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Sarah Jones closes salon after 25 years of successful styling


Courtesy of Sarah Jones
Sarah Jones retired last month after a long and somewhat unexpected career.

As Sarah Jones approached her college years, her parents had high expectations. Her father, partner in a law firm, expected the Castilleja School grad to choose a lucrative career path, in business or law, perhaps.

Instead, Jones was an art major whose direction in life was at a crossroads.

New business promises spa service, without the spa


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Mountain View resident Brooke Rankins receives an in-home pedicure from Lily Ly. Ly has a contract with Wilo Spa, a new company which offers spa services in customers’ homes. Wilo Spa opened in November and allows customers to arrange appointments by text. About 80 percent of the charge goes to the cosmetologist, plus tip.

According to Wilo Spa founder Manjeera Patnaikuni, it is difficult for a busy person to schedule personal care services. Nail salons maintain regular business hours, so for a working woman – especially one with children – there may not be time between breakfast and dinner to get a manicure or a brow wax.

That is why Patnaikuni founded Wilo Spa in November – to enable individuals to schedule appointments with spa professionals until 9:30 p.m. The biggest draw, according to Patnaikuni, is that the appointment will happen in your home. The Palo Alto resident said her customers reside throughout the Peninsula.

Realtors create scholarship endowment for student vets at Foothill, De Anza


Courtesy of SILVAR
Guests at the ceremony marking the creation of the John Tripp-Silicon Valley Realtors Veterans Scholarship Endowment for student veterans attending De Anza and Foothill colleges include, from left, Silicon Valley Association of Realtors Los Altos/Mountain View District Chairwoman Katherine Frey, association President Karen Trolan, President-elect Denise Welsh, Foothill-De Anza Foundation Development Director Dennis Cima, Dean of the Disability Resource Center and Veterans Programs at Foothill College Teresa Ong, Foothill-De Anza Foundation Executive Director Tess Chandler and Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation President Eileen Giorgi.

The Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation, the charitable arm of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors, recently created a scholarship endowment for student veterans attending Foothill and De Anza colleges.

The John Tripp-Silicon Valley Realtors Veterans Scholarship Endowment was formally presented to officials of both colleges last week at Los Altos Golf & Country Club.

Realtors create scholarship endowment for student vets at Foothill, De Anza


Courtesy of SILVAR
Guests at the ceremony marking the creation of the John Tripp-Silicon Valley Realtors Veterans Scholarship Endowment for student veterans attending De Anza and Foothill colleges include, from left, Silicon Valley Association of Realtors Los Altos/Mountain View District Chairwoman Katherine Frey, association President Karen Trolan, President-elect Denise Welsh, Foothill-De Anza Foundation Development Director Dennis Cima, Dean of the Disability Resource Center and Veterans Programs at Foothill College Teresa Ong, Foothill-De Anza Foundation Executive Director Tess Chandler and Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation President Eileen Giorgi.

The Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation, the charitable arm of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors, recently created a scholarship endowment for student veterans attending Foothill and De Anza colleges.

The John Tripp-Silicon Valley Realtors Veterans Scholarship Endowment was formally presented to officials of both colleges last week at Los Altos Golf & Country Club.

Unassuming Main Street building an outpost of legendary family


Asher Kohn/Town Crier
Edward Sassoon built 101 Main St. in 1954. The scion of a Jewish Baghdadi family, his properties spanned from London to Mumbai and Shanghai.

One could be forgiven for thinking the Sassoon Building at 101 Main St. got its name because it is seemingly always occupied by salons – and now Brownhome Designs.

But the ranch-style office building can lay claim to a far more auspicious history than one named after shampoo entrepreneur Vidal Sassoon. It was built by Edward Sassoon, who took out a full-page advertisement when he opened the doors in 1954. Los Altos’ new office building was the latest node in a three-continent family empire that began in 19th-century Baghdad and spanned from London to Shanghai.

Art with a (re)purpose


Courtesy of Tami Vazquez
Restoration Illumination founder Tami Vazquez works on a French sign. The Los Altos resident repurposes old items into wall signs and furniture.

When Tami Vazquez’s second son was born, the Los Altos resident knew she wanted to spend more time at home with Mateo and older son Ricardo than her corporate job would allow.

“I went to work right away after my first (son) was born, and I felt like I was missing out on too much – all the milestones like, ‘He crawled today! He did his first smile!’” Vazquez said.


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