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February 21, 2024

Iconic ice cream, food truck businesses change hands

LaLi Kates, founder of both Food Trucks A Go Go and Aunt LaLi’s Treats, a leader in the food truck industry, has announced the successful sale of the businesses to Josh Swart. The acquisition marks a significant milestone for all involved parties and presents exciting...

ATM stolen from Spanky’s Café

After consecutive break-ins, Spanky’s Café in Ben Lomond is now missing an ATM. The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office confirmed deputies responded to a report of a burglary at an establishment along the 9500 block of Highway 9 on May 12. “An ATM was stolen from...

Ben Lomond resident takes helm at Coffee 9

Mo L’Esperance got her start into food service at a pizza place in Southern California. “I got hired as a cashier,” she recalled. “Within two weeks I was in the back cooking, because it was more fun.” And after stints “back-of-house” in San Francisco, along the...

Ben Lomond businesses rejoice as Highway 9 reopens

The March 31 reopening of Highway 9 south of Ben Lomond, after months where crews fought to clear a landslide and repair the San Lorenzo Valley lifeline, has brought plenty of joy to the spirits of Ben Lomond business owners. Raffaele Cristallo, the proprietor of...

Boulder Creek man turns passion for knives into burgeoning business

Boulder Creek resident Lee Ross wanted a knife since he was 7 years old. His parents got him one after he turned 8. “I still have the stitch marks to show for it,” he says, wistfully, ruminating on the value of a good blade, following...

San Lorenzo Valley welcomes new restaurants

San Lorenzo Valley residents, rejoice! Our taste buds have been invited to dance with two new restaurants: Aroma in Ben Lomond and The Grove in Felton. Read on to learn more about each. Aroma presents local flare Chef Mario Ibarra is a well-known and beloved part...

Salesforce Cancels Contract with Retreat Center

Salesforce 1440 Multiversity
As Silicon Valley’s post-pandemic pullback continues, the 100 promised jobs at Scotts Valley’s 1440 Multiversity are the latest to have hit the chopping block, as Salesforce axed its contract with the retreat center. Employees have been scrambling to find new employment and nonprofit service providers...

Beck’s Shoes opens Boulder Creek location to much fanfare

For 104 years, the Beck family has been outfitting folks with footwear made to last. In 1919, Ole P. Beck launched the family business in downtown Salinas, and since then, the eponymous shoe store has been synonymous with quality brands and accessories. Boulder Creek is...

Hwy 9 closure squeezes Ben Lomond businesses

The fallen branches have been neatly arranged along a rock border next to the La Placa Family Bakery parking lot as the sun streams down through the redwoods to the red translucent awning, but here along Highway 9 in Ben Lomond, the storms are...

Making Affordable Housing a Reality in Scotts Valley

In December, as Scotts Valley approved 52 new housing units—including eight that will be affordably priced—at the new Oak Creek Park “gateway,” Council members learned these won’t count toward the 1,220 homes they have to plan for over the next eight years. Elected officials say...

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News Briefs | Published Feb. 16, 2024

Supervisor candidate forum set for Friday Seniors Council of Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties will be hosting a forum for District 5 supervisor candidates...