Fire Drill Fun Run

 As first responders in our community, the Mountain View Fire Department is sometimes exposed to heartbreaking situations. Several firefighters from Station #1, Mike Quan and Jenna Graham, told me about some tragic situations that they’ve witnessed as they responded to 911 calls where local families really needed a helping hand. Some of the firefighters went around to all of the fire stations in Mountain View and asked their colleagues for donations so they could help in these situations. One of the first times this happened was when a girl fell off her scooter and knocked out her front teeth. As they responded to the home, they noticed there was absolutely no food in the house. Apparently you’re supposed to put teeth in a glass of milk and take them to the hospital with the injured person, but this family had no food at all, much less a carton of milk. Another time someone desperately needed a wheelchair and a ramp built so they could get in and out of their home. As a result of situations like those, our firefighters started a non-profit, Random Acts, so now they have an official means to help families or individuals who may need it. They saw a program very similar happening in Oakland, which was successful, so they cloned it here in Mountain View. I feel so fortunate to live in a community where the fire department cares so deeply about helping the underserved and I’m sure that there are plenty of people that fall into this category. Random Acts first fundraising event is a fun run, Mountain View Fire Drill, happening on February 20, 2016. 100% of the proceeds will go straight into the fund that will do good deeds for people who need help in Mountain View. You can do a 5k or a 10k, walk or run, whatever makes you happy. Sign up here and get an awesome tee shirt. Thank you to the wonderful sponsors who are helping make this amazing event happen. There are two different maps posted here, one for the 5k and one for the 10k. Everyone will meet in Lot E. That’s on the righthand side as soon as you pass through the front gate and enter the park. Check out the tee shirt that you’ll get on the day of the run! It’s bound to be a favorite in your closet since it’s from the first Fire Drill run ever. Wonderful job to our local firefighters for creating Random Acts, for planning this fun run, and for caring so much for those that need help. See you at Shoreline Park on February 20th! I love Mountain...

50 Things to do in Mountain View Feb02

50 Things to do in Mountain View

Whether you’re here just for the week of Super Bowl 50, or you’ve lived here for years, here are 50 things you need to experience in Mountain View! Go out to dinner in downtown Mountain View, where there are over 100 restaurants. Journey back in time with a visit to the Rengstorff House. Take a leisurely stroll on the Stevens Creek Trail. Go on a picnic in Cuesta Park, Pioneer Park, Charleston Park, or Eagle Park. Hang out at an authentic Silicon Valley dive bar: Bert’s Alibi, Fred’s Place or Mervyn’s. Take Salsa lessons at Albertos. Learn about and visit our endangered Burrowing Owls. Go golfing at Shoreline Golf Links. Go windsurfing, kayaking, or stand-up paddling at Shoreline Aquatic Center. Enjoy a visit to our 2 community gardens. Go to a performance at The Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. See the Shockley Labs sign and honor the true birthplace of Silicon Valley. Attend the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival. Take your photo in front of local tech company signs like LinkedIn, Google, Microsoft, Youtube, Intuit, Quixey, What’sApp. Take your photo with the Google Android sculptures. Shop at the award winning Mountain View Farmers Market. Ride a bike around town with the Bay Area Bike Share program. Slurp beer and watch the game at Tied House, the south bay’s original microbrewery. Visit Moffett Field Historic Society Museum. Go to a concert at Shoreline Amphitheatre. Eat macarons from Alexander’s Patisserie. Live it up and eat like a king at Chez TJ. Fly a kite at the official kite flying area of the city. Go on a Wine Walk with your friends. Enjoy the annual Obon Festival. Learn about Silicon Valley and geek out at the Computer History Museum. Definitely plan on attending the A La Carte & Art Festival. Dance in the street during Thursday Night Live. Sign up for a Coffee Tasting Class at Red Rock Coffee. Get to know yourself by attending some of the special events at East West Books. Take a yoga class at Yoga Belly, Yoga is Youthfulness, or California Yoga Center. Go to a play at Pear Theatre. Use CalTrain or VTA Light Rail to get around the bay area. Check out the new plush, oversized, electric loungers at Cinemark 16 Theatre. Mark your calendar and plan on attending Oktoberfest. Glimpse California’s architectural past as you look at the Historic Adobe Building. Get your kids involved with Peninsula Youth Theatre. Visit the charming little Jehning Family Lock Museum. Enjoy the well known bookstores downtown: East West, BookBuyers & Books Inc. Learn about space exploration and all things NASA at the Ames Research Visitors Center. Swim laps at Eagle Park Pool or Rengstorff Park Pool. Enjoy shopping downtown at interesting boutiques and stores, like Boutique 4. Shred at Rengstorff Skatepark. Enjoy the nightlife on Castro Street at Opal, Stephens Green, and Molly Magees. Grab your lawn chair and watch free movies in the park during the summer. Go bird watching in the bay. Drink boba tea! Visit the Mountain View Public Library events page for a wide variety of activities. Attend the Technology Showcase for the latest tech gadgets being made in Mountain View. Bring your friends to the Silicon Valley Irish Fleadh and plan on ubering home. After writing this list, I can’t believe how proud I am to say that I live in Mountain View and I absolutely love our...

