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October 22, 2021

Running Rooster shuts down for the winter

The Running Rooster restaurant has had to adapt and change several times over the years in an effort to provide the community an all-out dining experience.  But nothing could’ve prepared co-owner Jim Chapman for what happened to him and many of the other downtown Hollister...

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...

Hollister city council shoots down “Urgency Ordinance”

Updated: Dec. 18, 3:30pm The thunderous claps could be heard throughout the city of Hollister as the City Council voted against a proposed “Urgency Ordinance,” which would’ve allowed city enforcement officers to cite individuals and businesses for violating the state’s stay-at-home orders. The city council voted,...

Downtown Hollister businesses hit hard due to stay-at-home order

The City of Hollister came up with the idea to allow business owners to keep their places open under all of the state’s Covid-19 guidelines with the help of building new outdoor parklets along San Benito Street. But any plans to utilize the outdoor spaces...

Hollister cracks down on unmasked

The City of Hollister has been cracking down on its face mask ordinance, issuing fines and citations for those flouting the rules in public places.  City Development Services director Bryan Swanson on Dec. 7 provided an update during the city council meeting on the face...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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,...