 years.

When hair stylist Eric Ringo opened his salon in June 2000, he didn’t look too far into the future.

Fresh off a near decade-long stint working as a hired stylist in a now-defunct Palo Alto salon, Ringo was simply inspired by the idea of opening a business and growing it into something he could call his own.

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