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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.

Successful first year in business for Enchanté

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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.

Shopping local may score new buzzworthy benefits for buyers

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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.

Startup rents out high-end South Asian attire

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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.

Golden bows, gatherings shine light on local entrepreneurs

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Stores and offices run by women entrepreneurs will feature golden bows throughout this month.

Los Altos’ newest business community group, Women Entrepreneurs of Los Altos – known simply as WE Los Altos – celebrated the start of Women’s History Month with a kickoff party March 1 at Honcho beer and wine lounge on First Street.

Female business owners received golden bows at the public event to hang outside their shops and offices throughout March.

Lifelong learner gets to the point

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Panakos Acupuncture Clinic owner Carissa Cheung uses traditional Chinese medicine to help clients recover and maintain good health.

As a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine, Carissa Cheung has two objectives: educating and healing.

“In addition to introducing Chinese medicine to a wider group of people, I want to improve people’s quality of life,” said the owner of Panakos Acupuncture Clinic, 851 Fremont Ave., Suite 114. “I truly believe that under normal circumstances, we should not need to suffer chronic discomfort.”

Sugarbaby returns to the sweet ol' days

Photos by Alicia Castro/Town Crier
The newly opened Sugarbaby Sweetshoppe stocks traditional offerings like jellybeans and lollipops, as well as more exotic fare such as vegan tarts, locally produced truffles and imported chocolates.

Darren Howze’s credo, posted above the entrance to his family’s new store, sums up his overarching message: “It’s a beautiful day to be sweet.”

The affable Los Altos resident and his wife, Colleen, opened Sugarbaby Sweetshoppe at 325 State St. during downtown’s First Friday festivities in February.

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