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A 'bugs' life no more: Lice-removal service's quiet exit reveals lack of business license


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The shades are drawn and the door is locked during regular business hours at LoveBugs in Los Altos June 5. The inside of the building appears to be empty. The owner could not be reached for details.

LoveBugs, a lice-removal salon in Los Altos’ Rancho Shopping Center, left the city without a trace – or a business license.

After receiving a tip from a reader last week, the Town Crier stopped by the business at 1148 Riverside Drive and observed that the office space, which LoveBugs functioned out of for just under eight years, was vacant. Owner Mailana Mavromatis did not post notification of the closure.

Upon request, city of Los Altos spokeswoman Erica Ray and economic development director Anthony Carnesecca scoured through records in search of documents that could confirm LoveBugs’ official closure. Nothing turned up in that regard, according to Ray.

However, an absence of a separate document yielded new worry: It seems that Mavromatis operated for nearly a decade without a business license in a city that requires one.

LoveBugs has another location in Lafayette, a jurisdiction that does not require a business license. A representative from the city of Lafayette’s Planning Department verified the policy and stated that because of the regulation, the city does not maintain files on which businesses do or do not have licenses.

Prior problems

The business most recently made headlines when FBI agents executed a search warrant at the salon Dec. 5. According to witnesses, the raid lasted approximately three hours.

At the time of the raid, FBI spokeswoman Cameron Rogers Polan corroborated the report but declined to give details on the case. As of Friday, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller told the Town Crier it would be “inappropriate to comment” as the investigation is ongoing.

Mavromatis could not be reached for comment prior to the Town Crier’s press deadline.Business NewsA ‘bugs’ life no moreLice-removal service’s quiet exit reveals lack of business licensemegan v. winslow/Town Crier The shades are drawn and the door is locked during regular business hours at LoveBugs in Los Altos June 5. The inside of the building appears to be empty. The owner could not be reached for details.

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