Longboard Margarita Bar Celebrates Grand Reopening, Candy Oasis Hosts Ribbon Cutting

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Once a month, Sprouts and Shutters will bring you the latest on which businesses are shuttering —and which are sprouting — around Half Moon Bay and Pacifica. 


RIBBON CUTTING: Candy Oasis, 1905 Palmetto Ave. Suite A, Pacifica, (650) 735-1871

This "we hope you love candy as much as we do" mom and pop candy store a block away from the Pacifica Pier has been open for a year, but as a new Pacifica Chamber of Commerce member, owners Tony and Maggie Borja are celebrating their opening this Sept. 6 from 5:30 to 6 p.m. with a ribbon cutting. Come join the fun, meet the owners, and get your candy fix with nostalgia candy like Necco Candy Button, Charleston Chews, Pop Rocks, and Sour Candy to salt water taffy and 15 different flavors of fudge homemade by a San Carlos woman. “Anyone from age 4 to 95 will find something they like here,” said Tony.


GRAND REOPENING: Longboard Margarita Bar, 180 Eureka Square, Pacifica, (650) 738-5905

The Longboard Margarita Bar is celebrating a grand reopening weekend, Aug. 31-Sept 2, with some exciting changes. The owners have been in the process of making the bar that much more comfortable with couches and a new window in the front of the bar to let the natural light in as well as a great peek of the Ocean and beautiful Pacifica coastline. They are also adding more space for groups to get together, play their favorite board games, watch a game or just enjoy each other’s company in comfort. There’s also a special surprise that no other establishment has on the coast that they do not want to let out of the bag just yet, but know it will be a hit so come and find out what it’s all about.
On Aug.31, there’s the Artist Series featuring the very talented "Pete Collom" Art show starts at 6 p.m. with an appetizer spread and the great new remodel. On Sept. 1-2, the Bar is open to show off their new remodel.


CLOSING: PacificCuts, 1713 Palmetto Ave., (650) 359-1932.

Owner Rosemarie Martinez, who has cut hair for 32 years, will close her business next month. A chronic medical condition aggravated by a car accident has caused her to require surgery. After surgery she expects to recover for a full year and when that is over, she'll see about starting up her business again.


CLOSED: Straw Hat Pizza, 549 Oceana Blvd., Pacifica

Straw Hat Pizza unexpectedly closed. No explanation, only papered windows, a locked door and a recorded message: "We're sorry; you have reached a number that has been disconnected or is no longer in service."


GRAND REOPENING: Savvy Skirts, Zaballa Square, 300 Main St., Half Moon Bay, (650) 560-0142

Savvy Skirts is celebrating its new location on Sept. 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. with a “Moving On Up” Grand Re-opening Party and Ribbon Cutting. Savvy Skirts carries “fabulously functional” gifts and accessories made for women by women. Jewelry, hats, scarves, cards, shoes, spa, home and office accessories and much more. The store will also be hosting a Silpada Designs jewelry party on Sept. 12. Call for details.


OPENED: Gifts A GoGo, La Piazza, 604 Main St., Ste D, Half Moon Bay, (650) 468-3851

From baby gifts and Mother's Day baskets and holiday gift baskets that are packed with fantastic gourmet food, cheese and chocolates, Gifts A GoGo is the one-stop-shop for finding that perfect gift. Unique gift baskets, candy bouquets and cookie bouquets are all packed full with only the best quality products. Celebrate the Grand Opening in the LaPiazza Courtyard for Gifts A GoGo from noon to 2 p.m. on Sept. 29, featuring a performance by Elvis Tribute Artist Rick Torres, who will perform at 1 p.m. Beauty Society will be performing makeovers for the ladies, Doris Coonrad will be signing her new book “Cooking Up A Catering Business” and will have some delicious samples of some of the recipes you will find in the book. Cloud 9 Olive Oil will also be offering samplings and so much more.


OPENING: Cloud 9 Foot Spa, 2320 Cabrillo Hwy So. Half Moon Bay, (650) 450-9008

Stayed tuned for a foot and body massage spa coming to Half Moon Bay in mid-September. The 4,000-square-foot space that formerly housed a steak house between the Half Moon Bay Lodge and entrance to Ocean Colony will now be transformed into a family friendly relaxation oasis with foot and body massage services, according to owner Sean Teng.


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Boathouse August 30, 2012 at 04:44 PM
What's up with pizza places closing in Pacifica?? First Round Table in Linda Mar loses its lease, and now Straw Hat closes? We like pizza as much as any other city! There's something nefarious afoot...
David Cole August 30, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Christina: First, thanks for this column, though I think once a month may not be frequent enough. Second, with the Straw Hat closure, that's the second Pacifica pizza parlor (say that five times fast) to close quickly and quietly within two months (Roundtable at the Linda Mar Shopping Center closed in July).
light lady August 30, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Candy Oasis has been a great addition to the neighborhood. Such a nice friendly family. But don't just take my word for it, ask all the kids that come by after school.
Sue Pemberton August 31, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Don't forget, Extreme Pizza on Pedro Point closed too. It was replaced by another pizza place that is pretty good. Goodfella's in Park Mall is decent.
Marianne September 01, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Definitely try the Candy Oasis. My daughter and I recently visited and the owners were there - they are so friendly! Love the candy selection as did my daughter of course. I've missed seeing old school candy places like that...now if Shaw's would reopen here in Pacifica! :)


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