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Automobile Brokers

John Ferrante, Ferrante and Son

(408) 244-6612, 651 S Winchester Blvd, http://ferranteandson.com/

John listens to what you want and then tells you what your best options are [even if it’s going to the dealer]. I told John we were unhappy [with our old car], so he helped us get rid of that car (but he is moral too - we sold it at auction to a dealer who could fix it, not to a person who would get stuck with the lemon) AND got us a new car with no fee from him! That's service. Very fair, good guy. 

John on Michigan; 11/4/14, 7/24/16


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Boat / Trailer Storage

Willow Glen Self Storage

2220 Canoas Garden Ave., 408-267-0422

You might try Willow Glen Storage on Canoas Garden.

Linda on Little Orchard; December 26, 2014


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Car Transport

Accelerated Logistics Auto Transport


Although it's been a number of years, I used [them] to ship a convertible from Colorado.... They provided me two quote levels for two levels of transport, open and enclosed, and at the time, open transport was half the cost of enclosed. All in all, I was very satisfied with their service. 

Astrid G.; 3/2/16


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Carwash & Detailing

Mobile Auto Detailing (Manuel)


... my car sparkled inside and out when he was finished!  He normal rates are $50.00 for wash, wax, and vacuuming and $85.00 for more detailing.  Mine was the $50.00 job and I can't imagine what more he could have done!

Susan on Parkside; December 7, 2013

Willow Glen Services

Edwards 408-791-5505; Cristian 408 628 2727

I just used the Willow Glen Services guys Edward and Christian and they were great! They use a waterless eco friendly product. The best part is they came to me so I wasn't tempted by all of the goodies at the Delta Queen!

Stacy on Cherry; 6/30/14

Diamond Auto Detail

74 S Autumn St just across from Poor House Bistro.  (408) 294-4135

They are so nice, did an AMAZING JOB. I can't find one dog hair left from my golden retriever.... She gave me a heck of a deal!!  I dropped my car off, took a nice walk home (although they would have taken me home) and came pack 3 hours later to a new car.

Lynn on Clintonia; 3/28/16


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Car Maintenance/Repair

Union 76 Station

corner of Meridian and Willow. 408-267-1222

[Matt at U76] ...has done a great job with a couple different cars I’ve owned. This includes brakes jobs on them. His prices have always been reasonable, too.

John on Milton Way; April 22, 2013


I have a pretty old car that I wanted some preventative work done on.  I took it to them [Union 76] and asked them to do it--not whether to do it, but just to do it.  They called back later and said that it wasn't necessary, and told me why.  … I find this extremely impressive!

Carol on Curtis; 8/8/15


Ditto!  Matt and staff always go above and beyond .... they've been taking care of my auto since I returned to the area in 2005  .... won't go anywhere else.

Kathleen on Glen Echo Ave; 8/8/15

Ken and Bill Clark, Motorspeed West

1925 Grant St # 1/Santa Clara, CA 95050-3970/(408) 727-6631

Great service, thorough explanations of what is going on, and reasonable pricing.

They primarily work on BMWs and Mercedes and they are very informative about what is going on and what you might need to do in the future, along with having reasonable prices. Since they’ve been working on BMWs/Mercedes for so many years they know the nuances of different years/models. They are the BEST!

Peggy on Glen Eyrie; March 12, 2015 , 2/18/16


These guys [at Motorspeed West] are great! Total gearheads. You want them working on your car. Fast efficient and reasonably priced. They listen to what you're saying about your car. The owners and the entire staff are great guys, polite courteous and really know their stuff. Bill's wife works the front desk. I highly recommend them. They only work on Mercedes and BMW's. I'll probably buy a new Mercedes this year just to keep them on as mechanics.

Casey C.; March 12, 2015


I love Bill too. Been taking my cars there for years. They really care what is going on and fix it at a reasonable price.   Near the Coleman Costco

Jan C.; March 13, 2015 , 2/24/16, 11/18/16

Alliance Automotive

2100 Stone Avenue, 95125. 408-971-2886

AAA recommended. Dean (Graham) is prompt, competent, honest, and charges reasonably. had brake work there...numerous other jobs and scheduled maintenance work done as well. Not a single complaint. Not a one. And Dean will tell you and naturally not charge if something DOESN'T need doing.

Dave on Creek; April 22, 2013

Frank Joseph Automotive

240 N Montgomery St, behind HP Pavilion

I have had very good and honest service from over the years. We originally went to them after another auto repair place

Julie off Curtner and Cherry; February 26, 2013

Garage 1

1603 Almaden Rd, San Jose, CA 95125 http://garage1auto.com

...specializes in Subarus, and have been happy with them.

Catherine on Glenn; October 23, 2013


I love Garage 1, they specialize in Subarus

Eric on Lansford; October 23, 2013


I second the recommendation for Garage One - fixed the problems first time, and caught other semi-obvious things.

Andrew / Hummingbird; October 23, 2013

Michael J's

1577 Almaden Road, 408-279-3222

I have had to use their services several times (darn kids!). They have always done a good job. Cheap - no, but good.  I had the unfortunate need for four different repairs to my cars one year, and they do an excellent job every time.

John on Michigan; July 22, 2013, 1/22/17


Michael J’s Body Shop completed repairs on my car and did extra work on several wide scratches without charge.  

Pam on Wren; 1/21/17

Mike Muscara of Mr Mazda

408.370.2328 www.mrmazda.com 901 Camden Ave #1 Campbell, CA 95008

He’s worked on both my race car and daily driver and I’ve been really happy.

David O; January 16, 2013

Swedish Auto Service in Campbell

3375 S. Winchester Blvd., Campbell, (408) 379-4822

We have been extremely happy with Swedish Auto Service in Campbell for all kinds of Volvo repairs and service. I wish they also worked on domestic cars so I'd never have to go to another mechanic.

Elissa M.; February 16, 2015

B and C Auto Center

1850 Almaden Rd., (408) 267-1114

I love B and C Auto Center on Almaden Road, which is really honest, reasonably priced, very friendly and accommodating. I've used them for several years and appreciate them more and more. 

Nancy G.; 2/1/16

Michael, On the Road Mechanics

(408) 313-0663

Michael… is a total rockstar. I had to call because…my battery was DOA. He came out to the house in less than 10 minutes, and had the battery in hand and replaced within 5. Since it took me that long just to find him on Yelp, I thought I'd share my recommendation in case fellow WG people also need some mobile car repair.

Carey L.; 4/13/16

Body Shops
Corky at Thedy Auto Repair

1169 N. Fifth St., 408-271-8877

Corky is still at Thedy Auto Repair ("Teddy"). I just had my car checked there and they did the smog.

Excellent service from Corky and Thedy. I do not go anywhere else. Fast, reliable and they do not do anything that is not needed

Gail on Glen Dell; 4/9/15, 1/26/17


…I went to see [Corky at Thedy Auto Repair] today… to have my car checked out. He is every bit the kind and professional contact that I remembered from so many years ago. I just wanted to send out a great big shout out for and him. He is still AWESOME!!

Linda on Little Orchard; 4/9/15

Body Work & Paint:Monterey Collision Frame and Body Shop

2871 Monterey Rd. San Jose 408-224-8500. http://montereycollision.com

We have used [Monterey Collision] for two different events and were very happy with them. On time, on budget, kept us informed all along the way.

Tina/Monte Vista; September 20, 2013


Monterey Collision does high quality work at a very fair price.  The office is amazingly clean, and everyone is extremely professional.  I’ve been going to them for decades.

Beth on Marcia; 7/24/14

South Valley Auto Body

1802 Angela Street San Jose, CA 95125/(408) 294-5288

they did a great job. They were on the list of recommended body shops for 2 different insurance companies. Super nice and honest people to deal with. They are right off Almaden Expressway just 1/2 mile from Alma. They also do mechanic work now (I don't think they always have), and we take all of our cars there for oil changes, brakes, tune-ups, etc.

Linda; August 29, 2012, July 22, 2013

Martin Hill


He does auto body and paint.

Larry R; July 22, 2013

Gary, Preferred Image

663 Industrial Way, Los Gatos, 408-354-7673

I highly recommend Gary at Preferred Image in Los Gatos. Great work, fair prices and quick turnaround. 

Andrea; 4/14/15, 1/21/17

Conner’s Body Shop

1098 Stockton Avenue, San Jose, (408) 292-5101

I would highly recommend Conner’s Body Shop.  Conner Dillard is the owner and he does amazing work.  Your car will look better than new when he is done.  

Greg on Sweetbriar; 4/14/15

Angkor Collision

1695 Angela St., San Jose, 408-286-4065

I recommend Angkor Collision on Angela St. in San Jose. Really nice guys and very high-quality work.  Great attention to detail and reasonable prices.

Donna on Terra Bella; 4/14/15, 5/13/16

Blossom Valley Collision

1176 Auzerais Ave., 408-998-4954

Check out Blossom Valley Collision ~ great group and good work.

Carol on Mazzaglia; 7/24/14

Richie Rich

408-821-5536 Mobile

Honest, reasonable and good. Great guy. I've used his services for 5 yrs.

Larry R.; 12/18/14

Michael J’s

1577 Almaden Road., 888-302-5846

I second Carol's recommendation of Michael J’s. With three now adult boys, and with some help from my wife and I, we have given Michael J’s plenty of business throughout the years.  They do a masterful job and the cars look great (until the next fender-bender!).

John on Michigan; December 15, 2014


Another vote for Michael J's.  Terrific work on our Beetle, and they suggested options for our old van that were cheap or free when we needed a door adjusted to close properly.  We went to the one on Almaden.

Jeff on Fairwood; December 15, 2014, December 27, 2014

Andy and Jim, Oakridge Body Shop

5761 Winfield Blvd, (408) 224-3588

Oakridge body shop on Winfield. Andy and Jim. Both are real nice.

Rene on Marcia; December 27, 2014

Precision Auto Body and Glass

994 Lonus St., (408) 971-4195, www.precisionautobodyandglass.com/

I dropped our car off at Precision today. Gary and his crew are amazing to deal with. They are very friendly and explained his quote in great detail. I got competing quotes.… Precision's quote was very competitive and he even beat the quote once I showed him the estimate.

Neal J.; December 29, 2014, 1/21/17

Andrew G's Body Shop

920 Chestnut, near Coleman & Hedding, (408) 298-1443

Great craftsmanship, fair prices, easy to work with.

Jerry on Brace Ct; 5/13/16

Vu, San Jose Collision Center

(408) 286-8339, 193 Barnard Ave # 6

He has done great work for us and is very fair on pricing.

Rene on Marcia; 1/21/17

Wheel Alignment
Tire Outlet

901 S. 2nd Street, 408-294-1836

I would strongly recommend Tire Outlet on 2nd Street. I have been seeing Mike Sanchez there for 20 years.  He has expanded his services from just tires to many general automotive services, but no matter the job, Mike and his guys are guaranteed to do a great job at a fair price. He also is totally trustworthy, as Mike always tells you what you need but no further.

John M.; January 17, 2015

Wheel Works


I went with Wheel Works on Pearl. They did an excellent job.

Sanjit on Hervey lane; January 22, 2015

Smog Man

538 Earle Ave (off Lincoln, S of San Carlos);  (408) 999-0699; www.yoursmogman.com  (formerly at 985 Auzerais at Lincoln)

They seem to have a perennial $20-off coupon for printing from their web site.

Jeff on Fairwood Ave.; May 1, 2013; 9/21/14


I would highly recommend The Smog Man off Lincoln Ave. They offer coupons online. Reasonably priced & great service. 

LiAnne on Prevost St.; 9/20/14


[Smog Man] was really nice & said he'd honor the Groupon price [even without coupon]. My husband headed over, was in & out in about 15 minutes. Couldn't have had a better experience!  

Laurie on Harmil Way; January 09, 2015


I also used the Groupon to get a smog test this week. … the new owner has very nice employees and my experience was a good one. … There was a steady stream of clients when I was there and I was in and out in about 15 min. They even had water and some toys for the kids to play with. Just don't forget to bring your DMV registration renewal form …  when we get smogs performed now. 

Rhi on Jansen; January 10, 2015


With coupon from Groupon - [Smog Man] should be about $30 total.

Karen on Blewett; 7/25/16


We have also used the smog man twice now...very good experiences, both times.  we had a groupon...they were friendly, got our vehicles in & out quickly.  would definitely use them again!  

Laurie on Harmil Way; 7/25/16

Sun Smog Test Only Test Station

190 South Bascom, tele.408 292-7664

This year in order to renew the registration for our 1995 Mercury we had to pass the new nasty "Star" Smog Test. Only a few smog test stations are qualified to perform that test and issue a certificate. Fortunately our car passed. Based on my most favorable experience with technician Phong Nguyen there, I highly recommend the facility.

Ralph on TBrook; February 12, 2013

Sunnyoaks Mufflers -aka- Comersons.


My husband, Desmond, specializes in Toyotas [and works here]. He can fix ANYTHING w/ a motor & wheels.

Linnea QH; April 22, 2013, August 7, 2013

Adem's Test Only, Adem Aybar

1654 Almaden Road 408.279.1313 ademaybar1@sbcglobal.net

I keep refining our list of 95125 "go to" people; Adem's been there since we discovered him about 6 years ago. One could not meet a more gracious, polite, or service-oriented man. Make an appointment, and you're OK.

Dave on Creek; May 1, 2013


Adem knows his business (and the car business), shows each person he deals with a great deal of respect, and has what I would consider "old fashioned values" (of honesty, fairness, etc.).

Larry on Knollwood; April 23, 2013

Bascom Automotive

1305 S. Bascom Ave (corner of Stokes) 408-292-1200

[We use them] for smog and everything else. They have gold rating, so if your car fails, they can fix. They're fast, efficient and fair. They've never let us down. Great service, fair prices.

Bob on Bird; 12/18/14, 2/1/16

Lincoln Smog

2250 Lincoln Ave (diagonally across from Ace Hardware) (408)264-7664

They honor any competitor coupons or their own.  If you go to their website, they have a $20 off coupon which is expired, but they still took it. They gave us water while we waited and finished in 15 minutes.  Excellent service.

Dave J. on Carolyn; November 8, 2013


[Lincoln Smog] are fast.

Gail; May 1, 2013

Smog Tech

450 W. San Carlos (between Bird and Almaden).  408-294-4900  www.smogtechsj.com

... very quick, excellent experience getting a smog test Cost was $45 ($36.75 for the test + $8.25 for the certificate).  Certificate available from their website. No wait; in and out in 10 minutes.

Glen on Riverside Drive; October 22, 2013


Lincoln Ave. at Curtner Ave.

Lincoln Smog on Lincoln and Curtner is open on Sunday. My son went there a couple of years ago for a last minute check in order to sell his car. It was pricey - $89 - but handy.

Tina on Monte Vista; 9/27/15

Union 76 station

Meridian and Willow, (408) 267-1222

We use the 76 station at the corner of Meridian and Willow. They are great to work with.

Felecia on Curtiss; 7/25/16

Corky at Thedy Auto Repair

1169 N. Fifth Street 408.271.8877

I went to see Corky at Thedy (Teddy) Automotive and talked with him and the owner Thedy. WOW! What a difference from the last guy. Thedy is a real gentleman and very knowledgeable about cars; helped me out a lot with my do it your self project and was happy to talk to me. I'm taking my little truck in Monday to get it tuned up and smogged and I'll be back, I'm sure, with the rest of the fleet....I would crawl over broken glass to take our cars, ( 2 of the fleet so far ) to Thedy Automotive.  Thedy is a real good man and one knowledgeable mechanic.

Chris J; March 16, 2013, April 11, 2013


Corky has moved to THEDY Auto Repair... He was funny on the phone, he said this was his next to last move. Final move will be to Oak Hill.

Chris T; March 16, 2013

The Tire Shop

661 Willow Street, 408.288.8694

I have bought tires from [The Tire Shop] twice for 2 different cars of mine.  Their prices can't be beat, I never had any problems with their tires and they guarantee their new ones.  They have new and used tires.

Cindy K; 6/17/15

Leale's Transmission & Auto Repair

405 Keyes St, 408-286-5350

Leale's Transmission is the best general-purpose repair shop I have ever seen.

Tom; 8/14/14

Windshield Repair:
Capitol Glass Works, Jim and Sandy Armetta

3500 Pearl Ave. (At Capitol Ave.) 408-265-9522

[Capitol Glass:] Very nice honest people.

Tiffany; April 21, 2013

Mex Auto Glass


I just had Mex Auto Glass come and do a repair (not a replacement). They came to my house within 2 hours and were professional and reasonable. They are local - up by San Carlos and Lincoln. My husband's auto repair business also uses them for any windshield work.

Allison on Carolyn; 12/23/15

Jesus, SaveOn Glass

408 693 1175, www.saveon-glass.com

Jesus did a great job on my truck, and my coworker’s Z3.  Great price and same day or next day service.

Marty P.; 12/23/15

Oil change
Matt, 76 station

Meridian and Willow

I love the guys that work for Matt at the 76 station on the corner of Meridian and Willow.

Jan C.; December 12, 2014


I agree with Jan, I have used Matt and his guys over at Willow Glen 76 for decades. Fair and reasonable and they stand behind their work.

John on Michigan; December 14, 2014

Brad's Autocare

946 Lincoln Ave., 408 217 9040

I second Brad's -- his new place is really nice, he's a great guy, and he's a terrific mechanic. He kept our vans on the road for years. now has his own shop on Lincoln across from the Flower Shop. He has kept our two Odysseys going for ten years.

Bruce off Lincoln; December 12, 2014, 4/14/16


Brad is great!  You will be happy. 

Susan on Plaza; 4/14/16

Oil Changers

El Camino & Lafayette, Santa Clara

I'm a fan of "while you wait" service and had a very good recent experience at the Oil Changers in Santa Clara (El Camino & Lafayette). I didn't even have to get out of the car and they show you they've filled/topped off your oil by showing you the dip stick.

Tanya B.; December 12, 2014

Chris Hart-Mobile Mechanic-


$75 per hr.  Excellent mechanic. I have used his services since last June. Very honest, reliable and dependable.

Larry R.; 5/3/16, 6/20/16

Mike Sanchez at Tire Outlet

901 S. Second St., 408-294-1836

For tires, brakes and all sorts of general auto service, I go see Mike Sanchez at Tire Outlet. He is on the corner of Second Street and Martha, a quick trip down Willow Street from central Willow Glen. He has been taking care of my cars for decades, is fairly priced and extremely honest.

John on Michigan; 1/17/16


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Car Services


Thornwood and Winfield, San Jose, 408-574-2300

You can walk in [to AAA] without an appt. weekdays from 8:30am to 5:30pm. They had all of the necessary [DMV] forms, which they helped me to complete & they were able to accept payment for DMV (cash & check only). Ample parking, no crowds, very nice staff.

Maureen near Bird & Willow; 5/31/15

Driving Schools / Drivers Ed / Driver Training
South Valley Driving School


[recommended by]

Doreen O; 6/19/15


1183 Bordeaux Drive #16, Sunnyvale, 408-465-4083; DriversEd.com

We used.com for both of our kids and were very pleased.  They will pick up and return them from home or wherever you want.  The Mini Coopers that they use as training cars are really cute and, yes, will easily accommodate a 6'4" boy!

Alison on Mazzaglia; 7/1/14

Advantage Driving School

5440 Thornwood Dr Ste F; 408-363-4182; www.advantagedriversed.com

Our daughter loved Erin at Advantage Driving School.

Neal J.; 7/1/14

Jeff Nowell, Advantage Driving School

5440 Thornwood Dr., 408-363-4182

My family had an instructor…come out to evaluate a [senior] family member. We [also] used Advantage Driving for our daughter when she was a learner and they were accommodating and easy to work with, especially when we were figuring out classes used or missed; they were always very professional. Today Jeff arrived a couple of minutes early for our appointment, spent time getting to know our driver and the situation as we presented it, and then capped off the evaluation with thoughtful discussion points and action items for our family to consider.

Susan on Annapolis; March 18, 2015


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Car Rental

Service Rent-a-Car

698 S First Street (near Hwy 280). 408-292-6351, www.servicerentacar.com 

We have used Service Rent a Car off and on for years. We've always received great service and great prices. 

Bob on Bird; 5/6/15


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Children’s Activities

Activities for Kids

Recommendation for activities for young children:

·         Happy Hollow Park & Zoo 
It is fabulous fun for all ages and only a short drive from Willow Glen.

·         Children's Discovery Museum
Fabulous fun and in downtown San Jose

·         The Tech Museum
Love this place. Many parents of young children avoid it since they assume only older kids would enjoy it. Lots of interactive stuff. My guy was 2 when we started going.

·         Rockin Jumps
More local fun with a space full of trampolines. They have toddler time so little ones are safe.
I recommend filling out waiver and signing up for session online so you can basically walk straight in.

·         Pump It Up
Visit pump it up junior (next door) for bouncy fun for toddlers. Visit website for open play times.

·         Oakland Zoo
Fabulous zoo with small fun park

·         SF Zoo 
Has a really awesome kids playground.

·         AVAC (Almaden Valley Athletic Club)
Fitness/swim club has open swim times in indoor heated pool

·         Palo Alto junior Museum & Zoo
http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/csd/jmz/Great little spot. Not huge like a zoo so great for a short outing. Nice park next door as well. 

·         Kids Gym
This place has open play times and is in Willow Glen

·         CA Academy of Science (San Francisco)
Love this place. 

·         Monterey Bay Aquarium
Well worth the drive! Truly spectacular place for all ages.

·         Lawrence Hall of Science (Berkeley)
Fun for all the family and some spectacular views over city. 

·         Duck Pond (San Jose)
Indoor kids play center 

·         Cucina Bambini (Willow Glen)
Parent/child cooking classes. Might be a little young.

·         The Exploratorium (San Francisco)
This is fun for all ages. 

·         Vasona Park
Great park and has a small train that takes you around the park, which also does a holiday run.  Check website for running times. Also has Festival of Lights but I recommend getting there early so you don't have to wait for ages to get in. 

·         Great America
We visited last Christmas and the light display was fabulous. Again, get there early so that you'll be leaving by the time all the crowds arrive.

·         Bumble
145 1st St., Los Altos, 650-383-5340, http://www.bumblelosaltos.com
Oh, and if you get hungry while having so much fun, I highly recommend Bumble in Los Altos. Fabulous food and they have childcare (for an additional fee) or you can dine outside where they have a sandpit for the little ones!

·         Hidden Villa Farm, Los Altos Hills 

·         Deer Hollow Farm, Los Altos Hills/Cupertino 

·         Emma Prusch Farm, San Jose 

·         Ardenwood Farm, Fremont 
http://www.ebparks.org/parks/ardenwood http://www.ebparks.org/parks/ardenwood#about

·         Roaring Camp (Train rides), Felton

·         Santa Cruz Pier
Or we love just visiting the Pier at Santa Cruz and going down the stairs (once you walk along the pier a little ways) and you will get to see the seals up-close. Fabulous fun for all ages. You should hear them before you even know they are about. 

Faith on Nevada; December 16, 2014


Berkeley, http://www.habitot.org/

Lisa on Bird; December 16, 2014

Airline flights for minors
Alaska Airlines


…our son took his first solo flight …on Alaska Airlines across the country. We had one small hiccup … but … the agents I worked with were terrific. Alaska doesn’t sub-contract the service to escort minors … which is a relief. Getting to the gate upon his departure and again on his arrival home was easy and I’ll book with them again.
Susan on Annapolis; 8/10/15


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Natasha's Attic

http://www.natashasattic.com/ 1238 S. Bascom Ave., San Jose (408) 286-7368

They have a good selection of costumes.

Nicole on Glenfield; February 11, 2013


now at 376 Race Street. Same phone number.

Victoria's is no longer on San Carlos Ave — moved to Race St.

Nicole on Glenfield; February 11, 2013

Kristina Sablan


Kristina Sablan at the Bruni Gallery is wonderful.

Jan C.; 1/10/16


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Daycare / Childcare / Preschool

San Jose Day Nursery

33 N. 8th Street,  www.sjdn.org

I highly recommend the San Jose Day Nursery. The Executive Director and Center Director are amazing at the level of care and education they provide at this center. We have an amazing Board of Directors and will be celebrating our 100 year anniversary in 2016.

Jan C; 6/12/15

Niki's Day Care

Nevada Avenue, 408-597-7411

Best Day Care in WG is Niki's Day Care located on Nevada behind the school.  My son and all the neighborhood children went to her.  My son just graduated college and still visits her.  She fills up quick because she is so good. 

Barbara on Hawkhurst; 6/12/15

Shining Stars After School Care

2011 Lincoln Ave., 650-201-1424, shiningstarsafterschool@gmail.com

Wonderful local WG family runs this small business. Their daughter my piano student and attends Booksin. They pick up after school in the area and take children to their activities as needed.  Ages 5-12.

Jessica M; 7/5/14

ATLC Preschool

1975 Cambrianna Dr, (408) 371-2573, www.atlcpreschoolinc.com/

We had our twins at ATLC and we loved it there.

Eric on Lansford Ave.; January 14, 2015


We sent two children through ATLC and it was a great experience for them.  It's a play-based preschool with a caring, committed fun staff. There is a lot of music and hands-on learning.  I highly recommend it.

Regan on Jansen; 14 Jan 2015

Baby sitting; Babysitters
Cindie Cook of Gimmie a Grammy

(901) 201-2583

...babysitting service is amazing. She books up fast so call ahead - although last minute calls are welcome too. She still has an out of town number but is located here in willow glen

Shelby; February 25, 2013; September 21, 2013


We love Cindie! 

Linnea on Sandra; February 25, 2013


[Cindie is an] Amazing lady! She is right here in Willow Glen

Shelby on Parkwood Way; April 15, 2013

Caterina Pezzaniti 


I have known Caterina (Cat) Pezzaniti for 6+ years and have experienced her to be attentive and trustworthy. If I ask her to go a mile, she will go five. There is much love and appreciation in my household for Cat.

Nan on Willow Glen Way; 7/16/15


Cat Pezzaniti has taken care of my 3 kids and I understand she also dog sits. She's great fun to be around and takes excellent care of the kids.

Tanny K; 9/2/15


[Cat] is patient, caring, and very creative when it comes to activities for my 6-yr-old daughter. She is a Willow Glen resident with a background in child care.

Patty on Broadway; 9/2/15

Campbell Child Development Center

1063 Fewtrell Drive, Campbell, CA 95008 http://campbellcdc.org/

... options to go half-day, part-day, or full-day for three, four, or five days a week – very flexible. Potty training is not a requirement for enrollment and the staff will support your child in training when that time comes...  program philosophy founded on the principle that children learn best through play and develop a lifelong love of learning this way... serves healthy snacks and the kids help prepare the food

Margi/Koch Lane; August 6, 2013

Rose Pezzaniti (Rose Day Care)

on Hervey. (408) 289-9392

She is licensed for in-home care and I've honestly never met anyone who genuinely likes babies, toddlers and preschoolers as much as she does.

Elissa M; February 16, 2013

Play Groups (Infants)
Las Madres


Las Madres is a wonderful organization.  They have local playgroups for non-working moms and also a working moms group. 

Barbara on Husted; 10/12/14


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Autism Resources

Leina Stowers, Amicus Therapy Group


My sister-in-law, Leina Stowers, a LCSW, also residing in WG, is co-owner and therapist with Amicus Therapy Group. She could do an intake meeting and assess what types of services & group interactions would best suit the child.

Lara on Willowhurst; 8/22/15

Carrie Sullivan


Carrie Sullivan is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, with a Master’s Degree in Special Education, specializing in early intensive behavioral intervention for children with autism and maintains a private practice in Redwood City, CA.

Laurie on Harmil Way; 8/22/15


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Children's Parties & Entertainment


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Starting Arts


... a non-profit arts program dedicated to promoting visual & performing arts education for children in Bay Area schools. They also have an advanced theater group, Dream Team and Dream Team 2. My kids have had seven years of fantastic leadership in expanding their performing arts skills.

Debbi on Hazelwood; August 3, 2013

The Greene Academy of Irish Dance 


We have been involved in Irish dance for 15 years. My son was a World Championship dancer and Sondra Greene is great! Check out her website. My kids had years of fun!

Colleen on WGW; January 18, 2013

Creative Culture Dance


Owned by two young men who are superb dancers and even better teachers.  It’s a relatively new studio and I’ve heard nothing but good things.  Tell them I sent you!

Linda E.; 5/9/16

T & Company

2360 S.Bascom Ave. Suite F, www.tandcodance.com/, (408) 371-8266

They do a really good job teaching young children.

Robin on Nevada; 5/9/16

California Sports Center

www.calsportscenter.com, California Sports Center - Malone - WG Location - (408) 269-5437;  Cambrian Location - (408) 377-1005

They have a great selection of tap, ballet and hip hop dance classes. They also offer gymnastic classes as well as dance for kids. It's a great place and they are right in Willow Glen off Malone Rd. There is another location that also offers dance and gymnastics nearby in the Cambrian Area of San Jose if that is closer to you.

Sherri near Meridian & Foxworthy; 5/11/16

Camp Fashionista

1702 Meridian Ave, Unit K, 408-757-3434, http://www.campfashionista.net

I just want to echo the rec. for camp fashionista!! …She primarily works with [youth, boys and girls] on the art and craft of sewing.  Their camps and classes are wonderful and I'm sure they have offerings for adults, too. [A great idea for birthday parties!] I strongly recommend.

Lisa Lynn Mayo; 9/4/14

A Work of Heart

2196 Lincoln Ave, (408) 266-1005, http://www.aworkofheart.com/teachers/steve.asp

The instructor (Steven Tadei) has short-term, topic specific courses. I learned more from him in 2 weeks than I learned in 3 months of classes at Keeble & Shuchat. [He] is an amazingly patient and nurturing teacher, and an extremely talented artist. I highly recommend his classes!

Caroline on Malone Road; 9/2/14

Voice Lessons
Mindy Dickens

http://mindymusic.com, note@mindymusic.com

I highly recommend Mindy Dickens. I took voice lessons from her a year ago last summer and the daughter of a friend of mine took lessons from Mindy when she was in 8th grade, I think, maybe for a couple of years.  She’s a really nice person, and she knows what she’s doing.

Julie on De Anza Way; 1/9/16

Sacred Foundations, Inc.

Spiritual Center and School of Divinity; 877-877-4275, staff@sacredfoundations.net, www.sacredfoundations.net

*self recommend* Felicia M.; 5/18/16


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Piano & Music Teachers / Lessons

Tammy Acosta

Willow Glen Way, (408) 294-8372

[Guitar lessons:]  I highly recommend her!

Janis formerly on Willow Glen Way; 12/19/15, 1/26/16

Jessica Mitrovich, Willow Glen Music School


Jessica is an amazing music educator for all ages and I wholehearted recommend the Willow Glen Music School's programs.

Elissa M.; 4/22/16

Willow Glen Music School

408.455.8043, www.WillowGlenMusicSchool.com

Willow Glen Music School has … openings [for piano or voice lessons at home] in their traveling teachers’ schedules. … MTAC certified for students who want to participate in certificate of merit; travel lessons are $165/month for weekly 30min lessons and $5/week travel fee paid to the teacher.


Jessica on Speciale; jessmitrovich@gmail.com; 8/6/15



I have a fun and interesting program for kids. I use games (music theory, notes recognition & values), theory sticker books, books with CD accompaniment to help them discover the joy of playing the piano. Lessons are designed to meet students' interests. … Students learn classical music as the foundation. Adults play popular songs from any era… They can also learn to play from fake books. References are available upon request.


Valencia, valencia.lie.howard@gmail.com; 8/29/15, 5/30/16

Simon Santiago

willowstreetmusic@yahoo.com or text/call 408-507-3616

Guitar, bass, piano / keyboard, or ukulele lessons available in Willow Glen.  Over 20 years of private teaching experience.  Any age and level of experience welcome.  Weekday morning, afternoon, and evening slots still available.  


Simon Santiago; simonsantiago@yahoo.com; 1/8/17

Instrument Repair
Music Village,

Foxworthy & Union,

I've had two trumpets repaired there myself.

Jeff J; November 11, 2013


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MaryEllen Duell Trio (jazz)

check on line for info (and Facebook)– no phone listed

The trio is delightful.  Her former “Garage Band” sang for several years at the WGPAB Crab Feast.

Debbi on Hazelwood; 5/21/4

Wally's Swing World (jazz)

(831) 423-9021; Www.wallyswingworld.com

I love Wally's Swing World or Wally's Cocktail Combo. Contact Gina for booking. I love these guys! Wally is really terrific and has a great vibe. too!  Big band sounds, Latin jazz sounds, lounge etc. you can see places they play to check them out in advance. See the website for calendar. 

Terri on Franquette; 5/22/14

Bruce Brill


My daughter hired someone recently  for anniversary  party she gave us - he was great. Solo acoustic guitar - professional musician, no vocals.

Linda; December 01, 2014

San Jose Symphonic Choir


…practices throughout the school year on Monday nights, and performs locally at the end of each quarter. Rehearsals are at Westminster Presbyterian Church on The Alameda… We sing pieces that are challenging but not insane. People can start with us in September or January. It's a really fun group with a great spirit!  The conductor is fantastic.  We have about 120 voices.

Carol on Curtis; 3/17/16


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Swim Lessons

Swim South Bay


They use Presentation Pool and you can swim 2-6 days, depending on preference.  Multiple levels and great for someone who just wants to give it a try.

Christine; February 18, 2013


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The www.projectfunway.com


A friend of mine is in her 5th year of teaching a sewing course to children and to adults in her home in Los Gatos. I thought this might be of interest to some of you. 

Holly- off Bird; February 21, 2013

Alliance Francaise


[French language] They offer group or private instruction for all ages/levels. They are very kind and supportive of all learners!

Nancy/Westgate Ave; February 12, 2013

Jan Helmbolt


We have been working with a local math tutor. She has been a wonderful resource for my son & our family.

Brigette on Glenkirk Ct; April 18, 2013

Gary Fisher 

evilmechzilla@gmail.com, 831-588-9104

My son’s chem tutor [Gary Fisher] has some free time this summer (or now before finals) to help your child get ready for that chem honors or AP class he/she signed up for. Gary is a college professor (UC Santa Cruz, San Jose City) and PHD and has been a godsend for us. 

Marie on Settle; 5/18/15

Cole Stites-Clayton


He's a grad student at Stanford that has been working with our daughter on her Pre-Calc work for a while now. He's a great kid and very sharp, understands and can explain what she's working on very well.

Mike on Hicks Ave.; 11/19/14

Sarah, The Tutoring Club

2184 Lincoln Ave, (408) 979-9900

We like Sarah at The Tutoring Club on Lincoln.

Brigette on Glenkirk Ct; 11/12/14

Emma Blickenstaff

(408) 655-1903, emma.blick@gmail.com

…I am pursuing a Masters in Teaching and a Multiple Subject (Elementary School) Teaching Credential. … I have extensive tutoring experience in … Math through the Pre-Calculus level, Vocabulary, Reading, Reading Comprehension, Shakespeare, Literature, AP Psych, Essay Editing, and SAT Prep, ACT Prep, and PSAT Prep. [I charge] $30 per hour for academic subjects and $40 per hour for test prep.


Emma Blickenstaff; emma.blick@gmail.com; 8/3/15; 3/28/16

Jan Helmbolt


I have been tutoring middle and high school students in the area for four years and can provide many references.  I am a credentialed math teacher and just finished the last two years teaching middle school math in public schools.  I have been working with middle schoolers for over 10 years.  


Jan Helmbolt; jhelmbolt@yahoo.com; 7/23/15


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Electronics, Batteries, and Light Bulb Suppliers

Excess Solutions

1555 S. 7th St., (408) 262-3900, excesssolutions.com

Yesterday I bought a Microsoft ergonomic 4000 keyboard from Fry's for about $54 including tax….Today I found it at [Excess Solutions] for $3. … got 3 others to try out for $3/ea. Can't beat that. Nice Store. They have all kinds of electronics parts nicely laid out.

Richard S.; 8/3/15

Batteries Plus Bulbs

3410 Stevens Creek Blvd, 408-538-3333

…they put in new battery and tested the mower out. Fine young men who knew what they were doing. They have been there for 7 years. Very reasonable and batteries for EVERYTHING! Cool bulbs too.....they even have lithium batteries for your smoke alarms that last 10…years! … fine party bulbs for front porch...nice green for Christmas.

Donna on Kotenberg; 11/14/15


Let me second Donna's rec. I use them frequently for odd size/type bulbs. Nobody else carries what I need.

Bruce off Lincoln; 11/14/15


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TV Antenna & Installation

Dick’s Antenna

(408) 268-6814

I have gotten rid of cable TV. I bought an antenna at Best Buy, called Dicks antenna, a Roku 3, and subscribed to Netflix. For around $250.00, I now have more programs than I have time to watch available at any time, and all for $7.99 a month plus any movies I buy.  The picture is very clear, except for channel 7 when it is windy.

Carol A; 5/15/14


I’ve used Dick’s Antenna’s as well. He’s great!!

Linda on Little Orchard; March 18, 2015

TV Installer
John Maino

TV-Installer.com, (408) 656-3322

We hired John Maino to install the large television in our office.  Quick and reliable and a reasonable price.

Elizabeth on Mackey Ave.; 10/7/15


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Cell Phones and Phone Service

Mobile Kangaroo

860 S Winchester Blvd., San Jose, CA, (408) 557-8807, www.mobilekangaroo.com

Just had my son's phone repaired three days ago [at] Mobile Kangaroo on Winchester. I had heard good things about them recently. They charged me $59 for an iPhone 4. They were awesome! They also fixed my Nokia phone as well. I highly recommend them. Fast, great customer service, reasonably priced!

Sherri near Meridian & Foxworthy; 6/10/15

Phone Doctor

1261 Lincoln Ave, 408-320-9115

Barbara on Hawkhurst; 6/10/15


Just wanted to say I dropped by the Bay Area Phone Doctor (Eric) with a broken rear glass on an iPhone 4S. Eric said no problem and had it fixed in 5min for a very reasonable price!!!!

Mike on Dorrance; 5/14/14


.  Eric is great, quickly repaired my son's phone for much less than quoted at the Apple store. The Phone Doctor is a great place for speedy repairs. Once my brother cracked his screen 90 minutes before leaving for the airport…[he] got the screen replaced with time to spare. …if your phone is still under Apple warranty, beware of any third party repair.…Apple [may] claim the non-factory repair voids your warranty.

John on Michigan; 7/12/14, 10/7/16


I highly recommend the Bay Area Phone Doctor on Lincoln Ave in Willow Glen. They've fixed so many things for me over the years (I've kids) and I've always been highly satisfied. 

Taffy on Marshall; 10/6/16

Phone Repair Shack

1417 Foxworthy (in the back of the liquor store), 408-908-0247, http://phonerepairshack.com/

They [had] the part in stock. They [fixed] it in 45 minutes. They also fix buttons and messed-up ports and whatnot, the standard range of repair services. I don't think their prices are out of line with other repair places and they're in our neighborhood and today they totally saved my bacon. Highly recommend.

Elissa on Laurie; 12/28/16

Bay Area Phone Doctor, LLC

1261 Lincoln Ave, #111, San Jose, CA 95125 / 408.320.9115:

office / Eric@BayAreaPhoneDoctor.com / www.BayAreaPhoneDoctor.com

My business provides cell phone and tablet repair services.

[self-recommended]  Eric Greenwood on Cottle Ave: Eric@BayAreaPhoneDoctor.com; May 10, 2013


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Computer Home Networking and Internet Services

Don Heinsen, CompNet Services,


Paraphrasing numerous prior recommendations, Don is often recommended on this list. He is extremely qualified and has a MSCE, CCNA, and BSEE. He comes to your home, and his fee is based on the amount of his time that it takes to resolve a problem. He tries to keep costs down and is flexible in that regard.

Larry on Willow; May 30, 2015


About three years ago Don Heinsen set up my home network for me. …[but screwed it up]. He arrived the next morning, ran some tests, worked his magic, and now the TV is linked! Took maybe 30 mins. – [He] is prompt, current in his tech knowledge, and really really good at what he does.

Bruce off Lincoln; 8/25/16


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Internet Services and Domain-name Registry:


They specialize in efficient and low-cost Domain-name registry.  Their website is somewhat confusing.  They also offer website hosting services at low cost.

Larry on Willow, 5/30/15


They specialize in full-service website hosting, but also provide domain-name registration services as well.  Even the basic website hosting includes an array of services, including blogging, email aliasing, and list-servers.  Tech support on-line 24/7.  The www.WGBackfence.net is hosted by Superb.

Larry on Willow, 5/30/15


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Pinball Repair

Christopher Kuntz, The Pinball Pirate

510.304.5403,  www.pinballpirate.com

He comes to your house and will do a run through of everything in your machine.  He's got a hecka history to tell you about too!

Martin P.; March 10, 2015


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Financial / Legal Services

Accounting, Bookkeeping & Business Services

Val Hickey of Val's Bookkeeping.

(408) 314-0231

...smart, fast, and fun to be around. She has experience with families, small businesses, and homeowners' associations. She mentions Quickbooks a lot--I believe that she has a certification in Quickbooks, and she seems to know all the little ins and outs of it than can trip you up. She is the bookkeeper for a nonprofit that I am on the board of.

Carol on Curtis; February 17, 2011; October 29, 2013

Connie Bluck 


Roy on Hamilton; 5/21/15

Susan Robinson, Your Financial Alchemy

831 246-2378, susanr@baymoon.com

Susan… is an excellent bookkeeper.  She has a lot of experience with small businesses and she used to do tax preparation… She is also friendly, positive, and calm, which I personally value highly… She is located in Ben Lomond, between here and Santa Cruz. 

Carol on Curtis; 5/21/15

DC Finstrom

408-889-3292-cell, Union Ave at McGlincey

Larry R.; 9/26/14

Monica Bailey and Associates

5450 Thornwood Drive, Suite O, Monica@monicabaileycpa.com, 408.225.1161

Expert services for tax research, planning and preparation as well as full accounting services. Over 30 years’ experience. Highly Recommend!

Greg on Sweetbriar; February 24, 2015

Black Bull Accounting

Tiffany Jacobs-Torr, 760-402-3326; Mark Torr, 760-840-0660

We use Black Bull Accounting and they’re fabulous. They are out of the area, however, so we send everything to them by fax or email.  Their prices are good and their customer service is wonderful --- lots of personal attention.

Linda on Belmont; January 25, 2015


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Credit Union

Star One Credit Union

(408) 543-5202; www.StarOne.org

I've been a member for maybe 25years now, without any problems.  Good rates on VISA, their ATM cards can be used nearly anywhere without fee, free checking, and they offer great exchange rates when traveling abroad…they've recently opened a new branch at 3136 Stevens Creek Blvd., diagonally across from Valley Fair.

Larry on Willow, 5/30/15


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Estate Planning & Wills


Located in Saratoga

Fast, reasonable, and easy. We did our trust there many years ago:)

WW; February 21, 2012, May 21, 2013

Buz Knapp

Downtown Willow Glen, 408.298.3838

Knowledgeable, formidable, fair, compassionate.

