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


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.

Sutter Health debuts video visit option

Sutter Health recently introduced a video visit feature for common illnesses that anyone can operate from home, an effort to serve more patients in ways that work for them.

By visiting Sutter Health’s My Health Online portal app, people can schedule wa same-day appointment from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for those 18 months and older. The video visits are designed to help those who do not have conditions severe enough to need a physical visit to the emergency room, including allergies, coughs, fevers, the flu, pink eye, rashes and sore throats.

Venezuelan coffee enterprise to open soon in Los Altos

Palo Alto COupa Cafe
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The Stanford-favorite Coupa Cafe chain, set to debut at Colonnade Los Altos in October, launched at 538 Ramona St. in Palo Alto, above.

When Coupa Cafe opened in downtown Palo Alto in 2004, it introduced a generation of Stanford University students to the spicy cocoa and savory arepas the Coupal family fondly remembered from Venezuela.

Stanford students Jean Paul (’07), Camelia (’05) and Yasmine (’03) had all grown up in Venezuela, and when they traveled en masse to Palo Alto for school, mom Nancy tagged along. Nancy decided to open the coffeehouse on Ramona Street as her kids completed their undergraduate studies, and Jean Paul and Camelia found themselves sucked into the family business, painting walls in the new cafe between classes and ultimately working for what became a growing local coffee enterprise.

Private company scams target homeowners, Social Security recipients

Santa Clara County Assessor Larry Stone warned homeowners this month that a deceptive mailer has been circulated locally, masquerading as an official government document.

A private company dubbed itself “Local Property Office” and offered local property owners access to a copy of their deed and assessment information for $89. That information is available for as little as $6 directly from the local government.

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