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Pint-sized 'PB & Cakes' entrepreneur sweetens Main Street

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Presley Brown, 5, operated a lemonade stand during the Kiwanis Pet Parade last month and raised funds for a child with severe combined immunodeficiency. Alissa McDonald

Five-year-old Presley Brown decided to capitalize on the Kiwanis Pet Parade crowds last month by erecting a pop-up cake shop in front of her parents’ shop, Vintage Bath at 351 Main St.

She purveyed lemonade and homemade cupcakes and Rice Krispies Treats under her “PB & Cakes” branding – showing clear heritage from her mother, Alissa McDonald, who specializes in visual marketing.

ATHENA awards recognize local leadership

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Chamber of Commerce Mountain View presented this year’s ATHENA Leadership Award to Maria Marroquin, left, and Leane Reelfs, right. The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award went to Diana Bautista, center.

Chamber of Commerce Mountain View last week honored leaders in different industries – nonprofit work, small business and government relations – but all three honorees thanked the same influencing figure: their mothers.

Mom would be proud; the ATHENA Awards commend women and men for professional excellence, community service and actively assisting women in attaining professional excellence.

LA native makes beer, removes gluten

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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.

Ride-hailing smartphone app caters to kids

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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.

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations

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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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