Kathy Schipper (center), Heidi Connor, and Zack Shubkagel (to her right) with Schipper Design talk about Creatives for Community with BenitoLink board members (clockwise) Deane Judd (foreground right), Lois Locci, Karminder Brown, Robert Marden, and Rohit Sharma. Not shown: BenitoLink board member Raul Céja. Photo by Jessica Willis.

Nonprofits

Local marketing and design agency helps nonprofits

BenitoLink receives Schipper Design Creatives for Community grant and will share its new look in coming weeks.

The management company of the Fairfield Inn at 390 Gateway Drive in Hollister is looking to build a second hotel across the street. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Our Economy

Holiday Inn Express may come to Hollister

New hotel would be across from Fairfield Inn and managed by the same company.

Tina Ribero, Jeana Arnold, Beth Welch, Brenda Weatherly, Jill Pagaran, and Kathy Schipper sign a contract to develop a five-year marketing plan to increase tourism in San Benito County. Photo provided by Jill Pagaran.

Our Economy

San Benito County Tourism begins drafting five-year marketing plan

Leaders in the Hollister Downtown Association, San Juan Bautista Committee and Community Foundation see potential for increased tourist spending in San Benito County.

Second Chance Success Panelists Brian Evans, Pablo Gaxiola, Michael Salinas, Amy Bravo, Rolando Barrientos and Jose Rodriguez discussed second chance employment opportunities at a July 16 workshop hosted by the San Benito County Workforce Development Board. Photo by Melissa Melton.

Our Economy

Breaking recidivism through second chance employment

Workshop encourages businesses not to reject job applicants because of criminal history.

Calavera Coffee in downtown Hollister features different roasters' coffee every month. Tabi Medefesser, pictured above, is one of the shop's baristas. Photo provided by Evan Morris.

Business

Calavera Coffee focuses on community

Making strides in sustainability and employee development.

Derek Lacasa and Pat Ricotti entertain the crowd on their bucking tractor. Photo by Blaire Strohn.

Agriculture

2019 Saddle Horse Show Downtown Parade winners revealed

Groups and individuals placed in categories like Best Commercial Float and Drill/Dance.

Opening day of the Farmers' Market in downtown Hollister on May 1, 2019. Photos by Becky Bonner.

Business

Downtown businesses see benefits with Hollister Farmers’ Market changes

Merchants develop new ways to showcase their products and services.

100 plus old sheepherder's wagon was restored by Dave Wright for the Downtown Parade. Photo courtesy of Blaire Strohn.

San Benito Lifestyle (Home, Garden, Food & Culture)

Parade kicks off San Benito County rodeo festivities

A herd of longhorns leads dozens of parade participants.

Dave Wright looks over the wagon, assessing the project before taking it on. Photo by Leslie David.

Agriculture

On the road again

A 100-plus-year-old sheepherder’s wagon is rebuilt for the Downtown Parade.

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Cannabis. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Our Economy

Hollister recreational cannabis ordinance gets first reading

Final adoption expected June 17, would go into effect July 3.

Vinnie of The GardenShoppe. Photo by Heather Graham.

San Benito Lifestyle (Home, Garden, Food & Culture)

GardenShoppe hosts Vino with Vinnie

Pet Friends to receive 25% of bar proceeds on event days.

Gustavo, Alejandra and Gustavo in the downtown Hollister restaurant La Catrina. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Business

Restaurant by day, cookie business by night

Thanks to its success, La Jerezana cookie production is moving out of La Catrina restaurant.

Paul Stephens, senior development partner at Hawkins Companies, said the buildings will continue to go up, but the parking lot can't be completed until PG&E finishes with electrical and gas installation.

Our Economy

PG&E problems will delay opening of Hollister shopping center

Aspen Dental, Smashburger, Hokulia Shave Ice and more are affected.

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Photo by Heather Graham.

Agriculture

Taylor Farms acquires Earthbound Farm

The move returns food company from French multinational Danone to Central Coast roots.

While the audience was meager at a May 16 meeting hosted by Mayor Ignacio Velazquez and Supervisor Peter Hernandez, the topics were far-ranging. Photos by John Chadwell.

Business

Mayor Velazquez and Supervisor Hernandez hold town hall

Elected officials and business leaders discuss cannabis, growth, roads and tourism.