Select Page
Beyond Text bookstore

Beyond Text bookstore

The Beyond Text bookstore has opened in downtown Los Gatos!  This newly launched, independent bookstore is very bright and wonderfully laid out. If you haven’t been, plan to visit it soon, you will be delighted that you did!

Exterior of Beyond Text bookstore on North Santa Cruz Avenue, Los Gatos

 

Beyond Text has a creative, welcoming feel from the moment you step inside. It reaches out to all ages, with children’s books being impossible to miss. The books themselves include a wide variety with classics, beautifully illustrated pieces, and new releases included among the offerings.

There’s tons of natural light, but also cozy (and still bright) nooks for reading and exploring. The books and other merchandise are creatively presented.

 

Book nook at Beyond Text

(more…)

Tradewind Spas in Los Gatos: CLOSED

Tradewind Spas in Los Gatos: CLOSED

Tradewind Spas Los Gatos has closed and MOVEDTradewind Spas in Los Gatos was a wonderful store that we patronized, so we were very sad to hear that it has closed recently, in 2023.

Tradewind Spas new name and location

They aren’t fully gone, though! This store is owned by the Hot Tub Warehouse, and they can be found at 921 Laurelwood Rd., Santa Clara, CA 95054 408-320-1530

Their website also displays a South County location: The Hot Tub Wherehouse 8401 Church Street, Gilroy, CA 95020 408-767-2544. However, call before you go, as the Los Gatos store is still showing on this site, too.

It’s been a tough few years for related businesses in town. The Leslie’s Pool store at 15505 Los Gatos Blvd, Los Gatos also closed. They have 3 stores not too far (Campbell, West San Jose, and Blossom Valley) and you can see those locations on that website, https://lesliespool.com/stores

Prior post on Tradewind Spas in Los Gatos from 2015

Visit Tradewind Spas in Los Gatos and you’ll find friendly, knowledgeable help with maintaining or purchasing a spa.  Almost 2 years ago, we purchased one from them, and received excellent assistance and no pressure from Jeff, the owner, and Don, who’s often running the store.  That exceptional customer service has continued as we have returned again and again with either questions or the need to purchase supplies.  Our experience has been very positive and for that reason, I wanted to give them a little blog attention. (As always, I am not compensated for this in any way, and the article was my idea, not theirs.)

(more…)

Los Gatos Beer and Wine Walk

Los Gatos Beer and Wine Walk

Los Gatos Beer and Wine Walk - graphic with beverages plus Leo in the middle - Los Gatos catThis weekend will be the first Los Gatos Beer and Wine Walk, and it promised to be a popular event! We’ve had Spring Wine Walk and Fall Wine Walk, but this is the first such event in town that includes beer.

Particulars of the Los Gatos Beer and Wine Walk 2022:

  • Date is Saturday October 15, 1 – 4 pm
  • Location is downtown Los Gatos
  • Tickets are $50 each if paid in advance, or $55 the day of the event if not sold out
  • The event will be on, “rain or shine”
  • Must be 21 to participate

For all of the details, please see the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce’s website

 

 

Related:

Los Gatos Wildcat Theatre – presentations in October 2022
Visit the Los Gatos farmer’s market!
List of Los Gatos neighborhoods – list with links to articles on each
OktoberFest LG

Where to buy the Los Gatos cat statues?

Where to buy the Los Gatos cat statues?

Where can you purchase the ubiquitous Los Gatos cat statues for your own home or yard?

At times, these can be hard to find, but recently we spotted them in two places and wanted to share that info with our readers.

 

Los Gatos Cat Statues from Summerwinds Nursery and Pottery Planet

You’ll notice that they are not exactly alike, but similar. Oddly enough, both are on the same street, though in adjoining towns.

Where to shop for the Los Gatos cat statues:

The image on the left is from the SummerWinds Nursery in Campbell.

The photo on the right was taken at Pottery Planet.

I phoned the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce to see if they are still selling them, as they once did, but was told no. However, the nice woman I spoke with let me know that they can also be found at Natural Creations.

Happy shopping!

SummerWinds Nursery,  2460 S Winchester Blvd, Campbell, CA 95008. https://www.summerwindsnursery.com/

Pottery Planet, 15796 Winchester Blvd, Los Gatos, CA 95030. https://www.potteryplanetlosgatos.com/

Natural Creations, 108 N Santa Cruz Ave A, Los Gatos, CA 95030 (flower shop, no website)

 

The Cornucopia Fruit Stand

Edit (10/15/2021): Sadly, Cornucopia looks like it is permanently closed. What may have been Los Gatos’ last permanent farm stand closed it’s doors this winter after tree sales and the property sold in February. On Facebook the family has bid farewell with a “Thank You” with many more from patrons and business associates in reply. The large property so close to El Camino and Netflix will likely be intended for development. We will miss you, Cornucopia Fruit Stand!

Original Article (10/27/2019):

Perched at a slight angle on Winchester Boulevard, the Cornucopia Fruit Stand is a celebrated remnant of the town’s agricultural heritage that you can still enjoy. Established in 1976, Cornucopia continues selling seasonal produce almost year-round. Spring and summer mean fresh fruit and veggies, and for the holidays it’s a great spot for top-grade Christmas trees.

 

This weekend my family and I stopped by the Cornucopia Fruit Stand in Los Gatos to stock up on some Halloween pumpkins. If you’re still looking for a squash for your porch, Cornucopia has a plethora – from Sugar Pie Pumpkins for carving to the fancy Cinderella pumpkins! And what would a pumpkin patch be without some festivity? Los Gatos’ Original Great Pumpkin Patch (as they proudly call it) is decorated with painted pumpkins (also for sale), instagrammable photo spots, friendly scare crows, and classic Halloween stand-in cutouts for the kids.

 

(more…)

Ming Quong: a Los Gatos Monument

Ming Quong Arch appx c.1940

Children playing beneath the arch at the entrance to the Loma Alta Home around 1940.

At the end of Loma Alta Ave in the foothills sits the Los Gatos campus of Uplift Family Services, formerly Eastfield Ming Quong (EMQ) Family First. Tucked away among quiet residential streets, this unassuming establishment often goes unnoticed by locals, but it has deep roots in this Town and across the Bay Area, and especially within the Chinese community.

Origins: “Radiant Light”

Discriminatory laws such as the Chinese Exclusion Act (1882-1943) took their toll on US Chinatowns. Organized crime took hold in US Chinatowns and with it, human trafficking. Tong kidnaped Chinese women, smuggling them through the Golden Gate and into prostitution and slavery. In the late 19th century, Presbyterian missionaries in San Francisco began an effort to help the victims, women and children, escape to safety.

This undertaking expanded, providing safe houses and orphanages: Chung Mei (“China America”) Home for boys and Ming Quong (“radiant light”) Homes for girls.

(more…)