Mountain View's Red Rock Coffee gets saved by anonymous investor

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An anonymous investor has purchased Red Rock Coffee, saving the downtown Mountain View coffee shop from likely closure.

When Jean Boulanger, the general manager of Red Rock Coffee in Mountain View, first read the description of the GoFundMe page posted in July to save the shop, reality started sinking in.

Born out of pandemic, House On First’s owner takes a risk

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Courtesy of Jean-Luc Kayigire
Jean-Luc Kayigire, owner of the Amandine Project on First Street, opened House On First last month in the space formerly occupied by Bumble.

Jean-Luc Kayigire will readily admit that opening a new restaurant during a pandemic was not a wise business decision.

New Red Berry owner unveils plans to keep a good thing going

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Los Altos resident Stacy Savides Sullivan, right, assumed ownership of Red Berry Coffee Bar Nov. 1, but founder Jeff Hampton is sticking around to transfer the art of fancy espresso to a new generation.

Red Berry Coffee Bar changed hands last week when a local fan of the artisan coffee shop stepped up to take over the business. Los Altos resident Stacy Savides Sullivan presides over Red Berry as the new owner, but founder Jeff Hampton is sticking around to help her learn the craft of coffee culture.

Measure RR could be critical for the future of Caltrain

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Riders board and disembark from Caltrain in July 2019. Voters will get to weigh in on funding for Caltrain this November. Measure RR would institute a one-eighth-cent sales tax, generating approximately $100 million annually for 30 years.

Bay Area voters will have a say in the future of Caltrain during the November election, with Measure RR proposing a one-eighth-cent sales tax, generating approximately $100 million a year for 30 years toward the transportation service. The measure is on the ballot for Santa Clara, San Mateo and San Francisco counties – the three counties Caltrain serves – and requires a two-thirds majority to pass.

Aldo’s new owners confident in direction amid pandemic

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Ryan Morris – in white, pictured with his family – bought Aldo Los Altos this summer. Morris grew up in Los Altos and purchased the restaurant from the previous owners, who were retiring after 15 years. The family-friendly Italian restaurant is located on Main Street.

Ryan Morris has been in the food service industry since he was a teen. So when the opportunity arose in July to take over a restaurant in his hometown, he couldn’t turn it down – despite a global pandemic and other career aspirations.

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?

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