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Locavores Wanted!

by Carter Coleman
Old Mountain View finally has a quality grocery store on Castro Street – Ava’s Downtown Market. This is the store that Old Mountain View has been hoping for.

The former Asian market at 340 Castro Street is now owned and operated by a husband and wife dynamic duo, Juan and Ann Origel.
Juan and Ann are the nicest folks you’d want to meet, and their vision for the store is one with locally grown and produced foods and healthy food choices. The store now boasts one of the best grass-fed meat departments in Mountain View, bread from Acme, a growing dairy section from sustainable farms, and an increasingly organic selection of produce. (Visit www.avasdowntownmarket.com)

CLICK HERE to read more.

A New Grocery Store in Mountain View

by Max Hauser

Many residents recall the hopeful “downtown grocery store project” a few years ago.  Acknowledging mainstream general retail as a missing element downtown, the city sought a retail tenant, possibly a grocery, for the new parking structure at the California-Bryant corner.  The strongest and ultimately successful bid however came from Long’s Drugs, now CVS.

The prospect of a general downtown grocery had wide appeal, a unifying goal in the neighborhood.  Julie Lovins organized a committee to study options, hoping to attract a small quality grocer to the Bryant site.  Even after CVS opened instead, bringing other useful services and some groceries, discussions toward a general market continued.

In October, providentially, independently, and largely unaware of that history, veteran grocery retailers Ann and Juan Origel acquired the Mountain View Market (MVM) at 340 Castro, after selecting it as the perfect location to create an “aesthetically pleasing, full-service, high quality” independent grocery, specifically tailored to community needs.  It appears that we may get our long-sought downtown grocery, custom-made.  Achieving that will require community participation, both in offering input to the owners, and of course shopping there. CLICK HERE to read more.

Rethink Home Safety

by David Lewis ,OMNVA Chair

As I write this, all is quiet–the monsoons have ended without Permanente Creek flooding; the earthquakes have all been little and the City hasn’t sold Eagle Park to developers for a high-rise apartment building project.  The omens have been good–the hummingbirds have returned; no ravens have been sighted in [...]

Fall Mixer at Bushido

by Hugh Donagher, III

Bushido Izakaya opens its doors for our fall mixer on Tuesday, November 16th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Come mix and mingle with your neighbors at one of downtown’s new hotspots. Free nibbles will be provided and a full bar — including a good sake list—is available at your own [...]

OMVNA Bylaw Election Results

by Robert Cox

At the General Meeting last night, Monday, October 4, 2010, nine amendments to the OMVNA bylaws were put to a vote.  All bylaws amendments require a 2/3 vote to APPROVE to be PASSED. A total of 24 ballots were cast.  A few ballots had some amendments with no vote, so the [...]

UPDATES: Downtown Committee Meeting August 17, 2010

by David Lewis

Development Updates

The City Council approved the 51-unit, ROEM affordable housing project at Franklin and Evelyn.  This project has seen a lot of design changes to make it fit in better with the surrounding community.

There will be a new restaurant opening eventually in the space at 292 Castro St. formerly [...]

General Plan 2030: Last Chance for Neighborhood Input

by Deb Keller

A citywide workshop to update residents and get input on the General Plan 2030 was held Saturday, July 24 at City Hall. From green roofs to urban gardens to dog parks, a variety of issues were raised by Mountain View residents. A second meeting will be held at the Senior Center [...]

Join Green Mountain View at the Art & Wine Festival!

by Julie Lovins

We have a unique opportunity to help get food waste composting going in Mountain View as a whole, by making it a demonstrated success at this year’s Art & Wine Festival on September 11-12. All food vendors will be providing compostable servingware, and Green Mountain View will set up, monitor, and [...]

Old-Fashioned Fun at Ice Cream Social

by Laura Lewis The OMVNA Annual Ice Cream Social will be held on August 29th 1-3 p.m. at Eagle Park (corner of Church & Shoreline).  This year’s theme is Old Fashioned Fun and will feature festivities including: •    three-legged race •    water balloon toss •    face painting •    balloon animals •    live music •   [...]

Old Mountain View Unite! in the battle against snails

by Carter Coleman

I awoke with a start in a cold sweat. Terrified. But I couldn’t remember what I had been dreaming about.

It bothered me as I took my morning coffee out on the patio. As I tried to remember my dream, I noticed a silver trail meander like a drunken sailor across [...]