Allure Salon Jan29

Allure Salon

  Allure Salon has been in downtown Mountain View since 2003. That says a lot. You have to be good to stay in business in this community for over a decade! Mediocre establishments get swallowed up around here and only the best survive, especially in the downtown area. I’ve gone to Allure for haircuts and manicures, but never hair color. Until now. I went this week and changed my hair color from a red that I did myself at home to a beautiful mixture of browns, blonde and copper. The technique that Evelyn, the hair designer that did my hair, used is called “balayage.” It’s a French word and it means to paint the color on. It’s much more creative and Evelyn is an expert at it. She’s been working at Allure for 2 years and was previously at the Fairmont Salon. I asked her what she specializes in and she told me it was balayage. Lucky me. I love that she was real quiet while she was working on it; like she was so busy concentrating that she couldn’t make small talk. Fine with me!  She painted on 4 colors, very slowly and explained that she was going slow because it takes a bit of extra effort to cover the cheap boxed red hair color that I had used. Okay, she didn’t use the word cheap, but I was really feeling guilty about doing such a cheesy job all this time. It took over 4 hours, and my hair is in better condition now than when I went in and I love it! It’s hard to actually say what color it is because it’s so many different colors blended together. I brought in a photo of Jennifer Lawrence (I’m a little embarrassed to...

Chemila Collection Jan27

Chemila Collection

I stopped by Chemila Collection last week and met the owner, Chemila. The store opened in late 2015 and it is located at 143 Castro Street, next door to Olympus Cafe and Bakery. It’s a women’s contemporary boutique that carries a fashionable collection of clothes that have a fun, creative twist on tradition. Everything is based on Chemila’s travels to France, Italy, Nepal and India. The current collection is mostly neutral tones with a splash of color. Chemila likes that there isn’t a specific dress code for women in Silicon Valley and that her customers are just looking for something hip and professional, something like a little black dress, but one that is just as comfortable with heels as it is with sneakers. She has them and she showed me. The store also has a nice selection of accessories. There is a wide variety of scarves and pashminas, in everything from silk, cashmere, cotton, and blends. She showed me the difference in weight between a night time wrap and a daytime scarf. They’re all very nice and I could imagine someone getting off the train and wanting to stop by a grab a new scarf on their way to a downtown meeting. We’ve all been there… if only you had thrown on a scarf before you ran out the door. Some of the jewelry in the boutique is handmade by Chemila and the women in her family and special items or combinations of stones can be requested. Chemila has worked in retail for years and always dreamed of having her own boutique. She’s worked for both large and small companies and thought to herself what she would do differently if she had her own store. She’s a start up, right here in the middle...

