Miyo is frozen out downtown

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Customers stand outside of Miyo, which closed last week.

When Miyo opened in winter 2008, co-owner Doug Matsumoto was optimistic because customers followed sunshine into his frozen yogurt shop.

“The sun comes out and people come in,” he said at the time.

iParq contract reveals details of new parking system

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The new iParq-issued parking permit, with barcode, sits below the old-style parking permit. The new permits are made by contracted designers and read by iParq equipment.

The city of Los Altos recently paid approximately $13,000 for a new digital parking management service. The contract with iParq, obtained by the Town Crier, is effective through 2018, with the option to extend the agreement for an additional five years, through 2023.

According to Jennifer Quinn, Los Altos’ economic development manager, the contract involves a host of start-up expenses the city will not have to pay in future years.

Owners seek landmark status for LA farmhouse

courtesy of Daniil Reouk
A home on Grant Road in Los Altos built circa 1913 is considered by an architect to be a prime example of the Craftsman style. Originally constructed as a farmhouse, the property stayed within the family until a 2015 sale. The Historical Commission is considering landmark status for the home.

A former farmhouse could be a step closer to designation as a historical landmark after a Historical Commission meeting last week. The commission discussed recommending that a Craftsman house on Grant Road in Los Altos receive landmark status.

A report compiled by Sean Gallegos, assistant planner for the city of Los Altos, recommended the landmark status. The house, an original farmhouse built circa 1913, is listed on the Los Altos Historical Resources Inventory.

Sethi Couture's jewelry elevates the everyday

Photos courtesy of Sethi Couture
Sisters Pratima Sethi, left, and Prerna Sethi plan to sell their jewelry at Sethi Couture in Los Altos after working in the jewelry wholesale business in San Francisco since 2009.

The space on Main Street occupied by Earthworks for 40 years won’t be empty for long.

Sisters Pratima and Prerna Sethi, who grew up in Sunnyvale and attended Castilleja School in Palo Alto, plan to open Sethi Couture, a “new jewelry concept,” by the end of 2016.

Approved Mountain View project will impact Los Altos schools

Renderings Courtesy of Anton Development co.
Architects’ renderings of the new complex in Mountain View show a four-story apartment building with busy interior courtyards, a lawn-game lounge and potential first-floor retail shops.

The Mountain View City Council last week approved a 144-unit apartment complex located within the boundaries of the Los Altos School District.

Children living in the four-story building at the corner of California Street and Ortega Avenue can attend Almond School and Egan Junior High in the rapidly growing district.

Economic development manager 'concerned' about city vacancies

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Brown paper covers the windows of Cassalto at 169 Main St., next to The UPS Store. Cassalto, a home-furnishings store, looks like an empty storefront now, but Los Altos Economic Development Manager Jennifer Quinn noted the temporary nature of such vacancies.

Although she pointed out that not every empty storefront is an unrented space, Los Altos Economic Development Manager Jennifer Quinn expressed concern about the vacancies in downtown Los Altos.

“I’m always concerned (about vacancies), but I do know that we’re not alone in dealing with them,” she said. “A lot of cities are dealing with the changing retail landscape.”

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