Plant and pots store in downtown Los Altos chugs along

Chinelo Design
Photos Courtesy of Raymundo Maldonado
Chinelo Design, a cozy shop full of plants, is located at the corner of State and Third streets in downtown Los Altos.

Tucked in a corner at State and Third streets, in between a law office and a skincare center, sits a cozy space full of plants.

“Not a lot of people know about me,” said Raymundo Maldonado, owner of Chinelo Design, which calls itself a “plant and pots store.”

Restaurant roundup: New eateries open, established spots offer takeaway specials

Food Roundup
Photos by Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
Los Altos’ House on First has an expanded rotisserie menu for outdoor or takeaway dining, left. Mr. Cake Plus baker Santosh Chankyam, right, sells savory pastry puffs, cake slices and made-to-order decorated cakes at his new Mountain View bake shop.

As we round the horn of a full year under pandemic protocols, local restaurants continue to experiment with new menus and even a few bold debuts.

Aurum has been drawing rapturous interest since the Town Crier first wrote about its debut at 132 State St. in Los Altos. Following is a rundown of other new places to try, as well as new takeaway meal options to explore at longtime standbys.

Community center update touts progress despite COVID-19 delays

Community Center
Courtesy of the City of Los Altos
The completion date for the Los Altos Community Center has been pushed back seven months because of the pandemic.

The city issued its latest update on the construction of the Los Altos Community Center Jan. 26, touting the building’s progress despite COVID-related delays that have pushed its completion date back seven months.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the project’s contractors were forced to cut some working hours to comply with Santa Clara County’s construction health protocols. That has reduced workdays from eight hours a day to seven, according to Jim Sandoval, the city’s engineering services director.

Pure Serenity Skincare moves to new location, but in same plaza

Courtesy of Marjan Kashi
Marjan Kashi, owner of Pure Serenity Skincare, recently moved her salon to a new location, but still within Rancho Shopping Center.

Pure Serenity Skincare, a Los Altos salon, has moved to a new location, but it’s still within Rancho Shopping Center.

New Indian restaurant opens in Los Altos, with a twist on tradition

Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Indian cuisine, top, comes to downtown Los Altos with last month’s arrival of Aurum, helmed by CEO Anupam Bhatia, above left, with chef Manish Tyagi.

The chemical symbol for gold is “Au.” In terms of value, gold is one of the highest-weighted metals in the world, showcasing prosperity and a high standard.

A universe of words: Local’s new book explores space law

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Photos Courtesy of Lauren Peterson
Lauren Peterson wrote the upcoming book “The Future of Governance in Space.

Space: both the final frontier and a hotly contested, legally gray area for humankind.

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