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November 26, 2020

Collective Past, longstanding downtown store, permanently closes

For nearly 23 years, collectors have flocked to Collective Past in downtown Gilroy to browse its numerous shelves of rare vintage items. But the store, owned by Linda Graham, has become a casualty of the Covid-19 outbreak and the...

Businesses pressure Santa Clara County to reopen

The Gilroy Chamber of Commerce is leading a charge of business owners who are petitioning the county to reopen establishments shuttered by the Covid-19 shelter-in-place order. Santa Clara County, meanwhile, loosened some restrictions on its order May 18 that...

Pier 1 Imports closing all stores

Pier 1 Imports announced on May 19 that it will permanently shutter all 1,000 of its stores, which includes one in Gilroy, by fall. In a press release, the company stated it filed a motion in bankruptcy court to...

Filings show sample of Gilroy layoffs

At least 177 employees were laid off at stores in the Gilroy Premium Outlets since early April, state filings show, as “non-essential” businesses across the country fight to stay alive during a pandemic-induced shutdown. Rosewood CordeValle in San Martin,...

Donut shop fundraiser nears $70K

A beloved Gilroy donut shop hit with a family tragedy has been overwhelmed with community support. The Hok family own Gilroy Donut House at 703 First St. While the husband and wife have been dealing with their own health...

Two UNFI employees return to work after COVID-19 recovery

Two employees at United Natural Foods’ Gilroy distribution center that tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered and returned to work, the company confirmed. UNFI spokesperson Jeff Swanson said the positive test was communicated to all employees at the facility,...

Gilroy shops hope for support through gift cards, orders

When Bruce Haller, who owns Café 152 Bread Co. with his wife Audrey, filled out the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce’s COVID-19 business impact survey, he was candid in his answers. “I said I’m looking for a prayer and a...

‘Essential’ auto repair shops remain open

Many people choose to ignore the check engine lights on their vehicles, that finicky blinker or other maintenance issues, thinking that taking it to the shop for repairs would require them to be without their only mode of transportation for days on...

Gift card website launches for Gilroy businesses

With many businesses closed due to the shelter-in-place order, some, such as restaurants, are relying on delivery orders. Others, meanwhile, are counting on online purchases, if they have such an option available. But there is one source of revenue—gift...

Pizzeria donates to first responders

The amount of work the staff at St. Louise Regional Hospital puts in 24/7 is exhausting, to say the least, but those on the front lines know how critical their role is during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thankfully, the first...