West Valley Music

 I was walking down Castro street last week and noticed a well known local Jazz musician, John Worley, standing on the sidewalk drinking a cup of coffee. I introduced myself and told him that I’ve seen him on stage before and that I follow him on Facebook. No, I’m not a stalker. I asked him what he was doing hanging out on Castro street. He told me that he teaches private trumpet lessons at West Valley Music. John took me on a tour of the cute music store and introduced me to the owner, Diana Tucker. This the store’s 25th year in business in Mountain View. John told me a little bit about all the instructors as we walked down the hallway of the lesson rooms and I realized that they were all local celebrities. How did this little store manage to find so many talented instructors? I asked Diana to tell me a little bit about how she finds such outstanding music teachers and she explained to me that she’s been in the business for years. Her instructors are all working musicians who go on tour and have released CDs and teaching helps them pay the rent. Honestly, these people are the most talented musicians you will ever find and now is your opportunity to learn from them. Even if you just sign up for one class to give it a try and see if you like it, it might just be the best thing that ever happened to you. Please check their website for the class schedule. I saw a wide variety of classes offered, and about 30 instructors who offer private lessons, such as piano, guitar, ukulele, flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, trombone and violin and voice. John Worley is one of...

Google Android lawn sculptures Jan20

Google Android lawn sculptures

One of the most common questions that the Chamber of Commerce gets from the public is whether of not they can go to Google. Yes, you can go to Google and they’ve set up a really cute courtyard with giant Android lawn sculptures for people to take photos. It is at 1911 Landings Drive. Here’s a link to an article that tells you more about the Android characters. I stopped by last week and they were installing a few new characters and a nice gravel base so our feet don’t get muddy while enjoying the scene. There were tons of tourists taking selfies. There are signs asking us not to climb on the sculptures. I might be able to talk more about an official visitors center in the very near future, but at this time I can’t say anything more and I’ve been sworn to secrecy. Please stay connected to this website and I’ll change this post as soon as I’m given permission to say more from Google officials. I love Mountain...

FabMo Jan16

FabMo

FabMo relocated and the new facility is bigger and better than ever. If you aren’t familiar with this wonderful nonprofit, they travel around the bay area, mostly to over 50 design centers in San Francisco, and gather designer samples, like fabric that would be used as curtains or upholstery, and carpet samples, tiles, wallpaper, all kinds of home decor items that would normally be thrown in the garbage at the end of each season, and they bring it all to their new facility in Mountain View and allow the DIY community to have anything they want. Yes, they ask for a donation and they offer donation suggestons. They’re allowing us to have the chance to take home things that the general public would never get their hands on, much less get to use in their craft projects. Silicon Valley is a very creative community and FabMo has a huge following. The organization is entirely volunteer and there is no payroll at all. The biggest expense is rent, and as you know, rent in Mountain View is substantial. Jonathan Cranch, one of the co-founders of FabMo told me that he just signed a 5 year lease, joined the Chamber of Commerce and has big plans for the future. If you’re new to the area and want to get to know the most creative people in Mountain View, I definitely recommend volunteering at FabMo. The volunteers process over 70 tons of materials each year at FabMo! It is unbelievable how much fabric they are saving from landfill. And it’s not just “fabric,” it’s really high end, high quality, fancy stuff. Sometimes it still has a price tag from the design house that it came from and Jonathan told me that one time he saw something that was $968.00 a yard and it had a 10 yard minimum. FabMo will be expanding into Santa Cruz, Vallejo, Brentwood, Napa and Tracy. If the DIY community in any of those areas would like to nominate a “key person” who can help nail down an exact location for the distribution events in those communities, please contact Jonathan Cranch at fabrix@fabmo.org. The Mountain View FabMo ‘distribution events’ are every month. You need to be on their mailing list and you will be sent an invitation. Everyone signs up for a specific appointment. Don’t worry at all about all the good stuff being gone by the time you get in. There are volunteers who constantly bring out fresh new product the entire time. Everyone gets plenty! There are also special events, other than the regular distribution events. Please check their website for the dates. FabMo is very active in the Maker Faire, and local craft fairs. They’ve been part of Earth Day activities in Cupertino, Sunnyvale and Fremont. This year they’ll be at the Mountain View Earth Day celebration. They also participate in the Sustainable Living department of the San Mateo County Fair and sponsor a repurposing competition. The local education community is always thinking up easy projects for children that involve FabMo items, projects that focus on creativity and repurposing. There are tons of possibilities that don’t require sewing, and FabMo volunteers would be happy to show you some samples if you ask for ideas. So sign up for their email newsletters, watch for the email that invites you to the next distribution event and sign up for your appointment. Bring your own bag and give a generous donation as you leave. There is nothing else like this happening anywhere in the country and other communities are asking FabMo for advice. Just imagine how much product could be saved from landfill if this happened all over the United States. I love Mountain...

