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Best food & Beverage

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BRUNCH

Westside Bar & Grill

8080 Santa Teresa Blvd, Suite 100, 408.847.3800 thewestsidegrill.com The neighborhood restaurant is open weekends for brunch.

BURGER

In-N-Out

641 Leavesley Rd, 800.786.1000 California-based burger chain serving customizable patties, hand-cut fries and shakes.

BURRITO/TACO

Super Taqueria 6951 Monterey Rd, 408.847.2505 Tacos, burritos and other Mexican staples are served daily.

CHINESE FOOD

Ginger Cafe Erik Chalhoub

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MADE FROM SCRATCH Salvador Chavarin (from left), Tristan Urbina and Desiree Villescaz hold up a tray of freshly baked cookies at Tristan’s Cookies & Cream. The East 10th Street business was voted Best New Restaurant and tied for Best Bakery.

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BAKERY

Tristan’s Cookies & Cream and Sweet Sicily (tie) Tristan’s: 353 East 10th St, Unit L, 408.337.5700 Sweet Sicily: 1280 1st St Tristan’s Cookies & Cream offers 12 different homemade cookies, from scratch. Sweet Sicily features an expansive menu of Italian cuisine.

BAR/PUB

Promised Land Brewing Company 7419 Monterey St, 408.337.5444 Promised Land Brewing Company is an independent, small neighborhood brewery in downtown Gilroy.

BARBECUE

BBQ 152

8295 Monterey Rd, 408.842.4499 bbq152.com The casual dining restaurant opened in 2011, cooking with oak wood, salt and spices.

BEST MEAL UNDER $20

Cafe 152 Bread Company

60 Fourth St, 408.767.2868 cafe152breadco.com The seasonal menu offers local and light meals at an affordable price.

BEER SELECTION

Promised Land Brewing Company

7419 Monterey St, 408.337.5444 Promised Land Brewing Company is an independent, small neighborhood brewery in downtown Gilroy.

BREAKFAST

O.D.'s Kitchen

28 Martin St, 408.847.3818 Classic menu features American breakfasts, as well as sandwiches and burgers.

8657 San Ysidro Ave, 408.847.2625 Ginger Cafe is a family-run Chinese food restaurant specializing in fresh and seasonal cuisine.

COFFEE SHOP

First Street Coffee

1211 First St, 408.842.1340 firststreetcoffee.com Locally owned First Street Coffee’s menu of brewed coffee and hot espresso can be coupled with breakfast and lunch staples.

DELI/SANDWICH SHOP

Cafe 152 Bread Company

60 Fourth St, 408.767.2868 cafe152breadco.com The seasonal menu offers a wide selection of hot pressed and gourmet sandwiches.

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Best food & Beverage ITALIAN FOOD

Mama Mia’s

1360 First St, 408.847.8808 mamamiasrestaurant.com The eatery serves classic Italian cuisine like pizza, pasta, seafood and more.

KID-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT

Black Bear Diner 395 Leavesley Rd, 408.842.9901 blackbeardiner.com Black Bear Diner’s Cubs menu features a number of kid-friendly foods and drinks, for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

MEDITERRANEAN FOOD

Mama Mia’s

1360 First St, 408.847.8808 mamamiasrestaurant.com The eatery serves classic Italian cuisine like pizza, pasta, seafood and more.

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RESTAURANT

Westside Bar & Grill

8080 Santa Teresa Blvd, Suite 100, 408.847.3800 thewestsidegrill.com Since 2006, the family-owned restaurant features a full bar along with daily specials.

THAI FOOD

Saigon -2Siam Bistro

1280 First St, 408.848.6000 saigon2siam.weebly.com The family-owned and -operated restaurant specializes in both Vietnamese and Thai cuisine.

VEGETARIAN DISHES

Little India

1340 First St A, 408.767.2828 Little India’s expansive menu is filled with home-style Indian cuisine.

MEXICAN FOOD

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DELI SERVICE Jo Salcido of Café 152 Bread Co. prepares an order at the downtown Gilroy restaurant.

