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.

Speaker: Silicon Valley must address housing, traffic problems

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Carl Guardino, CEO and president of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, told local realtors that if Silicon Valley’s traffic and housing problems are not resolved, the region could lose its innovation edge.

Carl Guardino, CEO and president of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, claims that while Silicon Valley’s innovative industries have grown faster than any other, traffic and housing problems are impacting businesses and further growth in the region.

Guardino addressed the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors last month in Los Altos, noting that if ignored, Silicon Valley could fall behind its top-tier competitors.

A Runner's Mind continues specialized running tradition downtown

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Monte Keleher purchased On Your Mark in June and reopened it as A Runner’s Mind.

The new running store on Main Street in Los Altos inherits the personalized, service-oriented spirit of its predecessor, On Your Mark.

But when A Runner’s Mind opened downtown at the beginning of the summer, it expanded the selection of “athleisure” clothing aimed at all sporty types, not just runners, and started new traditions for local running culture

Oz Boutique marks decades in downtown Los Altos

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Azar Abdollahi, right, is celebrating 30 years of running Oz Boutique. She operates the shop with Margaret Swiercz, left.

When Oz Boutique owner Azar Abdollahi moved to the area from Iran in 1979, she didn’t know a soul in Los Altos and had never even heard of the city.

In July, she celebrated her boutique’s 30th anniversary in downtown Los Altos and said it’s the “best place (I) could’ve landed.”

Creativity on Main St.

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Andrew Cambouris, a former football lineman at Mountain View High School and Foothill College, now operates the creative agency Contrast DesignWorks in downtown Los Altos. He said his vision for the 15-person firm includes “having fun with what we do.”

For Andrew Cambouris, the best place to work for clients such as Oracle and PayPal is on Main Street in Los Altos.

The founder and creative director of Contrast DesignWorks chose his hometown as the base for his creative agency, the better to zoom between San Francisco and San Jose – and still be home in time for dinner.

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