Business & Real Estate

New shop offers haute couture for girls

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The Girls @ Los Altos at 239 State St. offers clothing lines such as Nellystella as well as toys and other items for girls.

Cecilia Chen opened The Girls @ Los Altos as a tribute to the party dress. Whether it’s for a birthday party, a role as flower girl or a concert performance, Bay Area girls like her daughter like to dress up – and Chen saw a lack of comfortable places for young girls to try on fancy clothing in a cozy setting.

Chen built a “kids’ corner” in her shop at 239 State St. with sofas, bookshelves and toys for young people to kick back and relax. A big wooden toy house set up as a playspace sits along one wall.


Los Altos-based Beepi raises $60 million in funding

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The Los Altos startup Beepi generated another round of investor funding.

Los Altos-based startup Beepi recently raised $60 million in Series B funding.

Founded by CEO Ale Resnik and COO Owen Savir, Beepi offers a peer-to-peer marketplace to sell and buy cars online. Among other services, the company offers prospective car buyers on-the-spot preapproval for loans. Buyers can also pay for purchased vehicles in a variety of ways, including bank transfer, cashier’s check, credit card and even bitcoin. The company has offices at 5050 El Camino Real, Suite 116, in Los Altos.


2013 personal income tax filing deadline today

Today is the deadline for taxpayers to file 2013 state personal income tax returns without penalties, according to the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB).


Bookstore reopens after summer hiatus

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Cate Nelson reopened Know Knew Books last week. The store continues to offer an array of books and items.

A State Street retailer is open once again – albeit with a few changes.

Know Knew Books at 366 State St. reopened its doors Oct. 1 under new management and with a new staff, nearly two months after temporarily closing for unspecified reasons.


Transitioning from postage to pets

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A new Pet Food Express store is scheduled to open at the Blossom Valley Shopping Center this month.

A site that previously existed to meet postal service needs will soon have an entirely different purpose – serving pets.

Northern California pet food retailer Pet Food Express is slated to open its newest location Thursday at 1768 Miramonte Ave. in Mountain View – formerly the longtime home of the U.S. Postal Service’s Blossom Valley branch. The new Blossom Valley Shopping Center store will be the 54th for the privately held company, founded by former dog trainer Michael Levy and his business partner, Mark Witriol, in 1986.


Business Noteworthy

Los Altos design firm announces staff addition

IKB Design, Construction and Interiors recently hired veteran interior designer and business owner Lara Pai as business development manager and senior designer.

Pai joins the Los Altos-based IKB, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, after she served a host of Peninsula clients with interior design, remodeling and feng-shui services, starting in 1998.


Sweet Shop celebrates five-year anniversary

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The Sweet Shop at 994 Los Altos Ave. marks its fifth year in business Sept. 7. The shop is a popular after-school stop for families and students.

When Stacy Savides Sullivan opened the Sweet Shop at 994 Los Altos Ave. Aug. 26, 2009, she had one overriding goal in mind for her new business venture: Do more than just sell candy.

“It was really important for us from the beginning that we were more than just a place for sweets,” said Sullivan of her shop, the former home of Foodland. “This is a community gathering place.”


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