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Cindy Couling

BEST OF SAN BENITO 2021

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Hazel’s

Thrift Shop

Thank you for selecting us as your #1 Thrift Shop.

BEST OF SAN BENITO 2021

Voted the best Through painstaking deliberations and difficult decisions, the community voted for their favorites. Now, in this issue, we unveil the winners of the annual Best of San Benito awards. Readers had the chance to vote for a variety of businesses, organizations and more through an online ballot that was live for a month. With more than 100 categories to consider, at least

20 selections had to be made in order for the ballot to count We received numerous entries, with the community telling us their favorite places to eat, where to shop, what they like to do on the weekend and more. The results show many old favorites have once again reclaimed their titles, but plenty of others have been voted the best for the first time.

MAGAZINE

7455 Monterey Street, Gilroy, CA Mailing address: P.O. Box 516, Gilroy, CA 95021 Phone: 408-842-6400

10 Thank You for Voting us #1 Home Health Care Providers in San Benito

BEST OF SAN BENITO 2021

Compassionate Care in the Comfort of Your Home

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Publisher

Dan Pulcrano Editor

Erik Chalhoub Advertising Account Executives

Carrie Bonato, Vanessa Ashford General Manager

Harry Allison

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Production Operations Manager

Sean George Editorial Production Manager

Phaedra Strecher Cover Artwork by:

Cindy Couling, San Juan Bautista artist

We are a home care agency that provides non-medical in-home care services and transportation.

Published by New SV Media Inc., Gilroy, CA Entire contents © 2021. All rights reserved. Reproduction in any form prohibited without publisher’s written permission.

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Care & Service

TO PLACE AN AD Email:

advertising@newsvmedia.com Phone:

408.842.8313

831-524-6244 or 408-821-4501 Email: fjverzosa@gmail.com

891 Cordoba Way Hollister, California 95023

www.angelsinhomecare.com

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TO CONTACT EDITORIAL Email:

echalhoub@weeklys.com Phone:

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408.842.9505


# voted 1 best CASINO! by readers of

the hollister free lance

Located 30 Minutes from Yosemite Valley's South Entrance.

711 Lucky Lane, Coarsegold, CA 93614

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1-866-794-6946

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chukchansigold.com

BEST OF SAN BENITO 2021

Thank you. The joy of winning is here!

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Best care & Service

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BEST OF SAN BENITO 2021

BEST VOLUNTEER Retired Hollister Police Chief David Westrick has stayed busy in the community.

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MORTUARY/ FUNERAL HOME

GrunnagleAment-Nelson Funeral Home

LANDSCAPE DESIGN COMPANY

New Leaf Landscapes, Inc.

INTERIOR DESIGN

DAY SPA

ROOFER

PHOTOGRAPHER

WEDDING VENUE

HEALTH CARE FACILITY

Interiors With Flair Marisa Duran Photography PHARMACY

Nob Hill Pharmacy

Paradiso Spa & Salon Leal Vineyards Winery NUTRITIONIST

Kristi Matthews, BS - Dietitian

San Benito Roofing

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital »6


Locally Owned and Operated for over 44 Years!

CALL

637-7444

OR CLICK roundtablepizza.com

THANK YOU SAN BENITO COUNTY FOR VOTING US WE BEST DELIVERY! DELIVER! • Pizza • Wings 8 Flavors! • Pasta

• Sandwiches • Salads

• Desserts: Cinnamon Twist Dessert Pizza & Cookies • Beverages

Download our App for rewards and coupons

We Deliver Everyday 11am-10pm (Fri.-Sat. till 11pm)

BEST OF SAN BENITO 2021

• Flatbreads

• Our Famous Ranch Dressing

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Best care & Service

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HEALTHY PETS Family Pet Care Center Inc. is the go-to place for our four-legged friends’ routine checkups.

OPTOMETRY/ VISION CENTER

Hollister Vision Center

BEST OF SAN BENITO 2021

SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITY

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Sunrise Senior Apartments and Vista Meadow Senior Apartments (Tie) FITNESS CENTER/GYM

Rovella's Gym & Health Spa

Valley Hearing Center

San Benito Medical Associates

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

VETERINARIAN

HEARING CENTER

YMCA of San Benito County DANCE STUDIO

San Benito Dance Academy ALLERGIST

Felicidad LaoDomingo, MD,

Family Pet Care Center Inc. HOUSE OF WORSHIP

Sacred Heart/ Saint Benedict Catholic Church

INSURANCE AGENCY

Diane Diaz Hopkins Insurance LASIK EYE SURGERY

Visual Edge Optometry GENERAL CONTRACTOR

DH Construction Darin Hopkins »8


BEST OF SAN BENITO 2021

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Best care & Service

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WEDDING SPOT The picturesque Leal Vineyards took home a number of awards in Best of San Benito 2021.

