Thursday, December 31, 2015

Thank You Very Much!

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. 

The Best of Times Cafe  served its last meals to customers earlier this month. Paul and his colleagues purchased the cafe in July, 2014.  The cafe opened in 1996 as the Hard Times Cafe. Somewhere in time the first owner was forced to change its name because a franchise chain on the East coast owned the name.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Looking Back at 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

The Hi Outlet in Downtown Hollister

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

Coming Soon: The Fairfield Inn

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

Looming Diablos

Don't the Diablo Mountains look like they're sitting right behind San Felipe Road rather than far in the distance? This was taken from Briggs Road, off of Bolsa, aka Highway 25.

Saturday, December 26, 2015


Those were some amazing clouds over Hollister on Thursday afternoon.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Wandering the Backroads

Here's another view from Hospital Road, off Southside Road.  This time, I'm looking northwesterly.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Last of Autumn

This gorgeous old tree is slowly loosing its leaves. Just think, by spring it'll be wearing new sprouts. Amazing.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The West View from Hospital Road

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


If I could add a definition to the word beauty in the dictionary, this is what I would put:
beau-ty n.   San Benito County

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Santa Ana Mountain in the Mist

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

Cows, Mist, and Green.

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

Another Lovely Day

It was another gorgeous morning along Highway 25. This is near the corner of Enterprise Road and the highway.

See you tomorrow!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Sparkle, Sparkle in San Juan Valley

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

Classic Knights in Downtown Hollister

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

Going Around the Bend

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

The Last of the Apples

Still a bit more fruit left in the organic apple orchard in San Juan Valley. No doubt they're crisp and yummy, with the natural refrigeration.

See you tomorrow. 

Sunday, December 13, 2015

A Birthday Mocha

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

A Happy Goof of a Tree

Here's my giggle of the day. See if you can find it on East Street.  Until tomorrow.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Window Shopping in Historic Downtown Hollister

Bella Charm

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.


Johnnie's Girl

Irma's Fashions

Eclectic Treasures

San Benito Bene



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