A look at Sereno Group's new digs: Just down the street, but state-of-the-art upgrades


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The new space, designed for both work and play, and features a rooftop patio.
 

Sereno Group Los Altos’ sales manager Owen Halliday gave the Town Crier a tour of the company’s new offices at 467 First St. last week, which employees moved into at the beginning of the month despite some ongoing construction.

Halliday said he was excited about the move from the 369 S. San Antonio Road office, where the Los Altos team was based for 10 years, because he and his agents had outgrown the space. The original move-in date was in March, he noted, but the schedule was delayed to meet building requirements.

New bakeries put pastries, tea and coffee on center stage


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Maison Alyzee’s kouign amann showcases the Mountain View bakery’s traditional French pastry styles.
 

Two pastry shops newly opened in downtown Mountain View this summer pay tribute to an international style but tailor their wares to the Mountain View market.

French pastry specialist Maison Alyzee at 212 Castro St. imports its butter – and its pastry chefs – from the home country but also offers staples of a local weekend breakfast, a typical menu of espresso drinks and a generous range of $5 children’s breakfast plates.

Revelation in Fit wins national recognition


Robynne Winchester at Best of Intima Awards
 

Revelation in Fit wins national recognition

Revelation in Fit, the Los Altos lingerie store known for its high-end European designers and a large range of sizes tailored to fit women’s (real) bodies, received national affection at the lingerie industry’s awards show this summer.

The shop, which opened at 386 State St. in early 2017, specializes in one-on-one consultations to help find a piece of lingerie tailor-made to fit the huge range of breast shapes and sizes found in nature – but not usually reflected on store racks.

Linden Tree Books seeks new owner

Linden Tree Books
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Young readers sample the wares at Linden Tree Books last week.

Linden Tree Books’ owners announced last week that the search was on for a new owner, but they emphasized that the shop wasn’t closing and their search could take as long as necessary to find the right new generation.

Co-owner Dianne Edmonds bought the bookstore with Jill Curcio in 2010 from original founders Linda and Dennis Ronberg. The Ronbergs had been looking to retire for nearly a year, but 2009 was a tough year to find a buyer for the business.

Downtown boutique Shunzi sold, but it's a 'good story,' owner says


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A designer boutique on Main Street has closed, but this time with a happy ending.

Shunzi, located at 334 Main St. and owned by Shunzi Che, has been sold to Che’s good friend and longtime customer Tammy Tao.

No free lunch for FB: Employees loss proves restaurants gain


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Employees of Pacific Catch restaurant in The Village at San Antonio Center, above, hope that Facebook’s new offices in the center and its lack of a corporate cafeteria will bring in more business.

When Facebook Inc. moves into its new Mountain View offices at The Village at San Antonio Center this fall, one perk used to attract and retain employees at many Silicon Valley companies will be missing – the corporate cafeteria.

While Facebook employees may lament the lack of in-house grub, a spokesman for a local restaurant chain with a site in the center said the city’s ban on companies subsidizing more than 50 percent of their employees’ meals attracted his eatery to sign the lease.


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