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October 22, 2021

Local restaurant owners continue to struggle amid Covid-19 pandemic

La Sabrosa Fine Mexican Cuisine owner Maria Hernandiz has pretty much seen it all when it comes to the Covid-19 pandemic.  She went from shutting down the entire restaurant on three separate occasions, to now being extremely busy since the state announced that restaurants can...

Restaurants slowly open up for indoor dining

Mangia Italian Kitchen owner Raul Escareno got a late dinner rush on Tuesday evening, churning out orders of meat ravioli and his famous chile verde pasta.  It was the first time in months that he had guests pile into his dining room as San Benito...

Jarad Gallagher doesn’t let past define him

As a Michelin-starred chef, Jarad Gallagher has received his fair share of media coverage, for good reason. Before opening the Smoke Point BBQ and Provisions in San Juan Bautista in November, Gallagher had an eight-year run as the executive chef at Chez TJ in...

Wise Goat Organics all about gut health

Mary Risavi moved from Colorado to Santa Cruz in 2008 with the intention of staying in the area for “only a couple of years.” Thirteen years later, Risavi is still here, having settled in Hollister. The owner of Wise Goat Organics, a small-food business...

Delivery station breaks ground in Hollister

Officials are mum on the tenant planned for a large-scale delivery center under construction along San Felipe Road in northern Hollister, but signs point to it being Amazon, the dominant online business and cloud computing company. Grading work recently got underway on the 25.5-acre property...

Jobless claims decline as coronavirus cases ease

By Patricia Cohen, @nytimes New claims for unemployment fell last week, the government reported Thursday, the latest sign that the labor market’s recovery, however slow and unsteady, is continuing. “The numbers look encouraging on the face of it,” said Gregory Daco, chief U.S. economist at Oxford...

Chaste Cupcake a true homegrown business

When Courtney Lopez was thinking of names for her cupcake business, she wanted something that was unique—but nothing too out there—while having some meaning behind it. She eventually settled on The Chaste Cupcake, which didn’t exactly win over some of her friends.  “Of course when...

Las Micheladas reopens with a big splash

David Ramirez had a vision that one day he was going to open Las Micheladas Bar & Grill restaurant, a place that he hopes can bring a true dining experience and a nightlife type of scene to downtown Hollister.  His first attempt was on Dec....

Business is back in ‘style’

It’s been a roller coaster year for Bella Mia Salon owner and stylist Olga Arreola, who last week was able to reopen her shop for the first time since December.    The guidelines are just the same as the first two times: one guest per stylist...

Meal delivery service off to a ‘Great’ start

Jeannette Pulido spent her one-year anniversary of opening 4th Street Eatery in April shortly after the Covid-19 pandemic forced her small businesses to make some drastic changes just to stay open.  But, she’ll be getting some much needed assistance as San Benito County has partnered...