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BEST OF SAN BENITO 2020

Thank you. We’re honored to be voted Best Bank.

Simply the Best

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

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. With Covid-19 forcing us to change the way we live, now more than ever these businesses and organizations need your support. Order takeout at your favorite restaurant. Volunteer with an organization. Pick up some goodies curbside. Thank you to all who participated in Best of San Benito 2020. It truly couldn’t happen without your support.

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Voted Best Bank by Hollister Free Lance newspaper, September 25, 2020 ©2020 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.

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BRUNCH

Country Rose Cafe

756 San Benito St, Hollister, 831.635.0252 The Americana-themed cafe features everything from bacon burgers to hot sandwiches.

BURGER

Running Rooster

800 San Benito St, Hollister, 831.634.0135, runningrooster.com Running Rooster expanded in 2012 to meet the demand for its charcoal-grilled burgers, topped with carmalized onions, pepperjack cheese, barbecue sauce and other complementary offerings.

BURRITO/TACO

Super Taqueria Juan Reyes

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SLICING THE PIE Round Table Pizza’s menu, featuring pizza varieties such as Hawaiian, vegetarian, all-meat, barbecue chicken and more, is a favorite in San Benito County.

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BAKERY

BARBECUE

BEST MEAL UNDER $20

601 San Benito St, Hollister, 831.630.0300 the-heavenly-bakery.com Heavenly Bakery not only has a full breakfast and lunch menu, but its cake menu is just as extensive: Salted caramel and burnt almond, lemon drop and strawberry are just a few of the flavors.

831.623.4981, mansmith.com Mansmith’s has been cooking at various events since the mid-1950s.

800 San Benito St, Hollister, 831.634.0135, runningrooster.com Running Rooster may have temporarily reduced its menu due to Covid-19, but it still features affordable staples such as the chicken avocado BLT or the barbecue tri-tip sandwich.

Heavenly Bakery

BAR/PUB

Grillin & Chillin Alehouse

401 McCray St., Suite B24, Hollister, 831.637.2337 The local establishment caters to those who enjoy craft beers and local wines. It has possibly the largest selection of beers in town, with dozens of IPAs, stouts and other libations.

Mansmith’s BBQ

BEER SELECTION

Grillin & Chillin Alehouse

401 McCray St, Suite B24, Hollister, 831.637.2337 The local establishment caters to those who enjoy craft beers and local wines. It has possibly the largest selection of beers in town, with dozens of IPAs, stouts and other libations.

Running Rooster

BREAKFAST

Country Rose Cafe

756 San Benito St, Hollister, 831.635.0252 San Benito locals get their breakfast fix at this downtown establishment, featuring staples from steak and eggs to bacon, omelets and more.

460 Tres Pinos Rd, Hollister, 831.636.5849 The Super Burrito is the go-to menu item here, packed with carne asada or chicken, guacamole, spicy salsa, beans and rice.

CHINESE FOOD

Happy Cafe

191 San Felipe Rd, Suite R, Hollister, 831.635.9286 Chinese food from fried rice, chow mein, mu-shu and many other staples to feed a family or individuals.

COFFEE SHOP

Java Express

1515 Cushman St, Hollister, 831.636.9242 Weekly specials keep the offerings rotating.

DELI/SANDWICH SHOP

Togo’s

1750 Airline Hwy, Hollister, 831.637.902, togos.com Counter-service chain offering madeto-order hot and cold sandwiches.

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Paine’s Restaurant and Bar 421 East St, Hollister, 831.637.3882 painesrestaurant.com Paine’s Restaurant and Bar has been serving Hollister with its casual fine dining experience since 1929.

MEXICAN FOOD

Jardines de San Juan

Juan Reyes

GREAT SERVICE Amy Moore took the award as the Best Waitress for the 2020 Best of San Benito. Moore has been a waitress at the Running Rooster since 2012.

FRENCH FRIES

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Running Rooster

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800 San Benito St, Hollister, 831.634.0135, runningrooster.com The Rooster Fries come in a variety of flavors, from traditional to garlic, seasoned or sweet potato.

HAPPY HOUR

Running Rooster

800 San Benito St, Hollister, 831.634.0135 runningrooster.com Happy Hour specials include $2 off appetizers and $1 off craft beer on tap.