Tom L; May 14, 2013

Jan Hales, Hales & George

In Saratoga

She is very good at explaining the complicated law involved.

We first started using her for our estate planning more than 15 years ago and have updated it a couple times since. We’ve been very happy every time we’ve needed her services.

Alison P; May 21, 2013

Michael Schwerin

Downtown San Jose, 408.916.3049

Knowledgeable, formidable, fair, compassionate.

Tom Li; May 14, 2013

Doug Day

(775) 829-0777

We have been using [Doug Day] for years and he leaves us the original. He is also a notary and does everything at your place if you so choose. He just totally redid ours … because we had sold and purchased homes and moved assets around big time. He charged $700.

Jane on Trona Way; 9/10/14


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Financial Advisor

Joe Guttadauro

1165 Lincoln Avenue Suite 330, 408-271-8800

I use Joe Guttadauro and I highly recommend him.

Mary on Booksin; 8/25/14

Vantage Wealth Management

Val Fernelius, 1 Waters Park Dr., Ste 210; San Mateo; 650-638-9600

Or 1850 Hamilton Ave., SJ; info@vantagewealthmgmt.com 

I totally trust Val Fernelius, a close friend of my husband’s since childhood.  He’s the guy we use for sure.

Linda on Belmont; 8/25/14

Kim Carson, Ameriprise


I would highly recommend Kim Carson with Ameriprise. She has college aged children, owns rental property, has owned her own business and brings knowledge from all of these areas to her clients. She is also very patient and wonderful with seniors.

Kirsten on Glenwood; 4/11/16


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Insurance Agents

Gary Cromartie

1400 Coleman Ave., Suite E18R Santa Clara;  (408) 986-8956; www.gcins.net

I second that recommendation for Gary!!  Great guy!!

Highly recommended for health insurance, too.

Kimberly/Darlene Ave.; June 18, 2010, January 20, 2013

Jack Gilbert, Farmers Insurance

(408) 432-0600

home ins, renters insurance, car insurance, property damage...you name it ! ...he is professional, fast and efficient service

Valerie /Harmil; April 18, 2013

Jeff Senegaglia, Farmers

950 S Bascom Ave 2113; (408) 297-6686

Jeff ... found the insurance I needed at a price that didn't choke me, a process that 5 other agents could not do in 10 days. He spent the time going over it more than once with me because I really needed to be convinced that it was true.

Chris J; April 19, 2013

Mike Myers of State Farm.

408 550-7868

He really knows his stuff and very personable and caring--a great guy to have around for claims as well as for purchases

Carol; April 18, 2013

Larry Krieger's State Farm Agency

On Lincoln Ave.  http://larrykrieger.com/

They've provided excellent service for many years with both home & car policies.

Maureen near Bird & Willow; 4/28/14


A second vote for Larry Krieger - has been my State Farm Agent for many years. His staff are knowledgeable, quick to respond to calls and questions.

Rita on Mercer Ave.; 4/28/15


Have used Larry Krieger for over 25 years and my wife had her insurance with Larry for years before we met  He is very knowledgeable, easy to deal with, responds quickly, tells you your options and how to save money  Many Willow Glen friends also use Larry. 

Ed R; 5/8/14

Mike Quintal, State Farm Agent

On Meridian, http://www.quintalinsurance.com/

We have personally enjoyed the services of Mike Quintal - On Meridian near 3 Flames - always there when you need him!  We use him for personal and business.

Angela & Rod - Richland Avenue; 4/28/14

Bob Fillhouer, State Farm Agent

at Hamilton near Leigh 408-558-7771  bob.fillhouer.cq06@statefarm.com

We've worked with Bob Fillhouer.  He and his office have been very responsive when we needed them.

Mary L.; 4/28/14


I've been with them for 32 years and have been quite happy.  No one has been able to touch their rates.  When I've had to file claims, my insurance has not gone up… covers rental cars too … They also have a great towing service as part of the deal.  I've even had my car towed 20 miles without getting a charged a fee.

Taffy on Marshall; 9/10/15

Kirk Stoddard, Farmer’s Insurance

1631 Willow Street, Suite 225, (408) 978-3208

I’ve used Kirk Stoddard for many years.

Kathi on Cherry; 2/10/16

Bob Pando, Farmer’s Insurance

rpando@farmersagent.com, (408) 377-3135

Bob Pando has been my agent for 20+years. He is the very best!!!  Feels like I am his only client. EXCELLENT service.

Lynn on Clintonia; 2/10/16

Jeff, Senigaglia Insurance

950 S. Bascom Ave., #2113, 408-280-2100jsenigaglia@farmersagent.com

Jeff Senigaglia is an insurance agent with over 30 years of experience. He is fluent in life-insurance, commercial, homeowner's, auto, and health.

*self-recommend*, Kathryn Senigaglia, klsenigaglia@gmail.com; 5/17/16

Health Insurance
Edna Vilozny, Vilozny Insurance, 

831 685-8228

… I have a friend, a health insurance expert who is excellent at the details of these kinds of plans, and I suggest that you call her and ask about options. She is pretty low key and very knowledgeable.  

Carol on Curtis; 11/10/15


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Lawyers & Attorneys

Real Estate & Property
Christine DeKlotz, Reg Lormon and Assoc.

Los Gatos, 408-354-6100

...specializes in property/estate law.  She is also an instructor at Santa Clara's law school and is very trustworthy.

Dave on Carolyn; December 4, 2013

Jerold Reiton


[Tax attorney]...my sister-in-law who is a tax accountant recommended Jerold Reiton.

Katie/Cottle & Koch; December 22, 2013

Rich Abdalah

10455 Torre Ave, Cupertino -- (408) 252-5211 -- rabdalah@abdalahlaw.com

[Employment] did a great job for me in 2005

Maureen (near Bird & Willow); March 6, 2013

Steve Cohn

(408) 557-0300

Steve is a great employment lawyer- good luck.

Valerie/Norval; September 23, 2013

Bret Borah, Borah & Schaffer


I recommend Bret Borah of Borah & Schaffer - I know him personally and professionally.  

Linda E.; December 13, 2014

Dan Muller


Dan is a great [employment] attorney and a great guy. He is also very easy to work with. His office is downtown and conveniently close, too.

Bernice/Carolyn; September 23, 2013



[employment issue]. McBride did a great job advising us.

Maria; September 23, 2013

Michael Foster and Associates,

Oakland. 510-763-5952

[Employment] Were excellent to work with (haven't needed them in several years).

Keith B; March 6, 2013

Marc Eisenhart

25 S Market St, 408-288-8100.  http://www.gedlaw.com/marc-a-eisenhart/ 

Marc is great!  Not only is he a gifted lawyer but, he's a wonderful person.  He is very down-to-earth, generous, and empathetic.  He does employment, landlord-tenant and other real estate issues. 

Marc Eisenhart is highly respected and has quite a lot of experience in this.  

Taffy on Marshall Ave; 7/9/14; 1/21/17

Elnaz Masoom


I highly recommend Elnaz Masoom.  I know Elnaz to be smart, reliable and professional.  Also, she has never had a judgement against her.

Jill on Britton; 9/11/15

Paul Hogan

106 W. Campbell Ave Campbell; 408.866.9148

[Hogan is] Easy, quick and reasonable. Most compassionate attorney I know and knows his stuff

Randi K; February 21, 2012, May 14, 2013, November 7, 2013


I second Paul Hogan!

Eileen McM; May 15, 2013

Richard Arzino

1540 Parkmoor Ave, Ste A, San Jose, CA  95126 (408) 287-7700

[divorce]... took good care of me.  Highly recommend.

Doreen O; November 7, 2013

Marilyn Moreno


Marilyn Moreno on Hamilton near Meridian is excellent. Of course, I work there, but she is really good.

Roy on Hamilton; 8/13/14

Family Law
Karen Russell

51 E Campbell Ave #106g, Campbell, (408) 971-7172, www.kdrlaw.com

Jean R.; 11/7/14

Rich Dayton, Dayton Law Firm

1754 Technology Dr #230, (408) 437-7570

I would recommend Rich Dayton at the Dayton Law Firm in SJ. He is extremely knowledgeable and has been able to save some of my clients from making some detrimental decisions.

Brigette on Glenkirk Ct; February 11, 2015

Carol Zolla

16450 Los Gatos Blvd., 408/358-6900

I also highly recommend her. She's very easy to talk to.

Cris on Nomark; February 11, 2015

Marc Shea

(408) 298-6611http://sheamcintyre.com/attorneys/attorney-marc-shea/

I used Marc Shea. He's in San Jose. 

Tina on Monte Vista; 3/10/16

Rebecca Sue Jones of Gallagher, Reedy & Jones

19 N Santa Cruz Ave, #A, Los Gatos, 408-354-1388, grjlaw.com

Try Rebecca Sue Jones of Gallagher, Reedy & Jones, located in Los Gatos. She handled our wills, trust and power of attorney. Great to work with.

Regan on Jansen; 3/10/16

Rich Dayton, Dayton Law Firm

408.437.7570, richdayton@att.net

I work with Rich Dayton at the Dayton Law Firm in SJ. He is very experienced and has gone above & beyond for many of them. Highly recommend!

Brigette on Glenkirk Ct.; 3/10/16

Hollis Logue

408-288-7878, Staff@LogueLaw.com

Recommend Hollis Logue

Barbara on Hawkhurst; 3/11/16

Personal Injury
Mark D. Rosenberg

mark.rosenberg@yahoo.com, www.siliconvalleylawyer.net/mark-d-rosenberg.html

I have a friend who is a really seasoned personal injury lawyer. I think he's in the process of setting up his own practice (or has).  Feel free to let him know I sent you.

Joyce on Mildred Ave; 1/7/16

William McCann

1530 Meridian (across from Rookie's), 408-269-8787

He's been in business here for 30 years. Very good at what he does. 

Linda on Little Orchard; 10/25/16


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Mortgage / Refinancing / Appraisals / Loan Broker

Sandy Bennett at Preferred Mortgage


My parents in So Cal even chose to use her as her rates were so good. As she is a preferred broker, she gets a little better rates than other mortgage brokers.

Eileen on Malaga; February 3, 2012, September 23, 2013


Sandy Bennett [is] professional and friendly -- a combination I love. Her office manager's name is also Sandy, so make sure to ask for her by her last name, although Sandy-the-office-manager can give you a lot of information and is very helpful!

Rebecca/Newport; September 23, 2013

Grant Michels at Silicon Valley Capital Funding.

grant@svcfunding.com 408 558-6604

He was very thorough, monitored the progress closely, and made sure to explain in detail all aspects of the transaction. You will not get better service for your loan!

Elaine; April 18, 2013

Mortgage Magic, San Jose

Doug Jones,(408)975-2400, http://www.mortgagemagic.com/Testimonials

My husband and I have been working with Doug Jones since 1999 and we couldn't be more pleased. Doug is a great listener and his customer service is top notch. He is extremely ethical and knowledgeable about the mortgage industry and he is always looking out for our best interests. Please refer to his website for more happy customers

Casey/Lowery; September 23, 2013

Princeton Capital/Arnie Von Massenhausen

(408) 355-2000

He is awesome!!

JoAnn; September 23, 2013

American Pacific Mortgage,

Charla Fernandez, Cell:  408-569-9536. 

I highly recommend Charla Fernandez of American Pacific Mortgage.  She is very capable and honest and stays in touch all through escrow.  The final documents contain no surprises.

Carol on Curtiss; 6/25/14

Absolute Mortgage

Jason Beacham, 650-814-2157 jbeacham@absolutemortgage.com

Contact Jason Beacham at Absolute Mortgage. He has access to a wide variety of loan products and is very knowledgeable regarding specialty loan programs.

Mike on Willow Glen Way; 6/25/14

Charla Fernandez, American Pacific Mortgage

408 626-0395

I have a great suggestion--Charla Fernandez, of American Pacific Mortgage. She is both an in house lender and a mortgage broker, so she offers a tremendous variety of loans and customizes her recommendations to people's circumstances.  Also, no surprises at the close!  

Carol on Curtis.; March 05, 2015

Javad Hakkak

[recommendation deleted at employer’s request.  7/17/20]


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"A Better Notary"

(408) 718-5379

a very nice elderly gentleman that lives on Kiner Ave.1467 Kiner Ave, San Jose. He will come to you!

Larry on Kiner Ave; March 18, 2013

Able Printing

1595 Meridian Ave @ Hamilton, 408-264-0342 -- next door to Dick's Bakery.

[Notary service as well as printing]

Martha; March 18, 2013

Cami Evans


not available during the regular work week as she has a regular 8-6 job M-F.

Ken M; March 18, 2013

Paige Hannagan 


I am a Notary Public and I live right here in Willow Glen. CA commission # 1956022

Paige; March 18, 2013

Joan Malone


[Joan Malone] will come to you.

Linda on Little Orchard; 4/4/15

Barbara Sauer

Realty World Castlerock, 1261 Lincoln Ave #114, 408-398-7069

[self-recommended] Barbara on Hawkhurst; barbara@rwcastlerock.com; 4/4/15

Mobile Notary PublicMarisol Moreno, Flat Rate Mobile Notary

Office- 408-827-1449, cell- 408-667-9476, Marisol@flatratemobilenotary.com

I'd like to recommend Marisol Moreno of Flat Rate Mobile Notary for any future notary needs.  I know we occasionally have requests for urgent notary services pop up on the elist. She is available weekends as well as evenings for any notary needs.

Carol on Hamilton Way; January 21, 2015


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Property manager


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Red Dog Shred

Curtner Ave.

Love Red Dog Shred on Curtner. I have used them many times. Great hours, easy and well priced.

Dee (formerly of Lincoln Village); 5/19/15

Reliable Affordable Shredding

210 San Jose Ave., #13 (x Little Orchard), rashredding.com

His rate is $5 for a banker's box-size box. If you go there, it's easier to enter the complex from Little Orchard, just north of Barnard Ave before you get to San Jose Ave (it's kind of a 'gritty' area, but he'll get you in and out very quickly!).

Suzanne on Olive Hill Drive; 2/17/16


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Income Taxes & Tax Consultant

Greg Kostigen @ Kostigen & Associates

in the Pruneyard in Campbell. 408-371-5524

[CPA] He is very knowledgable and easy to work with and get in contact with.

Linda/On Lansford; February 6, 2013

Kevin Sakai from KAS Financial

1276 Lincoln Ave, 408-871-0660, kevin@kasfinancial.com.

[recommended by]

Heather S; February 6, 2013

The Tax Man

1800 Hamilton Ave. Suite 220, 408- 445-1151  info@4taxman.com

He manages taxes for our two businesses and personal.  The person to contact is Randy Warshawsky.

Eric on Cottle 4/28/14

Doug Finstrom


very experienced,local and honest.

Larry R.; 4/28/14

Gary S Nelson CPA, CFP

1246 Curtiss Ave., (408) 298-1488, gnelsoncpa.com

[recommended by]

Robin on Nevada; April 01, 2015

 Joe Pfahnl, Pfahnl & Hunt Accountancy Corporation

333 W. Santa Clara St., Ste. 900, SJ, (408) 993-9494, jwp@pfahnl.com

[recommended by]

Greg on Sweetbriar; 8/31/15


https://www.adminbooks.com/, 408.782.9640

Tina on Monte Vista

1/13/16; 4/1-/16



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Home Remodeling / Repair / Maintenance

Accessibility / Handicap Services & Maintenance

Ken Mockel

510 604-1325.

[Electric Stair Climber and Electic Wheel Chair Repair] ... got it running like new again. He also repairs electric wheel chairs ... his price was fair considering the fact that he had to come from the Oakland area 4 times in all and spent many hours here. A very pleasant, hard working individual.

Ralph; October 24, 2013


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Appliance Sale & Repair

Blossom Hill Appliance


[Dennis at BHA:] His labor prices are fair and he doesn't gouge you on parts. He's been able to keep our dishwasher going and going, and when he can't do it (for example fridge compressor repair which requires a special certification he doesn't have) he tells you straight up and doesn't mess around.

Margaret on Palm Haven; May 3, 2013


[Dennis at BHA] fixed our dryer this summer and has fixed other appliances for us as well.  He's prompt, honest, reliable and reasonable. Has been repairing our appliances for many years.

Amy, WG Way; November 17, 2013; 12/4/14

University Electric

1500 Martin Ave, Santa Clara; (866) 484-4810; www.universityelectric.com

[Univ.Elec. has] Great selection from "ordinary" to high-end brands; salespeople are not on commission and they are very knowledgeable. They will help you find the appliance you need, rather than try to sell you the one they want to sell.

Shirley/ Curtner/Cherry; September 22, 2013


We love our Maytag [from University Electric].  Great family owned business.  We've purchased all our kitchen appliances through them plus our washer & dryer.

Barbara on Hawkhurst; 8/12/14, 9/23/15

Surgio Cantoli


He's excellent. He responds best to text.

Kristi on Pine; August 21, 2013

Airport Appliance

966 S Bascom Ave; (408) 200-2100; www.airportappliance.com

small business and will match prices.

Kristinna; September 23, 2013

Da Rosa Appliance

408-226-0197; 1339 Becket Dr

second generation, family-owned business– mostly KitchenAid appliances. Really reasonable rates and practical advice. Good people, good service.

Margi/Koch Lane; May 3, 2013

Pacific Sales 

634 Blossom Hill Road; (408) 224-2399; pacificsales.com‎

We bought our washer and dryer from them. Great sales people and great delivery. They had to take old appliances from the basement and replace them with new. They did a great job.

Terri/Snyder; September 22, 2013

Ray from RO Appliance Co.

408 800-8813

... he suggested I buy a new one or check to make sure it was not still under warranty! ... he was correct! This issue was still under warranty! So he saved me about $1000.00++! So I highly recommend them!

joan; August 2, 2013

A&B Appliance Repair in Morgan Hill

(408) 777-1478

[Fisher paykal dish drawers] My friend called [them] and they came out right away, fixed the problem, and were really great. My friend was very happy with them and will use them for future needs.

Pat on Fairview; June 29, 2013

Tommy, Bishop Appliance


[Tommy] diagnosed the problem right away. It was a quick fix… so he reduced the amount we agreed to pay for a house call. What terrific customer service!... I highly recommend you call Tommy….

Susan on Annapolis; 4/22/15

Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH)

San Carlos Ave. near Bird

I was very happy with the service from OSH when I bought my last dishwasher. The salesman even recommended I postpone the purchase until their no-tax weekend sale, despite losing his commission. They did the install and take-away of my old dishwasher.

Tina on Monte Vista; 5/31/15

Authorized Refrigeration and Appliance Repair


I can recommend Authorized Refrigeration and Appliance Repair.  Jerry is not cheap but he knows what he is doing.

Damon on Shibley; 8/17/14, 7/25/16

Solomon, Lara’s Appliance Service

930 Lawton Ave, (408) 287-4911

He’s very quick to respond and responsibly priced.

Carol on Mazzaglia; 11/25/14; March 11, 2015


My 15+ year old washer started dribbling water into wash… Within minutes he discovered it only needed a ‘sensor’ replaced.  I also had some brown color on the dryer…he said he could replace that but it would return in 6 months! This very professional man works quickly & is extremely courteous. 

Valerie on Harmil; 12/5/14


Solomon & Mack of Lara's Appliance Service just fixed my oven -- I found them on the eList & want to add my enthusiastic recommendation. Prompt, knowledgeable, efficient, reasonably priced, & very nice guys.  

Maureen near Bird & Willow; 6/9/16

Lara's Appliance

(408) 287-4911

We called Lara's Appliance for our dryer. Solomon did a great job at a reasonable price. He did a better job than the manufacturers authorized repair people. We'd call him again.

Bob on Bird; 12/11/15

Abe, Willow Glen Appliance

1129 Lincoln Ave., 408-298-1569

[Abe] called me right back, came within a couple of hours and was able to fix it on the spot.  He even explained to me the operation of the appliance. … I will use him for all our appliance needs from now on.

Christine on Madrona Ave.; 10/17/14


Another shout-out to Abe from Willow Glen Appliance Repair. He came, he saw, and he conquered all in one afternoon.  Now my dishwasher should last another 10-15 years.  Great to work with and I highly recommend him. 

Linda on Belmont; March 09, 2015


Because of Abe- my dryer might live 100 yrs.

Leslie on Settle Ave; March 09, 2015


Abe fixed my Whirlpool washer on Christmas Eve. Washer broke on Tuesday evening, left a VM, called back fairly soon, agreed upon a time frame the next day. Arrived on time, had the correct part with him based on the symptoms I shared.

Dave B.; December 24, 2014


I just had Able over today to fix my Kenmore front load washer. I left a message on Christmas day and he called me back this am and came right over. … works great again. Only charged me a service call. His diagnosis over the phone was correct.

Steve on Jonathan Avenue; December 26, 2014

Almaden Valley Appliance


They repaired my Fisher & Paykel a few months ago and felt they were honest and reasonable.

Linda on Lambert; January 17, 2015

Solomon, Lara's Appliance Service


We called Lara's Appliance Service for our washer & dryer. Solomon came out right on schedule. He did a great job at a great price. In addition, he did another job for us that was not part of the original service call.

Bob on Bird; March 10, 2015


[Solomon’s] wonderful! Been using him for years.

Carol on Mazzaglia; March 10, 2015


I highly recommend Lara’s Appliance Repair. I thought I needed a new clothes washer but sent out to our wonderful Elisters….Solomon revived my 12+ year old washer !  I was impressed, as he knew exactly what to look for and what to do!  He is an appliance genius!

Valerie on Harmil; March 11, 2015

Western Appliance


Western Appliance is still there, I've a washing machine being delivered later this week. They were wonderful and had a good deal on the one I purchased.

Donna D.; December 09, 2014 

ARM - ARM Repair


I always use Appliance Repair and Maintenance. Our neighbors use them too and we have always been happy.

Pat on Cherry Valley; 12/12/15

Tom's Appliance


They service premium brands and serviced our Subzero refrigerator when we had issues with it.

Regan on Jansen; January 30, 2015

Mike Katz, Cool Kat Appliance Repair 

408-410-6193, www.coolkat.biz

Mike and his service men are extremely responsive, very helpful and the prices are competitive… They found the problem [with the dishwasher], fixed it and charged him a very reasonable service call. …arrived right on time… and was very efficient. He found the problem and fixed it, then made sure all the water lines and drain pipes were clear…

Carol on Hamilton Way; 12/14/15

Richard Johnson, Appliance Repair and Maintenance

408-439-9645 (cell), 408-835-4849 (work)

Richard has helped us with washer, dryer, refrigerator and oven repairs. I recently recommended him to someone on the elist for help with a refrigerator and heard very positive feedback. I highly recommend Richard.

Laura near Bird and Willow; 5/11/16

Nick Moreno


For sure Nick Moreno. He takes care of all our appliance repairs & our clients too. His number is long distance, however he lives here.

Brigette on Glenkirk Ct; 12/15/16

Sewing Machine Repair
Ray’s Sewing Center

545 Meridian Ave, (408) 295-6901, http://www.rayssewingcenter.net/contact.html

Go to Ray's!! It's close (just up Meridian on the other side of 280) and they know what they're doing. Fast service, too.

Tina on Monte Vista; 10/13/14

Vacuum Cleaners
Robert, Supply Works


He lives in W.G. Hepa filter vaccuums would be best. They have many choices.

Larry R.; 11/17/16


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Architect/Designer/Structural & Civil Engineer

Robin McCarthy, Arch Studios

robin@archstudioinc.com, Phone 408.859.8723

[Robin McCarthy is] ...she is excellent and reasonable. She lives in Willow Glen. She can provide elevations for flood zone for you.

Jan C; August 9, 2013

Mark Cassin


After he did his evaluation [of flood zones] my rates went waaaaayyyy down!

Joan M; June 25, 2013


Santa Cruz http://matsonbritton.com/


Rhonda C; August 9, 2013

Steve Benzing

www.Benzarch.com, 408 805-1328

[Steve Benzing is] very easy to work with, reasonable prices very patient with dealing with spouses who have different opinions. Helped us through the permit process with the city as well for plans to add a master, bath and laundry room and carport.

Laura; 6/12/15

Pete Malletis, PMI Design Group


PMI Design Group in Sunnyvale did our plans, he is very thorough and creative.

Chris J.; February 28, 2015

Quang Phan, Paladin Design & Engineering.  


I would highly recommend Quang (pronounced Kwong) Phan at Paladin Design & Engineering.

Kimberly on Darlene Ave.; February 28, 2015

Charles Decker, Decker Engineering and Construction. 

P - 408-885-1599, C - 408-858-1641, cdecker@deckerengineers.com.

They are a local business located in downtown Willow Glen.

Barbara on Hawkhurst; 12/29/15

Jon Rider on Hamilton

(408) 540-7391, http://www.jriderdesign.com

[recommended by]

Jan C.; 12/29/15

Dennis Anderson, Anderson McKelvey Architects

831-457-8348. http://www.andmck.com

[recommended by]

Jan C.; 12/29/15

Garcia-Teague Architecture

(408) 244-8368, https://garciateague.com/

Gil did an amazing job of designing what the remodel would look like, how it would integrate with our existing home, and making the most of the space we were adding/remodeling. Gil is a local Willow Glen architect. I highly recommend him.

Robin on Nevada; 12/29/15

Noel Cross Architects

(408) 216-0222, www.nfcarchitect.com/

…the best listener and really understood what we were trying to accomplish. [Looking at] his other work, you couldn't tell which parts of the homes were the additions and which parts were original. His plans were so detailed, we didn't have any change orders... worth the extra 20% [cost] by far. …

Jill on Britton; 12/30/15

Richard Morrison

(650) 321-3729

did an amazing job. I…needed some tricky engineering to support the second floor. He even went with me to the City Building Dept. appt. and…I got the permit instantly... The fee for this is then credited toward his fee to do the final plan if you decide to use him for the detailed plan and consultation.

Rebecca on Newport; 10/14/16

Larrabee & Associates

36 Railway Ave., Campbell, 408-364-9000

[Larrabee & Assoc.] were amazing to work with, and did an impeccable job reinforcing/repairing a previously failed attempt someone had made. ... Even our permit inspector was thoroughly impressed with their work on our home. He said he had not seen work done going over and above for code requirements. I would definitely use them again if the need arose.

Faith on Nevada; 4/11/15; 12/30/15


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Bathroom Remodeling / Refinish

Lamcke Construction, Howard Lamcke

(408) 377-7001, http://www.howardlamcke.com

Howard remodeled our bathroom and has done various other projects for us. His work is top notch. You can see his work on his website.

Jan C; September 24, 2013

Patrick Lawrence Construction


You will love this guy and he is amazing and a perfectionist. I have worked with him on large and small project and is reasonable. No hidden costs.

Jan C; 9/27/14

Bathtub Reglazing
Miracle Method


Miracle Method is absolutely the best at reglazing. Nice family owned business and have done many jobs for my clients.

Jan C.; December 15, 2014


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Carpentry / Cabinet Maker

(see also "Handyman", Kitchens)

Steve Thatcher of Thatcher Woodworking

(408) 358-2388

[Steve Thatcher] built our kitchen and an entertainment center, and we love them.  Very high quality work.

Jeff J; November 17, 2013

Henry Barrientos


...did my kitchen nook and closet. He does wonderful work. He has a full time job but loves to take small custom jobs on.

Jessica M; November 15, 2013

Jack Cannon at Lynstar. 


He is general contractor, but also really enjoys detail carpentry.

Robert /Guadalupe Ave.; January 20, 2013

Jim Zetterquist


he's awesome

Deb on Broadway; January 20, 2013

Charlie Bosso


[Charlie Bosso] is the best all - around carpenter, finish carpenter, handyman…. He can do and does it well. Reasonable pricing……really nice man. 

Jan C; 3/28/15

WG Wood Products


If you want to add a telephone niche, as many old homes had… They make the niches to order in many styles, sizes and finishes. They also have many other “in-wall” options, like book shelves, spice racks, toilet roll holders, magazine racks, medicine cabinets… specifically designed to go between the studs.

Rebecca on Newport; 7/9/14

Rick Jones

(408) 568-1892, www.jonescustomcabinets.com

Jones Custom Cabinets remodeled ours a little over a month ago.  I am really happy with their work.

Eric on Cottle; January 15, 2015

Dennis Everett, The Wood Connection

431 Perrymont Ave, (408) 971-2710, dennis@twcsj.com

Some of the items that make the cabinets great are that we have full-extension drawer sliders, sliding shallow drawers as opposed to shelves in under counter cabinets, and soft closers on the doors. I found that slow closers on drawers weren’t needed and made the drawer harder to open, but on doors, it stopped them from banging (since they are designed to auto close). The Wood Connection responds well to e-mail. The build of the cabinets is great and they got everything right using our appliance specs. They follow lots of regulations about low VOC paints and all that.

John on Milton Way; January 17, 2015

Spiker Woodworking

436 Robert Ave, Santa Clara, (408) 297-5950, spikerwoodworking.net

I used Spiker Woodworking and John Fox as my general contractor.  Fantastic experience with both.

Laura J.; January 15, 2015

Antonio Chavez

1001 Martin Ave., Santa Clara, Office: 408.654.8965, Mobile: 408.472.8393

He does... Custom Wood Working - Kitchens, Bathrooms, Entertainment Centers, Libraries, Ceilings, Wall Panels. His work is exquisite, and well-priced.  He came highly recommended from our contractor, Vini Joy, who I have mentioned also on this list.  

Lisa on Bird; December 30, 2014

Clear Oak Designs

408-436-5448, http://www.clearoakdesigns.com/services-services.htm 

I recommend Clear Oak Designs. I had them remodel a kitchen for me including two built-in corner cabinets and a small bookcase. They do beautiful, quality work and are very easy to work with.   [They know] how to improve the workflow of the kitchen.

Tina on Monte Vista; 10/26/16

Hormoz, HB Custom Cabinets

408-628-0406, http://www.hbcustomcabinets.com/

Hi I highly recommend HB Custom Cabinets, top quality work they can build anything and excellent clean work and on time!

Elizabeth E.; 10/14/16

MD Remodeling

(650) 793-3913

I love, love, loved working with MD Remodeling for my kitchen and bath remodel. Mike and Dan are geniuses, easy to work with and excellent craftsman. They come up with creative solutions and I now love my kitchen.

Rebecca on Newport; 10/14/16

cabinet refacing
MJPainting/ Lincoln Builders, Marshall


Local, Willow Glen resident. Marshall's crew did a wonderful job refacing our 65 yr old kitchen cabinets, swap out trim, install dishwasher & repaint. Fast, clean, and great guys!

Bonnie & Mike/Jonathan Av.; January 21, 2013

Moldings / Mouldings
Mouldings and More

on N 10th in San Jose. 885-1075 www.greeneacademy.com

Larry and crew are very helpful. Their prices are always lower, quality is the same. Many samples to take home for a decision. 408 Pete / N 13th

Pete; February 28, 2013

The Moulding Company

1987 Russell Ave, Santa Clara, (408) 748-6968, www.themouldingcompany.com

Our contractor referred us to this company. I haven't checked the prices but they were very nice helpful at the showroom and they will let you take free samples home.

Kristi on Pine; February 28, 2013


[The Moulding /Company has] wonderful displays for ideas and catalogs that you can download from their site for profiles.

Jan C.; 10/27/14


I have used the Moulding Company on several occasions--for crown and base only so far.  Have been very happy with the product.

Cheryl on Glenfield Drive; 10/27/14

Kevin Coggins, Building and Home Repair Service

1521 San Tomas Ct, San Jose, CA, (408) 247-6565, buildinghomerepair.com

Try Kevin Coggins of Building and Home Repair Services


Jan C; 9/1/14

Andy Kapfenberg, Almaden Custom Carpentry; Cal. Gen. Contractor’s License # 662738

Phone and Fax: 408.268.0592, Cell: 408-218-4211

[recommended by]

Rebecca on James; January 19, 2015


[I] Second Andy Kapfenberg, Master Carpenter. Beautifully installed crown moulding in my dining room a year ago...

Rita on Mercer Ave.; January 19, 2015


I can recommend a friend [Andy] who does crown molding.....he might be able to help you with a few other things too..

Patrick on Newport Ave..; January 05, 2015


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Rug and Carpet Cleaning

Larry Ruzzo, San Jose Dry Carpet Cleaners

408-449-0518, http://www.sanjosedrycarpetcleaners.com

I recently had the opportunity to meet Larry Ruzzo, Willow Glen resident and owner of. He and his son did a fantastic job cleaning a carpet in our home. They were able to schedule me quickly, were on time and provided excellent, friendly service. I highly recommend this company for all your carpet cleaning needs!

Vivian; September 20, 2013


[Larry] did a fantastic job cleaning the very dirty area rugs, wall to wall carpet, and upholstery ... It was a tough job, the carpets were clean and the house smelled so fresh when he was done

Maria; April 2, 2013


I have been using San Jose Dry Carpet Cleaners owned by Larry Ruzzo to clean my carpets. Larry uses the Host Dry carpet cleaning System which has the distinct advantage of not using any water in the cleaning process which is a distinct plus in this time of drought. 

Don on Ashmeade; 7/3/15


Larry is very professional, timely, reasonably priced and I love the low chemical product he uses. Myself and my clients have been very happy with Larry's work.

Sherri near Meridian & Foxworthy; 11/10/14


I'll third that! I've used Larry's services four or five times now and especially love that I don't have to wait for the carpet to dry - furniture can be moved back immediately afterward.

Julie on Garden Glen Way; March 12, 2015


We have used Larry Ruzzo twice at my church, He's done a Great job.  [Stone Church] 

Wynn on Jarvis; February 08, 2015



I've tried various carpet cleaners over the years and I have gotten the best quality service from Coit.

Tina on Monte Vista; January 25, 2013

Fibercare Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning,  Elio Martignago


...does great work with both carpets and upholstery. My whole family has used his services for years.

Claudia on Westwood; July 26, 2013

Deluxe Dye Works

1488 N 4th St, 408-453-1054; http://www.deluxedyeworks.com/

We had our living room area rug cleaned at Deluxe Dye Works. It is the second time we've used them and we're very happy with them.  Our rug is a hand woven, two-sided rug from Greece and it's tricky to dry without distorting the shape. They do a great job. I highly recommend them.

Regan on Jansen; 7/23/14; 12/14/16


I second Deluxe Dye Works. They cleaned a group of Indian rugs for me a couple of years ago. 

Bruce off Lincoln; 12/14/16


I second the recommendation for Deluxe.

Norvelle B.; 12/14/16


We’ve used Deluxe several times over the years and have been pleased. On my grandmothers large hooked rug as well as Persian.  They came and picked up the large Persians … and treated them with enzymes to remove any remnants of dog accidents :-)

Mary on Georgetta; 9/5/14


Rug Repair: Deluxe Dye Works does great work for my clients.

Maria S.; 11/15/15

Ben Gafour, Referral Carpet Care


I highly recommend [Ben Gafour] … He has cleaned my beautiful area rugs and upholstery for many years. I also have him clean my clients’ rugs and upholstery, including very expensive Persian rugs. Excellent results, service and prices.

Karen on Blewett; 7/14/14; February 08, 2015, 11/1/16

Bill, Pro-Tech


I have been very happy with Bill at Pro-Tech.

Judy on Kimble; December 03, 2014

Tim Hassler, Langenwalter Carpet Dyeing


I recommend Tim Hassler - he did a nice job on a bleach stain on my beige carpet. An area about the size of four quarters was a pretty vibrant orange color after a bottle of cleaning fluid containing bleach leaked onto the carpet. He did a really good job of correcting it.

Julie on Garden Glen Way; 10/28/15

Rug Cleaning


[to clean and repair a large area rug] Ernie's just did mine! He was prompt and he picked them up, cleaned, dried, and brought them back. He knew to use different methods depending on type. Turned out great! $3 sq ft, including delivery.
Lara on Willowhurst; 11/14/15

Bob Harris, Pro Care Carpets


I have worked with Bob Harris (owner/operator) of Pro Care Carpets for more than 20 years. He cleans carpets/grout/upholstery. He is very good, great prices & very accommodating. Highly recommend. 

Brigette on Glenkirk Ct; 12/14/15

Elio Martignago, Fibercare


He has done fabulous work at our house- honest- quality- and not too $$

Leslie on Settle Ave; 12/15/15

San Jose Dry Carpet Cleaners

www.sanjosedrycarpetcleaners.com 408-449-0518

We dry clean area rugs at $1.50 per sq.ft.

*self-recommend* Larry Ruzzo, larryruzzo@sbcglobal.net; 11/14/15

Carpet Savers

(650) 964-3871

Jeff at Carpet Savers is fantastic!

Cathy formerly at Willow Street; 11/19/16


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Batinich Masonry


[Landscaping – Outdoor Fireplaces] Local Willow Glen residents. They've been in business for over 30 years.

Linda on Little Orchard St.; 12/25/15, 1/27/17

Chimney Repair
Dave or Rich Leon, Leon Masonry


I would recommend Leon Masonry. Highly recommend. 

Brigette on Glenkirk Ct; 12/10/16


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Chimney Cleaners / Chimney Sweep

Chimney Clean Company

http://www.chimneycleanco.com  (408) 265-1010

[Chimney Clean was] on time, courteous, cleaned up after himself, explained to me everything he was doing while he was doing it, and in general, did a great job

Sara on Michigan; November 12, 2013


We have used Chimney Clean for years and we are very pleased with them.

Natalie on Foxworthy; 11/3/14


Same here…

Carol A. on Prevost St.; 11/3/14

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Contractors & Remodeling

Sigmund Beck


Full disclosure- he is a friend, however he has done two extensive renovations for me over a period of years and I was always satisfied.  He was the builder (he also enjoys designing) for Frank Schiavo, and he is "eco-friendly."  He and Frank designed and build many solar projects around the South Bay over 25 or so years, but can do "normal" builds, too.  He grew up in Willow Glen.

Dave on Gerald Way; March 15, 2013

Horacio Rodrigues of HR Construction

 info@hrbuildersinc.com, 408-559-1903.

He remodeled kitchens for 2 families we know, and earlier this summer he did some work in our backyard that I would consider to be a minor job (rebuilt our pool filter-housing, repaired aging brickwork, and installed lighting). He's great to work with, and actually does the work when he says he will do it. And he lives nearby, which is a real bonus.

Julie /De Anza Way; May 20, 2013

Dave Roberts Construction

Ph. 408.356.2185 Cell 408.210.4363

He's actively looking to fill his schedule... and he's good too.

... I've worked with [Dave] for over 20 years, he gives a detailed bid with reasonable allowances and a schedule that he keeps. He has a great tile guy (Tom Bruno ) and a pretty good drywall guy ( me ) too.

Chris J; 6/7/15; 12/5/16


I vote Dave Roberts.

Jan C.; January 15, 2015

Nigel Moss & Co.

408-879-9394 DesignerForYou@earthlink.net

He does excellent work!

Larry R; 11/18/14

Anthony Lewis, Inc.


Anthony and team completed a large remodel on my 1928 home. Fantastic job! He is local to Willow Glen.

Michelle on Coe; January 21, 2013

Edgar Bowie


Edgar Bowie from ERB Construction has done a lot of great work in Willow Glen.

Barbara S; March 15, 2013

H & J Renovations

http://www.handjrenovations.com/index.html 408-561-5156

Sam and his crew are professional, time-efficient, very flexible with scheduling, and respectful to everything involved(pets, yards, neighbors, etc).  I understand that his prices are very fair.

Martha D; January 21, 2013, March 14, 2013

JG Construction: John Changras, General Contractor

(408) 594-2535, jgchangras@comcast.net; 408.243.7399, john@changrasconstruction.com

John the general contractor and owner of JG Construction is a very professional, easy to work with, creative, possesses excellent project management skills, and builds construction projects that are of the highest quality and delivered on time.

Teresa G; May 20, 2013


 [John] did a small basic closet job for us this summer and was very polite, punctual, and responsive and the finished product was exactly what we were looking for.  The job was too small for most of the contractors we contacted and appreciated he was available and willing to help out in a short time frame.  Lic. #931525

Kristi on Pine; August 26, 2013

Jesse Gomez, Gomez Construction


[Jesse] did a remodel for us last year which included a kitchen. I LOVE it. He is easy to work with. Flexible, accommodating and HONEST. He was far more reasonable than others we spoke with. He has also done work for lots of our friends. He does very small to very large scale projects.

Bernice on Carolyn; 10/29/14

Adelyte Construction


[Adelyte Construction has] a lot of great ideas, and beautiful finish work.

Elizabeth E.; 10/29/14

Patrick Lawrence Construction

408-515-8608, patricklawrence@comcast.net

I cannot express to you how good, conscientious, and dedicated, affordable Patrick Lawrence Construction is. I work with him and his crew on most of my jobs. He has many local recommendations and I would be happy to show you the projects and let you speak to the clients.

Jan C.; 10/29/14

Mike and Dan, MD Remodeling

(650) 793-3913


Mike and Dan are fabulous to work with. Very conscientious about the quality of the work while keeping the pricing as low as possible. … *any* improvements, from small jobs to total remodels...licensed to do the plumbing and electrical…as well as custom cabinets and tile… They just completed a remodel of my kitchen, bathroom and 2 bedrooms … kept the character of my 1927 home. I love working with them.

Rebecca on Newport; 11/19/14

CJK Construction

[(408) 499-0411 ?]

…they did a fabulous job… local Willow Glen contractor, although now he has moved his home base, but still has crews in the area.

Robin on Nevada; 12/29/15

Case Design / Remodeling

http://www.casesanjose.com/, 408-323-5300

I've used their handyman service for years and always been thrilled with the quality and professionalism. I know their remodeling division is a bigger part of their company.

Tina on Monte Vista; 12/5/16

Bob Tobiason, TRB Construction


I work with [this] quality [company]. I am proud to be associated with them.

Chris J.; 12/5/16

Dale Drumm, DRD Development


I work with [this] quality [company]. I am proud to be associated with them.

Chris J.; 12/5/16

Brick Mason


I just had some brick work done at my office. My husband found Armando on Craigslist. He did a wonderful job- great end product, timely and reasonable.

Linh on Hamilton Ave.; 9/7/16

Small Projects
Chris Justi


Call our local Chris Justi on the recommendation list. 

Jan C.; 4/21/16

Radon and Lead Remediation
Peter K. Mandel, MG Remediation, Inc.

26062 Eden Landing Road, Ste. #2, Hayward, CA 94545, 510-293-3009, www.mgremediation.com

This is a company that is good at this.

Kari on Meridian Way; January 09, 2015


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Curtains / Blinds / Drapery / Window Coverings

Carol Kapfenberg, Window Charm,


she has great taste and will work within your budget, honest, fun and very talented!

Rita on San Gabriel; November 7, 2013


Carol [is a] local Willow Glen resident, great wealth of knowledge and expertise.

