What’s New? Changes and Re-Openings in Los Gatos

Open Sign NeonSpring has stretched into summer and while closure protocols remain in place, the Town of Los Gatos has been progressively re-opening.

Safe Summer Reading

Socially distant opportunities are ever-expanding. The Town Library is working hard to circulate your summer-reads safely. Residents can now check-out material online with safe patio pick-up for books, CDs, and DVDs. Virtual services include online classes and remote storytimes in addition to the virtual library services already in place.

Summer concerts have gone virtual, too, at least for Jazz on the Plazz.

Back in Business

Unfortunately, increasing virus spread has led to a rollback on opening many indoor services. Outdoors, however, there’s plenty to do!

Back in May the Town Council began work and the April-approved reallocation of $1.9M in surplus to bolster local COVID-19 economic recovery. Some of this has been used to help create the outdoor expansions into temporary parklets.

If you haven’t been downtown recently, it’s all hustle and bustle with the new setup. Patio dining is now available at many of your favorite restaurants. Personal services including hair salons, cosmetologists, nail salons, and barbershops are now also open for business – outdoors and by reservation only. The weekly farmers market is still open for business every Sunday.

While indoor malls remain closed you can still enter shops in outdoor malls or at standalone stores, so window-shoppers, follow the posted rules and enjoy stalking the shelves!

Re-Opening the Outdoors

Los Gatos Collage Re-OpeningTrails and parks remain open with social distancing requirements. Boating on Vasona Lake is open with plenty of safety protocols in place. County parks have yet to reopen playgrounds, water fountains, and group picnic sites, according to their website, so keep that in mind when you plan a Vasona visit. Town parks have reopened some sports equipment (such as tennis courts), and playgrounds, picnic tables, and BBQ areas are all open for use. The Town of Los Gatos is accepting picnic site reservations online again.

To keep track of what’s open and what’s changing in the Town of Los Gatos, check the Town Department Updates page, the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce Open Businesses page, or contact individual businesses for details.

Remember that the best practice is still to remain home as much as possible. When not possible, follow all safety protocols, wear a mask, stay physically distant, and wash your hands often.

We Got This LG!

The Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce is working hard to keep local industry strong!

We Got This LG!You may have seen signs in lawns or someone wearing a shirt which reads “We got this LG!” in bold letters. This is a campaign run by the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce, which is working non-stop to support the many local businesses that are affected by the pandemic.

The upbeat message of this campaign is to stay positive and to strengthen community spirit! If you love strolling through downtown Los Gatos, or you’re missing your favorite shop, you can still support many of these businesses from a safe social distance so that when you’re able to come back, they’ll be there, too. But it’s not just lawn signs and t-shirts. We Got This LG! is introducing events like the Shop Local Raffle and a Mother’s Day Virtual Gift Shoppe to incentive’s shopping and introduce locals to more Los Gatos businesses.

Of course, to join the campaign you’ll want to know what’s open. The Chamber is keeping track of that, too, and has provided information on which shops, restaurants, and even services that are providing socially distant experiences.

The restaurant list is your one-stop-shop, which offers hours of operation, delivery vs curbside pickup information, links, and phone numbers. (Their list is much more extensive than my Takeout Food for Shelter in Place from March!) Check out the merchants page for information on pickup or mail delivery on practically everything: wine, clothes, toys, fresh flowers, gallery artworks, and craft supplies! Under “Other Services” are a collection of service-providing local businesses that are providing remote or curbside options, such as online fitness classes, curbside or delivery repairs, and tele-consultations. On the essential services page you can find out what’s open for your essential needs in Los Gatos.

Beyond the campaign, the Los Gatos Chamber continues to be an essential resource to businesses as well as for customers and clients. Take a look at their calendar and you can see there are Digital Marketing Webinars, virtual mixers, and classes to help members manage the changing market. The Chamber is also supporting FeedtheNeed (aka #FEEDtheNEEDBAYAREA) to help bring free hot meals where they are needed most: seniors, displaced employees, and medical workers. You can find out where meals have already been distributed in Los Gatos and donate to the cause though the link.

Most importantly, remember this won’t last forever and…

We Got This LG!

Gooseberry Designs

Gooseberry Designs pillow with stylized Los Gatos and Saratoga mapLooking for a clever, locally made gift? Check out the offerings at Gooseberry Designs in downtown Los Gatos! Their website and Etsy page give the viewer an idea of their reason for being: “Whimsically Stylish Home & Paper Goodies”

For a recent birthday, my daughter gave me a pillow (shown here) with a very cute map of Los Gatos and Saratoga created by the owner of Gooseberry Designs, Nina Kulick (a Saratoga native, as I understand it). I love it!

