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[caption id="attachment_18445" align="alignleft" width="200"] photo courtesy of The Daily Journal[/caption] Steve Ugur and Andrea Giuliani both started in the restaurant business when they were teens, and met more than a decade ago while working in Downtown San Mateo.  In this video, they talk about the contemporary...

[caption id="attachment_18430" align="alignleft" width="300"] photo courtesy of The Daily Journal[/caption] Taylor Kopf started Cognition Cyclery in Mountain View while still a college student. In 2016, he opened his second store on 4th Avenue in San Mateo. It's the largest bike shop in California. Learn more about Taylor and...

[caption id="attachment_18424" align="alignleft" width="300"] photo courtesy of The Daily Journal[/caption] Nick Chaboya is a painter and tattoo artist who founded Golden Moon Gallery to inspire creativity and community, and share his gratitude for the arts.  Read more about the gallery, and hear Nick tell his story in this video.     ...

Robert Anderson is a life-long resident of San Mateo, and spent many years as a local police officer. Every time I walk past the Vendome building at 415 Second Avenue, I think of the storied history of the structure. It was originally built as a hotel...

Ryen Motzek is an owner of Atlas Skateboarding  in downtown San Mateo and has been instrumental in bringing public art to downtown. Downtown San Mateo holds a special place in my heart. From growing up on the Peninsula and later on moving to San Francisco, I always found...

Jay Gordon has been a resident of San Mateo for over 30 years. I grew up in New York City, and as a kid, Central Park was my backyard. It still is, only now it’s Central Park in San Mateo. I’ve lived here for 30 years....

Joyce Millman is a San Mateo resident and a writer.  My husband and I moved to San Mateo from Boston in 1987. We relocated for our careers, but stayed and raised our son here. We’ve witnessed 30 years of changes to Downtown, but what hasn’t changed...

Congratulations to Viognier, 31st Union, Bay Watch Restaurant, Joy Sushi, and THREE Restaurant & Bar for being recognized in the 2017-2018 San Mateo County "As Fresh as it Gets" program. The program is a partnership of the San Mateo County Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Farm Bureau,...

If you're staying local this summer, Downtown San Mateo offers lots of options to keep the entire family happy. The Central Park Music Series runs for nine Thursdays beginning June 22. Pack a picnic or pick up some food to share while you enjoy the music. The Japanese...

It's worth a visit to the upper deck of the Main Street Garage to see the beautiful tableau of native flowers painted by local artist Isabel DeContreras. It's our good fortune to have Isabel share her talent here as part of her senior project at Crystal Springs Uplands School. The...