Business & Real Estate

Andronico's spruces up store, stock to stay in touch with local shoppers

/Town Crier Andronico’s redesigned produce and deli sections offer more fresh produce without refrigeration as well as salad and olive bars.

Discerning shoppers can easily find their daily staples, but one local grocer wants to keep customers in their own neighborhood.

“We want to be your everyday store,” said Andrea Tellez, manager of Andronico’s Community Market at Rancho Shopping Center in Los Altos. “People have wheels – they can go and get whatever they want. In order to keep our customers, we need to give them what they want.”


Local couple launches downtown restaurant

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The Turn Bar & Grill crew prepares for the restaurant’s impending opening.

Jim and Julie Otis are prepared to realize their longtime dream.

The couple – lifelong Los Altos residents – wanted to ensure that their farm-to-fork restaurant was done well. After years of brainstorming and many months of planning, Turn Bar & Grill is scheduled to open in downtown Los Altos this month.


Los Altos-based startup eyes digital makeup color-matching

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Kokko Inc. Makeup Director Meli Pennington, standing, tests different shades of foundation on Los Altos resident Karen Melchior.

Meli Pennington knows cosmetics.

She has painted faces for the pages of Vogue and Glamour, the stages of Marc Jacobs and Victoria’s Secret, and the likes of Cyndi Lauper and Carrie Underwood. The New York City-based professional blends and applies makeup with an artist’s touch, and one Los Altos startup is seeking to bring her expertise to customers’ fingertips.


Preteen entrepreneur adds scents to downtown business

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Laila Bahman showcases her products, now available for purchase at The Girls @ Los Altos downtown.

It all began when Laila Bahman couldn’t sleep.

The 11-year-old Covington School student and her younger sister were battling nightmares, so Laila came up with the idea for Bad Dream Sprays, aromatherapy spritzers for nighttime use. Her products are available for purchase at The Girls @ Los Altos, 239 State St.


Repeat business: Répéter consignment celebrates 10 years on State Street

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Kellee Breaux owns Répéter, the State Street women’s consignment boutique that celebrates a decade in business Saturday.

Kellee Breaux’s life is a triangle: The 36-year-old lives in Newark, teaches full time at a school in East San Jose and runs a consignment boutique in Los Altos.

Finding time off is tricky.


Tech, style blend in new pop-up shop

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The Guildery Inc. co-founders Kelly Berger, left, and Shane Reilly showcase a collection of color-coordinated products available in the pop-up shop at 170 State St.

Anyone who’s decorated a room knows the woes designers face – finding the perfect pattern in the wrong color, the ideal color on an awful print or, arguably worst of all, great items that just don’t go.

Like many a great startup, The Guildery Inc. focuses on solutions.


Ed center scores spot in Foothills Crossing

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C2 Los Altos tutor Max Shih, left, instructs Homestead High School student Rajesh Suresh.

Los Altos families have a new resource for helping their children ace the test.

C2 Los Altos – a recently opened education center in Foothill Crossing – provides tutoring for students in grades K-12 in all academic disciplines, plus preparation for college entrance exams and Advanced Placement testing.


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