Los Altos Chamber of Commerce holds Annual Awards Dinner

Chef
Nicole Walton / Special to the Town Crier
Chef Chu, left, held The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Awards Dinner Jan. 24 at Chef Chu’s. According to Chamber President Pat Kapp, it was the 29th year the ceremony was held at Lawrence Chu’s restaurant.

The dinner honored the following local organizations and representatives.

• Pride of Los Altos: Los Altos Hardware (Sue and Henry Nesmith)

• Chair’s Special Recognition: Ellen Biolsi, Cranberry Scoop

• Architecture and Design: Southgate Partners LLC (Sean, Erik and Wilfred Corrigan)

• New Member of the Year: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley (Robert Kelley)

• Community Legacy: Heising-Simons Foundation (Holly Kreider)

• Member of the Year: Safeway Community Market/Safeway Stores (Wendy Guthsall and Ethan Baker)

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Office use on hold in old Pharmaca space

Additional office space at 400 Main St. will have to wait. The Los Altos Planning Commission voted unanimously last week to hold the discussion over to the next meeting to allow the city attorney to review the ramifications of amending the zoning code.

The space in question is the former site of Pharmaca, which closed last fall only two years into a 10-year lease. The property owner, Jeff Morris, is looking to lease the 3,000-square-foot space to Keller Williams Real Estate. However, 400 Main, located in the commercial retail sales zone district, falls under a zoning code that prohibits office space on the ground floor.

Japanese designer travels to MV to translate toy for U.S. audience


Courtesy of Naoki Ono
The Chappet button brings toys to life. Mountain View played testing ground to its American iteration a year after its launch in Japan.

Entrepreneurs from around the world travel to the Bay Area to build their businesses, raising funding, networking and testing ideas in a startup-rich environment. Tokyo-based inventor Naoki Ono set up residence in Mountain View last year to redevelop a children’s product his company had already launched in Tokyo to some success.

Ono created Chappet, a bright-yellow button that attaches to stuffed animals or dolls and helps them “speak,” spontaneously, via a smartphone app.

Rustic House Oyster Bar & Grill and State of Mind Public House & Pizzeria open for business

The second week of January welcomed two new restaurants to downtown Los Altos: Rustic House Oyster Bar & Grill and State of Mind Public House and Pizzeria.

A seat at the table: New WeAct coworking office offers women founders a space of their own

We Act
Megan V. Winslow / Town Crier
Los Altos resident Darya Shaked, above, opened WeAct’s coworking space last week on Second Street.

A shared office space for female entrepreneurs, WeAct Space, opened this month in a lofty second-story space above Nature Gallery at 153 Second St. in Los Altos.

The floor-to-ceiling windows offer a surprisingly grand view of “urban” Los Altos in austere winter mode. Paired with skylights and updated lighting, the office is bright, with long, shared worktables, comfy chairs and an endearingly pink couch anchoring one corner of the modernist design scheme.

Los Altos clinic gives free oxygen therapy to 4-year-old


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A child receives hyperbaric oxygen treatment at Bay Area Hyperbarics’ Los Gatos location.

As a toddler, Alex fell into his family’s Florida swimming pool and nearly drowned. The accident left him brain damaged, but a new treatment offered in Los Altos has given his family hope.

Now 4, Alex (name changed for privacy) recently received 40 hours of hyperbaric oxygen therapy at Bay Area Hyperbarics, located at 4856 El Camino Real.


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