GamePlace coming to First Century Plaza

January 14th, 2010 by John Vink

A GamePlace location is moving into First Century Plaza at 747 South Winchester Boulevard.


GamePlace advertises itself as a place for buying and trading video games and repairing video game consoles. They carry Xbox, PlayStation, and Wii items.


Subway Coming to New Retail Building at Winchester and Williams

December 19th, 2009 by John Vink

A new Subway franchise is coming to the new retail building at 980 South Winchester Boulevard.


The new Subway sign appeared around Friday, December 18.

With an existing Subway location at Santana Row and another at the corner of South Winchester and Campbell Avenue, this makes Subway the third most common franchise on South Winchester Boulevard. The most common is 7-11 with five locations, although the 7-11 at South Winchester and Sunnyoaks Avenue was recently closed due to a fire on November 20, tying it with Starbucks with four locations.

Holiday Events at Psycho Donuts

December 10th, 2009 by John Vink

Psycho Donuts at 2006 South Winchester Boulevard is holding a number of seasonal events.


Psycho Donuts’ Holiday events begin on Saturday, December 12 with “A Nightmare Before Hanukkah.” Beginning at 10:00am, customers can perform Karaoke in the Psycho music studio, courtesy of Korkaraoke. Customers who perform a holiday karaoke song will receive a free donut. Original Christmas art work and off-beat ornaments, by local artists such as Christine Benjamin and Carlos Villas, will be available for sale. Unusual stocking stuffers will also be available for purchase. A new donut, The Star of Donut, will be available to help usher in the first day of Hanukkah.

In parallel, Psycho Donuts will launch “The Twelve Daze of Donuts,” beginning on Saturday December 12. Each day, another off-beat Christmas donut will become available. On Christmas Eve, customers can order a dozen of the unusual Christmas donuts. The first Christmas donut, Jingle Balls, is a combination of red and green donut holes with an eggnog custard filling. Grandma’s Revenge is an “injured reindeer” donut, a reference to the perennial Christmas song “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer”.

New Demented Snowman donut

New Demented Snowman donut

Psycho Donuts owner Jordan Zweigoron said, “Most retail environments serve up an ordinary Christmas experience. Psycho Donuts aims to break that tradition, and deliver something extraordinary and different. Santa may not be delivering gifts to Psycho Donuts this year.”

Customers who follow Psycho Donuts on Twitter and Facebook will discover opportunities to win free Christmas donuts.

Chipotle Coming to Abandoned Burger King Building

December 7th, 2009 by John Vink

Chipotle is moving into the abandoned Burger King building at 369 South Winchester Boulevard between Fuel and Khanh’s Garden, across from Santana Row.

Banner showing Chipotle coming soon

Banner showing Chipotle coming soon

The Burger King previously at this location has been closed for 10 years or more.

Chipotle is a fast-food Mexican Grill, serving standard fare such as burritos, tacos, and chips and salsa.

The banner appeared recently on the building. There is no information about how soon the new restaurant will open. Permits filed with the City of San Jose in November show a plan to demolish the existing fast-food restaurant and the construction of a new 2377 square foot fast food restaurant on a 0.64 gross acre site. A permit filed in 2007 showed plans of a Starbucks opening at that location.

Cathy Hair and Nails Opens

December 2nd, 2009 by John Vink

Cathy Hair and Nails has moved into 860 South Winchester Boulevard at the previous location of CK Salon.

Cathy Hair and Nails

Cathy Hair and Nails

The salon offers hair, nail care, manicure, pedicure, facial, and waxing services for men, women, and children. They carry a selection of the hair care products such as Mattrix, Paul Mitchell and Joico.

The store front also advertises Colour, Perm, Highlights, Japanese Magic Straight Perm, Manicure, Pedicure, Eye Brow Wax, Acrylic Pink & White, Straight Face, and Eyelash Perm.

The site of CK Salon as taken from Google Street View.

The site of CK Salon as taken from Google Street View.

Cathy Hair and Nails are open Monday-Saturday from 10:00AM to 7:00PM and on Sunday from 10:00AM to 6:00PM and walk-ins are welcome.

The UPS Store moves from Orchid Plaza to West Park Plaza

November 19th, 2009 by John Vink

The UPS Store has moved from the Orchid Plaza at 812 South Winchester Boulevard to the West Park Plaza at 1321 South Winchester Boulevard at the corner of South Winchester and Payne.

