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New holistic center aims to heal from the outside in: iChakras on Main specializes in energy centers


Crier D. Krystal Starr, a chakra healer, plays her Tibetan singing bowls inside iChakras on Main Street.

In the bustling Bay Area, it seems as if everyone is busy with something. They’re running to their next meeting, furiously typing up this week’s budget or crafting tomorrow’s next big idea. In the midst of Silicon Valley’s hectic energy, some people may seek holistic healing to resolve the chaos around them.

Until last month, Los Altos lacked a streamlined holistic healing space aimed at Silicon Valley workers, according to D. Krystal Starr, owner of iChakras.


Young skaters learn to push, carve and yield downtown


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Skateworks instructor Andrew Langi teaches Mountain View resident Carter Cox, 8, the rules of the sidewalk.

You’ve seen them downtown: pint-sized athletes, decked in pads and helmets, learning the etiquette of four-wheel, two-sneaker navigation from an overseer. But you’re not seeing a “manny” in action – the young men leading pairs of little skaters up and down State Street are skateboard tutors. Through Jason Strubing’s Skateworks, boys and girls (and their parents) book lessons to try on gear and learn the basics of the board.

Beauty for the boardroom: Los Altos startup styles for work, after hours


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The Los Altos-based BFab app builds on Silicon Valley singularities to style everything from participants in an Indian wedding, above, to business leaders going on camera.

Los Altos resident Sharon Cimring met business partner Margo Myers through their teenage daughters. Cimring had worked as a hairdresser in South Africa before moving to the Bay Area, and when they took their daughters for a birthday day out in San Francisco and visited a blow-dry bar just opening in Pacific Heights, they saw a common interest.

“I was a social worker still trying to figure out what to do with my life,” Myers recalled. “Sharon said, ‘Let’s open up something like this in Los Altos.’”

Psychiatry startup incorporates tech to connect


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Savant Care Inc. Operations Manager Laura Jefferson demonstrates the face-tracking technology psychiatrists can employ to help patients recognize emotions and practice meditation.

A Los Altos-based startup is tapping into technology to help measure a person’s wellness from the inside out.

“There’s no thermometer for mental health,” said Laura Jefferson, operations manager of Savant Care Inc. “We’ve been lacking this sort of quantification to track and also predict.”

Hiruko highlights mindful movement


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Hiruko Wellness teaches martial arts to children and adults in private and group lesson.

Vaishu Sirkay is quiet and reserved, but make no mistake – her kicks pack power.

The 11-year-old Almond School student last week practiced mindful movement at Hiruko Wellness, a martial arts school that recently settled into a sunny studio at 255 Second St.

Online network reimagines village marketplace


Judy Kitt’s summer to-do list just got a whole lot shorter.

The Mountain View resident checked off 12 household tasks using Blueberry Home, a new online network marketplace that enables neighbors to pool their home repairs and services.

Pint-sized 'PB & Cakes' entrepreneur sweetens Main Street


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Presley Brown, 5, operated a lemonade stand during the Kiwanis Pet Parade last month and raised funds for a child with severe combined immunodeficiency. Alissa McDonald

Five-year-old Presley Brown decided to capitalize on the Kiwanis Pet Parade crowds last month by erecting a pop-up cake shop in front of her parents’ shop, Vintage Bath at 351 Main St.

She purveyed lemonade and homemade cupcakes and Rice Krispies Treats under her “PB & Cakes” branding – showing clear heritage from her mother, Alissa McDonald, who specializes in visual marketing.


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