In addition to pillows, the shop features a wide variety of items with similar maps from everywhere: prints, stickers, bamboo boards, tea towels, and  totes.  A few of the locations highlighted on the items are Monterey, San Francisco, Oakland, LA, Seattle, Boston, Long Island, Maui, Palm Springs, and many more.

Take some time and browse their offerings online (links below) or in the store. The items are loads of fun and great to purchase for yourself or as gifts for others.

 

Gooseberry Designs Studio + Shop

Nina Kulick
(Located at the corner of S Santa Cruz and Main, at the Lyndon Plaza shopping center)
20 South Santa Cruz Avenue, Suite 105
Los Gatos CA 95030

408-402-5270

hello@gooseberrypress.com

Gooseberry Designs

Etsy page 

Sur La Table – Old Town

Located in the newer part of Old Town in Los Gatos along University Avenue, Sur La Table is a bright and welcoming shop known locally for its great supply of kitchen goods and cooking classes for people of all ages. If you’ve not been there in awhile, it’s worth a return trip!

Front of store - Sur La Table on University Avenue, Los Gatos - Old Town area

One easy offering that may beckon you in the door is free knife sharpening (for the first knife it’s free, after that $5 each, with some exceptions, such as no scissors, no broken or damaged knives, and a few others – if you have a lot of knives to sharpen, you may prefer to take them to Nob Hill, which will sharpen 3 for free at a time).

Today I was in the neighborhood after enjoying coffee with a friend at the Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Company nearby. I popped in for a little bit and learned that Sur La Table in Los Gatos is undergoing a little bit of a redesign. The shelves which are away from the wall are shorter than they used to be. Visually, it is much nicer as patrons can more easily view the rest of the room. You can get a sense of the lower racks in the photo below.

 

Sur La Table - Old Town Los Gatos - interior photo

 

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Designer’s Tailoring

Designer's Tailoring - Los Gatos CA - storefrontNeed clothing made, altered or hemmed?  Los Gatos has a fabulous, long time resource right here in town, Designer’s Tailoring. Tucked away in a little building across the street from Safeway, it could be easy to miss.  Thuan Ho Dang, the seamstress (or tailor), does superb work.  She and her husband, Tho, have been in business here since 1985.

I was introduced to Designer’s Tailoring by a friend of mine in the early 90s, and have been a happy, loyal customer ever since. I spoke with Thuan about their business and she told me:

“We don’t advertise, everything is word of mouth.” Enthusiastic customers refer Designer’s Tailoring consistently, and I believe it, because I’ve referred people to them too. They are pleasant, do good work and prices are more than fair.

Friendly, low key and welcoming, the owners are careful business people. A few years back they moved from one suite to another adjacent one in the same building – the current spot is more interior and a little less visible, for better pricing in the same building.  Their planning helps to keep prices down, something all customers appreciate.

Tho and Thuan at Designer's Tailoring in Los Gatos (photo taken a few years ago)Designer’s Tailoring provides custom made drapes, clothing, alterations and more at very reasonable prices and with friendly, knowledgeable service. On a scale of 1 to 10, it gets a solid “10” in my book.

Designer’s Tailoring hours, address, & phone

Open M – S, 9:30 am – 6:00 pm (closed Sundays)
469 N. Santa Cruz Avenue
Los Gatos  CA 95030
Tel 408 354-8903

Free knife sharpening at Nob Hill

Sleeves for free knife sharpening at Nob Hill grocery storyDid you know that the Nob Hill grocery store in east Los Gatos offers free knife sharpening? You can pick up the safety sleeves and drop off up to 3 non serrated knives to the seafood or butcher part of the store, and they’ll have the knives sharpened and ready for pick up the next day. (There’s not a counter per se, but a button to push and someone will come out and talk with you.)

This no cost services is available at other shops in the same chain: Raley’s, Nob Hill, and Bel Aire markets.

Nob Hill Foods – Los Gatos
15710 Los Gatos Blvd, Los Gatos, CA 95032
(408) 356-0421

 

Learn about other Los Gatos businesses profiled on this website here.

Restaurant Asa in Los Gatos

Last week a friend and I met to enjoy lunch at Restaurant Asa, which opened a few months ago. It was the first time there for both of us and we were anxious to give it a try since we’d only heard good things about it. The eatery’s location is super convenient and is a big plus: Asa sits just across from the Los Gatos Lodge, adjacent to the Best Western Inn of Los Gatos – at the corner of Alberto Way and Los Gatos-Saratoga Road. This is the same location where Grill 57 was until this summer. There’s no shortage of nearby parking, which cannot always be said of restaurants in town.

 

Restaurant Asa Los Gatos exterior

 

An attractive, inviting patio dining area sits behind the planters in the photo above.

Inside, a waiting area features two comfy couches. A well appointed wine case is to the right and a full bar to the left.  The room is open, clean, quiet (while fairly full), and offers pleasant decor.

 

Restaurant Asa waiting area couches and wine collection

 

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