Business & Real Estate

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.


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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.”


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.


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.


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.


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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