Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The 2012 Holiday Cheer Shop Hop

The baskets from the 2011 shop hop.
Photo courtesy of San Benito Bene.
Psssssssst. Have you heard what's happening this Saturday, December 1?

It's the 2012 San Benito County Holiday Cheer Shop Hop. Whooo-hooo. Eighty-eight (88!) shops, restaurants, galleries, artisans, services, salons and spas, agriculturists, and nonprofit groups throughout the county are taking part in this second annual event. We're talking 88 local businesses from Hollister, San Juan Bautista, Tres Pinos, and Aromas.

These 88 local businesses have generously contributed items that shoppers have the opportunity of winning by entering their name at each business they visit on Saturday. The Holiday Cheer Shop Hop organizers are creating 15 (15!) lavish baskets that may include products such as chocolates, wine, olive oil, note cards, and lotions, as well as gift certificates to restaurants, shops, spas, financial services, and so on. Some businesses will also be raffling their own basket of goodies, so you never know what you may find.

By the way, did I say it is all free? Yep, it's free to enter for a chance for one of the 15 awesome baskets. No purchases necessary, but hey! you never know what you may want or need to buy for yourself and others. And, like wise mathematicians out there might say, your chances of winning increase with each additional business you visit.  So, here you go. The list of the many local businesses to hop to this Saturday. 

The Shops

Historical Downtown Hollister 
Going from north to south, these businesses are located between Fourth and South Streets.
Different Treasures Different Days, 443 San Benito Street
Country Groomers, 206 Fifth Street
Irma's Fashion, 230 Fifth Street
Hollister Sign Co., 535 San Benito Street
Penny Wise Drug Store, 549 San Benito Street
Pallacio Day Spa, and San Benito Bene are located at 615 San Benito Street.
Serendipity Gifts, 616 San Benito Street
She's Women's Apparel, 620 San Benito Street
Delux Hair Salon, 625 San Benito Street
McKinnon Lumber, 217 7th Street
Vitality Skin Care & Massage, 339 Seventh Street, Suite A  
Shannon Grissom, Artist, 719 San Benito Street, Suite A
San Benito County Arts Council Blak Sage Gallery, 727 San Benito Street
Drapoel,  731 San Benito Street
Bel Amour Pet Spa & Boutique, 730 B San Benito Street
Paradiso Spa Salon,  750 San Benito Street 
These businesses are also located in downtown Hollister:
Joshua Inn Bed & Breakfast Boutique,  712 West Street (by 7th Street)
Simply Skin, 581 McCray Street (by the theater)
These businesses are located south of downtown Hollister:
Salon Deja Vu Spa ,341 Tres Pinos Road, Suites 204-205
YMCA of the Central Coast, 351 Tres Pinos Road
The Farm Bertuccio's, 2410 Airline Highway (aka Highway 25, near Union Road)
DeRose Winery, 9970 Cienega Road  (The Car Museum should be open that day.)
These businesses are located north of downtown, in the Hollister Business Park across from the Hollister Airport:
Garlic Festival Foods, 1803 Shelton Drive, #104
Marich Premium Chocolates, 2101 Burt Drive
The following businesses are northeast of downtown. Both are near Fallon Road, which runs between Fairview Road and San Felipe Road (by Hollister Business Park).
B&R Farms,  5280 Fairview Road
M&M Garden Mart, 410 Spring Grove Road

San Juan Bautista
Some of the shops in San Juan Bautista share the same building. You might find info about some of the shops listed below at the Shop San Juan! Web site. The shops are listed in order from south to north. In other words, you're entering from Highway 156 at the traffic lights.  

