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Business & Real Estate

Golden bows, gatherings shine light on local entrepreneurs


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
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.

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Lifelong learner gets to the point


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
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.”

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Sugarbaby returns to the sweet ol' days


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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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'WE' stands united


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Organizers of WE Los Altos invite women entrepreneurs like Alkalign barre studio owner Erin Paruszewski, center, to participate in festivities throughout March.

WE Los Altos is now in business.

To commemorate Women’s History Month in March, a handful of local women formed a new group to honor female business owners in the community. Women Entrepreneurs of Los Altos – or simply WE Los Altos – will host events throughout the coming month.

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New signs point to boost in commerce


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Los Altos officials and business leaders hope new signage throughout the city will draw intrigued motorists to the seven commercial districts.

As housing, development and traffic increase in and around Los Altos, business advocates hope new wayfinding signs will draw more potential patrons to the city’s commercial districts.

“These signs are not so much for our residents. They’re for our visitors – people who are trying to find us, people who we’d like to find us,” said Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Julie Rose.

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Nearing V-Day: Shops stock sweets, treats


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Los Altos resident Ella Roosakos, 11, with her mother, Gail, puzzles over which Gourmet Works sweets to buy as a valentine for Ella’s friend.

The gift-buying rush isn’t exclusive to Christmas. It may jump over January and flirt into February, but retail goes full-throttle as Feb. 14 approaches.

With the frenzy already reaching downtown Los Altos, merchants are recommending that shoppers purchase those Valentine’s Day gifts now.

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Businesses on Main Street make moves


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Several stores on Main Street in downtown Los Altos are in the midst of changing hands.

In the coming months, Main Street will welcome several new businesses to fill empty storefronts.

Jennifer Quinn, the city’s economic development manager, said merchants and brokers have voiced concern with recent downtown vacancies and turnovers.

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