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Meet the sweet-tooth whisperers


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A child investigates Sugarbaby Sweetshoppe’s bulk candy selection. The store’s owners are surprised that only approximately one-third of their customers are kids.

Darren Howze and his wife, Colleen, own Sugarbaby Sweetshoppe on State Street, which opened in February. They have prided themselves on changing their selection to keep up with the changing seasons – and tastes – of Los Altos.


With a fresh pair of eyes


Courtesy Los Altos Eyecare. A visit to Los Altos Eyecare may include an examination using the practice’s digital refractor.

Once she finished school in Boston, optometrist Morvari Ahi could have gone anywhere. She chose to come home.

“I grew up here,” she said. “I wanted to provide eyecare to the community that provided me so much growing up.”

One of history's worst mutual funds teaches investors a wealth of lessons

Investors holding mutual funds in 2008 that dropped 30 percent or more may think the funds were among the worst funds anyone has ever owned. Think again. There is one fund that many agree qualifies as the worst ever (not counting outright frauds like Bernie Madoff’s) – the Steadman Technology & Growth Fund.

The Steadman family of funds started in 1939, but it recently came to my attention through a June article in ValueWalk.com. According to the article, ever since Charles Steadman assumed personal management of the funds in the early 1960s, they were always at the bottom of the performance charts.

Maybe think twice before extending that warranty


I was in an electronics store the other day and at checkout they asked – doing their best “Would you like some fries with that?” routine – if I would like to purchase a warranty.

I never buy a service contract. Most good products come with a decent warranty, and if I shop at Costco, it tends to extend that warranty by an extra year.

New holistic center aims to heal from the outside in: iChakras on Main specializes in energy centers


Crier D. Krystal Starr, a chakra healer, plays her Tibetan singing bowls inside iChakras on Main Street.

In the bustling Bay Area, it seems as if everyone is busy with something. They’re running to their next meeting, furiously typing up this week’s budget or crafting tomorrow’s next big idea. In the midst of Silicon Valley’s hectic energy, some people may seek holistic healing to resolve the chaos around them.

Until last month, Los Altos lacked a streamlined holistic healing space aimed at Silicon Valley workers, according to D. Krystal Starr, owner of iChakras.


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