One woman’s journey from receptionist to owner of shop in male-dominated field

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Courtesy of Erin Gomes
Erin Gomes, pictured with her children, is the owner of Bavarium Autoworks on Old Middlefield Way in Mountain View.

When Erin Gomes answered a help-wanted ad 17 years ago to work as a receptionist for an independent car repair shop in Mountain View, she had no plans of starting a lifelong career in the automotive industry.

Stanford researchers promote mass COVID-19 testing to speed up economic recovery

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Courtesy Of David Donoho
Stanford statistics professor David Donoho co-authored an article on accelerating COVID-19 testing by pooling samples and mass testing them.

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise both locally and nationally, states have been attempting to speed up testing procedures and make them more widely available and accessible.

‘We have a fighting chance’: Red Rock Coffee, facing closure, starts GoFundMe page

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Patrons wait in line at Red Rock Coffee, which is open with reduced hours during the COVID-19 pandemic. The store is starting a GoFundMe campaign as it faces potential closure.

Back in 2009, on the second floor of Red Rock Coffee in downtown Mountain View, a couple of guys from a company called WhatsApp started developing their first pieces of code. In the years since, tour buses have stopped in front of the store, with curious tourists asking to see the spot where WhatsApp was born.

Los Altos Tasting Room offers subscription wholesale service

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Photo Courtesy Vince Robledo
Vince Robledo, director of sales at Byington Vineyard & Winery, showcases the stock of wine at the Los Altos Tasting Room on Main Street.

When asked why wine sales have been surging during the coronavirus pandemic, Vince Robledo, director of sales at Byington Vineyard & Winery, chuckled.

Amid pandemic, local yoga teacher shifts to Zoom-based workout classes

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Courtesy of Doris Yoga
Yoga instructor Doris of the Los Altos-based Doris Yoga has switched to online classes via Zoom to keep clients engaged during the pandemic.

Since the shelter-in-place orders took effect in March, some local residents have pursued online opportunities to fulfill their fitness fix.

Local salon donates a day’s revenue to Innocence Project

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Courtesy of Tiffany Lehman
Tiffany Lehman, owner of Bliss Beauty Center in Los Altos, donated 100% of her salon and day spa’s July 7 revenue to the Innocence Project.

In honor of Blackout Day, Bliss Beauty Center in Los Altos donated 100% of its July 7 revenue to the Innocence Project, according to owner Tiffany Lehman.


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