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Pandemic Sam I Am (with apologies to Dr. Seuss)

Posted on July 3rd, 2020 by sheldon

Would you, would you wear it with a mouse? Would you, would you wear it to a coffee house?

People are getting better every week about wearing face masks in Downtown Campbell. Thank you for masking up and showing that you care about everyone's safety, but we keep seeing people who seem unsure when they're supposed to have it. To help clear things up, we invited none other than the great Dr. Seuss* to explain.

I am Sam. Pandemic Sam I am.
A mask I wear, I can, I can.

I will wear it in a shop
and wear it, wear it, without stop.
I am masked when on the street,
I am masked when on my feet.
I will wear it when placing orders,
but will not wear it when I eat.

I would wear it with a mouse,
and wear it to a coffee house.
I would wear it when I think,
But would not wear it when I drink.

I will wear it when I walk
and I will wear it when I talk
I will wear it when I’m close
and will wear it cross my nose

I cover my mouth when I’m in line
So my germs are mine, all mine
I wear my mask both here and there
I wear my mask most everywhere

Oh wear a mask I can, I can,
Because Pandemic Sam I am.**

*-A likely story. He said that was his name and he spoke in twisted rhymes so we didn't ask any questions.

**-Toddlers 2 years or younger do not have to be Pandemic Sam I Ams.

Here's a tongue twister for ya.

Tuesday is for Taco's at Tessora's. (3x fast) 😂

Enjoy two Barbacoa Beef tacos with Chipotle Salsa, Crunchy Slaw, Black Bean and Corn salad sides + a beer for $15

We hope you enjoy how we make delicious and fresh tacos each Tuesday. We will serve them while supplies last (meaning they are good so they can and do sell out).

Our patio will be open 4-8pm for first come first serve or order via our online website for pick up options.

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It continues to be a painful time for all of us. It is hard to celebrate anything right now and there are lots of people who passed significant milestones in their lives this month. People became parents and grandparents. Many graduated from high school and college. New chapers began in muted hope against the backdrop of worry.

It's so very hard to celebrate right now, but we can still engage in the important act of recognition. It's Pride Month and so we recognize the valuable individuals who are LGBTQ and members of the greater Downtown Campbell community. When we recognize those who have been marginalized, we recognize our shared humanity and that no matter how different we may seem, we are still of the same human race and all equally deserving of dignity and unabated human rights.

So I recite in a solemnity that is hardened by the persistant pilot light of hope that on this day in history of June 28th in 1969, a catalyst for change happened in New York City. On this day, a police raid at a Gay nightclub called the Stonewall Inn ignited the Stonewall Riots and ensuing days of unrest. The event is now remembered as a landmark moment in the Gay rights movement that has over the course of decades afforded improved rights for the LGBTQ individuals amongst us.

We still have much work to do, but especially in our current time of trouble, we must pause to recognize that we've come out of that period of unrest as a more equal, more just, and more perfect union. To all of our LGBTQ friends, we wish you a belated and prideful Pride Month. May we continue to work on the difficult task of healing and justice together.

As you might know, we've been doing these monthly drawings for prizes where we give you a number of different ways you do something to help Downtown Campbell survive and in exchange we reward you with entries into the drawing. The prizes that we'll be giving away next month in July are all beauty themed so if you're eagerly awaiting the day that Santa Clara County announces that barber shops, salons, and spas are allowed to resume operations soon, you'll want to check out our July prizes.

For this upcoming drawing to be held at the end of July, we've got a special way you can earn free entries. We need your help to up our mask wearing game in Downtown Campbell. Take a photo of yourself in Downtown Campbell with a face mask on and post it to Instagram or Twitter and:

You're eligible to receive up one free entry per day. You can do this as many times as you wish, but they have to be different photos and taken on different days. You must be demonstrating proper wearing of a face mask or covering in the photo. If you're not sure what that is, please read through this post.

Dear Campbell Community,

Thank you, community, for your concerns about the health of our employees. It is appreciated and we hear you. In response to incorrect social media commentary regarding COVID and our best practices we offer the following:

Aqui currently has three hundred and fifty employees. Since January 1st we have experienced two positive CoVid-19 notifications from employees. Both of those notifications occurred in the last thirty days, post the relaxation of the shelter in place directive.

