Gilroy Chamber Business Focus – May 2024

May 20, 2024

What's New with Business

Catholic Charities Is Now Here to Serve South County

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County (CCSCC) strives to end generational or situational poverty by providing social support structures, skills building and access to resources. And with our new Footsteps program, our services are focused on and tailored to our South County residents.

What does this mean for your business? CCSCC’s Footsteps

  • provides support for your employees in areas of public benefits, immigration, mental health, technology training, literacy skill building, emergency preparedness and disaster recovery.

  • offers full-scope employment services, including job readiness, development, placement, and retention. We have clients ready to work. Let us help you fill open employment opportunities within your company.

With a holistic approach, we are here to help South County residents of all cultures and beliefs rise up out of poverty. For more information about what we can do for you and your employees email Christine West at cwest@catholiccharitiesscc.org.

Tempo Opening for Lunch 

Tempo Kitchen & Bar will be opening up lunches from 11-3 PM Friday – Sunday starting this Friday May 24th. They will also be doing Happy Hour every night. They’re open 3-6 PM and for Sunday brunches. Come taste some of the new happy hour and lunch items on Friday May 31st from 4 – 5 PM. 
Gourmet Alley Project Updates

Updates as of Thursday May 17, 2024.

The Gourmet Alley Project continues to move forward with sewer lateral work complete. In addition, water connections have been completed, and work on the drains at the trash enclosures is underway. 

Behind the scenes, our City of Gilroy team, in collaboration with the contractor, have been working on ordering the light poles, bollards, benches, planters, and trash bins. In addition, work continues on finalizing designs and improvements. The improvements, which we believe will greatly enhance the project, include:

  • An improved parking lot design for the Paseo Parking Lot located between 5th and 6th Streets. Once finalized, the new design will provide 80 parking spaces versus the previous design, which proposed 64 parking spaces.
  • Added seven additional street parking spaces at Eigleberry St. along the parking lot frontage.
  • A safety fence separating the Railroad Alley from the railroad tracks. Railroad Alley will also be resurfaced as part of the 2024 Pavement Rehabilitation Project.

We sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through the Gourmet Alley Project. Your support is invaluable to us, and we are committed to delivering a project that enhances our community and downtown.

For information on where to park downtown, we’ve provided our Downtown Parking Guide with a map of available public parking lots. In addition, Visit Gilroy is providing Uber coupons for getting to the Downtown! To receive a $10 coupon for Uber rides, use promo code: downtowngilroy. For more information visit https://visitgilroy.com/discover-downtown/.

Bi-Weekly Meetings for Downtown Businesses

The City will be holding regular meetings to keep the downtown businesses informed of project updates and progress. The next meeting is scheduled as follows:

  • May 29 at 6 PM | Gourmet Alley Community Meeting (Meet at the Gilroy PD Community Room located at 7301 Hanna Street)

Don’t Miss an Update

For more information about the Gourmet Alley Project, please visit the Gourmet Alley Project web page on the City’s website.

Sign up to receive weekly email updates from the City about the Gourmet Alley Project.

Who to Contact

Victoria Valencia: (408) 500-5471 or gourmetalley@cityofgilroy.org

Rachelle Bedell: (408) 846-0443 or gourmetalley@cityofgilroy.org

Armando Gonzalez (on-site during project construction hours): (408) 763-7763

 

Advertise Your Business with the Chamber

To support the businesses impacted by the Gourmet Alley construction, please send your advertisements/promotions in flyer or text form to Cristina Cortes, Community Relations Coordinator at the Chamber to be featured on the Shop Local webpage.

Future Forecasting for Tourism in Gilroy

Visit Gilroy and Gilroy Gardens recently attended a major travel and trade show in Los Angeles, meeting with dozens of tour operators and travel industry professionals from around the world, gaining valuable insights into the sentiments of incoming travel markets. here is what people had to say:

“Gilroy offers something for everybody.”
“The Premium Outlets are a favorite place to shop.”
“Gilroy is a great hub to visit places like Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Jose.”
“Gilroy Gardens is amazing.”
“We love the Taco Trail.

Ag tourism was a common request. This increasing demand presents a ripe opportunity to showcase our regions agricultural heritage, with curated regional itineraries that cater to diverse interests and preferences. Cameron Childers, the Tour & Travel and Education Manager of Gilroy Gardens, offers insight from meetings with potential partners like CA Grown, a program with the goal to connect people with the farmers, ranchers, and farmworkers who produce our food. This could greatly bolster consumers’ awareness and education of hyper-local produce, and lead to innovative ways we bring the agriculture experience to guests in Gilroy.

