Raul Gonzalez. Photo by Robert Eliason.

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Raul Gonzalez retires after 65 years of cutting hair in Hollister

Some families had been loyal customers for decades.

(Left to right) Director of Client Services Heidi Ash, Co-owner and managing partner Beth Welch and Creative Director Zack Shubkagel Rovella. Photo courtesy of Waltz Creative.

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Schipper Design changes name to Waltz Creative

Kathy Schipper and Beth Welch remain co-owners of the San Juan Bautista marketing company.

Benitoite. Photo by Robert Eliason.

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How San Benito County became ground zero for a rare gemstone

A chance discovery in 1907 yielded a unique precious mineral; now the public can go look for samples on Saturdays.

Judy and Dennis Davilla celebrate two years of running Hollister Floors and More. Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.

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Entirely Floored

Hollister Floors and More expands to include a showroom.

Photo courtesy of Shelby Schipsi.

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Dunneville Market and Kitchen changes hands

Sean and Sophia Shelton return to Hollister and to Dunneville Market.

Edgar and Diana Mayorga, owners of Café Con Leche. Photo by Frank Perez.

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Mobile coffee business finds its grounds

Cafe Con Leche owners aspire to one day have a brick-and-mortar shop.

Heliena Walton at Notably Noble Co. Photo by Robert Eliason.

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Heliena Walton brings unique businesses to San Juan Bautista

Notably Noble Co. opens as a companion shop to her successful Thankful Co.

Farmhouse Cafe owner, Becky Herbert, assists customer in the cafe's new retail section of books. Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.

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Coffee, Table, Books

Farmhouse Cafe reopens with a small book and gift store, plus unique espresso drinks.

Fortunate Son. Photo by Robert Eliason.

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Fortunate Son and Caravanserai perform for 1,400 cheering and dancing fans

Hollister Concerts series kicks off at Guerra Cellars.

Employee, Susan Tiffan (left), and owner, Sheila Stevens in She's Consignment Store. Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.

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She’s Consignment rises from the ashes

Closed by fire, the store has reopened in a new spot.

An outdoor wedding (prior to the spread of COVID-19) at Jardines de San Juan. Photo courtesy of Jardines de San Juan.

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Couples wary of wedding ceremonies following pandemic

Many of the ceremonies being held this year are postponements from last year.

Dan Kerbs collecting bees. Photo courtesy of Iraida Pisano.

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Spring brings flowers and swarms of bees to San Benito County

Treated with care, they present no threat and can be preserved.

Mary Ann and Ray Barragan. Courtesy of Golden Memorial Insurance.

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Ray Barragan, from garlic grinder to a leader in burial insurance

The family continues his business and legacy of good works.

The Running Rooster bar serves craft cocktails, while also following COVID-19 state guidelines. Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.

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Running Rooster reopens under new management

The downtown restaurant expands in size and menu.

The Cub Scouts and adult Den Leaders of Pack 455 clean the corner of San Benito and Sixth Streets. Photo by Andrew Pearson.

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Community-led spring cleaning beautifies downtown Hollister

Organizations and families pitch in at the “spring cleaning”