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Automobile Brokers / Dealers / Sales

Wheels and Deals

3035 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, (408) 246-1000, https://www.wheelsanddealssc.com/

We have dealt with Wheels n Deals, very easy, very pleasant to deal with. It's also been 10 years or so for us, though.

Barbara M.; 12/6/20


I second that recommendation; great experience with Wheels and Deals!

Kirsten on Glenwood; 12/6/20


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Boat / Trailer Storage


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Carwash & Detailing

Mobile Car Wash
Devon Lewis, Eco Guyz

www.ecoguyz.com, (855) 466-3012, devon@ecoguyz.com

Just had Eco Guyz come to my house to wash my car. I highly recommend them.

Shelly M.; 8/3/18


We’ve been using Devon for about a year ~ very thorough and reliable. Good prices. We were going to Bascom hand wash, waited hours for $40.00 and Devon comes to our door for $50.00. Can’t go wrong.

Carol on Mazzaglia; 8/3/18

Eco Mobile Car Wash by Devon

(855) 466-3012

Pleasant courteous detail-oriented guy. Was happy with his detailing of my SUV.

Anu B.; 11/12/18

Supreme Detailworks

527 Charcot Ave.  #329, (408) 621-3161

They have done both our cars beautifully. They made my old van look like new, inside and out. They also have done our Sedan that is wrapped. Tricky job, and they did it without any difficulty. You do need to make an appt. as they are in demand. I should also add that they did the wrap on the sedan.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 11/12/18


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Car Maintenance/Automobile Repair

Union 76 Station

corner of Meridian and Willow. 408-267-1222

[recommended by]

Larry on Willow, 3/1/18


The folks at the Union 76 at Meridian and Willow are great!

Nell A.; 6/13/20


I second the recommendation for Matt; he is the best!

Kirsten on Glenwood; 9/21/20

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; 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

B and C Auto Center

1850 Almaden Rd., (408) 267-1114

I've been going to B&C Auto on Almaden for almost 20 years now and highly recommend them. Reliable, trustworthy, fairly priced, easy to work with. They've worked on 4 or 5 different cars for us. 

Jem; 9/21/18


We, too, have been going to B&C Auto for years and have found them to be absolutely outstanding!

Bob on Lincoln Village Drive; 9/21/18


We used B and C based on several recs. Fair pricing, timely turnaround and good communication throughout the process.

Tofoi; 9/27/18

Kevin, Toyota Lexus Auto Service

1360 White Oaks Rd, Ste D, Campbell, 408-879-9972

He is very professional and conscientious, knowledgeable, and fair priced. His shop is impeccable and he goes the extra mile to help you understand how to care for your car. He uses genuine OEM parts. I had a major service and it was substantially less than the dealership. 

Elaine G.; 2/28/18


I second for Kevin. Kevin was very professional. clean, thorough in explaining his service, fair priced when we talked to him getting 60K miles service for our RX350. He was $300 cheaper than the dealer! Took the car in 8AM and done by noon. The only thing is that he doesn't wash the cars.

Anu @ Dry Creek Rd; 3/26/18

Grand Prix Motors

155 Kennedy Avenue, Campbell, (408) 364-0881

I’ve trusted Grand Prix Motors in Campbell with my elderly Mercedes since it was a baby. Juan Villareal is the owner.  He was a mechanic for race-car drivers for several years. Call him and tell him I sent you.

Nancy on Cottle; 6/18/18

Motorpool Automotive

920 Camden Ave. Unit #1, Campbell, (408) 871-6801, service@motorpoolauto.com  

Had another very positive experience with this auto shop a week ago. Been going there…a bunch of years and have complete trust and confidence in their work, attitude and reasonable assessment. Had my older truck assessed, replaced things and more over these years and will be back in the future. I highly recommend giving them consideration even if not as close by as other fine options.

Greg A.; 5/27/20


380 Lincoln Ave., (408) 286-2988, michaelandcompany.com

I have gone to Michaels on Lincoln for over 20 years, now for my Prius. I don’t have price comparisons but feel like I’ve gotten good advice.

Barbara M.; 6/13/20


Los Gatos

[recommended by]

Lynn M.; 6/13/20

Larry’s Car Service

332 Lincoln Ave., (408) 292-7976

I take my Toyotas to Larry's in Willow Glen, on Lincoln near San Carlos. Been going to them for year. I think they are open. 

Nina on El Rio; 6/13/20

A&J Nissan Specialist

2859 Monterey Rd #3, 408-225-9606

Highly recommend A&J Nissan Specialist. The owner is Eric Matsuda. Eric has been taking care of our assortment of cars over the years, including Hondas, Toyotas and Kias. Great for regular maintenance.  Excellent at diagnosing and resolving issues. Charges are always reasonable.

Laura (formerly near Bird and Willow); 6/13/20

Norcal Eurotech

205 Kennedy Ave, Campbell, (408) 374-6666, autovitals.com

Norcal on Kennedy Ave. Campbell is thorough and very well respected. He has been attentive and a great mechanic. Good luck.

Natalie S.; 6/13/20

Auto Repair (Audi)
Euro Quattro

2455 Old Middlefield Way, Mtn View, (650) 964-6066

Rene on Marcia; 7/30/18

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; 1/26/17

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; 1/21/17

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.; 1/21/17, 7/17/18

Vu, San Jose Collision Center

193 Barnard unit #6 (near Tully and Curtner), (408) 286-8339

I highly recommend Vu at San Jose Body Center if your car needs any work. He is fair and does great work.  He has done work on our cars and very nice person.

Rene on Marcia; 1/21/17; 12/27/17, 7/17/18

Caliber Collision

665 E McGlincy Ln, Campbell, (408) 559-8633, calibercollision.com

They were remarkably good! I'm really hard to please when it comes to body and paint work and I couldn't find anything to complain about. They were thorough, did high quality work, and they were on time.

Brian formerly on California; 7/17/18


[Caliber Collision] Fantastic service, high attention to detail, excellent communication, well scheduled, nice. Worked fluidly with my insurance as well (USAA).