Gilroy has strong interest from international markets, particularly shown by representatives from China, Mexico, and Germany and the potential exists to develop the markets further.

Gilroy’s tourism assets include Gilroy Gardens, hiking and biking, wineries, breweries, taprooms, the Premium Outlets, a burgeoning downtown scene, and the upcoming Sharks Ice project, just to name a few. Together, these aspects resonated with tour operators from around the world and demonstrate the Gilroy has much to offer!

Amid National Travel and Tourism Week, (celebrated this year from May 19th – 25th), the energy coming on the heels of the California Outlook Forum in March and the Los Angeles Travel Trade Show in May gives a forecast of what to expect for tourism demands in the coming years. By keeping industry trends in mind and meeting the evolving needs of visitors, we can position ourselves for sustained growth and prosperity.

May 6, 2024

Gourmet Alley Project Updates

Updates as of Thursday May 2, 2024. 

Adjustment to Fencing for Trench Work

Major trench work in Gourmet Alley will begin next week. The trench, which will provide access to critical infrastructure for improvements, extends beyond the current fencing limits, which means that the fencing will need to be adjusted to allow crews access to the area. Fencing adjustments will include moving the fence on Gourmet Alley, currently located just north of Fifth Street, to Fifth Street. And moving the fence line on Gourmet Alley, currently located just north of Sixth Street, to Sixth Street.

Due to the need to move the fence, some businesses that currently have access to their business or private parking from Gourmet Alley will lose access during this phase of the project. Our team contacted the affected businesses directly prior to this email to notify them of the change. We anticipate that this phase will be complete in approximately six weeks, at which time we will re-evaluate the fence limits.

In addition to adjusting the fencing’s placement, crews will secure it to prevent persons from moving it and/or entering the construction area.

Deliveries

For larger deliveries, such as pallet deliveries, please contact Economic Development Manager Victoria Valencia at (408) 500-5471 to coordinate. Requests must be received at least 24 hours in advance to give our team time to coordinate with the construction crew. Last-minute requests or delivery trucks that arrive at the site without a prior request are disruptive to construction efforts and will not be accommodated.

Businesses that receive deliveries that can be managed through the front of their businesses are asked to kindly use the Monterey Road loading zones.

May 1 Community Meeting Updates

Thank you for joining us at Wednesday’s community meeting. At this meeting, we provided updates on the project progress, updates to the parking lot design, project contingency updates, information on a city-led marketing plan focused on the downtown area, and information on where to find project updates. A recording of the meeting is available on the City’s YouTube channel.

In summary:

  • An improved parking lot design for the Paseo Parking Lot located between 5th and 6th Streets is almost complete. Once finalized, the new design will provide between 77 and 81 parking spaces, depending on final measurements and configurations.
  • As part of the improved parking lot design, entrances to the parking lot will be adjusted, providing an additional seven street parking spaces.
  • The scope of the project has been expanded to include a safety fence separating Railroad Alley from the railroad tracks. Railroad Alley will also be resurfaced as part of the 2024 Pavement Rehabilitation Project.
  • The City will be launching a $20,000 marketing campaign highlighting available parking, walking trails, bike racks, and upcoming events and activities.
  • Updates regarding the project are provided through the City’s Facebook and Instagram Channels and the weekly Email Express. Business-specific updates are sent to the “Downtown Businesses Email List.”

Bi-Weekly Meetings for Downtown Businesses

The City will be holding regular meetings to keep the downtown businesses informed of project updates and progress. The next two meetings are scheduled as follows:

  • May 15 at 4 PM | Gourmet Alley Project Perimeter Walk (Meet at 6th and Gourmet Alley)
  • May 29 at 6 PM | Gourmet Alley Community Meeting (Meet at the Gilroy PD Community Room located at 7301 Hanna Street)

Don’t Miss an Update

For more information about the Gourmet Alley Project, please visit the Gourmet Alley Project web page on the City’s website.

Sign up to receive weekly email updates from the City about the Gourmet Alley Project.

Who to Contact

Victoria Valencia: (408) 500-5471 or gourmetalley@cityofgilroy.org

Rachelle Bedell: (408) 846-0443 or gourmetalley@cityofgilroy.org

Armando Gonzalez (on-site during project construction hours): (408) 763-7763

 

Advertise Your Business with the Chamber

To support the businesses impacted by the Gourmet Alley construction, please send your advertisements/promotions in flyer or text form to Cristina Cortes, Community Relations Coordinator at the Chamber to be featured on the Shop Local webpage.

SCORE Workshops

Small Business Workshops and Seminars

Review the calendar here.

 

 

 

 

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