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


Photo Courtesy of Pat Kapp
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.

Gift guide: Keeping your home safe during the holidays

The holiday season is a time for celebration and giving gifts to family and friends, but it is also a time when safety takes a back seat due to the rush and excitement of the season. People become careless and vulnerable to theft and holiday scams.

The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors offers the following information to keep homes and homeowners safe and secure during the holiday season.

Holiday pop-up market launches this week in Mountain View


Above and Below left Photos by Kathy Bonte, Below right photo by Caitlin Schaller/Special to the Town Crier
Artisan gifts available at the holiday pop-up market include wallets, above, jewelry and baby clothes.

While holiday shopping can be stressful, the season also can be hard on vendors who set up shop at festival after festival each weekend. That’s what led local business owner Kathy Bonte to organize a holiday pop-up market that’s scheduled to open Friday in Mountain View.

Bonte’s goal is to provide an affordable platform for smaller businesses to sell their handmade goods, as table fees at festivals can be costly.

Gitane boutique hosts fundraiser for PRERNA refugee organization


Elizabeth Barcelos/Town Crier
PRERNA volunteers welcomed shoppers to their trunk sale fundraiser, co-hosted by Gitane Freedom of Style boutique in downtown Los Altos. Supporters include, from left, Farah Al Saka, Shreyani Shah, Karen Mecker and Dharini Hiremagalur.

With the idea that the season of giving shouldn’t apply just to friends and family, Gitane Freedom of Style boutique on State Street in downtown Los Altos hosted a holiday trunk show fundraiser Nov. 9 for the refugee support organization PRERNA.

In addition to offering shoppers 15 percent off their purchases, Gitane donated 20 percent of the evening’s sales to the nonprofit agency.

Mountain View mom takes design skill from kitchen table to factory floor with baby bowl


Photos courtesy of Brooke Boak
The Nummy Bowl is the work of Mountain View mom and product developer Brooke Boak. Boak’s daughters were heavily involved in the testing phase.

After having two daughters, Mountain View resident Brooke Boak had an experience familiar to all parents – scoop oatmeal into a glass bowl, microwave, transfer it to a less fragile vessel for the sloppy circus of baby self-feeding, then face a sink full of dishes. But she also brought a product design focus to her experience in the family kitchen.

“I’ve been in China and seen how the plastics are made. Even if they say they are BPA-free, I wouldn’t trust it,” she noted. “Everything in our house is glass, steel or silicone.”

LAH-based agriculture titan adds a tiny sideline, in wine


Photos Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
John Vidovich grows Cabernet Sauvignon grapes at his Los Altos Hills home.

If you visit Los Altos Hills resident John Vidovich’s office on San Antonio Road, row after row of filing cabinets list agriculture companies and land holdings, ranging from pomegranate juice bottling to almond processing, with property records organized by county spanning Kern, Kings, Tulare and beyond.


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