Rebecca on James Place; 11/15/15

Fina Bella Draperies


finadesigns2@aol.com, www.finabelladraperies.com

We’ve used Fina Sanfillippo for all of our window treatments as well as upholstery.

Mary on Georgetta; 11/10/14

JC Penney


JCPenney offers free in-home consultation. I used them [for window treatments] in the past and was very happy with the results. I wouldn't hesitate to use them again. They have loads of options and work with you to get just what you want.

Tina on Monte Vista; 11/15/15, 7/9/16

JM Wheeler

http://jmwshutters.com/, 408-247-1810

We've purchased both plantation shutters and Hunter Douglas blinds from JM Wheeler and found their prices, quality and service to be outstanding….We shopped around and found their prices to be best and we already knew their service was great.  No brainer.  Highly recommended.   

Brian D.; 11/23/15

Wooden Window Blind Repair
Cleaners to Your Door


Last year I used Cleaners to Your Door to repair and restring a full length wooden blind. He also fixed the string on another blind which I'd been unable to open. They came to the house to estimate and then did the repair and restringing and charged a reasonable price.

Gail on Prevost; 8/22/16


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Doors (House & Garage)

Garage Doors
Jacob, Pacheco Overhead Door

(408) 497-8754

Mike Howard Garage Doors in Campbell

479 Salmar Ave, Campbell; 378-5409, www.mikehowardgaragedoors.com

Steve was the repair guy they [Mike Howard doors] sent out and he was friendly and polite, and did a great job.

Dori/Campbell Avenue; October 28, 2013


The owner [of Mike Howard doors], Steve Chapman, handled the conversion from my old sliding doors to overhead very well. His crew members did a great job and were easy to work with. And his wife in the office had excellent advice on selecting the door.  Very pleased with the complex installation job done.

Curt; May 9, 2013, June 26, 2013, 7/28/15


I recommend Steve at Mike’s Garage Doors in Campbell.  VERY fair pricing. Good communication. Excellent problem solving.  

Karen on Blewett; 7/28/15

Ron Mosher, The Garage Door Guy

1260 Foxworthy Ave; (408) 591-7828

He helped me about a year ago when my garage door wouldn't go all the way down. Pleasant and reasonable.  Even came back (no charge) a few months later for the same problem.

Larry on Knollwood; October 30, 2013


What a gem ... so pleasant and low key!  [Ron] arrived promptly with his son and, despite my fear that I would need a whole new garage door opener unit, they serviced mine and managed to correct a million small problems.  Everything works perfectly ... took half an hour.  Reasonable price

Susan on Byerley; October 30, 2013


I highly recommend Ron from The Garage Door Guy. Earlier this year he did a great tune-up on our very heavy garage door. We plan to have him do this every other year.

Trudeau on Maykirk; 10/22/14


The Garage Door Guy - Ron is amazing - I have also used him and would highly recommend him.

Dee from Lincoln Village; 8/1/14


Pretty sure [Garage Door Guy] is who I used a few years ago - great service, quick, reasonable.

Carin D.; 8/19/15

Arrow Garage Door


A few years ago, I used Arrow Garage Doors , and was very happy with them.  

Suzanne on Brace; 7/27/15


I have used Arrow Garage Door repair and was happy with the service and thought the price was fair.  It's just the one guy.  Relatively small jobs--replaced a motor on one, and a broken spring on the other.

Margaret M.; 10/21/14

House Doors
Bert Wright, Windstar

2770 S Bascom Ave., (408) 559-8976, info@windstarwd.com, www.windstarwd.com

I would give Bert Wright at Windstar on Bascom Ave. a call. He is my door and window vendor. Great prices, installation, service.

Jan C.; 10/13/14

Chris Justi


Chris is your man for this job [framing closet doors]. 

Jan C.; 11/5/14

Brian Zane, Zane's Door Replacement


Zane's Door Replacement did repair work on a "leaky" door for us; we are quite happy with the result and their service. They arrived on time (a little early, too) did the work and cleaned up nicely. Also saved us a chunk of $ by determining after removal of a piece that it could be refurbished and not replaced. In addition, did a small adjustment -that wasn't included in the quote- on our front door that was sticking a bit at no charge.

Suzanne on Olive Hill Dr.; January 30, 2015


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John Fasolas

(408) 499-0226

highly recommended

Damon; September 30, 2010, January 22, 2013

Rios Electric-Sonny Rios


He's local, small business, great electrician and great guy, great work!

Larry R; April 14, 2013

Ken Taylor


[recommended by]

Linda on Little Orchard; 4/11/15, 5/13/16

Chad, Hahn's Lighting Service Inc.

408-591-0056, 408-295-1755

Chad from Hahn's Lighting Services Inc. is great!!!

Barbara on Hawkhurst; 3/23/15, 6/22/15, 3/10/16, 5/13/16, 9/6/16


Hahn's fixed what I thought were dead sockets in my bathroom sconce outlets…[and] wouldn't charge me for a full service because they were there for just a few minutes…. they installed an outdoor outlet on my front porch and it was just about $100… they are so nice and easy to work with.

Bonnie on Mercer Avenue; 3/10/16, 9/5/16


My company uses Hahn's for all their electrical needs. A very nice family ran business.

Alana on Pine; 12/20/16

12/20/16Eugene Myers

(408) 849-9147

[recommended by]

Neal J; 4/6/15, 9/6/16


I highly recommend Eugene Myers.

Neal J.; 10/7/14

Mike, Cal-Wire Electric Inc.

408-655-0015; cal_wire@yahoo.com

[Mike from Cal-Wire Electric] did some work at our house on 2 occasions. Very challenging to find a great electrician. We finally did. We used a ceiling fan install.

Manon on Maykirk; 4/6/15; 5/13/14

Jim Mayo, Mayo Electric Inc.


…couldn't be happier with the quality of [Mayo Electric’s] work and the price. They added some extras… (small things like extra outlets on the new circuits they were adding) and didn't charge for them. I added a couple of extras (an outdoor light and an outdoor outlet) and they happily worked them into the plan… And they showed up when they said they would, worked around my odd work schedule, and completed the job quickly…

Brian D; 4/11/15


I too recommend Jim [Mayo] for any project large or small.  He is very professional and won't nickel and dime you but will make sure you are happy with all his work.  

Carol on Hamilton Way; 4/11/15


We've used [Jim] for several projects. Great team -- friendly, professional, and reasonably priced.

Kate on Norval; 10/6/14


I have used Jim Mayo, who was recommended on the elist, for a couple of jobs recently.  The men who work for him do excellent work and are very reliable.

Susan on Parkside; 3/10/16

Bay Valley Electric

Bus: 650-968-5405 - Mobile: 650-269-0804 robert@bayvalleyelectric.net

Call Robert Bailo, Bay Valley Electric.  His shop is in Mountain View, but he lives down here.  Professional and able to handle complex wiring problems.

Mike on Willow Glen Way; 6/17/14

Douglas Doherty Electric and Solar

408-499-1307, Doug@douglasdohertyelectric.com

Great, local, licensed Electrician [to install a charging station for an electric car]. Doug came highly recommended, responded quickly… and did the entire job in just over half a day. His work is neat, safe, to code, and he's very quiet and nice to have around.

Betsy H on Pine Ave; 9/21/14

Mike Winger, Winger Electric


I highly recommend Mike Winger of Winger Electric. He knows exactly what he’s doing and his rates are very reasonable.

Karen on Blewett; 10/6/14


Here's another vote for Mike Winger who helped us with new energy-efficient lighting throughout our home. 

Jeff on Fairwood; 10/6/14

Eagle Electric

408.241.9956, eagleelectric1@comcast.net

I have had the most amazing electrician working in our home for the last two days and I thought I better recommend him to the WG locals. Ed is the owner of the company and he usually has a person working with him. They are honest, arrive when stated, and finish on time, and are reasonably priced. A real pleasure to work with and Ed is just a genuinely nice guy. 

Faith on Nevada; February 10, 2015

Peter at Schwab Electric

408.896.3146, (408) 559-3056ø peter@schwabelectric4.com

I also highly recommend Peter. 

Lada on Britton; 5/13/16


I've used [Peter’s] services for years.

Nina on El Rio; 9/5/16

Barsuglia Electric

408-254-1742; 408-674-1662, rbarsuglia@comcast.net

Russ and his crew did a great job for me, adding an exterior elec. outlet.  They were efficient, clean, and best of all, great to work with! 

Anita on Lambert; 12/5/16


[Russ is] really good. All of the outdoor lights were on motion sensors. All but one went out at about the same time. I wanted to take all of them off sensors. Russ told me what needed to be done, gave me an accurate estimated, showed up and did a great job! I'd fully recommend him.

Pat on Cherry Valley; 1/7/17


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TechShop - San Jose

300 South 2nd St.; (408) 916-4144; http://www.techshop.ws/index.html

in downtown San Jose -- it's a fascinating place.

Larry (on Willow); July 6, 2015


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right behind the fairgrounds

Deidre on Cherry; February 25, 2013


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Flooring Installer / Refinisher / Tile

Abbey Carpets

Meridian near Willow

Their prices were very competitive, great service, worked with our tight schedule, and their installers did a nice job and did not ding any freshly-painted baseboards or walls.

Claudia on Westwood; July 26, 2013

All Wood Floors, Randy & Barbara Garton

(408)265-7168, www.allwoodfloors.net, allwoodfloors@comcast.net

They did an excellent job on our hardwood when we bought our home nearly 20 years ago. They are reliable, extremely professional, careful to close off areas with plastic so help keep the dust contained.  [They also] put in crown molding in our kitchen to top off the room by room remodel.

Valerie on Harmil; July 24, 2013


I second the recommendation of All Wood Floors. Randy did an fabulous job of refinishing and repairing our very neglected 1937 bungalow’s original floors. He also…..blended new wood pieces into the old wood floor. It looks amazing and it’s absolutely seamless.

Sigrid G on Pine; July 24, 2013

Dan Huynh

408.859.1359 /email-hdhardwoodfloors@gmail.com

His work is beautiful, prices amazing & works best by email. Send him an email with a request to see the project & then he will quickly send you a quote via email. He installs flooring both wood & engineered, replaces damaged wood & also simply refinishes of course.

Brigette / Glenkirk Ct; May 2, 2013

Pete's Floors

(408) 286-6030; petesfloorswd@gmail.com (email); www.petesfloors.wordpress.com

My friend specializes in detailed repair work of old wood floors, often able to repair damaged areas with the exact-same matching old flooring boards.

Larry (on Willow); August 10, 2013


I just used Pete’s for a 1920 house! I wanted the floors restored to original look and quality, and he did just that! Pete’s a craftsman, he was more expensive than other quotes I got, but he DID get all the squeaks out! The floors are amazing!

Rebecca on Cherry; 9/9/14


I would second Pete's Floors. Our floors … turned out beautiful. Pete explains everything in detail. He is ... a perfectionist. Pete's wife Debbie does the office work … and keeps the customer updated on everything. Pete does charge a consultation fee... that fee is credited to your account.

Martha on Hamilton Way; 9/10/14

Art Villegas, Willow Glen Floor Co.

(408) 529-7342

Art gave us an accurate estimate and a firm start date... patiently answered all our questions ... always showed up on time and easy to work with and our floors look amazing!!  They were also very reasonably priced.  They finished the job in a timely manner and the house was left clean daily.

Sherrie on Coastland; June 25, 2013


[Art Villegas is a] Great guy and easy to work with. Highly recommend him!
Rene on Marcia; 11/4/15

Toby, TWS Tile


[Toby] is skilled in setting all types of tile and stone floor. He and his crew are fast and very reasonable. I’ve worked with him on several jobs and each turned out beautifully and [quickly]. He brings…skilled crew and does not leave the job until it is complete. And his communication skills are excellent.

Karen on Blewett; 4/29/15

Slaughterbeck Flooring

408.379.5813, www.slaughterbeckfloors.com

[recommended by]

Chris J; 6/7/15


[Slaughterbeck  Floors] do all our work, carpet and vinyl, and take great care with our quirky old home.

Sunday on Malone Road; 7/11/14

San Jose Hardwoods

1824 Stone Ave, San Jose, (408) 264-3500

I used San Jose Hardwoods to refinish my floors 15 years ago and they still look gorgeous! And I remember their prices as really fair.

Karen on Blewett; 9/9/14

Frank Moreno

408-691-9420 cell  (408) 251-9145 FrankMoreno06@comcast.net

Last year, I had three rooms finished and they were excellent and the best price among those who bid. He has been in the business over 40 years!

Rebecca on Newport; 9/9/14

RB Flooring

2075 Bering Dr. Suite-P, San Jose, (408) 573.1144

This year, I had new hardwood done in a kitchen remodel, as well as 2 other rooms and some patching because of termite damage. They, too, did an amazing job, matching 85-year-old floors so you can’t tell where the new starts.

Rebecca on Newport; 9/9/14

Clark’s Hardwood Floors

251 E Hacienda Ave, Campbell, CA, (408) 866-5485, clarkshardwoodfloors.com

The best in flooring contractors !!!  Craftsmanship to the highest level!  As I mentioned earlier, my husband used to be in the wholesale flooring business and had Clark's as a customer for over 30+ years !!! 

Val; 9/10/14


[Rec needed for repairing parquet floor] I would call Clarks flooring. Tell Sherri I sent you.

Jan C.; 9/11/15



I had a very good experience with a local installer of hardwood floors. He refinished the oak floors in the bedrooms and installed new birch flooring with a walnut border in the living room. He bought materials from Galiher. Fast, affordable, clean.

Joy on Willow Glen Way; 11/3/15

Conklin Brothers

2250 Almaden Expy, (408) 266-2250, www.conklinbros.com

I had a great experience with Conklin Brothers when I was looking for linoleum (NOT vinyl) for my kitchen and laundry room. I loved it. It was softer on my feet than wood, easier to clean than wood. They helped us put in a custom design with lovely color options. 

Tina on Monte Vista; 11/3/15

Joe Divittorio


[Tile Installation]  My tile tech has completed [a] transformation on my fireplace. I love it!

Brigette on Glenkirk Ct.; 9/28/16


Floors: Pete's Floors

408 286-6030; petesfloors@gmail.com;  petesfloors.wordpress.com

License #396188; Lead Certification #NAT-73467-1

Specializing in:

Installation of all species of wood, including parquet, solid, engineered, pre-finished & laminate flooring, refinishing of existing wood floors, interior & exterior, sub-floor prep & leveling, repairs, borders, inlays, custom staining, stairs, consultation. 

I do all the work with my one employee who has trained with me for over 28 years.  Our workmanship is focused on detail.  Am an associate member of artisticlicense.org (a guild of artisans specializing in restoration) 

[self-recommended]  Pete Anderson, Owner; petesfloors@gmail.com

Specialized Hardwood Floors

www.specializedhardwoodfloors.com  408-931-4633

We offer great prices and best service, just mention wgbackfence.net. We [specialize] in hardwood floor installation, refinishing and staining. Give us a call or text, I would be glad to answer all your questions.

[self-recommended] Truong Nguyen; truongnguyen03@gmail.com; 3/3/16

McCoy Tile


Call Andy McCoy,of McCoy Tile, he's local and a real craftsman for tile or stone.  He will know of good general contractors who can do the tear out and prep. work.  As always, make sure all parties are licensed, insured, and get proper permits.  I know Andy is licensed.

Mike on Willow Glen Way; 7/25/14

Ramon Garcia


We have used Ramon Garcia to do many tile jobs for us-- including showers.  He can do bathtub replacement and tile enclosures too.  

Donna S.; 7/25/14

Doug Mszanowski


We have used Doug Mszanowski for both kitchen and bath construction. He replaced a shower for us.  He recommended a custom pan rather than tile that he had made and installed. He does excellent work and has been pleasure to have in our home.

Susan on Parkside; 7/25/14, 1/11/17

Ernie Ruffo

(408) 307-5053, ruffotile@aol.com

I highly recommend Ruffo Tile & Stone. They do great work, long time WG ties. They did all of the tile in our house over 23 years ago and it's still in great shape. He does a lot of work for my husband,… a GC. 

Linda E.; 11/21/14

Stonelight Tile

609 S 1st St, (408) 292-7424, stonelighttile.com

Stonelight Tile is] a gem! Not only did they offer up their time to help us with our concept and technique, but they donated all the tile from their leftovers for us to finish our school mosaic. … if you are looking for unique artisan tile, say for a mantel, etc. Their showroom is like a little museum, and they are the nicest people. Very kind of them to help with our public school project.

Lara on Willowhurst; January 21, 2015


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Furniture Refinishing & Repair

John Gibbs, Workshop,

500 E McGlincy Ln #G, Campbell, 408-371-7166

[John Gibbs did] ...beautiful restoration work...

John has done a couple of projects for my clients, very pleased with his work

He is an excellent craftsman, very straight forward and can do complex repairs and refinishing. Does everything from marine to old European, fine work.

Maria; October 31, 2010; November 4, 2010, July 26, 2013, 2/28/16, 9/4/16

Mark Will, Wildwood Workshop

(408) 666-6901, 408-998-4866

[recommended by]

Jan C.; 1/5/16, 9/4/16

Table Pads
Pioneer Table Pads


We got a custom pad from [their website]. It was around $150 and their customer service was excellent. 

Rachel on Hicks; 3/11/16

Furniture Appraisal
Mark Ebner


I am familiar with Mark Ebner. He is a local professional who can answer your questions regarding value and he also is a resource for estate sales. One of my clients hired him in the past & was extremely satisfied.  He is an estate sales technician & is very knowledgeable and so nice to work with.

Brigette on Glenkirk Ct.; February 08, 2015


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C&Z Glass

379-8501, 2175 Winchester Blvd., Campbell; http://c-zglass.com/

[C&Z has] Great customer service and very friendly and well priced.

Kristi on Pine; September 17, 2012; April 24, 2013


[C&Z is] Family owned and operated. Excellent service. We have used them on several remodels, repairs, and window pane replacements.  Their work is fantastic, and their staff is very helpful, courteous, and respectful.

Robin on Nevada; 8/22/15, 9/25/15

Ken's Mirror and Glass

2905 Senter Road near where it hits Capitol Expressway; 408-578-5211

we broke our bathroom vanity mirror a few years back and we went down there with a piece of paper cut to the size we needed and they [Ken’s] cut us a new mirror in minutes at a great price.

Lorena on Kotenberg; April 22, 2013


[Ken’s is] a sort of San Jose institution: Good, old time San Jose business. One of the old independents we like to support, not a chain. A craftsman doing all his own work. Ken also has glass knickknacks for sale and freebie glass squares available outside.

Dave on Creek; April 22, 2013


[Ken is] fast, efficient, and inexpensive.  We brought in an odd sized frame and he was able to cut a piece of mirror to fit it within a couple of minutes.  He also provided advice on how to attach the mirror to the frame.  It was the quickest and easiest custom glass purchase we had ever experienced.

Bart on Telfer; 8/4/15

John Morello, Campbell Glass

539 Union Ave, Campbell (408) 377-3733

I had a small, odd need - a truck mirror for a 1972 pick up.  Dropped it off and got a call back in a couple of days and it was replaced and assembled.

Greg; March 19, 2013


ditto this recommendation [for Campbell Glass]! my husband has used them for several years... always done quality work, good turn-around time & they're really friendly.

Laurie on Harmil Way; March 19, 2013


I took pieces of broken glass from…an antique table and the glass was a very odd shape.  I took it [to Campbell Glass] at almost closing time…and assembled the broken pieces … so he could see the odd shape. …he had it done so quickly…it fit like a glove!!  And, the price was right.

Cindy K.; 10/7/14, 9/25/15

Franciscan Glass Co Inc

100 San Antonio Cir, Mountain View, (650) 948-6666

It's one of the oldest (and few remaining) places where the public can buy stained or patterned glass retail, and I'm pretty sure they have a service dept. as well.

Larry on Willow; July 25, 2013


We got our all bath mirrors installed from Franciscan Glass. Very nice professional job!

Anu/Dry Creek; September 14, 2013

John at Art Works

1334 Dell Avenue, Suite C, Campbell, CA 95008,408-273-0456, http://www.artwks.com/about_artist.html

[Framing and stained glass repair] He does magnificent work. He has completed some jobs for client's of mine who are very happy with his craftsmanship.

Maria S; July 25, 2013

Village Glass

15687 Los Gatos Blvd, Los Gatos; (408) 502-5582; villageglasslosgatos.com

did a great job for us - at a better price that anyone else.

Beth on Marcia; April 22, 2013

Willow Glen Glass

(408) 996-7074

Carol on Mazzaglia; 5/26/15

Milad Shaeghi, Super Glass

2215 S. Winchester Blvd. Campbell; T:  1-408-374-7676, M:  1-408-316-9021, F:  1-408-374-7606; www.superglassonline.com

[Super Glass] did a wonderful job for us!

Dori S; 6/1/15

John Espinosa, Art Works (Stained Glass, Murals, Signs)

1334 Dell Avenue, Suite C, Campbell, 408.379.6002, www.artwks.com

We have used John Espinosa on Dell Ave in Campbell. He is doing our front door transom window, and some decorative ovals at the high peaks of our roof.

Robin on Nevada; April 01, 2015

Shower Glass
Blossom Hill Glass & Shower Door

(408) 722-8813

[recommended by]

Kari on Meridian Way; 8/21/15

South Bay Showers

540 Martin Ave, Santa Clara, (408) 988-3484, www.southbayshowers.com/

South Bay Showers is excellent.

Tina on Monte Vista; 7/20/16


We just used South Bay Showers and they were fabulous!

Pam on Bird; 7/20/16

CZ Glass

2175 Winchester Blvd, Campbell, (408) 379-8501

I [recommend] CZ Glass… Mike and all of his staff are so professional in all aspects of their work. It has always been a pleasure to have them come to our house. They may not be the cheapest bid you will get, but the quality of their product and service will be the best you get!

Robin on Nevada; 7/20/16


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Should a handyman be insured?

In case a licensed contractor is required for your job, be sure to check that the license is active, workers' comp insurance is paid (if they use add'l people) and there aren't any complaints against the license (see http://www.cslb.ca.gov/)….[It's] my understanding homeowners' insurance policies don't pay if someone is hurt and you haven't hired the person according to protocol ….To be on the safe side, we always hire licensed businesses and check them out at the web address above. May cost a little more but we're paying for peace of mind.

Janice on Coolidge; May 25, 2012


A contractor does not need to have liability insurance but one of the disclosure forms that must be provided to a customer and signed off on states whether or not he has it. It's in everybody's best interest for a contractor to carry liability insurance.  If a contractor is using employees on the job, they must be covered by a policy of workmans' compensation insurance. Contract temporary labor [should] have that insurance from the agency that provides them. If the contractor does not have employees, no workman's comp is needed.  Jobs over $700.00 now require a license. Check the license number with the state at https://www2.cslb.ca.gov/onlineservices/checklicenseII/checklicense.aspx. Follow up on their references, usually best to just get their three last jobs rather than their gold plated ref's. You might also ask about a job that went south and how they fixed it. To me, that's a big one. How did they handle a problem?

Chris J; May 26, 2012

Eddy Favela


I hired [Eddy & friends] to help me with some spring gardening work (hauling mulch, turning compost etc). They did a wonderful job for me - polite, punctual, hard working and diligent. I can't recommend them highly enough to anyone who needs help around the house with spring clean-out or yardwork projects!

Lynn in LG; April 6, 2013

Kevin Coggins


Kevin has a company that employs many handymen from all disciplines.

Jan C; October 22, 2013

the WG Water Polo Team, Coach Doug


[They] hauled away some junk, and cleaned my teak patio furniture. Suggested donation of $20/hour/per boy, and they're so polite and happy for the work. If you need some help around the house or yard, these boys are a great pair of extra hands; and it goes towards a good cause!

Debra on Gerhardt; April 25, 2013

Marty Pabian

412-576-4536, martinpabian@gmail.com

He came immediately to evaluate my problem, did the work the next day. Fixed my door jam and put up my kitchen light…. He’s fast, accurate and very knowledgeable in both carpentry and electrical issues. Reasonably priced as well. I will definitely use him for all my future work.

Carol on Mazzaglia; 3/15/15

Patrick Lawrence


Try calling Patrick… He’s good at everything! Licensed, Insured…….perfectionist and just a nice guy.

Jan C; 4/26/15, 5/29/15

Case Handyman

6155 Almaden Expy, San Jose, (408) 323-5300, www.casesanjose.com

I use Case Handyman. They have always been prompt, efficient, highly skilled, and helpful.

Tina on Monte Vista; 6/9/15

Uffe Marienlund


I use Uffe. He’s knowledgably, reasonable and prompt.

Linda on Little Orchard St.; 6/9/15, 10/5/15


Uffe Marienlund is great!  He's prompt, reasonable, and he's very thorough. Uffe is a licensed contractor. 

Pat on Fairview; 8/22/14

Ellington Handyman Service

530 Doyle Rd; (877) 595-4693; http://www.ellingtonhandymanservice.com/

We used Ellington Handyman Service and his work was excellent. 

Debbie on Garden Glen Way; 8/9/14

Ryan Reynolds


I highly recommend Ryan Reynolds for all of your handyman needs. Nice guy!!! Experienced with many talents including window treatment measures and installs. He is my go to guy….. moving, organizing, fix-it….. you name it. Texting is best for a quick response.

Jan C.; 11/21/14

Michael Lerner


I highly recommend him for honesty, integrity, effectiveness, and pricing. He did a safety inspection, replaced screws I my deadbolts that the policeman from Neighborhood Watch advised, fixed defective glides in my closet, among other things that I would not have thought of. He is a problem solver.  

Judith on Shenandoah; 7/29/15

Jason Avery


We have Jason Avery do handyman work around our house. He's almost always quite busy--sometimes have to wait a couple of weeks for him to schedule you in, but he's very thorough and does a terrific job.  He does plumbing, electrical, renovations, small stuff, big stuff! Work is well done and he's very efficient.

Regan on Jansen; 10/7/15, 1/14/16

Lou Tuaima

408-307-5096, tuaima@sbcglobal.net

He did work for my friend. Excellent, reasonable and good guy.

Larry R.; 9/30/16


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Junk Hauling

Marco Sabalsa


I have used Marco for many years for both moving needs & hauling needs. He is attentive to details & priced really low for both services.

Brigette /Glenkirk Ct; May 21, 2012; August 13, 2012; September 13, 2012; October 18, 2012


[Marco Sabalsa:] Clean up services and landscape/Junk clean up/Garage Clean up (and organize)/yard clean up/Demolition/Moving services/Free Estimates/I have used them 3 times for various things and they are great. On time and organized.

Gail on Glen Dell; April 1, 2013

Maria Smith

408 313-3966

.... Reliable, trustworthy, efficient ... she has helped me with garage and numerous other "over whelming tasks" .... at least that is how they seemed to me. To date, no job has been too big, too dirty, too challenging ... and all have been completed to my total satisfaction.

Kathy on Glen Echo; April 1, 2013

Nick Morehead


... he goes to West Valley College...very personable, works hard, and was timely.  He dug out some iris bulbs and broke up the soil for me.  I asked him what else he can do and he replied, "I can do most anything you want done."  He also babysits which I can easily see him do as he has a calm personality and he says he likes kids and can relate to them well.

Sue on Dean; October 28, 2013

Mike Martinez


[Mike’s] been our go-to guy for years.

Sue on Meridian Ave.; 5/24/15

Willow Glen Services

willowglenservices@yahoo.com, www.willowglenservices.com

Willow Glen Services is a couple of local college students. They do a great job and have been similarly reviewed by others on this site. I kept it expensive by paying them twice their quoted price (lol).

Steve on Carmel; 7/30/14


(408) 422-9737

[recommended by]

Carol on Mazzaglia; 10/29/14

George, Reasonable Hauling


We have used [George] a number of times over the years and he is always reasonably priced, fast and efficient.  

Andrea on Lincoln; 10/29/14


[George] and his wife came over this evening and hauled away the old couches we needed to get rid of. Nice folks. Reasonable prices. I would definitely use them again.

Scott on Willow; 10/29/14



We had 2 file cabinets to dispose of, and I texted [Nicolas] with our address. He was here in UNDER 30 minutes! …We're happy! We'll definitely use him again. He said he takes metal like we had, etc., plus e-waste, any kind. Bonus: He does not charge anything. He just takes it away!!!

Sue on Meridian; 11/3/14

Robert Shinall, Handyman



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Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning [HVAC] & Duct Cleaning

AAA Heating and Air Conditioning

1712 Stone Ave, Ste 1, San Jose (408) 293-4717; http://www.aaa-furnace.com

They [AAA] have fixed my furnace (only 70 years old). They are very professional and knowledgeable and are here in WG!

They came out to work on our old gravity furnace, always helpful and once, when it wouldn't come on, cleaned off our connectors for free and got us up and running.

Tina on Telfer; January 15, 2010; November 5, 2013

A-1 Heating and Cooling (Brad or Kim)

www.A1HC.com 408-315-8771 cell 408-283-9915 office

... furnace repair quotes ranged from $700 to fix  to $3200 to replace... [in] 10 minutes, Brad [at A-1] had realigned the part and fixed the problem. When I asked him how much I owed him he said "no charge" because it was a quick fix. I am so impressed with this company and I hope everyone will please consider calling A-1 if they ever need heating or cooling work done.

Laurie on Camino Pablo; November 11, 2013

A&H Heating & Air Conditioning Services

770 Chestnut Street; (408) 279-0722

... extremely happy with their [A&H] work and business ethics, and their charges were very reasonable.  The owner, Reinhard Perlhefter, came out, fixed our problem, and spent time to explain to us why we were having problems.

Bob on Camino Pablo; February 10, 2013

DunRite Heating and A/C. [formerly Day and Night Heating]

 408-353-4900. dunritehvac.net

Mike, the owner, gladly inspected the thermostat that I had replaced and wired myself, explained the standard extra wire, AND he offered advice on how to save money on heating and furnace repair bills, etc..  No extra charge, just chit-chat between parties expecting fairness from the other.  We have used Mike on two-three occasions.  He and DunnRite are absolutely incomparable for promptness, service, fairness, and honesty.  ...

Dave on Creek; February 10, 2013


They [at DunRite] quickly and professionally replaced (instead of performing an expensive, patch repair) our 72-year-old furnace 4 days before Christmas.  It was a complicated job that they handled with professional aplomb.  The owner, Mike Wood, was forthright, honest, and very competent, as was his assistant, Jessie.  We will be hiring them again soon to finish the job -- install AC and duct the second story of our home.

Deb /Camino Ricardo; February 11, 2013


Last year I had Mike from DunRite come and fix my AC. He came out right away and saved me so much money!

Cecilia on Marlyn; 5/15/14


I recommend Dunrite Heating and Air, Inc.  Mike, the owner, came out and repaired my air-conditioner last week.  They answer their phone, are prompt, and pricing is fair.

Brooke - Dry Creek Village; 7/28/14


I called [Mike at DunnRite] yesterday, he came out within an hour. All the necessary parts to repair the unit were in his truck, and within 30 minutes we were up and running…Anyway, great experience with him. We highly recommend.
DeDe on Simpson; 8/19/15


I second the recommendation. Mike and his crew from DunRite installed a new AC and Furnace last month and I could not be happier with their work and pricing!

Karen on Blewett; 7/18/16

DG Heating and Air


They came out next day (called them at 7 PM), gave me an upfront quote of ~350 for repairs, then ended up charging me ~130 as it wasn't what they initially thought. Great service and honest repairman (Monte).

Mike on Hicks Ave.; August 21, 2013

Joe Lerma, A-Z Techs Mechanical


He did a great job balancing the air flow in our house so we could enjoy heating and cooling more evenly in all the rooms.

Manon B; July 16, 2013

Pelle Heating and AC. 

(408) 800-2781. 

They have done installation and maintenance for us for a number of years.

Debbie on Garden Glen; December 1, 2013

Bartlett Heating and AC in San Jose

 408 623 4949

I have been very happy with Bartlett.  Very friendly and knowledgeable, and very upfront about what you do and don’t need.

Suzanne on Brace; 6/7/15


408-894-9072 or tyler@sandium.com

We had an energy upgrade this spring and it is a good thing: our old leaky ducts are replaced, there is actual insulation in the attic, and many drafts between house and crawl space and attic and outside have gone away.  We recommend Tyler Lewis of Sandium, as he coordinated the test-in, options, work, permits, and test-out.  [We got] a $2500 rebate, such was the quality of their proposal and their work. 

Andrew on Hummingbird; 8/8/14

Clearthumb Duct & Vent Cleaning

(408) 459-7001 or (415) 373-0551

After much research, I can highly recommend Clearthumb Duct & Vent Cleaning. Professional, reasonable, trustworthy, no extra sales pitches, just simple, straight forward pricing and they get the job done correctly without leaving a huge mess behind.

Ellen I.; 8/13/14

Jim Rando, AAA Heating

(408) 595-9370

We used them for central air and heat, they have been wonderful this last decade!

Jonica on Lansford; 10/28/14

Bill Shepherd, Shepherd Services

(408) 559-7160, (408) 559-1087, bill@shepherdservice.com, http://shepherdservice.com/r2/

Call Bill Shepherd at Shepherd Services in Campbell. He is a plumber and HVAC specialist and has helped us in the past with plumbing and heating issues.

Mike on Willow Glen Way; 10/2/14

Shaun, 79 Degrees


[Shaun is] Doing a great job for me for a while currently working calc loads for a project in Los Gatos.

Jan C.; 10/2/14, 10/27/14

Greg, Ace Heating

(650) 222-1010

I just used Greg from Ace Heating and he was great and I'm about to use him again for another project.

Wendy W.; 7/14/15

Pelle Air

www.pelleheatandairconditioning.com, (408) 800-2791

We just had Pelle Air install our A/C. They also installed our furnace and ducting. They did a great job.

Jen on Newport; 6/6/16

Ducting & Duct Cleaning
R & B Heating & Air Conditioning

Fortini Rd, (408) 927-9512

R & B Heating & Air Conditioning are outstanding. They’ve converted an old heating system to full house ducting. In my new home they have replaced ducts with asbestos. They are conscientious and polite and their pricing is very fair.

Casey C.; 10/28/14

Enrique Martinez, D Right Temp Heating and Air

Enrique@drighttemp.com, (831) 475-1785

[Enrique is] Highly knowledgeable, great work, competitive pricing.  He will be able to inspect your ducts to determine if the duct insulation is asbestos and if quantities are such that would require special abatement.  If required, he will be able to coordinate that piece for you as well.

Greg on Sweetbriar; 10/22/14

Bill Shepherd, Shepherd Services

(408-559-7160), www.shepherdservice.com

Bill Shepherd…is very knowledgeable about duct sizing. I have been very happy with work he has done for me.

Mike on Willow Glen Way; 10/23/14

Chimney Clean and Carpet Clean

1538 San Joaquin Ave, 408-265-1010; chimneyclean@earthlink.net

Chimney Clean checks the fireplace and the ducts. I’ve done business with them for years.

Carol A. on Prevost St.; 7/21/14

ClearThumb Air Duct Cleaning

510-207-2048, clear.it@clearthumb.com

We just had a really good company clean the ducts for one of our clients. They were prompt, thorough and very detailed. It cost $300 to do a condo, if you need a reference point.

Sue on Meridian Ave; 10/19/15


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Esther Ramos

408 439 2935

She and her team who a good job of basic cleaning every two weeks and haven't broken anything in the year I've used them. They're responsive to input about doing something else or something different and very attuned to [request] They anticipate a lot--as they wait for me to answer the door they clean my front door windows on the outside! I have no complaints, only compliments, and that's pretty rare as far as housecleaners go.

Carol on Kirkmont; March 29, 2013

Alma, Alma's House Cleaning Service


I would recommend Alma for: Move In / Move Out; One time; Weekly, Biweekly and monthly; Residential or Commercial; No contract. I use her for my real estate business when clients are moving in or moving out.  She is very good and reasonable.

Barbara on Hawkhurst; 5/6/15, 9/11/15, 6/16/16, 8/8/16

Gladys Merida


when I can hire someone again I will call [Gladys]. She will use your cleaning products and her equipment. She's very thorough, works hard, and communicates well.

Lara on Willowhurst; 5/6/15

Martha Sanchez

(408) 687-7893

I have the greatest house cleaner and would like to share her info with you. [Martha] has been cleaning my house for 15 years. She is trustworthy, thorough, thoughtful, AND affordable. I've referred her to several friends and they all have been happy. 

Christy W; 5/6/15

Rodrigo Lagos


I can recommend Rodrigo Lagos.  He has been cleaning my house for 8 years.  He and his crew do a great job, and have always been trustworthy and reliable. 

Suzanne on Brace; 5/22/14, 9/30/15

Sandra Davila and partner


I recommend the excellent housecleaning service of Sandra Davila and partner. [I] am very satisfied with the high quality and good-natured dispositions of the two women.

Lisa M.; 7/10/14

CTC Day Worker Center

749 Story Rd # 10, (408) 993-0837, ctc-sj.org

I've hired people from there for housework and clean up help. They have been great and work hard. Call a couple of days in advance to make sure someone is available.

Patrick on Cherry Valley Drive; 8/5/14

Katija Ramic

(408) 296-1963

Katija Ramic is good, and I trust her.

Carol on Curtis; 9/13/15

Molly Maids

4638 Meridian Ave, (408) 445-0448

Molly Maids did [a whole house deep cleaning] for me. They did a good job at a good price.

Tina on Monte Vista; 11/29/15

Sisters House Cleaning

www.sistershousecleaningsj.com, sistershousecleaningsj@gmail.com,  408-509-5075

I have had a great experience with Sisters House Cleaning.  They are a small, independent group of ladies (sisters?), and they have been cleaning my house for the last few years. License#: 7395031319

Mike on Broadway Ave; 2/20/16

Maria Gutierrez


She's in our neighborhood, and she does an outstanding job. Very professional and reasonably priced.

Sue on Meridian Ave.; 7/11/16



I use Maytee and love her.  She and her husband are very thorough and entirely trustworthy.

Katie on Cottle and Koch; 7/24/16

Ernie, Allbright Cleaning


Allbright Cleaning is great, we use them for our clients.

Barbara on Hawkhurst; 12/17/16


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Home Theater / Electronics Installation

Valley Home Theater

6398 Dougherty, Dublin, (925) 828-8741

We used Valley Home Theater, out of Dublin when ours went out.  They sold us an Integra unit and set everything up.

Susan on Parkside; 8/20/15


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Interior Design

Phoenix Lighting

1887 West San Carlos St., 408 454-4729

Wes Creager's store [Phoenix Light] is located next door to Briarwood Antiques on San Carlos Street. A great place for lighting fixtures and repairs.

Martha H; January 25, 2013

Jan Corrie, JLC Designs

408.314.5981, jan@jancorrie.com

This is what Jan Corrie does. Curtains and drapes helps pay the bills but this is what she is into, flow of the home, finding out what your use is and helping you improve on that. I've sought her advice on our own home.

Chris J.; 11/6/14

Severine Secret, Go2 Design Studio

408.859.9015; severine@go2designstudio.com

She has been a long time professional colleague of mine and she is very experienced, personable, talented and a Willow Glen resident! Tremendous local talent on all things Interiors!

Peggy on Glen Eyrie Avenue; May 1, 2013, July 15, 2013


[Severine is] a great designer-a WG local, too.

Christy W; July 16, 2013


[Severine] has vast experience and is very easy (and fun!) to work with. She is also a local Willow Glen-ite.

Christy; April 30, 2013

Izalina Pegler, Final Touch Interiors

408-656-7049, finaltouchinteriorsca@gmail.com

She’s a wonderful designer, very professional, with great ideas. She’s experienced with construction work (mine involved putting in a stone wall with electric fireplace). And, she’s reasonable. She charges an hourly fee if she meets with you in person, but doesn’t charge for any of the shopping and researching she does. She’s also fine with you purchasing things from wherever you or she finds them (from Target to design showcases).

Julie formerly Garden Glen Way; 8/6/16

Wright's Lighting

1572 Meridian Ave, 979-0800

Great people and very reasonable!

Connie on Madrona; January 25, 2013


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Insulation and Attic Maintenance

Universal Insulation & Building of Campbell-Kevin Blyler

1080 Dell Ave, Campbell; 408 374 2080

[Universal] ... did a good job. We wanted extra netting to keep the insulation off from our storage area in attic and they did it nicely. They cleaned up the garage after their work.

Anu; November 15, 2013


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Iron Work

Brian's Welding

197 Ryland St., San Jose, 408-275-9834, 408-234-2141, brianswelding.com

Adam [Brian’s Welding’s] sales person n designer n everything else is just an awesome guy. Their products are of highest quality. U just can’t go wrong with them.

Anu @ Dry Creek/ Hicks; 5/23/15


Brian's Welding created a beautiful gate for our driveway. He designed it during our meeting using what we liked while he was showing us pictures of other gates he designed. At the end of our meeting, he produced a sketch of the gate and we both liked it immediately! Brian is an artist when it comes to metalwork.

Bob on Camino Pablo; 5/23/15


I use Brian’s Welding every time. He just got a great write up in the Resident too.

[Also does] powder coated iron.

Jan C; 5/23/15

Garcia's Ornamental Ironworks

804 Park Ave, (408) 998-2440

We used Garcia's Ornamental Ironworks. They did a great job for a reasonable price (although electric gates are not cheap). Anytime we have had issues with the gate, they have always come back and worked with us to correct any problems.

Robin on Nevada; 7/27/16


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Kitchen Remodeling & Supplies

(see also Carpenter / Cabinets)

Horacio Rodrigues

408-667-1301 info@hrbuildersinc.com

... local, has been in business for a long time, he has great contacts in the community, which means that the subcontractors he works with do great work. And he really sticks to the schedule. We are currently working with Horacio for another job in our backyard, and will work with him again in the future. He did our kitchen a couple of years ago. 

Julie/De Anza Way; June 3, 2011, January 21, 2013

Hormoz Babayan

Cell #(408)315-4734; www.hbcustomcabinets.com

I highly recommend HB Custom Cabinets, beautiful clean work!  Check out their website...  he builds amazing furniture pieces including entertainment built-ins. 

Elizabeth E; February 25, 2015

Pacific Kitchen and Bath

http://www.pacifickitchenbath.com or 408.286.8600

THE place for custom cabinets. They are local to Willow Glen (Curtner and 87) and are the Designers, Manufacturers and installers of everything kitchens and baths. Just visit the actual factory where everything is made and you will see for yourself. Ask for Robert who is the owner/operator and the main journeyman carpenter.

Frank/Nevada Ave.; April 30, 2013

Doug Mszanowski, Douglas Construction Group

(408) 896-6358

...did a wonderful job and was very reliable. We later had him re-do a bath, also with excellent results. He's not a designer, but if you have a good idea of what you want to do he will take care of everything for you. He does most of the work himself, but contracted out the granite counters and brought in help for the tile backsplashes.

