The interior of Hokulia Shave Ice in Hollister. Photo by Frank Perez.

Business

Hokulia brings a ‘taste of aloha’ to SBC

Shave ice shop opens in Hollister Farms Shopping Center.

Mirjana Tomas baking chocolate chip and walnut cookies at her home. Photo by Frank Perez.

Business

Mama’s Morsels specializes in bringing a taste of home

Mirjana Tomas uses local ingredients to make her cookies and other baked goods.

Marie Hoffman, Grace Gillio, Emma Hoffman, Julie Gillio and Nicole Rajkovich show off their yellow and red Rainier and Bing cherries. Photo by Leslie David.

Ag

Fairhaven Orchards: old business, new ways

In time for cherry season, owners redouble safety measures, add online ordering and curbside pickup.

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Bakery owner Dianne Hampton and oven in the background. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Food / Dining

San Juan Bakery yearns to rise again

Owner Diane Hampton launches a crowdfunding effort to reopen the historic Third Street location.

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Checkout line at Safeway. Gig economy workers have become frequent shoppers at grocery stores during the pandemic. Photo provided.

Business / Economy

Gig workers soldier on during pandemic

An Instacart shopper and DoorDash delivery driver share their food-handling experiences.

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Mark and Jeanette Pulido at the Memorial Wall in 4th Street Eatery. Photos by Robert Eliason.

San Benito Lifestyle

4th Street Eatery honors armed forces with memorial wall

Photos pay tribute to San Benito County’s active and former service members.

Food from Miyako Japanese Restaurant.

Food / Dining

Where to get take-out food in San Benito County

Restaurants in Hollister, Dunneville, Aromas, and Tres Pinos offer options as stay-at-home order continues.

Photo by Robert Eliason.

Food / Dining

Where to get take-out food in San Juan Bautista

Local restaurants continue serving as stay-at-home order goes on.

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Photos provided by Swank Farms.

Agriculture

Swank Farms holds outdoor farmers market

Fruits, veggies, sweets and wine available every Saturday through October.

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JJ's Burgers owner Jesus Zavela. The burger joint is one of three San Juan Bautista restaurants participating in the Great Plates Delivered program. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Business / Economy

Great Plates Delivered lends a hand to seniors and restaurants

State-sponsored meal program runs through mid-June and aims to provide free breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Store owner Bill Mifsud handing a purchase to customer Caleb Ecksteen. Photo by Frank Perez.

Business

Bill’s Bullpen prepares to reopen its doors

Hollister comic book shop resumes foot traffic May 20.

Eddie, Christopher, Aaron and Lani Hoang. Photo courtesy of Eddie Hoang.

Business

Local music video says ‘Go Away Corona’

Miyako owner Eddie Hoang and family create and share a song to help lighten the mood during COVID-19.

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Celery is just one crop that can be delivered to your home. Photo courtesy of Royal Greens Family Farm.

San Benito Lifestyle

How to get fresh food during shelter-in-place

Farms and businesses step up to deliver supplies to homes and cars.

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San Juan Bautista resident Karen Stacy has made and sold hundreds of masks from her home in recent weeks. Photo provided by Karen Stacy.

San Benito Lifestyle

San Juan seamstress stitches facial coverings

Karen Stacy makes masks that combine functionality and style.

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Brian Lucas, owner of Off the Chain bike shop in Hollister. Photo provided by Brian Lucas.

Sports & Recreation

Off the Chain and into the wild

Bike store owner Brian Lucas talks about personal fit.