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Business & Real Estate

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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From Google to First Street: Massage therapist sets up studio in downtown Los Altos


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Upuia Ahkiong is slated to open Kua Body Studios next month at 106 First St. Ahkiong is sharing space with Evolve Classical Pilates.

A massage therapist with ties to Google Inc. is slated to open a new – and shared – studio at 106 First St.

Upuia Ahkiong is scheduled to open Kua Body Studios Sept. 5 as part of a grand-opening weekend celebration. Ahkiong, who previously spent 10 years as the massage therapist for Google, plans to share studio space with an existing Los Altos business – Evolve Classical Pilates.

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Torrey Pines Bank names regional president


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Torrey Pines Bank recently named Fred Voss its regional president for the Bay Area. The bank has branches at 20 First St. in Los Altos, above, and in Oakland and Southern California.

Torrey Pines Bank last week appointed Fred Voss regional president of the San Francisco Bay Area market.

Voss will be responsible for growing the bank’s market share in the Bay Area, and will lead area teams in providing commercial banking services for growth-oriented business owners, real estate investors and professionals. Voss is a 25-year banking industry veteran with senior-level experience in business banking, commercial lending and relationship development.

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Palo Alto law firm coming to 400 Main


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Longtime Palo Alto law firm Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McClean plans to open an office at 400 Main St. in Los Altos after construction is complete in November.

A longtime Palo Alto law firm plans to expand into Los Altos.

Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McLean, a fixture in Palo Alto for 65 years, announced July 11 its plans to add a third location at 400 Main St., which remains under construction.

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Gain tax credits for summer child care

Many parents pay for child care or day camps in the summer while they work. Those costs may qualify for a federal tax credit.

The Internal Revenue Service provided the following facts about the Child and Dependent Care Credit.

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State Street jeweler to close its doors


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JB&B Jewelers owner Cynthia Zirpolo, right, assists customers last week. Zirpolo is closing her State Street shop after nearly five years to focus on other business endeavors. Town Crier

Cynthia Zirpolo is bidding farewell to downtown Los Altos.

The owner of JB&B Jewelers at 239 State St., Zirpolo told the Town Crier that she’s closing her jewelry shop following the annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival in July to focus on other business matters. She declined to elaborate further on her future plans.

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