The Alameda
Vintage Cottage Home and Garden, 103 The Alameda
Tresor Boutique  and The Last Stitch Quilting Design Studio and Gallery are at 107 The Alameda. 
Third Street  (The Alameda turns into Third Street at Franklin)
Shops on the east side (Think: Hollister is to the east.)
Mission Gallery, 106 Third Street
Rare Light Gallery  and Visions of Christmas are at 108 B Third Street.
Casa de Calores, 304 Third Street
These shops are located at 400 Third Street: Sweet Pea AntiquesThe Dreaming Tree, and Vintage Corner
San Juan Antiques and Collectibles, 406 Third Street
These shops are located at 410 Third Street: The Glass Connection, Attic Angels,  Frills (inside Attic Angels), and Nicola Cruise Fair Trade Gifts & Crafts 
3 Angels Antiques, 410 D Third Street
Shops on the west side (Think: Heading to Highway 101)
Paloma Paloma  and Season's Handcrafts are located at 203 Third Street.
Bear Flag Gallery Mall, 207 Third Street
Top Rock Shop, 209 Third Street
Mission Clocks and Watches, 217 Third Street
Treasure Chest de San Juan, 303 Third Street
It's Shabby and Chic, 311 Third Street
Bluebird Antiques and Collectibles, 401 Third Street
The Little Red Barn, 405 Third Street
Side streets
Livin' the Green Dream, 33 Washington Street
Aggie's Porch 37, Mariposa Street  (corner of 4th Street)
Fool's Gold Antiques, 34A Polk Street 
Kathryn Aguras Real Estate, 376 Blohm Avenue
Dragonfly Gallery, 380 Blohm Avenue

Gotta Eat and Drink!

These local restaurants are participating in the Holiday Cheer Shop Hop, too. So, be sure to fill in an entry form for a chance at one of the 15 bountiful baskets of local goodies

Pendergrass Restaurant, 500 San Benito Street (SW corner of 5th Street)
Heavenly Bakery, 601 San Benito Street (SE corner of 6th Street)
Best of Times Cafe, 615 San Benito Street (a few doors from Heavenly Bakery) 
Knife and Fork Cafe, 650 San Benito Street (by Brown Alley)
A.J. Sushi, 737 San Benito Street (near South Street)
Paine's Restaurant, 421 East Street (between 4th and 5th Streets)
Hollister Hills Taproom & Brewery, 401 McCray Street (in the Clocktower Plaza, near the pet store)
Tres Pinos
19th Hole Booze & Food, 7071 Airline Highway (Highway 25—about 5 miles south of Hollister) 
San Juan Bautista
Pizza Factory, 301 H The Alameda (in the Windmill Plaza)
Doña Esther Mexican Restaurant, 25 Franklin Street
La Casa Rosa Restaurant, 107 Third Street
Jardines de San Juan, 115 Third Street 
Orient Express, 35 Washington Street
Margot's Ice Cream Parlor, 211 Third Street
Mission Cafe, 300 Third Street
The Happy Rooster Restaurant, 313 Third Street
San Juan Bakery, 319 Third Street
Joan and Peter's German Restaurant, 322 Third Street
Basque Matxain Etxea Restaurant, 206 Fourth Street

Other Shop Hop Participants

The following artisans, businesses, and organizations have also contributed products and services to this year's Holiday Cheer Shop Hop:
Beauti Control
Bell Hill Goat Milk Soaps & Lotions (Products can also be found at San Benito Bene)
Calvista Insurance Agency Inc.
California Mutual Insurance Co.
H&R Block
MJM Computers
Oils of Paicines (Products can also be found at San Benito Bene)
San Benito County Cattle Women
San Benito Gold Raw Honey (Products can also be found at San Benito Bene and The Farm Bertuccio's)
Santa Barbara Bank and Trust
Vista Notes (Products can also be found at San Benito Bene, The Farm Bertuccio's, and Serendipity Gifts)
For more information, contact kathina@sanbenitobene.com or call her at 831-638-1188.

Monday, November 26, 2012

An Evening of Joy and Fun

The 2012 Lights On Celebration Parade was last Saturday (November 24). It was a perfect evening—just enough crispness and bite in the air to think yep, the holiday season is upon us. Thank you, Hollister Downtown Association, for another wonderful job planning, organizing, and making the parade happen for us all.

My most favorite parts in the parade were the kiddies pumping away on their tricycles decorated with lights. It made me wish I was just as young as them so I could pedal a tricycle along the parade route. I thought one of the coolest-of-cool floats was Save Mart's entry—a gigantic shopping cart. What was your favorite float or part of the parade?

