Village Stationers owner announces shop closures after 50-plus years

Village Stationers
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Owner Kerry Hoctor and his daughter, Shannon Klein, pictured in the Los Altos branch of Village Stationers Monday, plan to close the business this summer.

Kerry Hoctor, who took over his parents’ Village Stationers business after their retirement in 1981, last week revealed plans to close the Los Altos and Menlo Park locations this summer.

Hoctor sent a statement to local media outlets – “with a heavy heart,” he said – stating that after five decades serving customers, Village Stationers will shutter when he settles into his own retirement. Hoctor recounted the history of his beloved business, adding that he was 12 years old when his parents bought a “little stationery store” at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto in 1966.

Dream team buys Palo Alto's My Gym site, fulfills long-awaited business ambition

My Gym
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Juakila “Kiki” McConnell, left, and Los Altos resident Helen Vallaeys are the new owners of the My Gym franchise in Palo Alto in the Midtown Shopping Center on Middlefield Road. They acquired the business last month upon former owner Bob Yanofsky’s retirement.

It’s My Gym and it’s your gym, but now it’s also Helen’s gym and Kiki’s gym.

Los Altos mom Helen Vallaeys and her friend and longtime activities instructor Juakila “Kiki” McConnell are now the owners of the My Gym in the Midtown Shopping Center in Palo Alto after realizing their dream of keeping the children’s play center a growing space for families.

Transactions for the week of April 17

Los Altos

1436 Brookmill Road, Federici Trust to S. & C. Kim for $2,840,000

1161 Lammy Place, Wilson-Chang Trust to Marshall Trust for $3,500,000

Reflecting on equal access during Fair Housing Month

April is National Fair Housing Month, and housing advocates aim to remind Americans that all persons have equal access to housing and that fair housing is not an option but the law.

The Fair Housing Act, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, protects people from discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and family status.

Goat your back: LAH yoga classes boast practice with a 'baaa-mazing' twist

Goat yoga
Eric Davidove/Town Crier
A student practices her balance as a Nigerian dwarf goat climbs on her back during the “downward dog” pose, below.

The phenomenon of goat yoga has arrived in Los Altos Hills.

Shanti Farm owner Pam Carlton’s first class of goat yoga – which involved Nigerian dwarf goats running around or standing on participants as they practiced the mind and body exercises – was held last week on her 1-acre homestead.

Tough as nails: New Los Altos salon owner triumphs over hardship

Gig Nguyen
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The dream of Gigi Nguyen came true when clients encouraged her to open her own salon, The Nail Bar, in Loyola Corners.

Updated: April 10, 2 p.m.

After decades of hustling to make a living to support everyone’s needs but her own, Gigi Nguyen has settled in at what she calls her “baby,” The Nail Bar on Fremont Avenue in Los Altos’ Loyola Corners. 

Nguyen signed the lease for her first salon – which offers nail services, facials and waxing – last June after working as a nail technician downtown for 15 years. With support from her clients and fellow technicians Tanya Le, Susan Truong and T-Mai Nguyen, women whom she considers her sisters, she was convinced by her client and startup investor Jocelyn Goldfein that this was her opportunity to do something for herself.


Schools »

Schools
Read More

Sports »

sports
Read More

People »

people
Read More

Special Sections »

Special Sections
Read More

Photos of Los Altos

photoshelter
Browse and buy photos