Archive for April, 2009

Santana Row Parking Improves

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

The most frustrating aspect of visiting Santana Row is about to be alleviated this summer. Parking has always been difficult at the shopping complex.

Parking sign at Santana Row directing drivers to lots with spaces.

Parking sign at Santana Row directing drivers to lots with spaces.

Already introduced are new signs that point drivers to available parking spots.

Collette Navarrette, Marketing Manager at Santana Row, tells South Winchester News that the new signs work through sensors that track the number of cars entering and exiting each location.

Parking garage sign showing drivers which levels have available spaces.

Parking garage sign showing drivers which levels have available spaces.

In our investiagtion, we noted that the outdoor parking lot along Winchester Boulevard had 4 spots available, but the parking sign indicated that the lot was full.

Parking sign at Santana Row showing a full lot

Parking sign at Santana Row showing a full lot

The biggest change for visitors is the completion of the parking garage expansion. Navarrette tells South Winchester News that the additional three levels of the parking garage along South Winchester Boulevard will be opening in July and will add an additional 805 parking spaces. A great feature is the addition of a new express ramp which will lead directly from South Winchester Boulevard to the parking garage’s third level. This will eliminate the need for drivers to slowly navigate through Santana Row’s pedestrian-laden streets to the parking garage entrances.

Expanded parking garage at Santana Row to open this July.

Expanded parking garage at Santana Row to open this July.

Shanel’s Flowers and Frames

Monday, April 27th, 2009

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Can you believe you’re looking at freeze dried flowers? How gorgeous are they? Shanels proves that all preserved flowers are not created equally. Gone are the days of hanging a bouquet upside down and watching it shrivel and fade as it air-dries.

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Brides can have their bridal bouquet freeze dried and beautifully framed. Sentimental brides can choose from a variety of custom framing and display options to showcase their wedding flowers in their home.

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Owner Melany Moore began her career as a floral preservationist in 1986 when she opened the San Francisco Bay Area’s first freeze dried floral shop. Melany graduated with a degree in agroecology at U.C. Santa Cruz. Realizing her love for all living things she was drawn to creating the lasting beauty of flowers in dried arrangements. Now she and her husband Mick work together as a happy couple serving other happy couples by helping to create a lasting momento of their wedding day.

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There are always plenty of samples to view in their Campbell, CA showroom. You can make an appointment or just drop by and take a peek the next time you’re in the San Jose area.

Melany Moore
408-378-8096
1865 Winchester Blvd.
San Jose, CA.

Walls raised on new building at Winchester and Williams

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

The new building being raised at 960-990 South Winchester Boulevard now has some walls.

New walls have been erected at the Winchester & Williams construction site

New walls have been erected at the Winchester & Williams construction site

The property used to be an A frame building with a swimming pool in front which housed a cell phone and satellite TV retail business. The A frame and the neighboring residential building building were demolished.

Planning for the development started in February 2007. In permits and zoning documents filed with the City of San Jose, the developers intend to construct a 4,300 square foot building for retail commercial uses, and allow outdoor patio for a restaurant.

However, in an interview which appeared in the March 2, 2007 issue of the West San Jose Resident, Eugene Sakai, a principal with Studio S Squared Architecture, said the site would not be developed as a restaurant.

In an artist’s rendition of the completed building, a cell phone store and a retail store are envisioned.

Artist rendition of what the completed building will look like

Artist rendition of what the completed building will look like

Will Green Cup Yogurt be opening soon?

Monday, April 20th, 2009

A few months ago, construction began on a new Green Cup Yogurt in the newly constructed First Century Plaza at 747 South Winchester Boulevard.

Interior of the Green Cup

Interior of the Green Cup


The interior of the building appears that the business could be a couple weeks away from opening. It is unclear how long the location has been in this condition. An attempt to contact the owners using a phone number listed for the business resulted in a recording that the number had been disconnected.

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Vacant Burger King to be Redeveloped

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

10 – 12 years ago, the Burger King at 369 South Winchester Boulevard across from Santana Row closed down, and the building has remained vacant ever since.

Vacant Burger King building

Vacant Burger King building

An application to develop this property has been received by the City of San Jose. Stegner Development plans to develop a new 4,685 square-foot commercial building with a drive-through or use of the existing 2,650 square-foot commercial building and drive-through. Either way, it looks like a new fast food restaurant.

The application for development was filed in September 2008.

These lights have been on for a decade.

These lights have been on for a decade.


Even though the property has been vacant for over a decade, the fluorescent light above the beverage station has remained on all this time.

Mark Brading of Glen Dennee Company, the developer for the property, tells South Winchester that currently there is no tenant signed up for the property.

Crazy Buffet closes

Friday, April 17th, 2009

In the last couple of month, the Crazy Buffet restaurant at 780 S. Winchester Boulevard closed down.

Crazy Buffet

Crazy Buffet

This was one of those all-you-can-eat Chinese food places. Originally, the building was a Marie Callander’s restaurant until around 2005. The Marie Callander logo is still imprinted on one of the front doors.

The 7,800 square foot building is listed at LoopNet, and is for lease at $19,500 per month. It also has another page showing the property for sale at $4,695,000.

Angel Face Day Spa closes

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

The sign for the Angel Face Day Spa was taken down, and a new For Rent sign has appeared in front of Designer’s Corner.

For Rent sign in front of Designer's Corner

For Rent sign in front of Designer's Corner

Angel Face Day Spa occupied a cottage in the rear of Designer’s Corner at 831 South Winchester Boulevard.

Angel Face Day Spa

Angel Face Day Spa

A passerby noted the graffiti on some planters beside the building and wondered if it was a sign of a neighborhood in decline.

Graffiti on planters beside the old Angel Face Day Spa

Graffiti on planters beside the old Angel Face Day Spa

Jabelle to open at Winchester Pavilion

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

A new store named Jabelle is to open at the Winchester Pavilion at 700 South Winchester Boulevard.  They have just put up the new sign.

Jabelle store at Winchester Pavillion

Jabelle store at Winchester Pavilion

The windows are still blocked, but through an open door, I could tell that it looked like some kind of clothing store.  It’s interesting that the For Lease sign is still in the window.

Before Jabelle, this space was occupied by Little Dollar.  It’s always sad when a business closes, but the less dollar stores and check cashing places in a neighborhood, the better.

No indication when this place will open up.  The sign on the building went up last weekend.