There”s nothing like a “new car smell” to get your motor running, but what about a new car building smell? There is such a thing and it”s at 620 Blossom Hill Road, where Los Gatos Luxury Cars opened its new showroom a few weeks ago.
The facility consolidates the dealership”s three locations and includes parts and service departments.
That means the dealership”s showrooms at 44 and 66 E. Main St. are now closed. The 66 E. Main showroom, in particular, attracted a lot of attention from passersby who admired the Lamborghinis and Aston Martins that were displayed outside.
But now you can see them all on Blossom Hill Road or visit losgatosluxcars.com.
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Big changes are also afoot at 112 N. Santa Cruz Ave., where the We Olive store is set to open soon. The interior of the 1950s-era building, once an antiques store, was gutted to make way for the retail olive oil/gift shop that will also do duty as a wine bar.
“Our olive oils come from small California growers and are certified by the California Olive Oil Council,” managing partner Ruth Mercurio said. “We have some balsamic vinegars as well, and we”ll be selling artisan food products like caramel sauces and crackers. So the front area is retail and the wine bar is in the back.”
There”s also a small kitchen at the back, where flat bread and panini sandwiches will be made to order. Then you can take your sandwich outside and enjoy it in the newly landscaped garden area. Visit weolive.com.
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Local business owners we”ve reported on before have been receiving accolades well beyond the Los Gatos border.
Charmosa Swimwear founder Neide Hall was named Phoenix Fashion Week Emerging Lifestyle Designer of 2015. Hall hails from Brazil and shares boutique space at 104 University Ave. with Viva O Sol. Or you can view her hand-painted and hand-embroidered designs at charmosaswimwear.com.
Mark Janes of Los Gatos and business partner Justin Miller of Monte Sereno were in Las Vegas recently, where they received the “Innovator of the Year” award from the Internet Marketing Association. Janes” and Miller”s start-up, ConnectedYard, will launch its first product in February–called pHin–that uses a floating WiFi sensor to monitor swimming pool and hot tub water quality 24/7. It notifies your smart phone, via an app, when purifying chemicals need to be added to the water. The chemicals are in pre-measured, water-soluble pods that are sent to customers who subscribe to pHin. Visit phin.co (not dot-com) for more information.
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Remember the See”s Candies store that popped up last Christmas at the intersection of Los Gatos Boulevard and Shannon Road? Well, See”s is back–permanently. “A lot of people wrote in to say they want See”s in Los Gatos,” district sales manager Megan Lerma said. “So the support from the community really helped.” The store is in the Village Square shopping center (think Trader Joe”s) at 15466 Los Gatos Blvd.
A preview party saw visitors attempting to pack candy into a box–without touching the candy or the inside of the paper cup.
This is not an easy thing to do.
“It takes most people two hours to learn how to pack a box, but sometimes they need a little more,” Lerma said.
Daves Avenue School kindergartner Lily Cellura, whose favorite See”s candies are molasses chips and chocolate Santas, managed to fill a box with encouragement from her mother and grandmother. Lily”s grandmother is former Los Gatos resident Cynthia Baer, who flew in from Lake Tahoe for the opening party. “I”m a pretty bad chocoholic,” Baer said.
The See”s opening coincides nicely with the Halloween holiday, so the store is festooned with orange and black covered candies that will soon give way to those Santas that Lily loves.