Butterflies Boutique

Butterflies Baby and Kids Boutique opened in October at 257 Castro Street. There aren’t any other baby and kids stores around for miles and this one has a most unusual selection of merchandise from all over the world. The owner, Vered Halperin, just moved here from Israel where she had another baby boutique and so she’s already well connected to vendors who can find unique and special items. It’s the perfect store for baby shower gifts. While I was perusing around, I couldn’t help but notice that the store has plenty of favorite toys that I remember as a child, and that other customers in the store, from other countries, were saying the same thing. Vered has managed to find a few of everyone’s favorites, and tons of other things that look equally intriguing. She pointed out items to me that I might not know about, but are very popular in other areas. My favorite was the Sonny Angel dolls that look like vintage kewpie dolls. They comes in a “blind box” which means you don’t know what’s inside and there are over 350 different dolls. Butterflies has handmade, wooden toys, alphabet blocks in English, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese, tiny felt dolls that look like something you would see at a Waldorf School, lots of finger puppets and regular puppets. They also have a full size puppet theater, like a tent, that children can crawl inside and put on a show. I imagine those will be a popular gift item for the holidays. I noticed several different kinds of tooth fairy pillows, a nice variety of little organic blankets and some cuddly wool felt slippers. Vered showed me quite a few different French magnetic games that are popular during the holidays when families are traveling. I saw...

Rocket Fizz

Rocket Fizz finally opened and Mountain View is thrilled to have more exciting retail downtown. It is a soda and candy store. Now… those words don’t even begin to do the store justice. Mark McLaughlin moved to Mountain View to open the store and he loves our thriving, diverse community. Rocket Fizz is full of retro candies that we remember from our childhood and hard-to-find soda from small bottlers all over the country. If you have something obscure in mind that you would like to see, no matter what country you grew-up in, stop by and introduce yourself to Mark. I’m pretty sure he could help you out. For example, he carries Cheerwine from North Carolina, Faygo and Rock-n-Rye from Michigan, Fitz’s from Missouri, and Ale-8-One from Kentucky, just to name a few of the American sodas. While I was talking with Mark, a customer came in who is a big fan of cream soda and he is in the process of tasting each of the cream sodas that Rocket Fizz carries. Apparently, it’s a very serious hobby and similar to wine tasting. There are quite a few dedicated cream soda (creme soda) fans, as well as ginger beer (ginger ale) fans in the area. This particular customer told me how pleased he is that Rocket Fizz is just around the corner his start up and that he visits the store almost daily. Rocket Fizz also carries their own brand of sodas. Those are the really crazy ones that you want to give as gag gifts. The dictator series includes Qaddafi’s Cream My People, Fidel Castro’s Havana Banana and Kim Jong’s Orange Nuclear Bomb. Some of the other ridiculous soda flavors made by Rocket Fizz include Sweet Corn, Peanut Butter, S’mores, Marshmallow, Cotton Candy,...

