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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.

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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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Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend


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Pharmaca is coming to 400 Main St. with a grand-opening celebration scheduled Saturday and Sunday.

If natural health and beauty products are your cup of tea, expect to find them – and hot tea – this weekend at the grand opening of downtown Los Altos’ newest business.

Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy is scheduled to open its 30th store, located at 400 First St., with celebratory freebies Saturday and Sunday.

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Physical therapist brings business background to new Los Altos clinic

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Courtesy of Eliza Snow
Strive owner Robert Abrams, kneeling, runs a balance test.

With more than a dozen physical therapy clinics in Los Altos, one new business owner streamlined his approach in an effort to set his practice apart.

“I always wanted to have a clinic that focused on extremities and sports therapies,” said Robert Abrams, owner of Strive Physical Therapy. “I know other clinics aren’t doing this.”

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Steinway gallery brings pianos, musicians to downtown Los Altos


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Chrissy Huang, manager of Steinway Piano Gallery in Los Altos, showcases Steinway & Sons’ signature instruments. The gallery plans to host concerts with performers tickling the ivories.

A new downtown Los Altos business brings a time-tested keyboard to the world’s epicenter of technology.

“In Silicon Valley, we have many talents here – not just in engineering,” said Chrissy Huang, gallery manager of Steinway Piano Gallery in Los Altos. “Obviously, there is a huge need for the piano in our community.”

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Los Altos sister-duo raises the barre


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Los Altos businesswomen and sisters Megan Wilson, left, and Gillian Brotherson bring wellness to the forefront at barre3 Los Altos, a new fitness studio that combines ballet, yoga and Pilates.

Two Los Altos natives combined their passions for wellness and dance to open a new business, barre 3 Los Altos, in their hometown last week.

As part of the national barre3 workout franchise, sisters Gillian Brotherson and Megan Wilson launched the Los Altos studio at 4758 El Camino Real less than a year after Wilson opened the successful barre3 Willow Glen. The signature workouts blend ballet, yoga and Pilates for low-impact, high-octane fitness routines.

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First Street's 'Fort Knox' up for sale


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The Los Altos Vault and Safe Deposit Co. is on the market for $4.5 million. Its fortified steel and concrete structure has been compared to the U.S. Federal Reserve’s gold depository.

A downtown Los Altos structure “built like Fort Knox” is up for sale – with an asking price of $4.5 million.

The Los Altos Vault and Safe Deposit Co. at 121 First St. hit the commercial real estate market March 18. On its website, the company compares the fortified steel and concrete structure to Fort Knox – the U.S. Federal Reserve’s super-secure gold depository in Kentucky. Online real estate listings suggest that the buyer could use the site for housing, a restaurant or a banking service project.

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