Newsletter

April 5, 2018

Spring Wine Walk
April 21
  • Fine Wine, Live Music, Great Shopping, and Charming Downtown
  • Sip tastings from 40 local wineries!
  • Stroll through Downtown Los Gatos to enjoy wine tasting and food samples at local shops and restaurants.
Must be 21 or older to participate. Event will be held rain or shine. No refunds.

Tickets $50   Includes wine glass and wrist band for all the tasting sites


Hoping you have all picked up the Metro's Best of Edition. Congratulations to our Chamber members are recognized:
  • Flights
  • Enoteca la Storia
  • Manresa Bread
  • Los Gatos Roasting Company
  • Blue Line Pizza
  • The Bywater
  • Aldo's
  • Dio Deka
  • Forbes Mill Steakhouse
  • Steamer's Grillhouse
  • Andale
  • Great Bear Coffee
  • Main Street Burgers
  • Los Gatos Cafe
  • Mountain Winery
  • Rootstock
  • Testarossa Winery
  • Happy Dragon
  • Romantiques
  • The Wooden Horse
  • Bunches
  • Los Gatos Ballet & Pilates
  • Breathe Together Yoga
  • The Spa - Los Gatos
  • Hotel Los Gatos
  • Music in the Park
Thanks for helping Los Gatos shine!
We Need Your Help!
Volunteer for the Wine Walk!

 
Do you like wine, food and interacting with new people? Would you like help in your community on Saturday, April 21st? We have the opportunity for you! Sign up for a shift or two to volunteer at the Los Gatos Spring Wine Walk, our ever popular wine tasting event. Join us for some fun and possibly new friends!
 
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Hello Spring! Hello Wine Walk!   April might just be our favorite month of the year. The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining and there is excitement in the air. Come and celebrate this excitement with us on Saturday, April 21.  Most would agree that the Los Gatos Wine Walk is the best in the Silicon Valley. With 40 wineries participating, you are bound to find a few new favorites. Thanks to the merchants, restaurants, and the wineries for always making the day so special. Thanks also to our sponsor, Keller Williams. Mark Von Kaenel and company, we so appreciate your generosity and for helping us put on this wine walk.   Take it easy, sip and stroll the day away, enjoy the music and Love Los Gatos!
 
Did you know:   
  • Numu's Historic Home Tours is also on Saturday, 21st. Planning tip: Tour the historic homes and then head on downtown to the Wine Walk!
  • Spring into Green, a Town of Los Gatos event, happens on Sunday, April 22, 10 -1 p.m.   Hear the State of the Town address by mayor, Rob Rennie, then come and visit the Chamber's Booth. We will be "Growing our Community" with fun activities and giveaways for kids of all ages.
I am so appreciative that so many of you came to the first two "Community Vitality" meetings. Property owners, real estate brokers business owners, residents and Town staff - you showed up, engaged, asked questions and shared your opinions. Thank you!

We all can agree that Los Gatos is a pretty special little Northern California town, but I worry that we take that for granted.   We need to put a little love into our streets, into our planter boxes and into our buildings. We sure could use some bright colorful banners lining the streets, a downtown trolley and a parking plan. Let's get creative with ways to fill our vacant storefronts. Though retail has changed in the last few years, there is no reason that Los Gatos cannot try something new and be on the cutting edge.

Anything is possible, but we have to work together, listen to each other and maybe compromise here and there. We also might need to change or evolve and try some new ways of doing things. Here at the Chamber we have a group of Community Impact Partners and an engaged Board who are trying to come up with a few new ideas for the Town. If you would like to help, please get in touch with me. We have research to do, proposals to write and plans to devise!

I know many of you worry about what the North 40 might do to our downtown. Being in this job for the last two years and working with all of you, I am not worried.  I welcome the new and different and the bright and shininess that new development will bring. I welcome the possible sales tax revenue that area will generate. I love the idea of another nice hotel in Town and having room for creative and innovative retail concepts. I love those things because they make our downtown even more special and unique. The North 40 creates a nice bookend for the Town. It will complete us and ensure that we really are a full service community. Don't be afraid of it. Embrace it. I am confident that our Town Council has all best interests at heart. They want to develop that area so that it meets all needs.

