Motorists making their way to Highway 87 through downtown San Jose may have noticed something disturbing lately: Andy’s pet store on Notre Dame Avenue is locked and empty.
But don’t worry, because the beloved institution, which first opened at The Alameda in 1950, has simply moved back to its location after about a decade in the city center. Known for its iconic neon sign with a red, yellow and blue macaw, Andy’s has left his roost at 51 Notre Dame Ave. , near West San Carlos Street.
Lissa Shoun and her husband Eric Bong took over Andy’s in 2007 and moved from its original home on the Alameda in 2010 after a disastrous fiscal year during the Great Recession. Fans haunted the pet supplies and treats store, and in recent years it had also become a trusted animal rescue adoption center.
The small storefront on Bascom Avenue – between a medical supply store and Tip Top Liquors – is considered a short-term home, while funds are being raised for a larger space that can accommodate the adoption center.
Wherever Andys lands, we hope that there is also room to reinstall the classic shield.
LIVE FROM SAN JOSE: The Mission Chamber Orchestra is returning for a live performance this weekend at a convenient and beautiful location, the Five Wounds Portuguese National Church in San Jose. Music director Emily Ray says the 3pm Sunday concert will include chamber music by Portuguese and Azorean composers.
The 60-minute concert is free, but social distancing is ensured by a limited attendance of 300 people who are required to wear masks. You can reserve a ticket at www.missionchamber.org. For those who can’t make it in person or prefer to watch from a greater distance, the concert will also be broadcast live on www.facebook.com/FiveWoundsPortugueseNationalChurch.
CAMPBELL SCRAMBLE: While shops and restaurants reopen or increase their capacity, headlines in many places have denounced a shortage of employees. This also appears to be the case in Campbell, which is working to revitalize its busy downtown dining scene as COVID-19 restrictions are eased.
To keep things going, Campbell City Council recently voted to allow existing parklets – that is, the outdoor seating that restaurants use to increase capacity – to remain in place until September 30th, June 15 for applicants who are now looking for a job including full-time, part-time and seasonal work. It’s at the Campbell Community Center’s Orchard City Banquet Hall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and you can pre-register at www.campbellchamber.net or just drop by.
BETTER CHARACTERS AHEAD: At that time last year there were signs reading “Closed due to COVID-19” everywhere, but the closed signs have been exchanged for more positive messages. On the sandwich board in front of the iconic Caravan Lounge on San Fernando Street it says, “Now open – masks required.” Let’s hope we see more of this.