Business & Real Estate

LAH native takes over hometown boutiques

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Los Altos Hills native Nicole Castro now owns Jôr’Jet Boutique, one business with two locations, on Fremont Avenue and State Street.

Two Los Altos boutiques have been given one name and new style under the care of their new owner.

Now celebrating grand openings, Los Altos Hills native Nicole Castro rebranded Syd Boutique at 632 Fremont Ave. and Chelsea Boutique at 276 State St. as Jôr’Jet Boutique.


Cloud pushes stocks higher

An epic change is occurring in the business environment, namely, the cloud.

Cloud computing, which provides access to data from anywhere using an ordinary Internet connection, offers relief from the stress of buying software licenses for every tool businesses install. The public cloud saves companies the cost of running their own data operation or purchasing expensive servers.



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Longtime Chamber exec bids 'aloha' to Los Altos businesses

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Gayle Carter, left, and Julie Rose have worked together at the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce headquarters for nearly two decades.

For more than 20 years, Gayle Carter has been the face of local industry at the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce headquarters.

“She’s the cheery voice when people call,” said Chamber President Julie Rose. “When they walk in the door, she’s the first person they see.”


Food from the sea abounds in Mtn. View

Courtesy of Pacific Catch
Diners at Pacific Catch can select from six variations on fish and seasonings for the poke trio. Traditional elements such as tuna and seaweed get a California boost from avocado and other flavors.

Seafood is in ascendance in new restaurant openings across Los Altos and Mountain View this year. Lobster and poke, in particular, have sparked a trend that will have local eaters taking their pick from among the best of imports from Hawaii and Maine.

Poke for all

Poke – pronounced “POH-kay” – the Hawaiian dish of chopped raw fish tossed with seasoning, graduated from generic tuna topping to full Hawaiian form locally when Pacific Catch opened last year at The Village at San Antonio Center. Tom Hanson, chief operating officer for the five-restaurant chain, said the poke wasabi Japanese rice bowl is its most popular dish. The bowl comes with greens or salad, topped with avocado, daikon sprouts, cucumber, ginger, sesame seeds, shredded nori and seaweed salad.


Skittish market calms down

U.S. stocks closed higher last week, up 1 percent and recovering most of the ground they lost last summer. The majority of the market’s rally occurred Thursday, when hedge funds began to cover short positions.

With improving consumer sentiment and no interest-rate hike from the U.S. Federal Reserve this year, the market looks enticing for investors. But we still haven’t left behind the volatility the market experiences periodically.


Business Briefs

Volunteers sought for tax-prep program

Betty T. Yee, state controller and Franchise Tax Board chairwoman, last week urged Californians to become certified to help low-income people file tax returns for free as part of the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

According to the FTB, the program will be particularly important next year when California rolls out its version of the Earned Income Tax Credit, designed to boost the income of low-earning households.


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