Farewell to Moonfyre Metaphysical

Posted on January 31st, 2019 by sheldon

If you haven't heard, RockieArambula, the owner of MoonfyreMetaphysical has brain cancer and had to close her store of 16 years in Downtown Campbell. Of all of the ways for us to lose a business, this way has to be the worst. When you're around small businesses, you say a lot of goodbyes because things don't work out and businesses close. That's bad enough, but even worse is when you see healthy businesses close because the owner became ill or went through a major life event.

MoonfyreMetaphysical had been a cornerstone of the Downtown Campbell community for most of its 16 years here. They were especially engaged in their earlier days when Downtown Campbell was a struggling retail district that barely resembled what it is today. Before Moonfyremoved in, their space had turned over numerous times in the years before and even as Moonfyreyear after year, ALL of the businesses around it came and went and came and went again.

About an hour before the door at 401 E. Campbell Ave would close as MoonfyreMetaphysical for the last time, I stopped in to thank Rockie'sdaughter Kayleighfor Moonfyrebeing a part of our community for so long and for the role that the store played in helping Downtown Campbell get to where it is now. Kayleigh'svoice broke a little when she recalled how nobody wanted her mom to open the store and everyone thought she was crazy for pursuing her dream of having her own shop. "This little space has been so good to us for 16 years. I just hope that it'll be just as good to whoever gets it next."

We don't know what's next for the old Moonfyreshop, but we do know what's next for Rockieis a lot of cancer treatment that is hopefully followed by many years of slow recovery. What's next for Rockieand her family are a lot of difficult choices and unexpected expenses that would have been a strain to cover as the owner of a humble retail shop and will be even harder to cover as the former owner of a humble retail shop.

Most people who start businesses like Moonfyredo so because it's their passion, not because it's the best way for them to maximize their income. If something should happen and they're suddenly unable to continue, there is no soft landing. Rockieisn't able to go on disability and collect a paycheck while figuring out how to navigate her new normal and there's no such thing as severance pay, vacation payouts, or unemployment benefits for a small business owner.

One day you are the driving force behind one of the longest running retail shops in a thriving downtown and without warning, that is taken away from you. You're left with nothing all while you're working to regain your speech after having brain surgery.

This is the reality that our friend Rockieand her family are facing today. A GoFundMe pagehas been setup for Rockieto help her. If you can contribute a little...Read More


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Dragonwell (Long Jing) Tea

Posted on January 5th, 2019 by Steepers

There's so much to learn about tea. I've always know that there are different grades of some teas. Dragonwell (Long Jing) is a good example. This is a green tea produced mainly by hand and pan roasted and comes from around Longjing Village in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China. Authentic Dragonwell is said to come from the West Lake area. Care should be taken because teas sold as Dragonwell are not always authentic.

There are 6 recognized grades of this tea. To put this in perspective, I could sell a 2oz bag of this tea from $20 to $325! The emerging wealth of the Chinese enables the them to snap up the rare teas. The best leaves are plucked before the rains in April.

Dragonwell is considered fit for an Emperor

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Have you submitted your nomination for Citizen & Business of the Year? If you know a person or business that has gone above and beyond to help Campbell and the community, let us know about them!

Nomination forms are due to the Chamber on Thursday, January 10th at 5pm.

Forms can be found at the links below:

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Football fans, the Campbell Kiwanis Club is looking for some last minute volunteers to help them staff the College Football National Championship taking place at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara this Monday, January 7th. They need people in all sorts of capacities. They need help serving food, pouring beer, answering questions, and taking people to their seats.

The time commitment will be from approximately 11am to 9pm. You'll need to be at Avaya Stadium on Coleman Ave. no later than 11:30am to catch a shuttle bus to Levi's and the bus will return you to Avaya sometime around 9pm. You'll catch the game, get fed, and receive some swag as a memento of your day!

For every 8 volunteers the Kiwanis Club gets, the event organizers will donate enough money to the Campbell Kiwanis Club to send one financially challenged kid to college. You'll be helping some young people realize their dreams.

If you'd like to volunteer, please email JR McKee at [email protected].

Thanks and please share this with your friends!

The logo of the College Football National Championships is copyrighted and is being used here to promote a charitable cause related to the event.

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Happy New Year everyone! As we welcome 2019, we also have to say goodbye to a cornerstone of the Downtown Campbell community for the past eight years. Andrea Buswell​ and her Frost Cupcake Factory​ are graduating from Downtown Campbell University and is now one of our alumni. While we're sad that Andrea and Frost is leaving us, it's for all the right reasons. We couldn't be happier or prouder to watch what Frost Cupcake Factory will be able to do now that it'll finally have the larger kitchen that it desperately needed years ago. It's amazing that Frost has been able to service some of the largest corporate customers in the Bay Area with custom made to order goodies and participate as a vendor in events as big as the Superbowl from that teeny kitchen.

This move is long overdue and we're happy that you were able to squeeze out some extra years with us, Andrea! We're going to miss your spirit, your work as a past Downtown Campbell Business Association president, the fun and whimsy of all things Frost, and most of all we're going to miss having you and your crew around. You're a Campbell girl and we'll always recognize you as one of ours and will cheer for everything you do. Thank you for all of your contributions to your hometown and thank you for your leadership during a time in which Downtown Campbell really needed all the help it could get.

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