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As of July 31st, the main drag in Downtown Campbell between Ainsley Park and Third Street has been closed down to east/west traffic to allow all permitted businesses on East Campbell Avenue to expand their operations out into the street. Businesses located on East Campbell Avenue can expand outdoor business operations with an approved Encroachment Permit from the City of Campbell. Access to the public parking lot at Ainsley Park is open for curbside pick-up and public parking. More information is available on the City of Campbell's website.

If you like this no traffic setup you can help ensure its successful implementation by doing the following:

  • Support our retail businesses. Many of them take a hit when the street is closed.
  • Enjoy our outdoor dining options responsibly. Come with just your household members and keep your social distance with everyone else.
  • Wear a mask at all times except when you're eating or drinking.

Safety is going to be a large portion of whether this is judged to be successful. With the street closed to through traffic, there'll be more elbow room to allow you to get some fresh air in Downtown Campbell while keeping your social distance, but it's still going to be up to you to do the safe thing so the street closure can continue.

We're doing much better with masks these days, but there's still a lot of people who only wear their masks when they are absolutely required to. Please just wear it when you're anywhere on the main drag. It just makes life easier for everyone. It's just too easy to bump into people when there are people milling about Downtown Campbell and nobody wants to come down here so they can play dodge ball and be on constant alert for people who are walking around without a mask and not keeping their distance.

When you keep your mask on, everyone else can let their guards down a little and just enjoy their time out enjoying a few comforts. There are also a lot of people who are avoiding Downtown Campbell entirely because there are too many people without masks. We need people to feel safe in our downtown so our businesses can survive....Read More

Amazing Wood Wall Art at Redemption

Posted on July 31st, 2020 by REDEMPTION

Humble brag: we are the first shop to carry Faith’s art! So happy I found her because her art really does speak to my soul. Still swoonin over this commissioned collection we received during shelter in place. I get so attached to every piece of artwork in our shop and when they find their forever homes a piece of my heart goes with it ✨

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There's one weekend left in the "Beauty Round" of the Downtown Campbell Survival Project Prize Drawings. You have until the end of the day on Sunday, August 2nd to enter the July drawings to win one of five great prizes that you can take advantage of once beauty salons are allowed to re-open again.

The main prize for the July drawings is 3 hours of Electrolysis Hair Removal from All Bodies Welcome Hair Removal ($360 value) and we have four runner up prizes of $50 gift certificates for services at Ritual Day Spa. See our July Survival Project Contest Post for more details.

Starting this week on Tuesday, July 28th E. Campbell Ave. in Downtown Campbell will be closed in the east-west direction to through traffic to open up additional outdoor space for socially distanced outdoor dining and shopping (but remember to wear your masks). You'll have more opportunities to support Downtown Campbell businesses and win a nice beauty prize for yourself.

The cross-streets to E. Campbell Ave. will not be closed and will remain open for people who want to continue taking advantage of takeout and curbside pick-up.

We have some exciting news. The street closure that many of you have asked for is finally going to happen in Downtown Campbell. The closure will start on Tuesday, July 28th and last for at least two weeks. After two weeks, the move will be re-evaluated and adjusted as needed.

Once the closure commences, any business with a storefront on E. Campbell Ave. will be allowed to expand up to halfway out into the street. There will be more room for restaurants to setup outdoor tables and retailers can move merchandise into outside tables as well.

The road closure only affects traffic traveling east/west on E. Campbell Ave. All of the cross streets will remain open to through traffic and parking spaces on the cross streets will be reserved for curbside pick-up and short term parking for those coming downtown to grab takeout orders. Most of the parking lots in Downtown Campbell will remain accessible.

All businesses must continue to comply with all state and county mandated Covid-19 safety practices. Tables cannot be any closer than 10 feet to allow people sitting at each table to remain at least six feet away from their closest neighbors. Alcoholic drinks can only be sold with meals and must be consumed on location.

Masks are required at all times except when eating or drinking. This includes when you're waiting in line, placing an order, or spending a few minutes enjoying the evening after dinner.

We want to do this, but only if it can be done without sacrificing public safety or the safety of our own crews. If you enjoy having more outdoor dining and shopping, it's up to you to help us keep this going. If people act like this is a festival and see it as an excuse to not wear a mask and ignore social distancing, expect this experiment to be pulled back once the two-week trial has passed.

Opening the street for business use and pedestrian traffic should help reduce congestion on the sidewalks, but it may get crowded at times so face masks are required....Read More

Hello friends. Does anyone know this upstanding young lady in the security cam photos at Bombshell Boutique?

We just wanted to remind her that she needs to wear a mask when shopping in our stores and that it's so very very not nice to steal. If you know her, please ask her if she'd be oh so kind to return the items that she didn't pay for.

First she refused to wear a mask. Then she did so begrudgingly when provided with a disposable one. Perhaps she thought that just because the mask was free, all six items she left with must have been free too.

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Relay for life would have taken place this past weekend on July 11th and 12th at the Campbell Community Center. This year, the annual event took place virtually as the relayers continued working to raise money for the fight against cancer while sheltered in place.