Poké Bar Dec11

Poké Bar

Poké is big news. It’s the trendiest, healthiest new food item to hit the Bay Area. I met Chris Lim, founder of Poké Bar, this week. Poké Bar is inside the front door of Ava’s Downtown Market on Castro Street in Mountain View. Poké is a traditional raw fish salad served in Hawaii. It’s an appetizer of chopped fresh fish, mixed with asian spices, herbs and seaweed. Until recently, it was difficult to find poke in the Bay Area. Yes, it was pretty easy to find in southern California, but it hadn’t really found it’s way to the bay. That’s changed now. Chris (and his 2 partners) have 4 Poké Bar restaurants in Los Angeles and another 2 are in the process of opening in San Francisco. One of them will be in the Twitter building. The Mountain View restaurant attracts lots of tech workers in the downtown area. Most of them grab it to go and head back to their office, but there are tables inside Ava’s Downtown Market, as well as outside along the sidewalk. They do a booming business at lunch and almost as big of a dinner crowd. It’s possible that you’ll have to stand in line for a few minutes, but once you get your turn at the window, his friendly staff makes your meal right in front of you in about 3 minutes. They made suggestions to me about what to add to mine, since I wasn’t familiar with all the ingredients. I had traditional white rice, although most people get brown. I got both fresh tuna and salmon, a combo of the house dressing and ponzo dressing, some spicy mayo sauce, plenty of ogo (Hawaiian seaweed), fresh veggies and chunks of mango and a bowl of miso soup. It was fast, delicious and healthy. I’ll definitely be back for more. Chris told me that about half of his customers have had poke before, either while on vacation in Hawaii, or in Los Angeles, and the other half are unfamiliar with it but have heard good things from their colleagues. He also said that he’s had lots of repeat business and once one person in the office discovers Poké Bar, the entire office ends up coming the next day. He feels grateful that our community loves his food so much and he’s off to a very successful start. The tuna is all wild caught and the salmon is either from Norway or Canada, depending on what is freshest. He has 4 different fish vendors and buys in small quantities to guarantee that his customers get the freshest possible fish. His staff prepares each item in very small quantities so the quality is the best possible. As you peruse Castro Street looking for your next exciting lunch destination, stop by Poké Bar. I guarantee that it’s going to be a regular favorite. And Ava’s Downtown Market is a great local, family owned market. It’s so convenient to grab some groceries downtown and you get your lunch at the same time. I love downtown Mountain...

Therapy Home Dec09

Therapy Home

You’ve probably already had the chance to enjoy the Therapy store on Castro street. It’s been here about 9 years, but have you stopped by the new Therapy Home store that is just across the street? It’s full of interesting, unique, one-of-a-kind furniture, home decor accessories, and gift items.Chris Rosetti, the store manager, is passionate about the merchandise and showed me around the store when I stopped by this week to catch up on the buzz. The main category in the store is definitely furniture and the sofas are something special. You can customize them by ordering from a wide variety of sizes and a huge selection of fabrics. Many customers have questions about finding fabrics that work for a family with children and pets, and Therapy Home definitely has you covered. There are probably close to 200 different fabrics available right now, and new swatches are always being added to the mix. The sofas are all made in Los Angeles, which is cool. Their manufacturing company was one of the first to voluntarily eliminate using the toxic flame retardant chemicals that are linked to cancer. Now there are laws in place that prevent those chemicals from being used in California, but I like the idea that this was one of the first to do it and that they did it voluntarily. The wood used in the sofas is alder wood and it’s very sustainable. There are also amazing vintage items, some beautiful leather pieces, and spectacular repurposed tables, desks, and lockers. The owners of Therapy frequent trade shows and visit vendors who manufacture the most unique items they can find. They bring us what they know we want and anything that they just really like. It’s obvious the moment you walk in the...

Odd Fellows Apr29

Odd Fellows

I’m sure you’ve seen this building if you spent any time at all downtown. It is on the corner of Villa and Castro and it is owned by the Mountain View Odd Fellows. I recently met some local lodge members. The Mountain View lodge is interested in recruiting new members and reconnecting with the community. They wanted me to tell our community that they are willing to allow their building to be used for events that benefit Mountain View in some way. They are open to having pet adoption events, art and craft hands-on events, live music with food and beverages, and all kinds of other things that might be of interest to the community. I took a look inside the lodge on Castro Street and they have plenty of tables and chairs, a nice-sized, retro kitchen and restroom. It has a ton of possibilities. Contact them through their Facebook page if you need space for an event. Here’s a link to an article about the Odd Fellows to give you a bit of history about the organization. The Mountain View Odd Fellows have been helping our community and the bay area for decades. They (the Odd Fellows and the Rebekahs) have donated school supplies to Castro School first grade class and they offer an annual scholarship. They help sponsor Babe Ruth Baseball. They have sold crafts during the Art & Wine Festival in the past and the funds raised helped purchase uniforms for Mountain View High School Band. They recently joined the Chamber of Commerce in an effort to reconnect with the community, and in my opinion, that’s a good place to start. I love Mountain...

