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German traditions inspire Christmas decor

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Los Altos Hills resident Silke Kluss co-owns Xmas Deluxe, a German-based company that produces traditional holiday decor with a streamlined, modern aesthetic.

One Los Altos Hills resident’s Christmas decor company is on a mission to clear the clutter and celebrate tradition.

High-end, bright decorations with just the right amount of rule breaking is what Silke Kluss’ online shop, Xmas Deluxe, is all about.

Stocks still the place to be

After Friday’s market close, stocks are still the place to be – if you can stand the bumpy ride.


Los Altos

170 Almond Avenue, A. & B. Barzin to J. Skinder for $2,540,000

131 Angela Drive, McCall Trust to S. & K. Czerwinski for $2,915,000

Kira Kids brings big styles in small sizes

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Kira Kids owner Christine Tang, right, recently launched her Plaza Central shop and celebrates its grand opening this weekend. The store carries children’s clothing and accessories.

A new downtown retailer is keeping the cool in kids’ clothes.

Kira Kids designer and owner Christine Tang recently opened the doors to her 240 Plaza Central storefront – the company’s first brick-and-mortar shop.

Is Santa Claus coming to town?

Editor’s note: After announcing his retirement in October, longtime Town Crier columnist Clyde Noel, 94, is back in business. He plans to continue writing his “Taking Stock” column and contributing occasional feature stories.

One of my Rotary Club friends told me the other day, “I’m nearly 60 and scared to death of the market. With a possible rate hike and today’s global worries, it makes me want to sell all my stocks.”


Los Altos

513 Cherry Avenue, Gilbert Trust to P. & A. Chan for $3,150,000

1376 Fairway Drive, Reseck Trust to Pomykala Trust for $2,628,000

So you think you can pick stocks?

A study by JPMorgan Chase & Co. found that investing in individual stocks is somewhat akin to investing in the lottery.

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