Local’s mobile salon app thrives during COVID-19

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Los Altos resident Iryna Korolenko runs the iSalon app.

Two years ago, Iryna Korolenko was sitting in traffic, driving to an appointment at a beauty salon when she had an idea: What if there were an app that would enable customers to have beauty service providers come to their location?

Village Pantry trying to stay afloat

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The Village Pantry co-owner Julie Ogilvie said she has been working 12 hours a day, seven days a week to keep the business going.

The reopening of several local businesses this summer has been a lifeline for some, but the economic hardships tied to COVID-19 continue to pose challenges for others. Among them: The Village Pantry, a family-owned Los Altos coffee shop established in 1947.

Local real estate agent rebrands amid pandemic uncertainty

Alex Wang, a local real estate agent who recently launched a new brand, wondered whether he should continue with moving into an office space in downtown Los Altos.

He had signed a lease prior to COVID-19. He wound up moving, using a door from Home Depot propped up by two file cabinets as a makeshift desk.

Longtime downtown Los Altos florist set to close up shop next month

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Brian Davino, owner of Davino Florist in downtown Los Altos, is preparing to shutter his Main Street shop Sept. 19 after 29 years in business.

Los Altos-based florist Brian Davino is closing his downtown shop and retiring after 29 years in the business, a decision propelled by the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on the retail industry.

ADUs rise in popularity during pandemic

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Abodu’s one-bedrom accessory dwelling unit is its flagship “Abodu 500." An Abodu co-founder said that amid the pandemic, more people are building ADUs.

Accessory dwelling units, commonly referred to as ADUs, have long been popular in Los Altos on its spacious properties. As a secondary structure to the main house, ADUs are ideal solutions for placing additional family members or renting out as affordable housing units – a scarcity in Los Altos.

As pandemic impacts independent bookstores, Linden Tree Books plans to ‘tough it out’

When Chris Saccheri and Florina Grosskurth took over Linden Tree Books in downtown Los Altos late last year, it was a busy period for the store.

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