Julia L.; 7/19/18

Dong S. Choi, Choice Auto Body

1975 Lafayette Street, Santa Clara, 408-562-0011, choice.auto@sbcglobal.net

A neighbor backed into my parked car and gave me the name of a repair company…. I went there and had it repaired and also had some work done on a couple of minor dings.  I was very happy with the results.  The owner is also very honest and gave me a very good estimate for my dings. 

Sue on Dean; 2/13/19

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. They have replaced clutches as well as our regular maintenance.

Bob on Bird; 12/4/18

Adem’s Test Only Shop

1654 Almaden Rd.

Rarely can I say a smog test was pleasant, but my visit to Adem’s Test Only shop was pleasant, price competitive, quick, thorough (he checked my oil and my tires) and pleasant, because customer service is obviously key here.  I’ll be a returning customer.  

Suzy P.; 2/16/17


Adem of Adems Test is great, most knowledgeable of any of the local shops (EE from Berkeley! ) and a totally honest guy.  Highest recommendation.

Will B.; 5/27/20


I second Adem’s for sure!!

Linda on Little Orchard; 5/25/20


Third the recommendation of Adem on Old Almaden Road. Personal service from a fine human being.

Larry on Knollwood; 5/27/20

Quality Car Care


Click on coupons for a discount. These guys do great work and don't push but let you know what your vehicle needs at reasonable prices.  They will service your vehicle like it is theirs.

Maria; 5/27/20

Smog Man

646 Auzerais, (408) 999-0699

I recently had to get my more mature car (a 1995) smogged. Went to The Smog Man on Auzerais off Bird Ave by the old OSH. I highly recommend them! Great service, very friendly & professional. Sanitized the whole interior of my car when done as well as all the door handles. They accept Groupons too.

LiAnne on Prevost; 5/27/20


Second the recommendation for Smog Man (now Dhillon Motorsports) on Auzerais, they usually have a Groupon for smog check.

Jeff on Brooks; 5/27/20

MT Smog

210 San Jose Ave., (408) 297-2051, www.smogchecksanjose.com

I use MT Smog over off San Jose Ave and Little Orchard. $40 in and out. Really professional and open.

John K.; 5/27/20

Foxworthy Gas and Auto Repair

1645 Foxworthy Ave., (408) 264-2518

Drove in at about 10 out in less than a half hour. We did not make an appointment. Can also leave car there and come back later.  There was also a coupon in this week’s ValPak that gave us $10.00 off. Cost for cars younger than 2000 was $33.95 plus $8.25 for smog certificate! Painless and quick.

Nancy on Kotenberg; 5/29/20


If you need a STAR station smog check, I recommend Foxworthy Gas and Auto Repair on Meridian and Foxworthy.

Carol on Prevost St.; 6/16/20

The Tire Shop
/ Morin Tires

661 Willow Street, 408.288.8694; www.Morintires.com

I completely agree with the compliments on Morin Tires!! The very best in the business!!

Linda on Little Orchard; 3/25/17


Had a slow leak in one of my tires. Went to Morin today. What a pleasure! Go there.

Randi on Minnesota & Bird; 6/1/17

Skip's Tire

970 Blossom Hill Rd., (408) 226-0745

I always go to Skip's Tire on Blossom Hill.  I used their Los Altos location for years when I lived there, as well.  Friendly, never any issues.

Brooke 0n Dry Creek Village; 4/2/19

Skip’s Tires

5855 Cottle Rd., (408) 226-5110

Kathie on Pine; 5/1/19

America’s Tire

980 E. Hamilton Ave., (408) 377-5010

We also use and love Americas Tire on Hamilton. Great service, decent prices- but they've been great on services: balancing, rotating, swapping our winter and summer tires etc. almost always w/o charge and expediently.

Jem; 4/3/19


[America’s Tires on Hamilton] often include a $70 Visa Card.

Lynn D.; 5/1/19


I've always been happy with America's Tires on Hamilton and Bascom.  You can always stop and they will check your tires for you if you think they need air or there is a problem with them. I would recommend them.  I have had great service there.

Maggie on Glen Una; 4/2/19


Costco was cheaper but it took time to get the tires. For more, America’s tires had them in stock and were able to schedule me the next day and had me out in less than an hour. They also recommend a set of tires which I like much better than the original…. I’ve only had good experiences with their staff. They are knowledgeable and respectful. Mind you, they can get busy.

Sanjit on Hervey; 5/1/19


I was at America’s Tire on Tuesday to have a nail removed and the hole repaired on tires that are close to the time where they recommend replacing soon. No pressure to replace them. Tire repaired and I was on my way to work in 20 minutes. Great service!

Gina M.; 5/2/19

Pacific Tire

100 S. Main St., Milpitas, (408) 946-6828

Owner went to WG. 

Teri K.; 5/1/19

Auto Upholstery
ABC Auto Upholstery

2221 Stevens Creek Blvd, #C, (408) 241-6800

We used ABC Auto Upholstery for our truck. They did a great job.

Bob on Bird; 6/7/18

Windshields and Automobile Glass Replacement
Onsite Auto Glass Services

210 San Jose Avenue, 408-430-2545

My car was broken into on a Wednesday night. These guys came out and replaced the window by that Friday. They gave my husband a 4-hour window of time, then called to narrow it down to within the next hour. Very personable and professional and reasonable. The cost for the window and labor was $244.

Linda on Dorothy Avenue; 2/24/20

Simon, Green Lite Auto Glass


Hi neighbors, we just had Green Lite replace the windshield on our truck. Simon responded with texts promptly to our questions, arranged our repair day and time, arrived to our home as arranged and made this repair super easy for us. Keep his number handy for when you need a solid recommendation.

Susan on Annapolis; 9/15/20


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Car Rental

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Car Services

DMV Service
DMV DLPC (Driver’s License Processing Center)

2222 Senter Road

Both my husband and I have used it, and it has ample parking, and lots of people to help you once you're in the door.  Apply first on-line, and then bring more than enough documents to satisfy the Real ID requirements. After 3:00 seems to be the quietest time to get through the process.

Lorraine on Newport; 5/8/19

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


Both of my kids used Lance Krider with South Valley Driving School. Great results. 