We have one more "Community Vitality" meeting. At that meeting, we will present three ideas to you all and then we will discuss and vote on which one we like best. I have the email addresses for everyone who attended the meetings and plan to send three ideas so you can review them and bring your questions and opinions to the meeting. 

Thanks for reading. Join the action. Become a Chamber member and call me if you have any amazing ideas or any questions!

Sincerely,
Catherine Somers
Executive Director, Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce
Upcoming Chamber Events
April Networking Mega Mixer
April 19, 2018
5:00-7:30pm
Our April Mixer will be a mega-mixer at Roaring Camp Railroads with 12 chambers represented! 

Come experience a scenic steam train ride through the redwoods and stroll through the 1880s logging town replica. From 5pm-6pm Listen to music in the beautiful valley surrounded by a redwood forest and enjoy "Taste of Santa Cruz" culinary delights from participating restaurants, Craft Breweries and Santa Cruz Wine Growers Association who will be pouring local varietals. 

5:00 pm Check-In to Receive Pre-Purchased Boarding Pass (Tickets must be purchased in advance) Enjoy Taste of Santa Cruz culinary delights, refreshments, live entertainment and networking.
6:00 pm Board Train 
6:15 pm Train Departs - Wine & Beer provided on the ride and raffle will be held aboard the train.
7:00 pm Train Returns

FREE Parking - Check-In at the Covered Bridge - 
We are thinking of coordinating a shuttle from Los Gatos. Please contact the Chamber if you are interested in carpooling.

 
April 10: Selling - The Essential Skill
Come Lunch & Learn with us as Mel Weisblatt, long-time SCORE consultant and former business broker, will share with us his expert tips and tricks on sales techniques to help advance your business. 


April 24: Bear Markets & How to Mitigate Market Risk in a Diversified Portfolio
  • Sequence of Return Risk - The biggest Risk a Retiree Faces
  • Interest Rates - Where Do We Go From Here?
  • Bear Markets - A Historical Look
Presented by Sean Buxton, Legacy Capital Group
Social Media Workshop
Facebook Business Pages for Brand Development 
Friday, April 13th, 9:00am
 
As a follow up to Facebook Business Page Basics, we will focus on how to expand your Facebook brand and gather followers. 
  • How to create and schedule posts
  • Best practices of Facebook business pages
  • Learn how to Like of Chamber Member FB pages as your page
  • Learn how to add comments, engage and share as your page
  • How to develop social networking partners to share content
Free to any Chamber Member. Register Here
Welcome New Members

Thank you, Renewing Members

Alameda Family Funeral
Kona Ice of Los Gatos
She She Shoes
Anne-Marie Harrop
Lester Investment Properties
Tommy Jones Wine Tours
Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos
Los Gatos Cafe - Downtown
Vivian Soliemani Design
Coldwell Banker  Norcia Real Estate Team
Loss Gatos Eureka Building
Willow Street Pizza
Frangadakis Real Estate Corporation
Los Gatos Lions Club
Women's Pelvic Health Institute
French Theft Lingerie
Ocean View Ranch
Wrights Station Vineyards
Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley
Sereno Group 
Craig Jelinek

For Member Events see our  Calendar
HOT DEALS 
Community Discounts and Offers 

Check out these special offers from our Chamber members.  
  • Enjoy a Summer River Cruise - Riveting Trips
  • C2 California Clean
  • Warrior Camp - TM Fitness
  • Spring Fitness Sale - Addison-Penzak JCC
  • Keep Mice & Rats Out! Thrasher Termite & Pest Control
 To see details on these offers and more click here.
MEMBER TO MEMBER DEALS

These special offers are exclusively shared between Chamber Members. Great offers from...
  • Thrasher Pest Control
  • JCC Los Gatos
 Log into our website today for details, or click here. Show some love for your fellow Chamber members. Post your offer today. 
Los Gatos Town Council
Stay informed, get involved.

All meetings are held inside  Town Council Chambers  located at 110 E. Main Street.
Agendas in advance can be found  HERE.

Town Council Meeting

April 17, 2018, 7pm

May 1, 2018, 7pm

 

Planning Commission Meeting 

April 11, 2018, 7pm

April 26, 2018, 7pm

 
We encourage you to attend these meetings.  The Town specifically wants your input.  If you cannot attend, please email your input to the Council, Planning Commission, staff or the Chamber. If you'd like to be notified about upcoming meetings and Town Events, click here.