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Meet the sweet-tooth whisperers

A child investigates Sugarbaby Sweetshoppe’s bulk candy selection. The store’s owners are surprised that only approximately one-third of their customers are kids.

Darren Howze and his wife, Colleen, own Sugarbaby Sweetshoppe on State Street, which opened in February. They have prided themselves on changing their selection to keep up with the changing seasons – and tastes – of Los Altos.

Early returns positive for Third Street Green

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The Third Street Green featured a pingpong table on some days. Robin Abrams, chairwoman of the Green’s steering committee, said teenagers asked her for more pingpong tables in 2017.

Amy Watenmaker did not expect to make a detour down Third Street when she visited Los Altos last week. The Sunnyvale resident had lunch at Rick’s Cafe and was planning to run errands with her 5-year-old son, Ilan.

“We just met our friends here,” Watenmaker said.

Clutter can stress out homeowners

Clutter can affect a person’s mood and self-esteem and can even lead to depression, according to research by UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives and Families.

Houselogic, a site created by the National Association of Realtors for homeowners who want to improve and maintain their homes, reported that many homeowners are overwhelmed by clutter and experience anxiety and depression over clutter that may emotionally paralyze them or prevent them from inviting friends over. Clutter can be especially difficult to tackle for older adults whose homes contain a lifetime of memories, from family photographs to their children’s old toys and other mementos.

LAH startup aims to make startups happy

Whether it’s a nail salon or a car mechanic on the premises, many startups are finding creative ways to keep employees happy. Coders have come to expect services at the office, but CEOs – and overstressed human resource officers – can’t always keep up with workers’ demands.

Los Altos Hills resident Alex Shubat aims to solve the problem by taking the fun associated with life at the Googleplex or the food at Facebook’s Menlo Park campus and expanding it via his newest venture, Espresa.

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