MV mother-daughter team makes and sells 'Cool Jams'

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Rose Wolfrom, right, began selling jams with her daughter, Amy, after they secured a Cottage Food Operator permit enabling them to make jams at home.

As a college student, Amy Wolfrom wondered what “cool” careers might be possible.

Her love of cooking and baking led her to the idea of making and selling something she’d always enjoyed – jam. Working at Whole Foods Market, she realized that an organic, homemade specialty jam was a niche waiting to be filled.

Every day is Earth Day at Rancho's Therapy Salon

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Sarah Zebb, owner of Therapy Salon, holds a bag of hair she plans to recycle through Green Circle Salons. Hair has been used for oil-spill cleanup in the past.

While Earth Day is an annual reminder for many people to tend to the environment, Therapy Salon owner Sarah Zebb focuses on sustainability year-round.

For the past three years, Zebb has worked with Green Circle Salons to recycle her Rancho Shopping Center shop’s hair, dye and tinfoil waste. Therapy Salon is one of 31 California beauty salons in the partnership, along with small businesses across the U.S. and Canada.

LA native launches entrepreneur network from Main St. deli

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Chris Nicholson launched his global entrepreneur-in-residence company over meetings at his favorite Main Street deli.

Immigrant visas are becoming tougher to come by, even for high-powered technology startups. When entrepreneurs with a business idea want to launch in the United States but they are not U.S. citizens themselves, they can turn to the Global EIR Coalition, an entrepreneur-in-residence program started by Chris Nicholson.

A Los Altos native and 2003 graduate of Los Altos High School, Nicholson always thought outside the box. He made headlines as an 18-year-old running for city council soon after graduating. Nicholson grew up in a changing Silicon Valley, and he saw how tech entrepreneurs took advantage of a changing economy.

Exercise studios a good "fit" for El Camino Real

Courtesy of Candy Smolik
Candy Smolik, right, demonstrates a fitness technique at Fit Theory, her El Camino Real studio. Fit Theory, located in the old Mohr Clocks building, is one of two fitness centers in Los Altos along El Camino. Zoning restrictions prevent such tenants from leasing vacant retail space downtown.

Candy Smolik didn’t expect to move her fitness studio to a space previously occupied by a clock store, but the location on El Camino Real in Los Altos was too good to pass up.

It’s proving to be the perfect fit for Fit Theory.

Have agency, will travel: Keeping up with the Joneses: Couple make mark on industry, community

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Maureen Jones sold her Los Altos travel agency to Frosch in 2016. She now makes travel arrangements from home, alongside her husband, Roy, former Los Altos Chamber of Commerce chairman.

At one time, Maureen and Roy Jones seemed like they were everywhere.

When they weren’t in downtown Los Altos running their All Horizons Travel agency, they were active in the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, the Los Altos History Museum and the Los Altos Kiwanis and Rotary service clubs.

Have we lost that Los Altos feeling?

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Los Altos resident Curt Powell suggests that the city embrace as an icon the bespoke lamp posts installed in the 1960s by his father, whose vision of a modern village still has appeal among residents today.

As Los Altos prepares for changes to its downtown triangle, residents have varying opinions on the features and characteristics important to them.

The downtown visioning process will bring scenarios for growth, and two new office buildings – one nearly complete at First Street and San Antonio Road and another on the drawing board for State and First streets – will bring more workers to the streets.

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