Business & Real Estate

DeLeon's real estate model innovates in surging Silicon Valley housing market

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Ken DeLeon founded DeLeon Realty, ranked No. 1 in transaction volume.

Unflappable and unpretentious, Ken DeLeon doesn’t simply want industry success. He wants to completely rewrite it.

So far, so good.


Sandwiches, community and a whole lotta love

Alex Barreira/Town Crier
Alotta’s Deli & Catering co-owners Mike Mansch, above, and his wife Joanne have served fresh bread and sandwiches in south Los Altos since 1985.

While businesses come and go in downtown Los Altos, one family-owned eatery has stood the test of time for decades in its corner of town.

Mike and Joanne Mansch, the husband-wife team behind Alotta’s Deli & Catering in south Los Altos, this year celebrate their 30th anniversary of ownership.


Cetrella ventures from seaside to Silicon Valley

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Managing partner M’hamed Bahet oversees the new downtown Los Altos restaurant Cetrella, which features coastal cuisine and decor that celebrates the Peninsula region.

“Rustic,” “worldly” and “free-spirited” aren’t typical descriptors for what’s on the dinner plate, but a new downtown restaurant intends to serve just that in both meals and milieu.

Cetrella Los Altos – offering Mediterranean-rim and California coastal cuisine – is slated to open for dinner Aug. 11 at 400 Main St.

Already a mainstay in Half Moon Bay, the award-winning restaurant sources local growers and purveyors for seasonal dishes specific to the region. Restaurant leadership will keep many of the features of the seaside location but plans to extend hours and boost menu options.


New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered

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Los Altos Rug Gallery owner Fahim Karimi stocks his State Street store with a wall-to-wall array of floor coverings.

A new downtown business owner plans to roll out the red carpet – along with rugs of every other color – for his shop at 366 State St.


PAMF debuts cosmetic surgery center

John Ho/Special to the Town Crier
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation Center for Cosmetic Surgery at 715 Altos Oaks Drive is the organization’s first center focused solely on cosmetic procedures.

Los Altos’ newest medical office – the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Center for Cosmetic Surgery – may look great on the outside, but it’s what’s on the inside that counts.

“The design of the building was very intentional,” said Ben Maser, M.D., a plastic surgeon. “We wanted to keep it light. We wanted to be respectful of neighbors. The building has function in mind, but whenever we do one of these projects, we put safety and quality first.”


New Los Altos clinic focuses on supporting adults with ADHD

Becky Remmel/Special to the Town Crier
Phil Boissiere, from left, Dr. Lawrence Choy and Dr. Zaakir Yoonas co-founded Elite Focus Clinic.

While Silicon Valley has earned a reputation as a home for innovators and entrepreneurs, the co-founders of Elite Focus Clinic in Los Altos believe that some of the area’s brightest minds suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – and they’re here to help.

“You look at the people who come here – visionaries, creative types, people who really have big ideas – and there’s a correlation between creative aspects and aspects of ADHD,” said Zaakir Yoonas, M.D.


Businesses come, go, change hands on Main

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Jacqueline Gladney of Los Altos recently assumed ownership of Gourmet Works on Main Street.

Blue Horse Saddlery emptied the contents of its shop at 169 Main St. last week, transitioning to an online-only retail presence.

Owner Sara Kenny noted on her website that she was seeking eventually to move the business to a smaller brick-and-mortar location. The equestrian supply store operated for six years in the space formerly occupied by Full Thread Ahead knitting shop.


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