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

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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

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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.

Storefront swaps bring more sweets to downtown Mountain View

Photos by Megan Winslow/Town Crier
The Books Inc. location, will be sandwiched between a new Paris Baguette and the new location for an existing Mountain View workout studio.

Walking down Castro Street in Mountain View this fall, it sometimes seemed as though a coming/going/moving sign had popped into a different business’ window each day.

Some longtime tenants have only changed locale – Books Inc. moved a few doors down to 317 Castro St., the space previously occupied by BookBuyers. And Icicles, the not-yet-opened rolled ice cream specialist, changed storefronts before even opening. It now has preparations in progress at 292 Castro St., former (brief) location of Buffalo, the “burgers, bear and bao” specialist and then, also briefly, the projected new home of a rival ice cream enterprise.

Q&A with Pat Kapp: Get to know the new president of the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce

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Pat Kapp, center, works with Nicole Walton, left, and Kris Olson, right, at the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce.

With longtime Los Altos Chamber of Commerce President Julie Rose retiring last month, the Commerce now has a not-so-new face at the helm – Pat Kapp. Kapp joined the Chamber in February as co-president in preparation for Rose’s departure.

Kapp recently responded to the Town Crier’s questions about her plans for the future.

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