FRENCH FRIES

Westside Bar & Grill

8080 Santa Teresa Blvd, Suite 100, 408.847.3800 thewestsidegrill.com Since 2006, the family-owned restaurant features a full bar along with daily specials.

HAPPY HOUR

Westside Bar & Grill

8080 Santa Teresa Blvd, Suite 100, 408.847.3800 thewestsidegrill.com Since 2006, the family-owned

restaurant features a full bar along with daily specials.

HOT DOG

Wienerschnitzel 711 First St, 408.846.6361 wienerschnitzel.com The popular fast-food chain features a variety of hot dogs.

ICE CREAM/YOGURT

Baskin Robbins

Various locations, Gilroy Baskin-Robbins is the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops.

La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant

1160 First St, 408.848.4133 Since 2004, La Hacienda has been serving Mexican cuisine for lunch and dinner and for events.

NEW RESTAURANT

Tristan’s Cookies & Cream 353 East 10th St, Unit L, 408.337.5700 Tristan’s Cookies & Cream offers 12 different homemade cookies, from scratch.

PIZZA

Pinocchio’s Pizza

8400 Church St, 408.847.3464 gilroypizza.com Pinocchio’s Pizza has been serving New York-style pizza since 1978.

VIETNAMESE FOOD

Saigon -2Siam Bistro

1280 First St, 408.848.6000 saigon2siam.weebly.com The family-owned and -operated restaurant specializes in both Vietnamese and Thai cuisine.

WAITRESS/WAITER

Korina Diaz Old City Hall

7400 Monterey St, 408.842.3454 Korina Diaz is known for her customer service to patrons of Old City Hall.

WINERY

Fortino Winery

4525 Hecker Pass Hwy, 408.842.3305 The third-generation family winery sits against a mountainous backdrop, in southwestern Gilroy.

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BARBERSHOP

Town Plaza Barbers

8017 Wayland Ln, 408.717.2467 Town Plaza Barbers is one of the very few barber shops that still offers razor shaves.

BED/MATTRESS STORE

Rosso’s Furniture 6881 Monterey Rd, 408.842.2800 rosso.com More than 30 years since its founding, Rosso’s Furniture employs 49 furniture professionals and interior designers.

CARPET CLEANING

Cleaning Services

408.842.1896 Since 1988, Cleaning Services offer a full range of services for all residential and commercial needs.

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TOP LANDSCAPERS Alpine Landscapes serves the entire South County.

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ACUPUNCTURE

Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic of Gilroy

8070 Santa Teresa Blvd, Suite 100, 408.842.9688 gilroyacupuncture.com Ahnna Goossen’s private practice, Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic of Gilroy, has served the South Valley for nearly 20 years.

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

Youth Alliance

831.636.2853 The nonprofit Youth Alliance strives to provide innovative and culturally relevant

services that strengthen and enrich youth and families in South Santa Clara County and San Benito County.

ATTORNEY

Andrea Fortino

116 Fifth St, 408.842.9154 Andrea Fortino specializes in Family Law.

AUTO BODY SHOP

Johnny's Custom Auto Body

275 Welburn Ave, #F-K, 408.848.2826 johnnyscustomautobody.com For 30 years, Johnny’s Custom Auto Body has been providing collision

repair, auto restoration and other services.

AUTO SERVICE SHOP

Mikado Motor Works

320 Kishimura Dr, 408.848.5000 Mikado Motor Works specializes in service, repair and maintenance of all Toyota and Lexus vehicles.

BANK/CREDIT UNION

Bank of the West 7865 Monterey St, 408.847.2919 Bank of the West offers a variety of financial services, including checking and savings accounts, credit cards, auto, home and personal loans.

CAR WASH

Gilroy Express Wash

951 First St, 408.847.9910 gilroyexpresswash.com Owners John Logan and John Fleige have more than 60 years of combined experience in the car wash industry.

CATERER

Cafe 152 Catering

408.767.2868, cafe152.com Lunch orders are available seven days a week.

CHIROPRACTOR

Guy Bostock

7881 Church St, 408.847.7246 gilroychiropractor.com Bostock Chiropractic Offices offers chiropractic services and physical therapy.

