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Business & Real Estate

Vintage Bath changes hands as new owners add twist to classic offerings


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Vintage Bath, the downtown Los Altos showroom, is under new leadership. Taking over are, from left, co-owners Jerry Rudick and Deena Castello and marketing and visual director Alissa McDonald.

Deena Castello – the new curator and co-owner of downtown Los Altos’ Vintage Bath – summed up the recent change of ownership in one word: kismet.

Castello already runs two successful bath showrooms in Southern California. While visiting her hometown of Willow Glen, she stopped by Vintage Bath at 351 Main St. and struck up a conversation with the store’s former owner.

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ClassPass offers new way to exercise


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Carla Hickman leads students in a Jazzercise class at the Los Altos Youth Center. Fitness buffs can use ClassPass to sample Hickman’s class and other local studios for $99 per month.

Two trends are converging in Los Altos this spring: boutique exercise studios and startups that offer a new way to pay – and pay less – for traditional services.

The New York-based startup ClassPass, which launched in the Bay Area late last year, partners with local studios to offer wide-ranging access for a discounted monthly fee – a buffet of boutiques. As of the Town Crier’s press deadline, Los Altos had three participating businesses – Momentum Cycling Studio, some of the Jazzercise classes at the Los Altos Youth Center, and The Dailey Method – and Mountain View another three: Yoga Belly, Serao Academy and Overtime Fitness. Palo Alto and Menlo Park are already dense with options, though even they pale in comparison to some neighborhoods of San Francisco, where studios charging $25 or more per hourlong class seem to be popping up two to a block.

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'March Madness' in markets?

“March Madness” has always intrigued me in basketball, but now the yearly event has made its way to Wall Street, dribbling away investor’s profits.

The Dow Jones industrial average experienced triple-digit swings four of last week’s five trading days. By Monday, however, the market was up more than 180 points in early trading, and investors were shooting threes again.

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How not to worry about stock-market volatility

The fact is that stocks are among the most volatile of all investment asset classes, but they also provide the most growth over time, especially relative to inflation. They illustrate the underlying tenet of investing: If you want more return, you must take on more risk.

If you are worried about your portfolio right now given the recent volatility, following are four possible reasons and some simple ways to overcome them.

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How not to worry about stock-market volatility

The fact is that stocks are among the most volatile of all investment asset classes, but they also provide the most growth over time, especially relative to inflation. They illustrate the underlying tenet of investing: If you want more return, you must take on more risk.

If you are worried about your portfolio right now given the recent volatility, following are four possible reasons and some simple ways to overcome them.

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How not to worry about stock-market volatility

The fact is that stocks are among the most volatile of all investment asset classes, but they also provide the most growth over time, especially relative to inflation. They illustrate the underlying tenet of investing: If you want more return, you must take on more risk.

If you are worried about your portfolio right now given the recent volatility, following are four possible reasons and some simple ways to overcome them.

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100 First Street No. 201, Los Altos Limited to Geschke Trust for $4,941,000

100 First Street No. 309, Los Altos Limited to Zauderer Trust for $1,425,500

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