YOGA STUDIO

BEST OF SAN BENITO 2021

Kamal Yoga Studio

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DAY CARE/ PRESCHOOL

Meadowlark Preschool SOLAR SUPPLIER

Vivint Solar San Jose

WEDDING CATERER

Leal Vineyards Winery REAL ESTATE AGENT

Carly Jo Brigantino MORTGAGE BROKER

Golden Eagle Mortgage Group

HOTEL / MOTEL / LODGING

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott

PLACE TO TAKE A CLASS

San Benito Dance Academy DANCE INSTRUCTOR

Amy Redmond Waran - Flying Colors Dance DERMATOLOGIST

Dr. Visoth Chhiap, MD

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION

YMCA of San Benito County »10


BEST OF SAN BENITO 2021

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Best care & Service

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Juan Reyes

ALL FOR HAIR Uziel Arredondo opened San Benito Barbers in 2019, and offers haircuts, hair coloring, blowouts, weaves and extensions, braiding, lock maintenance, wig maintenance and hair relaxing treatments.

BEST OF SAN BENITO 2021

BARBERSHOP

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San Benito Barbers

STORAGE FACILITY

Hillcrest Mini Storage ATTORNEY

Paul Rovella JGR Attorneys

URGENT CARE CENTER

Pinnacle HealthCare SKIN CARE

Déjà vu, Haylie's Creations Beauty Salon and Paradiso Spa & Salon (Three-way tie)

HAIR SALON

Vintage Pearl Salon PLUMBER

Marquez Plumbing MOTORCYCLE DEALER

Hollister

Powersports A/C-HEATING SERVICE

Extreme Air Inc.

FLOWER SHOP

Moments Flower Shop

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Relax, drink some wine or beer & enjoy a unique shopping experience for boutique plants at

BEST OF SAN BENITO 2021

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Best care & Service

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Juan Reyes

SQUEAKY CLEAN Quick Quack Car Wash is now open for business at 1180 E. Park St. in Hollister. The car wash offers monthly plans that features unlimited washes.

DOG TRAINER

K9 Ambassador REAL ESTATE COMPANY BEST OF SAN BENITO 2021

Nino Real Estate

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DENTIST

Banks Pediatric Dentistry Derek Banks DDS CHIROPRACTOR

Sam Breger Chiropractic Center

FINANCIAL ADVISOR/ PLANNER

Kyle Sharp Edward Jones AUTO BODY SHOP

and Zollinger Physical & Occupational Therapy

COMPANY

DOGGIE DAY CARE

RJR Recycling

Hollister Autobody

Cradled Critters Pet Sitting Services

CAR WASH

ELECTRICIAN

Quick Quack Car Wash SPORTS MEDICINE

Fritter, Schulz

JB Electrical Services KITCHEN BATH REMODELING

DH Construction - Darin Hopkins RECYCLE CENTER AUTO REPAIR SHOP

San Benito Tire Pros & Automotive OPTOMETRIST

Hollister Vision Center »14


T H A N K For Your Support & Shopping Local

Y O U

Voted Best Gifts

Shop on-line In Store BeneGiftsHollister.com 831.208.0513 615-B San Benito St. Downtown, Hollister

BEST OF SAN BENITO 2021

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Best care & Service

2021

Juan Reyes

KEEPING IT ROLLING San Benito Tire Pros was named the Best Auto Repair Shop and Tire Shop according to the 2021 Best of San Benito.

BEST OF SAN BENITO 2021

SCHOOL - PUBLIC

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Ladd Lane Elementary School

SCHOOL - PRIVATE

Sacred Heart Parish School

ANIMAL RESCUE GROUP

Cat Crew of SBC

WEDDING EVENT PLANNER

Golden Coast Event Planning MOVING COMPANY

Hollister Moving & Storage TIRE SHOP

San Benito

Tire Pros & Automotive PERSONAL TRAINER

Joel (JJ) Gonzales

MOTORCYCLE REPAIR / CUSTOM SHOP

Faultline Powersports, Inc.

