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October 22, 2021

Food & Drink: A ‘pour’ decision

A trio of friends were sitting around one day, toying with the idea of opening a tap room and coming up with a clever name for their brand. That’s when someone said, “Well, we all make poor decisions” and the three of them howled as...

Hollister community members receive free spaghetti meals

In Italy, the word mangia means to eat. So it was fitting when Mangia Italian Kitchen owner Raul Escareno recently began helping people in San Benito County by giving away food so they too can eat for the day.  The 32-year-old restaurant owner went above...

Bourdet’s Christmas Tree Farm offers wide variety in Hollister

The Bourdet’s Christmas Tree Farm in Hollister has been a busy spot for the past couple of weeks as holiday enthusiasts are looking for the perfect tree for their home or office.  Normally the second weekend of December is the biggest weekend for tree hunting,...

CineLux to debut drive-in theater in Gilroy

For nearly two years, Gilroy residents anxiously awaited the city’s only movie theater to reopen while it underwent an extensive renovation. The CineLux Gilroy Cafe and Lounge at 6851 Monterey St. was ready to reopen its doors in March, inviting the community to gander at...

Hollister adopts new face covering ordinance

The City of Hollister is moving forward with a new ordinance that will impose steep penalties for those caught not wearing a face covering in accordance with state guidelines.  The city council on Sept. 21 heard from a flurry of residents and business owners opposed...

San Benito Street reopens for business

San Benito Street was shut down for more than two weeks as it went through some major beautification upgrades to help revitalize downtown Hollister. Yet, there was some uncertainty whether or not a new parklet project would work out for local business owners.   Carlos Hernandez,...

City officials approve downtown parklet program

San Benito Street in downtown Hollister is undergoing some major construction this week and city officials are hoping it’ll pave a new road to reopening the economy. The Hollister City Council unanimously approved a parklet program on Oct. 19 that will assist businesses during the...

City loans funds to Hollister Farms

The Hollister Farms shopping center project was close to being shut down but the Hollister City Council came to the rescue by unanimously approving a resolution to use an economic development subsidy of $4.25 million that will keep it from going under. City Manager Brett...

Shopping at small businesses has big impacts for communities

The Covid-19 pandemic has put much of the country in a “back to the basics” mode of living. People have been staying home much more than they used to, cooking their own meals, setting up their workstations and starting new crafty hobbies. It has also opened...

City business owners receive extra CARES Act funding

Local officials allocated CARES Act funding to support small businesses in the City of Hollister that have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.  The city council held a special meeting on Dec. 5 to pass a resolution for one-time funding of $50,000 to help up...