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Local entrepreneurs cook up Potaito Boards


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Los Altos resident Tait Detro, right, and Margot Czeropski are slated to launch Potaito Boards, a skateboarding company that features environmentally friendly and locally sourced products.

A new company is rolling out a product lineup that turns one person’s scraps into another’s skateboard. Potaito Boards – made of locally sourced, reclaimed wood – launches Nov. 15.

Los Altos resident Tait Detro spent his childhood sculpting and molding wood cabinets with his father, Tod, owner of Palo Alto-based Knotty Hole Woodworks. Noticing the discarded scraps, Detro – an avid skateboarder – began collecting the high-quality but oddly shaped pieces. Instead of being tossed or turned into mulch, he upcycled the wood.

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Apple posts all-time sales records

Two “Town Crier 50” stocks made news last week.

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Transactions

Los Altos

104 Alvarado Avenue, Collins Trust to T. & G. Angelos for $3,500,000

171 Del Monte Avenue, Del Monte Avenue Limited to G. & M. Sucharczuk for $3,550,000

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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.

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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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Transactions

Los Altos

775 Anderson Drive, Hirsch Trust to Brzozowski Trust for $2,500,000

74 Bay Tree Lane, Slichter Trust to D. Cohn for $2,200,000

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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.”

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