Doreen on Kring; 9/11/17



We used Driversed.com for two kids and had great experiences with both of them. …you can use them for just one lesson, which you must have for the DMV permit. We did more than the one lesson with them, and I also highly recommend doing a lesson right before taking the driver’s test. If you tell them which DMV you’re going to, they’ll take the driver on a trial test in that area and point out all the potential pitfalls for that area.

Julie formerly on Garden Glen Way; 9/11/17

Economic Driving School

(669) 225-2142

Another great driving school is Economic Driving School. All of the instructors are credentialed teachers. Excellent school. 

Colleen C.; 9/12/17

Sam Dennis, Economic Driving School


We used Sam Dennis twice, he was great and has many years of experience.  He’s a subcontractor for Economic Driving School. Good Luck!

Carolyn on Winona Dr.; 3/29/19


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Car Transport


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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


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Autism Resources

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Children's Parties & Entertainment

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Daycare / Childcare / Preschool

San Jose Participating Nursery School

2180 Radio Ave. behind the community center, www.sanjoseparents.org, 408-265-3202

Their programming is wonderful. The teachers are GREAT! And the facility is AMAZING!!! They limit class size to 24 children, and when your class is there they have the entire facility to themselves. It is a Co-op, so you have to participate in the class part of the time, and because of that the cost is very reasonable. I highly recommend it!!

Robin on Nevada; 7/18/17

Baby sitting; Babysitters

Elaine P.


Do you need some extra time to run errands, get chores done, or just need some extra time for yourself? I'm looking for a WG family in need of someone to take care of their child for a few hours once or twice a week (4-6 hours a week).  I am a 17 year old high school Senior and have a current babysitting certificate. I am available during the day/evening and weekends. My hourly fee is $10 hour.

*self-recommend* Elaine P on Glen Dell Drive; glendell@comcast.net; 11/11/17

Summer Camps
YMCA Camp Campbell


They take classes during the school year and families in the summer. You’ll have to check about individuals. I’ve been there with my class many times and was very impressed with the science curriculum and the facilities. 

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 2/25/18


I second YMCA camp Campbell! My 8 year old did the Sunday to Wednesday overnight last year and loved it. She wants to do full week this year.

Eric on Lansford; 2/25/18

Kennolyn Camp

Soquel, https://www.kennolyncamps.com/  

They offer both overnight camp and day camp. My 8-yr old did a week of day camp last year with schoolmates and loved it. Horse riding and trapeze were big hits. The day camp coordinates a pickup location at Willow Glen Elementary which was very convenient. We were impressed. Happy camping!

Dyan on Trona; 2/26/18


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Piano & Music Teachers / Lessons

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

Willow Glen Music School

408.455.8043, www.WillowGlenMusicSchool.com

Willow Glen Music School has piano, voice and guitar openings for students of all ages....… lessons are $168/month for weekly 30-min lessons.  We are location at 1060 Willow Street (close to Baskin Robbins).


Jessica on Speciale;  info@willowglenmusicschool.com; 3/1/18

Babak Falsafi

www.babakfalsafi.com, www.sjsg.org, babakfalsafi@gmail.com

I provide classical guitar lessons for kids. I have been teaching at the California Conservatory of Music in Santa Clara which is a top level music school in the South Bay. I can bring the same quality of lessons to your home in Willow Glen for your kids. If interested in a free trial lesson please message me. I look forward to hearing from you.


Babak Falsafi, babakfalsafi@gmail.com, 6/20/18


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Swim Lessons

Almaden Valley Athletic Club

5400 Camden Ave., (408) 445-4900, http://www.avac.us/club/scripts/section/section.asp?NS=HOMEA

AVAC is wonderful!  [for toddlers]

Sarah on Brookdale; 7/11/19

Waterworks Aquatics

1120 S Bascom Ave., (408) 279-1700, https://www.waterworksswim.com/locations/san-jose

We go to Waterworks Aquatics for parent-and-me classes. It's a big school and can be crowded at peak times, but they have all the facilities (changing rooms, baby gear, etc.) and a very robust schedule to pick from. I like the instructors and it has been very easy to adjust times and dates to accommodate our schedule. My daughter has been going from ~9 mos. to 2 years and loves it.

Megan on Laurie; 7/12/19


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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; 3/1/18

Rose Marie Damiano,

rm1damiano@gmail.com, 408 205-5954

I am currently tutoring middle school and high school students in basic math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II/Trigonometry (Integrated Math 3), Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus and AP Statistics.

                I have Master’s degrees in both Aerospace Engineering and Systems Engineering.  I worked 12 years in the Aerospace Industry prior to switching to teaching.  I have taught Math and Engineering at all levels.  I have taught at De Anza and Evergreen Community Colleges.  I am currently working with Math Enrichment and have been with them over 4 years.  I began tutoring approximately 25 years ago.

                My rates begin at $40 per hour.  References furnished upon request.


Rose Marie Damiano, rm1damiano@gmail.com; 2/3/20

Emma Blickenstaff

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

Need a tutor this semester? Look no further! My name is Emma Blickenstaff, I have 10 years of tutoring experience and have been a credentialed teacher for 4 years. I tutor many subjects. My specialties are Math through the Pre-Calculus level, SAT/ACT Prep, and essay writing. I charge $50 an hour for tutoring.


Emma Blickenstaff, emma.blick@gmail.com, 2/1/20


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Cell Phones and Phone Service

Phone Doctor

1261 Lincoln Ave, 408-320-9115

Phone Doctor is the best!  Downtown Willow Glen. He has done great work for my son and his friends!

Barbara on Hawkhurst; 9/6/17, 11/20/19


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. He's really nice, quick, and very reasonably priced!

Taffy on Marshall; 3/23/17


I like The Phone Doctor. Nice local business. Call for a quote. They do it while you wait.

Margaret on Palm Haven; 2/24/17


A second for Bay Area Phone Doctor.... Prices will vary based on the model; you can call for a quote. When we went... The Phone Doctor was great and replaced the shattered screen on my wife's iPhone 5s, in very short order. It took about 20-25 minutes. We are impressed and recommend him.