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Enjoy half off your rent for the rest of 2020!* Thank you for recognizing Merrill Gardens as the best senior living community in Gilroy!

(408) 843-4904 • merrillgardens.com 7600 Isabella Way, Gilroy, CA 95020

Lic #435202344 *Limited time offer. Call for details.

Retirement Living • Assisted Living • Memory Care

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DANCE STUDIO

Lana’s Dance Studio

1325 First St, 408.848.3812 lanasdance.com For 40 years, Lana’s Dance Studio has offered a variety of classes in a noncompetitive environment.

DAY CARE/ PRESCHOOL

Creative Play Learning Center 95 Fourth St, 408.846.9551 The Creative Play Learning Center preschool provides care and educational experiences. Facility includes indoor classrooms and a fenced-in play area.

DAY SPA

Lavender Day Spa Erik Chalhoub

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BEST DRY CLEANERS Anita Bedoya is the owner of Lapels Dry Cleaning at 775 First St.

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION

Gilroy Foundation

408.842.3727 gilroyfoundation.org Since 1980, the Gilroy Foundation has been providing grants and scholarships to local organizations and people.

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER

Lisa Blagof

Lisa Blagof is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker and is involved with numerous organizations, including the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce, Rotary International, Community Solutions and South County Tail Waggers.

COMPUTER REPAIR

Robot Shark

779 First St, 408.842.1646 lavenderluxuryspa.com Lavender Day Spa's 4,000-square-foot facility offers a selection of spa packages and treatments.

DENTIST

Jernell Escobar

7454 Monterey St, 408.337.8970 Robot Shark services all Apple, Samsung and PC devices.

7880 Wren Ave, D-142, 408.847.2658 jescobardds.com Dr. Jernell Escobar has been practicing dentistry in the Bay Area since 2006.

CURBSIDE - RETAIL

DOG GROOMER

6705 Camino Arroyo, 408.848.6466 Order with the Target app and staff will load it into your car.

411 First St, 408.846.0808 sassypoochgilroy.com Since 1998, Sassy Pooch has offered a variety of grooming services, from baths and haircuts to “paw-dicures,” color enhancing and teeth brushing.

Target

CURBSIDE RESTAURANT

Westside Bar & Grill

8080 Santa Teresa Blvd, Suite 100, 408.847.3800 thewestsidegrill.com Customers can pick up takeout inside or have it brought to their vehicle.

Sassy Pooch

DRY CLEANERS

Lapels Dry Cleaning

775 First St, 408.847.2121 mylapels.com Lapels Dry Cleaning offers a number of professional dry cleaning services.

FINANCIAL ADVISOR/ PLANNER

Tim Fortino Edward Jones

8060 Santa Teresa Blvd Ste 140, 408.846.7748 Tim Fortino specializes in saving strategies for retirement and college.

FITNESS CENTER

Snap Fitness

8050 Santa Teresa Blvd, 408.848.8701 Snap Fitness offers cardio and strength equipment, functional training and more.

FRAMING SHOP

Leedo Art & Framing

7436 Monterey Rd, 408.842.8118 leedoart.com Leedo Art & Framing custom frame shop offers a range of mats, mouldings and glass.

GENERAL CONTRACTOR

Marini Construction

11155 Foothill Ave, 408.310.8732 mariniconstruction.com The licensed, bonded and insured general contractor offers both residential and commercial services.

HAIR SALON

Image & Design Hair Nail Studio

7995 Princevalle St, Suite 120, 408.842.6969 imageanddesignsalon.com The salon offers a range of services including advanced haircutting, coloring and styling, waxing, hair extensions and more.

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641 Leavesley Road, Gilroy

In-N-Out.com

©2020 In-N-Out Burgers

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Since 1948, we’ve been committed to serving the freshest, highest quality burgers and shakes around. While our standards are high, it’s what you think that makes all the difference. Thank you!

