Woman-led construction company revisits its roots

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Iris Harrell founded Harrell Remodeling Inc. and built it from the ground up. When she retired in 2014, she handed the reins to Ciro Giammona. Now, Giammona has retired and is leaving the company in the hands of Lisa Sten, who joined the business in 2000.

On the move: Fit Theory owner celebrates third anniversary

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Candy Smolik has worked in the fitness industry for 15 years and helps clients one-on-one at Fit Theory, her personal training studio in Mountain View.

Kids Only finds new home

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157 Main St., which was once Kitchens of Los Altos until the store closed down for good early this year, will soon house Kids Only.

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Rancho Shopping Center celebrates Andronico's return

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Andronico’s Community Markets store director Ethan Baker, above, cuts a ribbon signifying the Los Altos store’s rebranding Friday. The market features an expanded produce section.

After four years in exile, the Andronico’s name has returned to Rancho Shopping Center. And that serif-rific logo is just one former and familiar feature customers will observe reappearing at the market as Safeway reintroduces the brand to Los Altos.

“We’re really focusing on local, natural, organic specialty, premium,” store director Ethan Baker said last week during an interview with the Town Crier. “So they’ll notice a lot more selection up and down the grocery aisles and in our deli – we actually have chefs in-house who make fresh food daily. We have a lot of recipes that harken back to the legacy Andronico’s days.”

Beware of the perils of overconfidence bias

In 2006, James Montier, a researcher at the investment banking arm of Dresdner Bank, tested the behavioral biases of approximately 300 investment fund managers. One of the questions he asked: “Are you above average at your job?” More than 70% of the respondents answered “yes.” A number even included comments along the lines of, “I know everyone else says they are, but I really am!” Most of the remaining respondents considered themselves average, with only a small fraction reporting themselves as being below average.


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