The new UPS Store at West Park Plaza at Winchester and Payne, beside Nails Amour

The new UPS Store at Regency Center at Winchester and Payne, beside Nails Amour

Also moved out of Orchid Plaza is Audible Arts. They have moved to 412 East Campbell Avenue in downtown Campbell.

Audible Arts has also moved out of Orchid Plaza.

Audible Arts has also moved out of Orchid Plaza.

Restaurant AI closes

November 7th, 2009 by John Vink

Opened earlier this spring, Restaurant AI at 1317 South Winchester Boulevard has closed.

Closed Restaurant AI

Closed Restaurant AI

An eviction noticed was taped to the front door by the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office on October 23, 2009. The restaurant’s web site states “We closed the restaurant. We really appreciate you coming.”

Shell station closes

November 3rd, 2009 by John Vink

The Shell gas station at 1025 South Winchester Boulevard at Williams has closed.

The Shell gas station at the corner of South Winchester and Williams has been closed.

The Shell gas station at the corner of South Winchester and Williams has been closed.

Ramin Kouchesfahani, operator of Winchester Gas & Quality Auto, is uncertain of the future of the gas station. Kouchesfahani tells the South Winchester News, “I don’t know what will happen in the future, but there are few contract issues with Shell that are being worked out. I am sure it will emerge as a gas station again but under what name no one knows at the moment.”

The signage identifying the station as a Shell station has been covered.

The signage identifying the station as a Shell station has been covered.

Psycho Donuts holds special Halloween events

October 22nd, 2009 by John Vink

Psycho Donuts will be holding a number of events at their shop at 2006 South Winchester Boulevard in Campbell on October 31.

Psycho Donuts owner Jordan Zweigoron said, “Halloween and Psycho Donuts go together like Frank & Stein. On Halloween, prepare for crazy antics all day and night. We’ll have Zombie Nurses, green donuts, monster-inspired original artwork for sale, and even donuts dressed in costume.”

The schedule of events is:
10:00am – 12:00pm; Psycho Costume Karaoke. A collision between costumes, karaoke, and padded cells – with insane KJ, Korkaraoke. Customers who perform karaoke in costume will receive a free regular donut.
1:00pm – 1:30pm; Zombie Nurse Costume Contest. Come dressed as a Zombie Nurse. The best costume, by popular customer demand, will win a Psycho Donuts t-shirt.
2:00pm – 2:30pm; Bobbing for Donuts. 4 lucky contestents must pick up a donut hole from a trough of soupy donut glaze (no hands allowed). Contestants to be selected among Twitter followers and Psycho Donuts Mobile Fan club members.
9:00pm – 10:00pm; Live Music. DJ/singer act, Raw-G$, will perform a live set, in costume.

Psycho Donuts will be open on Halloween Day from 8:00am – 11:00pm. For more information, call (408) 378-4540, or visit Psycho Donuts online at

Flamenco and Sevillana night at the El Habanero

October 19th, 2009 by John Vink

El Habanero Restaurant will be hosting a Flamenco and Sevillana night on Sunday, November 1st at 6pm. The event includes a show and dinner.

Flamenco is a Spanish musical genre, also popular in Japan. Sevillana is a popular flamenco-style dance from Seville. Koko de la Isla will be dancing. De la Isla has been studying dance from the age of 10 and has studied dance and choreography from the University of California Irvine. Also performing will be musicians Geoff Hawkins on guitar and Virginia Juan on vocals. De la Isla will be joined by dancer Pamela Martinez.

Dinner will be your choice of Ropa Vieja with rice, beans, salad, bread and plantains, Arroz con pollo, salad, bread and plantains, Pechuga a la plancha, rice, beans, salad, bread and plantains. A vegetarian option of Vegie fajitas with rice and beans will also be available.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for children under 11 in advance. Tickets at the door are $30 and $15. For reservations, call (408) 557-8914.

El Habanero is a new Cuban/Mexican restaurant located at 3132 Williams Road behind Mizu Sushi in the Grocery Outlet complex. It is in the spot previously occupied by Angelino’s Pizza. They are open for lunch 10:30-2:30 and dinner 4:30—9:00, closed Mondays.

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