Humane Society Silicon Valley Apr24

Humane Society Silicon Valley

I went on a tour of Humane Society Silicon Valley a few weeks ago. They shattered the stereotypical animal shelter ideas that I had. They call themselves and “Animal Community.” Honestly, the place is like Four Seasons Hotel for animals. The cats and dogs are in private little hotel rooms with lots of windows for future families to look in at them. Some of them have a back door that goes out into a private little sunny patio. None of those wet concrete slabs and no steel cage doors that you usually see when you go rescue a pet.  I brought my friend Julie with me on the tour because she’s a dog lover and I knew that she would be really into it. I didn’t know that she would go back the next day to adopt one of the little dogs that we saw. She’s very happy with her new family member.  HSSV has a private dog park that is membership only. Dogs have to go through an audition before they join.  I wish I had counted how many volunteers I saw; they were everywhere—sitting in the rooms with dogs jumping all over them or quietly petting the cats. It was so special. I met a few “bottle baby volunteers” and they need more if you think you might be interested in volunteering. These special people get to take home baby kittens (this is the beginning of kitten season) and bottle feed them every 4 to 6 hours. They also need foster homes for puppies and kittens. Finnegan, our tour guide, told us that some families take in foster puppies of kittens for the summer. Everyone in the family loves having a pet for the summer and then they bring them back when the kids go back to school in the fall. It’s a nice summer project for the kids and not a long-term commitment for the family. Some volunteers just come in a read to the pets… is that the most adorable thing, or what?  Once an animal is put up for adoption, they will not be “put down.” There is no time limit involved. Everyone eventually gets a new family. It makes me all teary-eyed just thinking about how great that is for these animals. Everyone also gets a microchip and all of their vaccinations.    All of the animals are spayed or neutered before going to their new homes. I went into the recovery room in the hospital and saw 2 bunnies recovering from surgery right next to a pit bull who was also recovering. It was ridiculous to see a big, tough dog and two soft little bunnies just a few feet apart. They were looking around at each other, but everyone was on drugs so they were best friends.  They tell you a little about each dog and what kind of personality it has so you can be sure that you’re getting a good fit for your family. Not all dogs want to run in the park for a half hour everyday. Sometimes they’re looking for a home with lazy people who just like to sit on the couch most of the time. There’s a perfect fit for everyone. There were a few animals that come in sets. They either came into the shelter together and have always know each other, or they met in the shelter and became best friends and want to stay together. Truly a BFF situation, so they get to be adopted out as a pair.  They have all kinds of behavior and training information and classes. The little pet supply store is full of ethically sourced products. They even have a ‘pet pantry,’ which is a food bank for people who have pets and are going through an economic challenge. HSSV has all kinds of amazing x-ray technology that other animal shelters don’t and special ventilation system in...

