Local fitness company celebrates finding time to move, one day at a time

Mountain View resident Reena Vokoun’s parent-and-child yoga classes, filmed for broadcast via YouTube, are a family affair. Vokoun, owner of Passion Fit, teaches a variety of high-energy classes.

Mountain View resident Reena Vokoun’s passion for balancing mind and body found a first local outlet when she began leading yoga at her sons’ Springer School, focusing on body awareness, breathing and mindfulness – tools to manage stress and hone focus and balance.

Her idea found a fit with local parents, too, and three years ago she founded a wellness business – Passion Fit – to expand her adult offering to nearby companies as well as online.

A new look at Silicon Valley's oldest startup

Courtesy of Webb McKinney
Los Altos resident Webb McKinney’s book “Becoming Hewlett Packard” is being translated into Chinese and Russian.

With startups like Uber splashed across the headlines – for better or worse – it’s easy to forget that tech juggernaut Hewlett-Packard Co. launched in a Palo Alto garage, the brainchild of two Stanford University grads.

While Silicon Valley has reinvented itself several times over since then, former HP executive Webb McKinney, a Los Altos resident and co-author of “Becoming Hewlett Packard: Why Strategic Leadership Matters,” thinks that today’s newest companies can still learn from Silicon Valley’s oldest startup.


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Breathe Holistic Health aims to bring breath of fresh air to Los Altos

courtesy of Liat Hod
The staff of Breathe Holistic Health strives to offer an oasis for Silicon Valley residents in search of relaxation and restoration.

Amid the frantic pace of Silicon Valley, an oasis of calm recently cropped up in Los Altos. Or at least that’s what Breathe Holistic Health hopes to bring to the area, according to owner Liat Hod.

“Los Altos is a very health-conscious as well as self-motivated community,” said Hod, a licensed acupuncturist. “At the same time, it’s a hub for the hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley. We wanted a place to allow for people to come together for restoration and relaxation.”

400 Main St. seeks exemption for potential tenants

Owners of 400 Main St. could see new tenants if city officials approve an interpretation of Los Altos municipal code.

As 400 Main St. continues to stand partially empty, a proposal has been put forward that looks to bring more life to the three-year-old building.

Ice cream expands in Mountain View

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Pushcart Creamery awaits permits before it can open at 292 Castro St. in Mountain View. A nearby ice cream venture, Icicles, is set to debut in the fall. Here

Gelato Classico’s long dessert monopoly over Castro Street may soon end as two ice cream shops – nearly next door to each other – prepare to open.

Pushcart Creamery, the latest venture from the family behind Srasa Kitchen, currently awaits city permits at 292 Castro. Creator Brandon Poon said much remained in limbo about the small-batch ice cream shop, depending on what equipment requirements the city dictates to allow an expedited approval.

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