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Strictly Business | Unplug to Power Up: How Vacations Can Boost Business Success

Strictly Business
In today’s fast-paced business world, it’s easy to get caught up in the daily pressure of life, with endless to-do lists, social media notifications and the constant pressure to excel. However, many business professionals overlook the incredible power of taking a vacation. It may seem...

Santa Cruz Bread Boy, Humble Sea collab takes valley by storm

Humble Sea Tavern
The hottest new haunt in the San Lorenzo Valley at the moment is not exactly new. The way the deer gazes out over the space illuminated by bulbs covered by hipster light fixtures, as customers wearing coats and toques sip milky-orange craft beers is...

Boulder Creek Business Association to host inaugural Community Planning Event

Boulder Creek
When it comes to piecing together events to enrich the community of Boulder Creek, few folks do it better than Karen Edwards. As the president of the Boulder Creek Business Association Board of Directors, Edwards has the drive, resilience and connections needed to gather...

Strictly Business | AI in Small Town America: Part III

In this final series, I speak with Jason Borgen, the Chief Technology Innovation Officer at the Santa Cruz Office of Education (SCCOE), and with two local businesses, BraLisa and The Gather Community.  In this concluding segment of our three-part series on AI in Small Town...

Shirli McLaughlin’s final chapter: Friends remember community-building Ben Lomond shopkeeper

Shirli McLaughlin
When I first stepped foot inside the Third Hand Store in Ben Lomond, a Canadian tasked with covering the quirky and community-oriented Scotts Valley and San Lorenzo Valley region for a traditional print newspaper, I was hoping to find some threads to suit the...

Strictly Business | AI in Small Town America: Part II

In today’s news and on social media, you've probably heard the phrase, “The Genie is out of the Bottle,” referring to Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a “new” technology. But let’s take a step back in time. AI research dates back to the 1950s and...

Strictly Business | AI in Small-Town America: A 3-Part Series

In today’s fast-paced world, the term AI is buzzing everywhere. Curiosity about AI and its various tools has led me to explore how AI, ChatGPT and other AI technologies might benefit our Valley’s business owners and industries (myself included). I would like to share some...

First Saison Cellar & Wine Bar to open in Scotts Valley this month

First-of-its-kind Saison Cellar & Wine Bar will launch to the public with a grand opening on Thursday, Oct. 26. Local winemaker and Saison Hospitality Co-Founder and Beverage Director Mark Bright invites the Santa Cruz County community to celebrate his new Scotts Valley wine bar and...

Florist to offer delivery service for San Lorenzo Valley customers

When Bakersfield resident Maria Rios started laying the groundwork for a Santa Cruz County expansion of her flower company, she booked a room at Masood’s Lodge in Boulder Creek so she could teach Watsonville-based Jorge Cervantes and his mom the tricks of the trade. At...

Strictly Business | Opposite of East

I am perpetually on the lookout for fresh insights and novel viewpoints for local businesses whose products and services command our attention and investment.  I listen for businesses that triumph over trials and offer ways to further brand and develop my business and yours. The...

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State certifies Scotts Valley’s Housing Element on first try

During a report at the April 3 Council meeting, Scotts Valley City Manager Mali LaGoe announced the California Department of Housing and Community Development...