Susan on Parkisde; April 1, 2013

Jeffrey Hellmuth


he did the design work, coordinated all work with the contractor, and kept me on budget. My mother also used him for a kitchen and 2-bath remodel in 2007.

Lisa on Crescent Drive; April 1, 2013

Steve Casaccia Construction

casacciaconstruction@gmail.com - 408-828-8961 (cell)

[Good price] Recommended by our architect... Excellent workmanship. Great at working with the city inspectors and foreseeing what they're expecting.  His crew and subcontractors are very trustworthy, responsible, and polite. Good communication. Excellent clean up every day.

Margi on Koch Lane; May 20, 2013

Don Williams


Don Williams remodeled my kitchen a few years ago, and I recommend him as being professional, easy to work with and on time and in budget. I have KraftMaid cabinets that I ordered from Home Depot with direction from a good designer at the store with Don's advice. My wonderful decorator helped me select the granite and the installation.

Gerri H.; January 20, 2015

Paul Squire


I would recommend Paul Squire, he is very fair and knowledgeable.

Kirsten on Glenwood; 10/14/16

Cabinet knobs/handles; hardware:
Willow Glen Ace Hardware

Lincoln at Curtner

Don't forget doggie biscuits for Fido at Ace Hardware! And may I recommend looking up after serving yourself some popcorn; I'm grateful to the owners for caring enough to preserve the beautiful beamed ceiling. :)

Jay & Suzanne; September 18, 2013


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Baker Lock & Key

Foxworthy & Union, (408) 377-9210

Been there for 40 years

Cheryl/Glenfield Drive; September 18, 2013

Modern Lock

408-294-2364; 408-979-9433, www.modernlock.com 

Modern Lock is great!

Kathi on Cherry; 5/23/14


I agree, Modern Lock & Key is great. Phone 408-294-2364

Ellen Burtis; Sereno Group; 5/23/14


We just used Modern Lock & Security and they are great. Superior service, excellent rates.  [Have] help[ed] us with great service and low prices.

Bob on Bird; 9/30/15, 1/30/16

Dan, Romy’s Lock & Key

1189 Branham, (408) 978-1141

[Dan] was out in 20 minutes, replaced our side door knob, re-keyed 3 locks and away he went. Took less than 30 minutes. Efficient and fast.

Carol on Mazzaglia; 10/6/14


Today we had a door lock emergency and used Romy’s Lock & Key. He came to the house almost immediately and did a great job.

Linda on Belmont; March 14, 2015

San Jose Safe and Lock

939 W. San Carlos St., 408-294-9339

There's a great store on San Carlos that I went to, when OSH disappointed: San Jose Safe and Lock. Bad news, looks like they close at noonon Sat. They are very close to OSH. Very nice folks.

Kathi on Cherry; 11/7/15


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Todd Wood; Jerry Wood Moving

408-373-5420; 1268 Avis Drive, San JoseCA 95126, 408-298-3963

[JWM is] reliable, fairly priced, and good guys to works with. They never say "no".

We hired them to move 2 blocks and they were on time, worked hard, nothing damaged, and fairly priced.

Karen on Blewett; 7/25/14, 10/11/16


Have used [JWM] more times than I care to count. Local company.. third generation

They take great care of your things. They also will do your packing.

Jan C; March 10, 2012, August 16, 2013


Jerry Wood Moving is outstanding.  Best price and service you will find anywhere. 

Joy on Willow Glen Way; 8/20/15


Third recommendation for Jerry Wood Movers!; they are the best! Many, many house and office moves over the years, they'll also help you pack ahead of time at very reasonable rates!

Kirsten on Glenwood; 8/20/15

All Reasons Movin

600 E Trimble Road, (408)240-0244 (408) 872-9776, http://www.allreasonsmoving.com

[All Reasons Moving is]… competitively priced, flexible in their service, reliable and very pleasant to work with. …crew were extremely pleasant and hard working - plus tolerated some indecision on large furniture placement upon arrival. No rolled eyes while I worked out the best places for things to be :)

Carol (now) on Hamilton Way; April 1, 2013


[All Reasons Moving recommended by]

Mike on Willow Glen Way; 6/22/15


I highly recommend James Martinez [at All Reasons], James is responsive, honest and reliable. They are a family owned, local business.

Jill on Britton; 1/8/16


[All Reasons Moving recommended by]

Linda on Little Orchard; 4/17/16

Royi at Trusted Moving

Royi@trustedmoving.com / 1745 Junction Ave., Ste E 408.726.3731

[no details given]

Connie on Madrona; April 1, 2013

Trusted Movers

(408) 560-3337

Neal J; 4/6/15



For some of my furniture deliveries I use a gentleman that does a lot of this. [Bryd] only has a pickup truck so if it can fit into that he is your guy. He works weekdays and does deliveries on weekends. I trust him with all of my furnishing as he handles these items every day.

Jan C; 5/4/15

XO Movers

Union City

**not recommended**

Linda on Belmont; 8/20/15

Lunardi Moving

lunardimoving.com, (408) 849-9630

I highly recommend Lunardi Moving. They were professional, efficient, speedy, and careful with my belongings. I couldn’t have been happier with the experience. They wrapped everything securely so even my Ikea furniture held together just fine! They also provided large wardrobe boxes...

Julie formerly Garden Glen Way; 4/17/16, 8/22/16

Scott McElfresh, Mayflower


Very dependable, easy to work with.

Barbara on Hawkhurst; 8/22/16

Movers (Pool Tables)
Shark’s Pool Tables

1188 S. 2nd St., 408-595-5691, www.sharkspooltables.com

Sharks Pool moved my sister's table last year and did an amazing job. 

Dee formerly on Lincoln Village Drive; 8/26/15


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Painting / Wallpaper

Marshall Juarez, MJ Painting

287-6846, 299-0367, cell 595-2561

[MJ Painting] has done my interior and exterior painting for years. Extremely professional and most of my neighbors have used them.

He is Trex, Fiberon and Timbertech certified and has had work featured in Sunset magazine.

Gigi /Michigan; March 15, 2013

Ron Hunter, Fine Line Painting

1938 Creek Dr.; 408-723-2242, cell 966-9642

[Ron] painted our 1939 Cape Cod style, steep-pitched, two story home. The entire experience of working with Ron (and his assistant, son Jon) was [excellent]. His bid was competitive, his work is gorgeous, and he has a wonderful work ethic.....plus, he is just a good guy. Ron has an "artists eye" for color and an amazing work ethic.  I won't have anyone but Ron take a paintbrush to my home.

Rita on Mercer Ave.; February 03, 2015, 9/23/15


Ron Hunter of Fine Line Painting. He painted the exterior of our 1930's Willow Glen home. His bid was very competitive and his work is beautiful. Our home has multiple double hung wood windows that required much preparation. His artist background is apparent both in his painting and in his assistance with color selection.  All prep and painting on our home was completed by Ron, with the assistance of his son, Jon. Both are very easy to work with, trustworthy, and dependable. They made sure the work area was clean at the end of each day, and the job was completed in the time promised.

Frank C.; 7/7/14


Yes, Ron Hunter is really a wonderful painter as well as color consultant/creator. He has done several jobs for us and I will definitely call him for future work.

Carolyn A.; 11/12/14


I had the pleasure of working with Ron Hunter last week. He painted three separate areas of my home, 2 exterior and 1 interior.  He was friendly, prompt, reliable and did an excellent job. But what tickles me pink was when I came home from work and he said "I hope you don't mind, but I fixed that jiggly door handle."  Mind?  It had been driving me crazy! He is truly the best and I wouldn't hesitate a second to use him again.  

Erin W.; February 02, 2015


I second that- we also had Ron out 3 days last week (wow, he got a lot done last week!) to sand and paint our front fences- Ron did an amazing job and was great to work with. I can’t wait til it’s dry enough for him to paint our exterior.

Jason M.; February 02, 2015


Although Ron Hunter has been recommended before on this list, I want to give an extra shout-out to Ron and Fine Line Painting.  His work is meticulous and he’s the best painter I’ve ever worked with.  Hire him for your paint jobs—you won’t regret it! 

Elaine G.; February 12, 2015


I’ve been very happy with what we’ve had done thus far, [Ron Hunter] is a man of his word and work ethic, and am eager to see the job completed. He’s been everything people have said and more!

Susan on Annapolis; 7/27/15, 9/23/15


Another vote for Ron Hunter. Excellent work, and a very nice person.  You can't go wrong. 

Lada on Britton; 9/23/15, 1/6/16


Ron Hunter is painting trim on my house this week.  He’s one of the most conscientious craftsmen I’ve worked with.  He spent a lot of time talking to me about what needed to be done.  He does great work and lives right here in Willow Glen.   

Helen on Nevada; 9/23/15


Knows his colors and paints! Ron Hunter is the best.

Steve on Pascoe; 1/6/16

Mike Moody

408 691 7230

[Mike Moody]... recently painted the exterior of our home.  Bid was fair and he only uses Benjamin Moore paint.  Prep was fantastic and there was a lot of it.  He sees things and fixes things that some paint over to "hide".

Maria; March 14, 2013

Jose Saavedra, Pride Painting

408-314-0178;  LouPridePainting@yahoo.com

Jose and Lou recently painted my entire 2-story house, and did a fantastic job prepping, repairing stucco, repairing a lattice structure… they noticed problems I didn't, and are excellent communicators about how the job is going.

Interior and exterior painting and renovating. - Perfect job matching texture and color.

Shirley near Curnter/Cherry; March 14, 2013


[Pride] ... complete several projects for me ... exterior and interior painting, fixed cracked plaster, and most recently installed a new bathroom floor and a new vanity for me. Jose is a perfectionist and his work shows it. Plus, it's a family operation, which I really appreciate.

Carol L; March 19, 2013

Dominic Gallagi Painting

650-759-2978 phone or text

He has been very detail orientated and always checked if he had any questions or suggestions. Very reasonable pricing.

Ann R; August 17, 2013

Wynn Barnes

wynnpaints2@yahoo.com; Painting Contractors lic# 1001421, 408/658-4078 

Really happy with his work and the cost was super reasonable!

Ashley N; August 14, 2013


I use Wynn for all my painting. Very professional work and reasonable.

Jeff J; Aug 14, 2013


We used Wynn for painting both inside and outside and he was very

reasonable and thorough.  He has also done a lot of 'pro bono' work for Stone Church of Willow Glen.

Bill on Altamont; August 14, 2013


Unable to recommend [Wynn Barnes]

Jordan on Koch; August 14, 2013


A big shout out to Wyne Barnes! He painted my husband's insurance office and did such a great job, now he's painting my studio. … Wyne has really worked hard to accommodate our business schedules and completely negated any impact to clients by coming in very late and very, very early.

Katie on Cottle & Koch; 8/20/15


Used Wynn Barnes to refresh my outdoor trellis and redo trim and front door before the rains really set in.  He did a great job and at a reasonable price.  

Fred on Nevada Ave.; 11/17/15


[recommended by:]

Larry R.; 9/17/16


We hired Wynn Barnes to do our exterior paint job, and he did a GREAT job!  He was reasonably priced, and was very pleasant when dealing with my sons. 

Diane on Janis Way; 9/26/16

Kevin Copley


They did a great, thorough job on our redwood siding house. Takes time and no shortcuts to prep.  I am pretty sure they can also do dry-rot repair.

Lara on Willowhurst; August 18, 2013


Today [Wynn] painted my new garage doors. He was quick to respond to my request for a quote, scheduled the work promptly, arrived on time this morning and did a beautiful job!  Best of all, he is licensed and his prices are very reasonable… I recommend him highly!

Kathie on Pine; 7/22/16


I couldn't agree more. [Wynn is a] Great guy!

Larry R.; 7/22/16

Superior Painting, David Knapp

408-250-5228, License # 886809

[Exterior house painting] He did other repair work for us as well, including installing two new exterior doors. He's a perfectionist and the prep work and painting were excellent. His pricing is extremely reasonable.

Brian (formerly of California Ave.); August 18, 2013

James Young


We used James Young almost a year ago to paint one room. Great service - comes on time, finishes work on time, and very reasonable quote among the 3 quotes I received.

Anand; March 15, 2013

Jayson Giardinelli at Transition Painting

(971) 270-7016

... had the new house painted inside and out. We were very impressed with the quality of the job and the paint. I liked that Jayson uses environmentally responsible products and he was very respectful of our schedule and needs. He paints everything by hand. It costs a little more and takes a little longer than the quick spray companies, but it is well worth it and should last much longer than the 2-3 years we got out of our last paint experience.

Home User; March 18, 2013

Guild Wallcoverings, Dennis Guilfoyle


He’s great at removing wallpaper. Have used him in my home several times.  He also hangs wallpaper.

Nancy on Kotenberg; July 19, 2013

N-Style Painting

Nicholas Pierce, www.nstylepainting.com;  408-518-2144

I highly recommend N-Style Painting. Lowest bid, punctual, one-man crew (small job), and accommodated my request to redo one area with different color without adding too much extra cost. His guy Javie did a great job and was clean, quiet, and friendly. No loud music blasting or loud phone calls etc. Prompt email and text communication. 

Kristi on Pine; 6/17/14

 Uniat Painting

408-772-7133 or mark@uniatpainting.com 

Mark Uniat of is the finest painter I have ever seen. He is so dedicated to his craft that he times the painting to avoid high heat or humidity conditions that adversely affect the paint's adhesion to your house.  Mark painted our home 10 years ago, and it still looks great.  No peeling, the color has held; it truly was a case of spending a little more at first and enjoy many years of high quality afterwards.

John on Michigan Avenue; 6/19/14

Monroe Painting

(408) 749-0525

Painted the inside and outside of our home. Also painted our kitchen cabinets. Fantastic, professional crew.

Neal J.; 7/27/15

Tom Weiby Painting


I highly recommend Tom Weiby Painting. He has worked with me for years and ALL of my clients have been very happy with his work. I think he is still on the recommendation list but here is his phone number again. Tell him I sent you

Jan C.; 9/23/15

Gary Greensmith


I highly recommend Gary Greensmith.

Patti H.; 9/25/15

Scott Cooper

(408) 314-0034

WG native, 30+ years’ experience.  All phases of painting, sheetrock repair and texturing, acoustic removal. 

And all around great guy!!

Gina M.; 1/7/16

Gary Rose Painting


Local guy. Been in business for years. Great workmanship. Fair pricing. Fast and efficient.

Linda on Little Orchard; 2/11/16

Decorative Painters
Chris Collins, Chameleon Designs


I have worked with Chris on many projects over the years

Jan C.; 12/20/15


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Plasterer / Drywall / Masonry / Sheet Rock / Stucco

Chris Justi

1030 Clintonia Avenue; (408) 971-0861; chrisjusti@covad.net; Cell 408.209.3787

As for crown moulding, I can do that. You can come and look at my home first if you like.

Chris Justi; July 15, 2013


[Chris Justi is the] Best drywall technician in the valley.

Jan C; 8/10/14; 12/12/16


Chris Justi is the best!

Bruce off Lincoln; 6/8/14


Chris Justi is amazing! Ok to quote. 

Maricela on Michigan; 6/9/14


We use Chris Justi Drywall. He does a great job matching existing texture and is very prompt and clean on jobsite. He lives here in WG

Charlie on Bird; 9/23/15

Andy Contreras.


He lives in WG.

Linnea; May 7, 2013

Rafael Bermeo, Bermeo Home Improvement


[Rafael] did [my wooden patio cover] and my mother’s as well. Did a beautiful job!

Maricela on Michigan Ave.; 6/17/15

Signature Textures

Lee Smith, 408-515-0066; signaturetextures@gmail.com

Cell phone is best ~ either call or text message. If he can't pick up, just leave message, he will call you back.  I have worked with Lee on many projects, including my own home. Highly responsive, quality work, clean work site, competitive pricing. For small or large job, Lee is great ~ can't recommend him more highly.

Greg on Sweetbriar Drive; 8/10/14

Severiano Drywall Services


I've used Tony a couple times. High quality, professional, clean, and very reasonable. Definitely worth getting a bid.

Steve on Carmel; 8/10/14

Jim Garcia

(831) 999-0257, jimmycanfix@gmail.com.

…He’s a contractor who specializes in small jobs and is very responsive.  Several of my friends have used him and rave about him!  His office is in Hollister and his working range is Santa Clara County, Santa Cruz County, San Benito County, San Mateo County, and San Francisco County.

Carol on Curtis; 12/13/16

Ellington Handyman Service

530 Doyle Rd, 877-595-4693

We used Ellington Handyman Service -his work was excellent. 

Debbie on Garden Glen Way; 8/9/14


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Plumbers, Plumbing / Sewer Blockage

Robert Moomau

1177 Branham Lane #152, SJ; 408-396-3837 http://moomauplumbing.com/

Easter Sunday. I woke up to the sound of water rushing through my pipes. After a bit of investigating I saw standing water on the side of my house. I called Moomau and said I could probably wait until Monday for him to come out, but he came out today, diagnosed the problem and fixed it on the spot.

Leslie; March 31, 2013


I highly recommend [Moomau] not only for quality of work, but also because they don't try to sell you more than is necessary in repairs,  and their rates are reasonable. I especially like that they have a central person who coordinates things, returns calls asap, keeps you informed and follows up. All in all, a very positive experience. And they were all very friendly!

Diane on Carolyn Ave.; February 20, 2013


[Moomau] Came out right away. Billy was a great guy, and from the minute he knocked, I knew these were guys who knew what they were doing. Debbie on the phone, LOVE her!  I will never call another plumber again!

Cecilia on Marlyn Way; July 15, 2013


[Moomau gave the] Best estimate for a master bathroom remodel out of 5 plumbers.  They were prompt, professional, tidy and did an excellent job

Beth; March 19, 2012


[Moomau is] A Willow Glen staple and eList institution. Debbie, Robert, and Billy are great. Local, prompt, reasonable, and first class.

Dave on Creek; April 22, 2013


[Moomau were] a lifesaver for us. They actually came out between 7-9 p.m. to clear/snake our clean out. Good people. Very happy with the service we received.

Margi on Koch Lane; July 15, 2013


[Moomau] were able to fit us in same day into their busy schedule, and Debbie kept me updated later in the day when they would arrive. They are very good!

Eric on Lansford Ave; July 15, 2013


[Moomau] ...arrived promptly ...1 hour later, 2 toilets, 1 whirlpool and 1 shower were all cleared. The price he quoted was extremely reasonable. He explained everything, was courteous, very knowledgeable. We will be having him back a bit down the road.  He does charge a ‘service fee’, so ask about that when you’re considering any contractor.

Valerie on Harmil; January 05, 2015


... needed a water heater over a holiday weekend and they [Moomau] saved the day for us. We called them again for a small job in a bathroom and they were fantastic.

We've used [Moomau] several times and love the service and price. They have replaced sinks for us and did a great job.

Bob on Bird; 5/25/15, 1/3/16


He [Moomau] just replaced a water heater for us about a week ago & has always been easy to contact. Debby will answer & schedule them to come out.

Brigette/Glenkirk Ct; February 25, 2013


We ALWAYS use Moomau! Robert, Billy & Debbie are awesome!

Lisa in Gerald; February 26, 2013


I discovered that my street water meter was down the street for some time.  The water co. did their thing and then Moomau took over.  My water system was repaired, good as new, in fact, better than it was.  Everyone I dealt with was pleasant and patient, even as dusk grew darker making everything even more challenging.  I would definitely recommend them for you plumbing issues.

Susan on Byerley; 5/9/14


Moomau just rescued me this afternoon they are great!

Julie on De Anza Way; 5/15/14


I want to add my highest recommendation Moomau Plumbing who installed a new tub and shower for me during the Christmas rush. When the new tub drain didn't line up with the old, it took some fancy pipefitting, and extra hours scrunched in a tiny crawl space to make sure it was leak-free

LJ on Curtner & Meridian; 5/27/14


Robert at Moomau just spent hours solving a really strange problem we had post remodel.  Prior to calling Robert, we’d had 3 or 4 other plumbers out, charging us hundreds of dollars trying to figure out what was wrong.  Robert was able to do the critical thinking necessary to ferret out a solution.

Mary McC; 8/4/14


we have both using [Moomau] for years and have always been pleased....

Kathy on Thrasher; January 05, 2015


Moomau has done several such projects [water leak between meter and house] in our little cul-de-sac. They are the best plumbers I have ever worked with.

Bruce off Lincoln; March 11, 2015


[Moomau] … did an excellent job at my house last week. Just a small leak under the front yard but…they came out immediately... Everyone I dealt with was very helpful, explained my options & answered questions, then set a fair price (& charged the low end of the range).  Big relief to have it done so well, & a pleasure to deal with…

Maureen near Bird & Willow; 11/16/15


Moomau is our go to plumber!

Neal J.; 11/17/15, 1/3/16


Moomau … replaced my main drain line last week - did a fabulous job! They are a busy family run business, so it might take a bit for them to get back to you, but it will be worth it if they do your job!

Alana on Pine; 12/17/15


We’ve had very good luck with Moomau too.  They’ve replaced a water heater for us, replaced our old toilets with new, and changed out grungy old bathroom fixtures.  They also helped with an entire bathroom remodel for my in-laws, who are very happy with them as well.  And, they’re very nice too!

Karin on Crescent; 1/4/16

Abco Plumbing

408-270-0232; 412 Lano St, San José;  (408) 266-8912

[Abco] ... [snaked our main plumbing line] very honest, reliable and experienced!

Lisa on Husted; April 22, 2013

Richard Elsiary

Affordable Plumbing Solutions 408-972-5325/209-523-5325/925-460-5325

Richard came out and evaluated the problem and recommended a simple and affordable solution [did not up-sell or over-sell].

Rebecca S; January 28, 2011; August 16, 2011, August 9, 2013

Plumb One Plumber, Bob Danz


We did a remodel last year and he did plumbing for new bath and laundry, put in a tankless water heater and did some repipe to an existing bathroom. He was reasonable, timely and great to work with.

Linda on Lansford; February 25, 2013

Todd Bambino (Bambinos Plumbing)


[Bambino] Install wall mount kitchen faucet. Quick response (weekends also), great guy, local, and reasonable pricing.

Bonnie & Mike/Jonathan Av.; January 27, 2013

$15 Sewer and Drain

166 Graham Ave in WG; (650) 968-1551, cell is 408-279-1839

The office staff was right on top of things and polite, the workers were just fabulous. They are the best...the owner is wonderful..I can't speak highly enough of them..and yes I will call them again if I have any plumbing issues.

Donna; May 14, 2013


I use $15 Dollar Sewer and Drain on Graham street …for my business and home needs. They've always been available and get the job done quickly.

Patrick on Cherry Valley; 11/23/14

Don Chambers (owner) at Elite Plumbing


...re-plumbed our entire house.  We loved working with him!

Julie /Camino Ricardo; February 25, 2013

Abram, Crown Plumbing

Meridian near Parkmoor, 408-210-9500

[Abram] reached out to me when I was in a jam and I can certainly vouch for his being available. He came out exactly when he promised, knew what he was doing and finished up in record time!

Sue on Meridian Ave.; 6/3/15

Greenwater Plumbing

Derek Smith, 408-603-3266

He's fantastic.

Lisa on Bird; 7/26/14

Jeff Dean Plumbing

I am very happy with the quality and the price.  A water line had broken under our kitchen sink and had been overflowing/leaking for a long time but we didn't know until a couple weeks ago.  He replaced the pipes and replaced the wall - adding a hole where we can easily snake the kitchen pipes.  He stayed under his quoted time, too!

Taffy on Marshall Ave; 5/24/14

Dave Reinoehl 

408-828-2337, dackiridave@sbcglobal.net 

Just had David Reinhold and his partner deal with two blocked drains at a client’s home for less [a very low price!]

Karen on Blewett; 7/26/14


Arriving with an assistant, [Dave] quickly resolved my emergency issue. Most noteworthy, he only changed a very reasonable rate, even though it was a Friday afternoon before a major holiday. 

Spencer on Glenwood; 5/31/16

Nick Lopez

(408) 393-9698

[We’ve] been using Nick Lopez... Very reasonable prices.

Carol on Mazzaglia; 9/4/14

Gary, Good Plumber


[Gary] Does great work, affordable. (Repiping)

Jan C.; 10/23/14

Matt Patrick, Arroyo Plumbing

650 Lincoln Ave., 408-278-0170; 408.674.0835

Arroyo Plumbing would be my next recommendation after Moomau. … They have been speedy for us both with service and invoicing.

Brigette on Glenkirk Ct; 11/21/14, 6/21/16


I just had Richard from Arroyo Plumbing here and I couldn't be more pleased! He diagnosed a couple of issues within 5 minutes. He was able to come over within 15 minutes of when I called. I can't recommend him enough.

Cris C.; December 11, 2014

Jeff Dean


Highly recommend Jeff Dean. Sometimes it is faster to reach him via text.

Laura near Bird and Willow; 11/21/14

Midas Plumbing

(408) 313-3309

We had a plumbing emergency this week--pinhole leak in copper pipe in ceiling.  We kept water off for two days trying to find it.  We opened up ceiling and found leak location and needed a plumber.  We called Midas Plumbing. Eric was at our house within an hour.  He quickly examined problem and made repair.  He was very knowledgeable, professional and took pride in his work.  Final bill was less than initial estimate because job was pretty straightforward.  They are a local company.  We are very pleased.  We will be using Midas again.

Emma on Lennon Way; February 27, 2015

Happy Rooter

[not recommended]

Carol on Mazzaglia; December 11, 2014

Roto Rooter

…call the water company out first if [the leak] is so close to the meter. It could still be the water company's repair. That is the way ours turned out.… If you need a still need a plumber, you will need one who does excellent excavating. I would highly recommend Roto Rooter.

Mary M.; 8/10/15

Paul Coleman, PC Works


Paul came to our house within an hour, found the root cause, put in the quick fix to hold us over the holidays, and the cost was VERY reasonable. I would recommend Paul … as a great resource.

Dan on Greencreek; 1/4/16


Paul has done great work for us. He replaced a gas line…, did copper pipe replacements, installed new water heaters, did [roof repair] around the chimney as well as other things. VERY nice, extremely detailed in his work and billing statements, and prompt. He can do small jobs (like ours) or much bigger. He will text you right back.

Lynn on Clintonia; 3/28/16

Drain Masters

4960 Almaden Expressway #163, 408 629-1453

If you are in need of having a clogged sink opened, or other drains, I recommend "Drain Masters".  We've had them come out twice, and both times they were able to come on the day we called.  Pricing was fair, and they were able to get the job done quickly and without a lot of mess.

Lorraine on Newport; 5/2/16

Leak Detection

2 N 34th St, 408 410 0314

I used Bullseye a year or so back and was pretty happy.
Suzanne on Brace; 11/17/15


I wrote about a month ago about a leak in my water system. Thanks to your recommendations I used Jeremy at Bullseye Leak Detection. He found the leak to be an issue with my softwater system as it was constantly running.

Lisa on Coe; 12/11/15

Moomau Plumbing

1177 Branham Lane #152, SJ; 408-396-3837 http://moomauplumbing.com/

…they came out that day and after crawling around under the house looking for pooled water or a leaky pipe, finally found [the leak] and immediately stopped the leak. They came back about a week later and installed a new line…I would surely recommend Moomau for this type of work.

Gail on Prevost; 11/17/15


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California Remodeling Service


I highly recommend California Remodeling Service. I have used them for my clients and everyone has been very pleased with their work

Jan C; JLC Designs; 6/20/14


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Roofing & Gutters

Lindy Roofing Co. Inc.

476 W. Taylor Street. San Jose, CA 95110; Tel: (408) 286-9990 http://www.lindyroofing.com

I too am quite happy with my new Lindy roof!  In only two days, they removed the old roof, repaired the rot and damage, installed additional vents and valleys, roofed, and cleaned up.  It looks great, and now it doesn't leak!

We used Corning/Duration-Premium fiberglass shingles (Color: Driftwood) to replace the wood shakes on the rental, and it nicely matches the neighboring houses.

Larry on Willow; May 30, 2015


[Lindy Roofing] did our roof during remodeling. Had no issues - great prices, good workers.  Fixed dry rot, install new wood, paper.  Family owned business so the owner visited the job quite often during the 3 day of job.

Anu @DC/Hicks; 6/12/14

Xteria Roofing & Remodeling


...the shingles are only part of the roof system. Steve Caposio… is a registered roofing inspector, in addition to being both a licensed roofing contractor and a licensed general contractor.  Because the roofer I used is a general contractor, they took total responsibility for the roof system. They found rotted soffit, properly worked the flashing into a plaster wall (which the previous roofer had not done), and replaced a metal pan and plaster ceiling on the front porch overhang. The other roofers who looked at the job didn't notice those very important issues. They focused only on the shingles --which are only part of what makes a roof work.  

Curt G; September 28, 2010; 7/27/15


I had my garage roof replaced this week by Steve's crew [at Xteria] - vents in my house attic. They fixed a few other small things that were not on my list. They were thorough and cleaned up after. They did a wonderful job and I highly recommend Xteria Construction.

Jennifer on Guadalupe; 8/9/14


Xteria replaced my shake roof in 2011, and I was very satisfied with their work. OK to quote.

Gerri H; 5/22/14


I second Xteria Roofing. Had them replace a client’s roof. Great work. Great price. Great business ethic.

Karen on Blewett; 5/22/14, 6/11/14

Patrick Gomez, Roof Craft


We were extremely pleased ... say hello to Patrick for us :-)

Mary on Georgetta; December 19, 2010, February 7, 2013


I also highly recommend Patrick Gomez with Roof Craft. He did our roof with the light weight spanish tile and he did a fantastic job for a great price. We also recommended him to a co-worker who was also very happy with him.

Maggie on Jansen; December 19, 2010, February 7, 2013

Westshore Roofing

2245-A Fortune Dr, San Jose, 408-456-0200

Westshore Roofing replaced our roof (and 2 of our neighbors' roofs as well) 3 years ago. They were professional, prompt, and pleasant to work with. They did an excellent job with our rather complicated roof.

Deb/Camino Ricardo; September 13, 2013

Bill Hamilton Roofing

740 Camden Ave # E, Campbell; (408) 379-1303; ‎408.379.1306

Bill Hamilton Roofing is another good roofing company to consider. Replaced our steep-pitched, 2 story, 30 year old shake with composition a few years ago. 

Rita on Mercer Ave.; 5/22/14


Their [Hamilton] work is great & their prices are fair as well. Worked with them for many years.

Their showroom is beautiful & shows you all the options available with the many composition roofing materials available.  I have worked with them personally & referred them to many clients over the years. Always with professional results and service.

Brigette on Glenkirk Ct; 5/22/14

Economy Roofing

Neal Avenue, SJ;  (408) 615-7200; economyroofing.com

[Economy Roofing] [not recommended]

Carol; September 13, 2013

Eastman Roofing

408-971-9000, eastmanroofing.com

I just had some repair work done by Eastman Roofing, they were very professional, reasonable, and did a great job. Highly recommend!

Kathi on Cherry; December 01, 2014


Eastman Roofing is awesome!  I use them and recommend them all the time.

Susan ​on Gerald Way​; December 01, 2014

Lozano Roofing Service


I want to share a great experience we had with Lozano Roofing Service. Cesar came out quick and diagnosed the problem that caused our roof to leak. Reliable, honest and affordable.

Jennifer on Guadalupe; 12/21/16

All Rain Gutters: John DiMarco

408-209-8034; allraingutter@yahoo.com

[ARG]...did my long overdue (and somewhat clogged) gutters and roof, and it was a fabulous job. He takes great pride in his work. Don't be put off by the lack of web reviews - he works mostly with realtors and doesn't do a lot of web advertising. I was really impressed.

very thorough, and very professional.

Suzanne on Brace; November 10, 2013

All About Gutters

www.allaboutgutterssanjose.com 408-554-8837

they are a great company.

Kari/ Meridian Way; December 2, 2013

Ron Nemmer of Nemmer Roofing

1-510-919-2930 Cell 1-650-888-2915 Business

We just had all of our gutters replaced ...He is a very nice guy and easy to work with. He arrived when he said he would and left with everything cleaned up. He did a great job on our gutters

Tom & Leslie; April 10, 2013

Gutter Cleaning
Jeff McKeyden

Here is a local gutter guy I have used.  Very reasonable and came out immediately.


Lisa on Coe; December 11, 2014

John DiMarco, All Rain Gutter Cleaning


We just had John DiMarco clean our roof and gutters.  It was a very big task (we live under a huge redwood tree), but he did a great job and cleaned up thoroughly afterwards.  He's also a really nice guy. 

Eric on Hicks; 1/14/16


I second John and All Rain Gutters. He took care of me for years always a great job by a great guy. 

Sunday, formerly of Malone Road; 1/14/16


And I third that!  I got John’s name from this wonderful e-list, and he’s been fantastic.

Suzanne on Brace; 1/15/16

Tim Thielbar.  

(408) 332-2235

He's cleaned my gutters for several years. 

Cris on Nomark; 1/27/16

Carol’s sons


My sons (age 17 & 23) have done this messy task for my aunts & our neighbors in WG as well as several elisters over the past few years. They have done single & 2 story houses, houses with roof access or with a ladder, etc.  They have ladders and the equipment needed.

[self-recommend] Carol on Hamilton; carolincalifornia@hotmail.com; 2/1/16

Dave Roberts Construction

Office 408.356.2185, Cell 408.209.3787

Dave Roberts Construction will do it right the first time and I will make sure it looks good.

Chris J.; 5/5/14


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Security Systems

Clausen Electric


[security lighting / sensors] recommended

Kristi on Pine; January 24, 2013

The Alarm Company


... knowledgeable and pleasant to deal with.  They listened ... and really went out of their way to make sure that we were satisfied with everything.... they put in an alarm that was functional and yet unobtrusive on the inside and outside.  The alarm pad is easy to use ...  They also have an iPhone app where you can turn on/off the alarm and lights, view videos, see alarm activity, etc.

Karin on Crescent; November 20, 2013


Door-to-Door Security system sales– Scam!

...sales reps are working the area to install "free" security systems and upgrades to existing systems. They want to install systems same day. They prey on the elderly and disabled, and their reps lie about their contracts, making it difficult to cancel their services.

Wendy on Pine; June 1, 2010


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Solar Energy

John P. Bergh, Solaron Inc - CA Lic # 561720

916.798.9429 Cell, john.solaron@gmail.com, www.solaron.net

I worked with Solaron for a client for their pool, Jacuzzi, and whole house. They no longer pay anything to PG&E and in fact get credits every month. Great service, very honest...

Karen on Blewett; May 9, 2013

Smart Solar

www.smartSolarAndMore.com, 877-467-2635

A very good company. I met the 2 owners.

Larry R; September 20, 2013

Solar City


We used Solar City for our solar and we have never had such wonderful customer service. Very pleased with them.

Mary on Georgetta; September 18, 2013


... extremely pleased with their work [at Solar City] and their employees. 

Mary on Georgetta; December 19, 2013

Valley Heating and Cooling

(408) 294-6290

Valley Heating and Cooling did a great job installing solar panels on our roof at the end of December. They’re a family-owned business and have been around for a while.

Julie on DeAnza Way; May 9, 2013

Maria Chacon, RePower by Solar Universe.

(925) 658-8377

[recommended by:]

Neal J.; 7/16/16


477 Valley Way, Milpitas, (650) 520-9918

They're a non-profit that targets customers w/ electric bills less than $100/mo. There are no homeowner income restrictions. They use paid staff plus volunteer labor which helps them be a low cost provider--the lowest (significantly) of the estimates I got. They took care of everything--from permit to the inspection. Great group to work with.

Vern on Laurie Ave.; 1/26/17


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Termite & Pest Control / Exterminators

Brian, Smiling Bee

408-929-7983, (cell 408-640-7405)

Does live removals of wasps, bees and yellow jackets. He assesed the job, gave me a reasonable rate and then removed the wasp nests right then.

Sara on Michigan; May 20, 2013


very pleased with [Smiling Bee] wasp/bee service

Manon on Maykirk; May 7, 2013


Ditto on Smiling Bee. Quick and effective!

Lauren on Garden Glen; May 7, 2013

Termite & Pest Control

Keith Reuter, RPM Exterminatorsteresa

408-445-1738, website: rudepest.com

Locally owned, good/fast service, fair prices. Just had Keith come out a couple of weeks ago to deal with wasps. His last servicing lasted us 7 years!

Katherine; May 19, 2013

Tony with Front Line pest control

(408) 972-2844

came out [for rat problem] and was prompt, courteous and thorough.  He set traps in the attic, crawlspace as well as found and sealed the suspected entry points.  He has been out 2-3 times since the initial visit a couple weeks ago and I recommend him.  He has extensive experience with other unwanted guests as well (racoons, possum , etc).

Jim on Pine; November 6, 2013

Van Hooser Enterprises

408 536 0550

Very fair pricing. Eric the owner is awesome.

Jennifer N;August 26, 2013

Hydrex Pest Control


...used them...for nearly 40 years, and I've almost never seen a single ant in the house. Very nice people, too.

Nancy on Cottle; August 5, 2013

Planet Orange

434 Park Ave, (408) 963-6868, www.planetorange.com

We used to get ants every summer until we started using Planet Orange. They come out once a month and spray the perimeter with a peppermint oil mixture. It smells great, isn’t a problem for the pets and we haven’t had ant problems for many years now.

Mike on Hicks Ave.; 9/4/14

Prime Exterminators   


- great local company. I recently used them and their price was the best and the fumigators were excellent.

Joy on Willow Glen Way; 8/26/15

Kim or Sabrina, Preferred Termite Services


I work with Preferred termite Services. Local company. Ask for Kim Or Sabrina. …highly recommend.

Brigette O.; 10/28/15


I highly recommend [Preferred Termite’s] services…The gas used was specific to the termites.  We no longer have a termite problem. After having our house tented, it was surprisingly uneventful… No odor, no residue, no problem…. Instructions on preparing your home for tenting are included in the service. 

Holly on Jonathan; 4/10/16

First Choice Termite


I 2nd the referral of 1st Choice Termite. He took care of my termites and has for many clients. 

Ellen B.; 10/29/15

Kilroy Pest Control

(408) 378-0441

I have used Kilroy Pest Control for over 10 years.....great for weeds and yes the lovely termites. Reasonably priced and they do a fine job.

Donna D.; 1/21/16

Gary, Miracle Pest Control


This is who we use & refer to our clients.

Brigette on Glenkirk Ct; 6/17/16

Steve Demkowski

cell # 408-640-3125; stevedemkowski@gmail.com; www.willowglenhoney.com

[Steve] came to help me the same day I called him and set up bee boxes. He was able to get most of the bees in them that same night. He's also a bee keeper here in WG and produces some excellent honey.

LiAnne O on Prevost.; July 22, 2013


[Steve Dembrowski] can help you with wasps or bees, or recommend someone. Also you can get recommendations from the San Jose Bee Guild, http://www.beeguild.org

Gail C; May 7, 2013

Smiling Bee

408-929-7983 or 650-704-2371

We used Brian of Smiling Bee for a hive I found inside the walls of our greenhouse.  He was affordable.  Not necessarily timely, …, did a great job.  He needed to take part of the wall apart to get the bees and he put it all back together like the hive was never there. His grandfather taught him to raise bees so he’s been doing this forever!  He relocated our hive to his home location, and after a few days brought us the honey he got from the hive at our house!

Rebecca S. on Cherry; 7/28/14

Rodent Control

Maine Outdoor Solutions, LLC; 2706 Union Street; Herman, ME 04401, 207-478-6426

Order by phone:  Item # 91216  16 oz. Trigger Spray Bottle. Squirrels, Cats, & Raccoons.....these furry critters are diner for a Coyote- one sniff....and they scat.  I spray on top of fence once a week....unless it rains...then of course, another spray.  It is not cheap, but so worth it.

Valerie at Harmil; 8/16/14

Dave the Gopher man.

408 838 0498, davethegopherwhisperer@gmail.com

Best to contact via text or email.

Nina on El Rio; 8/31/16


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Tile Repair & Installation

Nick's Marble

1-650-834-1041, email greenonyx@att.net

stone restoration services... outstanding. He did a great job of sealing our granite and even did a clear caulk around our sink. Nick specializes in all natural stone and tile.

Carol on Kiner Ave.; May 3, 2010; May 8, 2013

Heavenly Touch Stone, Tile Concrete and Grout Restoration

7444 Tulare Hill Dr, (408) 252-5402; www.heavenlytouchstonecare.com

... a Willow Glen business and James is the owner. In addition to being excellent at what he does, James is a very nice person

Susan on Parkside; March 19, 2013



nice work and very reasonable.

Deidre on Cherry; March 8, 2013

Grout Repair
Toby Spencer, Tile With Style


He has completed numerous, successful jobs for my clients and in my own home. He will be happy to do whatever it takes to get is right and to your complete satisfaction. He has a great crew that can do everything from a complete bathroom or house remodel to replacing the grout inside or out. 

Karen on Blewett; 10/8/15


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Alameda Upholstery

859 W San Carlos St between Lincoln and Sunol. 295-7885

It is better for the environment to re-use and if you like the set that is the way to go. Bring in a photo [to Alameda] with one cushion to get a price.

Teri/Thrasher; September 23, 2013

Jose Patlan


I had Jose re-upholster dining room chairs, a twin sofa sleeper, and Ethan Allen's Berwick Chair. Amazing results. He is responsive to phone calls, will pick up/deliver, and he is just a really nice, easy guy to work with. I have been so fortunate to hav worked with him /interior painter in the last year. ed.

Rita on Mercer Ave.; 5/1/14

Angel’s Upholstery

1782 Ledgewood Drive, 408-966-5954; angels.upholstery@gmail.com

I had a great experience with Angel’s Upholstery.

I got his information from this list- He did a great job and his prices were reasonable. He can email photos to you of his work.

Leslie on Settle; 7/30/14


I used Angels Upholstery and found them to very efficient, reasonable and they do high quality work. 

Joyce on Comstock Lane; 2/26/16


1610 Monterey Rd., 408-289-8887

I've had Aby's, on Monterey Rd, do a treasured chair that belonged to my grandmother. They did an excellent job. 

Ellen B.; 10/23/15


I got two beloved sofas reupholstered last year at Aby’s Custom Upholstery… They did a wonderful job. …I was extremely pleased with the quality.  It’s worth getting a quote from them….

Suzanne on Brace; 4/4/16



He upholstered the bench in our kitchen nook and we love it! …I told him the idea I had and he arrived with several sample books of fabric and gave me some great suggestions like tufting the fabric on the back of the bench, selecting a wipe clean vinyl for our growing family, etc. We were in a time crunch and he delivered our product on a Sunday and was very reasonably priced!! 

Bridget on De Anza Way; 10/24/16

Chair Caning
Pete the Caner

500 E McGlincy Ln, Campbell, (408) 377-7307

This guy does terrific work.

Maria S.; 8/6/16

Ben, Carpet Care Referral


Ben from Carpet Care Referral is excellent for cleaning rugs and upholstery.

Reasonable prices as well.

Karen on Blewett; 8/23/15

Stain protection:
Marshall, TomKat.