John L.; 3/23/17


I called the Phone Doctor … got a verdict of “sounds fixable” and an estimate.  I took the phone in and was very pleased with the quick service.  I thought the price was fair (though I’ve no basis for comparison it was certainly a price I was willing to pay to be on the road with my phone once again).

Suzy on Adele; 8/27/18


I brought my iPhone to Jaime today - thinking I had a cracked screen, and it turns out that it was only a cracked screen cover... Super fast repair. Jaime, at Bay Area Phone Doctor, is great! - Thanks!

Terri on Sierra Ave; 10/26/18


highly recommend Bay Area Phone Doctor. Open 10 - 5 and Saturday and Sundays. He also sells used phones through a colleague.

Karen on Blewett; 10/25/18


I definitely second the recommendation for Jamie on Lincoln Avenue!   Bay Area Phone Doctor is our go to place for phone / screen issues -

Carol on Hamilton Way; 11/21/19

Cell Phone Repair
Bay Area Phone Doctor

1261 Lincoln Ave #111, (408) 320-9115

My iPhone 7 died this morning, and rather than go to the Sprint store so they could tell me it is unfixable and I need and new, expensive phone, I checked out The Phone Doctor. 5 minutes, new battery, reasonable cost – all good now!

Peggy on Glen Eyrie Ave.; 3/14/19


We love The Phone Doctor off of Lincoln Ave! We've had them fix many things.  It's also a great place to buy refurbished equipment.

Taffy on Marshall Ave.



Phone Service

I love Sonic.net.  They are fantastic..... a million times over!

Susan on Gerald Way; 11/4/19


We’ve had Verizon for years. The coverage has been great. I can think of only 2 times I couldn’t get service, and I was out trail hiking at the time. When I have a question, they’ve been very helpful. Not sure how they compare in price. Haven’t shopped around lately.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 10/14/20


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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; 3/1/18



I highly recommend going with Comcast Business over regular Comcast, by the way. It’s a little bit more for the same speeds but the support is worth it.

Andrew S.; 8/5/19

Wifi / Router Extenders
Eero Router

We use the eero router (which [the WSJ recommends, and we got the eero 3-pack) with our Xfinity modem, and we eliminated all the dead spots at our place.

Jim formerly on Settle, 3/20/20

Privacy Screens / Zoom Backgrounds
Curtis Walker, Hillview Design/Print/Media

19715 Hale Ave, Morgan Hill, 408 454-8520

…you might consider one that folds up into a duffle bag so you can set it up and tear it down easily.  I expect it to also make it easier to use Zoom backgrounds with better results as well.  [Curtis] was helpful and informative. 

Carol on Curtis; 8/16/20

Computer Assistance
Patrick Tam

1-408-431-2133, patrick0009@gmail.com

I would like to recommend Patrick Tam for both PC and MAC users. He has assisted me with both my PC and MAC. When I have a problem, I call Patrick. In addition to being very competent he is a kind person to work with.

Joyce on Comstock Lane; 10/1/20


I’ve had the pleasure of working with Patrick at Willows Sr. Center, and he’s so knowledgeable and delightful I have to put in my recommendation, too. You couldn’t do better.

Gerri on Altamont; 10/2/20


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Electronics, Batteries, and Light Bulb Suppliers

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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, 3/1/18


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, 3/1/18


I love Sonic.net.  They are fantastic..... a million times over!

Susan on Gerald Way; 11/4/19

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
San Jose SEO Company


If your business or website is still invisible on Google, there is much we can do to change that. For ten years, companies have trusted us to drive customers to them through our SEO services. Imagine the possibilities & give us a call today  

** self-recommended **

Dave Collado, marketing: davidcollado2010@gmail.com; 5/20/19


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Pinball Repair

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TV Antenna & Installation

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Financial / Legal Services / Professional Services

Accounting, Bookkeeping & Business Services; Tax Preparation

Wayne Mitsunaga

1610 La Pradera Dr. 2nd FL, Campbell, (408) 378-9400, waynem@waynemitsunaga.com

our tax man for at least 20 years.  Very professional and supportive when we had an audit. Passed with flying colors. We do not need an accountant, but several of our friends have him as theirs. One friend had a small business and Wayne did his accounting and his taxes.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 2/15/17

Steve Pyle

901 Campisi Way Ste. 380, 408-879-9990, www.cpasllp.com

Very happy with Steve Pyle. Found him from this list years ago. Near the Pruneyard.

Karen & Jeff on Blewett; 8/19/17

Bill Snyder, Shannon and Snyder CPAs

650 N Winchester Blvd # 6, 408-241-8700

We second Bill Snyder- he’s super knowledgeable and all around wonderful!

Lisa on Laurie Ave.; 7/14/20

P.B. Joshipura (Josh), J & K Tax and Accounting

1314 Lincoln Avenue, Suite B, 408-293-3806

I cannot recommend him highly enough as he is always up to date and keeps us informed if anything changes each year. The worksheet he sends out each year makes it easy to organize our tax information. Please feel confident about trying him for the next tax season.

Nancy and Mike on Kotenberg Avenue; 7/15/20

Linda Rost's Better Bookkeepers

https://www.betterbookkeepers.com; 90 Great Oaks Blvd San Jose, CA 95119

Linda specializes in bookkeeping and QuickBooks training for small businesses.

Our San Jose office is conveniently located only 10 minutes from Willow Glen.

** self-recommended **

Dave Collado, marketing: davidcollado2010@gmail.com; 6/14/18


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Banks / Credit Unions

Star One Credit Union

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

I've been a member for maybe 30 years 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 have a branch at 3136 Stevens Creek Blvd., diagonally across from Valley Fair.

Larry on Willow, 1/1/21


1191 Lincoln Ave. (at Meredith), (408) 295-5737, https://locations.comerica.com/location/willow-glen

Have used them since they opened, closing accounts at BofA and USBank to do so. Wonderful staff, friendly, never any errors (unlike USBank that closed the wrong CD). I use them for all banking needs, including notary public stuff.

