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What Do You Love Most About Los Gatos?

For Valentine's Day, tell us what you love most about the town you call home.

Whether it’s the local schools, the bakery, or the proximity from home to a great hiking trail, everyone has something they love about their community.

Since it's Valentine's Day, we want to hear from you about what you love most about Los Gatos and what makes it so special.

Please post comments and pictures here to show us all your favorite things about Los Gatos!

davidn February 14, 2013 at 10:00 PM
That's hard to say today. We used to have 99% mom and pop stores but today they have mostly given way to chains probably because of higher rents. I enjoy walking downtown because I usually run into someone I know but haven't seen in ages. It is fun getting caught up with new friends. I would love to live in the downtown area a couple of (level) blocks from downtown but that to has become very expensive property. I was born in San Jose but when I got married 43 years ago it was a different place. We rented on Massol. We loved walking to town and eating at the tiny one-room Pedro's, the tiny restaurant Steamer's when it was on N. Santa Cruz, and Johnny Mesa's Grog and Serloin where Double D's is now. Frank Lazano's Los Gatos Market was wonderful with all the Rod Knutson's art. It was a different place but the wonderful memories that I have hang on to and still love the place.
davidn February 14, 2013 at 10:32 PM
I guess I should say that I love the chocolate cake from Icing on the Cake. It is IMHO the in the known universe!
Larry Arzie February 14, 2013 at 10:50 PM
David, I too still love the place, no matter it being so exploited. I guess some of the strongest memories often are of past experiences. If we just don't shop the nationals, they will go away and the rents will lower. If we don't eat in some of the overpriced restaurants they will go away as well and rents will be lower. I always try to patronize local owned business's. It is getting harder but I work at it.
Caissie Stephens February 15, 2013 at 02:53 AM
I enjoy that this town is such a big part of my past memories, as well as it is my present, and my future. I was raised here (moved here at age 4), my husband and two children were born here. I like knowing that I will run into people I know at the stores, that I am sending my kids to wonderful schools with wonderful teachers, and am part of a community invested in the youth, cares for the aging community, and I am raising my family in, not only a beautiful town, but a community. Yes, some changes that have come in the last 40 plus years of living here have been difficult...the closing of Christlows and the down town Sweet Shoppe, the loss of wonderful community leaders, and the congestion of a growing population...The changes definitely have had their benefits. The town's beautification of the Blvd, the modernization of the down town public library, the fountains at the post office park, and the improvement and investment in our schools. I love that I am lucky enough to still be able to live here and share my memories with my children and watch them create their own.
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz February 15, 2013 at 04:24 AM
I do appreciate that Los Gatos is a nice Town. And love the History of it.
davidn February 15, 2013 at 07:24 AM
Larry, What you say is spot on. If one has a choice always patronize a business where the owner lives here in our community. That keeps the local economy going with the owners profits being spent right here and not back east somewhere doled out to fat cat corporate shareholders.
davidn February 15, 2013 at 09:54 PM
I got very excited when someone came up with the idea of putting love-locks on the Main Street bridge. It would have been something the town could have bragged about. It would be seen literally by millions of people. But the LG and CalTrans bureaucrats decided that the fence would become too heavy and fall down onto the freeway. IMHO that is dumb. I'm sure that if that was to happen they would see it coming and could reinforce the fencing. I think it is a wonderful to have something like this and the main street bridge IMHO is absolutely the best place in town because it is passed both over and under. What makes the idea work is for it to somewhere lots of people see it. What's happening with this? If I owned property in town I would personally put something on my property for this. Has anybody approached Olde Towne to see if they could display "millions" of love locks. Mine is in my desk and ready to go up as soon as we find a place for it.
davidn February 15, 2013 at 09:55 PM
There are only a few things that put Los Gatos "on the map". The Cats on HWY 17 used to be wonderful but know the space is overgrown and everybody goes by at 65mph (or more). They don't stand out anymore. The cats in the shopping center are ok but I wish they would have put them closer to the street or even on the Santa Cruz Ave/Hwy 9 corner. Forbes Mill and the other local museums aren't a real attraction. The Billy Jones Railroad and the Bill Mason Carousel could use a lot more publicity (I'd bet less than half of LG residents don't even know they're there. And we can't use those to attract tourists because one can't even get into the park unless one has proof they live in Los Gatos. I'm not saying we want to be like Carmel. We just have to get out there reasons for people all over the valley to want to come here. If they come to see something "famous/unusual/interesting" once they're here they will most certainly stop and shop our unique shops downtown. That equals a better town economy and our home-town merchants would sell more and would then be able to afford higher rents. And we get back our little home-town feel and get the chain stores back in the malls where they belong! Sorry; I sit down to write a short note but they always turn into novels and rants. It just shows that I do care! And if I didn't love our little town so much I'd just be quiet.
davidn February 15, 2013 at 09:56 PM
Personal to Larry A.; We need to get some local artist to become famous so people from all over the world would come to his gallery and we could make the house he lives in a fantastic tourist attraction 0-;
Larry Arzie February 15, 2013 at 10:23 PM
David.....Good idea. We already have a number of world class artists in Los Gatos. BTW the gallery is not mine. It is a collaboration of local Artists under the Umbrella of the Museums of Los Gatos. Hopefully we can keep it going for a very long time. Taste is a learned trait. Without an art gallery Los Gatos would lack some ability to learn. We have kept an art gallery at this location for over 30 years. We want it to stay a gallery and do not want to have to find a different tenant. We are happy to be in a position of underwriting this venue but our town manager is making it survive in the environment he has helped to create.

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