VETERINARY HOSPITAL/OFFICE

San Benito Veterinary Center NAIL SALON

Milady Nails & Spa FRAMING SHOP

Marisa Duran Photography

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DH

(831) 297-3460 CONSTRUCTION

Lic 891214

SAN BENITO COUNTY FOR VOTING US #1 BEST GENERAL CONTRACTOR & #1 BEST KITCHEN & BATH REMODELING COMPANY!!

BEST OF SAN BENITO 2021

THANK YOU

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Best care & Service

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OB-GYN

Dr Ralph Armstrong Hollisters Women's Health BANK/ CREDIT UNION

Union Bank

LANDSCAPER Robert Eliason

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT Enterprise Academy of Martial Arts is led by its award-winning owner and instructor, Mark Preader.

WEDDING RECEPTION VENUE

Leal Vineyards Winery COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER

David Westrick DECK AND FENCING COMPANY BEST OF SAN BENITO 2021

Diaz Fencing

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ACCOUNTANT

Grace & Associates and Kris D Nolan CPA (Tie) AUTO GLASS REPAIR

Pacific Coast Auto Glass

DRY CLEANERS

Heritage Cleaners

PLASTIC SURGEON

AJM Plastic Surgery Andrew J. Matthews MD PHYSICIAN GENERAL PRACTICE

Hollister Urgent Care Dr. Daniel Wang TATTOO PARLOR

Only The Honorable Tattoos & Body Piercings

MASSAGE SERVICES

Paradiso Spa & Salon and Jeanne Bourdet Massage Therapy (Tie)

Solis Landscaping & Construction MARTIAL ARTS STUDIO

Enterprise Academy of Martial Arts BED/ MATTRESS STORE

DOG GROOMER

Discount Furniture

CARPET CLEANING

HOME HEALTH CARE PROVIDER

Country Groomers

Y Wait Carpet Care

AUTO DETAILING

Quick Quack Car Wash

ACUPUNCTURE

Acupuncture Clinic of Hollister

Angels InHome Care TREE SERVICE

John's Tree Service

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BEST OF SAN BENITO 2021

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Best care & Service

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CARPET/ FLOORING STORE

Pinnacle Floor Covering HOME FURNISHINGS

Ashley Furniture

GIFTS/ SPECIALTY SHOP

Bene Gifts Hollister

MUSICAL INSTRUMENT STORE Juan Reyes

LOCAL VENDORS The farmers market is a summertime tradition in downtown Hollister.

ANTIQUES

Worth Saving Mercantile & Thrift Store and Hazel's Thrift (Tie) BEST OF SAN BENITO 2021

FARMERS MARKET

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Downtown Hollister Farmers Market PET/FEED STORE

Lil Pals Pet World

NEW RETAIL STORE

TTK Thrift Store

AUTO DEALERSHIP

Greenwood Automotive Group - Ford

NATURAL FOOD STORE

The Farm Bertuccio's Market

GROCERY STORE/ SUPERMARKET

Nob Hill

ETHNIC MARKET

Hollister Super

GARDEN/ NURSERY CENTER

The Garden Shoppe n' Bar HARDWARE

Hollister Ace Hardware CLOTHING BOUTIQUE

Bella Charm SMOKE SHOP

Smokey Pete’s Smoke Shop and Green Rush Smoke Shop (Tie)

San Benito Music SPORTING GOODS

Big 5 Sporting Goods CANNABIS DISPENSARY

Higher Level Hollister THRIFT STORE

Goodwill of Silicon Valley Hollister ART GALLERY

San Benito County Arts Council ARTspace ANNEX

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Best food & drink

2021

Juan Reyes

BEST FRIES Running Rooster was picked as having the tastiest fries in the area.

