Thursday, December 31, 2015
It's tough making a brick-and-mortar business succeed, regardless of whether you're new or been around for a long while, or whether the economic times are poor or good. Making the decision to say "That's it! We need to close our doors." is a hard thing to do as well.
These are a few of the shops and restaurants that said Good-bye to us in Hollister in 2015. Thank you very much for your good cheer and service!
She's closed in June after 23 years of being in business. It was one of the few independent clothing shops specializing in women's apparel in town. Although her clothing shop is no more, its owner Sheila Stevens can be found at her other two businesses in Hollister, The Heavenly Bakery on San Benito Street and She's Consignment Store, at the corner of Fifth and East Streets.
Swanky Finds, a thrift and consignment shop, closed earlier this year. The fun shop was next to the Country Rose Cafe on San Benito Street.
Closing the doors of Muenzer's Keys & Teez in October marked the end of 105 years of Muenzer's presence in Hollister. In 2012, Muenzer's downsized and moved next door to its original storefront on Fifth Street.
3rd Base Burger Bar, formerly Grillin & Chillin Downtown, on the main drag closed several weeks ago. However, we can still enjoy the hospitality of the owners, Chuck and Joann Frowein, at their two other establishments—Roadhouse Grillin & Chillin, corner of Highway 156 and Mitchell Road, and Grillin & Chillin Alehouse on McCray Street.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Let's take a look back at some of the events that took place in Hollister this year.
|Late February/Early March: Rain! So good, so wonderful.|
|March 2015: The statue of Eric Tognazzini was installed.|
|Spring: Utility box art project began|
|May–September: Farmers Market in Downtown Hollister|
|May: Portuguese Festival Parade|
|June: Hollister Airshow|
|June: San Benito County Saddle Horse Show & Rodeo|
|July: Vietnam Veterans Memorial visits Hollister.|
|Fourth of July Kiddie Parade|
|July: Hollister Freedom Rally|
|July: Hollister Street Fair & Car Show|
|Summer: Fremont Memorial Tunnel|
|Last Weekend in July: Relay for Life|
|August–October: Music in the Park concerts|
|September: Mexican Independence Day Parade|
|October: San Benito County Fair|
|October: San Benito Olive Festival|
|November: Veterans Day Parade|
|Last Weekend in November: Lights On Celebration|
|December: Regular rain clouds! So good, so wonderful.|
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
After nearly two years of sitting empty, the building at 549 San Benito Street has a new occupant. The Hi Outlet (which was once on Tres Pinos Road) opened for business a few days before Christmas in downtown historical Hollister. The building was previously home to Penny Wise Drug.
Monday, December 28, 2015
A new hotel is going up on Gateway Drive, which is the next intersection after you turn right from Highway 25 towards Downtown Hollister. The Fairfield Inn will have four floors with anywhere between 70 and 90 rooms.
Construction began last April and is expected to be open for business in April, 2016, according to this BenitoLink article. Just in time for the school graduations, rodeo, motorcycle rally, high school reunions, summer and autumn weddings, county fair, olive festival, and other public and private events.
Sunday, December 27, 2015
Saturday, December 26, 2015
Friday, December 25, 2015
Thursday, December 24, 2015
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Not until I looked at this photo, did I notice that water is flowing in the San Benito River. Look at the bottom left hand corner of the picture. Sweet!
Monday, December 21, 2015
Sunday, December 20, 2015
Recognize Santa Ana Mountain? It looks nearby in the photo but it's truly far off in the distance. I took this photo from Thomas Road, off of Southside Road.
Saturday, December 19, 2015
This morning I went searching for a picture of water in the San Benito River. Couldn't find one. But, I did find this sweet scene off of Southside Road. Moooo.
Friday, December 18, 2015
Thursday, December 17, 2015
At first glance, it looked like a lake. After all we did have a good rain the previously day, but, it was merely the sun's reflection on plastic tarps.
See you tomorrow.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
I don't know what's funniest—Yoda as Santa Claus, Yoda next to a medieval knight, or Yoda and the knight being barkers for a furniture store in downtown historical Hollister. What do you say?
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
I like this bend on Union Road, the one by Riverside Road. It reminds me that we do indeed live in a rural area, no matter how developed we get. Even, if one day, the orchards and vegetable fields along this bend are gone. Hopefully, that doesn't ever happen. Knock on wood.
Monday, December 14, 2015
Sunday, December 13, 2015
Getting a mocha java at Vertigo Coffee is worth pedaling over 13 miles on a beach cruiser. That was my birthday gift to me. The mocha java. And, a ride through San Juan Valley.
If you'd like to read about my ride, click here to go to The View from the Top of the Ladder. See ya tomorrow.
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Friday, December 11, 2015
To help make Christmas shopping less hectic in Downtown Hollister, the City has lifted parking hour restrictions until January 8, 2016.
For a list of some of the downtown Hollister businesses, check out these links: shops and thrift stores.
|San Benito Bene|