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Alex Wu, Kristin Wu, Allie Umber, Alex Vick, Heidi Umber, Susie Vick, Sara Umber

For One Week Only…The Laurel Street Project

A rather ingenious school project is now on display through Saturday at U.S. Bank: a model of Laurel Street. Gasp…it looks like children actually made it! (As opposed to parents …need the LSS say more). Brittan Acres Teacher Heidi Umber assigned the project to her class of second and third graders. Last year, the class [...]

Cruisers on Laurel

Cruisers on Laurel

Just in case you start seeing super short skateboards made of vinyl in eye-popping colors around San Carlos…. They’re called Stereo Vinyl Cruisers. Society Skate Shop on Laurel now carries them and owner Narbe Vagharshakian  likes them so much he even made his own video featuring the Cruiser right on Laurel.  (Yes, Narbe is that [...]

Meet San Carlos’ Very Own Cake Boss

Meet San Carlos’ Very Own Cake Boss

Seen those crazy, sculpted cakes featured on cable shows like Cake Boss? A baker who specializes in 3-D and custom cakes has quietly moved into San Carlos. Ken O’Neil is the owner of Cakewalk Creations. Its new home on the busy El Camino is the former Burrito Express. O’Neil, a graduate of the California Culinary [...]

ABA Hearth & Home's New Location at 1494 Laurel Street

Home For Where The Hearth Is

The north-west corner of Laurel and White Oak Way is looking a little more mid-century modern, along the lines of the Carlos Club, The Light House and J&M Hobby House. ABA Hearth & Home recently moved from its leased space in the busy 800 block of Laurel to its new home behind Trader Joe’s. ABA [...]

Paula Ebejer-Moffitt, owner of Prima Printing

The Perils of Printing When Everyone Has a Printer

Back in the old days, before the rise of desktop publishing and online based printing services, Prima Printing ran its business right on Laurel Street. Then in the late nineties, things began to change for the cottage printing industry. Technological advances made life easier for printers. “When things could be saved as a PDF, that [...]

Gracie’s: Still Talkin’ Turkey

Gracie’s: Still Talkin’ Turkey

Before hand-carved pastrami, the Chicken Caesar wrap or the Parisian sandwich touched down in San Carlos, there was Gracie’s fresh roasted turkey sandwich. Twenty years ago, Gracie (Graziella) Planessi had never thought about creating a signature sandwich. In fact, she didn’t even plan to open a deli. Gracie’s Delectables Deli, Catering and Desserts happened by [...]

J&M Hobby House, 1660 Laurel Street, San Carlos

From Boys to Men: The Evolution of J&M Hobby House

This is first in a series of stories about older businesses in San Carlos that have experienced changes in the community and society….and how they’ve evolved. Around 2 o’clock in the afternoon in the middle of the week, J&M Hobby House at the south end of Laurel Street is bustling with customers. Catch the time [...]

Finally, a Furniture Store For Laurel Street

Finally, a Furniture Store For Laurel Street

Karsten Iwers, owner of upscale Harvest Furniture, waited four years for just the right location to open up in San Carlos and finally, it did: the space next door to the new Peet’s. The store at 677A Laurel will make it Iwer’s third. The other two are – to borrow the parlance of upscale retail [...]

Inside Hive Media, San Carlos

Enter the Hive: Where Branded Social Media Games are Made

Above a restaurant on the bustling El Camino, in a cluster of small offices, employees of a San Carlos start-up are busy developing interactive social media games that don’t just entertain, but connect players to brands. Brian Laing, married father of three daughters at Brittan Acres, is CEO of Hive Media. He says his company [...]

Inside at Shellie's Miniature Mania: Xmas Mania!

Signs of an Early, Outrageous Christmas

Shellie Kazan, owner of Shellie’s Miniature Mania, readily admits to getting totally carried away with the whole Christmas thing this year. Her shop at 732 Laurel has been closed since after Halloween so she could transform the place into, well, you’ll just have to see it yourself. It’s Christmas gone crazy. In a fun way. [...]

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