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March 5, 2021

Split commission approves expansion for storage facility

The Gilroy Planning Commission approved an expansion of a storage facility on Murray Avenue, but some commissioners questioned its need and its potential impacts on the neighborhood. On Feb. 4, the commission voted 4-3 to allow Extra Space Storage at 8900 Murray Ave. to construct...

Gilroy florists meet Valentine’s Day demand

Expressions Floral’s Gilroy facility has been abuzz with activity over the past week, with designers creating Valentine’s Day arrangements and delivery drivers constantly dropping off and loading fresh shipments of flowers. The business, which is the retail arm of the wholesaler Regional Farms, is neck-deep...

Personal care industry reopens after a year of stops and starts

Shag Salon, like every other salon across the state, has had a rollercoaster of a year. The salon was one of the businesses deemed “non-essential” during the initial Covid-19 shelter-in-place order, and shut down on March 17. It was allowed to reopen in July, but...

Nissan of Gilroy opens new location on Automall Parkway

Brian Verdin leads Gilroy’s newest automotive dealership facility, in the city where he launched his sales career more than 30 years ago. He is tasked with growing a brand and industry hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, with a facility that is just as shiny...

First Street Coffee closes after 26 years

First Street Coffee House, a Gilroy staple for the past 26 years, became the latest business casualty under the Covid-19 pandemic, shutting its doors on Jan. 24. The coffee shop at 1211 First St. made the announcement on its Facebook page on Jan. 18. “Due to...

Christopher Ranch adapting to surge in garlic demand

Christopher Ranch recently planted its 2021 garlic crop for what is expected to be another year of unprecedented demand. The Gilroy-based company also recently opened a new facility in Southern California, which not only serves the southern end of the state, but also the Southwest...

Property tax workshop geared toward commercial owners

Santa Clara County Assessor Larry Stone will host a property tax workshop for owners of commercial property on Jan. 21 at 11am.  Organized in partnership with more than 20 business organizations in the county, the Assessor’s Office is leading a live webinar to explain potential...

New restaurants push ahead despite pandemic restrictions

Jon Cuilla and his fellow co-owners planned to open Pour Decisions Taproom in Hollister in September 2019. John Holder, the owner of Brew City Burgers in Gilroy, was thinking along roughly the same timeline. However, both of the ventures got delayed, and then the...

Gourmet Alley plan proposes plazas, outdoor dining venues

As the last building on Monterey Street wraps up its seismic retrofitting, downtown property owners are turning their attention to the oft-neglected alley that runs parallel to the road, which they view as an important part of the city’s economic recovery. The Gilroy City Council...

Local business gives children a healthy start to the new year

After two decades of developing patents and products, business entrepreneur Shawn Sahbari is giving back to the South County community with donations of hygiene products that will be distributed through non-profits to keep children healthy.  In all, the donation includes 2,100 two-ounce hand sanitizers, 2,100...