HOT DOG

4th Street Eatery

330 4th St, Hollister, 831.635.4444 The recently opened establishment has grown a reputation for its tasty hot dogs.

ICE CREAM/YOGURT

Baskin Robbins

1740 Airline Hwy, Hollister, 831.637.4383 Baskin-Robbins is the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops.

ITALIAN FOOD

Mangia Italian Kitchen

1709 Airline Highway, Hollister, 831.635.0500, mangiahollister.com Mangia’s serves cuisine from northern and southern Italy in a relaxed atmosphere.

KID-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT

Running Rooster

800 San Benito St, Hollister, 831.634.0135, runningrooster.com There’s plenty for the kids to like at Running Rooster, but they especially like to build their own pizza with toppings such as bacon, pepperoni, shaved parmesan and more.

115 Third St, San Juan Bautista, 831.623.4466 jardinesrestaurant.com Jardines de San Juan, right in the heart of historic downtown San Juan Bautista, has been serving Mexican cuisine since 1977.

NEW RESTAURANT

Inaka Japanese Restaurant

313 Third St, San Juan Bautista, 831.593.5100 The family-owned and -operated restaurant has quickly become a staple in San Juan Bautista, offering the matriarch’s famed recipes such as homemade sauces, dressings, beef short ribs and Tatsuta Age chicken.

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THAI FOOD

Super Noodle 195 Meridian St, Hollister, 831.637.2189

Pho, chicken curry and other staples.

VEGETARIAN DISHES

Inaka Japanese Restaurant 313 Third St, San Juan Bautista, 831.593.5100

The family-owned and -operated restaurant has quickly become a staple in San Juan Bautista.

VIETNAMESE FOOD

Super Noodle 195 Meridian St, Hollister, 831.637.2189

Pho, chicken curry and other Vietnamese cuisine staples.

WAITRESS/WAITER

Amy Moore (Running Rooster) 800 San Benito St, Hollister, 831.634.0135 runningrooster.com

Amy Moore, a Running Rooster staffer

PIZZA

Round Table Pizza

496 Tres Pinos Rd, Hollister, 831.637.7444 Chain serving pizzas with a variety of toppings and sauces.

RESTAURANT

Running Rooster

800 San Benito St, Hollister, 831.634.0135 runningrooster.com Running Rooster may have temporarily reduced its menu due to Covid-19, but it still features affordable staples such as the chicken avocado BLT or the barbecue tri-tip sandwich.

since 2012, is known for her customer service at one of Hollister’s most popular establishments.

WINERY

Léal Vineyards 300 Maranatha Drive, Hollister, 831.636.1023 liveloveleal.com

Léal Vineyards offers award-winning wines, wedding venues, dining and luxury accommodations just outside Ridgemark in the southeast Hollister countryside.

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CARPET CLEANING

Y Wait Carpet Care Mobile business in Hollister 831.637.8886 Carpet cleaning business serves the entire county.

CAR WASH

Penguin’s Car Wash

401 McCray St, Hollister, 831.634.0162 penguinscarwashhollister.com The full-service car wash is open seven days a week, and includes its own gift shop for drivers to peruse while their vehicle is getting pampered.

CATERER

Fisher’s Juan Reyes

LOCAL ESTABLISHMENT Brian (left), Bob and John Cain, owners of San Benito Tire Pros, were recognized for having the Best Tire and Best Auto Service Shop in the county according to the 2020 Best of San Benito.

ACUPUNCTURE

ATTORNEY

BANK/CREDIT UNION

330 Tres Pinos Rd, B5, Hollister, 831.636.7958 hollisteracupuncture.com The Acupuncture & Massage Therapy Clinic of Hollister has been helping San Benito County residents with their healthcare needs since 2002. Robert Barry is specialized in the treatment of pain, women’s health and internal disease.

530 San Benito St, Suite 202, Hollister, 831.630.9444 jrgattorneys.com Paul Rovella has more than a decade of experience in litigating real estate disputes.

300 Tres Pinos Rd, Hollister, 831.638.3341, unionbank.com Union Bank provides a range of personal and business banking products as well as wealth management services.

