Gilroy Today 2012 12 Winter - Page 48

Downtown just keeps getting better! An Update New Businesses Incarnate Faith from South Valley Community Church will be taking over the building that previously housed the temporary library. Amoretto Boutique has a new location in the bank building on the corner of Martin and Monterey. They have added furniture and lots of new products. 1 Stop Moving & Janitorial Supplies has moved into 7377 Monterey. RobotShark, computer repair, is at 7454 Monterey. Gilroy Screen Printing Company has taken over 7440 Monterey. The Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) has also opened an office on Martin Street. And finally, Out & About magazine has a new home near the corner of Eigleberry and Fifth. Amoretto Boutique has a new location, at the corner of Martin and Monterey streets. On The Restaurant Front Bella Viva Ristorante e Caffé will open. Rally Round Downtown Gilroy hosted a pre-official opening event on November 3rd. It was a great night in a fantastic environment and a precursor of some great food at Bella Viva. Old City Hall is coming alive again. Downtown friends Bobby and Fran Beaudet from Station 55 have taken over the lease of the historic structure. Look for California Coastal Cuisine at moderate prices. Downtown is happy to welcome back the outside patio, banquet rooms and the restaurant and bar in this great old lady. The Gilroy Demonstration Garden located between Sixth and Seventh on Eigleberry continues its sustainable mission. It is hard to believe that all the lush growth there today was only an open field in June 2010. Judy Hess, the gardens Director and champion summarizes: “Our goal is to create community around good healthy food. We don’t use chemical, pesticide, herbicide, or fertilizer. We ask our community to work with us, and in lieu of labor, we take food home, good, wholesome healthy food. We do not have our own plots, instead we share so all of our community can share in the work and harvest!” Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme’s catering chef at the Demonstration Garden fundraiser. According to City records, several owners are initiating retrofitting several URM (unreinforced masonry) buildings. Permits have been pulled on a senior center and an apartment complex. And finally, the remains of the bombed out building on Fourth and Monterey are gone and planning for a Spanish-themed building which will house the Social Securing Administration and a restaurant are in progress. The City is also working on guidelines for sidewalk dining. Plans are also being developed for two archways welcoming travelers to “Historic Downtown Gilroy.”