Bruce off Lincoln; 12/29/20


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Estate Planning & Wills

Rebecca Sue Jones, Law offices of Gallagher, Reedy and Jones

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

A few years ago we found ourselves the executors for our neighbors. It was a difficult situation and their lawyer did a fine job of straightening out the paperwork and expediting (as much as possible with an estate) the procedure. She is very knowledgeable and helped us with the whole process. She grew up in Willow Glen.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 12/8/17, 10/27/19

Lisa Caputo


I would highly recommend Lisa Caputo; she has all of those qualities that you mention below [reliable, efficient, and trustworthy,  reasonable cost].

Kirsten on Glenwood; 12/8/17

Christine DeKlotz

101 Church St Ste 15, Los Gatos, (408) 354-6100

She has 25 years’ experience in real estate and trust planning... She is a Santa Clara grad and now a part-time law school instructor there. We have used Christine and Reg’s services in the past and recommend them highly. 

Dave on Carolyn; 12/8/17

Suze Orman


I used her website to draft all 4 "must have documents" and it cost less than $100.  You must use the proper state form where you reside.  Then I took it to a notary and now have my official will, trust and power of attorney.  Lots of easy to understand articles on why you need each one.

Joy on Willow Glen Way; 2/5/19

Jeanette Taggart

111 North Market St., Suite 300, (408) 729-6470, http://www.taggartlawoffice.com/ 

Jeanette Taggart is excellent.

Val on Norval; 10/26/19


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Financial Advisor

Cirimelli, Pyle & Associates LLP


We have been very happy with Steven Pyle in Campbell for the past 10 years.  He not only prepares our taxes but did a detailed analysis on when and how to receive an inheritance, in addition to IRA recommendations, and Schedule C advice.

Karen & Jeff on Blewett; 8/27/19


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Income Taxes & Tax Consultant


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Insurance Agents

Mike Myers, State Farm

250 E. Hamilton Avenue, (408) 412-8585

I have our cabin insurance and business liability insurance with him, and he has a good, thorough knowledge of their policies and helpful suggestions to consider in policy design.  Plus his licensed office staff is extremely responsive and helpful.  

Carol on Curtis; 3/3/18

Health Insurance Broker
Edna Vilozny, Vilozny Insurance, 

831 685-8228

Edna Vilozny … is the best health insurance agent I have ever known. She is appointed with all of the health insurance carriers in California, and she knows them well. Her office is in Aptos, but she is in Santa Clara County at least one day per week and also works by phone. She is awesome!

Carol on Curtis; 9/23/17, 1/14/18, 12/19/18

Brian Baccus


(Medigap)  Once you become one of his clients, each year he reviews your supplemental and Part D choices and tells you if you can do better for the next year, or when your birthday rolls around. He will also explain all of the different plans. 

Lorraine on Newport; 8/3/19

Home Insurance
State Farm Insurance

I have been happy with State Farm for decades. I didn't care for the person who took over Larry Krieger's office, but I hear that Larry's wonderful staff now work with Steve Sosnowski (408-629-4700) on Blossom Hill Rd. I am with Donna Chiaramonte in Campbell (408-370-5900). Either one would be wonderful.

Tina on Monte Vista; 1/4/20


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Investments & Financial Planners

Kimberly Carson, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., CA Insurance License #0G33649

1919 S. Bascom Ave #100, Campbell, 408.963.2322

I would highly recommend Kim Carson with Ameriprise. Her office is located in the Pruneyard. She will assess your goals and point you in the right direction. Good luck!

Kirsten on Glenwood; 3/10/17

Ann M Escobar, Waddel and Reed

1999 S Bascom Ave #400 (Pruneyard), 408-369-9400.

I highly recommend Ann M Escobar at Waddel and Reed.

Cynthia in Harmil; 3/10/17


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Lawyers & Attorneys

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; 1/21/17

Elder Care
Kramer Radin


Kramer Radin is a small firm in Los Altos that specializes in elder-related issues. A friend who used them for her mother, uncle, and brother has been very pleased. Another friend is also using them.

Curt G.; 6/3/19


We used Kramer Radin for my parents’ trust. They were great to work with!  Highly recommend.

Donna D.; 6/3/19

Eddie Broitman

720-D Capitola Ave., Capitola, (831) 325-8175

For this I think you need an estate attorney ... I know a good one--Eddie Broitman in Capitola--he is very calm, honest, and thorough.  

Carol on Curtis; 1/22/18

Naomi Parker


Linda on Gardendale Dr.; 5/8/20

Gallagher, Reedy & Jones

19 N Santa Cruz Ave # A, Los Gatos, (408) 354-1388

I will chime in with my recommendation for Gallagher, Reedy, and Jones!  We used Rebecca Jones, she was so awesome to work with!

Linda on Lambert; 5/8/20

Family Law
Rebecca Sue Jones; Gallagher, Reedy and Jones

19 A North Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos, (408) 354-1388

I highly recommend Rebecca Sue Jones.  She is a very experienced lawyer for trusts.  We have had our friends go to her and she helped us with an executor problem.  Both we and our friends have been very happy with her work.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 1/22/18

Hollis Logue, Logue Law

1550 The Alameda, #210, 408-288-7878

Hollis Logue at Logue Law is great to work with. He is very experienced and trustworthy.

Barbara on Hawkhurst; 1/23/18

Lonich Patton Ehrlich Policastri

1871 The Alameda Suite 400, (408) 553-0801, https://www.lpeplaw.com/about/our-lawyers/mitchell-t-ehrlich/

Mitchell Ehrlich is the best.

Barbara on Hawkhurst; 10/24/19

Living Wills and Trusts
Rich Dayton, Dayton Law Firm

408.437.7570, richdayton@att.net

I got the recommendation for Rich Dayton from the eList, and am quite pleased with his work.  He quickly but thoroughly explains all the details, and discusses how to minimize taxes and time delays, and the many options on how funds can be distributed over time.

Larry on Willow; 2/7/20

Richard J. Hess

(408) 872 0252

He is very knowledgeable, easy to speak with, explains everything well, and is very reasonably priced. 

Jenelle off Lincoln; 7/6/19

Ann Marshall Robbeloth

31 E. Julian St., 408.371.5296, www.robbelothlaw.com

We use and recommend.