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Dr. Robert Barry

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AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM

YMCA of San Benito County

831.637.8600 centralcoastymca.org The local branch of the non-profit offers recreational and program services for all ages.

Paul Rovella

AUTO BODY SHOP

Hollister Collision Center 320 Hillcrest Rd, Hollister, 831.637.8800 The shop offers frame straightening, custom paint, collision repair and more.

AUTO SERVICE SHOP

San Benito Tire Pros

246 Tres Pinos Rd, 831.637.5804 sanbenitotire.com The locally owned and operated San Benito Tire Pros provides tire repair and auto repair services.

Union Bank

BARBERSHOP

San Benito Barbers

396 4th St, Hollister, 831.207.5894 San Benito Barbers, owned by Uziel Arredondo, is a popular spot for anyone looking for a fresh cut or shave.

BED/MATTRESS STORE

Discount Furniture

544 San Benito St, Hollister, 831.638.9000 Discount Furniture offers furniture from modern to classic designs.

650 San Benito St, Hollister, 831.313.1515 fishershollister.com Under the direction of Mike Fisher, Fisher’s offers American-style dishes with locally sourced ingredients.

CHIROPRACTOR

Sam Breger Chiropractic Center

890 Sunset Drive, Hollister, 831.637.9283 bregerchiro.com The center offers a number of chiropractic care services, exercises and advice.

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION

YMCA of San Benito County

831.637.8600 centralcoastymca.org The local branch of the non-profit offers recreational and program services for all ages.

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1963 and is a ministry of the Christ Fellowship Church.

DAY SPA

Salon De Ja Vu Spa or Paradiso Spa and Salon (tie) The two best day spas in San Benito County came down to a tie.

Juan Reyes

EXPANSIVE SHOWROOM Hollister Powersport was named the Best Motorcycle Dealer in San Benito.

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER

Heidi Balz and Wendy Shepherd (tie)

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The San Benito community is filled with generous individuals, and Heidi Balz and Wendy Shepherd are two of the best.

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COMPUTER REPAIR

CRS Computer Repair

335 San Benito St, Hollister, 831.636.7322 crsitgroup.com CRS Computer Repair is experienced in a variety of operating systems, networks and databases.

CURBSIDE RESTAURANT

Paine’s Restaurant and Bar 421 East St, Hollister, 831.637.3882 painesrestaurant.com Paine’s Restaurant and Bar has been serving Hollister with its casual fine dining experience since 1929, and now offers drive-thru takeout.

615 San Benito St, Hollister, 831.638.1188 sanbenitobene.com The downtown Hollister gift shop is the go-to place to purchase a variety of local creations, such as syrup, olives, honey and other knick-knacks.

Diaz Fencing

831.524.6496 Diaz Fencing is a family-owned company taking on fence projects throughout the region.

San Benito Dance Academy

101 McCray St, Suite 104, Hollister, 831.630.0188 sanbenitodanceacademy.com San Benito Dance Academy offers a range of studio dance forms, performs an annual recital and presents the annual production of The Nutcracker.

DAY CARE/ PRESCHOOL

Hollister Presbyterian Cooperative Preschool

2066 San Benito St, Hollister, 831.630.1234 hollisterpresbyterianpreschool.com The non-profit school was founded in

JB Electric

831.801.1541 Offering all manner of electrical services.

FINANCIAL ADVISOR/ PLANNER

Kyle Sharp at Edward Jones

615 San Benito St Suite C, Hollister, 831.634.0694 Kyle Sharp specializes in retirement savings, wealth strategies and more.

FRAMING SHOP

San Benito Glass 217 4th St, Hollister, 831.637.5651 The family-run business specializes in windows, framing and more. It also sells antiques.

DENTIST

Derek W. Banks Pediatric Dentistry

1710 Memorial Dr C, Hollister, 831.637.8133 bankspediatricdentistry.net Dr. Derek Banks is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist who serves San Benito County, Santa Clara County and beyond.

DANCE STUDIO

CURBSIDE - RETAIL

San Benito Bene

DECK AND FENCING COMPANY

ELECTRICIAN

DOG GROOMER

Country Groomers

191 San Felipe Rd, Hollister, 831.636.7666 Country Groomers was founded in 1994, and offers grooming for all breeds of dogs.