[Marshall of TomKat is a] Great product… I use it with all my clients.

Jan C; 5/11/15

Grenard's  Reupholstery

130 Lewis Rd Ste 1, San Jose, CA 95111, (408) 226-2476

I us them for all of my clients and you can purchase your fabric at Calico.

Jan C; July 23, 2013


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Water Heater Repair

[see also: Plumbers]

Water Quality Plumbing

1716 Stone Ave; (408) 267-9330; www.waterqualityplumbing.com

replaced a hot water heater about 4-5 years ago. Highly recommend them.

Margi/Koch lane; February 12, 2013


We used Water Quality Plumbing for our urgent water heater repair.  Only plumbers able to come out in 3 hours’ notice, all others we tried were booked a week out. Highly recommend.

Kristi on Pine; 10/3/14

Moomau Plumbing

(408) 396-3837

Our [water heater] died earlier this year.  I called numerous water heater-specific contractors based on e-list and Yelp reviews and got some prices.  Then I called Moomau - duh.  They came through as usual, and we're very happy with the price and quality of work.  

Brian D.; 9/12/16


Moomau are the best! I had a problem with a tank just on the edge of the warranty and they were able fix it AND replace the anode tube under the warranty, I never call anyone else for plumbing related issues!

Bruce off Lincoln; 9/12/16


I found them highly recommended here on the elist 4 years ago and have never worried about plumbing issues since.  They offer excellent customer service, quality work and fair prices.  They also have great knowledge about plumbing of old homes and the owner lives here in Willow Glen.

Holly on Jonathan; 9/22/16

Chris Potter


I had plumber/handyman Chris Potter come out and he was able to fix my water heater and as an added bonus he even tightened up the screws on my front porch. He was here in a flash. He worked very quickly and was VERY reasonable. I HIGHLY recommend him.

Linda on Little Orchard; 10/1/16


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Water Softeners, Water Conditioners, and Filters

Pure Soft Water, Andy


the owner is a plumber and has very reasonable rates. He installed our water softener, reverse osmosis water purifier, as well repaired our broken tankless water heater. He will also make sure that your sprinkler system is separate from you water softener, so that your grass doesn't die.

Maggie on Jansen; January 25, 2013

Bob, Zerosoft

408-286-8270 or 408-410-6204

I have [an] old Kinetico water softener and I LOVE it!...Bob [is] a plumber and has his own business selling/maintaining/renting water softeners… He is very knowledgeable and very reasonable. 

Cindy K; 4/29/15

Jeff Dean, Pelican system


Our plumber has recommended a Pelican system, should we decide to install one. No salts. Plumber is Jeff Dean, whom I highly recommend.

Laura near Bird and Willow; 11/17/14

Barry, Eco Water systems, Success Water


 [Eco Water systems’] filtration and softening system is excellent, has better regulation of the amounts of potassium and sodium, reduces the amount of soaps, shampoos and cleansers needed, and typically outlast the cheaper models. Their RO is terrific for drinking water. The company is green. They offset their carbon footprint. I love my water, so much [that] my husband now works for the company. 

Terri on Franquette; 11/17/14; March 10, 2015, 10/21/15, 12/29/15, 1/20/17

Bob, Zerosoft Company


I called him…to check why my Kinetico water softener [was not] working right… the other guy hooked it up backwards!! He came back today to replace the filters on my…system and replace the innards in our toilet. He is the nicest man, a plumber by trade and also rents out and services water softeners. His prices are very reasonable … and he is now my plumber for life!

Cindy K.; December 02, 2014


http://akwamag.com, (408) 622-1088

There is a new type of water softener that uses magnetic properties to soften water. The really good thing about this system is there is no potassium, salt, citrus chambers to remove and put in a land fill. Totally “GREEN” system. I install it into my clients’s homes who want soft water… Locally developed 

Jan C.; 12/29/15

DeAnza Water Conditioning

De Anza Water Conditioning

We feel the same way [really happy] about our Kinetico system, and DeAnza Water Conditioning has been great to deal with.  

Brian D.; 10/11/16


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(also see Curtains & Blinds; also see Glass)

The Screen Shop

295-7384, http://www.thescreenshop.com; 601 Hamline St (near Coleman at 880)

We have worked with [the Screen Shop] many times. Highly recommend them

Brigette /Glenkirk Ct; January 20, 2013


Yeah, these folks [at The Screen Shop] are great. They custom made a slider screen for us that solved a long standing problem that none of my attempts could remedy.

Bruce off Lincoln; 8/13/15

Anderson Windows

696 Auzerais. 295-3200

... They did a great job with the installation and with helping us choose the right windows to meet our design requirements (to find windows that looked original to the house).

They were wonderful.  (NOT Andersen windows, though they do provide that brand if you want it).

Tina on Telfer; March 10, 2010;  July 31, 2011, January 20, 2013, 7/18/16


I second this rec. We did our replacements in three phases, using a different co. the first time and AndersOn for the nest two. They were MUCH better and we felt delighted to have found them.

Bruce off Lincoln; 7/18/16


John Scalmini is the owner [of Anderson Windows] -Carries Andersen, Marvin and Milgard. All employees are his - no sub contractors.  Does great work, carries a variety of windows, clean crews. Tell him I sent you.

Deb; February 9, 2010, January 20, 2013


We used John at Anderson Window and Door Installation. John and his team did a great job, we were very pleased and my husband is very particular!  We installed Anderson windows and French doors but I understand they also handle Marvin, Jed-Wen, etc...

Barbara on Hawkhurst; 7/19/16

Integrity Windows and Doors


... completed our entire home window and door renovation near 5 years ago and continue to be very accessible for smaller jobs such as rehanging and adjusting doors as well as installing a cat door for us. Of all the contractors i've worked with - they were the easiest and least stress.

Arrika on Georgetta; January 20, 2013

Nigel Moss



Larry R; November 1, 2013

Viking Doors


Their South San Jose showroom off 10th street is really easy and quick to get to from WG.

Margery/Koch Lane; January 20, 2013

Sheets Window and Door Co.


Just had my 66 year old double hung wooden window repaired by Dave Sheets, In less than 24 hrs from my first call to repair I am very impressed by Dave and his coworker.  They are professional, prompt, knowledgeable, tidy and a pleasure to work with. Cost was very reasonable too.  Highly recommend if you need help with wooden windows or doors.

Sunday on Malone Road; 7/9/14


I recommend Sheets Enterprises… especially for vintage homes and other historic buildings. Dave…came quickly for an estimate, gave the church a good price, and had the windows built and installed in record time. …everyone has marveled at how nice they look, and how well they open and close, "like a piece of furniture".

Lorraine on Newport; 4/13/16


2770 S Bascom Ave, (408) 559-8976

Windstar on Bascom by far the best! Ask for Bert and tell him I sent you. You will not be disappointed. These are the guys that left Viking when it turned into Performance and have done an excellent job for me and my contractors on many jobs.

Jan C.; January 17, 2015

John Salamida Jr., The Screen Shop


The Screen Shop in San Jose will always be my go to window company. Family owned and operated here in san Jose for 50+ years. Their service is exceptional, pricing very fair and installations flawless. They carry both Milgard & Marvin products. BTW, Milgard offers a lot more than white vinyl windows. They have a large selection of colored frames too. He will come out to measure, explain your options & put a quote in writing at n/c.

Brigette on Glenkirk Ct; January 18, 2015

Brothers Windows

198 Barnard Ave., (408) 295-0852, http://www.brothershomeimp.com/

I highly recommend Brothers. Customer service was great and installation went smoothly.  

Elaine on Mill Pond; 7/19/16


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Window Washers / Blind Cleaner / Window Cleaners

Just Windows


I use Just Windows.

Leslie; March 11, 2013


We’re repeat customers [of Just Windows]

Mary on Glenwood; 5/24/14

Elena Thomas

408-603-7703ø , elena.thomas1122@gmail.com

(on the rec list for housecleaning) does a fantasic job on windows and blinds

she removes all screens and thoroughly washes the screens and all of the windows. She is often easier to reach by text or email.

Alana/Pine; April 25, 2013; November 30, 2013; 6/15/14, 8/10/16


Try calling Elena Thomas. She is wonderful!  I originally found her on this list and she now also cleans for me and, also, two of my friends.

Susan on Parkside; 8/8/16

Herb Leisure from Brite-Way Window Cleaning Service


I had [him] out here last week for the first time and I was pleased. My friend who owns a house cleaning business refers him all the time. He took off all of the screens and washed them, too. He was a very pleasant man. I will use him again.

Janice G; July 26, 2013

Jose Luis


My window washer just left. I've used him for 3 years in a row. My windows are so clean, they virtually disappear! Twenty sparkling windows inside and out under 2.5 hours.

Manon on Maykirk; April 25, 2013

Jose M Mendoza

408 398-1245

I just had my windows washed, in and outside and screens! great job at a very reasonable price! The windows look great and the sun is shining in! He came right on time and cleaned up everything as he worked...

joan @ River Glen Park; April 23, 2013; 5/23/14


Jose just finished washing my windows, screens, sills. Very pleased with his work and his price was reasonable

Joyce; May 20, 2013, 6/12/14


I have also used Jose Mendoza, and he is wonderful!  Great job, on time, reasonable prices.  

Anne on Arbor Park Court; 8/20/15

I second [Mendoza’s] recommendation. Jose did a great job on the windows of our 2-story last week. He said he also does carpet cleaning and a number of other around-the-house tasks.

Suzanne on Olive Hill Dr.; 4/19/16

Octavio Gutierrez


He & his partner are very thorough & reasonably-priced.

Marilyn on Fairview; July 26, 2013

Sparking Clean Service; Peter Reeves


windows and rain gutters cleaned, power washing, also... hard work, honesty and integrity

Tom.; April 26, 2013


Peter Reeves and did all of the windows in our house. They washed them inside and out, removed and cleaned the screens, and wiped out the tracks. The windows look like they're brand new! The crew was polite, conscientious, and professional. Peter is bonded, licensed, and insured. And he's a local boy, to boot!  I felt very comfortable having them in and around my house, and I will definitely use them again!

Dori on Campbell Avenue; 8/12/14


I recently used Sparkling Clean Window Washing. I got their info from the recs list so I know others like them too. They did a great job and were quick and safe. They also power washed my patio. Nice men, good work. I'll definitely use them again. Their business card says they also hang Christmas lights.

Tina on Monte Vista; 6/22/16, 9/5/16

Gabe Santa Cruz

923-4759 393-3177 - cell

was here to wash our windows last week. We’ve had him three years now and he’s still the best! The windows shine so brightly and the screens are all cleaned as well. He also cleans out the sliding door tracks

Sue on Dean; April 15, 2013


Used [Gabe] in Aug 2011, 2013

Carin DeG; 4/22/15


Used [Gabe] for years.

Margaret M.; 10/25/15


I second Gabe.

Mary on Georgetta; 10/25/15

Almaden Valley Window Cleaners

4573 Capitola Ave, San Jose, CA  408-360-8071, avwindowcleaning@yahoo.com


Carin DeG; 4/22/15

Dean Macabante, Pacific Coast Window Washing 


I highly recommend Dean Macabante.… Great service and very reasonable prices.  

Claudia on Westwood; 4/22/15

Spectacular Window & Gutter Cleaning

408-323-1916, www.spectacularwindows.com

Javier has cleaned my windows twice now.  He does residential homes and office buildings.  He returns calls promptly, shows up on time, gives a quote before scheduling service and does an overall excellent job for a very reasonable price.  He is also excellent at cleaning screens and windowsills.

Holly on Jonathan; 8/9/14, 5/2/16

Elena Thomas


I recently posted a rec for window/blind cleaner. I highly recommend Elena Thomas! Thorough, professional, reasonable, efficient, honest, pet friendly, etc... You won't be disappointed. 

Alana; 8/21/15

Randy Sauro

(831) 588-4243

Randy Sauro is terrific and does other odd jobs and handyman work as well!

Susan on Parkside; 10/25/15


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Landscape / Yard Care

Concrete & Cement; Sidewalks

CB Concrete

408-354-3484, www.cbconcrete.com

Had a very good experience with CB Concrete...  The owner, Chris Bearden, … explained things well -- and suggested "meandering" one side of the sidewalk to route around the worst roots… The company is licensed…and on the City's list of recommended contractors.

Curt G; 4/23/15


CB Concrete did our sidewalk and we're very happy with the work. [They were careful to not harm the tree and worked with the city on that.] [They did lots of extras we asked for along the way.] Jim and all of the guys on his crew are polite and attentive, and the job looks good.

Dori on Campbell Avenue; 5/13/14

California Remodeling Service

408-661-5111, http://www.californiaremodelingservice.com

Many of my clients have used California Remodeling Service for not only cement work but all aspects of home construction.

Jan C; JLC Designs; 5/30/14

Jarrett, EarthPro Landscape


Not only are they giving us a better price than the city, he also had a couple of different options to help prevent the roots from damaging the cement in the future.

AnnMarie on Crescent; 9/9/15

Sidewalk Grinding
Ray Duran, Duran Construction

http://www.durancg.com/, 408-254-4304

He did 3 grinds for me in 2013.

Tina G.; 12/5/15


Notes on sidewalk repair

Last year, I finally faced up to the fact that my sidewalk was hazardous -- so I called the City and asked for an inspection. The inspector was friendly and took the time to explain things.


You can easily use a ruler to check your sidewalk against the City's safety criteria.  Mine did not meet the entirely-reasonable rules:


(I was inspired to check because I noticed an elderly neighbor with a walker having trouble on her daily walk -- despite being with a caregiver. She wasn't complaining, but the sidewalk was not very neighborly.)


The key info is here on the City website:

- Main page: http://www.sanjoseca.gov/index.aspx?NID=275

- Q-and-A:  http://www.sanjoseca.gov/faq.aspx?qid=66


The City's objective is public safety, not appearance -- so they require only a minimum repair: replacing a few squares of concrete -- plus grinding the edges on some other existing squares.


How it works:


There are four alternatives:

1. You let the City hire a contractor and manage the project. These is an additional charge for the project management.

2. You hire a contractor from the City's recommended list.

3. You hire any licensed concrete contractor.

4. Do it yourself (i.e. hire someone who is not a contractor.)   You need to follow these specifications for a safe and long-lasting job that will pass inspection:  http://www.sanjoseca.gov/index.aspx?nid=3463


With any alternative, either you or the contractor pays for a permit to cover two inspection visits -- after the roots are cut and the forms are in -- and then a final inspection. They leave the final inspection report in your mailbox.



I picked choice #2 -- hired a contractor from the City's recommended list:


- Wanted a contractor fully experienced with the City rules and process.


- Wanted to work directly with the contractor to understand the alternatives. That paid off with CB Concrete, as described earlier.


- Decided to replace more than the minimum number of squares instead of grinding. Grinding would have removed the current safety hazards -- but would not have solved the overall roller-coaster problem caused by the previous street tree. (In my opinion, the exposed aggregate after grinding is ugly and not really as safe -- and won't solve any stray root problems that might linger under the squares that were ground.)


- Wanted to replace the 60-year-old front walk. Given all the hassle of construction and the "fixed cost" to do only the sidewalk -- Bobcat, demolition-and-haul-away crew, forms crew, transit-mix truck, pour, and several stages of finishing -- the incremental cost for the front walk wasn't that high.




- Don't panic on the 60-day requirement -- as long as you engage a contractor promptly and get on their schedule, you can ignore the subsequent computer-generated threatening letters from the City.


- Because contractors combine multiple jobs in each area, there will be a delay before your job starts. They pour multiple jobs in one area over a couple of hours -- in order to use a full transit mix truckload of concrete -- and their concrete finishers come back several times over a couple of days -- rotating several times between nearby jobs as the concrete sets.


- I notified my neighbors -- and blocked the street in front of my house the day before the demolition -- to ensure that no one parked there. <smile>


Watching the work was educational.  Properly-done concrete work is a lot more complex and precise than it looks!

Curt G; 10/12/14


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Rob Hutchinson, The Deck Pros

408.854.2829 http://thedeckprosca.com

[Rob’s] work is top notch, he gives free consultations, he's honest, reasonably priced and can offer you design ideas if you like. He is Trex, Fiberon and Timbertech certified, and has had work featured in Sunset magazine.  He … has a machine that can bend boards if you should want a rounded deck. 

Cindy K; 6/12/15, 2/10/16

Kevin Kelly 


…we had wooden bannisters installed on the steps from our garage into the house.  [Kevin Kelly] did them and I thought he did a wonderful job.

Linda on Belmont Ave.; 3/26/15


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Garden Maint. / Irrigation & Sprinklers / Lawns / Horticulturist

(see also Landscaping)

Baylands Landscape Management.

Call Ruben at 408-440-1531.

They came by my house the other day to do their regular maintenance in my yard and they realized that I was having a sprinkler/water issue….. They fixed the whole thing and did a great job!!

Linda; July 22, 2010, June 29, 2013

Steve Burchinal, of Burchinal Lawn Aerating

www.burchinallawnaerating.com (408) 978-LAWN (408) 978-5296

Steve was out today to aerate my front and back lawns and applied an application of fertilizer to both, as well. He was thorough, prompt, careful to mark all sprinklers so not to clip any by accident and had very reasonable rates!  Steve is the best for lawn aerating and fertilizing!

Alana on Pine; May 25, 2012; 5/31/14


[Steve]...arrived on-time. He was very careful to mark all of my sprinklers before he started. He rechecked my sprinklers and cleaned up after the work was done. I also asked for advice ...gave me great advice, product recommendations, and step-by-step instructions.

Kate on Norval; April 26, 2013


We have been using Burchinal Lawn Aeration with great results as well and good prices. 

Claudia O; 4/7/15


We’ve used Bob Brannan for years now. Does a good job for a reasonable rate.

Carol on Mazzaglia; 11/4/14


[Steve is] fabulous. Very informative, on time, very tidy, very very nice. Advised us on some sprinkler problems as well and also fertilized our front and back yard. 

Maricela on Michigan; 11/5/14

Valen Landscape & Construction, Anthony Valenzuela

1518 Magnolia Way, Los Banos, CA 93635 209-827-9931, Cell 408-313-8360

They are almost done with our yard and we keep finding more things we want him to do as we hate to see him go! …his prices are very fair, they do good work and he is truly the nicest guy. Our neighbors across the street used them and felt the same way.

Joan/Cabana; May 16, 2012, October 29, 2013

Eric Taylor - Landscapes Under Light



Tom L; August 26, 2013

RG Garden Service, Raymond

408 605-2738

...He mows, trims, blows leafs, trims my hedges, chops off the tops of bulb plants...He is very diligent, an expert at his craft...His card mentions Landscaping, Manual & Automatic Sprinkler Systems, New Sod, Cleanups & Hauling along with free estimates

Valerie on Harmil; December 29, 2013

Evergreen Landscaping, Jay

(408) 605-1908.

We used Timbertech, ... a little sun fading, but I would install timbertech again.. There is a supply house on 10th street, 7th street near Phelan, called Decking Superstore, San Jose Forest Products, 4 huge warehouses filled with every product...go to see them and wander around.

C & R; April 5, 2013

Jeanne Eige of REscape

jleige@aol.com - www.rescapelandscapedesign.com

Very reasonable, easy to work with.

Mary K; February 5, 2013


I also highly recommend [Jeanne]!

Jonica on Lansford.; February 7, 2013

Antonio Vega


I've been using the same gardener for the past 20+ years. He's very reliable and charges $35 every other week. He comes with a helper. I usually keep him busy for 45 min. as we have a lot of vegetation front and back.  I also hire him in the spring for major yard cleanup, replacing lawn, new bark, new plants, etc. I can't say enough good things about him plus my neighbor just complimented us on our front yard.

Manon on Maykirk; January 18, 2015


Upon the recommendation [someone] on this list, I just had Antonio Vega come and do my yard. What a great job!! Came on time, reasonably priced, cleaned up and left!! I will definitely call him back when the time comes!!

Linda on Little Orchard St.; 5/16/15, 5/17/16

Alex Martinez

(408) 417-4259

Actually, [Alex] and his father run the business. Does mow & blow some weeks and does extra work on others. Very happy with him.

John K; 5/18/15

Paul LaBossierw, $24 Lawn Aerating


[Paul]...is great

Kim; April 26, 2013


Called [Paul] Sunday, scheduled for Monday. Fantastic job at a reasonable price.

Neal J.; 11/4/14, 5/17/16

Bob Brannan

(408) 449-8874

We've been using [Bob Brannan] for years ~ good job and good price.

Carol on Mazzaglia; 4/7/15

Bob Brannan

Willow Glen Services

Edwards 408-791-5505; Cristian 408 628 2727

Call the young men at Willow Glen Services. They're helping me with yard work tomorrow.

Susan on Parkside; 4/29/14


Cristian and Willow Glen Services just provided excellent customer service with their rubbish removal service. Highly recommended, 4 stars all the way.

Arrika on Georgetta; 5/20/14

Sean Mc Grail


Sean Mc Grail is an excellent horticulturist. I won't let anyone else touch my Japanese Maples

Susan G.; 8/23/14

Aureliano Rueda

(408) 781-7624

I have a wonderful gardener who gardens by the season and knows his stuff. He has room for a few new clients and if you are interested you may surely use my name.

Jonica on Lansford; 5/26/16

Gabriel Castellanos, Waterworks Irrigation Solutions


He's super responsive (via email, phone or text messages - your preference); quite flexible about when he can meet with you and extremely knowledgeable about the latest technology for saving water and money.  He's also a very nice guy and very careful around plants.

Leslie on Ramona; 8/8/16



We are so happy with ezhome. The guys show up every 2 weeks without fail and check in with us and will do everything we ask. They charge us $76/month. If you try them out and say we referred you, I believe you'll get a $50 credit.

Karen & Jeff on Blewett Avenue; 9/8/16

Jesse Fernandez


My Gardener knows how to do it all. Sprinkler Systems, Mowing the Lawn, Raking the Leaves, General Pruning, Tree Trimming, Pruning Roses. He always does a complete and thorough job.  I have referred him to two neighbors in Willow Glen that are happy with his service.

Holly on Jonathan; 9/22/16

Artificial Turf
Jarrett, EarthPro Landscaping

799 Lincoln Avenue, (408) 294-1920, sales@earthprocare.com

I was just talking to a friend about this…and he was giving us all sorts of information and tips for installing artificial turf when pets are involved. He owns a landscaping business in Willow Glen called EarthPro… I'd give [him] a call and he can answer any questions you have as well as quote the install based on what you discuss.

AnnMarie on Crescent; 7/26/16

Lee Del Canto

408-266-3333; 408.221.4350

We've used [Lee] several times and he does excellent. The first was when a sprinkler broke at 5 pm and water was gushing all over the place. He was at our place in 15 minutes..

Susan on Parkside; August 1, 2012, April 26, 2013


[Lee] Did a GREAT job with our sprinklers, repairing and replacing sprinkler heads and drip lines.  He is a very nice fellow, and reasonable pricing.  Very busy, but worth the wait if he's booked.

Peggy on GEA; January 17, 2015


[Lee Dal Canto] was just here last week. 

Carol A on Prevost St.; 8/9/14


We had some problems with our old sprinkler system leaking and we also needed some shutoff valves installed. Lee was very professional, courteous, and knowledgeable. He did a great job for us.  We'd highly recommend Lee for any sprinkler/irrigation needs or problems…

Karin on Crescent; 10/28/14


[Lee] answered the phone (doesn't always happen) came out the next day, I wasn't home so he called me with an estimate, did the repair and left me the bill, which I promptly sent him a thank you note and check. Excellent service.  

Lynn on Clintonia; 10/23/15


Lee Del Canto is who we work with.

Brigette O.; 6/16/16

Landscaping (Manure)
Garrod Stables

Saratoga, www.garrodfarms.com

I spent today loading and unloading a lot of ... Well, poop! Really great poop. Garrod stables in Saratoga has lots of free manure if you load it yourself. I believe it's 10$ a yard if they load it. …look under the hay section [on the website] for more info on poop! 

Leeta-Rose B.; March 15, 2015


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Fences & Fencing

Josh Galvan, Galvan's Fencing

5532 Purdue Place;  408-265-1161

[Galvan] replaced portions of our fence a few years ago.  Great to work with and did an excellent job.  Recently our gate was mis-aligned and they sent someone out on the day that I called.  He moved the latch and it works perfectly and they didn’t charge me for this work.

Susan on Parkside; December 16, 2013

Sierra Lumber and Fence

http://sierrafence.com; (408) 286-7071; 1711 Senter Road

I second their recommendation [of Sierra]. Steve Poor is my contact

Danielle on Malone; December 16, 2013


I "third" it -- They [Sierra] were fast, did a great job, and were happy to split the billing with my neighbors. There were some issues because the old fence hadn't been properly secured where my neighbor and I both have decks in the corner - they did the extra work to fix it without complaint or extra charges.

Shirley near Curtner/Cheery; December 16, 2013



Meza's installed 60ft. of new fencing for us on Friday & did a great job! One of the guys installing made two great suggestions for changing the fence that I ended up agreeing with, and I do not regret it. No added cost either.

Leslie on Crestwood; September 17, 2013


We recently had to choose between Galvan and Meza's, with prices within $100 of each other. Meza's seemed less frazzled when they came to do the bid and more interested in the job. We selected Meza's and they arrived yesterday on time and built a perfect fence for us - exactly matched what we were looking for. Very happy with the experience and the end product.

Brian; September 17, 2013


Meza has done two fence jobs for us. Both times his crew was professional, quick yet diligent, and able to improvise creatively to solve unforeseen problems. Juan Carlos has always worked within our budget and delivered true value for the price. I wholeheartedly recommend them.

Steve/Pasco; September 17, 2013


http://www.ccoigateandfence.com, 408.297.0207

We had our gate built by CCOI and it was a great experience. They will come out, measure, design to spec, and then give you a bid.

Lara and Paul on Willowhurst; June 26, 2013



We had a fence repaired. Many companies won't do a small job. They were willing to. Everyone else only wanted to replace. 2 other families we know used them and loved them.

Bernice on Carolyn; August 1, 2013


I second Cuevas.

Bernice/Carolyn; December 16, 2013


[Cuevas] replace our neighbor fence as well as install a wall on our side yard. The team was great, clean and fast.

Mike/Hicks Ave.; December 16, 2013

Gary Maggetti, G&G Fencing

(408) 225-6224 Office, (408) 592-9242 Cell

We used G&G Fencing for our fence and gates which needed to be replaced. He was an all-around professional. I’d seen his work at a neighbor’s house and was very pleased with the work he did. Easy to work with, showed up when expected, and the job was done on time. He’s licensed, too.

Susan on Annapolis; 6/12/15

Duran Fencing


We used Duran Fencing nearly 3 years ago for a good neighbor fence, as well as the couple next to us replaced an acre yard of "good neighbor" fencing at same time. We were both quite happy with the fence and workmanship.

Alana on Pine; 6/16/14

Delamore Fencing


We had Delamore design and install a driveway gate for us. It was a seamless experience. Pricing was reasonable and they were great to work with. Highly recommended.

Scott on Willow; 10/20/14


I too got a quote from Delamore and was pleased with his quote and professionalism. Highly recommend.

Mary on Pine; 10/20/14

Jaime Rivera

(408) 590-8142

I recently had my metal driveway gate replaced with a very nice wooden gate. He replaced my back fence last year. He is excellent!!!  I would highly recommend him…My guy came over, gave me a bid and the gate &  Fence was completed in a week. I am so very happy with my beautiful gate and the very reasonable price.

Lynn on Clintonia; 3/28/16


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Landscaping & Garden Design

(see also Garden Maintenance/Lawns/Irrigation)

Rebecca Schoenenberger


[Rebecca] did our Moroccan-themed courtyard and is about to do our backyard. Easy to work with. Responsive. Creative. Cost effective. We get lots of compliments. Feel free to come by even though a few plants didn't survive the freeze, you'll get the drift.

Carol on Kirkmont; February 5, 2013

Jody Stix Garsia

jgarsia@mac.com; 831-464-3652; http://www.jodylandscapedesigns.com

[Jody] spent three hours at our house (start to finish!) drafting up a design based on our requests. After we discussed, she took ~30 minutes to finalize the design and create a shopping list. Gave me two referrals for landscape architects...We have everything we need from her to move forward on the project. Reasonable hourly rate, as well

Margery/Koch Lane; April 9, 2013

Juan Chavez, owner, Green Source Landscapes


We just had our backyard redone, that included a arbor... We are delighted with all the work.

Carol on Michigan; April 14, 2013

Michalene Edwards with Willow Glen Design:

www.willowglendesign.com 408-803-0440

Great eye, can scale to budget, competitive rates, and local. Please give her a call!

Lara on Willowhurst; February 5, 2013

Teri Ravel Kane

893-6080, tlandarch@me.com; terikane.com

She designed our yard years ago and we love what she did for us.  Teri lives in Willow Glen and is on the elist.

Susan on Parkside; February 5, 2013


Teri Kane is excellent.  A full-fledged Landscape Architect and a very good one at that.  She did our front yard and was fantastic.  We get a ton of compliments. Let me know if you want to take a look at it - I'll give you our address.

Susan ​on Gerald Way​; 8/28/15


[to convert the front yard to CA natives and drought tolerant], Call Teri Kane.

Jan C.; 11/7/15, 1/23/16


Teri Ravel Kane is the best. 

Susan G.; 11/7/15

Green Design


The previous owner used Green Design and many of my neighbors have been inquiring about the beautiful work they did… I also came across a home for sale that had the most amazing backyard from the same company. I can send you our address as well as the home tour offline if interested.

Manon on Maykirk; 8/28/15

Jarrett, EarthPro Landscape

Lincoln Ave., (408) 294-1920, , 408 529 4341 cell

If you're on Facebook, you can see some of the photos. He just did a whole backyard overhaul at a house down the street from me, which included a island BBQ :)

AnnMarie on Crescent; 9/16/15


We used [Jarrett] to built our outdoor BBQ island and they did a good job. They are full fledge landscaping company.

Any B.; 6/4/16

Nancy Garrison, All Things Edible


You might want to try Nancy Garrison at All Things Edible, who is also a master gardener here in Willow Glen.  She really knows her stuff.

Felecia on Curtiss; 5/31/16

Robert Dietz Landscape Architecture, Robert J. Dietz  ASLA, ISA, President / Owner, RDLA

1925 Cherry Avenue, San Jose, 408.891.8598

Landscape Architect, Certified Arborist

RDLA designs functional and creative outdoor environments for Willow Glen residents that are compatible with their surroundings and offer site-specific solutions in a cost effective manner.

[self-recommended]  Bob Dietz, bob@robertdietz.com; November 4, 2013

Artificial Turf

(408) 337-7055

[Friend’s] lab is quite happy to not have the dry grass and weeds. The company she went with did her "grass", flower bed redo, concrete and new fence. They appear to be a jack of all trades =)

Alana on Pine; 7/22/14

Nursery and Supplies
Capitol Wholesale Nursery


 [Central] sometimes have a coupon on their website and they are happy to let you know details over the phone.  I had quite a few plants to pick up so I sent them a list and they had everything waiting for me when I arrived.

NM; February 24, 2013

Aly’s Tree


[Needed] wood chips for my landscaping project.  I called up Aly's Tree and they were very quick to provide what I requested and they were diligent about protecting the area while they worked.

Chris D; 5/15/14

Central Wholesale Nursery

1670 McKinley Ave, (408) 280-1131

I recommend Central Wholesale Nursery. They are just across Meridian from Willow Glen. Very helpful.

Tina on Monte Vista; 4/25/16

Clean-Up & Repair:
Young Bae, Kay Green Landscape


A driver plowed through my yard… I ended up with a bricks and cement rubble strewn across my property, and a host of damaged plants and trellises. Young … and his helper did a terrific job of clearing broken brick and damaged plants away.

Tina on Hillsdale; 11/5/14


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Swimming Pool Service

Ballys Pool Service

2243 Thayer Ct., San Jose, 408-690-1575

Love love love my Bally!!!.

We have use Bally for years now!  He is always there, takes 2 trips a week if necessary for extra chlorine & very friendly!  He is great with my dogs being in the backyard too.

Deidre on Cherry; 5/29/14

Pete & Liz Morin, Aquatic Enterprises


…here in WG! I have worked with them & referred them for many years. Pool/spa inspections, Weekly servicing pool/spas, Repairs for pool/spa

Brigette on Glenkirk Ct; February 25, 2015

California Chemical


We have been happy with California Chemical.

Judy on Kimble; 9/11/15

Premier Pool and Spa


We have used them for more than 12 years. At first we only had a spa, but now we have a pool and spa. They do a great job, and can also do repairs, drain and fill, etc… Tell Frank Robin Marino referred you if you contact them.

Robin on Nevada; 11/15/16

Swimming Pool Pumps
Swimco Electric

753 Camden Ave, Campbell, (408) 378-2607, swimcoelectric.com

They can rebuild your motor for a fraction of the cost, new bearings and seals and you get to see a minuature doberman.I use them for my spa and my mom's pool, they have been around since I was a teenager, having to be home to get a call and get up off the couch to do anything with the TV.

Chris J. ; 2/18/16

Jeff, Tradewind Spas

15736 Los Gatos Blvd, Los Gatos, (408) 763-4228

Tradewind Spas is owned by my brother-in-law, Jeff Peterson. He is a very conscientious businessman who will take good care of your spa needs. He has owned Tradewinds for over 30 years and knows everything there is to know about spas (imho). Tell him Michael and Mary sent you.

Mary M.; 5/22/16


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Trees; Tree Trimming; Arborist

Aly's Tree

(408) 280-6545

Aly and his crew were able to repair the damage done when PG&E had mangled our camphor trees.  They also did an excellent job of shaping and rejuvenating our sprawling ancient walnut tree.  Quick, with excellent clean-up.  A happy repeat customer!

Larry (on Willow); Feb. 9, 2013


Absolutely Aly’s Tree Trimming. I have both worked with them and referred them to many.

Brigette on Glenkirk Ct; 3/16/15


We were extremely pleased with Aly's work. The crew took care of the 2 problems we were concerned about and pruned the tree to reveal its shape and beauty. …no damage was done to any plant or the fence. …our street becomes busy… but they directed traffic and kept things moving along. All the debris was cleaned… We'll be happy to use them again and to recommend them.

Janice on Coolidge; 5/24/15


I second Aly's. They have done several jobs for me, and just this week sprayed an ash tree for aphids. Honest, dependable.

Bruce off Lincoln; 5/15/14


I have worked with Aly’s Tree Service on many occasions. I have been quite satisfied.

Brigette on Glenkirk Ct.; 11/9/14


I've been very happy using Aly's

Alana on Pine; January 18, 2015

Straun Edwards, Trees 360 Degrees Co

http://www.trees360degrees.com,  866-1010, straun@trees360degrees.com

 [Straun]... donates his and his employees time every year to light the 100’ tree at the corner of Lincoln & Minnesota (Willow Glen Elementary) for all of us Willow Glen residents and visitors to enjoy. Many WG residents have used him and say he does incredible work.

Eric/Lupton Ave.; January 30, 2013


I highly recommend Straun Edwards. …he is an expert tall tree climber and strings the Christmas lights on the downtown WG tree … every year for the past five or so years.  Straun is an amazing arborist with all the certifications, and a strong commitment to sustainability.

Lisa Lynn M.; 10/7/14

Andrew Perez, Perez Tree Consultant

1244 Minnesota Ave, (408) 469-1721

just had Andrew and his crew out to get a couple of tress trimmed up. They did a great job, were kind and courteous and left the place clean.

Leticia on Hicks; January 29, 2013

Bartlett Tree

15015 Los Gatos Boulevard, Los Gatos, (408) 358-7888; bartlett.com

Their ISA Certified Arborist, Sean Davis, explains things very well and showed why some work I was considering was unnecessary. They use a bucket truck where possible instead of climbing -- which allows them to do a much more careful, thorough job. Saves money because the tree doesn't have to be re-done every year.  The Bartlett crew also did a removal in an extremely tricky location, got the oak tree off the power/phone/cable wires on the pole, and patiently untangled my fruitless mulberry.

Curt; May 9, 2013; 3/31/16, 4/9/16


[Bartlett Trees does] a great job, and [they] always follow up to insure your satisfaction.

Robin on Nevada; 4/1/15


I've used Bartlett Tree Service to maintain my 40-50' oak tree.  They were able to nicely balance ill-planned chops to my backyard oak tree done by another tree trimmer that was hired by my neighbors.  

Lisa on Crescent; 6/3/14


I have used Barlett Tree Experts for 40 years. My current home has 30 birch trees. My previous home had many old fruit trees that had many problems due to previous poor pruning and age related issues. I have found their pruning to be thoughtful, focused on the health of the tree, as well as, the aesthetic. They also perform fertilizing and spray programs if needed. They will not spray if it is not needed.  They are the best!

Casey on Minnesota; 6/4/14, 9/14/16


I have been using Bartlett’s Tree Experts.  About 10 years ago, they helped diagnose and treat our tulip magnolia.  They treat it biannually, and it’s doing great. 

Dave on Carolyn; 7/29/14


Bartlett Tree Experts took good care of us (and many others in Willow Glen — we learned about them through the elist). We got a quote from them a year ago and held off for a bit. When we had a large tree branch snap and land in our yard, we called them; they remembered us and knew which tree broke. They took care of us quickly and thoroughly, and I wouldn’t hesitate to use them again.

Erik on Marques; January 18, 2015

New Sky Tree Service

Office: 1-888-459-0737 Website: www.newskytreeservice.com

Called Thursday – Friday, they came over to give an estimate –Saturday, they removed and serviced everything quoted – Monday, they returned to remove the stumps... did an excellent job on the trees. They left the yards clear of debris, and chopped the wood into mulch-which they hauled away. They were punctual, polite, and performed way over my expectations.  We recently had 5 trees removed and their work is spot on

Martha & Don; April 16, 2013, May 8, 2013

The Professional Tree Care Co.


...came out and helped determine the issue with our dying tree a couple years ago, and we also had them remove it for us. They are based in Berkeley, but they have crews that work in all bay areas.

Lara on Willowhurst; October 21, 2013

Oscar's Expert Tree Service


I just used [Oscar’s] and was very happy with them.  They had been recommended to me by my neighbor, who had used their services last year.

Suzanne on Brace; 5/4/15

Simon Tunnecliff, West Valley Arborists

408-866-1148, info@westvalleyarborists.com, http://westvalleyarborists.com/

…their work is excellent:  they can do major pruning/thinning, while maintaining a tree's natural form. The crew arrives on time, works efficiently, hauls away all pruning debris and cleans up the yard afterwards. Simon is very professional and knowledgeable and is great to work with!

Bev on Richland Ave; 10/13/15

Carlos Tree Service


Carlos Tree Service just did an excellent job on our 50+ year old avocado tree at a reasonable price. I'd highly recommend them.

Neal on Prevost; 10/14/15

Brian and Heather, Woodpecker

[They] are awesome. He is an arborist and also climbs!

Jonica on Lansford.; 11/1/15

Stump Removal
Stump King.

(408) 296- 4476 http://www.stumpking.com/

Removed three stumps in a tight place between the driveway and the fence. The operator used the expensive and flexible machine with great precision -- and took extra time to make second passes from the other side to dig down deep.

Curt; June 24, 2010, August 9, 2013

Sean Davis, Bartlett Trees

408-590-0036 cell, 408-358-7888  office

We use Bartlett Trees in Los Gatos. Sean Davis is my rep. They do a great job, and always follow up to insure your satisfaction.

Robin on Nevada; April 01, 2015

Milton Aparicio, Milton A. Tree Care

2880 Hayloft Way, Morgan Hill, 408-234-8158, calbonal@yahoo.com

I just had two huge (and very old) bushes removed from our backyard. The bushes were taken down and the stumps ground down. I was very satisfied with the work and more than satisfied with the price (substantially below a noted tree service). Company carries insurance. If anyone contacts Milton, please mention that Larry on Knollwood recommends him.

Larry on Knollwood; April 02, 2015

Leonard Cortez, Cortez Tree Service


I have been using him for years…. he has installed sprinkler valves for me…. His prices are very reasonable, his work is expert and he is a very respectful, polite and all around nice guy. And oh yes, he is licensed and insured.

Cindy K.; 9/12/15

Israel, Acostas Stump Grinding


I have watched several stumps being removed from my yard and it doesn't appear to be a task for a novice. … excellent work.  Nice people, left my yard neat & clean.  Israel referred me to Manuel when his big equipment wouldn't fit the narrow path to my backyard.

Kathie on Pine; 2/26/16

Manuel Valencia - Stump Removal 


I have watched several stumps being removed from my yard and it doesn't appear to be a task for a novice. … excellent work.  Nice people, left my yard neat & clean.  Israel referred me to Manuel when his big equipment wouldn't fit the narrow path to my backyard.

Kathie on Pine; 2/26/16

Tree Removal
Bartlett Tree Experts

15015 Los Gatos Blvd, Los Gatos, (408) 358-7888,  http://www.bartlett.com

A couple of years ago, I had Bartlett do an extremely tricky removal. When they can, they use a bucket truck instead of climbing -- which allows them to do a much more careful job.

Curt G.; 3/1/16


[Barlett’s] quote for our job was the lowest. The job was quite satisfactory. I was also not looking for an expert pruner for a tree on the side walk so it worked out perfect for me. 

Anu on Dry Creek; 2/12/16


We used Bartlett Tree Services and Stump King with great results.

Loureen M.; 7/15/16

Oscar's Expert Tree Service


They did a great job. Removed the trees, grinded the stumps, and also finished cutting another tree that my husband had cut but the stump was still there. His crew cut down the stump and grinded it at no extra charge. He is licensed and insured and was $1,000.00 cheaper than the other quotes I received. Kim on Byerley; 8/6/16

Leonard Cortez Tree Service


He is the lowest I have ever found, and he does a great job too. He is licensed and insured.  He does all kinds of tree servicing; trimming, topping, thinning, stump removal and grinding. He services residential and commercial properties. He also does sprinklers, landscape, fences and all types of concrete work.

Cindy K.; 2/12/16

Oscar’s Expert Tree Service

(408) 373-4696

I just completed a major tree removal. Solicited bids from almost all the companies mentioned on the WG [recs] page and Oscar’s…was very cost-competitive (when comparing only licensed and insured company bids). They completed the tricky job with skill, speed and a total clean up. I highly recommend.

Spencer on Glenwood; 3/2/16

California Tree Solutions

(408) 910-5143

Very knowledgeable, hard-working crew, very careful of other landscaping, responsive, and best prices around. AND he returned calls and showed up when he said he would which I can't say for most of the other places we called.

Claudia on Westwood; 3/31/16, 5/2/16

Olguin’s Tree Service


We swear by Olguin's Tree Service. Emilio Olguin is a great guy, very honest, fair, prompt and reasonably priced. He does our camphor trees every year.

Lisa on Gerald; 5/5/16


Notes on tree services

Whoever you hire...

