Hollister is More Than a Bedroom Community

After reading a Facebook blog from Hollister Mayor-Ignacio Velazquez with his new year resolutions for Hollister, I was compelled to take a trip to the San Benito County Planning Department to see what was going on with my little community.  With all the new construction developing down almost every vacant lot, I wanted to see if Hollister had any permits or potentials for commercial development.  Unfortunately my dreams were not fulfilled and Lowes or Home Depot did not fill the Hillcrest to Meridian spot.

With an estimated 1,200 homes on the horizon, I asked, “Where are all the people going to go? We only have one Target.”  I was told to “be excited” and Hollister is a “bedroom community.”  Although it was not said in a negative way, I could not help to challenge the remark. I am excited for growth and change, not to mention job security for Realtors like myself. But we also need a place for residents of all ages to go and spend their money locally.

For starters we do have Marich and DeBritos delicious chocolate factories that offers special tours to see divine sweets.  Hollister also contributes to a quarter billion dollars towards the San Benito Farm Bureau with worldwide distribution of vegetables, salad, bell peppers, and let’s not forget the Jurevich cherries.  San Benito Bene is a specialty store located in Downtown Hollister, that displays some of Hollister’s most elegant and personalize gifts.  The store’s owner Kathina is a key asset to the the San Benito Olive Festival which is following the successful profit generating Garlic Festival.

When the Board of Supervisors candidate Victor Gomez spoke at our San Benito County Association of Realtors meeting, he said that he “doesn’t see cars driving by on HWY 25, he sees wallets.”  Isn’t that the truth.  Money being spent elsewhere.  Even if a greater portion of sales stays local, we would have more funding for schools, first responders, and road maintenance.

Now that the ground breaking is happening, rest assure Realtors will be reaching out for more commercial development to sustain our growth.  Let’s make our home a better place to live.  Let’s provide necessities for families at the same rate we build homes.  Let’s be the change we wish to see in the world.


San Benito Olive Festival: October 19th, 2013

The Paicines Ranch in San Benito County, just outside Hollister city limits, is expecting crowds of thousands to enjoy some of the counties finest olive oils, wineries, vendors, and more for the 1st Annual San Benito Olive Festival on Saturday October 19th, 2013.  The collaboration with Gilroy Garic Festival promoters, will sure put the Olive Festival on the map for local events in Central California.  Get a taste of Hollister by visiting the official website.

Save The Date: Downtown Wine & Beer Stroll

Wine & Beer Stroll through downtown Hollister from 1:00 – 5:00. Participating businesses will be paired with a local winery where attendees will be poured a 1 oz. taste of wine. Craft beer tasting will also be available at participating restaurants. $25 presale.

Saturday, October 12, 2013
1:00pm – 5:00pm

Downtown Hollister

Participating BusinessesArthur J. Gallagher & Co

Attitudes and Images

Bella Mia Salon

Bishop-Lusink Insurance

DeLuxe Hair Salon

Cheap Seats Grub & Pub

Grillin & Chillin Downtown


Hollister Free Lance

Intero Real Estate Services

Muenzer’s Locksmithing

Paine’s Restaurant and Bar

Pierce Real Estate

Running Rooster

San Benito Bene

SBC Arts Council

Shannon Grissom

She’s Apparel & Shoes

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Beauty Lounge

The Liberty Company Insurance

The Loma Prieta Building

The Pendergrass Restaurant

United Way SBC / Pipal & Spurzem

WineriesAimee June Winery

Alicats Winery

Calera Wine Company

Casa de Fruta Winery

Cetani Vineyards

DeRose Vineyards

Fortino Winery

Graveyard Vineyards

Jayse Wines

Leal Vineyards

Pietra Santa Winery

Puma Road Winery

Teague Vineyards

Wildeye Winery

Craft Beers

Goose Island Beer Company

Firestone Walker Brewery

Lost Coast Brewery