Drivers crossing downtown San Jose to Highway 87 may have noticed something alarming recently: Andy’s Pet Shop on Notre Dame Avenue is locked and emptied.
Fear not, however, as the beloved institution, which opened on the Alameda in 1950, has simply changed locations after about a decade downtown. Known for its iconic neon sign featuring a red-yellow and blue macaw, Andy’s left its perch at 51 Notre Dame Avenue – which is slated to become a mixed-use tower project called Carlysle – and landed at 429 South Bascom Ave. , near West San Carlos Street.
Lissa Shoun and her husband, Eric Bong, took over Andy’s in 2007 and moved it from its original home on the Alameda in 2010 after a disastrous exercise during the Great Recession. Fans have followed the pet supply and treat store, and in recent years it has also become a reliable adoption hub for rescuing pets.
The small storefront on Bascom Avenue – between a medical supply company and Tip Top Liquors – is seen as a short-term home while funds are raised for a larger space to accommodate the adoption center.
Wherever Andy ends up, hopefully there will be room to reinstall the classic panel as well.
LIVE FROM SAN JOSE: The Mission Chamber Orchestra makes a live comeback this weekend to a fitting and beautiful venue, the Portuguese Five Wounds National Church in San Jose. Music director Emily Ray said Sunday’s 3 p.m. concert will feature chamber works by Portuguese and Azorean composers.
The 60-minute concert is free, but social distancing is provided by attendance limited to 300 people, who must wear masks. You can book a ticket on www.missionchamber.org. For those who cannot come in person or prefer to watch from an even greater distance, the concert will also be broadcast live on www.facebook.com/FiveWoundsPortugueseNational Church.
CAMPBELL FOG: As stores and restaurants reopen or increase capacity, headlines have pointed to a shortage of employees in many places. This also appears to be the case in Campbell, which is working to revive its bustling downtown food scene as COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed.
To help keep things running, Campbell City Council recently voted to allow existing parks – that is, the outdoor curbside seating used by restaurants to increase capacity – to stay until to September 30. And the Campbell Chamber of Commerce is hosting a one-day job fair on June 15 for applicants looking for jobs now, including full-time, part-time and seasonal jobs. It runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Orchard City Banquet Hall at the Campbell Community Center, and you can register in advance at www.campbellchamber.net or just show yourself.
BETTER SIGNS FOR THE FUTURE: Around the same time last year, there were signs everywhere that said “Closed due to COVID-19,” but the closed signs have been replaced with more positive messages. The sandwich panel outside the iconic Caravan Lounge on San Fernando Street states, “Now open – masks required.” Hope we start to see more.