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December 2, 2022
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Harmonie Park taps former mayor to launch land-use consultancy

Marcia Jensen
One of the developers behind the North 40 project along Highway 17 in Los Gatos has brought the town’s former mayor, Marcia Jensen, on board to launch a consultancy. The Bachman Avenue-headquartered Harmonie Park Development, a company with around 10 million square feet under management,...

Referendum throws wrench into Los Gatos’ housing plans

collecting signatures in Los Gatos
Despite Town Council having already decided on how much housing to plan for when it passed the 2040 General Plan earlier this year, an organization pushing for slow growth had managed to get a couple key parts of it put on hold. But the group...

Toll House Hotel officials excited for Italian restaurant secret to get out

hotel officials outdoors
At a public forum last month, when asked about the Town’s financial outlook, Mayor Rob Rennie acknowledged concerns, noting revenue from local hotels had only recovered to about half of pre-pandemic levels. But with the opening of a new fine dining restaurant at the Toll...

Hercules Draft House and Cantina opens

Reyes with his family
After a few years working at Shepherd & Sims, Beltran Reyes, 36, says he’s excited to launch a restaurant in the Los Gatos space where Flights used to occupy. While his previous employer offered American cuisine, Hercules Draft House and Cantina, where he’s one of...

Campbell leaders discuss changes to parklets

Parklet in Los Gatos
The Campbell City Council met on Sept. 20 to discuss a proposed semi-permanent parklet system that would replace the temporary system currently in place, but decided to hold off on taking action on the proposal until at least next month. Parklets have been a popular...

Los Gatos chocolate brand teams up with San Diego tea purveyors

on a pedestal
Chocolatier Michiko Marron-Kibbey, the owner of Los Gatos shop Deux Cranes, says she's enjoyed following how San Diego-based Amy Troung and Lani Gobaleza have operated their brand PARU Tea over the years. And now, for the month of October, Marron-Kibbey is rolling out a collab...

Ecstatic dance company back in-person with Los Gatos events

ecstatic dancers
A boutique Bay Area "ecstatic dance" company is emerging from the pandemic with a series of in-person events in Los Gatos and the surrounding region. ALIXIR DANCE, an Oakland-based wellness brand focused on using free-form movement to build community, has set Tuesday nights at 7:30pm—beginning...

Farmers Insurance extends CZU claim deadline for resident

French's house
It was on Aug. 11 that 69-year-old Lexington Hills resident Sidney French reached out to Farmers Insurance to gain more information about the “Additional Living Expense” coverage on her home insurance policy. That’s the section that’s meant to help customers get reimbursed for costs incurred...

Local Scene: Bakery celebrates 25th; new businesses open

Nothing Bundt Cakes
Bakery celebrates 25th with free cakes Nothing Bundt Cakes is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a cake giveaway. On Sept. 1, the first 250 guests at the bakery, 421 N. Santa Cruz Ave. in Los Gatos, will receive a free Confetti Bundtlet, the brand’s individually...

Anyone want to own a three Michelin star restaurant?

departing composite
Chef David Kinch announced this morning that he’s leaving Los Gatos’ acclaimed Manresa restaurant and soliciting bids for the business and the real estate. Post-pandemic economic realities have put tremendous pressure on high-ticket restaurants, with rising food costs and staff shortages. He’ll wrap up his more...