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MASSAGE THERAPIST

PHOTOGRAPHER

7901 Westwood Dr, Suite J, 408.607.4313 With more than a decade of experience, Marieta Delacruz practices a number of different massage techniques.

majestapatterson.com Majesta Patterson is a wedding photographer with a decade of experience, as well as an entrepreneur consultant.

Marieta Delacruz

MORTGAGE BROKER

Lacey Sullivan Guaranteed Rate Affinity 8050 Santa Teresa Blvd, Ste 210, 408.335.1008 As a consultant, Lacey Sullivan is backed by a team of loan assistants, processors, underwriters and closing specialists.

NAIL SALON BEST NAIL SALON Luxury Day Spa provides full-service nail care at 705 First St.

HEALTH FACILITY

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Kaiser Permanente

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7520 Arroyo Circle, 408.848.4600 Kaiser Permanente’s Gilroy facility offers a number of health services.

HOUSE OF WORSHIP

St. Mary Parish

11 First St, 408.847.5151 St. Mary Parish is a Roman Catholic church in Gilroy.

INSURANCE AGENCY HEARING CENTER

Costco

7251 Camino Arroyo, 408.848.0746 Costco’s Hearing Center works with patients to diagnose and find solutions for hearing needs.

HOTEL/MOTEL/ LODGING

Hilton Garden Inn

6070 Monterey Rd, 408.840.7000 Rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn include a coffeemaker, mini-fridge and complimentary WiFi.

Farmers Insurance Stefanie Pinheiro

190 First St, 408.842.4619 Stefanie Pinheiro has more than 19 years of experience as a Farmers Insurance agent.

MARTIAL ARTS

Antdawg’s MMA

6901 Monterey Rd, 408.337.5774 antdawgsmma.com For a decade, Antdawg’s MMA Training Center has offered classes for men, women and children of all ages and levels.

Majesta Patterson

PHYSICIAN GENERAL PRACTICE

Dr. Roger Lucero, Gilroy Family Health

9360 No Name Uno, Suite 125, 408.871.3400 Dr. Roger Lucero is a board-certified family medicine specialist with more than 30 years’ experience.

Luxury Day Spa

PLACE TO TAKE A CLASS

OPTOMETRY/VISION CENTER

5055 Santa Teresa Blvd, 408.848.4800 gavilan.edu With a large catalog of courses to choose from, there's classes for everyone, from GED completion to nursing and beyond.

705 First St, 408.848.8880 Luxury Day Spa in Gilroy provides fullservice nail care, skin care, spa treatments and therapeutic massage.

Visual Edge Optometric Group

8050 Santa Teresa Blvd, Suite 110, 408.842.2020 visualedgegilroy.net Serving Gilroy for years, the staff at Visual Edge Optometric Group is experienced in all areas of vision care for all ages.

PHARMACY

Walgreens

770 First St, 408.847.0983 Drugstore chain with health and beauty aids, prescriptions and photo services.

Gavilan College

PLUMBER

Ernie’s Plumbing

7411 Railroad St, 408.847.3274 erniesplumbinginc.com With more than 40 years of experience, Ernie's Plumbing & Repair Service Inc. handles commercial, residential and industrial plumbing needs.

REAL ESTATE AGENT

Katie Eaton

8050 Santa Teresa Blvd, Unit 210, 408.848.2800 Katie Eaton is an award-winning Realtor with a background in mortgage loans.

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BOSTOCK CHIROPRACTIC “Handmade Health Care” Dr. Guy M. Bostock

Voted Best Chiropractor in Gilroy 2005-2008, 2010, 2014, 2016-2020

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Thank you for voting for me

• Chiropractic services • On-site X-ray facility • Physical therapy Including: • Electrical muscle stimulation • Ultrasound • Mechanical traction • Therapeutic massage

(408) 847-7246 Bostock@GilroyChiropractor.com www.GilroyChiropractor.com 7881 Church St., Suite A, Gilroy

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STORAGE FACILITY

Gilroy Self Storage

6500 Cameron Blvd, 669.500.8874 Gilroy Self Storage offers small, medium, and large storage units, as well as RV parking.