For the protection and privacy of our employees and due to HIPPA privacy guidelines we cannot give any details or release any information to the public about employee’s personal health. At present, one has been cleared and awaiting a return to work and the other is resting comfortably at home in recovery. All employees were notified immediately of the situation and were recommended to get tested.

Since the beginning of this pandemic we have implemented a rigorous cleaning and disinfecting program. We require all employees to wear face masks and nitrile gloves while working, we sanitize workstations after use, and we require hand washing every 15 minutes. Employees showing any of the listed symptoms for CoVid-19 will not be allowed to work.

We have all seen the resurgence of Covid-19 cases due to re-opening of businesses. Unfortunately, we will probably see more cases within our community and environment. We will continue to follow SCCHD and CDC protocols.

Aqui has been serving the South Bay community for over 26 years. Since January, keeping our restaurants open to pay our team has been a monumental challenge. So much has changed in a short period of time – the world around us, our neighborhoods, gathering spaces, the places we work and call home. Life in the midst of COVID-19 has sparked fear, frustration and anxiety all around. It is easy for distractions, criticism and stress to creep in. Social media can propagate emotionally driven information that can snowball into an uncontrollable false narrative. We are trying to look at all aspect of this pandemic; to learn and rethink our approaches. But now, more than ever, we must focus all of our energy on defeating this pandemic and the challenges associated with it. Nothing is more important than ensuring the health and safety of our employees and the community.

It is our sincerest hope that you continue to trust and support Aqui. Thank you for your understanding.

Links to the SCCHD guidelines page will be linked below and you will also be able to find more information on our CoVid-19 under our newswire menu....Read More

Hello DE Family!! We have officially opened DanceWorks registration! Keep in mind we are only allowing 10 dancers for in-person Summer classes with the option of virtual classes.

Thank you everyone for your patience and support during these trying times. We miss our dancers dearly and rest assured the staff at Dance Effects is taking the necessary precautions to ensure some normalcy. Check your emails for details!

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You may have heard that Aqui's Campbell had to close down temporarily due to one of their stafff members testing positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday. Effective immediately, they've suspended patio dining for safety reasons.

I don't know anything more than the information that is already public so I'm not directing nor deflecting blame when I say that things are very difficult right now for all of our shops and we need help from our community to meet us half the way. I read a lot of messages from people who express that the businesses need to take more responsibility to enforce the rules. That's a fair criticism, but please also understand how difficult this is to do in practice when sometimes patrons have no interest in following the rules set out for them. The people working the restaurants have a challenging enough of a job under these pandemic conditions. It'd be asking a lot of them to also be crowd control officers and experts in conflict resolution.

Everyone, we cannot do this without you. You must help us or we're going to have more incidents like this.

You can help us by modeling good behavior when you come down here and encourage your friends and family to do the same. It will be a slow process, but we can get there if we start now.

Downtown Campbell is a very social place and most people aren't willfully ignoring rules. They're just acting like normal decent human beings who read the room and adapt to their surroundings. The only issue is that too many are following the 2019 version of normal (which we all miss dearly). If we want to have nice things, you must must help us move on to the 2020 version of normal.

Please wear a mask, please demonstrate proper distancing, please make room for others, and please don't crowd around the high traffic areas. Livelihoods if not lives themselves are at stake.

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The Downtown Campbell Survival Project has entered round three and it's a perfect time to do our first themed round of prize giveaways. This month, it's all about beauty. We have some really great prizes lined up this month. If beauty's not your thing, we still have a good reason for you to enter.

You will have numerous ways you can enter to win these great prizes.

  • Buy something from a Downtown Campbell business and forward the proof of purchase to [email protected].
  • Share specific posts that have been tagged by us with #VivaDTC.
  • Tag us and post a selfie of you in a facemask while in Downtown Campbell to Instagram.

For full details of our monthly contests, please see the Downtown Campbell Survival Project page.

