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San Carlos: The City of Good Grooming

San Carlos: The City of Good Grooming

Just how many hair salons are there in San Carlos? The city’s website lists two, but only includes those with a valid registration, zoning clearance and website that lists their SC address. The Chamber of Commerce lists seven as members. So the Laurel Street Spy did a little scouting and here’s the tally: Hair Salons: [...]

Jill Hyatt, owner of Hyatt's Hair Studio, and Shaneita Wilson

Where to Get Dreads and Sisterlocks in San Carlos

One of the newest salons to open in San Carlos is carving out its own niche on the quiet 1300 block of Laurel. “We’re multicultural here. We offer services to African Americans,” said Jill Hyatt, owner of Hyatt’s Hair Studio, although she stresses she welcomes everybody and is experienced in handling just about any type [...]

Want ‘The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo’ Look?

Want ‘The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo’ Look?

Swedish bargain retailer H&M opened at Hillsdale Mall Thursday and just in time it appears. H&M has announced a new clothing line inspired by the upcoming movie, ‘The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo’ based on the best selling book by Swedish author Stieg Larsson. The movie stars Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara in the role [...]

Mike Sawyer, Founder of ShopNow

The Man Who Wants to Make Your Retail Search Way Easier

Ever tried to search online for a brick-and-mortar store, only to pull up a bunch of useless listings? San Carlos entrepreneur Mike Sawyer had the same frustrating experience, motivating the high tech product manager to create ShopNow, an iPhone app he calls, “clean and easy to use.” By “clean,” Sawyer means “listings that reflect reality,” [...]

Party at Geoffrey’s Diamonds? Not Exactly

Party at Geoffrey’s Diamonds? Not Exactly

That steady stream of smiling people going in and out of Geoffrey’s Diamonds and Jewelers today? ‘Twas the start of a 4-day “preferred customer sale,” marking the kick-off of Geoffrey’s retirement sale. If you didn’t hear about it, you’re probably not a preferred customer who was alerted by mailer, Twitter or Facebook. If you are [...]

800 Block of Laurel To Get Sweeter…Nothing Bundt Cakes To Open

800 Block of Laurel To Get Sweeter…Nothing Bundt Cakes To Open

Beginning next week, fans of Nothing Bundt Cakes won’t have to trek to San Jose or Sunnyvale to buy decadent baked treats with a hole in the middle. The franchise bakery was due to open this week at 864 Laurel, but owner Carol Basch says there are so many “pieces and parts” still coming together [...]

Dave Peck, Social Media Expert & Author

San Carlos’ Biggest Twit: Meet Dave Peck

Not that kind of twit, definition #5(b) on Urban Dictionary: “a user of the social network Twitter.” According to the website Twitterholic, social media expert Dave Peck of Bullfrog Media is the San Carlan with the most followers: 75,849 with more than 34,000 Tweets. So how did Dave Peck, as in Peck-the-younger of established Peck [...]

Spied: Cozy Costume Deals & Boots for Woody & Pirates

Spied: Cozy Costume Deals & Boots for Woody & Pirates

Face it. As a parent, the window of opportunity for dressing your child as a bee or a cow or a floppy ear dog is pretty short. Before you know it, the kid wants to hit the streets as a ghoul or a vampire or the scary Scream guy, although there’s usually a nice transition [...]

Batman! The raincoat!

Spied: Double Duty Rain Coats for Kids

Ten Toes owner Athena Bradley says when it rains, there’s a rush of parents looking for rain gear. This season, she’s ready to go. Didn’t realize Ten Toes carried anything but shoes (including Natives that look like Converse except made of that EVA stuff), socks and some accessories. Right now, the shop at 641 Laurel [...]

Creekside Books, 1133 Eaton Avenue, San Carlos

The Ollivander of Eaton Avenue

A man walked into Creekside Books on Eaton Avenue and after wandering around a bit, called out, “Are there…categories?” Following a brief chat, shop owner Andy Miller guided the customer to a small, unmarked section of military history books. “How long have you been here?” the man wanted to know. These are two of the [...]

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