TATTOO PARLOR

Cruz Creations Tattoo

8395 Forest St, 408.767.2219 Cruz Creations Tattoo was founded in 2002 by owner Ariel Cruz. It offers a variety of styles by licensed artists.

TREE SERVICE

Alpine Landscapes Erik Chalhoub

GILROY STRONG The Gilroy Foundation raised nearly $2 million for the Gilroy Garlic Festival Victims Relief Fund in less than a year.

8595 Murray Ave, 408.846.9511 Alpine Landscapes, founded in 1983, serves the entire South Santa Clara County.

TIRE SHOP

America’s Tire

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Coldwell Banker

8050 Santa Teresa Blvd, Unit 210, 408.848.2800 coldwellbankerhomes.com Coldwell Banker aims to make home buying easier across Northern California.

RECYCLE CENTER

Martin’s Recycling

6310 Automall Pkwy, 408.842.2565 Martin’s Recycling is a full service junk removal, donation pickup and delivery and hourly labor service.

ROOFER

Chad’s Roofing 408.318.5191 Chad’s Roofing offers a variety of

roofing services, from inspections to re-roofing projects.

SCHOOL - PUBLIC

Christopher High School

850 Day Rd, 669.205.5300 The home of the Cougars has an enrollment of 1,900 students.

SCHOOL - PRIVATE

St. Mary’s School

7900 Church St, 408.842.2827 St. Mary School’s TK–eighth grade program supports the educational mission of the Catholic Church.

SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITY

Village Green

Village Green is a place where senior

residents can enjoy life in a community full of amenities and recreational activities.

8820 San Ysidro Ave, 408.848.9066 americastire.com From performance tires to off-road tires, America’s Tire has a large selection of wheels.

SKIN CARE

Beauty Marks

VETERINARIAN

SPORTS MEDICINE

7995 Princevalle St, Suite 100, 408.848.3443 princevallepethospital.com Princevalle Veterinary Hospital has served Gilroy pets since 1989.

20 Martin St, 619.694.9037 beautymarks.org Beauty Marks specializes in a holistic and natural approach to skincare and beauty.

Maury Harwood / Harwood Orthopedics 18181 Butterfield Blvd, Suite 100, Morgan Hill, 408.778.2663. southvalleyortho.com Dr. Maury Harwood is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon serving the South Valley.

Princevalle Veterinary Hospital

YOGA STUDIO

Yoga Bella

8060 Santa Teresa Blvd, Suite 130, 408.842.9688 yogabellagilroy.com Yoga Bella offers small individualized classes and a spa-like setting.

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Thank You Gilroy

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Contemporary Art in Downtown Gilroy Up Coming Shows

Women (Un)Silenced: A Survey of Black Contemporary Artists October 10 - November 20

*we will be closed for renovation September 21 - October 9 *

A Pairing in India November 28 - January 2

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JEWELRY STORE

Littlejohn’s Fine Jewelry

8220 Monterey St, 408.842.1001 Littlejohn’s Fine Jewelry buys, sells and trades diamond rings and other jewelry, luxury and high-end watches, electronics and more.

KID-FRIENDLY STORE

Target

6705 Camino Arroyo, 408.848.6466 target.com Target features a wide selection of clothing, electronics and many more items.

PET STORE

PetSmart

6755 Camino Arroyo, Building 5, 408.848.1383 petsmart.com PetSmart is the world's largest pet supply and service retailer. Dan Pulcrano

HISTORICAL SHOPPING Gilroy Antiques features an eclectic collection of items from various time periods.

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Gilroy Antiques

7445 Monterey Rd, 408.842.1776 Collectors can find items from all time periods.

CAR DEALER

Gilroy Toyota

6800 Automall Parkway, 408.214.1895 gilroytoyota.com Gilroy Toyota offers financing and vehicle services, including bumper to bumper service.

CLOTHING BOUTIQUE

Ivori Boutique

7490 Monterey St, 408.337.1522 shopivori.com Ivori is a fashion lifestyle boutique featuring modern styles and on-trend pieces.

