Maltby finds a new home – not too far from home

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Restaurateur James Maltby now operates the restaurant at the local Courtyard Marriott.

When James Maltby closed his namesake restaurant last summer after a rent hike, many Los Altos residents wanted to know where the restaurateur would end up next. It turns out that he did not go far, and his former menu is now on offer at the Courtyard Marriott on El Camino Real in Los Altos.

“The owners here, John and Jane Challas, were patrons of our restaurant,” Maltby said. “They knew how good our food could be … and they saw it as a good fit.”

Downtown Business Briefs

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Prerna Sethi, center, with employees Marc Yellen and Candace Mittman, recently opened Sethi on Main Street.

Plenty of changes are afoot downtown as new retailers gear up for the holiday season. Some newcomers are preparing to open their doors – or have already – and some old-timers are celebrating anniversaries. And one San Antonio Road institution, Armadillo Willy’s, is back in business after temporarily closing.

Present celebrates 4th anniversary

Jim Reynolds, co-owner of Present at 162 Main St., said he was too busy Thanksgiving weekend to celebrate his gift and goods store’s fourth anniversary.

The election is over, so what will the stock market do now?

Now that the presidential election is behind us, many Hillary Clinton supporters have threatened to pull all of their money out of the U.S. stock market and leave the country. Should we sell all of our stocks now before the mass exodus starts?

This analysis comes under the category of predicting the future, and my readers know very well how I feel about that topic. Nonetheless, you are going to hear a lot about this in the media, so – just for fun – let’s emulate those technical analysts who make a living by reviewing historical patterns to see what actions to take.

Recent renovation keeps Spangler business at home

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The Spangler Mortuary in Los Altos, built in the 1950s, has been in the Spangler family for three generations.

Spangler Mortuary recently underwent a full renovation at its Los Altos location on San Antonio Road. A ribbon-cutting ceremony held early this month underscored the local business’ commitment to remaining in the community.

“A lot of the renovation was replacing carpets, walls and color schemes,” said Jim Spangler, the third-generation owner of Spangler Mortuaries, which also includes locations in Mountain View, Sunnyvale and Menlo Park.

Therapy Salon offering free haircuts to foster kids

Sarah Zebb’s Therapy Salon has long given back to the Los Altos community. She plans to continue the tradition this holiday season by offering free haircuts to foster children Sunday at her Rancho Shopping Center location.

The free haircuts are available to any child or teenager in foster care. Zebb asked that anyone interested in making an appointment call the salon. She warned that spots may fill quickly

First Friday marks 5th anniversary with holiday-themed event

Santa Claus is scheduled to appear at the First Friday fifth anniversary celebration 6-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos.

Stores will remain open until 8 p.m., many with special offers. The event will feature an “Elf on the Shelf” scavenger hunt and live music at various locations on Main and State streets. Performers will include Sunday Seven at Le Boulanger, In the Pocket at Chase Bank, Influx at Gallery 9, Celtic Harmony at Enchanté Boutique Hotel, Mollie and Scott at Linden Tree Books, Mars at Nature Gallery, Foggy Memory Band at the Costume Bank and Fully Funded, the Mountain View Madrigals and Bullis Charter School’s Sonore Choir at Veterans Community Plaza.

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