There are two quick online checks that you should make on any tree service.  The "license numbers" and text on business cards or painted on trucks may not be accurate or current.


1. Check that someone who claims to be an "arborist" really is one.

Unless it is a complete removal, there is a lot more to proper tree work than just sawing away.


2. Check that you are hiring a licensed contractor -- and that they have workman's comp insurance.

One trick that some contractors (of all kinds) pull is to have a license but claim that they have no employees -- to avoid the cost of insurance.

Then they show up with a crew.

You don't want an accident to go against your homeowners insurance.



(One supposed contractor had a business card with the license number of a defunct plumbing company in LA. It wasn't just a typo -- I searched for him very carefully by "Personnel Name" on the State website. He had no license.)

Curt; May 9, 2013


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Medical / Dental / Health Care


Lokahi Acupuncture

259 Meridian Ave, Suite 14, Tel: (408) 279-9001 http://www.lokahiacupuncture.com

I've been super happy [with Lokahi]

Kate; January 21, 2013


I love Lokahi Accupuncture on Meridian Ave.  All the therapist are really good. I have been going for years and have my 13 yr old son going as well for allergies.

Janette on Johnston Ave.; 10/21/14

Rick Bernard and Alison Hunter

1314 Lincoln Ave. Ste 2F. San Jose CA 95125; 408-975-9753 http://rickbernardacupuncture.com/

 [Rick is] great, I've used him a number of times.

Sherrie; May 21, 2013


Rick Bernard on Lincoln is great!

Jan C.; February 20, 2015


I will also vouch for Rick Bernard. He is amazing!

Faith on Nevada; 10/21/14

Dr Grace


She is fabulous with acupuncture and acupressure. She is located outside of WG but well worth the few extra minutes in the car. Her office is no frills but comfortable. Her rates quite reasonable.

Alana; January 20, 2013

Dr. Julie Tran at the Natural Wellness Clinic

111 W. Evelyn Avenue, Suite 114 Sunnyvale, CA 408.792.7229; info@blueskyacupuncture.com

Highly recommend.

Greg on Sweetbriar; January 21, 2013

Xiao Yan (Connie) Chen, TC Health Center

2375 Zanker Rd., Suite 200, 408-383-0188

[Connie] is fantastic!  …a lovely person with great skills. There is tons of parking … Her sessions run 60-90 minutes starting with acupuncture and finishing with deep tissue massage.  … she accepts insurance.

Linda on Belmont; 4/29/15

Michael Brown

621 E. Campbell Ave., Ste. 8, Campbell, 408-628-1888

[Michael Brown is] Very good, came recommended to me.

Tai M.; 10/21/14

Kari Knapstad


Definitely. Go to Kari Knapstad.  She is fantastic.

Carol on Curtis; December 23, 2014


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Scott Rowes


does house calls and is quite effective. He's worked on me and I don't need to keep calling him. Maybe not so good for his business. Great for me though.

Chris; April 2, 2013

Willow Community Acupuncture

1060 Willow St, #7 (near Blewett) 408-833-3131

... opened Jan. 2013. Check the site at www.willowcommunityacupuncture.com... fees are sliding scale, $20-40.

Judith on Shenandoah; April 22, 2013


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Dr. Cree Guardino

1076 Meridian Ave, near Willow.  408-265-2663.  http://www.drcree.com.  

I second Dr. Cree ! she is amazing and a great person!

Christina T on Radio; August 22, 2013


[Dr. Cree is] a terrific chiropractor--she doesn't just treat the back, she treats the whole body.

Regan on Jansen; August 22, 2013

Dr. Tracy Watson, Dynamic Chiropractic Center

1080 Minnesota Ave #2408-294-2285; www.dynamicchiro@msn.com

my stress levels went down, also have had, after 20+ years of suffering, men close your ears..... nearly complete relief from my menstrual cramps

She has fixed problems [that others have not been able to fix] and her prices are very reasonable. Our whole family sees her twice a week.

Eileen on Malaga; February 6, 2012, August 22, 2013

Dr. Julie Henney

1101 Winchester Blvd, San Jose, CA (408) 261-2225

She is not a "back cracker" - she practices Directional Non-Force Technique (D.N.F.T.) - manipulates the spine by working the muscle and facsia...very effective. Directional Non-Force Technique:  http://www.nonforce.com/articles/descriptive.html

Sara on Michigan; November 7, 2013

Dr. Mark Lucas, Proactive Healthcare

Lincoln Ave, http://proactivehealthcare.net/

He is a miracle worker. He has given me quick fixes as well as helped me work on longer term issues. [He] also gave me exercises that I could do at home to continue my progress.

Stephanie on Parkwood; August 22, 2013

Patrick K. Lum, D.C. Lum Chiropractic

1314 Lincoln Ave., Ste. 2F, 408.975.9753, patrick@lumchiropractic.com

Local Willow Glenite.

Jan C; August 22, 2013

Mary Chan, DC

2810 Moorpark Ave #2, San Jose 95128 (between Bascom and Winchester), 408-624-7543

On the first visit [Mary] made a huge difference in my discomfort. She really knows what she's doing, and has evening and Saturday appointments available. I highly recommend you [give her] a call!

Sue A; 5/6/15

Don Ajlouni

4986 Cherry Ave, (408) 224-8616

We have gone to Don Ajlouni for years now!  He is non aggressive, does ultrasonic and massage.  Across the street from Classic Car Wash on Cherry and Almaden Expwy.

Deidre on Cherry; Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Dr. Sherry Chocholaty

1936 Camden Ave #2, (408) 377-5777, chocholatychiropractic.com

My ‘go to’ chiropractor is Dr. Sherry Chocholaty (Chocholaty Chiropractic).  Dr. Sherry is located on Camden Avenue – so close to our Willow Glen homes.

I have been seeing Dr. Sherry for about 7 years and she has been a tremendous help to me with my back and neck issues.

Emilie on Lesher; January 07, 2015

Dr. Cali Ha

1261 Lincoln Ave #113, (408) 439-8969

Dr Cali Ha on Lincoln ave near B of A is great. She has handled my stiff neck and back. I pulled my back over xmas and she worked on it and I found immediate relief. Both of my sons and husband go to her, all for back related issues. She is a chiropractor and muscle therapist. Her techniques include heat, chiropractic work, graston and muscle manipulation. I would highly recommend her. She was recommended by another friend of mine.

Sanjit on Hervey Lane; January 07, 2015

Dr Barb Kempeny

826 N Winchester Blvd #1c, 408-615-0222

I highly recommend Dr Barb Kempeny, she is on Winchester and Hedding and spends a lot of time with you. She is very knowledgeable and does more than just adjustments and doesn't try to tell you to keep coming back indefinitely. 

Andrea C.; January 07, 2015


[Dr. Barbara Kempeny] was very helpful and performed gentle sports-related exercises to get rid of my back spasms for about 1-1/2  hours. I went home feeling much better and more energized.  The next morning, I woke up without any sign of spasms. 

Sue on Dean; January 11, 2015

Dr. Decker


Dr. Decker is awesome!!!

Lisa, on Laurie Ave.; 7/17/15


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Amanda Theresa Coaching and Consulting

amanda@amandatheresa.com 408-410-5686

She's located in Saratoga. [Integrates business and personal life coaching.]

Lara on Willowhurst; February 7, 2013

Joan Tabb


[Career/Life Coach] Highly recommend.

Teri on Thrasher Ln.; August 16, 2013

Mary Diridon, MSW, CPCC, ACC, www.diridoncoaching.com

1177 Branham Lane #447, (888) 637-3547, info@diridoncoaching.com

[Career/Life Coach] I highly recommend Mary Diridon.

Elisa on Fruitdale; August 16, 2013

Sue Hasker


I highly recommend Sue Hasker for grief counseling as she ISA certified grief coach.  She helped my husband and I work through our grieving process when both our parents passed away within a very short time. She was very kind and the process she has been trained in is very helpful.  I can't speak highly enough of how much she was able to help us in our process of adjusting to our losses.

Terri on Franquette; 7/16/14

Reactive Attachment Disorder
Linda Ikeda, LMFT

1101 S Winchester Blvd, Santa Clara, 408-247-1638

[Linda] specializes in RAD and even travel to Africa to teach mothers about attachment.  In addition she is a lovely and warm therapist.

Alexis H.; March 03, 2015


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(also see Oral Surgeon)

Dr. John Pisacane

(408) 293-9600; Lincoln Ave, next to Bank of America; www.wgdentistry.com

Dr. John has taken care of my whole family for many years. I have had crowns, crown replacements, filling replacements, Invisalign and love the whole office staff as well. They are so automated you get a text to remind you of your appointment as well as an email.

Jan C; March 03, 2015

Michael Forster, DDS

1670 Westwood Dr. #J; 266-6811

we've been going to Dr. Forster for well over a decade.  He and his staff have always done an excellent job !

Larry on Willow; May 30, 2015

Steve Dombro DDS

Forrest Avenue by O’Conner; 408-295-6266

I have used one [tooth guard] for years - a guard for grinding fits on your bottom teeth. I had mine made at our dentist [Dr. Dinbro] - who is a WG resident and is terrific-- I think he takes most dental plans.

Teri on Thrasher; July 19, 2013

Dr. Charles Milani

5150 Graves Ave., Ste #9A, San Jose, 95129; 408-973-8500.

Dr. Charles Milani is the most wonderful dentist.  Friendly staff offer state of the art dentistry, are professional and have an extremely clean environment.  They offer nitrous oxide as I need for just a cleaning  I have been a patient of Dr. Milani's for 30+ years. 

Valerie at Harmil; February 10, 2015

Dr. Mark Fagan

1660 Willow St, San Jose, CA 95125, (408) 269-1060

Dr. Mark Fagan excellent work!!!!!

Deidre on Cherry


1953 Hamilton Ave, (408) 371-5700

[Dr. Bauer] is excellent, local and very nice. I've been treated by her for years

Larry R.; 6/4/14

Dr. Linh Bauer


Dr. Linh Bauer is without a doubt the best in the area. She and her staff are caring and very knowledgeable. Great with children as well as adults.

Manon on Maykirk; February 10, 2015


I agree with Manon. Dr. Linh Bauer and her staff are amazing. They are also the only dentist I have encountered who does stick to a schedule. I have never had to wait for my appointment, and am always out on time. That alone is worth a visit. Their waiting room is very child friendly which has been wonderful when my toddler has to come with me. 

Faith on Nevada; February 10, 2015


I’ve been a patient of Dr. Bauer’s for years, her team is great!

Erik on Marques; February 10, 2015

Dr. Gary Arita

545 Saratoga Ave # A, Santa Clara, (408) 246-3566

Dr. Arita's office is clean, bright, modern and efficient.  They have the newest xray technologies for minimal exposure. As important as the dentist is, one must always make sure that the hygienists are good too. Dr. Arita's staff is friendly and highly competent.  We take our whole family there, children and adults!! Highly recommend!! An added bonus? He is in the same office complex as Dr. Wayne Hane, a fantastic orthodontist, but that is the subject of another email...

Lisa M.; February 10, 2015

Dr. Glenn Lee


I love Dr. Glenn Lee, but not sure that he's accepting new patients.  However, I've also seen Dr. Brian Kong in that office & am very pleased with him too -- I expect that the third dentist in the practice, Dr. Douglas Kong, is also excellent.  Honest, practical, highly skilled, with a wonderful staff that makes every effort to accommodate the patient's schedule (including emergencies).  The office is on Westwood just off Meridian & offers Saturday appointments:

Maureen near Bird & Willow; February 10, 2015

Drs. Mark and Tiffany Kitamura DDS

1198 Meridian Ave # B, (408) 265-5700

Nice office, very knowledgeable and super organized. A well run business.

Brigette in Glenkirk; February 10, 2015

Dr. Jensen Sun,

1300 Meridian Ave., 408.264.9203

My dentist is fabulous for everything including implants and great advice. I've been going to him for years. Great staff too.

Nina formerly on Curtiss; February 10, 2015

Dr. Chawla, Lotus Dental

1374 E. Hamilton Ave., (669) 222-8315

I recommend Dr Chawla at Lotus Dental on Hamilton between Leigh and Bascom. She is great!

Roy on Hamilton; February 10, 2015

Dr. Rex Hoover and his son Dr. Andy Hoover,

3990 S. Bascom Ave., (408) 356-5161

We LOVE our dentist. My children and I and lots of our friends have gone to Dr Rex, the Dad, for at least 35 years. My grandchildren now see Dr Andy, who joined his Dad's practice a few years ago. Both are wonderful dentists and excellent human beings and family men. I'm sure you'd love either one.

Betsy H.; February 12, 2015

Clayton Zeidler

near Westgate, 408/255-8411

He and his staff are very patient-oriented, making each procedure as quick and pain free as possible. I love how he's constantly learning new ways to improve the experience. …He has a full staff that includes hygienists for teeth cleaning. Everyone on staff is super nice.

Rebecca on Newport; 9/19/15

Kenny Kim DDS, Marie Nguyen DDS

1720 Hamilton Ave., 408-269-6982

my family has been going to Kenny Kim and Marie Nguyen for years.  They do great work!  I would highly recommend them.

Barbara on Hawkhurst; 9/19/15

Cosmetic Dentists
Dr. Pisacane

1245 Lincoln Ave #150, (408) 293-9600, www.wgdentistry.com

Dr. Pisacane has done my front chipped tooth which was a lower and not easy as the tooth is small and thin. He is excellent at this type of work and teaches other dentists in using Cerec and techniques in crowns. I recommend you have a consultation with him.

Jantio C.; 8/24/15

Pediatric Dentists:
Dr. Rabitz

1600 Willow Street #250; 265-5880

 [Dr. Rabitz recommended by]

Damon; September 13, 2013


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Dr. Iris Gin

Kalia Dermatology

15055 Los Gatos Blvd in Los Gatos, 408-356-1000

I would strongly recommend Dr Iris Gin.

John on Michigan; 8/25/14

Dr. Ken Miller

14527 S Bascom Ave, Los Gatos, CA 95032

I've had good results with Dr. Ken Miller.

Linda on Little Orchard; 8/29/14

Dr. Iris Gin, Kalia Dermatology

15055 Los Gatos Blvd, Los Gatos, (408) 356-1000

My favorite is Dr. Iris Gin at Kalia Dermatology

Jan Corrie; 9/18/14


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Doctors (General Practice) / Physicians

(also see Allergists; also see OB-GYN; also see Medical Plans)

Dr. Cathy Grellet

15251 National Ave, Los Gatos, (408) 358-7360

Dr. Cathy Grellet is the best but she is a concierge [doctor.] She is great, detailed does not rush you out. My annual is usually 2 hours long….we have lots to talk about. Call her and see if she fits your needs.

Jan C.; 10/27/14

Aetna Doctors:
Jack Coombs


My husband and I both LOVE Dr. Jack Coombs in Los Gatos. He takes his time. Is not into prescribing before trying other methods. He's an old fashioned Internist.  I never had a primary until I went to him.  Great guy!       

Karen on Blewett; 8/18/16

Kaiser Doctors:
Dr Susan MacLean

Kaiser Santa Clara

I can recommend Dr Susan MacLean at Kaiser Santa Clara

Dave B.; 8/24/15

Dr. Otto Yu


Dr. Otto Yu is a fantastic GP. He's super smart and practical and always gives me the time I need to ask questions. He's happy to refer you to specialists when needed and responds quickly to emails. I highly recommend.

Tina on Monte Vista; 8/24/15

Jane Werner


I also LOVE Jane Werner. She's a pediatric nurse practitioner. I'm not sure if she's still at San Jose or not, but if she is, she's the one I'd go to. My son is 20 now so has outgrown her unfortunately. She is also really knowledgeable and practical and takes the time to answer questions.

Tina on Monte Vista; 8/24/15

Dr. Parikh

625 Lincoln Ave., (408) 278-3000, https://medfoundation.verity.org/physician/akik-k-parikh-m-d/

Dr. Parikh on Lincoln is very good.

Roy on Hamilton; 12/13/16

Dr. Norman Lowenbraun

173 N Morrison Ave # C, 408-293-1992

I can't say enough good things about this man. I had a question about my medication that I sent him an email for last month the day before Thanksgiving, hoping for an answer by the following Monday. He called me personally ON Thanksgiving morning with an answer.

Linda on Little Orchard St.; 12/17/16

Dr. Al Hurwitz


I would highly recommend Dr. Al Hurwitz; near O’Connor hospital.

Kirsten on Knollwood; January 09, 2015

David Peterson, Endocrine Medical Associates

393 Blossom Hill Rd, (408) 227-2646

I am a retired diabetes educator.  David Peterson is excellent.  …  You will need a referral from your primary physician.

Susan on Parkside; February 17, 2015

Physicians (Hand Specialists)
Dr. Kagel


Dr. Kagel did my right and left wrist surgeries for De Quervain's Tendinosis, I am super pleased with his manner and the results. "Dr. Kagel has board certification in general orthopedics as well as a certificate of added qualification (CAQ) for Surgery of the Hand."

Maria S.; 8/19/15

Ear/Nose/Throat (ENT)
Dr. Mauro Ruffy

2585 Samaritan Dr., Ste 304, San Jose, (408) 357-1250

If you are looking for an adult ENT -- I can HIGHLY recommend Dr. Mauro Ruffy…. He and his staff are top notch; two family members are current patients and I can say this first hand. 

Mary on Iris Court; 1/25/16

John Kersten Kraft MD

(408) 647-2800, 2505 Samaritan Dr Suite 600, San Jose

We have been very happy with [Dr. Kraft]. He's treated males and females of all age ranges in my family and was extremely knowledgeable about his field, much more than a family physician. In fact, three different family physicians referred us to Kraft.

Elissa on Laurie; 10/14/16


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Home Health Care / Hospice

Jewish Family Services


Following up on Elissa's comment, we recently used Jewish Family Services for care for my sister-in-law and we were very happy.  They just recently paired up with a home-care company and have a staff member who is the liaison.

Susan on Parkside; February 10, 2015


585 N Mary Ave, Sunnyvale, (408) 730-5900, https://www.pathwayshealth.org/

A neighbor and a relative both found Pathways very helpful.

Maureen near Bird & Willow; 6/6/16

Hospice of the Valley

4850 Union Av., (408) 559-5600, https://www.hospicevalley.org

Hospice of the Valley took wonderful care of my father (and of us too.) Highly recommended.

Janis, WGW expat; 6/6/16


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Massage Therapy

Angelina Miranda, CMT


Wonderful massage therapist in Los Gatos

Jonica/Lansford; September 24, 2013; 12/13/15

Phyllis Gallagher.


She works out of 1936 Camden #9 San Jose and the SuperSlow Zone, 5988 Silver Valley Creek Rd. San Jose.

Jan C; August 9, 2013

Violet J Spa

1345 Lincoln Ave, (408) 297-4899

I highly recommend William at Violet J Spa on Lincoln. He's great. I've used him a couple of times for therapeutic relief. He's knowledgeable, skilled, and professional.

Tina on Monte Vista; 5/31/15

Casey Amaral, San Jose Bodyworker

https://www.facebook.com/sanjosebodyworkerhttps://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gif, (408) 315 -3985, 5570 Sanchez Dr. Suite 110

I have scoliosis and have been seeing him regularly for a couple of years now, and he really does wonders for my back… He’s not only super at making your back feel better NOW, but he’s also a wealth of information about how to get and keep your back more healthy. Plus, he’s an all-around nice guy.

Dori on Campbell Ave.; 12/13/15

Lisa Wallace


She is our go to for massage, does outcalls., very knowledgeable.

Chris J.; 6/23/16


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Dr. Ronald Greenwald,


... immediately diagnosed my husband, confirmed it w/ a CT scan, and scheduled and performed a microsurgery which completely resolved the problem and he is now symptom free. It was all quite hassle free and overall a great experience considering the circumstances.

Maria S; August 6, 2013


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Occupational Therapist - pediatric


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Dr. Sullivan, Eye Medical Clinic of Santa Clara Valley

220 Meridian Ave., (408) 300-9227, www.eyemedicalclinic.com/hours-and-location#529977

Both my husband and I have been going to him for years.  The best!  Mention my name.

Janice on Coolidge; 9/20/15

Dr. Jovkar

In Los Gatos, http://www.jovkar.com/

[recommended by]

Carol on Garfield Ave; 9/21/15

Vision Care Clinic

on Union, http://www.visiondiva.com/index.htm

[recommended by]

Roy on Hamilton; 9/21/15


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939 S Bascom Ave, (408) 280-0505

I've had frames repaired successfully and affordably at Optico, fairly close on Bascom.

Elissa M; February 25, 2013


[Optico] has always been able to fix my eyeglass "oops" incidents for a reasonable price.

Mary; April 20, 2013

Dr. Burt Worrell, Advance Vision Care

545 Meridian Avenue, 408-947-2020

Dr. Burt Worrell… is a great doctor and has good associates too. He is located on Meridian Avenue just past the crossing under 280.

John on Michigan; 4/23/15

Dr. Wan, Family Eye Care Center

Hamilton Ave., (408) 866-2020

I've been with Dr. Wan and his wonderful staff for about 25 years! Their expertise, state of the art diagnostic equipment, contact lenses of every type, an outstanding showroom selection of glasses is second to none! I can't recommend Family Eye Care Center high enough! 

Valerie on Harmil; 9/15/14

Steven Neunzig, O.D., Santa Clara Vision Center

1190 Scott Blvd # A, Santa Clara,(408) 241-3510, www.santaclaravisioncenter.com

Dr. Neunzig and Santa Clara Vision Center has taken care of the health of my eyes, co-managed my LASIK procedure, and sent me to a specialist after finding something he wanted a second opinion on. Great staff and selection of glasses, too.

Mary off of Minnesota; 9/16/14

Drs. Shin and Murray

1556 Meridian Ave, (408) 445-2020

We see Drs. Shin and Murray on Meridian and have been very happy.  

Andrea; 9/16/14

Visual Eyes Optometry

1172 Lincoln Ave, (408) 283-7100, www.visualeyesoptometry.com/

I highly recommend Visual Eyes Optometry on Lincoln.  Dr. Trainor, Dr. Ngan and their team are great - extremely friendly, thorough, and professional.

Sara on Michigan; 9/15/14


I highly recommend Visual Eyes Optometry on Lincoln.  Dr. Trainor, Dr. Ngan and Staff are thorough and professional.  My family has been going there for years.....even my little ones love it there.  They have an amazing frame selection too!

Linda on Lambert; 9/15/14

Unique Eyewear


If you have an old frame that is broken or that you want to duplicate, they can come up with a close match based on their extensive knowledge of manufacturers and frames. They order a couple of alternative frames on approval and call you when the frames are in... 

Curt G.; 12/10/15

Los Gatos Eye Care

15563 Union Ave., (408) 377-2020

All three doctors there are good. 

Chris T.; 1/21/16

Dr. Kitajima, Perfect Pair Optometry


Recently, my husband, my two kids, and I have all been in to see Dr. Kitajima…[at] his new office near Zanotto's. My husband was fitted for new contacts, and all four of us for new glasses.  He is also helping me get my corneas healthy enough to wear contacts again.  We really like Dr. Kitajima. 

Leslie on Crestwood; 1/21/16

Dr. Burt Worrell, Advance Vision Care

545 Meridian Ave., (408) 947-2020, www.advancevisioncenter.com

I strongly recommend Dr. Burt Worrell and his associates at Advance Vision Care on Meridian Avenue. He has been my eye doctor for 15 years, treats the SF Giants, and takes great care of me. His technicians are friendly and helpful too.

John M. ; 1/23/16


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Oral Surgeon

(also see Dentist)

Dr. Kenneth Follmar

14511 S Bascom Ave in Los Gatos; 408-356-3146

 [Dr. Follmar] removed both of my sons wisdom teeth [impacted/exposed] when they were in their twenties. He is a second generation oral surgeon.

Mary Ann; April 29, 2013

Julia Townsend DDS

Los Gatos.

Excellent, professional, personable. Trusted her to do 3 of my 5 young adult kids' wisdom teeth.

Monica on Willow; April 29, 2013

Wes Emison, MD, DDS

15780 Los Gatos Blvd Los Gatos, CA 95032 (408) 358-5000ø http://www.losgatosoms.com

... referred to us by my daughter's (then in her late teens)dentist, and also came highly recommended by several of my friends (we're in our 40s and 50s). He has great 'bedside manner' as well as excellent pre- and post-surgery care.

Astrid G./Nattinger Way; April 29, 2013


Dr. Emison is FANTASTIC!!!!! I have 4 kids and 3 of them have had extractions with him (major ones too) with no issues and his office staff is GREAT!!!!!

Deidre on Cherry; 9/1/16

Dr. Paul Carroll

408-265-9800, www.almadenvalleyoralsurgery.com

Carol on Mazzaglia; 5/26/15

Dr Wayne Ichikawa 

1580 Winchester Blvd, Ste 101, Campbell, (408) 379-5360

I used Dr. Wayne Ichikawa for my son when he was 16 because I did not want to put him under in case of complications to anesthesia. Dr. Ichikawa did not use dissolving stitches, so she had to go back a week later to have [them] taken out. Heard [they] could sometimes fall out early which could cause dry socket. 

Barbara on Hawkhurst; 9/1/16


I second the recommendation for Dr. Ichikawa!!  Not only is he a gentle and excellent oral surgeon, he is less expensive than most other oral surgeons (especially important if you are paying without insurance!), AND a super nice man!  The only bad thing is, because of his reputation, he is very busy!  

Sally on Doralee Way


Mark C. Fagan, DDS, MS,  

1660 Willow St, (408) 269-1060

I have gone to him for my two gum grafting and will be soon going for 3rd one in couple of months. He was highly recommended  by my dentist. …I am very happy that I went to him. He was gentle, precise, quick, steady hands when comes to put stitches in your mouth (ouchhhh!!). 

Anu on Dry Creek; 2/8/16


I am a general dentist is Willow Glen, and do refer many of my patients to Dr. Fagan for periodontal treatment and implant placement.  He is a wonderful, skilled and compassionate practitioner. … picking a specialist that your general dentist trusts and works well with is a crucial,…

John P. on Lincoln Ave.; 2/8/16


Advice from a practicing dentist

Anyone looking for an oral surgeon should have been referred by their general dentist. Their dentist should know the patient's specific needs and be sending the person to the most appropriate professional. By taking a referral from the elist you risk seeking care from the wrong professional. For example, of the docs listed above: [one] is a periodontist (gum and bone treatments). [another] is an endodontist (root canal treatments), …. Having a general dentist you trust is the first step to understanding the need for a referral and then getting sent to the proper professional, one that your general dentist has a good working relationship with and shares a similar practice philosophy with too. …

John on Michigan; February 16, 2011


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Dr. Paul Sasaki

14455 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell, 408-377-9797

We have been very happy with Dr. Paul. The office is nice and the staff is very organized, kind, and efficient. When my daughter needed to keep braces on longer than planned (because she didn’t wear her rubber bands), our extra sessions have been at no additional charge.

Julie on Garden Glen Way; 4/28/14

Dr. Nancy Gum

3535 Ross Ave Ste. 305, San Jose; 408- 269-3436; drnancygum.com 

Her office is very upbeat, she is so positive and happy all the time, explains things to my son and makes sure he understands the needs and the consequences of wearing / not wearing the neck gear at night, etc.  Clear plan at the beginning, arranged a very convenient payment schedule.  My son has not had any bad days of discomfort, which I remember well from my days with braces.

Carol on Hamilton Way; 4/29/14


General information

I would encourage anyone who believes they or their children require orthodontic care should ask the opinion of their general dentist. You picked your dentist because he has a style and values you agree with, and he will steer you to an orthodontist who has a similar style and set of values. I have had patients ask their friends for a referral and then had to work with a doctor I don't know and do not have a clear working relationship with, and that can cause confusion and complications. You really can't make a mistake - all the orthodontists in our area are nice guys and good doctors.

John Pisacane, DDS on Lincoln; June 15, 2011


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Dr. Gamburd at SOAR


... [Physiatrists] specialize in backs, but are not well known. They are medical doctors, but most people have not heard of the specialty. Dr. Gamburd saved my life, in my opinion.

Annette on Kiner; August 6, 2013

Robert Millard at SOAR

on Winchester at 280; 408-247-4900 and Redwood City, 650-995-1206

He has successfully and non-surgically treated me for neck issues and my husband for lower back issues.

Laura (near Bird and Willow), August 6, 2013

Dr Samir Sharma.

221 East Hacienda Avenue, Campbell, (408) 376-3380; www.southbayorthopedic.com/our-doctors/dr-samir-sharma

He did my shoulder surgery 8 yrs ago His wife, Kavita, was also a doctor with him. He was in private practice at that time, and it appears from the Google search he now works with South Bay Orthopedic and Sports Injury@  221 E. Hacienda Ave, Suite D, Campbell, CA 95008, Phone:(408) 376-3380

Alana/Pine; February 8, 2013


Dr. Samir Sharma, Southbay Orthopedic [recommended by]

Jan C.; January 15, 2015

Dr Eric Kagel

2505 Samaritan Dr,  San Jose, CA 95124 (408) 358-3555

I have seen him on two separate occasions for injuries to my shoulder (a slap tear; and a broken collar bone). He was excellent! He also referred me to an excellent physical therapist, Saba Kamal-- that I highly recommend too. Together, they got my shoulder working again!

Nancy/Westgate Ave; February 8, 2013

Dr. Jeffrey Coe at Silicon Valley Spine Institute,

221 E Hacienda Ave, Campbell, CA 95008 (408) 376-3300


Claudia on Westwood; August 6, 2013


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Physical Therapist

Campbell physical therapy

on Hamilton http://www.campbellpt.com

...PT Kashan is wonderful...but def knows her anatomy, particularly good at deep tissue massage to align muscle, fascia and break up adhesions. They also recommend and teach appropriate exercises to complement treatment.

Julia on Westgate; November 6, 2013


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Dr. Carine

2040 Forrest Ave. Suite 7, San Jose 95128 408-287-5751

I love Dr Carine near Oconnor. 

Laurie Z; 6/15/14

Dr. Doug Robinson

131 E Hamilton Ave Campbell CA 95008 408 370-3338

We love Dr. Doug Robinson. Great office staff, too. He is great at diagnosis and rehab, went out of his way to repair what the nursing home podiatrist did to my mother and has handled multiple surgeries in our family. Best of all, he's honest with you without being brusque. 

Randi K; 6/15/14


I always vote for Dr. Doug Robinson. He's handled everything from ingrown nails, tricky cancer surgeries, Plantar Fasciatis,broken and dislocated toes and everything else in between with my family. One of the most caring docs I know.

Randi K.; 7/30/14

Joan Oloff

On Los Gatos Blvd. 408-356-2774

Recommend Joan Oloff in Los Gatos..  She has successfully treated many family members for many issues over many years.

Laura (near Bird and Willow); 7/30/14

Los Gatos Podiatry


I really like Los Gatos Podiatry. All the doctors there are fantastic, but I particularly like Dr. Azar.

Randi Bird & Pine; 7/30/14


Los Gatos Podiatry is fantastic.  They take their time to discuss the problem and couldn't be any nicer.  Highly recommend!

Cathy formerly of Willow Street; ~11/1/16

11/28/16Stuart Slamowitz D.P.M., Silicon Valley Podiatry

15899 Los Gatos Almaden Rd Ste 11, Los Gatos, (408) 356-6930, 408-356-2196

He is very nice, very efficient and his staff, Janel and Charlene, are very nice, very efficient and the office runs pretty close to scheduled times. He is on Los Gatos Almaden road and also north Jackson. I could not me more pleased with the referral.

Jonica on Lansford; 7/30/14

Dr. Elardo


really great! 

Kirsten on Glenwood ; 3/19/16

Dr. Richard Meltzer

(408) 358-6234, http://www.sjfeet.com/dr_meltzer.html

He was head of podiatric surgery at both Kaiser and Good Samaritan. I've had two surgeries with him, with very good results, much better than I had hoped for. Others in my family have seen him for various complaints from neuromas to painfully ingrown toenails, and he and his colleagues in the practice have been great.

Elissa on Laurie; 11/28/16


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Senior Housing

(also see Senior Medical Care)

Ask Barbara


It pairs prospective clients with good placements. ... you need to be very clear on your requirements. This organization seems to be on top of the most currently available places.

Casey on Minnesota; July 29, 2013


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Senior Medical Care / Caregiver

Angel's Touch Home Care


They offered a range of services -- I met several of the helpers & found them to be very kind.

Maureen (near Bird & Willow); December 5, 2013

Jo Raines


[Local caretaker for Alzheimers Patients]...She came into our home and treated our father with respect, kindness, empathy, and much love.  Later she would visit him in the nursing home, and support us as a family. She is open to receiving your call and concerns. I know she will become a part of your family as she has ours.

Bruce on Meredith; August 27, 2013

Katie Copsey, Home Care Assistance

(925) 558-5103, kcopsey@homecareassistance.com, homecareassistance.com/los-gatos/home-care/

I am forwarding the information for Home Care Assistance.  They are a company that can provide multiple levels of services/care for your mother-in-law… based on your needs. I recommend you talk to Katie Copsey.  She can answer your questions about services, availability, pricing and more. 

Greg on Sweetbriar; 10/1/15, 10/27/16

Hiede Corr


I can also recommend Hiede - she has been caring part time for my neighbor. Wonderful caregiver and a very sweet person!

Peggy on Glen Eyrie Ave; 10/27/16


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Airport Transportation / Shuttle / Taxis / Limousines



I found them to be extremely professional, easy to deal with. The transportation went very smoothly.  Left all the details to them.

Annette on Kiner; May 17, 2013

Angel Loya, Angel On Time Airport Shuttle

(408) 667-0712 (Mobile), angelshuttel@gmail.com

Angel consistently arrives at our home at (before) the arranged time.  We have been using his service for several years now, for early morning to late night service for both SJC and SFO. He charges a flat rate.  We have been using his service for several years now, for early morning to late night service for both SJC and SFO.  Angel is most courteous and a truly nice person. I highly recommend him!

Bev on Richland; 5/15/15, 4/30/16


We just tried Angel for an SFO trip based on elist recommendations and heartily agree with [recommendations]. 

Barb on Blewett; March 02, 2015



I love Uber and have been using them for the last few years locally and while traveling.  There are some cities that do not permit Uber to service airports; just FYI. 

Kirsten on Knollwood; 8/14/14

Marian Heinkel


Contact Marian Heinkel. I included her email at the top. She drives for UBER, Lyft and Safe rides for kids. She is also a WG mom. Very dependable!

Debbi on Hazelwood; 2/11/16

Yellow Cab

408.777.7777; http://www.yellowcheckercab.com/

I’ve always had good service from Yellow/Checker if I call ahead.

Carol A. on Prevost St.



I’ve used Yellow Cab and its $24 from Willow Glen to airport

Linda E.; 9/25/15


I frequently travel thru SJC and use Yellow Cab, it's very efficient for me…. they send a confirmation email.  They text when the cab is on its way and provide the estimated arrival time and it's usually here ~5 mins early. Taxi always clean with friendly driver.  Owner lives in Willow Glen. 

Debra on Gerhardt Ave.; 9/27/15


Another shout out for Yellow Cab.  Always reliable, and safe.

Peggy on Glen Eyrie; 9/27/15

Berry Shuttle


We have used Berry Shuttle Service multiple times to go to SJC with their minivans. Very reliable & reasonable. I imagine they also go to SFO but not sure if they have larger vans.

Linh on Glenn Ave; 7/20/15

Super Shuttle

(800) BLUE VAN (258-3826)

One way was $46. It was a light load as the driver only picked up one extra traveller. The driver was on time, actually early (you can track your driver on your mobile device) and was waiting down the street until the pick-up time and still showed a few minutes early.

Sherri near Meridian & Foxworthy; 8/19/15

Larry Ruzzo


I've been doing driving jobs off of Craigslist for 12 yrs. I have a clean DMV, full insurance coverage with State Farm. I don't smoke, drink or do drugs.

[self-recommended] Larry Ruzzo; larryruzzo@sbcglobal.net; 5/21/15


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Alterations / Seamstress / Embroidery / Tailor

Mrs. Kim

1105 Malone Rd (at Lincoln), (408) 269-0945

In the tiny cleaners behind the liquor store. [Mrs. Kim] is fabulous. Makes her own patterns/teaches classes on this She made me two silk tops and her work is wonderful.

Nancy on Kotenberg; April 20, 2013


I just had a lot of tailoring (from simple hemming to complex dart work on intricate fabric) done by Mrs. Kim... Very pleased with the work, turn around time and pricing.

Maria S.; 9/1/15

A Perfect Fit

358 Village Lane Los Gatos, CA 95030 (408) 395-5080

Mahtab is excellent and I know she also specializes in wedding gowns as well. Plus she’s reasonable.

Ruby; April 20, 2013

Dina's Tailoring & Cleaners

1587 Meridian Ave (corner of Hamilton, near Dick's Bakery)

Does good work, reasonable prices for all sorts of repairs and alterations.

Shirley near Curtner/Cherry; July 26, 2013

Best Alterations

3155 S. Bascom Ave. #C, Campbell 408-369-0850

Susan on Parkside; 5/12/14


[Best Alterations is] right next door to Al Castello Restaurant and Wingstop.  They are very nice and do accommodate rushes.

Kirsten on Glenwood; 4/17/16

Charlie’s Cleaners

1120 Bird Ave # E, by Walgreens; 408-297-1813

[not recommended by]

Linda on Belmont; 5/26/14


I take small tailoring repairs to the dry cleaner on Bird and Willow [Charlie’s Cleaners].  They are great.

Carol on Curtis; February 08, 2015

Just My Size

2375 S Bascom Ave, Campbell, CA 95008; 408-559-4066

I highly recommend Just My Size. Danielle the owner has been doing all of my alterations for over 30 years. She made me a mother-of- bride dress based on a sketch and it was amazing. She alters most bridal gowns in the valley. Quick turn around and reasonable.

Jan C, JLC Designs,; 5/26/14

Alterations By Ioana

840 Willow St #100 (southwest corner of Bird and Willow), 408-288-5091

I just had some jeans hemmed [at ABI] and I was very happy with the job she did.  She also does more complex alterations and other people seem pretty happy with her. 

Rina on Mackey Ave.; 5/27/14


[Ioano is] Excellent! Call or email if you need info.  

Karen on Blewett; 10/12/14


I recently discovered Alterations by Ioana…, and I've been very happy with her work. She's certified in altering and repairing St. John's knits, which seems like an obscure certification but also a useful indicator that she takes repairs very seriously. (Also, her price for a simple pants hem is lower than any of the dry cleaners' alterations services I'd been using.) If I needed repairs to a special item, I'd definitely check with her for an estimate.

Elissa M.; March 03, 2015


[Ioano] does very nice work.

Suzanne on Olive Hill Dr; 9/1/15


[Ioano recommended by]

Neal J.; 9/9/16


The place on Bird and Willow is great! I think it's called Alterations by Iona. 

Andrea C.; 9/27/16

Finishing Touch Embroidery

near the intersection of Leigh & Ross Ave, 408-377-7567

I have all my baseball team hats embroidered by Joanne Weber from Finishing Touch Embroidery.  She runs the business out of her home office. She is pleasant, professional, timely and her prices are reasonable. She is located in the Cambrian area of San Jose.

Sherri (Near Meridian & Foxworthy); 6/23/14

VIP Embroidery

2149 Stone Avenue, #2, San Jose, (408) 971-6601, http://www.vipembroidery.com/

I've been very happy with VIP Embroidery on Stone. Very nice guy. Great work. Came recommended to me and so glad I used them for my project. Will use again for sure!

Terri on Franquette; 9/6/14

Irena, Valley Custom Tailor

60 Winchester Blvd # 2, Santa Clara, (408) 243-1995


Karen on Blewett; 10/12/14


It is near Valley Fair, off Winchester.

Anu on Dry Creek; 9/9/16

Parks Alterations

3064 Meridian Ave., (408) 723-2641

Kathy S.; March 03, 2015



Let me second recommending Deidre for custom embroidery. She did a wonderful job creating a unique monogram for my daughter's lab coat, and is super-easy to work with and timely. I will definitely go to her for any future embroidery needs.

Alicia Camino Ramon; December 08, 2014

Riverside Cleaners

795 W Hamilton Avenue, Campbell

I started using Riverside Cleaners last year and really like them.  They’re reasonable, friendly, fast, and do a great job.  They also do an excellent job on alterations.  They’re located in a little shopping center … between San Tomas Expwy and San Tomas Aquino Rd on the right side if you’re coming from WG. 

Karin on Crescent; 1/3/16

Melody Anesacci


If you are looking to recover outdoor/indoor cushions or outdoor kitchens (outdoor furniture and bbq, ect), or need a seamstress call Melody.  She is reasonable, fast and excellent - maybe your neighbor has already used her skills!

Margaret; 7/21/16

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Banners & Signs; Silk Screening

Zaavy Custom Banners and Signs

6280 San Ignacio Ave,800-648-1972, www.zaavy.com

I love Zaavy Custom Banners and Signs. I use them for all our sports banner needs. They are an online company BUT located in South San Jose. Which is great for quick turn around because you can go and pick it up and save a day or two in shipping times and shipping cost as well.

Sherri (near Meridian & Foxworthy); 7/17/14

Jumbo Banners

1460 Koll Cir. (408) 452-1001; http://www.jumbobanners.com/contact-us

I have had good success with Jumbo Banners - not far from the airport.  My contact there is Yong Kim.  They have great prices, quick turnaround - easy to pick up to save on shipping charges.

Lisa on Bird; 7/18/14



If you need an extra-long banner, Printpappa is the place to go - up to 50 feet long!

Shirley at Curtner/Cherry; 7/18/14

Cha Cha, Pelican Signs

1565 Lafayette, Santa Clara, 408.246.3833

They create signs of all sizes and shapes.

Brigette on Glenkirk Ct; January 17, 2015

Matt, VISOVI Signs and Graphics

907 Franquette Ave, (408) 733-1048, www.visovi.com

Visovi was great for us! We have had several signs made by Visovi. Matt is a great guy and we love our signs.  WG local too!  We highly recommend them. Tell Matt the Renfros referred you! 

Terri on Franquette; January 17, 2015

Tony Favorito, SilkScreen Customs

408-205-8000, Tony@SilkscreenCustoms.com, http://www.silkscreencustoms.com

I had some shirts silk screened as a birthday surprise and what a diamond SilkScreen Customs is. Tony helped me with my design, offered printing suggestions, and made my vision match the final product, making me a very happy customer indeed. … He managed my timeline expertly and I got my shirts completed fast; what a hero.  Tony exemplifies customer service from beginning to end of the process - no worries and no surprises. I highly recommend him and his work. 

Susan on Annapolis; January 22, 2015

VIP Embroidery Inc.