If you missed this event, you can chip in a donation still. You can find a team that you want to support through the Relay for Life website or you can choose to make a donation in the name of Relay for Life Campbell.
https://secure.acsevents.org/site/STR?pg=entry&fr_id=96460

Relayers, feel free to post shout outs and links to your fundraising pages on this Facebook post if you have anything to share with the community.

See below for photos from last year's RFL event....Read More

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Ugh, so it turns out that winter's not over for some of our bears. Our salons, spas, and fitness studios are going to need to return to hibernation after all of this excitement. They'll have to shut down again starting on Wednesday, July 15th so if you have an appointment on Tuesday, it's still valid unless they called you to cancel.

Naturally, we're disappointed, but safety comes first and if Santa Clara County Public Health and the State of California saw something that forced them to reverse course, we know it wasn't a decision taken lightly. We moved ahead under the approval of the public health department and now we're stepping back under the guidance of public health.

Please remember that today's order only affects the businesses that were permitted to resume today so it doesn't affect outdoor dining or our retail shops. Remember that you can always support our restaurants and retailers with curbside and takeout. Be safe and remember to wear a mask when you come down here.

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In these very strange days, both of these opposing realities seem true: every day is Groundhog's Day and things are changing so fast you're not sure what to do.

Control what you can control. Stay centered. Don't get too high or too low.

It's easy to say and hard to do, but it's important enough that it bears repeating. Don't get too high and don't get too low. Stay centered. Control what you can.

Dream small if that's all that's within reach, but work up to something more when you feel up for it. Maybe that's tomorrow. Maybe that's in a year. Just keep in mind what you want your life to look like when this too passes.

Thank you to Murray Ellis (IG: @skydio2_in_cali) for this great sky video of Downtown Campbell winding down after another day.

🎥:@skydio2_in_cali

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FINALLY! Starting on Monday, July 13th, you can once again get a haircut, or a massage, or attend a fitness class in Downtown Campbell again... but there are conditions.

Some services may not be available due to public health requirements and some services may need to be modified. For example, you won't be able to get a facial because you need to be wearing a face mask at all times when you're indoors. At least one of our fitness studios is exercising an abundance of caution and will only hold small classes outdoors or virtually. There's a lot of new normal that we have to get used to so please be understanding.

Things Aren't Normal

Please also keep in mind that our salons, spas, and fitness services been shut down for almost four months and there might be some hiccups in the first couple of weeks as everyone gets back into the swing of things. Then also keep in mind that as much as we want to just enjoy what simple luxuries we're able to have, things are not normal. Everyone will be learning how to operate their businesses differently from what they were used to back in March.

Hours may be erratic, especially in the initial weeks. Nobody really knows how much demand they need to fill so expect hours to change from week to week for a while until things stabilize. Some places might not have the staffing ready on July 13th to offer their normal hours. Please plan ahead and book your appointments in advance. Many places won't be able to squeeze you in if you just show up off the street.

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Just about everything that can open safely in Downtown Campbell is going to be open again. That's terrific and we want it to stay that way. As you surely know, there are places elsewhere that are teetering on the possibility of having to go into shut down again. It's on all of us to make sure that doesn't happen here.

Follow All Safety Mandates

Wear a mask and maintain that glorious six feet of distance as much as possible from anyone you don't live with when you're here. Masks are absolutely required anytime you are indoors and it would make life easier on all of us if you also wore it outdoors anytime you're in Downtown Campbell because seeing a people walking around without masks discourages many people from venturing Downtown to pick-up takeout and we need their business.

Thank you for all of your support in these very strange days....Read More

Julie Dewhirst, the owner of Ritual Day Spa really put on a show throughout the nearly 4 month long shelter-in-place that her little spa wasn't able to be open. What she did during her extended layoff was truly something to admire and she sets the standard here for having the best Shelter in Place game in Downtown Campbell.

Spread across 117 days of shelter-in-place, she put out over 100 days of skin care tips including 80 some videos where she covered quick lessons on skin care basics. She discussed everything from the importance of wearing sunscreen, to techniques for treating common skin conditions, to demos on using professional products for self-care. Please take a look through Ritual Day Spa's Instagram Page if you'd like to pick-up a few random skin care tips or you just want to admire Julie's endurance.

Ritual Day Spa will be open again starting on July 13th (the first day allowed), but they'll only be doing waxing and massage until further notice. Please visit www.ritual-spa.com if you want to book an appointment.

Win Gift Cards to Ritual Day Spa

Gift Cards to Ritual Day Spa is one of our current prizes for our monthly Downtown Campbell Survival Project prize drawings! Enter our contest and you can win one of four $50 gift cards to visit Ritual Day Spa now that they're open again.

This pandemic has brought uncertain times but also the best in all of us.

Our loyal sushi lovers have supported Sushi Confidential in various ways from takeout, Doordash orders, sushi kits and gift cards, to patiently waiting in line to dine with us in Campbell or downtown San Jose.

We appreciate your ongoing support for delicious sushi and can't wait to get back to a new normal.

Until then, we remain open for outdoor patio dining, takeout and Doordash. Come see us soon!

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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

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