ETHNIC MARKET

El Charrito Market

7638 Monterey St, 408.842.3659 El Charrito Market is a locally owned family grocery store/restaurant in the heart of Old Town Gilroy.

GARDEN/NURSERY CENTER

Lowe’s Home Improvement

7151 Camino Arroyo, 408.413.6000 lowes.com Lowe's Home Improvement’s sizable garden area offers numerous plants and gardening supplies.

GROCERY STORE/ SUPERMARKET

Nob Hill Foods

777 First St, 408.847.4857 Nob Hill Foods has served Gilroy since 1997.

HARDWARE

Ace Hardware

1260 First St, Suite B, 408.847.5890 Ace Hardware offers a wide selection of home improvement supplies and other tools.

HOME FURNISHING

Rosso’s Furniture

6881 Monterey Rd, 408.842.2800 rosso.com More than 30 years since its founding, Rosso’s Furniture employs 49 furniture professionals and interior designers.

SPORTING GOODS

Big 5

827 First St, 408.842.0092 big5sportinggoods.com Sporting gear, fitness equipment, apparel and more fills Big 5.

THRIFT STORE

Goodwill

845 First St, 408.842.9941 goodwillsv.org Longstanding nonprofit chain offers a range of pre-owned clothing, furniture, home goods and other items.

WATER STORE

Water Warehouse

591 First St, 408.848.5010 waterwarehouseinc.com Water Warehouse offers commercial and residential water system service and fill-ups in store.

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Best entertainment

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theme park, Gilroy Gardens features roller coasters, circus trees, paddle boats and more.

PARK

Christmas Hill Park

7050 Miller Ave, 408.846.0460 cityofgilroy.org Large open park with multiple barbecue locations and hiking trails.

PLACE TO TAKE THE DOG

Hecker Pass Park 1500 Third St Humans and their pups will enjoy the dog park and other amenities at Hecker Pass Park.

PLACE TO TAKE THE KIDS

Gilroy Gardens

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3050 Hecker Pass Hwy gilroygardens.org Billed as California’s only horticultural theme park, Gilroy Gardens features roller coasters, circus trees, paddle boats and more.

Gilroy Golf Course

9402, 2695 Hecker Pass Rd, 408.848.0490 gilroygolfcourse.com This 11-hole golf course was built in 1923.

VIRTUAL EVENT

Moya Art Gallery and Studio Paint Parties

Nacho Moya, the owner of Moya Art Gallery and Studio in downtown Gilroy, has been hosting frequent live paint parties on his social media channels, showing viewers the step-by-step process on how to paint everything from water lilies, to unicorns and Star Wars characters.

Mt. Madonna County Park

7850 Pole Line Rd, 408.842.2341 County park features more than 3,688 acres, with horseback riding and camping.

PAINT PARTY Nacho Moya, owner of Moya Art Gallery and Studio, is encouraging people to paint along with his virtual classes.

GOLF COURSE

RUN/HIKE/WALK

BIKE RIDE

Uvas Creek Levee Trail The trail along Uvas Creek is popular among Gilroy cyclists, walkers and families.

DAY TRIP

SWIMMING

Christopher High School

850 Day Rd, 408.846.0460 tinyurl.com/y4npmxbk Full competition-size pool, complete with water slides and aquatic playground.

Gilroy Gardens

3050 Hecker Pass Hwy gilroygardens.org Billed as California’s only horticultural

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The Performance Team The Performance Real Estate Team of Exit Realty Keystone is primarily comprised of the two founding members, Connie Martin and Darryl Johnson. Both are veterans of the Real Estate business with more than 25 years of experience in representing buyers as well as helping homeowners sell their homes and properties with the least amount of stress or drama. Concurrently with his Real Estate career Darryl was a Director of Business Development for HP’s Services Division Western Region for 14 years. Both have degrees from well established University’s with Connie graduating from Texas A&M and Darryl from University of Minnesota and Old Dominion University. Beyond these academic credentials are numerous designations for the practice of Real Estate as licensed agents in California. Both of them are certified as SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialists) and PSA’s or Pricing Strategy Advisors.