2149 Stone Avenue, Ste 2, 408.971.6601

[Custom Printed T-shirts:]  I recommend VIP Embroidery (they don't just do embroidery):

Tina on Monte Vista; 11/7/16


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1378 Lincoln Ave. (north of Minnesota, east side of street) (408) 292-8880 http://www.hicklebees.com/

Nationally renowned emporium of children's books.  They also serve grown-ups, are the local source of the Willow Glen Historic Walking Tour book, and can special order anything else.

Larry on Willow, May 30, 2015


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Bicycles / Bike Repair

Slough's Bike Shoppe 

260 Race Street; (408) 293-1616 ‎

a remarkable place, hidden inside an apartment complex, directly across from Race Street Fish Market.  "Old School", high-end and custom-made bikes and repairs

Larry (on Willow); May 30, 2015

Good Karma Bikes

http://goodkarmabikes.org/; 345 Sunol St; (408) 291-0501

an unusual store: retail sales & services for the general public, and lots of donated bikes and help for the disadvantaged.

Larry (on Willow); May 30, 2015

Mike’s Bikes

1180 Lincoln Ave; (408) 295-2453; http://mikesbikes.com/

On Lincoln, a block south of Willow.  Large, well-stocked store with friendly service

Larry (on Willow); May 30, 2015

Trek Bicycle Store of San Jose

111 Curtner Ave; (408) 264-2453; www.sanjosetrek.com

New location: in “The Plant” at Monterey Hwy. 

Larry (on Willow); May 30, 2015

Calmar Bicycle Shop

2236 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, 408-249-6907 www.calmarcycles.com

Bob on Bird; 6/4/15

The Bicycle Outfitter

963 Fremont Ave., Los Altos. 650-948-8092 www.bicycleoutfitter.com

Bob on Bird; 6/4/15

La Dolce Velo

1280 The Alameda, San Jose, (408) 244-8356

Bonnie & Mike on Jonathan Ave.; 6/6/15

Bike Teacher

923 Pine Ave, 408 210-2980.  arthur@biketeacher.com

A friend just had her bike repaired by Arthur, the owner of BT.  I would highly recommend him for all bike needs.  He also teaches bike mechanics. 

Toni on Mayette; 7/28/14


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Clock and Watch Repair

Almaden Clocks

5371 Camden, 408-265-2133

We have gone to Wayne at Almaden Clock for years. He is very reliable and reasonable. He has come to him for years

Pam on Bird; 8/6/14


Almaden Clock - I second the vote for Wayne. He has repaired several clocks for me, and has been to the house to tune our triple striker. He is pleasant and really knows what he is doing - very reasonable is well. 

Bruce off Lincoln; 8/6/14


[Wayne at Almaden Clocks] is so knowledgeable and friendly - he has fixed two of my antique mantle clocks. And I have heard that he makes house calls for grandfather clocks. 

Dee formerly of Lincoln Village; April 06, 2015

Josh Kroman, Kroman Watchworks

6472 Camden Ave, kromanwatchworks.com

Josh is your go-to expert for all things watch related. See his website for all the services his specializes in. A real artist!

Suzanne on Olive Hill Drive; 3/23/16


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Tuxedo Rental:
Men’s Wearhouse

Almaden Plaza or Westgate

Here's another thumbs up for Men's Wearhouse. Good experiences with both when renting tuxes for two sons. 

Jeff on Fairwood; 5/6/15

Tuxedo Fashion

363 Meridian Ave, (408) 294-3311

a great place for tuxedo or suit rental is Tuxedo Fashion on Meridian across from mid-town Safeway. I ordered tuxedos, ties and shirts for my kid’s high school music department for several years. They had a huge selection of sizes, friendly staff and frequently went above and beyond for me at the last minute, like the time one of our students picked up his tux from the dry cleaners the day of a concert and it had someone else's pants, several sizes too big. I called them and had the kid’s mom pick up a rental pair on the way to the concert.

Philomena on Bird Ave.; April 04, 2015


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Computer Repair

Don Heinsen, Systems Engineer

(408)559-4000 or Cell: 408/580-6795; dhkybds@earthlink.net

[Don Heinsen]...he's a very knowledgeable and friendly one-man computer-repair company, a local resident who is available to help at apparently any hour of the day.  He can remove the hard-drive from your machine, connect it to one of his systems, and use numerous techniques to recover the data.

Larry (on Willow); May 30, 2015


[Don] is great!  … professional … gave me some great suggestions.

[He took] my computer home and worked on it most of the night and part of today but my computer is back with me in great working condition and the printer as well. This was all done professionally and reasonably.

Linda/Little Orchard St.; June 20, 2012; July 3, 2012, February 12, 2013


Add me to the many satisfied customers for prompt & efficient computer repair at a fair & reasonable price.  [Don is a] Very nice man too -- even the cats liked him (& they're fussy).

Maureen (near Bird & Willow); January 17, 2013, February 17, 2013


[Don] not only straightened things out, he explained things as he went. I am not very computer savvy and he made it simple enough for me to understand. He is on time, follows up with phone calls and is very reasonable along with being extremely knowledgeable.

Jonica on Lansford; March 30, 2013


[Don] tried three different setups to [recover my drive]...Don could have proceeded, but we opted out. He said, "No charge."

Dave on Creek; May 14, 2013


I must say, Don is AMAZING!!! Very professional, prompt and reasonably priced.

Valerie on Laurie; April 9, 2013


I have called Don Heinsen out a couple of times and he local.  Not only does he do a great job, he offers instruction if you want it so you know how to do some of it yourself. Last time he worked on my teenage son’s laptop and taught him a lot while working. 

Felecia on Curtiss; 11/5/14


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Larry R.; 11/5/14

Frank Bejan @ Microcomp

on Lincoln, across from CVS (408) 295-8050

He's very experienced (over 20 years) & knowledgeable and really fair and honest (super friendly & easy going). He helps residential clients and works with small businesses.

Jacqueline A; April 24, 2013


I don't know whether he makes house calls, but Frank Bejan … is a very nice guy with great expertise & reasonable prices. …I think he sees people by appointment only, so it's best to call him.

Maureen near Bird & Willow; 9/4/15

Mike Sigman, Signature Network Services

mike@signets.biz - 408-859-7944

He takes care of our office computers here in Willow Glen, and has also helped me with my own personal crises when my home computer blows up. He's super reasonable and always available when I need him!

Annette on Kiner; April 24, 2013, May 11, 2013


[Mike] takes care of all of the IT projects at my work (small office in WG) as well as the personal projects for 4 employees. He's done everything from helping us purchase new computers to server/network issues. He is just fabulous - easy to work with, organized, reliable and incredibly smart. Very dependable and worth every penny!

Casey/Lowry; April 24, 2013


I call Mike … for all my home and office networking and troubleshooting needs. Reasonable rates and great service.

John on Michigan; 11/5/14

Keith Barksdale,

408-406-2140, k.barksdale@support247365.com, support247365.com

I want to recommend Keith Barksdale to any of you looking for tech support in the future. … very happy with not only the work provided but also how easy he was to work with. As Keith texted me...."if it connects to the Internet or runs OSX, MS Windows, or Linux, I can work on it"!

Rita on Mercer Ave.; 4/28/14

Sam, Meridian Computer & Satellite

1586 Meridian Ave., (408) 979-9944

I highly recommend Sam at Meridian Computer & Satellite. He is at Hamilton & Meridian, in that strip mall with the shoe repair, taqueria, and dry cleaner. I send my clients to him when they have hardware issues or virus issues that I can’t resolve. He’s a great guy, is fairly quick, and reasonably priced. And super honest.

DeDe on Simpson; January 13, 2015


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Crafts and Hobbies; Arts and Crafts Supplies

A Work of Heart

2196 Lincoln Ave., (408) 266-1005, www.aworkofheart.com

Very much agreed!  [that A Work of Heart is a great find]. Plus the company of a charming shop cat at no extra charge -- lovely place to visit.

Maureen near Bird & Willow; 8/26/16


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Dry cleaners

Diamond Laundry & Cleaners  

398 W San Carlos St, (408) 295-3223

I recently took a sequin dress to Diamond Cleaners, they clean on site and have been in business for years.  I do not usually use them but wanted to be sure that the dress was treated properly.  I am very pleased with the service. 

Maria S.; 12/30/15

Riverside Cleaners

795 W. Hamilton Ave., Campbell

I started using Riverside Cleaners last year and really like them.  They’re reasonable, friendly, fast, and do a great job.  They also do an excellent job on alterations.  They’re located in a little shopping center … between San Tomas Expwy and San Tomas Aquino Rd on the right side if you’re coming from WG. 

Karin on Crescent; 1/3/16


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Estate Sale


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Exercise Class / Gymnastics


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Framing (art & pictures)

John at Art Works

1334 Dell Avenue, Suite C, Campbell, CA 95008,408-273-0456, http://www.artwks.com/about_artist.html

[Framing and stained glass repair] He does magnificent work. He has completed some jobs for client's of mine who are very happy with his craftsmanship.

Maria S; July 25, 2013

Andy Goldberg at Gallery Framing

2053 Lincoln Ave [at Malone], 408.448.4897

He is very talented, very meticulous, very experienced.  Highly recommended. 

Karen on Blewett; 10/10/14


[Gallery Framing] … he's great.

Tofoi; 10/10/14

University Art

456 Meridian Ave., 408-297-4707

I would recommend University Art on Meridian, very helpful and creative folks!

Kathi on Cherry; 10/10/14


I second the vote for University Art.  They know what they're doing. 

Brian D.; 10/10/14

Phoenix Gallery

2293 Lincoln Ave., 408-265-5620

[Phoenix Gallery are]… talented guys! Great work fair price. Done in a timely manner, lots of matting, framing, hanging options. Won’t find that somewhere else.

Jan C.; 10/10/14


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Furniture Shops

California Mattress

2627 S Bascom Ave, Campbell

It is a family-owned local business (Bascom & Union). 

Sueling; December 18, 2013


Go see Steve at California Mattress on Bascom Ave. [for organice mattresses].  He has the largest selection of 0 VOC organic mattresses around. He and his wife are very knowledgeable.

Jan C.; January 28, 2015

Mattress Discounters

1033 Blossom Hill Rd.

I spent most of a day several years ago looking for the "best" price, and finally was filled in by the people at Mattress Discounters. I just go to places with fairly good service, and have had good service from [them.]

John on Michigan; 5/17/15


www.saatvamattress.com, 1-877-672-2882

We’ve been really happy with our Saatva mattress. Had it for about 6 months now and it’s holding up great. Went with the luxury firm option. Really easy ordering and delivery process and great price!  Happy to provide more info.

Jason on Hervey; January 28, 2015

European Sleep Works

2966 Adeline St, Berkeley, (510) 841-5340, https://sleepworks.com

I purchased at European Sleepworks and couldn't be happier with the experience. They are put together locally as well. 

Andrea C.; January 29, 2015

Office Furniture
Kevin, Demetra Cabinetry

Rogers Avenue near Brokaw Road, 408-436-8684 

Best quality cabinets, great design assistance.

Joy on Willow Glen Way; 4/1/16

One Workplace Office

2500 De La Cruz Blvd. Santa Clara, (669) 800-2500, http://www.oneworkplace.com/about-locations/

The Ferrari family runs it and they're Willow Glen residents too. Very nice people to work with and they have a great selection of items for your business.

Dan on Greencreek Dr.; 4/1/16


Julie is the best, as is One Workplace!!

Laura near Bird and Willow; 4/5/16

One Workplace

2500 De La Cruz Blvd., Santa Clara, (669) 800-2500,  www.oneworkplace.com

We are the largest furniture, technology and architectural products dealer in North America and will take great care of you. We can help you from collaborating and creating the design that best fits your needs and your culture. We will design, order and install whatever it is you need. We service clients of all sizes…. 

*self-recommend* Julie Jarvis, jjarvis@oneworkplace.com; 4/5/16


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Mariette Fruit Chocolates

1268 Lincoln Avenue

If you should want to incorporate chocolates in your gift selection, perhaps Mariette Chocolates can help you. This is a local, family owned/operated retail shop/purveyor of gourmet & handmade chocolates right in downtown WG. They have a huge selection of sweet treats, gift boxes, small or large.

Jacqueline A; May 21, 2013


[Mariette has] wonderful and personal customer service and their huge variety of chocolates and truffles are truly beautiful and the ones I have tasted are delicious!  You can purchase truffles individually or in custom assortments.  I will definitely be going back for more of their delicious chocolates!

Carolyn on Winona; 11/24/15


I just wanted to second the recommendation for Mariette chocolates. Their stuff is so tasty I have to cross the street to avoid a sugar coma on a daily basis.

John on Michigan; 11/25/14


More to the point for Mariette Chocolates on Lincoln Avenue, my Uncle is diabetic and Mariette has a nice selection of sugar-free chocolates on hand. I send them to my Uncle for his birthday every year. He looks forward to them!

Leticia on Hicks; 11/25/15


I love this place [Mariette] too. The customer service when I have been there is almost, dare I say, "courtly". The only thing I ever get there is dark chocolate turtles, which are my favorite candy treat.  And I have to say that of all the turtles I have ever eaten…, and I have eaten many in my long life, the ones at Mariette are my personal favorites.

Gayle on Blewett; 11/25/14

Just For You...By Us

408.551.0338, justforyoubyus@earthlink.net, www.justforyoubyus.com - 1101 S. Winchester Blvd. #L-241

I used this company for about 20 gift baskets for one of my clients for the 2012 holidays. They did a fantastic job and were VERY reasonable.

Karen on Blewett; May 21, 2013

The Best Gourmet Gifts


Gift baskets

Jeff B; May 21, 2013

Local Gifts & Products
Novakovich Orchards


Novakovich Orchards, across the street from West Valley College has the best dried fruits and I almost hate to share this info but their apricot turtles (chocolate dipped apricot with caramel and pecan) are amazing! I send them to my clients & friends across the nation and they beg for more!

Darlene T.; 11/30/15

Gypsy Vine Candles


Gypsy Vine candles will be at the Campbell Farmers Market the next three Sundays! These beautiful candles are awesome and make wonderful gifts. My personal favorite is Cinnamon Bun! I want to eat the candle it smells so good!

Jonica on Lansford; 12/14/15

Magickal Kids


… I have an online store. I make & paint candles :-)

*self-recommend*  Taffy on Marshall; dugan246@gmail.com; 12/5/15


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WG Ace Hardware

Lincoln Ave. at Curtner

Love ACE Hardware!!! I stopped shopping at OSH when ACE opened up on Lincoln/Curtner. Helpful staff!!! Popcorn! Dog friendly (I can walk with my pup to pick things up that are small enough to carry and he is allowed in the store) and they have cookies for him to boot. He knows to expect it and greets the staff upon arrival with much excitement. Old fashioned customer service just like I remember when I was a kid growing up here in Mayberry

Teri/Thrasher; September 19, 2013


I agree with all the positive comments about our local Ace Hardware store -- Every time I've visited the store I've been greeted by the friendly and knowledgeable staff. The customer service is amazing...especially as compared to roaming the aisles of the larger, box stores looking for assistance! In addition to welcoming customers and their dogs, our WG Glen ACE is doing much to help animals in our community by hosting dog adoption events!

Vivian; September 19, 2013


1608 Las Plumas Ave., 408-933-3608

…a new and spacious 2nd-hand and surplus hardware store: doors, windows, appliances (e.g., fridges and cooktops from a motel remodel), furnishings, new odd-lots of nuts-and-bolts, plumbing, play houses, ..., at low cost, w/ proceeds supporting Habitat for Humanity.

Larry on Willow; January 31, 2015


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Personal Care: Hair Salon / Stylist / Spa / Tanning / Manicure & Pedicure / Nails / Beards / Facials

City Savvy

2020 South Bascom Avenue Campbell; 377-4122

 [Patti at City Savvy is] amazing and everyone with curly hair that I have recommended them have been over the moon on the results. They also have the most amazing esthetician on the planet Cathy Leigh Savage and do permanent make-up. They do keratin and Brazilian for those of you with curly hair. Lisa Enge does extension with real hair.  There are 2 other stylists in the salon I would recommend: Kellee and Kristin.

Jan C; 4/24/15, 9/2/15, 6/6/16

Rebecca Sell, Kiss & Makeup

Lincoln Ave, in the Garden Theater 408-947-9700

[Rebecca] will be able to recommend a hair dresser at the salon right across the hall so you can both done beautifully at the same location.

Karen on Blewett; March 5, 2013


Rebecca is great. And I would highly recommend Ramona at Salon Mesh across the hall! (I have fine hair and she can deal with it.)

Sarah on Hanchett; March 5, 2013


Bird and Minnesota near Fresh n Easy

I'm happy with the barber there...Regular man’s place !!

David M of Willow Glen; January 29, 2013

Monica and Terry

Monica 408.219.3250; Terry 408.993.8234

across the street from the Garden Theatre building - Monica upstairs from The Best Mexican Food in Town, Terry Stites is in the hair salon *downstairs*, right next door to the Mexican restaurant.  I pay $35 per cut.  I go there, my grown daughters go to Monica.

Lisa on Crescent; January 29, 2013

"Jennifer" at Art of Beauty Spa & Salon

540 N. Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos 408 482-5665

[Brow waxing] ...Jennifer goes above and beyond and is so friendly... highly skilled in the newest techniques and is a master of her trade. Threading is awesome!  I am so spoiled, no pain, no redness, beautiful shaping even color to match your hair!

Valerie/ Harmil; April 30, 2013, November 27, 2013

Elegance Nails

in the garden theatre building.

I second Nail Elegance!

Carol H; April 18, 2013


I love going [to Nail Elegance]!

Barbara / on Husted; October 29, 2013

Jennifer at Sach's Day Spa

on Lincoln, (408) 298-1375

[Brow waxing]...is fantastic!

Nicole on Lansford; November 27, 2013


[Sach’s: Brow waxing] I am a little obsessive about my eyebrows and I trust and LOVE her work. She is an eyebrow artist.

Tai; November 27, 2013

Karen Lane at The Package is You.

501 N. Santa Cruz Ave, Suite C, Los Gatos CA 95030 408-395-6927 Cell: 408-204-8945

... she uses many organic and gluten free products. She has her own salon all to herself and creates a private, relaxing experience. She also teaches at the community college. Hair design, organic haircolor, waxing, mini facials, color analysis, flower essence therapy & Feng Shui; April 29, 2013

Krista Shaw @ Ciao Bella

(408) 621-4314 (on Meridian near Foxworthy)

I've gone to Krista since 1994, wouldn't go anywhere else. She is great!

Pat/Fairview; April 30, 2013

Paige at Palazzi Salon

in Campbell - http://www.palazzisalon.com -

men's haircut $35 and up - she does not do shaves, but will trim beards.

Shirley near Curtner/Cherry; February 21, 2013

Robin John's

on Franquette (408-978-2630).

[Mom's] hair is thin too and looks great! He does a great frosting job for hair every 6 weeks or so. Cuts are Robin's specialty! He really has a huge range in client's ages and styles. Mine is a short bob that I get lots of compliments on. [Reasonable prices]

Debbie/WGWay; February 19, 2013

Shelby Brookings

shelby.brookings@gmail.com; 901-289-1673

I just had the magnificent Shelby Brookings over for an in home Manicure, Pedicure and waxing and I must share how amazing it was! Shelby is such a sweet lady AND nothing beats the luxury of being home while my children sleep, getting pampered!

Mandy on Coastland Ave; April 24, 2013


we had Shelby Brookings at my house to do pedicures for me and my daughter... good time, good conversation and good pedicures! Shelby has been doing for quite a while so she is very organized with her equipment and has clean materials for each of us. The great thing is she uses marbles in the basin of warm water for the feet to wallow in.

Sue on Dean; April 26, 2013

Susie's beauty salon

Meridian and Hamilton.

[Brow waxing] Susie does a great job.

Danielle on Malone; November 27, 2013

The Salon @ Whole Body/Whole Foods

in Campbell http://www.wholebodysalon.com

... great pedicure ...They use soaking bowls, not jet chairs, and safer/milder smelling products than conventional nail salons.

Margery/Koch Lane; April 18, 2013

Kayla Nails

on Lincoln near Bank of America

...immaculate, they do a great job and they have specials on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Cathy / Willow; October 29, 2013

Lady Nails

Curtner and Leigh, behind the 7/11 near the Starbucks.

Good prices, good work.

Carol on Kirkmont; October 29, 2013

Michelle at Vogue Nails

on Meridian (shopping center with Starbucks, Fratello's, etc). 


Debbie on Garden Glen Way; October 29, 2013

Deluxe Barber Shop

on Willow near downtown.

I second this [recommendation of Deluxe Barber Shop].

Bob on Bird; 5/13/15



Not quite local, but well worth a trip. Katalina is wonderful! Besides, you can go to the beach on the way home!

Carol on Curtis; 4/14/15


On Lincoln Ave near [Taiwan]

[Tammy’s is] very professional [for Manicure / Pedicure] but busy so you sometimes need appt. 

Linda E; 4/16/15

Jennifer Sarkis

'Salon O' , 14510 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, 95070  Cell: 408-482-5665

She is amazing!  She is an expert at color techniques, always on top of latest styles, offers full service hair care, expert make up for special occasions and more!  [Does] wedding hair designs and specialties!  [Say] Valerie sent you!

Valerie; 6/4/14

Trendy Hair & Nails

575 Alma Ave ., 408-297-7736

They do nails for both men and women and Jenny and her co-worker did a wonderful job on our feet. The massage lower legs, ankles and feet was heavenly.  The entire shop was very clean and neat.  It only cost us $20.00 each for the pedicures.

Sue on Dean; 7/1/14

Image to the Max

633 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos 408-395-0683

I have been going to Maxine @ Image to the Max in Los Gatos It is a two person business so it’s real nice and Maxine is wonderful. Reasonably priced plus she gives you all the products she uses on your feet/hands to bring with you each time. The best kept secret in town.

Carol on Mazzaglia; 6/30/14

Stacey Williams, Somewhair

1373 Lincoln Ave, (408) 298-1733, 408-391-7776

THE best hair colorist (and stylist) I know is Stacey Williams … on Lincoln Ave - a few doors down from Le Boulanger. Not only is she fantastic with color, her pricing is VERY reasonable.   Easy to arrange appointments times with via text messaging

Karen on Blewett; 6/4/14, 6/6/16, 11/1/16


Here’s another vote for Stacey at Somewhair!  Great stylist and reasonably priced too.  I asked for “wash and wear” hair due to my lack of skills and honestly my hair has never looked so good. She’s a miracle.

Carol L.; 11/2/16

Julie’s Nails and Beauty Salon

575 West Alma Avenue, (408) 298-9888, juliebeautysalon.com

I had the pedicure and Jay simply had his toenails clipped. They did a very good job and I had a great lower leg massage. The ladies were very nice… The pedicure cost $20 and the clipping for Jay was $10.00. 

Sue on Dean; 9/16/14


I recommend Julie’s at Minnesota and Alma right next to the Souvlaki Greek Restaurant.  It fits your criteria on all counts!

Linda on Belmont; 8/15/15

Heather Werner

(508) 455-5547

[Heather has] been great in helping me figure out how to manage my curly hair with minimal fuss. She's also been great at talking through what kinds of styles work best with my hair and has gently suggested some riskier styles… she's mellow and makes my … appointment a moment when I get to relax.

Rina on Mackey; 11/12/14

Giovanni'ized, Sola Salon Studios

1082 Lincoln Ave Ste. 10, 408-375-9203

[Giovanni] is great and knows is stuff. He is such a nice person. You will LOVE him doing your hair.

Kari on Meridian; 11/12/14

Milissa Martin, Plan Be

2034 Lincoln Ave, (408) 978-8766

Milissa does a fabulous cut and color for me and I know she's been thinking about me on my appointment days because she always suggests fun ideas when I arrive. She's conservative if you want her to and sassy if that's how you're feeling too. Love that about her!

Kimberly on Darlene; 11/12/14

New Darling Nails & Hair

2306 Almaden Rd, Ste 105

Amy is excellent!  She gives the best massages as part of her pedicures!  Very reasonably priced!  

Marilyn on Fairview; 8/15/15

Image to the Max

633 N. Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos, work: (408) 395-0683, cell: (408) 396-3331

Maxine [the owner] is wonderful and her sister-in-law as well…it’s not real noisy…she created a bag full of goodies for me [with] lots of supplies that I would need each time I went in. AND THEY WERE FREE! … I’ve gone to many places in Willow Glen and Los Gatos but this by far is the best place I’ve ever gone. 

Carol on Mazzaglia; 8/15/15

Nail Elegance

In the Garden Theater on Lincoln, 408-885-1305

[recommended by]

Joy on Willow Glen Way; 8/17/15

Pure Bliss Day Spa

6055 Meridian Ave # 40, (408) 268-5300, www.pureblissdayspa.com/

A good friend of mine is the owner of Pure Bliss Day Spa in Almaden. All her services are excellent. 

Tell her I referred you for extra TLC ;-)

Manon on Maykirk; 6/1/16

Skin Care by Vena


We have a great local esthetician: Vena on Brace.

Jan C.; 6/1/16

Liz Gorman

(408) 903-8906

My stylist Liz Gorman does beautiful hair (and makeup) for occasions as well as great everyday cuts and color.

I have seen her do wonders with adults, teens and kids of all genders, hair types and personal styles; she's just great.

Elissa on Laurie; 8/16/16

Joseph Trusty, Studio 8 Salon

1685 Westwood Drive #10, 408-858-9990

I’ve been with Joseph for 25 years.  He maintains a spacious, clean, peaceful one-man shop.  Joseph loves continuing education and is always up on the latest styles.  He is a true expert with color.  He even attends local jewelry/accessory shows so he can offer a bit of retail in his shop.

Jill on Britton; 9/16/16, 11/2/16

Jeff and Roberta, JR Roberts salon

1562 Meridian Ave., 408-377-0911

I get a fairly simple haircut, but Jeff and Roberta at JR Roberts salon on Meridian see lots of clients

and get rave reviews for fancy ladies styles and custom coloring.

John M.; 11/2/16

Beard Trimming
Sterling's Barber & Stylist

San Carlos at Shasta (shopping center w/ See's Candies), (408) 297-6705, Open Tues-Sat

Kathy used to give my husband a haircut & beard trim that didn't look like he'd just been to the barber.  Very nice people & reasonable prices -- they do a great job with women's hair too.  

Maureen near Bird & Willow; 8/26/15


209-482-1409, splcutty@gmail.com

Campbell, not WG, but this guy is awesome.  He is a beard expert (makes his own beard oil!) and also does hair.  He trimmed my beard a few months ago and I was extremely happy with the results.

Eric on Hicks; 8/26/15

Child’s Haircut:
Toni Guel 


[Toni] is awesome and comes to your home.  She has been cutting my kids hair for years.

Jennifer; 5/13/15


(408) 297-6709

Sisters Bonnie & Kathy who own Sterling's are both great with children -- I think Bonnie usually takes the younger ones.  Corner of W. San Carlos & Shasta (where Cash & Carry is, & the See's store), on the end facing Shasta -- open Tues through Sat.

Maureen near Bird & Willow; 10/6/16

Shelby Brookings

shelby.brookings@gmail.com (901) 289-1673

I have been in the beauty business for nearly 20 years and offer mani/pedi in your home. I use a stainless steel bowl with marbles that I can easily clean and sterilize between uses. I'm a licensed hairstylist/manicurist. I also do "manicure parties" which are very fun if you have a group of ladies who like to sit, chat and be pampered. I charge $35 for pedi, $20 for mani, $25 for french mani, $45 for mani/pedi combo I also do facial waxing in your home. $15 eyebrows, $5 lip

[self-recommendedShelby on Parkwood Way: shelby.brookings@gmail.com; April 21, 2013


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Holiday Lights Installation & Christmas Tree Decorations

Trees 360 Degrees

Straun Edwards. 408-898-0625

I recommend 'Trees 360 Degrees'.  At nearly seven feet tall, Straun is built like a tree himself.  Incredibly smart, knowledgeable about trees, wonderful crews, good pricing.  He is famous in WG for stringing the lights in the WGE Christmas tree every year.

Lisa on Bird; 6/3/14

John Nahial


I'd like to recommend John Nahial for holiday lighting and any other jobs you might need done around the house. Very reasonably priced, doesn't cut corners, always a job well done :)

Ellen I.; 11/19/14


John Nahial just put up our lights… He is a really nice guy, shows up on time, did very nice work for us, and very reasonable prices. We'll be putting together a fix-it list for his handyman services. Highly recommend!

Mindy D.; 11/21/14



My handyman [Eugene] does this for many houses around my block.  I had him install cup hooks around my eaves which made it super easy to hang the lights and then take them down. He's a very hard worker and a nice guy.

Jen on Newport; 11/19/14

Holiday Lights

408-384-XMAS (9627), www.HolidayLightsBayArea.com

I have used Holiday Lights for several years.  Same people that live on Foxworthy.  They have done my house, my parents’ house and several of the shopping centers I manage.  I work with Scott, but I would think anyone there could get you set up.

Cheryl on Glenfield Dr.; 11/4/15, 11/2/16

Willow Glen Christmas Ornaments

1322 Lincoln Ave., (408) 286-5555


1378 Lincoln Ave., (408) 292-8880

Willow Glen Business Association

1261 Lincoln Ave. 217B, (408) 298-2100, www.willowglen.org


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House sitter

Caterina Pezzaniti 


I have known Caterina (Cat) Pezzaniti for 6+ years and have experienced her to be attentive and trustworthy. If I ask her to go a mile, she will go five. There is much love and appreciation in my household for Cat.

Nan on Willow Glen Way; 7/16/15

Debbie Taylor

debspetsit@gmail.com,(408) 705-0458

She's a long-time volunteer with the 13th Street Cats rescue group & experienced with all kinds of pets.  Nice person who's also very reliable & trustworthy.

Maureen near Bird & Willow; 8/3/16


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Jewelry & Jewelry / Coin Appraisal


1347 Lincoln Avenue [N of Minn.]; (408) 287-7858; mannsdiamonds.com

Everyone that works [at Mann's] is knowledgeable and nice.

Danielle on Malone; November 25, 2013


[recommended by]

Patrick on Newport; 8/20/14


Agreed on Merle at Manns. My wife and I got all of our wedding hardware from Manns earlier this year, and Merle and his staff did a fantastic job.

Erik on Marques; 8/22/14

Terry, Willow Glen Diamond Co

1302 Lincoln Avenue #102, (408) 993-1313; www.wgdiamond.com

I think you will find her [Terry] to be very honest, trustworthy and knowledgeable in all aspects of the jewelry business (retail, repair, appraisals, etc).

Carol/Hamilton Way; November 26, 2013; 8/20/14


[WG Diamond does] a lot of repair and custom work.  You can check out their Yelp reviews, too.  

Dee formerly of Lincoln Village; 8/20/14


[WG Diamond has] repaired many precious pieces for me…and we have purchased beautiful pieces from this woman-owned business…Their prices are very fair, the service is excellent, and their knowledge of gems, metals and custom work surpasses other jewelers I’ve worked with.

Karen on Blewett; 8/20/14

Escobar Diamonds

450 E. Hamilton Ave. Campbell, 408-341-0300, http://www.escobardiamonds.com/

Did fantastic custom work for my wife's wedding rings for us some years back. Pleasure to work with.

Keith B; 8/20/14

Jewelry Repair
Manns Jewelers

1347 Lincoln Ave., www.mannsdiamonds.com

[recommended by]

Danielle on Malone; 9/29/15


I'd definitely go to Mann's on Lincoln Avenue.  They do a good job and are trustworthy.

Carol on Curtis; 9/29/15

Willow Glen Diamond

1302 Lincoln Ave. wgdiamond.com

My go-to for all my jewelry repair is Willow Glen Diamond, 5-star woman-owned business. With very reasonable prices and excellent customer service.

Karen A.; 9/30/15


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Knife and Tool Sharpening

The Knife Stalkers


The guys down at The Knife Stalkers on Lincoln are pretty fast. I would give them a call. They re-did out rototiller with a one day turn around, I'm sure they could sharpen your scissors.

Rhi on Jansen; 6/20/14


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Organizer and Home Staging

Maria Smith


She was able to organize [our garage] in a practical way. It was a great pleasure to work with such an organized mind!  She will work with you on most anything you need organized, such as office, living spaces, kitchens, etc.

Jay & Suzanne; June 27, 2013


Maria Smith is the one to go to for organization and so much more.  If you think you need help with something .. give her a call .. you will not be let down.

Kathleen on Glen Echo; June 27, 2013

Alys Milner

http://www.organizedatheart.net/ 408-921-4816 alysmilner@comcast.net

She is excellent and I've had several friends help her turn their houses and lives around. Very personable, listens well and has great ideas for organization.

Sanjit /Hervey Lane; April 1, 2013

Closet Organizers
California Closets

www.california closets.com

We used them in [three homes], so that shows you how committed we are to them. They are very customizable and you can choose materials to make it more affordable or more luxurious, however you prefer to do it. The quality is great, our favorite thing is built-in hampers. :)  The customer service is also fantastic.
Ronit on Chabrant; 10/26/15

Cindy, California Closets


Cindy is so personable and will work closely with you to get your closet project right…

Maria S.; 10/26/15


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Photographer / Portraits / Artists

Karen Cline of Pretty Simple Productions


Our family has used Karen Cline…for the last 3 years. She is so very sweet and good with kids and finding wonderful lighting outdoors (or indoors) and transforming ordinary backgrounds into the extraordinary with your family as the centerpiece. :) 

Erin on Dorothy; 9/15/15

Melissa Herman


...has an awesome style

Debbie -Guadalupe Avenue | Willow Glen Way; November 23, 2013

Valencia Howard


She made our experience easy and the results were wonderful. She's very easy to work with and the kids will have fun. The perfect holiday gift.

Alex on Bello Ave.; November 26, 2013

Bugs and Butterflies Photography

20 S. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos, 408-354-8750

Specialty - New Born.  Michelle is a great photographer and a really nice person!

Kirsten on Knollwood; 7/1/14

Pretty Simple Productions


Karen takes amazing photos, is in WG (and super sweet to boot!) Added bonus, she can come to you!

Erin on Dorothy; 7/2/14

Cassie Green Photography


Kids and newborns, but also couples photos.

Stephanie on Parkwood; 7/3/14



I highly recommend Marian. She has been WGPAB, several schools and our family photographer for years.

Debbi on Hazelwood; 10/21/14

Larry Allen, Allen’s Portrait Arts

2959 Winchester Blvd.  Suite 102, Campbell, Office: (408) 866-8811, Mobile: (408) 309-0928, larry@allensarts.com, www.allensartrs.com

I have a great photographer whose fees are very reasonable compared to most in the area but not as inexpensive as the photo places you would find in the mall who mostly do young children. Larry…is excellent. 

Felecia on Curtiss; 10/21/14

JoAnn Schilb


She's a Willow Glen resident, amazing photographer, and all-around great person. She shot stunning pictures of my kids, and even got my normally uncooperative son to have fun. He likes getting his pictures taken now.

Kate on Norval; 9/15/15

Lynn Miano

408 354 9116, Www.classickids.com

CLASSIC KIDS! Lynn Miano had taken several pictures of my girls over the years!  Beautiful! Babies, dogs, families, inside and outside!  She has done it all!

Jessi on Crescent; 9/15/15


I also highly recommend Lynn; she is fantastic, so easy to work with (even my teenage boys were laughing and smiling) and a WG resident!

Kirsten on Glenwood; 9/15/15

Jim Nelson photography

www.jimnelsonphotography.com, 408-264-7811

They do beautiful work and are great with kids. They have a studio and can do outdoor venues too.

Nicole on Glenfield; 9/15/15

Lynn Miano

408 354 9116, Www.classickids.com

[I’ve] had the Los Gatos Classic Kids studio since 1997. We [specialize] in BW or Color hand-finished, fine art prints of children and their families. We have lots of clients from the Willow Glen area. We have a special mini shoot priced at $215 which includes 25 holiday cards. Good for shots done by October 17.  

*self-recommend* Lynn on Clintonia; lynn.a.miano@gmail.com; 9/15/15



I'm a Willow Glen mom and a professional photographer specializing in family portraits.  I'd be happy to talk with you!

*self recommend* Linda on Gardendale, Linda@lkephotography.com, 9/16/15

Valencia Howard Photography


My gallery is valenciahowardphotography.weebly.com

*self-recommend* Valencia Howard, valencia.lie.howard@gmail.com; 5/30/16

Photography Classes
Steven Tadei, Work of Heart


There is a perfect instructor on Lincoln Ave. I took an amazing photography class at A Work Of Heart on Lincoln Avenue. The instructor’s name is Steven Tadei and he has short-term, topic specific courses. I learned more from him in two weeks than I learned in 3 months of classes at Keeble & Shuchat. Steven is an amazingly patient and nurturing teacher, and an extremely talented artist. I highly recommend his classes! 

Caroline on Malone Road; January 27, 2015

Photograph Printing
Henry, Foto Express

304 E Santa Clara St., (408) 971-3977

[Recommend] Henry of Foto Express. Very inexpensive. Excellent quality!

Karen on Blewett; 12/21/14, 7/13/16

Richard Johns, Superior Color Lab

2092 Lincoln Ave (between Malone & Terra Bella, east side of street), (408) 269-5725

This may be more talent than you need, but I do think he's the best (very nice man, too).

Richard runs the shop alone & sometimes has to step out, so it's best to call first & arrange for a time to visit.

Maureen near Bird & Willow; 7/13/16


I highly recommend Richard at Superior Color. I've worked with him for years. 

Nina on El Rio; 7/13/16


I also highly recommend Superior Color Lab. Excellent quality of work!

Sara on Michigan; 7/13/16

Thomas Hughes Films –&– David Ethridge AVR Films

415-257-2600, www.thomashughesfilms.com/ –&– 408-836-9440, www.avrfilms.com

I have a side business as a wedding disc jockey and master of ceremonies and have seen both at events and their product afterwards.  At events, they work with the other professionals but keep in the background, not trying to create moments, but capturing the moments as they happen.  Their finished products are beautiful and delivered reasonably quickly.

Robert on Guadalupe Ave.; 7/13/14

Mark Shepherd, Legacy Films Events


[Legacy Films] is great. They are a client of ours at my job, and a longtime friend of the office. Contact Mark Shepard (also the owner)... he as some sample videos on his site (http://www.legacyfilmsevents.com/tribute.html). 

AnnMarie on Crescent; 7/27/15

Amy Brown


We have used Amy Brown, a Willow Glen resident who does beautiful oil paintings of nature, tropical fish, beach scenes (she lived in Belize where she learned to paint). The painting on the home page [of her website] is what is becoming the tile bottom for our pool!!!

Robin on Nevada; April 01, 2015


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Personal Assistant

Willow Glen Services

(408) 791-5505, willowglenservices.com

I highly recommend Willow Glen Services!!! They helped us pack, and moved stuff into our storage containers. They are going to help us with our final cleaning. Watching them work is amazing. They also do landscaping, errands, and even help you rearrange your home.

Vanessa on Cherry; 7/4/15


I used [WG Services] to move MBR furniture as I was having the carpet stretched. Came on time (5 mins early) to move the furniture out and returned later in the day to move the furniture back - flexible with time and with a smile.

Anu B; 6/17/14

Linda Boyd


My friend Linda is available for cooking, light housekeeping, running errands, taking to doctor/dentist/other appointments, pet care, etc.

Gerri H; December 5, 2013

Linda's Companion Care

408-406-9444; www.lindascompanioncare.com

Serving the Willow Glen Area.  Here is a shortened list of my services:

Please visit my website for full details

[self-recommended]  Linda Boyd, Sole Proprietor; boyd789@comcast.net; Dec. 12, 2013

Karen Allison

id@allisoncom.com 408 679.0886

I am a Personal Shopper for several client on the Peninsula. I am happy to discuss my services with you either in person or via phone. I charge $45/hour + travel time and gas.
I typically go through my client’s wardrobe, then determine needs, and then we go shopping for an afternoon  – typically at Nordstrom's  – with an in-house connection I have at the Stanford Center Nordstrom's. I serve as a very objective third party and help her pull all the right pieces and speed things along. (Note: the in-house personal shoppers are on commission and therefore NOT very objective.)
I’m a proponent of mixing and matching pieces you already have, with an injection of new, quality, fashion-forward key items. I make the entire experience fun, fast, and help you spend your budget wisely.

[self-recommended]  Karen Allison, id@allisoncom.com; July 31, 2013


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Piano Repair, Tuning, Moving

Jerry Nilsen


...our Willow Glen Neighbor rebuilt our piano and is our piano tuner.  As well as being an experienced and extremely capable piano tuner, he is a kind and wonderful guy.

Gail K; March 3, 2013

Randy Black at A440 Piano Tuning and Repair

(408) 264-9700.

... the go-to piano tuner for this area!  He services both residential and commercial accounts (such as SJ State, Fairmont Hotel, etc.).  He's a family guy and very personable as well as doing a superior job.

Linda on Belmont; March 2, 2013

Mike Pulido


[recommended by]

Bernard G.; 8/3/14


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Printing & Paper Supplies / Stationary

Able Printing

1595 Meridian Avenue [near Dick's Bakery], (408) 264-0342

friendly, quick and reasonable! [printing and fax services]

Kathy; May 7, 2012


I also hope you will consider using Able Printing who has quietly been printing free flyers for lost people and pets for some time now. We are really lucky to have a business like this in our neighborhood!

Vivian; April 6, 2013


Candy at Able printing on the corner of Meridian and Hamilton does all of our Willow Glen Home Tour printing. Reasonably priced, knowledgeable, great to work with and local.

Jan C.; January 16, 2015

Kelly Paper

1676 Monterey Road (south of Alma, on east side), (408) 885-1890

It’s a large warehouse wholesale distributor of paper, the supplier to the local printers.  Open 7:30 to 5.  They will sell to the public: individual reams of paper, envelopes by the box of 500, etc.

They carried the special thickness and color paper that I couldn’t find elsewhere, and saw that they also stocked a wide variety that I didn’t even know were made.

Larry on Willow; February 19, 2015

Inviting Ideas

840 E Campbell Ave, Campbell, (408) 371-7787

Try Inviting Ideas for wedding invitation ideas. They are located on Campbell Avenue at Union.

Joyce on Comstock Lane; February 19, 2015

Bumper Stickers
Yong Kim, iPoint Studio

1460 Koll Circle, Ste D, 408-452-1001, yong@ipointstudio.com, http://www.ipointstudio.com/

Locally, you can try Yong Kim, at iPoint Studio, not far from the airport...  Also known as "jumbobanners.com". Great prices, great turnaround, willing to do small jobs and "one offs"

Lisa on Bird; December 07, 2014


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Realtor / Real Estate Brokers

Dawn O’Neal, Broker/Owner, Realty World Executive Advantage

408-221-0575 –Cell, Dawn@DawnOneal.com

She worked very very hard on our behalf and at every step of the long arduous process, she kept us well informed. She proved extremely adept at navigating all the road blocks and delay tactics that the loan institutions threw up in our path. I can wholeheartedly recommend her and her partner Thomas Binder.