Andrew S.; 7/6/19

Carolyn Espey, Espey Law Offices

1321 20th Ave., SF, 415-759-9364; cespeylaw@pacbell.net 

After researching, we’ve decided to go with [Carolyn Espey]. She is lovely and quite competent. She will work around your hours if needed. You can call her and tell her Rene Hart, who is Lea’s daughter referred you. She will also answer any questions you have on the phone too.

Rene in Marcia; 7/6/19, 8/5/19


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Debbie Doughtery


I love her work and the work she has done for us for the Willow Glen Home Tour. She lives in Willow Glen and is on the list.

Jan C.; 3/20/17


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Mortgage / Refinancing / Appraisals / Loan Broker

Grant Michels, Senior Mortgage Planner, Silicon Valley Capital Funding

1475 S. Bascom Avenue, Ste 111, Office 408-558-6604, Cell 408-507-1284, grant@svcfunding.com

I highly recommend. I have used Grant to refinance my home a couple of times as well as many of my clients have used Grant for purchase and refi.  He is very good at explaining your options.

Barbara on Hawkhurst; 6/11/18

David Setti, Branch Manager, O2 Mortgage

2110 S Bascom Ave #103, dave@o2mtg.com, 408.610.3210, cell 408.605.1848

I highly recommend Dave Setti. I haven't use him recently, but I did use him for a couple of mortgages and he was wonderful to work with - on top of everything and he had my needs in mind with every step.

Tina on Monte Vista; 6/13/18

Mark Watson, Preferred Financial

925 820 5557

He is great. Prior to him we used Jay at the same company. Both my sisters and another friend also used

Preferred financial for several refinancings. They work to get you the best deal always. We have done a number of Refis with him also. Say Rene hart referred you.

Rene H.; 6/13/18


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Barbara Sauer

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

Also provides mobile notary services.


Barbara on Hawkhurst; barbara@rwcastlerock.com; 3/1/18


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Property manager

A to B Property Management

https://atobpropertymanagement.com/  1975 Hamilton Avenue, Suite 32, SJ 95125; (408) 495-2153

Hello, my name is Bob Nastasi. Founder of A to B Property Management. Since 1994, our staff has provided quality service in the leasing of properties, screening tenants, marketing, and rent collection without fail.

** self-recommended **

Dave Collado, marketing: davidcollado2010@gmail.com; 5/20/19


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Red Dog Shred

720 Curtner Ave. (at Bascom), Campbell, (408) 377-2925, http://reddogshred.com/

Nina on El Rio; 7/14/19


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Home Remodeling / Repair / Maintenance

Accessibility / Mobility Equipment / Handicap Services & Maintenance

Bischoff's Medical and Mobility

225 N. Bascom (at Naglee), (408) 286-6651, https://www.bischoffsmedical.com/

…carries specially-made ball- and glider-type feet for walkers. They also stock a wide range of canes, walkers, rollators, rolling walkers, wheelchairs, scooters, lift chairs, etc. -- and provide expert advice. They do rentals as well. They have been a big help with a friend who has balance issues.

Curt G.; 7/26/19


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Appliance Sale & Repair

University Electric

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

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; 11/9/17


University Electric (family owned) on Martin Ave. in Santa Clara has been our go to place for years. Always offer good pricing and they price match too. Their installation contractors are great too.

Carolyn on Winona; 12/1/20


I also recommend University Electric. When we redid our kitchen a couple of years ago, we were originally turned off by University because the salespeople seemed like mostly grumpy old "know it alls" … we went back to University, where those same grumpy old men solved our problems because they knew how the stuff actually worked.

Jem; 12/2/20

Solomon, Lara’s Appliance Service

930 Lawton Ave, (408) 287-4911

He’s very quick to respond and responsibly priced.

Carol on Mazzaglia; 7/24/17


Note: Solomon is no longer with Lara’s Appliance Service.

Abe, Willow Glen Appliance

1129 Lincoln Ave., 408-298-1569

I used [Abe’s] services a few months ago.  He’s great at finding replacement parts. Give him a ring!

Peggy on GEA; 6/23/17

Richard Johnson, Appliance Repair and Maintenance

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

We just had Richard Johnson repair our Kitchen Aid refrigerator. He arrived when he said he would, fixed the problem and left things in good shape. He is very personable and was knowledgeable. I had gotten his name from the recommendations list and I also recommend him. We will call him again, if needed.

Diane on Carolyn; 1/15/18


I always use ARM (Appliance Repair Maintenance). We have rental units and I have used them for all our appliance repairs over the years. They are very honest and will recommend replacement when necessary.

Patrick C.; 1/18/19

Nick Moreno


For sure Nick Moreno. He takes care of all our appliance repairs & our clients too.  He is very knowledgeable & reliable as well.

Brigette on Glenkirk Ct; 3/17/17, 9/29/18

JC Penney

Eastridge Mall

They were patient and helpful with me when deciding what model to buy, and when I discovered [an error I made] were super helpful in finding a solution. … free delivery, installation, and hauling away the old appliance with larger purchases... I will go back when I need to replace my other appliances.

Tina on Monte Vista; 4/22/17

A Go Home Appliance Repair

2828 Aiello Drive, Unit C, 408 831 3118

…they were great. They knew the product and were knowledgeable about the details... They were personable, polite and the product was under warranty. According to their invoice they service Whirlpool, GE, KitchenAid, Electrolux and Frigidare. These guys are really good.

Casey on Minnesota; 5/4/17

Ace Appliance

(408) 227-2600

[for Refrigerator Repair] I use Ace Appliance for my clients. 

Karen on Blewett; 8/1/17


I last called [Ace] at a very busy time …. While nobody could come out same day, the scheduler talked me through what the noise might be, … and Tom showed up the next day for the easy fix. I feel like I now have an appliance support system.

Barb on Blewett; 1/16/19


[Ace has] Nice people who do a good job.  Prompt scheduling by Valerie, efficient and capable service by Monte, all for a more than fair price.  I called about a washing machine this time and will rely on them again whenever some other appliance needs help.

Maureen near Bird & Willow; 6/18/20

Johnny, Appliance Parts Company

1062 The Alameda, (408) 294-9500

Very helpful.  Talk to John Kasnestis, he is very fair and responsive.