About All Bodies Welcome Hair Removal

All Bodies Welcome is hair removal for anyone who doesn't feel comfortable getting hair removal in traditional electrolysis clinics. All Bodies Welcome is hair removal with zero judgement. They have a table that holds up to 600 lbs and is wider than most massage tables to accommodate plus sized bodies. Gay, straight, trans, older, pregnant, women, or men are all perfectly normal at All Bodies Welcome Hair Removal.

About Ritual Day Spa


It’s a mad, mad world. Where constant demands drain your soul and your sanity. Where your needs come second to jobs, spouses, and children. And guardian angels nod off when needed most. Here at Ritual, you can escape. If only for a little while. Because sometimes, a little while is all you need.


•-If you win and you can't do anything with the beauty prizes, we'll let you trade in your prize for entries in next month's drawing. You'll get 10 entries for the grand prize and 5 entries for a runner up prize.

We’re back!! Come celebrate our 7 year anniversary with a sandwich from 11am to 3pm this Friday, Saturday, or Sunday! A limited menu and canned beers will be available for takeout only.

We will be extending our hours in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more updates! We can’t wait to see you all again!

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We’re sharing this as a reminder to #shoplocal & #shopsmall. Like so many of your favorite businesses, ours is on the brink, for the first time in 13 years. We hate that our communities are in the position of choosing between our health and our livelihoods. There are no easy answers here.

Thank you for your support!

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Did you see our video about our Giveaway celebrating Day 100 of shelter in place?

Buy $100 in products online between now and this Sunday June 28th and you’ll get a free eye mask AND will be entered to win a free $100 facial! ($100 pre-tax and shipping.)

Shop online at www.ritual-spa.com.

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Hi everyone. One lucky winner will be chosen this Sunday to win this $50 gift card to A'Bellagio in Downtown Campbell! Another will win a $25 gift card to Steepers and 15 will win $10 cards to Blue Line Pizza.

If you made any purchases from businesses in Downtown Campbell between May 11th and June 21st, you have until this Sunday at noon to email a proof of purchase to [email protected] to receive up to two entries per purchase into our June round of prize drawings.

Beauty Services for July's Prize Round

Entries for our July round of our Survival Project Prize Drawings started earlier this week on June 22nd. All entries for purchases made between June 22nd, 2020 and the end of July 2020 will count toward the slate of prizes for July. We'll be announcing our July prizes in a separate post. If you're like getting receiving beauty and wellness treatments, you'll really want to be on the lookout for that announcement.

This week was the week we were expecting Santa Clara County to announce that our salons, barber shops, gyms, and other personal services would be allowed to join the re-opening. As you may have heard, that didn't happen.

The Coronavirus caseload in Santa Clara County and in California in general has not only failed to shrink enough for high touch services like salons, gyms, and spas to re-open, the numbers are trending in the wrong direction.

We need to ask everyone to do their part to help push down the spread of Covid-19. Please wear a face mask in addition to continuing to keep your social distance when you're around non-family members. There has been growing evidence in recent months that face masks are effective in curtailing the spread of Covid-19.

It's also worthwhile to note that in numerous countries where wearing face masks is a common practice, people have been able to go get haircuts, massages, and workouts weeks and months ago. Those countries took different approaches toward controlling their outbreaks, but the one thing they had in common was that people wore face masks to reduce the spread of disease.

As of June 18th 2020, the state of California has expanded its face mask mandate to include when you are:

  • Waiting in line or waiting to enter any indoor public space

  • While outdoors in public spaces when maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence is not feasible

It was already previously required that you must have a face mask on whenever you are inside a place of business. The key change that affects Downtown Campbell is that you now must also be wearing a face mask even outdoors if you are likely to be closer than 6 feet away from other people.

Last week, we asked you to wear a face mask anytime you're in Downtown Campbell. As some of our restaurants have re-opened for patio dining service, people have eagerly come back to enjoy their evenings in Downtown Campbell and it's getting a little too cozy for comfort at times.

We really appreciate you coming out to support our restaurants and retailers, but we really need you to do a better of job of wearing your face masks when you're here. We know you've got them because you put them on when you enter shops as required. Now we'd like to ask you to leave them on because we keep seeing too many people who are too close and are not wearing masks.

