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Every day is Earth Day at Rancho's Therapy Salon


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Sarah Zebb, owner of Therapy Salon, holds a bag of hair she plans to recycle through Green Circle Salons. Hair has been used for oil-spill cleanup in the past.

While Earth Day is an annual reminder for many people to tend to the environment, Therapy Salon owner Sarah Zebb focuses on sustainability year-round.

For the past three years, Zebb has worked with Green Circle Salons to recycle her Rancho Shopping Center shop’s hair, dye and tinfoil waste. Therapy Salon is one of 31 California beauty salons in the partnership, along with small businesses across the U.S. and Canada.

LA native launches entrepreneur network from Main St. deli


Courtesy of Chris Nicholson
Chris Nicholson launched his global entrepreneur-in-residence company over meetings at his favorite Main Street deli.

Immigrant visas are becoming tougher to come by, even for high-powered technology startups. When entrepreneurs with a business idea want to launch in the United States but they are not U.S. citizens themselves, they can turn to the Global EIR Coalition, an entrepreneur-in-residence program started by Chris Nicholson.

A Los Altos native and 2003 graduate of Los Altos High School, Nicholson always thought outside the box. He made headlines as an 18-year-old running for city council soon after graduating. Nicholson grew up in a changing Silicon Valley, and he saw how tech entrepreneurs took advantage of a changing economy.

Wine superstore opens on Rengstorff with canapes, swordsman


Courtesy of Craig Lee
Total Wine & More opened its new Rengstorff Avenue location last week. The liquor store, which stocks approximately 13,000 products, hosted an opening-night gala. The premiere party featured local food and a demonstration, above, on how to open a champagne glass safely with a saber.

With a beheaded champagne bottle and a host of snacks from local restaurants, Total Wine & More opened last week in a vast space next to Costco in Mountain View.

The new beer, wine and hard liquor shop transformed 1010 Rengstorff Ave. from its former incarnation as pet store. Canyon-like aisles include wines, mead, cider and beer ranging from cases to single 12-ounce bottles. The retailer also stocks a cigar room, and a broad selection of mini bottles of liquor toward the front provides novice cocktail makers with a chance to try an expensive ingredient such as St. Germaine ($3.99 for 50 ml) without dropping $30 on the experiment.

ETNs are not the same as ETFs


Thanks to the proliferation of 401(k) and similar retirement plans, most everyone today has become familiar with mutual funds.

In 1993, the first exchange-traded fund (ETF) came into being. Although not as well understood as mutual funds, ETF investment growth today is starting to eclipse that of traditional mutual funds.

Data-share agreement expands access to property listings

Four multiple listing service partners in the Bay Area recently agreed to streamline system capabilities so that participants and subscribers can access thousands more listings through one single point of entry.

The agreement enables Silicon Valley realtors to access three times more property listings.

Exercise studios a good "fit" for El Camino Real


Courtesy of Candy Smolik
Candy Smolik, right, demonstrates a fitness technique at Fit Theory, her El Camino Real studio. Fit Theory, located in the old Mohr Clocks building, is one of two fitness centers in Los Altos along El Camino. Zoning restrictions prevent such tenants from leasing vacant retail space downtown.

Candy Smolik didn’t expect to move her fitness studio to a space previously occupied by a clock store, but the location on El Camino Real in Los Altos was too good to pass up.

It’s proving to be the perfect fit for Fit Theory.


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