Maybe next year, the Husband and I will think about getting down there early enough to put up some chairs. We drove down San Benito Street earlier in the day and saw chairs set up along the curb all the way down to Hawkins Street.

And, maybe next year, I'll have a camera that can take clean, crisp photos at night.  I've put together an album at the Take 25 to Hollister Facebook page of my better shots of the parade. Here's the link. Enjoy. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

2012 Lights On Celebration

The 2011 Lights On Celebration Parade
This year's Lights On Celebration is this Saturday, November 24, in downtown Hollister. Are you ready to have some fun?

The event starts at 10 a.m. and goes on until 8 p.m.  Activities are planned at the Veterans Memorial Building and at the North Pole (the lawn at the corner of San Benito and Fourth Streets). There'll be a variety of performances throughout the day by bell ringers, dancers, bands, and others. 

The Jaime's Toy & Canned Food Drive Car Show is on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The entrance is at Brown Alley and Monterey Street. Cost of admission is a new toy (unwrapped) or canned food.

At 5:30 p.m., the Lights on Celebration Parade will make its way down San Benito Street. Whoo-hoo.

To download a schedule of events, head over to this Hollister Downtown Association page. If you'd like to see photos from the 2010 and 2011 parades, head over to the Take 25 to Hollister Facebook page and click on the albums.

Monday, November 12, 2012

2012 Veterans Day Parade

Yesterday (Sunday) was the annual Veterans Day Parade through downtown Hollister. It was a beautiful day to pay tribute to the brave and generous men and women who served in the U.S. military forces.

To see more photos of the parade, click here to go to the album at Take 25 to Hollister's Facebook page.

© 2012 Su-sieee! Mac. All rights reserved. www.take25tohollister.com

Friday, November 9, 2012

November 10–11 2012 Weekend

Just in case you haven't heard, here are three events taking place this weekend.

Mommy and Me, Art and Tea

On Saturday afternoon, November 10, children and their parents (Moms and/or Dads) can participate in a hands-on art project event at the Blak Sage Gallery (727 San Benito Street). The free event is from noon to 5 p.m. Cookies and tea will be served. The fun family affair fete is sponsored by the San Benito County Arts Council. For more info, call 831-636-2787 or check out this Facebook link.

Sounds of Brass Concert

The Pacific Brass Band will hold its 12th annual benefit concert this Saturday, November 10, 2 p.m., at Rancho San Justo Middle School (1201 Rancho Drive). This British-style brass band is composed of musicians from San Benito, Monterey, Santa Cruz, and Santa Clara counties. The concert is sponsored by the local YMCA  and Mr. O's Save the Music Drive.

Proceeds of the concert will benefit the Hollister elementary school music program and the Hollister middle school sports program.

Admission tickets: $25 per family (up to to persons), $5 for seniors, and $5 for students. Children 12 and under are free if accompanied by paid adults. Tickets may be purchased before the concert at the YMCA of San Benito County, Mr. O’s Academy, Postal Graphics,  and Ace Hardware.

Veterans Day Parade

This year's Veterans Day Parade will take place in downtown Hollister on Sunday November 11 at  1:30 p.m.

The Veterans Day celebration will begin at 11:11 a.m.  at the Veterans Memorial Building with  a moment-of-silence observation for our deceased Veterans. A BBQ lunch will be available at noon. The day's event will also have a resource fair for Veterans. A military flyover is slated to take place before the parade.

Scheduled earlier on Sunday is the annual Veterans Day Breakfast,  hosted by San Benito County LULAC, at the  San Benito High School Cafeteria. Breakfast will be served from  7 a.m. to noon. State Assembly member Luis Alejo will be a guest speaker at the breakfast.

Breakfast is $8, with proceeds benefiting the 2013 LULAC scholarship fund. For further information, call  831-673-1977.

© 2012 Su-sieee! Mac. All rights reserved. www.take25tohollister.com

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Enjoying the Flowers

Whenever I walk down this part of Fourth Street in San Juan Bautista, I have to stop and gaze at this flower garden. I think it's part of the Jardines de San Juan restaurant.

© 2012 Su-sieee! Mac. All rights reserved. www.take25tohollister.com



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