We also want you to help us set a good example for all the other downtowns on how to strike a balance between enjoying life and being conscientious of public health and safety during a pandemic. Sure, you're probably not sick, but if you wear a mask and everyone else wears a mask in Downtown Campbell, it's likely that collectively you will have convinced a few people who actually were sick to put a mask on.

Lots of people probably do not know that California's mask mandate has expanded and most people who will come to Downtown Campbell in the next week will never read this message. They're never going to see any of our requests for them to put a mask on, but they will notice if you are wearing a mask.

So please wear a mask! We need your help to make Downtown Campbell safe for more people to enjoy and help push the infection rate down so our salons and spas can get back in action.

Why Wear a Face Mask?

Face masks are not impenetrable barriers to viruses, but they don't have to be to reduce the chances that you will give someone else Covid-19 or get it from someone else. They only need to stop enough virus from getting through to prevent diseases from being transmitted from person to person. They're especially good at stopping any outbound viruses from the wearer.

This is because respiratory droplets that can carry huge amounts of viral...Read More

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Shelter in Place Update for week of June 14th

Posted on June 14th, 2020 by sheldon

We hope everyone is healthy and sane and if you're not, hopefully you're at least healthy OR sane.

Earlier this month, Santa Clara County began permitting restaurant and retail services to resume on a limited basis. Most of our shops and restaurants have taken advantage of the loosened restrictions, but some of them are continuing to operate on a more restricted basis for a variety of reasons.

Al Fresco Dining is In

The big news is that restaurants are allowed to offer dining service outdoors and with proper spacing between tables to allow for social distancing between all dinner parties. The City of Campbell is allowing restaurants to take up open spaces near them to set up additional tables to allow them to serve additional customers.

Even with the expanded outdoor seating, space is limited. You may be asked to observe a time limit for your table.

Not all of our restaurants have opened for dine-in service. Some remain pick-up, curbside, and delivery only. If you're not comfortable with dining out, you can still get your food for take-out and curbside.

Retail Shops Open

Most of our retailers have reopened, but many of them are only going with limited hours. Please be aware that there may be restrictions on what you will be permitted to do in the stores. You must have a face covering at all times when going to a business.

Dressing rooms at boutiques may be closed for safety reasons*. Please contact the boutique in advance to ask about their fitting room policy if you wish to try on items. Private shopping appointments are available at many shops if you ask about them and some even encourage it. There is a maximum number of people allowed into any store (employees included).

Even though many of our retailers are open, they're continuing to offer curbside delivery and online shopping too. Retailers are also allowed to expand out into normally restricted open spaces to allow them to offer merchandise from the sidewalk.

Uncertain Hours

We are all adjusting to the new normal. Nobody's done it quite like this before and so be aware that everyone's hours are subject to change without notice. We're trying to keep accurate hours for shops in our business directory and we will be publishing a page to give you easy reference to everyone's hours. For now, please contact them directly or find them in our business directory to confirm availability.

No Salons Yet

As of today, Salons have not been given permission to re-open yet.

Face Masks are Required

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Survival Project Contest Period Extended to June 21st

Posted on June 14th, 2020 by DCBA

Hi everyone, the past couple of weeks really weren't good times to be reminding people of any kind of ongoing contest and we'll have 17 winners for this round of our monthly drawings so we're going to extend the current contest period out to June 21st.

You'll have one more week to enter to win our slate of prizes for this month:

To enter all you have to do is make a purchase at any business that's in our Business Directory and email your proof of purchase to [email protected].

Wear a Face Mask: Get More Entries

We need your help to encourage people to up their face masking game while they're in Downtown Campbell. Take a selfie of you anywhere in Downtown Campbell and post it to Instagram or Facebook.

On Instagram, you must tag @downtowncampbellca and tag it #VivaDTC.

On Facebook make sure you tag Downtown Campbell.

You can also email your photo to us at [email protected] if you would like us to share your photo. Just be sure to include all information needed so we can credit and tag your account as you wish....Read More