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February 6, 2023
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Local Scene: Popular baker rolls out plans for Los Gatos locations


Manresa Bread readies for opening of second Los Gatos location

Manresa Bread opened its new flagship location on Oct. 27 while expanding its original location.

Founder and co-owner Avery Ruzicka is expected to debut a new concept in the original Los Gatos space at 276 N. Santa Cruz Ave., with additional details to come.

Located in the heart of downtown Los Gatos at 40 N. Santa Cruz Ave., the 1,400-square-foot flagship expands upon the former Los Gatos location with an all-day café menu (similar to the Campbell store), indoor and outdoor seating, grab-and-go offerings, and more. 

The Los Gatos store will be open daily at 8am with a menu including Ruzicka’s house-milled sourdough breads, laminated pastries, quiches and sandwiches. 

As for beverages, it will offer grab-and-go drinks, tea (Stonemill Matcha supplying their matcha), and Verve coffee. Manresa Bread merchandise and at-home baking mixes made with fresh flour milled in-house (available in Mocha Rye Brownie, Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookie, and Einkorn Waffle) round out the offerings.

“The Los Gatos bakery was our first ever brick-and-mortar space, and really an experiment as to whether there was a market for our breads. We’ve learned so much over the past seven years about not only baking in a high-quality, thoughtful way, but also how to create a welcoming neighborhood space,” Ruzicka said. “This move is a testament to our team’s hard work and the unwavering support of the Los Gatos community.”

Designed by Oakland-based Arcsine Architecture and Design, the new store features wood inserts that aim to evoke the iconic unpainted homes of Sea Ranch, Calif. In addition, the design team added three ulterior skylights to flood the space with natural light. Reminiscent of the Palo Alto location—also designed by Arcsine—hints of orange are found throughout the space and, along with the blue accents of the tile, recall Manresa Bread’s original logo palette. Finally, a custom window graphic aligned with the shelving beyond features patterns inspired by bread scoring. 

For information, visit manresabread.com or follow on @manresabread on Instagram.

Families invited to Day of Code

Yavneh Day School’s ninth Annual Yavneh Day of Code will be held Nov. 6 from 11:30am to 3pm.

During the event, themed “Back to the Future,” students and their families will have the opportunity to explore STEAM experiences “from the past,” to create new tools to improve STEAM experiences in the present and near future. STEAM challenges will include working on an archeological dig, building and launching a rocket, and creating a working prototype of an irrigation system. In addition, families will work together to conquer a new family challenge, and solve coding and robotics puzzles.

“The family day of code tinkering and play provides families an opportunity to get immersed into Yavneh STEAM initiative. Together, kids and adults discover the power of learning new skills by experimenting with hands-on projects,” said Vanina Sandel, K-8 Yavneh STEAM director.

All sessions will be divided by age. Throughout the day, families will take part in coding or robotics sessions, three different tinkering stations, and a family engineering challenge.

For information and to RSVP, visit yavnehdayschool.org/dayofcode.

Yavneh Day School is a Jewish K-8 day school in Los Gatos.

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