LAVA unveils new downtown banners

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The Los Altos Village Association’s new seasonal banners, including special ones heralding the Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival, adorn lampposts downtown.

This is a banner year for the Los Altos Village Association – literally.

LAVA late last month unveiled new seasonal banners, which hang from lampposts lining Main and State streets and the cross streets that define the borders of downtown.

Enchanté Boutique Hotel hires new manager

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Zachary Smith checks in as the new general manager at Enchanté Boutique Hotel.

As Enchanté Boutique Hotel bids adieu to long-term general manager Josh Steinhart, it says bonjour to successor Zachary Smith, who has similar experience at another local luxury resort.

According to a release from owner Abigail Ahrens and her team at Enchanté, Smith is a hospitality management professional with a degree from Indiana University and more than 10 years of experience in the industry.

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

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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.

Revelation in Fit celebrates anniversary, takes its "fit" mission on the road

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Matching bodies to bras inspired the creation of Revelation in Fit, a shape-friendly downtown Los Altos lingerie store with 117 sizes. Owner Robynne Winchester opened her first location five years ago.

Revelation in Fit, the lingerie shop at 286 State St. in Los Altos, has planned a sale and giveaways Friday through Sunday to mark its fifth anniversary as an organization.

Owner Robynne Winchester opened the first of her three Bay Area locations five years ago and opened in Los Altos in 2017. She spoke with the Town Crier last week from San Jose, where she and other staff were conducting bra fittings for underserved and homeless women during a day of service.

Los Altos Youth Commission honors three local businesses

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The Los Altos Youth Commission singles out T4, Baskin-Robbins and AJ Tutoring, pictured, for being teen-friendly businesses.

Since the Los Altos Youth Commission launched its Teen Friendly Business Award program three years ago, members have annually honored a single business for creating a welcoming environment for local teens. This year, the commission selected three.

In past years, commissioners considered businesses across the city’s seven districts and recognized the one that best catered to teens.

Lost treasure: Long-standing Los Altos jewelry repair shop set to close

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House of Treasures has been a downtown mainstay since 1975, moving to its current Second Street address in 1996. Owner Brad Davis plans to retire and close up shop in June.

Multiple factors play into Brad Davis’ approaching retirement and the closure of his Los Altos mainstay House of Treasures in June, but he called recent, serious issues with his eyesight the final “wake-up call.”

“I made the decision a couple of months ago,” Davis said in a phone call with the Town Crier, initiated during one of his slower periods of the day. “I had some vision problems and it scared me. … Things went blurry, I had double vision. … Everything’s OK now.”

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