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Los Altos realtor assumes leadership position at SILVAR

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Los Altos realtor Denise Welsh, newly installed president of SILVAR, gives a speech at Los Altos Golf & Country Club Jan. 19.

The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors installed its 2017 leadership team Jan. 19 at Los Altos Golf & Country Club. At the helm of the local trade association this year is Los Altos realtor Denise Welsh.

Welsh is a broker associate with the Alain Pinel Realtors Los Altos office. Other officers include Bill Moody, a realtor with Referral Realty in Cupertino, as president-elect; and Phyllis Carmichael, a realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Los Altos, as treasurer.

A public benefit for First Street project depends on public

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An office block on First Street proposed by Los Altos Community Investments could include Bumble.

During a recent joint study session with the Los Altos City Council and the Planning and Transportation Commission, a developer asked point-blank what sort of public benefits could be provided in exchange for exceeding the city’s height limit on First Street.

“What are the community benefits this city council is looking for?” asked Kelly Snider, managing director of Los Altos Community Investments (LACI), which hopes to build a three-story office building and park with underground parking on First Street.

Two services offer free tax help

Two organizations are offering free tax assistance to local residents with low to moderate incomes to help individuals and families prepare for tax season.

• AARP is scheduled to provide Tax Aide preparation services Monday mornings Feb. 6 through April 17 at the Los Altos Senior Program’s Hillview Community Center location, 97 Hillview Ave.

New business promises spa service, without the spa

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Mountain View resident Brooke Rankins receives an in-home pedicure from Lily Ly. Ly has a contract with Wilo Spa, a new company which offers spa services in customers’ homes. Wilo Spa opened in November and allows customers to arrange appointments by text. About 80 percent of the charge goes to the cosmetologist, plus tip.

According to Wilo Spa founder Manjeera Patnaikuni, it is difficult for a busy person to schedule personal care services. Nail salons maintain regular business hours, so for a working woman – especially one with children – there may not be time between breakfast and dinner to get a manicure or a brow wax.

That is why Patnaikuni founded Wilo Spa in November – to enable individuals to schedule appointments with spa professionals until 9:30 p.m. The biggest draw, according to Patnaikuni, is that the appointment will happen in your home. The Palo Alto resident said her customers reside throughout the Peninsula.

Local brothers opening pub in former Maltby's space

Courtesy of Lars and Andrew Smith
Lars and Andrew Smith, above, plan to open a tap room and pizzeria in Los Altos. They also run Palo Alto Tap Room, at left.

A new public house and pizzeria is slated to move into the old Maltby’s Restaurant space at 101 Plaza North this summer.

The idea for the eatery was brewing with Andrew and Lars Smith, brothers who grew up in Palo Alto, for years before they decided on the Los Altos location. They selected the name State of Mind Public House – as in “California State of Mind” – for their new venture.

Sports lounge closes; Present searches for a new home

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
First & Main Sports Lounge, left, closed last week. It was the only sports bar in Los Altos. At right, Jim Daley (without glasses) and Jim Reynolds, right, the men behind Present, are looking for a new space in the city after their sublease on Main Street has run out.

The taps at First & Main Sports Lounge stopped running last week as the bar and eatery closed for good. The only venue of its kind in Los Altos, First & Main was known for its 18 taps of beer and casual, locals-oriented atmosphere.

Co-owner and general manager Robert Peters couldn’t be reached for comment by the Town Crier’s press deadline, but a glance inside the darkened space showed a semi-dismantled bar, half of which had been under construction in recent months. The location at 397 Main St. formerly housed Minh’s Vietnamese and before that Shanghai Gourmet.

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