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Former Domus Building Gets 5 Suites

One will become Liv La Vie women's clothing store and will open at end of March.

, 40 No. Santa Cruz Ave., has been remodeled into five suites and at least one business has already moved in.

Liv La Vie, a women's clothing store owned by Los Gatos resident Karen Giordano, is expected to formally open its doors at the end of March, according to an employee who was busy organizing the space this week and didn't want to be identified.

Broadway resident Lynn Brandhorst, who was walking his dog Trixie when Los Gatos Patch was checking out the remodel, said he wanted the other three spaces to be unique shops "that add to the local color. That aren't the same chains that people go to the mall for."

Liv La Vie will be located in suite 40 D, but it's not known at the this point who the other lessees will be, the employee said.

Domus closed down shop in May of 2011 citing rent increases after being in the location for more than 40 years.

Correction: This story has been changed. An earlier version incorrectly stated the number of suites that have been created at the old Domus building. Everyone makes mistakes, even us. If you see anything else that needs clarification or a correction, email Los Gatos Patch Editor Sheila Sanchez at sheila.sanchez@patch.com.

Larry Arzie March 09, 2012 at 11:06 PM
I think the makeover of this building was long overdue. It looked like a 1970s medical office building. Thanks Sue Farwell it looks great. Splitting it up into 5 shops is a great business plan.
Mary LG March 09, 2012 at 11:24 PM
I'm still very sad the landlord upped the rent, thus forcing Domus out. Speaking of unreasonable rents, will Mountain Mike's Pizza ever return?
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) March 09, 2012 at 11:28 PM
I'll look into it, Mary. Thanks for the comment and the question!
Larry Arzie March 09, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Mary LG. The rents requested are of Domus are the going rate on the street. Domus used up an over 25 year lease for less than half the going street rate. The tenant made little to no improvements to the property. I do not fault the landlord. I fault the Town Council for allowing too many restaurants, wine bars, and chain stores in that can afford to pay the hight rents. By allowing this to happen they drove up the rents. We had specific regulations preventing this from happening, but the town council ignored them. This next election do not vote for the incumbent, so that we can take back our town.
Mary LG March 10, 2012 at 12:28 AM
The town council should not have ignored 'specific regulations' in place. But Domus was a much loved store here for a quarter of a century. Did it all come down to money? I think so. Just because others were getting higher rents, did the landlord have to choose to raise the rent so much Domus couldn't afford to stay there? My point is that I believe most of us would have wanted Domus to stay. Our town is weaker/sadder for letting things like this happen, in my opinion.
Larry Arzie March 10, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Mary, your preaching to the choir. I totally agree with you. The money story has been true for most sad examples in this town but there are extenuating circumstances here. Domus survived all these years on a lease that was more than unreasonable for todays times and did not upgrade the building. After 30 plus years the building needed Im guessing at least 250 thousand dollars of upgrading. The landlord just purchased the building and has a heavy debt load in both paying the mortgage and cleaning the property up. In this case the landlord had no choice, but to charge the going rate and re-coupe her upgrading costs. Domus may be back yet, but she will have to re-vamp her business plan to be more competitive instead of relying on cheap rent.
fred rehhausser March 10, 2012 at 02:04 AM
And we reward the Domus owner by giving her a seat on the planning commission.
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz March 10, 2012 at 02:21 AM
I to was very sorry to see Domus go. But hey everything does have an end. And then you get something NEW!
Steve March 10, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Mountain Mikes is now JJ MGoo's on Los Gatos Blvd..

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