DRY CLEANERS

Heritage Cleaners

1709 Airline Hwy, Suite G, Hollister, 831.636.1774 Providing services including cleaning, pressing and altering.

GENERAL CONTRACTOR

Daniel J Construction

408.640.4051 Local contractor specializing in home remodeling and other projects.

HAIR SALON

Vintage Pearl Salon

620 San Benito St, Hollister, 831.265.7554, vintagepearlsalon.com Vintage Pearl Salon’s team is experienced in all kinds of salon services, from hair art to make-up.

HEALTH FACILITY

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital

911 Sunset Dr, Hollister, 831.637.5711 hazelhawkins.com Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient services that include emergency services, stroke care, surgical services, radiology and more.

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Hazel’s

Thrift Shop

Thank you for selecting us as your #1 Thrift Shop

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MARTIAL ARTS

Enterprise Academy of Martial Arts

351 Tres Pinos Rd, Hollister, 831.638.9384 Enterprise Academy of Martial Arts is led by its award-winning owner and instructor, Mark Preader.

MASSAGE THERAPIST

JT Ball

HEARING CENTER

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341 Tres Pinos Rd, Hollister, 831.784.8388 valleyhearingcenterhollister.com Valley Hearing Center has more than 50 years of experience as a patientcentered hearing loss treatment center.

HOTEL / MOTEL / LODGING

Posada de San Juan Bautista

310 4th St, San Juan Bautista, 831.623.4030 posadadesanjuanbautista.com Posada de San Juan Bautista is a unique boutique hotel located in the center of historic San Juan.

HOUSE OF WORSHIP

St. Benedict/Sacred Heart Church 520 College St, Hollister, 831.637.9212 catholichollister.org Sacred Heart/St. Benedict Church is

an established, diverse, faithcentered congregation.

INSURANCE AGENCY

AAA

351 Tres Pinos Rd Suite D, Hollister, 831.635.3900 Specializing in home and auto insurance.

INTERIOR DESIGN

Interiors with Flair

831.902.7754 Katie Nino’s business offers a variety of services, such as organization, furnishing selection, home staging and more.

LANDSCAPE COMPANY

Silva Landscaping 831.637.4885 Long-standing local company providing landscaping for residential and commercial clients.

PHARMACY

Nob Hill Pharmacy

1700 Airline Hwy, Hollister, 831.637.7424 Located within the Nob Hill Foods grocery store.

JT Ball is a Certified Massage Therapist in Hollister.

PHOTOGRAPHER

MORTGAGE BROKER

217 Fifth St, Hollister, 831.350.0451 marisaduranphotography.com Marisa Duran Photography specializes in portraits, including newborns and families.

Golden Eagle Mortgage Group 2BEST NAIL SALON Milady Nails & Spa provides full-service nail care at 351 San Felipe Road, Suite 101.

B. Anderson run this practice that offers computer-assisted comprehensive eye examinations for all ages.

260 Tres Pinos Rd, Suite B2, Hollister, 831.636.5363 goldeneaglemortgagegroup.com Golden Eagle Mortgage Group was founded in 1999 by Pauline Amstutz.

MOTORCYCLE DEALER

Hollister Powersports

411 San Felipe Rd, Hollister, 831.630.5200 hollisterpowersports.com Hollister Powersports is one of the largest dealers in Northern and Central California with more than 30,000 square feet of showroom.

NAIL SALON

Milady Nails & Spa

351 San Felipe Rd, Suite 101, Hollister, 831.636.8880 Nails are this local business’ specialty.

OPTOMETRY/VISION CENTER

Hollister Vision Center

365 Sixth St, Hollister, 831.637.5536 hollistervisioncenter.com Dr. Robert M. Theaker and Dr. Elizabeth

Marisa Duran Photography

PHYSICIAN, GENERAL PRACTICE

Dr. Daniel Wang / Hollister Urgent Care

920 Sunnyslope Rd, Hollister, 831.636.1332 hollisterdoctors.com Dr. Daniel Wang, MD is a board certified family physician.

PLACE TO TAKE A CLASS

YMCA of San Benito County

831.637.8600 centralcoastymca.org The local branch of the non-profit offers recreational and program services for all ages.