VEGETARIAN FOOD

Grillin & Chillin Roadhouse

BEST OF SAN BENITO 2021

HOT DOG

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Grillin & Chillin Alehouse and A & W Restaurant (Tie) PHO RESTAURANT

Super Noodle FRENCH FRIES

Running Rooster

CURBSIDE RESTAURANT

Paine's Restaurant

KID-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT

Running Rooster BRUNCH

Country Rose Café ICE CREAM/ YOGURT SHOP

Baskin-Robbins

DELI/ SANDWICH SHOP

Togo's

VIETNAMESE FOOD

To Pho

FAMILY RESTAURANT

Running Rooster

COCKTAILS

Running Rooster

BURGER

Running Rooster RESTAURANT

Running Rooster PIZZA

Valley Pizzeria STEAKHOUSE

19th Hole BAKERY

The Heavenly Bakery

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THANK YOU FOR VOTING US BEST MARGARITAS & MEXICAN 19 FOOD IN SAN BENITO COUNTY! 19

(831) 313 0905 831.313.0905

BEST OF SAN BENITO 2021

449Benito San Benito Hollister, CA. 449 San St. •St.Hollister

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Best food & drink

2021

Juan Reyes

BEST OF SAN BENITO 2021

BEST BURRITOS Super Taqueria’s burritos are a San Benito favorite.

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DONUT SHOP

Spudnuts Donuts MEXICAN FOOD

La Catrina Mexican Grill CHINESE FOOD

Happy Cafe

COCKTAILS TO-GO

Grillin & Chillin Roadhouse BREAKFAST

Country Rose Cafe

BBQ RESTAURANT

The Smoke Point BAR/PUB

Pour Decisions Taproom SPORTS BAR

Grillin & Chillin

COFFEE SHOP

Calavera Coffee

MEDITERRANEAN FOOD

Paine's Restaurant

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THANK YOU! We are fortunate to live and work in this wonderful community!

We appreciate you Voting us the Best Roofers in San Benito County for 2021! Call Us for All Your Roofing Needs!

831-245-5684 www.sbcroof.com

For Voting Pinnacle Floor Coverings Best Carpet / Flooring Store! Call us for all your Flooring Needs 601 McCray Street, Suite 104 Hollister CA 95023 831-636-0566 • pinnaclehardwood@att.net

BEST OF SAN BENITO 2021

Thank You

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Best food & drink

2021

Juan Reyes

BEST OF SAN BENITO 2021

COOL BEER Pour Decisions Taproom on San Benito Street in Hollister recently celebrated its one-year anniversary.

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DESSERTS

The Heavenly Bakery LOCALLY MADE FOOD PRODUCT

Suncoast Organic Farm

SEAFOOD

Seabrisas Eatery CATERER

Louie's Smokey Trails

INDIAN FOOD

Little India JAPANESE FOOD

Miyako Japanese Restaurant

CRAFT BEER SELECTION

Pour Decisions Taproom FOOD DELIVERY

Round Table Pizza

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We can’t thank you enough for the Best Photographer votes! Thank you for your support and business! Mike and I have been fortunate to have met and photographed so many kind families and individuals in our beautiful county over the years, and we look forward to many more.

Studio & Outdoor Portrait Photography (310) 985 - 4767 • info@marisaduranphotography.com www.marisaduranphotography.com

Thank you. We’re honored to be voted Best Bank. A strong bank starts with a strong community. And it’s communities like Hollister that have helped Union Bank® grow. We live here, we do business here, and we are here for you. Stop by your local branch so we can express our gratitude in person. Thank you, readers of the Hollister Free Lance, for voting us Best Bank.

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unionbank.com

Voted Best Bank by Hollister Free Lance newspaper, October 22, 2021 ©2021 MUFG Union Bank, N.A. All rights reserved. Member FDIC. Union Bank is a registered trademark and brand name of MUFG Union Bank, N.A.

BEST OF SAN BENITO 2021

Hollister Main Branch Irene Recht Director & Branch Manager 300 Tres Pinos Road Hollister, CA 95023 831-630-2474 NMLS ID# 1089225

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Best food & drink

2021

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FIRE IT UP Mansmith’s BBQ has been cooking at various events since the mid-1950s.

BEST OF SAN BENITO 2021

HAWAIIAN FOOD

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Ohana Shave Ice

DINING VALUE UNDER $20

ITALIAN FOOD

Super Taqueria

ROMANTIC WINE & FOOD EXPERIENCE

Mangia Italian Kitchen

NEW RESTAURANT

MARGARITAS

The Inn at Tres Pinos

HAPPY HOUR

Grillin & Chillin Alehouse BURRITO/TACO

Super Taqueria

Pour Decisions Taproom CHEF

Fishers Restaurant & Catering Mike Fisher and Becky Herbert

La Catrina Mexican Grill WINERY

Calera Wine Company FOOD TRUCK

Mansmith's BBQ

WAITRESS/WAITER

Running Rooster Amy Moore LATE NIGHT DINING

Pour Decisions Taproom PET-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT

Pour Decisions Taproom

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Thank you for Voting us Best Japanese Food! Come pay us a visit an experience our wonderful Sushi & Japanese Cuisine for yourself.

