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February 24, 2024

Groundwork moves ahead for new warehouse

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Work continues on the new massive beer and restaurant supply warehouse just off of Highway 1 (between Riverside Drive and Green Valley Road) on the Manabe-Ow property in Watsonville. Approved by the Watsonville City Council in March, the 155,847-square-foot, two-story industrial warehouse is still in...

New laundromat opens in East Lake Village

robert ruiz laundry room east lake village shopping center
A new laundromat has opened in the East Lake Village Shopping Center.  Owner Robert Ruiz said Laundry Room features 30 driers and 35 heavy-duty washing machines that can handle from two to eight loads (80 pounds) of wash. The 2,000-square-foot facility, which replaces a former laundromat...

Bruce W. Woolpert Algebra Academy makes first full return since pandemic

Michael Rozen said Aug. 1 he would rather be playing sports with his friends than attending the weeklong Bruce W. Woolpert Algebra Academy offered by Graniterock.  While Michael stopped short of admitting an affinity for math, the 13-year-old admits the experience will prepare him for...

Planners OK drive-thru Starbucks on Freedom Boulevard

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During the pandemic, a white-haired man pulled up to Taqueria Mi Tierra 2 on Freedom Boulevard and began to honk his horn, believing that a carhop would come out to take his order.  The man was remembering the days when the building was still the...

Cannabis dispensary opens in Watsonville

catalyst cannabis
Watsonville has gotten its newest retail cannabis dispensary. Catalyst Cannabis, which has 17 other locations statewide, is the city’s third pot shop. The store opened on June 2, and plans a grand opening for the end of July. General Manager Jon Kolodinski has roots in Santa Cruz...

Toadal Fitness opens in Watsonville

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A long-standing fitness center—Toadal Fitness—has opened a new location at 25 Penny Lane in Watsonville. With other locations sprinkled around the county including downtown Santa Cruz, Live Oak, Westside Santa Cruz and Scotts Valley, the Watsonville location threw a soft opening Monday. “While the previous...

New Watsonville shop features vintage clothing, candle making and more

TBH East lake village shopping center
After researching and running multiple pop-up venues, Eve Ayala and her wife, Teresa Madrigal, have swung open the doors to their new shop, TBH (To Be Honest). “We're locals, born and raised in Watsonville,” Ayala said. “We are second generation Mexican women. Our shop comes...

Miyuki Restaurant goes on the market

Miyuki Restaurant owner Chris Ishikawa
Chris Ishikawa took over as owner at Miyuki Japanese Restaurant in 2016 after starting off as a busboy and a server, before making his way behind the sushi bar where he and the kitchen staff continue to make what most consider the best sushi...

Store hands out 8,200 pounds of chicken to Second Harvest

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WATSONVILLE—Second Harvest Food Bank’s efforts to aid Pajaro flood victims received a boost Wednesday when Staff of Life Natural Foods and Smart Chicken donated more than four tons of chicken.  With the Smart Giving Program, Staff of Life Natural Foods and Smart Chicken donated over...

El Frijolito expanding and remodeling

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WATSONVILLE—For nearly four decades, El Frijolito restaurant has been serving traditional Mexican fare in its sit-down dining room at 11 Alexander St. Now in its 38th year, the place is perhaps best known for its walk-up window on the 400 block of Union Street, which...
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TEDxSantaCruz 2024 announces April event at Cabrillo College

South Santa Cruz County will be well represented at this year’s TEDxSantaCruz event, which returns April 13 and will be held at Cabrillo College’s...

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