PLUMBER

Marquez Plumbing

831.630.3000, marquezplumbing.com Marquez Plumbing offers 24-hour

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SCHOOL - PUBLIC

Ladd Lane Elementary School

831.636.4490, ll.hesd.org Ladd Lane Elementary School was recently honored as a National Showcase School by Capturing Kids’ Hearts, an initiative by the Flippen Group.

SCHOOL, PRIVATE

Sacred Heart Parish School

670 College St, Hollister, 831.637.4157 sacredheartschool.org The school was founded in 1891, and enrollment is now more than 200 students from preschool through eighth grade.

SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITY Robert Eliason

ACTIVE LIFESTYLE Residents have recently moved into Twin Oaks, Hollister’s newest 55-plus community.

Twin Oaks

Red Oak Drive Hollister’s newest gated, 55-plus active lifestyle community. The first phases of construction have been completed, and residents have recently moved in.

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SKIN CARE

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emergency sewer service, broken water lines, water heater replacement and more.

REAL ESTATE AGENT

Carly Jo Brigantino

831.801.9988 Carly Jo Brigantino is a real estate professional with Intero Real Estate Services

REAL ESTATE COMPANY

Intero Real Estate Services

800 San Benito St, Hollister, 831.637.2112, interorealestate.com Intero Real Estate Services helps people buy and sell residential and commercial real estate throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

RECYCLE CENTER

RJR Recycling

1771 San Felipe Rd, Hollister, 831.636.7756 rjrrecycling.com RJR Recycling, established in 1995, recycles all types of metals and home appliances, and offers a free drop-off service for electronic waste, from small household items to large office equipment.

ROOFER

Hollister Roofing 1740 Severinsen St, Hollister, 831.636.0188 hollisterroofing.com Hollister Roofing is a family-owned and -operated business serving Hollister, Gilroy and Morgan Hill residents since 1981.

Salon De Ja Vu Spa 341 Tres Pinos Rd, Suites 200-205, Hollister, 831.637.0801 salondejavu831.com A full service day spa offering a full menu of hair, skin, nails and body services.

STORAGE FACILITY

Galaxy Self Storage

1901 San Felipe Rd, Hollister, 831.636.9323 galaxyselfstorage.com Galaxy Self Storage is locally owned and operated, featuring storage units that are individually alarmed.

TATTOO PARLOR

Faultline Tattoo

208 Fifth St, Hollister, 831.537.7811 The team at Faultline Tattoo is experienced in a variety of tattoo styles.

TREE SERVICE

Juan Tree Service 831.801.0289 Offering various tree services, from trimming to stump removal.

TIRE SHOP

San Benito Tire Pros

246 Tres Pinos Rd, Hollister, 831.637.5804 sanbenitotire.com San Benito Tire Pros provides tire repair and auto repair services.

VETERINARIAN

Family Pet Care Center

SPORTS MEDICINE

38 East St, Hollister, 831.637.7387 familypetcarecenter.com Providing a variety of veterinary medical services for cats, dogs and small animals in Hollister and surrounding areas.

101 McCray St, Suite 108, Hollister, 831.638.4860 Offering physical therapy and rehabilitation services.

YOGA STUDIO

Focus Sports Therapy

Kamal Yoga Studio

350 Sixth St, Suite 102, Hollister, 831.756.8989 kamalyogastudio.com Kamal Yoga’s mission is to provide a safe, nurturing environment for people of all ages and limitations to explore the practice of yoga.

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Best shopping

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JEWELRY STORE

Bella Charm

1709 Airline Hwy, Suite L, Hollister, 831.636.7757 mybellacharm.com Boutique store offers a variety of jewelry, clothing and accessories.

KID-FRIENDLY STORE

Target

1790 Airline Hwy, Hollister, 831.636.3722 target.com Retail chain offers home goods, clothing, electronics and more.

PET STORE

Lil Pals Pet World Erik Chalhoub

LOCAL CREATIONS San Benito Bene stocks a variety of locally produced items, such as syrup, olives, honey and other knick-knacks.

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Sweet Pea Antiques

400 Third St, San Juan Bautista, 831.623.9338 This shop is full of antiques, vintage kitchen items, jewelry and other collectibles.