Barbara on Hawkhurst; 11/9/17, 1/16/19


Johnny at Appliance Parts is fantastic!!

Tina on Monte Vista; 11/9/17

Ned, Appliance Repair Gurus


Appliance Repair Gurus in Willow Glen (Ned) for appliance repair.

Kim on Kayellen Ct.; 6/15/19


I can second the rec. for Ned at Appl. Repair Gurus.  We just had him repair our dryer last week. Everything she said ...

Ann on Spencer Ave.; 6/15/19

Art Appliance Repair

1135 Luchessi Dr., (408) 401-4178, https://www.artappliances.com/

It was the best experience I’ve had with a service person. Art called 20 minutes before arrival. Arrived on time. He was thorough and carefully trouble shot the issue [with our dishwasher]…he fixed it quickly and efficiently. He [looked at our oven] and quickly resolved the problem. He said his specialty is refrigerators. He is charming, funny, knowledgeable, local and eager to provide you with the best service possible. His pricing is very reasonable for the expertise he brings to the business.

Casey; 8/31/19

Kevin, Mr. Sunny Appliance Repair


He wore a heavy duty mask, gloves, protective foot covers and was very professional. Could not have been a better experience. Could not have been a better experience. He does need a finger signature on his phone and you can pay with check or credit card. A link to the receipt will be texted to you.

Kirsten on Glenwood; 4/2/20

King Appliance

663 N. King Road, (408) 520-6339

We bought a used fridge, washer, and dryer from them. The fridge had...problems. They were always responsive and came to fix them. It finally died, outside of warranty by several months. They replaced it anyway. Who does that anymore? Definitely recommend.

Peter on Lick; 5/28/20

Jose Maldenado


My favorite guy! Super friendly and honest and freaking knowledgeable.

Kate on Norval; 10/18/20

Monark Premium Appliance

[not recommended by]

Jem; 12/2/20

Western Appliance

[not recommended by]

Jem; 12/2/20

Sewing Machine Repair
Ray’s Sewing Machine Center

545 Meridian Ave., 408-295-6901; http://rayssewingcenter.net/

Ray's Sewing Machine on Meridian (On the left side just past Moorpark street.  He is very good. I've taken my machine to him several times.

Sue on Dean; 7/8/17


Ray's Sewing Machine Center on Meridian just past Parkmoor is excellent.  I have an Elna that was my mom's from the 70's and they did a wonderful job tuning / cleaning / repairing it over the years. 

Carol on Hamilton Way; 11/10/18

Juan, Juan’s Appliance Service


Thanks to all who sent me referrals. Got the Job done by Juan at Juan's appliance service. Came within hour of call dx and did job at reasonable price.

Richard on Georgetta; 8/31/17

Viking Sewing Center

1232 Lincoln Avenue, 408-298-5696, http://sewviking.com/

The repair store on Lincoln has repaired my Singer and my Bernina sewing machines. They have also repaired my sergers, Babylock and a different brand. They are very nice and helpful too. They have helped me out several times.

Philomena on Bird Ave; 11/11/18

Vacuum Repair
Meissner Sewing and Vacuums

4688 Meridian Ave, (408) 264-4880, https://www.meissnersewing.com/household/san-jose

[I] have been Happy with the quality of work.

Sherri I.; 9/12/20

Diamond Shoe and Vacuum Repair

2614 Union Ave., (408) 377-4940, https://www.diamondshoerepairs.com/

[I] have been Happy with the quality of work.

Sherri I.; 9/12/20


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Architect/Designer/Structural & Civil Engineer

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; 4/14/17

Steve Hindergberger


I would highly recommend Steve Hindergberger. He was our architect. Great design to maximize space but keep things open. He is very flexible and easy to work with. His website is Hindesign.

Sanjit on Hervey; 4/14/17

Dan Winkelblack 

(408) 370-3366, 80 Gilmore Ave., Campbell

I recommend Dan Winkelblack. Think about how you would like to use the space and not how you use it currently. Collect photos from Houzz and Pinterest to find your style before you meet with an architect to do preliminary needs design. Of course you will be limited by budget of wants and materials. 

Jan C.; 4/14/17

Tony Truong, Truong Design

408-899-0220, Truongdesigns@gmail.com

Tony had many suggestions and we found one that worked with our budget. It is not a cheap fix but I will tell you, in 2 years, we have had minimum movement and no need to fix any doors and windows. He is really easy to work with, great communication skills and did an excellent job working with our contractor.

Sanjit on Hervey, 2/10/20

Steven K. Barg 

barg@stanford.edu, 650 334 8187

Steve is a superior structural engineer.

Gail C.; 4/2/17

Mike, Conklin Brothers Construction

http://www.cbros.net/, 21436 Shady Lane, Los Gatos, 408-761-4263, mike@cbros.net

They have fixed many foundations in Willow Glen and Rose Garden and all over the area.  Nothing surprises them. Excellent group to work with.

Gail C.; 4/2/17

Liiban A. Affi, PE, Foundation Engineering Consultants, INC.

la@foundeng.com, www.FoundEng.com, (510) 371-5019, 3984 Washington Blvd., Suite 236, Fremont

I had to use this company for soils testing with a slanting floor. Excellent work. Look at his website to see all they do. Liiban is easy to work with, reliable and brilliant at what he does. He drives all over the Bay Area and is president of this company. You won't be disappointed.

Gail C.; 4/2/17

Dave Roberts, Built by Roberts


Good man, good contractor. I have done business with him for over 20 years as his drywall sub.

Chris J.; 12/5/17

Kitchen Designers
Jeffrey Hellmuth


I recommend Jeffrey Hellmuth - He redesigned my 1939 kitchen (took it down to the studs, kept same footprint) in 2006 and I'm still in love with the design.  He also kept me on budget.  I'm working with him now on a master bath remodel - we are in the early design discussion phase.

Lisa on Crescent; 10/9/17, 12/8/20

Timeline Design and Build

14401 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, (408) 741-3000, www.tldesign.net/

A number of years ago we had Timeline Design do an amazing kitchen remodel in our 1937 Willow Glen home. I still get compliments on the design!

