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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 [...]

Pssst…The City’s “Refreshed” Website Is Up

Pssst…The City’s “Refreshed” Website Is Up

The City of San Carlos introduced its website facelift….in stealth mode. The refresh “went live” on Monday, November 7th. Four days later, the City sent out an e-notify email inviting resident subscribers to check out the “refreshed page.” No explanation why the e-notify wasn’t sent out earlier. (The LSS suspects this may have something to [...]

In San Carlos…Light Voter Turnout

In San Carlos…Light Voter Turnout

Will positions up for grabs this off-year election in San Carlos be decided by single digit voter turnout? As of late this afternoon, poll workers were reporting “light” to “very light” turnout. Around 4pm at Precinct #3614 (Church of the Epiphany on Arroyo), out of 1,433 registered voters, 5% had cast their electronic votes. This [...]

Vote! Know Your Polling Place

Vote! Know Your Polling Place

Want to vote on November 8th but don’t know where to cast your ballot? To find your polling place, go the San Mateo County Elections website by clicking here and type in your street address, zip code and birth date. The LSS will post election results tonight for San Carlos races as they’re available.

Pitch Me Baby One More Time

Pitch Me Baby One More Time

With apologies to Britney (and the candidates)… The Laurel Street Spy invited all the San Carlos candidates running for election on Tuesday, November 8th to take the Twitter challenge: make their pitch in 140 characters or less. Here’s what they came up with…listed in alphabetical order. (Variation in character count explained below)   Running for [...]

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. [...]

News Scout: Complaints about Day Laborers; Gaming Company Moving to SC

News Scout: Complaints about Day Laborers; Gaming Company Moving to SC

The Laurel Street Spy scouted local news sources and blogs and found: –If you shop at Home Depot or Lucky’s in San Carlos, you’ve no doubt seen the crowd of day laborers hanging around in the parking lot hoping to find some work. Daily News Staff writer Kristen Marschall reports that shoppers are complaining that [...]

Race For City Council Enters Home Stretch

Race For City Council Enters Home Stretch

Checked in with the three candidates for the two open seats on the San Carlos City Council. Here’s what they had to say: Randy Royce, Incumbent Randy Royce says he, his wife and about 30 volunteers – armed with precinct maps – hit the streets and went door-to-door doing the meet-and-greet and leaving postcards. “We [...]

2 wires, 18 birds by Dublin artist Eolai gan Fheile (See link below)

San Carlos’ Murder of Crows

Like some scary stories, the article on the crow population in San Carlos begs a sequel. The LSS had, in the first piece, failed to consult Bonnie Regalia, owner of The Birder’s Garden on the El Camino. Certainly, she might have something to say about the murder of crows winging it around town. She most [...]

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