Stanford Electric Works – 100 Years of Quality Aug11

Stanford Electric Wo...

I wish I’d known about Stanford Electric Works two years ago. I would have saved the heartache of having to trash my favorite reading lamp. That lamp was a major part of my college experience. While attending college, I often kept my bedroom lights on until 2 AM studying or writing a term...

Before Google, there was Sports Page! Aug04

Before Google, there...

I’m not much of a bar hopper. To some of my friends, I am the definition of “boring” and I’m okay with that. I am a cheap date; two drinks and I’m as happy as someone who’s had twelve. However, a lightweight like me can have a change of heart. As a person who doesn’t visit bars often, I was...

Ristorante con Passione Jul30

Ristorante con Passione

When I walked into Ristorante Don Giovanni in downtown Mountain View, I was immediately drawn to the beautiful noise of sizzling coming from the kitchen and the clattering of pans cooking beloved Italian dishes. We don’t always pay attention to these small things, but behind every dish being served, each glass of Cabernet Sauvignon being poured and the delicate decorating of tiramisu is a unique story of hard work, passion, and giving. These are things no online review can capture. John, Owner, has been sharing his love for Italian food with customers for 26 years. Since 1997, locals in Mountain View have enjoyed fine Italian cuisine. Local...

Odd Fellows Apr29

Odd Fellows

I’m sure you’ve seen this building if you spent any time at all downtown. It is on the corner of Villa and Castro and it is owned by the Mountain View Odd Fellows. I recently met some local lodge members. The Mountain View lodge is interested in recruiting new members and reconnecting with...

Humane Society Silicon Valley Apr24

Humane Society Silicon Valley

I went on a tour of Humane Society Silicon Valley a few weeks ago. They shattered the stereotypical animal shelter ideas that I had. They call themselves and “Animal Community.” Honestly, the place is like Four Seasons Hotel for animals. The cats and dogs are in private little hotel rooms with lots of windows for future families to look in at them. Some of them have a back door that goes out into a private little sunny patio. None of those wet concrete slabs and no steel cage doors that you usually see when you go rescue a pet.  I brought my friend Julie with me on the tour because she’s a dog lover and I knew that she would be really into...

Composting Mar25

Composting

We are a community of smart, caring people who are concerned about the environment. It only makes sense that Mountain View has a few composting options. The first thing we can do is support restaurants that compost, as they are putting in the effort to divert materials away from the landfill and instead return it back to the Earth. It is being turned into nutritious soil. Here’s a list of the restaurants in Mountain View that are currently participating in Recology’s Commercial Composting program: -           Hobee’s (2312 Central Expwy) -      Scott’s Seafood (420 Castro) -       Crepevine (300 Castro) -           Sono Sushi (357 Castro)...

Harmony and Cijjo

Yesterday our office went out for spa-day together, manicures, pedicures, massages and then lunch. That’s one great thing about working at the Chamber of Commerce; we know all the good places to go in Mountain View.  We went for hot-stone massages at Harmony Reflexology Spa. And manicures or pedicures at Spoil Me Salon. Those two businesses are just a few doors apart from each other in Blossom Valley Shopping Center at the intersection of Miramonte and Cuesta. It worked out perfectly. I organized the appointments so that we were in two groups and we traded places (businesses) after an hour.  Harmony Reflexology Spa has been open less than a...

Spoil Me Salon

I have been spoiled. I went to the new Spoil Me Full Service Salon last week. Tanya Momi, owner of Spoil Me Salon, has been in business in Mountain View since 1988. The salon has moved several times in the last 26 years and the clients have followed. The new location is in the shopping center at the intersection of Miramonte Ave and Cuesta Drive, Blossom Valley Shopping Center. I love that I can park my car and go to the post office, Safeway and Spoil Me Salon all in one convenient stop.   I had a manicure and a spa pedicure. Tanya has a different approach than other places I’ve been to recently. The first thing I noticed is that she buffed...

Empire Vintage Feb19

Empire Vintage

Did you know that we have a new vintage clothing store in downtown Mountain View? Yes, Empire Vintage opened about a month ago. They had previously been in Palo Alto for 4 years and were very successful there, but decided to relocate to beautiful downtown Mountain View and aren’t we lucky!...

Asian Box Feb11

Asian Box

I always hesitate to say that a restaurant is “my favorite” because competition in this area is so tough that places don’t always stay open for very long. I’m can tell you that I’m comfortable saying that Asian Box is my new favorite. The food is fresh, healthy and clean, just the way I like...

Staff Picks

We thought it would be fun to put together a list of staff picks :  Alicia: Favorite place to people watch – outdoors: Eagle Park Favorite place to people watch – indoors: Starbucks off Shoreline/101 (especially on concert days) Favorite place to see a live performance: Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts Favorite nonprofit: Leadership Mountain View, of course Favorite place to “chill out”: Shoreline Lake Favorite Happy Hour: Scott’s Seafood Favorite bartender(s):  Arturo and Andrew at Scott’s Seafood Favorite sommelier: Winston Jones at Savvy Celler Wines  Diana: Favorite New Restaurant: Paul...

Paul Martin’s American Grill

Paul Martin’s American Grill opened this week. I went to the soft-opening on Friday. The food was outstanding. I ordered a Castroville Artichoke as an appetizer, the Cedar Plank Salmon as my entree, a Meyer Lemon Drop martini or two, and Devils Food Cake for dessert. Of course, I also tried a bite or two from the other plates at my table. All of us kept saying over and over how much we enjoyed our meals. Our waiter was charming. We ordered lots of drinks and took almost 3 hours to finish our meal. I now have the honor of saying that we were the last customers to leave on their first day of business. I’m really happy about this new...

Tour of KMVT Dec04

Tour of KMVT

KMVT invited my office for a tour. We stayed for about an hour and each of us had a chance to get in front of the camera and say a few words about our role at the Chamber of Commerce. They wanted us to see how easy and fun it is to make a PSA or do any number of things to better connect with...

Chomp & Nibble

Mountain View has all kinds of start-ups and they aren’t always technology. I recently read an article “The 6 Types of Startups” and immediately thought of Paula Bogard, founder of Chomp & Nibble. She loves animals and her passion shows.  Chomp & Nibble is a homemade dog food delivery...

Drum Circle

I attended my first drum circle last weekend. It was at East West Bookstore on Castro Street. I’ve gone to quite a few different events at East West over the years, but this was my first experience with a drum. I had never even touched a drum before I sat down to play with 70 other people....