Composting Mar25

Composting

We are a community of smart, caring people who are concerned about the environment. It only makes sense that Mountain View has a few composting options. The first thing we can do is support restaurants that compost, as they are putting in the effort to divert materials away from the landfill and instead return it back to the Earth. It is being turned into nutritious soil. Here’s a list of the restaurants in Mountain View that are currently participating in Recology’s Commercial Composting program: –           Hobee’s (2312 Central Expwy) –      Scott’s Seafood (420 Castro) –       Crepevine (300 Castro) –           Sono Sushi (357 Castro) –           Sakoon Indian Restaurant (357 Castro) –           Cascal (400 Castro) –           Posh Bagel (444 Castro ) –           Togo’s (1955 W. El Camino) –           Jamba Juice (1037 El Monte) –           Panera Bread (1037 El Monte) –           Pizza My Heart (1037 El Monte) –           Chipotle (1039 El Monte)          –        Yam Leaf Bistro (699 Calderon) –           Starbucks (1710 Miramonte) –           House of Bagels (1710 Miramonte) I stopped by Hobee’s and spoke with Sergio Gutierrez, the General Manager, about Hobee’s participation in the new composting program. He said it was an easy decision to start composting. Hobee’s started the program about 4 months ago. Recology went to Hobee’s and trained the staff about what materials (food scraps and soiled paper) are accepted in the compost program. Recology also provided new containers and signage. There are 3 of the new green containers on the inside of the kitchen and there’s a new large green metal bin parked outside with the usual Recology trash/recycling bins.  Sergio said that he previously worked at another Hobee’s location that composted food scraps so he knew what to expect. His staff hasn’t had any trouble at all. They’re all long-time Hobee’s employees and are happy to be doing something to help the environment.  We can look forward to some new stickers that Recology has created that will soon be on the front doors of Mountain View restaurants. The stickers will inform customers that they are entering a restaurant that composts.  The City of Mountain View is currently working on designing a pilot program for residential composting. I know that lots of residents will be thrilled when this happens. The City plans to begin the pilot in a selected neighborhood this Summer 2014.  And for people like me, who can’t seem to get enough of composting, we can always take the free composting classes that are offered by Santa Clara County. You should pre-register here for the classes; they’re very popular and fill up quickly. They’ll have compost containers available to purchase at the class, or you can look on Youtube or Pinterest to see how other people have created their own out of pallets, trash cans, cement bricks, or a few pieces of scrap lumber. Go forth and compost. I love Mountain...

Spoil Me Salon

I have been spoiled. I went to the new Spoil Me Full Service Salon last week. Tanya Momi, owner of Spoil Me Salon, has been in business in Mountain View since 1988. The salon has moved several times in the last 26 years and the clients have followed. The new location is in the shopping center at the intersection of Miramonte Ave and Cuesta Drive, Blossom Valley Shopping Center. I love that I can park my car and go to the post office, Safeway and Spoil Me Salon all in one convenient stop.   I had a manicure and a spa pedicure. Tanya has a different approach than other places I’ve been to recently. The first thing I noticed is that she buffed my nails with nail buffing cream and a chamois instead of rubbing the scratchy thing across the top of them. I like her technique better. She asked me to pick out 5 nail colors and she tried all of them on me before I selected the final color that she used in my manicure. Yes, it took more time than other salons take, but it was so nice that she paid so much attention to detail. Her pedicure is a Korean steam sauna pedicure. Your feet go in a steam bath instead of the usual tub of swirling water. The steam is relaxing, hydrating, and eases sore muscles. My facial was a European anti-aging facial. My aesthetician, Angelina, took her time and talked to me when necessary and let me drift away and relax when it was appropriate. One thing that I really wanted to mention about Tanya is her many talents. This woman is so creative. All of the paintings in the salon are created by her. Each piece of art has special meaning and she talked to me about them. She has two spinners of greeting cards and all of the images on the cards are also her art. What I really like about her art is that she isn’t afraid to paint subjects that may stir up feeling of conflict, or anxiety, in the viewer. She isn’t just making pretty pictures and trying to fill the walls of her salon. If you are lucky enough to have a chance to talk to her about her art, be sure to ask her about her inspiration for some of her work. Tanya has also been in a movie, Bollywood Dreamz—Journey of a Star. And she and her salon are being filmed for another upcoming production. I’m telling you, she’s multi-talented. Tanya lives in Mountain View. I love it when I get to write about a business owner who also live here in our community. Her full service salon offers hair services, waxing, threading, medispa, laser hair removal, nail services, massage and makeup, skincare and custom sunless airbrush tanning.  She has a doctor and a nurse on staff. Checkout her website for details on the services offered. She currently has an opening for a talented hair stylist. All of her staff seemed so happy to be at work and I genuinely enjoyed meeting them. Spoil Me Salon, it was a pleasure spending time with you and getting...