MIYAKO JAPANESE RESTAURANT

321 San Felipe Rd, Hollister miyakojapanese.com | (831) 635-0800

THANK YOU!!! from Valley Pizza

from

Valley Pizzeria PREMIUM PIZZA

Lunch Specials Monday thru Friday 11-2

CALZONES BAKED SANDWICHES WINGS Lunch Specials M-F 11-2 Open Daily from 11am

551 McCray Street | Hollister 831.265.7880 | valleypizzeria.com

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BEST OF SAN BENITO 2021

THANK YOU!!!

SAN BENITO MAGAZINE | BEST OF SAN BENITO COUNTY 2019

P remium P izza | C alzones B aked S andwiches | W ings

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Best fun

2021

Juan Reyes

FUN IN THE SUN Valley View Park in Hollister is a popular summer cool-down spot.

KARAOKE

Johnny's Bar & Grill

BEST OF SAN BENITO 2021

FESTIVAL/ OUTDOOR EVENT

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Downtown Hollister Farmers Market and Lights On Celebration (Tie) DAY TRIP

Pinnacles National Park

PLACE TO TAKE THE DOG

Hollister Airport Bark Park

San Benito Stage Company SUMMER DAY CAMP

Grillin & Chillin Alehouse

YMCA of San Benito County

RUN / HIKE / WALK TRAIL

PARK

MUSIC VENUE

Pinnacles National Park SMALL THEATER COMPANY

Valley View Park - "Whale Park" GOLF COURSE

San Juan Oaks Golf Club

SWIMMING

San Benito Aquatics BIKE RIDE

Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail PLACE TO TAKE THE KIDS

Casa de Fruta MOVIE THEATER

Premiere Cinemas


Thank You For Voting Us “Best Breakfast” & “Best Brunch” in San Benito County

Country Rose Cafe Serving Breakfast & Brunch for 18 years! 756 San Benito • Hollister • 831.635.0252 Monday-Thursday 7:00am-2:00pm • Friday -Sunday 7:00am -3:00pm

Thank You

from all of us here at Vintage Pearl Salon for another year of being voted Best Hair Salon. We could not be the salon we are without our amazing clients! 620 San Benito St • Suite B Hollister • 831.265.7554 Hours: Tuesday - Friday: 10am - 6pm Saturday: 9am - 3pm • Sun-Mon: Closed

BEST OF SAN BENITO 2021

Come taste our delicious breakfast!

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GILROY IS home

THANK YOU for voting Coldwell Banker Realty Gilroy “THE BEST REAL ESTATE COMPANY” Coldwell Banker Realty independent agents don’t just sell homes in Gilroy - they live here, and are committed to making a positive difference in the community.

BEST OF SAN BENITO 2021

Whether you’re buying or selling a home, land or multiple units, we can help. Contact us today.

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Gilroy | 408.848.2800 | 8050 Santa Teresa Blvd, Unit 210 | ColdwellBankerHomes.com

Not intended as a solicitation if your property is already listed by another broker. Affiliated real estate agents are Independent contractor sales associates, not employees. ©2021 Coldwell Banker. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker and the Coldwell Banker logos are trademarks of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. The Coldwell Banker® System is comprised of company owned offices which are owned by a subsidiary of Realogy Brokerage Group LLC and franchised offices which are independently owned and operated. The Coldwell


Barragan Family Health Care and Diabetes Center

Thank you for Voting for us! #1 Best HVAC Company

Furnaces and Air Conditioning Service and Installation Commercial – Residential 401 Hillcrest Road, Suite A, CA 95023 www.extremeairinc.com

Proudly serving San Benito County for 20 years

BEST OF SAN BENITO 2021

Lic. No. 817670

Congratulations to our Registered Dietician, Kristi Matthews, voted #1 Best Nutritionist.

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Thank you for voting us Best Health Care Facility!

Nationally recognized for patient safety.