CAR DEALER

Greenwood Chevrolet

270 San Felipe Rd, Hollister, 888.772.6124 teamgreenwoodchevrolet.com Brothers Marty and Michael opened Greenwood Chevrolet in 2001, which was named Retail Business of the Year by the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce in 2010.

CLOTHING BOUTIQUE

Irma’s Fashion

230 Fifth St, Hollister, 831.637.2653 Featuring ready-to-wear clothing and jewelry for women.

GARDEN/NURSERY CENTER

Ace Hardware

1725 Airline Highway, Hollister, 831.634.1590, acehardware.com Ace offers supplies needed by local gardeners.

SPORTING GOODS

Big 5 GROCERY STORE/ SUPERMARKET

Nob Hill Foods

1700 Airline Hwy, Hollister, 831.637.7447, raleys.com A local favorite known for its produce and deli.

HARDWARE

Ace Hardware

1725 Airline Hwy, Hollister, 831.634.1590, acehardware.com Ace Hardware stocks household tools, supplies and more.

GIFTS/SPECIALTY SHOP

HOME FURNISHINGS

615 San Benito St, Hollister, 831.638.1188, sanbenitobene.com The downtown Hollister gift shop is the go-to place to purchase a variety of local creations, such as syrup, olives, honey and other knick-knacks.

544 San Benito St, Hollister, 831.638.9000 Discount Furniture in downtown Hollister provides various styles of furniture and home decor.

San Benito Bene

401 McCray St, Hollister, 831.636.9926 Lil Pals Pet World stocks a full line of pet supplies, and includes a self-service pet wash.

Discount Furniture

251 McCray St, Hollister, 831.630.0196 big5sportinggoods.com The chain retailer providers a full assortment of different sports and outdoor equipment.

THRIFT STORE

Hazel’s Thrift Shop

898 San Benito St, Hollister, 831.638.0526 Staffed entirely of volunteers from the Hazel Hawkins Hospital Auxiliary, Hazel's is a non-profit thrift shop.

WATER STORE

Damm Good Water

831.637.1720, dammgoodwater.com Hollister business installs water treatment systems and delivers water for homes and offices.

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Virtual

Open House

October 17, 11:00am – 12:00pm

CAIS & WASC accredited Independent, nonprofit school Nonsectarian Bus transportation

408-847-2717 / MountMadonnaSchool.org

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DAY TRIP

Pinnacles National Park

5000 Hwy 146, Paicines, 831.389.4486 nps.gov/pinn/index.htm The newest national park in California is home to cliffs and caves that were formed by an ancient volcano.

PARK

Vista Park Hill

498 Hill Ct, Hollister This hilltop green space has a softball field and children's play equipment, plus panoramic views.

PLACE TO TAKE THE DOG

Brigantino Park 2100 San Juan Rd, Hollister A newly developed park with acres of turf for the dogs to run.

PLACE TO TAKE THE KIDS

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Casa de Fruta

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10021 Pacheco Pass Hwy, Hollister, 408.842.7282 casadefruta.com What was once a roadside fruit stand in the 1940s now welcomes more than two million visitors a year.

RUN/HIKE/WALK

Pinnacles National Park

5000 Hwy 146, Paicines, 831.389.4486, nps.gov/pinn/index.htm The newest national park in California is home to cliffs and caves that were formed by an ancient volcano.

NATURAL SPECTACLES Pinnacles National Park is known for its rock formations, which geologists say were formed about 23 million years ago.

SWIMMING GOLF COURSE

San Juan Oaks Golf Course

3825 Union Rd, Hollister, 831.636.6113 sanjuanoaks.com The Fred Couples Signature Design golf course features a pro shop and restaurant.

VIRTUAL EVENT

San Benito Stage Company Virtual Talent Show More than 20 local acts performed virtually on July 25 to compete for prizes.

BIKE RIDE

Cienega Loop

A popular loop for cyclists that goes through Hollister's Wine Trail past Hollister Hills SVRA to Paicines, Tres Pinos, then up over Quien Sabe and home via John Smith Road.

San Benito High School Aquatics Center 1220 Monterey St, Hollister The aquatic center opened in 2019 as part of the San Benito High School District’s facility renovations funded by voter-approved bond measures.

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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.

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