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Currently they are developing new solutions focused Real Estate services to support both attorneys and spouses in Divorce scenarios where Real Estate is a significant factor. After receiving a practical education in this field from a renowned Stanford Cum Laude and Harvard Law School graduate they can make a real difference in supporting all parties involved. It can literally save one’s economic life!

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In addition, they have developed a new specialty for the Senior Community who are equity rich but are living on retirement incomes. The program allows for taking advantage of special loan programs that allow seniors to live in a newer home for life with no mortgage payments and also for selected locations allow them to move original property tax basis to the new home. They can also show sellers how to defer their capital gains on the sale of highly appreciated assets for 30 years. Combined these solutions can change Seniors lifestyles! Go to www.performancerealestateteam.com for more info.

DARRYL JOHNSON

EXIT REALTY KEYSTONE | DRE: 01045961

408-483-1814 | johnsondarr4@gmail.com

CONNIE MARTIN

EXIT REALTY KEYSTONE | DRE: 01043538

408-483-0987 | connie@conniemartin.com 16175 A Monterey Road, San Jose CA 95125 Morgan Hill, CA 95037

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BEST LOCAL COOKING SHOW

Quarantine Cooking

facebook.com/neonexchange Hosted by Chef Mark Segovia and the Neon Exchange, Quarantine Cooking is a weekly show featuring special guests from the Gilroy community. Those who have appeared on the show include Mayor Roland Velasco, St. Louise Regional Hospital Executive Gloria Dela Merced, and candidates for city council and school board, among others. The show is a great opportunity to learn more about our neighbors while getting inspired to cook new dishes.

MOST ECLECTIC ANTIQUE COLLECTION

Gilroy Antiques

7445 Monterey St, 408.842.1776 While downtown Gilroy’s antiques scene may not be as prominent as it once was (Collective Past closed its doors in May), the remaining shops still provide a fantastic trip down memory lane that will make any collector swoon. Gilroy Antiques owner Gracie Garcia’s eclectic collection ranges from the traditional jewelry and vintage books to the bizarre (zebra head, anyone?).

BEST GARLIC FESTIVAL ALTERNATIVE

Virtual Garlic Festival

Gilroy’s signature event was postponed this year due to Covid-19, but thanks to the efforts of Christopher Ranch, Gilroyans got a taste of Gourmet Alley at home. The month-long Virtual Garlic Festival featured live cooking demos weekly on social media, and culminated in a socially-distant fashion at Ken Christopher’s home in late July, where online viewers witnessed festival favorites such as pyro chefs and garlic dish judging.

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Touch-Free Pedestrian Signal

Santa Clara County announced that it would be installing touch-free pedestrian activation devices at crosswalks located at 25 intersections across the county, where pedestrians only have to wave their hand in front of them. So far, only one in South County is on the list at Monterey Road and San Martin Avenue. We hope the county adds more in Gilroy. We’re tired of using our elbows to awkwardly press those buttons.

BEST SPOT TO CHILL WITH A MICHELADA

Station 55 Seafood & Mexican Cocina

55 5th St, Gilroy, 669.205.7200 station55cocina.com Finding a spot to sip on a Michelada, a classic Mexican drink prepared with beer, lime juice, assorted sauces, spices, tomato juice and chile peppers, is not hard to find in Gilroy. But this gem has the tastiest cerveza preparada served in a chilled, salt-rimmed Mason jar and a ring of delicious shrimp that’ll satisfy a seafood lover’s palate. There are numerous variations of this beverage throughout Mexico and Station 55 brings a tasty version to you right here in town.

HISTORIC HISTORICAL YEAR

2020

Many have complained that 2020 has been “the worst year ever,” but there’s no denying that it’s been a significant one, for better or worse. Gilroy, meanwhile, had no idea that its historical year would turn out to be so, well, historic. It’s been 150 years since Gilroy was incorporated as a city, and 2020 was supposed to be a year of celebration. But all of the events planned for the sesquicentennial were scrapped due to a once-every-century pandemic. Let’s hope Gilroy’s bicentennial is a little more low-key.


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