Office use on hold in old Pharmaca space

Additional office space at 400 Main St. will have to wait. The Los Altos Planning Commission voted unanimously last week to hold the discussion over to the next meeting to allow the city attorney to review the ramifications of amending the zoning code.

The space in question is the former site of Pharmaca, which closed last fall only two years into a 10-year lease. The property owner, Jeff Morris, is looking to lease the 3,000-square-foot space to Keller Williams Real Estate. However, 400 Main, located in the commercial retail sales zone district, falls under a zoning code that prohibits office space on the ground floor.

Japanese designer travels to MV to translate toy for U.S. audience


Courtesy of Naoki Ono
The Chappet button brings toys to life. Mountain View played testing ground to its American iteration a year after its launch in Japan.

Entrepreneurs from around the world travel to the Bay Area to build their businesses, raising funding, networking and testing ideas in a startup-rich environment. Tokyo-based inventor Naoki Ono set up residence in Mountain View last year to redevelop a children’s product his company had already launched in Tokyo to some success.

Ono created Chappet, a bright-yellow button that attaches to stuffed animals or dolls and helps them “speak,” spontaneously, via a smartphone app.

Reviewing the four biggest Bitcoin myths

When the value of an investment suddenly soars or collapses, it tends to get a lot of media coverage. In 2017, that investment was Bitcoin.

This highly publicized cryptocurrency started 2017 priced at $978 and, as of early December, reached a value of more than $17,000. That’s a return of more than 1,600 percent in less than a year. No wonder everybody is talking about it. But should you invest in it?

Rustic House Oyster Bar & Grill and State of Mind Public House & Pizzeria open for business

The second week of January welcomed two new restaurants to downtown Los Altos: Rustic House Oyster Bar & Grill and State of Mind Public House and Pizzeria.

A seat at the table: New WeAct coworking office offers women founders a space of their own

We Act
Megan V. Winslow / Town Crier
Los Altos resident Darya Shaked, above, opened WeAct’s coworking space last week on Second Street.

A shared office space for female entrepreneurs, WeAct Space, opened this month in a lofty second-story space above Nature Gallery at 153 Second St. in Los Altos.

The floor-to-ceiling windows offer a surprisingly grand view of “urban” Los Altos in austere winter mode. Paired with skylights and updated lighting, the office is bright, with long, shared worktables, comfy chairs and an endearingly pink couch anchoring one corner of the modernist design scheme.

Transactions: Jan 17

Los Altos

70 Angela Drive, D. & G. Sharp to A. Chen for $3,728,000

4388 El Camino Real No. 29, ECR Investments to S. & M. Goenka for $1,350,000


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