MV startup employs local residents to deliver groceries

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Mountain View-based startup The White Mulberry is selling face masks handcrafted by Ana Guerreiro and other Bay Area artists, in addition to offering a grocery delivery service.

Kay starts his day at Safeway, sometimes as early as 6:30 a.m., where he works his way strategically around the store. The Los Altos resident has found a routine in the two weeks since he started shopping for and delivering groceries: produce section first, then bread and dairy, so that he doesn’t have to zigzag.

LA-based rental platform surpasses 8 million listings

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Dwellsy, a Los Altos-based startup, is a marketplace for both renters and property managers. More than 8 million units have been listed on the website.

Securing a rental property in the Bay Area is a tedious process for many. Los Altos couple Jonas and Rosalind Bordo hope their new home rental website, Dwellsy, makes it easier.

Los Altos merchants count their losses, seek help

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Kristy Gobright’s business, Salon 121 in downtown Los Altos, is among those that have had to temporarily close due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Some are wondering what a city like Los Altos, driven by small business, will look like after the coronavirus pandemic has moved through. 

Local grocers overwhelmed by pandemic

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DeMartini Orchard employees unload groceries.

Across the nation, empty shelves have become the norm as grocery stores struggle to keep up with the unprecedented demand for items such as cleaning supplies, frozen vegetables and canned goods amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dry cleaner rises from the ashes

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Abraham Molina recently opened on El Camino Real in Los Altos.

Abraham Molina is finding a new start in Los Altos after his last dry-cleaning business went up in flames last fall. While the timing isn’t ideal – he launched his new store on El Camino Real just as the state’s shelter-in-place order went into effect – DryCleanerVia.Com is open for business.

Coronavirus unsettles Silicon Valley housing market

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It’s currently difficult to judge a home’s status by signage; since the implementation of the county and statewide shelter-in-place orders, many signs remain erect even when properties leave the market because the companies that provide the signs are unable to take them down.

Throughout the nearly 20 years Nicholas French has worked as a Silicon Valley realtor, strangers inquiring about his profession have consistently proclaimed how fortunate he is to possess such a potentially lucrative one. That all changed during the Great Recession. 

“The look on people’s faces was like I had leprosy,” said French, a broker associate with Sereno Group, recalling the 2008 crash. “Everybody was like, ‘How are you doing? Oh my God. Are you getting through this?’” 

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