Cathy L; July 14, 2013

Susan J. Gable of Realty World.

(408) 938-8950.

She listened to our needs and helped us to quickly sell our house above what we had been told by other realtors that we would get. She also helped us to find a new home that is perfect for us. She’s been in realty since 1986 and really knows the Bay Area. She took great care of us start to finish and beyond and we always felt like she put our best interest first.

Heather on Willowhaven; March 28, 2013

Craig Pelligrini, Intero Real Estate


Check out Craig Pelligrini from Intero. Wonderful realtor ~ good results.

Carol on Mazzaglia; 10/26/14

Katie Duus

1100 Lincoln Ave #170, (408) 438-7445, www.katieduus.com/

[Katie] lives in the area. Very good for this specific area.

Tai M.; 10/26/14

Elizabeth Monley, Alain Pinel

(408) 754-1500

[Elizabeth] is wonderful to work with, really understands the market and gives no-nonsense assessments. She helped us sell our Sunnyvale house at a premium for the time, which is what led us to recommend her to friends, and they are now raving fans. 

Barbara M.; 10/26/14

Frank Quinn, Sereno Group

408-569-3589, http://www.serenogroup.com/frankquinn/

Frank Quinn at Sereno Group gets the job done. He has sold my homes. My clients home and helped all of us get into our dream homes. You will not find a nicer guy nor a more tenacious realtor. Please give him a chance.

Jan C.; 10/26/14

Brigette O'Connor, Intero Real Estate.


I also have to say I would go with Brigette O'Connor at Intero Real Estate.  She is honest and very straightforward with her clients.  She is very experienced too.

Rebecca on Redondo; 10/27/14

Kathleen Capurso


I totally recommend Kathleen Capurso - she has helped me buy and sell a few homes and she is great with Willow Glen.

Laura J.; 10/28/14

Real Estate Brokers (Commercial)
Jose Pulido Jr., Intero Real Estate


[recommended by]

Martin P.; 10/8/14

Real Estate (1031 Exchanges)
Tom Foster


[recommended by]

Jan C.; 9/27/15


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Bay Area Self Storage

2185 Stone Ave., 408-596-2608

Thank you to everyone who gave me recommendations for self-storage places in the area. I went to all of them, and all were great, with helpful and friendly staff working in the office. We ended up going with Bay Area Self Storage on Curtner/Stone - they fit what we were looking for best right now. Clean, well-organized, helpful staff.

Rusti on Franquette; February 02, 2015


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Shoe & Luggage Repair

Willow Glen Shoe Repair

1596 Meridian Avenue

[Willow Glen Shoe Repair] not recommended.

Astrid G; May 16, 2013


I've tried [Willow Glen Shoe Repair] and they're great. They replaced an elastic strap on a pair of Leather Frye wedges I have. Ready on time, fantastic work, and they cleaned and shined the leather for me. Not expensive, either.

Erin on Dorothy; May 16, 2013


[Willow Glen Shoe Repair] not recommended.

Valerie on Harmil; May 16, 2013


[Willow Glen Shoe Repair] not recommended.

Rhiannon LaB; May 17, 2013

Cobbler's Bench

60 Winchester Blvd, Santa Clara; 408/249-0439

Best shoe repair in the valley is “Cobbler's Bench”

Teri K; May 16, 2013


…[ Cobbler's Bench] fixed quite a few things for us and my husband trusts only them to resole his good shoes. A shoe manufacturer suggested we go there.

Kathleen on Fairview; May 17, 2013


Cobblers Bench is fabulous. While I'd prefer to walk to a local shoe repair, Cobblers Bench is definitely worth the trip.

Nan on WG Way; May 17, 2013


I second The Cobbler's Bench. We have used them for years.

Susan G; May 16, 2013


Was given their name [Cobblers Bench] by Nordstrom's years ago and have been going back to them for all shoe repair and leather work.

Gigi on Michigan; May 17, 2013


…amazing service the Cobbler's Bench…(across from Valley Fair)... I'd taken a 10-year-old TravelPro rollaboard in for service last Fall because the handles got stuck in the up position…They tried for months...they are going to replace it with a new one -- with no cost to me… I highly recommend them…

Rebecca on Newport; 3/28/16


I agree.  I took an old, but nice leather dog leash there [to Cobbler’s Bench]. The stitching had come loose so there was no longer a loop.  No need to throw out the leash. They charged me 10 bucks and fixed it while I waited.

Lynn on Clintonia; 3/28/16

Downer's Square Shoe and Luggage Repair

416 Blossom Hill Road

It’s EXCELLENT. …worth it if you have a tricky job or something of value.  A small store-front shop whose main business is shoe repair but which also sells a small line of luggage/backpacks/shoe laces, etc. Superb service and work.  The skill, coupled with the general air of service and customer relations, is remarkable. Our "go to" cobbler.

Dave on Creek; May 17, 2013

European Cobblery

on Campbell Avenue next to Urban Girl www.europeancobblery.com

... a family owned and operated business that does fine repair work.  ...They also do orthopedic repairs.

Maria; December 20, 2013

Lincoln Shoe Repair Service

2208 Lincoln Ave

I go to shoe repair next to Elva s coffee on Lincoln.

Mike McG; May 16, 2013


[Lincoln Shoe]… is wonderful with reasonable prices. They do great work.

Wednesday; May 16, 2013

Western Wear and Boot Repair

2363 Pruneridge Ave. Ste D, Santa Clara; (408) 261-8742

Very reasonable and did an excellent clean reheel job for my wedding shoes two years ago. Very kind and knowledgeable gentleman. I would not hesitate to make the drive over there to continue to patronize his business.

Kristi on Pine; May 16, 2013


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Shopping Delivery Servicesa



We use Spud.com for local produce. Love them since they purchase from local farms but you get to choose what you want to purchase.

Faith on Nevada; December 15, 2014

Google Express


Google Express if you need something (grocery item or not) same day. I recently ordered a jacket from them the day before leaving for a trip since I didn't want to brave the shops with all the Christmas craziness. They deal with lots of great stores including REI. 

Faith on Nevada; December 15, 2014

Amazon Fresh


Amazon Fresh can be used for all your grocery items. Next day service and they deliver early so the bags can be on your doorstep for when the kids wake for breakfast. You need to place your order the day before.

Faith on Nevada; December 15, 2014



I tried them for the first time last Thursday (yes, during the big storm) and my items were delivered within 6hrs…They also offer delivery within the hour! They are so amazing that the driver will call you while they are at the store if they have a question, or something is out of stock.

Faith on Nevada; December 15, 2014


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Sports / Sporting Goods

Running Revolution

Campbell Avenue, http://www.runningrevolution.com

I highly recommend Running Revolution on Campbell Ave (downtown) I'm not a runner - they have all sorts of athletic shoes and are very attentive. They check size, width and even observed how I walked to see if I walked on the inside/outside of my foot, etc. It's well worth checking it out. Heads up though, it's a popular place so you may have a wait.

Alana/Pine; September 23, 2013


I second the recommendation for Running Revolution! These guys have you stand on pressure pads, watch your gait,look at your arches, decide if you are a pronator, etc. I always find something so great I buy 2 pair so when they change the model I still have my favorite shoe.

Jan C; September 23, 2013


I also second Running Revolution! They helped me when I was training for a marathon. They helped me get the right pair without trying to talk me into more than I needed. In fact, the pair I went in for and thought I wanted cost more than what I ended up with. That's good business.

Taffy/Marshall Ave; September 13, 2013

Geared for Golf

2280 S Bascom Ave, Campbell; (408) 559-0375

[Golf lessons/clubs for teen/beginners] ...go in and check out the store and talk to Mike- he's a miracle worker. I also recommend John Snopkowski at Santa Teresa for more formal lessons.

Jason/Hervey; December 1, 2013

Athletic Shoes
Athletic Performance

1115 Lincoln Ave, (408) 297-0100; theathleticperformance.co

I took my son to Athletic Performance… to be fitted for running shoes for track as he was experiencing extreme heel pain with his current shoes. We received excellent, very knowledgeable and friendly service and a week later he is running very comfortably. We will definitely be going back!

Carolyn on Winona; 2/26/16


My husband was sent [to Athletic Performance] for shoes to help plantar fasciitis--which, now that I think of it, he hasn't mentioned in ages. I guess that says it all. Great people and products.

Barb on Blewett; 2/26/16


A friend of mine had foot surgery and needed particular characteristics in her shoes for the recovery process.  The person who waited on her at Athletic Performance listened and came up with just what she needed.   

Gayle on Blewett; 2/26/16

Sports/Sporting Goods
Kim Stevens at Silicon Valley Golf Performance Center


[Golf lessons/clubs for teen/beginners] She teaches at SummitPointe in Milpitas, just off 680.  She goes through all levels and has clinics especially for youths. 

Robert and Susan / Guadalupe Ave.


December 4, 2013

Los Lagos

San Jose off Capital

... has the best golf pros that provide excellent lessons. He was having trouble with a 'swing on a long ball shot' and the pro really helped him.

Valerie Harmil


April 14, 2013


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Travel Agents

Cheryl Harvey, Alpine Travel

18798 Cox Avenue, Saratoga / (408) 379-3853 / www.alpine-travel.com

[Debra Stern at Peak Travel] is in Willow Glen, has handled all my family's travel for many years now and is an expert at planning personal and business travel, domestic and international.

Astrid on Nattinger Way; May 5, 2013

Sleek Travel Concepts

1777 So. Bascom Ave, Campbell near the Pruneyard, (408) 371-5600

Shannon is great, she'd be glad to give you tourist booklets and other information. She's been with the company since before 1997.

Valerie on Harmil; 7/1/15

Journeys by Julia


[Journeys by Julia is] an excellent travel agency. Julia is originally from Germany and has travelled extensively in Europe and elsewhere, and speaks several languages.  In addition to getting good fares, she provides service if you have trouble somewhere.  She is especially good at cruises.  

Carol on Curtis; 4/3/15, 6/30/15

Peak Travel

1723 Hamilton Ave, San Jose, CA 95125, 408-286-2633

[recommended by]

Jan C; JLC Designs; 6/10/14

Debby Leong, Bravo Travel

(650) 631-6638, bravobeachvacations.com

…invaluable in planning our trip to Maui... She knows all of the hotels/locations/amenities…AND got the horrible "resort fee" waived for us. [I appreciated] the short survey you fill out on her web site--that way, she knows what you're looking for, what you like and what you don't…and when you speak with her for the first time, she'll already have good ideas for you and she won't present anything that's not in your price range. 

Elissa on Laurie; 10/5/16

Foreign Currency Exchange
Travelex Valley Fair 

408 260 9224, 2nd Floor, near the Godiva Shop

It generally has a good supply of whatever you need, unless you are going to somewhere less travelled. I
needed to have separate currency for Romania, Bulgaria and maybe the Ukraine. They needed a little time to round it up. Call ahead.

Casey on Minnesota; 10/3/15


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Video Photography



will convert VHS to DVD. Takes ~3 weeks, costs ~$18 per DVD (up to 2 tapes / 2 hrs per DVD)

Larry (on Willow); May 5, 2013

Shannon Wight Photography

www.shannonwight.com, 2020 Lincoln Avenue, 206-979-3616,

Specializing in newborn, children and family photography for over 12 years.

[self-recommended]  Shannon Wight; shannonwphoto@gmail.com; July 17, 2013


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Web Designer

Alexander Box

(408) 314-2561

I would call Alexander Box. He has done many sites for many local businesses. 

Jan C.; 9/21/15

Sara Smith


Sara is brilliant.  

Carol on Curtis; 9/21/15


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Zumba, Yoga, & Personal Training

Scott Wong, of Calibrate Fit,

NorCal Fitness in Campbell 925-642-9494

Scott has worked with me more than a year and he has supervised my 50 lb weight loss and increase in strength. He is great at customizing workouts that achieve your goals without causing injury.

John on Michigan; November 10, 2013


I will second the recommendation for Scott Wong.  I trained with him when he  was at 24 Hour Fitness.

Debbie/Garden Glen Way; November 10, 2013


Scott knows how to adjust his workouts to a person's needs and capabilities.

J M; December 24, 2013


I also recommend Scott.  I trained with him when he worked at 24 Hour Fitness and found him very knowledgable. 

Debbie on Garden Glen Way; December 24, 2013


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Pet Care: Multi-service

Klub K-9

174 Commercial St., Sunnyvale‚ (408)736-7102


Susan on Parkide; October 25, 2013


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Pet Grooming

Andrea and Monika's

2889 S Bascom Ave., Campbell, (408) 377-3113

If you have a dog that maybe is too old to get out much anymore or maybe one that experiences anxiety at the vet, you can have nail trimming done IN YOUR HOME!!  Andrea Sanfillipo is a professional groomer with many years of experience in her field.  She also has behavior and training experience so she understands your pooch inside and out!

Kimberly / Darlene Ave.; March 10, 2013

Just 4 Paws, Sandra


I was pleased [with their service] for my 16+ yr old border collie mix. I was fortunate to get in fairly quickly due to a last-minute cancellation, however, they do book up fast!

Vivian on Glenn; July 24, 2013

Dr. Dave's

Bascom and Hamilton

Been taking my dog there for about a year for baths and grooms. They are good to her and she doesn't get scared. Prices are reasonable but the main thing is the way they know all the dogs and their owners and have fun while they work so hard. And they do work hard!

Jonica on Lansford; December 29, 2013


I recommend [Dr. Dave's] as well. I have been taking my dog there for daycare and boarding for about six months. He LOVES going there.

Pat G; December 29, 2013

Groomingdales, Mike Emery


He has always done a good job with our large German Shepard.

Carolyn A; July 24, 2013

Showtime Pet Grooming

104 Race St. 408-292-7387, Showtimepetgrooming.com

I have had great experiences with Showtime Pet Grooming on Race Street.  My very skiddish cat was perfectly groomed and came home with a calm spirit. (I also take my dog there.) Lisa, the owner, is very good with animals with years of experience.

Lauren on Garden Glen Way; 6/19/14

Suzy's Pet Salon

523 E. Campbell Ave., 408-379-9274

I recommend Suzy's Pet Salon, on Campbell Ave.  

Mary on Booksin; 10/29/15

Quality Pet Spot

1120 Bird Ave #G (next to Walgreen’s), 408-982-5656, www.qualitypetspot.com

I had a great experience at Quality Pet Spot Groomers today. The shop is spotless and the owners and employees were really friendly. The dogs were happy and came out looking adorable.  And the prices were the same as Petsmart where I usually go. I definitely recommend!

Cathy on Willow Street; 2/21/16


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Pet Habitats


Dog park listing


The closest official dog park to WG is Delmas Park just north of San Carlos along Hwy 87. The next would probably be Lincoln High School community park (Rose Garden area), Butcher Park at Camden near Hillsdale, or Selma-Olinder. Many people use the amphitheater at Bramhall Park (on Willow) and River Glen park (Bird and Pine) as unofficial dog parks but please note it is not legal to have your dog off-leash there (and they are not fenced in).

Stacy on Nightingale; February 2, 2012

[There’s a new dog park at DelMonte, on Auzerais at the Los Gatos Creek Trail, just north of I-280 and 2 blocks east of Lincoln. -- L. Ames 7/6/15]


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Pet Sitting & Boarding / Kennels

Denise Robinson, Hugz & Petz

408.265.7537; denisegrobinson@comcast.net

I have used [Denise] for a few years now and she is honest, reliable, and wonderful with my pets.

Alison on Mazzaglia; February 8, 2013

Dog Duty in Campbell.


These guys are great!

Shelby; February 8, 2013

Jolene Smith

408-499-2103, SqueekyCleanPaws@yahoo.com

[She] is fantastic with dogs. She is now dog sitting at her home with a big yard in downtown San Jose. The elist may know her as a wonderful groomer at Dr. Dave's on Bascom and Hamilton.

Jonica on Lansford; July 18, 2013

Rebecca Goldstone,Willow Glen Paws

rebecca@willowglenpaws.com; (408) 391-3660ø rpg@dnl-catering.com

I've known Rebecca for 6 plus years. She can go to your house or have your dogs move in to her safe house. She's very kind and responsible.

Nancy G; July 22, 2013


Willow Glen Paws located in Willow Glen.  [She] watched my son’s two dogs at her house for a week.  Her house is dog friendly with a nice yard and plenty of shade and areas to play safely.  She forwarded pics everyday with an update of how they were doing. She also comes to my house to walk the dogs on short notice and she is very dependable.

Cathy on Willow Street; August 19, 2013


I recommend Rebecca for dog sitting!

Brigette on Glenkirk Ct; 3/18/16

Tony Gonzalez

Tonygonzalez99@yahoo.com 408-679-0015

... a college student and very responsible young man who has house sit for our two labs on many occasions.  He takes them out to the park in my car each day that we are gone, entertains them, and is vigilant about their care.  They love him.  He is my neighbor and an all around great guy.  Tony has also done extensive work at Dr. Dave's Doggie Day Care.

Maria; November 4, 2013

Shelby Brookings

www.shelbytheanimalauntie.com; 901 289-1673

She's great with animals, she treats them like her own. I trust her. She's local too!

Vanessa on Cherry; August 19, 2013


I strongly recommend Shelby.  We hired her last month to watch our 1 dog & 3 cats while we were on vacation, and were more than satisfied by the excellent job she did.  She's fantastic!

Eric on Hicks; 5/20/14

Judy Steinmetz


She was our nanny for many years and there was no one that I would trust more with our daughter than Judy... [she] is still the first person I trust with my home and my loved ones. She is a gem, and I am so grateful to her!

Caroline / Malone Rd; November 14, 2013

Chris Driskell


Chris Driskell stays with our dog whenever we go away.  She takes care of many pets in WG.  She is 100% reliable and loves her charges!

Susan on Parkside; 5/28/15

Debbie Taylor

408-705-0458; debspetsit@gmail.com 

Debbie Taylor is an experienced & reliable pet sitter who can stay overnight when necessary.  She's a volunteer with the 13th Street Cat Rescue group & has cared for all kinds of animals -- conscientious, trustworthy, & has lots of common sense.

Maureen near Bird & Willow; 5/20/14, 11/19/15, 8/3/16

Caterina Pezzaniti 


I have known Caterina (Cat) Pezzaniti for 6+ years and have experienced her to be attentive and trustworthy. If I ask her to go a mile, she will go five. There is much love and appreciation in my household for Cat.

Nan on Willow Glen Way; 7/16/15

We Dog Care

351 Lincoln Avenue near San Carlos, 408-533-0252, 844-410-4555, http://www.wedogcaresanjose.com/

…We just started boarding our dog this past year and We Dog Care has been a good fit.  The people who work there are really sweet towards the dogs and there is plenty of space.  The facility is big with some outside space and several different partitioned areas for the dogs.

Regan on Jansen; 10/2/14


We have been taking our two dogs occasionally to We Dog Care … and are very pleased. We have only boarded overnight one time, and it went fine. The day care is communal so it might be overwhelming for a shy dog, but the staff is very alert to the dog interactions.

Debbie C.; 10/2/14; 12/1/15


We Dog Care is very nice- that is where I go. They have socialization during the day as part of their program.  

Barbara on Husted; 8/16/16


+1 to We Dog Care.

Neal J.; 1/31/17

Kaytlin, Willow Glen Pet Sitting


We had Kaytlin with Willow Glen pet sitting come by to take care of our cat, chickens, and houseplants while we were on vacation this summer.  She did a great job.

Jen J.; 8/3/16

Thera Gonis, Fur Babies Pet Sitting


I finally found the perfect dog sitter… She took excellent care of our dog and home while we were on vacation for over a week.  She sent daily photos and updates at my request… She handled twice daily feedings, walks and cared for our cat while we were away too.  

Holly on Jonathan; 12/9/16

Shelby Brookings

(901) 289-1673; www.shelbytheanimalauntie.com

I'm Shelby of Shelby the Animal Auntie.  I am a pet sitter in the neighborhood. I have excellent references and good rates. I'm trustworthy, responsible, and educated about animals. Also, available for last minute care. Please give me a call if you need a petsitter. I'd love to meet you!

[self-recommendedShelby on Parkwood Way; shelby.brookings@gmail.com; 5/20/14


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Pet Store

An-Jan Feed and Pet Supply

Branham and Almaden Expwy www.anjan.com 408-269-5551

has a very good selection of cat condos/climbing posts. 

Sara on Michigan; December 10, 2013

Aquarium Maintenance
Craig at SeaClear


I highly recommend Craig.  I've been using him for years and he's great.

Linda on Belmont; March 18, 2013


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Pet Training / Dog Therapists / Socializing

Kimberly McCarthy / Fur Kids Fancy


Dog whisperer Kimberly McCarthy!! [trainer and behavorist who lives in WG]

Shelby on Parkwood Way; April 20, 2013

Stacy from Wag N Train


[Wag n Train:]... pure magic on getting dogs who were originally recalcitrant to happily do as she asked, plus the advice she gives on this list is spot-on. She worked with my emotionally damaged dog, and I had the opportunity to watch her work with other dogs, and she's just brilliant and understanding them (and their humans) and fixing what's wrong. In my experience she's essentially magic with dogs.

Elissa on Laurie; February 22, 2015, 9/3/16


Stacy is my go to person for training and behavior problems.  She is well qualified to assess your dog and choose the best course of action. Best of all she is local and lives here in WG.

Rebecca on Redondo; February 23, 2015

Marthina McClay

408-460-4244, marthinam@sbcglobal.net, dogtrainingforpeople.com

Marthina is awesome! I work with her, and have trained with her for years, and can honestly say she's one of the best. She's… been a dog trainer teaching group classes and doing private consultations, including aggression, for many years….Oh, and she lives right here in Willow Glen!

Lynn B.; 9/21/15

Downtown Dogs

734 S 1st St., 408-287-2267, www.downtowndogs.com

Downtown Dogs has a Puppy Social on Saturday's.  Here is a link to information on it:  downtowndogs.com - Play Events 

Mary on Booksin; 2/10/16

Stacy Braslau-Schneck, Stacy's Wag'N'Train

stacy@wagntrain.com, http://www.wagntrain.com

very experienced in all dog issues including behavioral... She is very experienced, is a certified trainer and I can whole heartily recommend her services to anyone interested in brushing up on basic obedience skills or looking to train a new puppy they just brought home.  

Rebecca on Redondo; 3/18/16


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Pet Walking

Gini Wallace, Dog Duty

408 480 4116

check with them on availability

[They] do overnights, too.

Carol on Kirkmont; August 30, 2011, August 19, 2013

Pet Sitting by Erin, Erin Stafford

cell (408)506-9629, petsittingbyerin@comcast.net

Responsible and reliable. Erin walks our dog daily and our dog loves Erin! Erin works for a vet and is comfortable with dogs.

Gail C; May 14, 2013

Brenda Gummeson


I believe she has worked with many others in Willow Glen as well.

Brigette /Glenkirk Ct; February 24, 2013

Kimberly McCarty


She is amazing - literally walked in the first day and had our crazy new puppy walking calmly beside her.  She’s calm, clear and patient.  She even leaves you with written details on what you discussed.  Also, she accepts our phone calls for advice any time.  Love, love, love her!!

Jill on Britton; 9/17/15


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Service Animals

Canine Companions for Independence. 


[response to request for info about professionally trained service dog] They provide service, social, companion, and  hearing dogs.  They do have a wait list‚ but you should at least check them out.  They are a wonderful organization.  They have a local puppy raising program, but their headquarters are in Santa Rosa, CA.  I did PR work for them right out of college many years ago.

Eileen G; February 8, 2013

Cooperhaus K9


[response to request for info about professionally trained service dog] We rescued a beautiful German Shepard from Northern California German Shepard Rescue and then boarded her for a month's worth of training at Cooperhaus. She was not only trained, but also obtained her "Canine Good Citizen's Certification"

Caroline /Malone Rd; February 7, 2013


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Burbank Pet Hospital

1819 W San Carlos between Hester & Wabash (271-7875)

[Burbank Pet Hospital] excellent vet treatment of both cats & dogs (with separate entrances).

I've recommended Burbank many times... \ -- still the best

Maureen/(near Bird & Willow); November 1, 2013

Daniel L Apple DVM - Companion Pet Care

6205 Meridian Ave, San Jose, CA 95120 (408) 268-7378

[Dr. Apple:] We use him and are also very happy with him. [makes house calls]

It is great to have him come to house as I can't imagine trying to transport our two cats.  Totally worth any additional cost.  I am not even sure it costs anything more as we have only ever used his services for our cats that we have had for two years.

Christine, Madrona Ave.; May 6, 2012, January 22, 2013

Dr Nagel; Lincoln Avenue Vet

699 Lincoln Avenue, (408) 293-3448 lincoln-avenue-vet.com

The clinic & examining rooms [at Lincoln Ave. Vet] are spotless, no smell ... always ready to offer suggestions, take your pet in immediately if it is urgent ... explains problems, alternative ways of treatment, full service including over night or day boarding, full service grooming and prescriptions on site. Dr. Bowden and Dr. McKinley are ... caring, very professional and you can just see how much they love their work.

Valerie on Harmil; May 5, 2013

Pinnacle Vet

Branham and Meridian

They [at Pinnacle] have completely separate area for dogs and cats.  Highly recommended for feline dental care--my shelter cat had severe dental issues and received wonderful care, thorough instructions for aftercare and was so much happier and healthier after his PAH visit!!! PAH was first in South Bay area to be awarded the AAFP cat friendly practice designation.

Vivian; November 1, 2013

Dr. Judy Owens


... impressed with [Dr. Judy’s] explanation of the issues they were dealing with, her patience and most especially the cost - you can literally get your neighbors together and it really does save on the cost of that "office visit" especially if you have more than one pet, like I do.

Annette on Kiner; February 27, 2013

Cat Hospital

137 E Hamilton Ave, Campbell (just east of Winchester); (408) 866-6188; www.hospital4cats.com

...is awesome!

Rebecca of Cherry; November 1, 2013


[The Cat Hospital] not recommended

Peggy on Glen Eyrie; November 1, 2013


408.715.2908 on Dell Ave in Campbell.

They have cardiologist on staff and alternative pet medicine too.

Alana/Pine; October 29, 2013

Lincoln Avenue Vet Clinic

699 Lincoln Avenue, (408)400-3915, 408-293-3448

[Lincoln Avenue Vet Clinic has] Wonderful staff, caring doctors, smiling techs, clean & friendly....courtesy reminders when…check-ups are due along with injections. Boarding & grooming is also available as well as their in-house pharmacy and food. I can't recommend them highly enough!

Valerie on Harmil; 11/1/14


I have taken my cats to the Lincoln Avenue Vet Clinic, right at the corner of Lincoln and Parkmoor, and see lots of other animals there as well. Dr Bowden and associates are caring and the staff is great too. I would recommend them to any pet owner.

John on Michigan; 1/25/17

Dr. Jennifer Lawrence, Santa Clara Pet Hospital


We love our bunny's vet. She was recommended by the Rabbit Haven. She takes a lot of time with my bunny and is very patient with my children.  

Taffy on Marshall Ave; 1/8/17


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Restaurants, Food & Event Services


Flower Flour

896 Willow Street [near Bird]; (408) 279-0843; www.flower-flour.com

[Flower Flour] ...has very yummy gluten free products. I have a co-worker with gluten issues so for special occasions I've purchased sweets for her. She swears they are as tasty as any regular product.

Alana/Pine; April 6, 2013


The paninis at Flower Flour are amazing!

Shelby on Parkwood Way; August 26, 2013


[Chocolate Cake] Flower Flour – Love After Dark cake is the best.  On the corner of Curtiss and Willow

Felecia on Curtiss; 11/19/14


I third Flower Flour...

Lisa on Bird; 11/19/14


I don’t get there very often, but I do love their soups, desserts and coffee! 

Sue on Dean; 9/16/15

Icing on the Cake

50 W Main St, Los Gatos, 408-354-2464

Absolutely Icing on the Cake. Yum.

Lada on Britton; 7/30/14


HANDS DOWN: Icing on the Cake is your best option. (And IMHO, superior to any other bakery in the area.)

Regan on Jansen; 7/5/16

Original Cinn (Mariel)


... can bake and design nearly anything. [specialty cakes] High heeled cupcakes

Linda on Belmont; February 7, 2013; March 19, 2013

Peter’s Bakery

3108 Alum Rock Ave, (408) 258-3529

The almond cake at "Peter's Bakery” is infinitely better than "Dick's" too-sweet version. Grab an apple turnover while you're there. How about the best coffee apricot rings on earth?

Tom  L.; January 10, 2015

Naughty Biscotti


I order these delicious individually wrapped Biscotti and try not to eat them all in one day. They use to sell them at Lunardis. They were a local company until they/she moved to Utah a year or so ago… Lemon is my favorite with a cup of tea.  Wooza they are good!

Lynn on Clintonia; 3/28/16

Susie Cakes

1109 Lincoln Avenue, 408-446-2253, http://susiecakes.com/

I had a cupcake there shortly after they opened. The service was very good. Honestly, I thought "these cupcakes are too pretty to be very good" but I tried one anyway. It was very good! I'd definitely recommend them.

Tina on Monte Vista; 7/7/16


Susie Cakes was a delicious choice.  My daughter wanted chocolate for her birthday and they had a spectacular double old-fashioned round cake that tasted homemade and scrumptious.  It stayed fresh for several days without refrigeration which is how they recommend you keep it.  Then it was gone!

Joy on Willow Glen Way; 7/7/16

Sweet Tooth Confections

1305 N Bascom Ave, (408) 241-3790, www.sweettoothconfections.net

I go a little farther afield to Sweet Tooth Confections on North Bascom right off of 880. Amazing cupcakes (among other things) and wonderful flavors!

Erin on Dorothy; February 27, 2015 5:24 PM


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Caterers; Party/Event Planners

(also see Restaurants)

Flower Flour

896 Willow Street (near Bird); (408) 279-0843

[FF catered] two dinner seminars at my office...I was VERY pleased with the results.

... They are real pros, and their food is beautiful as well as delicious.

It's GREAT to hire a sole proprietor in Willow Glen who does a fantastic job!

In December I called Flour Flower to cater a dinner for about 25 people. Although it was the Christmas season and they were already booked that night, they worked with us to come up with a plan so that they could bring us dinner as well.  Everyone who had it said it was the best food we have ever had. It is difficult to describe how delighted we were. 

Carol on Curtis; January 20, 2013; 5/30/15

Adelitas Taqueria

corner of Curtner/Leigh

We used Adelitas Taqueria in the past & it was yummy! I don’t remember it being expensive either.

Brigette /Glenkirk Ct; May 15, 2012, August 24, 2013


[Adelitas:] Their food is really yummy and authentic. The owner and staff are really sweet and the restaurant is nice and clean. Food is not very expensive.

Xinia on Radio Ave.; August 25, 2013

Tacos el Compa, used to be 'Taco Time Anytime'


[Tacos el Compa taco truck provides] Delicious, quality food and great service!

Ellen on Cherry; 5/4/15

Maricruz Espinoza's Taco Truck; Taquiza’s Dona Mari


Very good, very tasty, I've used [Maricruz Espinoza's Taco Truck] many times. Minimum 30 people, cost for 30 people $300.

Susan G; 5/4/15


I used Taquiza’s several times.

Debbi on Hazelwood; 4/3/16

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme

795 S Second St, San Jose, (800) 798-8388, www.psrt.com

Parsley Sage Rosemary and Thyme is great. Debbie does the planning and is terrific to work with. I like them because they do a lot for nonprofits.

Barbara M.; 9/14/14

Crunch Catering


I used Crunch Catering for a memorial service last year, and can say nothing but good things about the company. I worked with the owner who was prompt in returning calls and offered helpful suggestions. I highly recommend Crunch Catering.

Bonnie on Mercer; 9/14/14

Steve Meyberg, Gunther’s Restaurant and Catering

1601 Meridian Ave, (408) 266-9022, Cell Phone 408-838-3485, www.guntherscatering.com

I … highly recommend Gunther's. … They catered my friend's wedding… the guests were complimenting how delicious the food was. They also have very tasty … hors d'oeuvres an can provide [experienced] servers and bartenders. Steve is great and will help you with all your needs.

Cindy; 9/14/14

Blue Rock BBQ

3001 Meridian Ave, (408) 978-2583, www.bluerockbbq.com

I have used Blue Rock BBQ for food and would use them again! 

Judy J.; 9/14/14

The Party Staff

286 E Hamilton Ave, (408) 364-8888, partystaff.com

We use The Party Staff for wait staff and bartenders, and have done so for years. They are reliable and well skilled.

Robin on Nevada; 9/15/14

Any Time Is Taco Time


Any Time Is Taco Time…had the best catered lunch that I have ever seen. Affordable, tasty, quantities beyond belief. They also rent tables and chairs.

Tom L.; 10/8/14


[Taco Time recommended by]

Debbi on Hazelwood; 4/3/16

Five Star Taco (Miguel)


Debbi on Hazelwood; 4/3/16

Anytime is Taco Time


Debbi on Hazelwood; 4/3/16



Debbi on Hazelwood; 4/3/16



[To cater for 50+] She is wonderful and reasonable.  Her cakes are amazing also!!!!

Angie on Prevost; 8/18/16

Chef Betina, La Luna Sucre


She and her husband Mark are neighbors, their efforts were rewarded by being included in the Super Bowl, fantastic to work with, and their food is sublime.

Susan on Annapolis; 12/15/16

Margarate Atherton, Cooking by Martha


She's a personal chef and a caterer.  Her Chopped Indian salad is quite wonderful but I’m in love with her Asian Salad!  … If you’re looking for something more hearty, she makes the tenderest and most delectable baby back ribs I've ever had.  She calls them Sweet Chipotle.

Taffy on Marshall Ave; 12/17/16

DNL Catering

408-727-6093, www.dnl-catering.com

I would like to recommend my husband, Steve, at DNL Catering.  His food, service and prices are excellent.  Please contact him for a personalized quote for your next event.  He has tons of reviews on Thumbtack. [They] have an extensive menu, but if you don’t see exactly what you want they can probably get it for you.  The owner lives here in WG.

[self-recommend] Rebecca on Redondo; rpg@dnl-catering.com; 9/14/14, 8/18/16


I second the motion!! [for Steve, DNL Catering]

Brigette O.; 8/18/16

Private Chefs
Chef Molly Holbrook of Organicopia


Absolutely excellent!

Mary on Willow St.; 2/2/16

Kris Martinez

badpiggycatering@gmail.com, 408-800-1066

His catering company is geared toward BBQ, but he has quite an array of food he can prepare/cook. ….He's am amazing chef! He can help create just about any type of food menu you are looking for and will be very reasonably priced. He has a great personality as well, so I'd definitely say he's a "fun private chef" :)

AnnMarie on Crescent; 2/4/16

Party Help
Task Rabbit


I had a wonderful young woman help me with a party, and she has since helped friends. 

Susan; December 11, 2013

Money Leis
Marcella Alvarez


A long time friend makes leis.  

Pete S.; 5/15/16

Gabrielle Muno


I picked up the money lei from Gabby today and it’s nicely done. I was so pleased to have her recommended on the list and when I contacted her she was so easy to work with. She was quick to complete it and is willing to modify the style depending on what I wanted. I’m so happy I gave her a try.

Enjoy the graduation season,

Susan on Annapolis; 5/31/16

Life Youth Committee - Willow Glen Relay for Life


[Flamingo flocks] The WG Resident recently ran a short item (http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_22641841)  A donation of $25 is requested and the flocks will arrive in the night to wherever you specify within the Willow Glen and Campbell areas. They did a great job at my dad's house for a friend's birthday this weekend & I heartily recommend them -- fun (& colorful!) way to support a worthy cause.

Maureen (near Bird & Willow); March 10, 2013


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Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) & Farmers Markets


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Florist & Flowers

Flower Flour

896 Willow Street; (408) 279-0843; flower-flour.com

besides being a great bakery (the "flour" part), it is a full-service florist (the "flower" part).

Larry on Willow, May 30, 2015


I have received a beautiful bouquet from [Flower Flour], and just recently I sent a bouquet to a friend in the hospital.  Fresh, fabulous and local!  I highly recommend them.

Peggy on GEA; 8/12/14

Bloomsters Flowers

5945 Almaden Expry., #170, 408-268-5518

I can highly recommend, Bloomsters Flowers down... not in WG.

Patrick on Newport; 8/12/14


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1003 Lincoln Ave (near Coe)

Fascinating store: regular groceries & meat-counter, plus lots of more exotic and ethnic fresh produce

Larry on Willow; May 30, 2015

Nature's Best Market

565 W Alma Ave; (408) 920-0330

We love this place and hope others will give it a try. This place has wonderful fruits and veg ... also have interesting and unusual canned and bottled goods.

Kathryn Gilsen; April 13, 2013


I like this place [Nature’s Best], too. Mostly I buy the fruits and veggies, but I noticed they have nice jellies and jams, too. ..my daughter's gone back several times for their produce.

Sue on Dean; April 13, 2013


... the owner [of Nature’s Best] went out of her way to find the quince jelly I need to make my father's favorite traditional Xmas cookies.  ...  Such personal service is truly appreciated & I'm glad they're still here.

Maureen (near Bird & Willow); December 11, 2013


I went to the [Nature’s Best] produce store on Alma and was very pleased.  The people are so nice!  And the price and quality are very good.

Taffy on Marshall Ave; 6/20/14

Laredo Market

Alma and Minnesota

love this place and def want to support them to make sure they're able to make it now that Safeway's here.  I consider them a better place than Safeway for milk, eggs and bacon as they offer organic, non-nitrate offerings at a very fair price (similar to Trader Joes).  We also go there for beer- great selection, ice cream and produce as our first stop.

Jem; 11/29/16


[Laredo] Is so much faster than Safeway, too.  

Taffy on Marshall; 11/29/16

Sausages and Meats; Butcher:
Willow Glen Meats

885 Delmas Avenue, (408) 279-4009; willowglenmeats.com  

…a great place for all sorts of local sausage- if he doesn't have it in stock, he'll make it for you.

- great guy and great sandwiches and meats.

Jason McC; September 14, 2011, November 19, 2013


I know I have purchased sausage casings [at Willow Glen Meats] before and I also got a butchered lamb there, so maybe they will dress a pig, too.

Tina on Monte Vista; 5/18/15


Try Willow Glen Meats on Delmas…. the best.

Jan C; 5/18/15

Laredo Market

Alma and Minnesota

The head butcher is Cesar, formerly of International Gourmet Foods. Cesar is highly professional, very friendly and will pretty much get you anything you want. I don't eat meat often but when I do, I'll buy it from Cesar.

Elissa on Laurie; 11/23/16


sold at La Villa, Elva's

great local honey

it's a joy to admire their front yard garden when picking it up at the house [on Ellen Ave.]

Natalie; February 29, 2012, May 6, 2013

Willow Glen Bees & Willow Glen Honey

408 723 5411

Sold at Three Sisters Store, 1393 Lincoln Ave. The honey is raw, unfiltered and most important of all has been made by Willow Glen Bees. .. We use essential oils in the hives in the winter to fight of mites and diseases then stop by March. The money goes to 4-H kids, History Park and Happy Hollow Zoo setting up bee habitats and bee apiaries. Never give honey or food with honey in it to a child under one year old. [Steve is also 'on call' to help if you have bees swarming in your yard – ed.]

[self-recommended]  Steve Demkowski, El Sereno 4-H; stevedemkowski@sbcglobal.net;

Local Jams
We Love Jam


Just a shout out for the small company. I am having my toast with Blenheim Apricot jam and the flavor is so intense it is worth sharing. Amazing. They started making small batch jam in 2002 and they sell is some stores. I really want to share their info for anyone who loves a fine product made locally.  

Lynn on Clintonia; 9/14/15


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Party and Event Venues & Meeting Room Rentals / Reception Spaces

We and Our Neighbors

15460 Union Ave, 408-335-6445

You can rent a great old CA bungalow style clubhouse with a small stage, an industrial kitchen, and a large serving room from We and Our Neighbors.  You have to hire a caterer as well.  It is the perfect size for this--I encourage you to check it out.

Carol on Curtis; 8/14/14

San Jose Woman's Club

75 S 11th St, 408-294-6919

I second the SJ Woman's Club recommendation! The Bay Area Country Dance Society has been holding their Playford Ball there for several years - beautiful, well-maintained building and very helpful hall

Shirley near Curtner/Cherry; 8/15/14

Three Flames

1547 Meridian Ave, 408-269-3133

There are two large rooms, they also have a smaller one. Had my partner's life celebration in one and the food was terrific. I also had an open bar, which was much enjoyed. 

Bruce off Lincoln; 8/12/14


[Three Flames recommended by]

Linda on Little Orchard; 10/20/16, 11/3/16

St. Claire Hotel

302 S. Market St., SJ, http://www.westinsanjose.com/

We had a lovely service for a friend at the St. Claire Hotel downtown. They have a nice room off the courtyard, with French doors opening to it, and we had the reception in the courtyard. … it's very warm as those kinds of places go. I don't know about cost.

Barb on Blewett; 10/7/14

Vito's Trattoria

90 Skyport Drive, (408) 453-1000,  http://www.vitosnytrattoria.com/

The owner, George, is very accommodating and he has a private room you can use just for your party. They have a full bar and wonderful food. 

Felecia on Curtiss; December 08, 2014

Sherwood Inn

2988 Almaden Expressway, (408) 266-2480

[recommended by]

Linda on Little Orchard; 10/20/16, 11/3/16

San Jose Clubhouse

15480 Union Avenue, 408-831-1910, http://sanjoseclubhouse.blogspot.com/

How about the SJ Clubhouse? It's a lovely old house. Darlene Tenes (an elist member) can tell you more about it.

Tina on Monte Vista; 10/19/16

Wedding Venues
Freedom Hall & Gardens


They have everything; it's 1-stop shopping to cover all your wedding needs and reasonably priced.  They are rated 5 stars and have several packages to choose from, depending on what your needs are.

Cindy K.; 8/18/15

The Perry House


Check out The Perry House - it's fabulous!

Linda E.; 4/27/16

Wedding Officiants
Dan Kennedy


My husband is a wedding officiant.  You can go there and fill out a form and e-mail the information to him. Or you can find him on Yelp and there is a link to his website there too.

Cindy K.; 8/18/15

Lisa Francesca


[Lisa is a] good friend of mine … and actually wrote a book called "the wedding officiant's guide". 

Andrea C. on Lincoln; 8/18/15

Sacred Foundations, Inc.

Spiritual Center and School of Divinity, 877-877-4275, staff@sacredfoundations.net, www.sacredfoundations.net

*self recommend* Felicia M.; 5/18/16


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The Shadowbrook

1750 Wharf Road, Capitola-by-the-Sea, (831) 475-1511. http://www.shadowbrook-capitola.com

we've had a couple enjoyable Thanksgivings there (as well as birthdays and other special events). Quite elegant; good food; and a unique facility built on several stories on the side of a bluff, accessed by a cable tram car. (Kids enjoy visiting the ducks at the streamside patio...)