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Business & Real Estate

Retail changes aplenty downtown, at Rancho

Every month, there are numerous changes in the Los Altos business scenery worth noting. Businesses are continually exchanging hands, and new operations, retail and otherwise, continue to open.

Among the changes this month:

Downtown Los Altos

Color me Mine has submitted plans to sub-lease part of the Koo Koo Roo space on Main Street in front of Nelson's Los Altos Pharmacy. Color Me Mine is a paint-it yourself pottery place.

Go Girlfriends has opened in the former Los Altos Postcards, Etc., space at 220 State St. The store features "hip, chic designer clothes," according to store owners.

I Fratelli Restaurant, at 388 Main St., is now open for lunch every Thursday and Friday.

Village Pantry, 184 Second St., has new owners who will run the business under the same name and the same menu as in the past.

Downright (comforters and bedwear) at 220 State St., in the inner part of the arcade is going out of business. Owner says there is a lack of foot traffic and no retail exposure in the location.

Black Forest Restaurant on First Street is closed and available for lease.

Glady's Hallmark will close at the end of February. The card store is closing after more than 20 years in business.

Rancho Shopping Center

Lapperts: Scott and Carrie Vermeer, owner of Lapperts Ice Cream from 1991-94 before they sold it to Rick's Rather Rich Ice Cream, have re-purchased the business. Lapperts plan to re-open on Feb. 10 after they do a remodel and upgrade of the building.

Andronico's Market officials report their Rancho store sold more take-out Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners than any other store in its chain. The Los Altos store has a new manager, Leslie Emry.

Clyde Noel is business editor of the Town Crier.

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