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In addition to doling out doughnuts, Donut du Jour counter assistants E.J. Patoc, left, and Ranny Chan prepare sandwiches for lunchtime customers.

Moda closes with big sale

After approximately one year of giving the women’s apparel and accessories boutique business a try, owner Mary Khoury is scheduled to close the doors at Moda, 296 State St.

Khoury said the shop would remain open through Friday or Saturday as she sells her remaining inventory.

“Most of the (items) are 50 percent off – some of them, 60 percent,” she said.

Khoury cited the lagging economy as the impetus for the closing.

Donut du Jour expands menu

Donut du Jour owner Anita Hin has added sandwiches to the menu of her shop at 108 State St. in downtown Los Altos.

Bagels, croissants, muffins and donuts are the traditional fare for a sweet-treats breakfast, but they’re not always in demand throughout the day, Hin said.

With the shop open daily until 4 p.m., Hin expanded the menu to include sandwiches – ham, turkey, chicken and others – to accommodate lunchtime appetites. She also offers Vietnamese sandwiches – ham, turkey or steamed pork on a French roll.

“It has a special pickle on it that makes it a Vietnamese sandwich,” said E.J. Patoc, a Donut du Jour employee.

Most sandwiches are priced at $4.50, and Los Altos High School students will be able to deduct 15 percent with their Eagle cards when the school year begins, according to employee Ranny Chan.

Hin splits her time between Donut du Jour and Chez Sovan, an Asian-food restaurant in Campbell that she owns.

Chan said Hin hopes to add hot-lunch specials such as meat kabobs and rice with a salad.

And doughnuts will still be there.

Sereno Group Real Estate earns top workplace honors

For the second consecutive year, the Bay Area News Group recognized Sereno Group Real Estate as the top workplace in the greater Bay Area in the small-company category of its Top Workplaces 2010 list, an annual profile of the top 65 places to work in the area’s five counties.

The small-company category represents businesses with 50-150 employees. Of the 1,370 companies representing 34,375 employees, Sereno Group was the only residential real estate brokerage ranked in any of the three size categories.

The Bay Area News Group compiles the rankings annually. The Top Workplaces 2011 list is based on a survey of Bay Area company employees and their overall satisfaction with their respective workplaces.

Founded in 2006, the 146 agents of Sereno Group sell and service Santa Clara, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties and points beyond from their offices in Los Altos, Palo Alto, Los Gatos, Saratoga and Santa Cruz.

“We are honored to be named to this prestigious list for the second year in a row and very, very humbled to be named the No. 1 organization again,” said Chris Trapani, president and CEO of Sereno Group. “To be twice given the honor of Top Workplace in the Greater Bay Area and to be associated with so many wonderful companies is a tremendous testament to our team.”

For more information, visit www.topworkplaces.com/survey/resultslist/bayarea_11.

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