Rita on Mercer; 12/10/20


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Bathroom Remodeling / Refinish


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Carpentry / Cabinet Maker

(see also "Handyman", Kitchens)


(408) 835-4902

We have used Alfonso many times for house projects. He’s fixed the fence, built a gate, patched the house, and [built] a retaining wall. We have a Tudor house and he and his brother replaced some of the decorative boards. His work is excellent, he speaks English well, reasonably priced, and reliable.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 8/29/20


We recently used Alfonso and he rebuilt some gates, built and installed a fence around my pool equipment and built an arbor/trellis. All was done well and I would recommend him as well.

Ashley G.; 8/29/20

Cabinet Repair
Charlie Bozzo 

408. 568 0461

(Bozzo is pronounced bahzo not Bozo like the clown)  He called me within a day. Came over right on time and fixed it. Told me it would be a way too low price. I gave more than double what he asked for. Very, very nice man. Big shout out. … I bet he's the kind of man who could fix lots of things.

Lynn on Clintonia; 5/20/17

Molding (Moulding)
The Moulding Company

1987 Russell Ave., Santa Clara, 408-748-6968

Helpful mockups and vignettes displayed the finished product and how they were assembled from the parts.  There’s also a big shelf area filled with free samples to take home and try out.  Staff were knowledgeable and helpful. Though their prices are higher than the big hardware chains, the variety and support make this store worthwhile.  I’d recommend this store. 

Bart on Telfer; 5/7/18

Craig Nolan, Nolan Building

1227 Fairview Ave., (408) 460-8615

I recommend Craig Nolan.  We have had them do [crown molding] inside and outside work at our house.  He has a very skilled crew and they work quietly and clean up after themselves.  He is very fair and easy to work with.  He also has good ideas that we have liked a lot.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 10/8/18


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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.; 1/27/17

Fireplace Parts
Wright Lighting

1572 Meridian Ave., 408-979-0800 

If you have an artificial fireplace/logs and need repairs or upgrades, Wright Lighting is the place to go.  Anthony Ghanati came out and assessed our problem and suggested a good solution. Thanks to the elister who recommended Wright Lighting. 

Carol on Kiner; 1/15/20


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Chimney Cleaners / Chimney Sweep


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Contractors & Remodeling

Nolan Building,

408-460-8615, nolanbandd@gmail.com; License # 897342

They have been in Willow Glen for many many years. We have had them work on big and small projects at our house. Reasonably priced and very reliable and clean up after the project. They repaired our shower tub, backyard fence and done some remodeling.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 2/8/18

Ed Cribari, Cribari Construction


He did remodels of our kitchen and bathrooms as well as other projects (windows etc). We will be moving away soon and will be missing Ed’s quality work, reliability, and trustworthiness. 

Debbie on Garden Glen Way; 8/8/18


+1 for Ed Cribari. He is reliable in the extreme - we've used him for 4 different remodeling projects over the last 15 years or so for precisely that reason. Keep in mind that he probably won't be the cheapest quote, but he usually comes in right around the quote amount unlike  most contractors.

Andrew S.; 8/8/18

Golden Coast Construction


Tony listened to us and took care to even the tiniest details. Very talented, honest, trustworthy, dependable, and extremely aimed to please and give us exactly what we wanted. If you need renovation, bathroom, kitchen, carpentry, etc. I highly recommend.

Kimberley D.; 9/27/19

Carlos Farias, CMF Construction

408-210-6527, Carlos@CMFConstruction.net

No one better than Carlos Farias-he did my entire house and several of my clients. He is professional, has great ideas, stays on schedule and has a team that is experienced and pleasant to work with. Feel free to call me if you have any questions-best of luck!

Mary Ann W.. 2/24/20

Tim Murray, Donna Shenesen, Summit Remodeling Co.


Summit did our downstairs bathroom remodel summer of 2018, and our upstairs bath remodel last summer. [The owner and designer were both] wonderful to work with during both projects. [They were] there every day, on time, cleaned up the worksite at the end of each workday, and were friendly and respectful to us at all times.

Rita on Mercer Ave; 9/5/20, 12/10/20


We used Tim Murray/Summit years ago for our master bath.  It still looks great!

Nell A.



Joe DiVittorio


I am having 2 bathrooms remodeled as I am typing this. I recommend Joe DiVittorio.

Brigette O.; 9/8/20

Safe At Home – Rebuilding Together San Jose

408-578-9519, info@rebuildingtogethersv.org, https://rebuildingtogethersv.org/programs/safe-at-home/

Their Safe At Home program provides contractors to senior homeowners who need repairs in order to remain safely in their homes. This can include electrical, plumbing, heating, a/c, painting, roofs, structural repairs, safety devices, steps, smoke detectors, etc. There is no cost at all to the homeowner. The application process is really simple and then they set up a meeting and walk-through with the contractor. The work gets done very quickly, even with COVID limitations.

Sue on Minnesota Ave.; 9/21/20

Woodcliff Builders


I highly recommend Woodcliff Builders. From A to Z, they are honest with excellent Customer service. From Operations, Design to Project Manager, everyone is really really great! I will for sure contact them again for future projects.

Cynthia on McBain; 10/24/20

Auxiliary Dwelling Units (ADU -- “Granny Flats”)
Stanley, Acton ADU

808 E. McGlincy Lane, Campbell, 408-652-8496, https://actonadu.com/about 

Stanley is outstanding. …he knows how to do ADU's. His estimates are right in line with material and labor costs. He knows what he is doing. He meets with the owner once a week and items are worked out. This is now it is supposed to be with a builder. They answer your questions and are helpful.

Gail on California; 8/30/19

Caitlin O. Bigelow

619.823.6983: www.MaxableSpace.com

We help homeowners navigate the process of designing and building an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU). Our head of design has completed over 100 ADU permits and we're very knowledgeable. You can view our website to learn more; I know the WG neighborhood intimately! 

* self-recommend *

Caitlin O. Bigelow; caitlinobigelow@gmail.com; 1/3/21

Earthquake Bracing
Anderson-Niswander Construction, Inc., General Engineering & Building Contractors

650-559-0451, www.andersonniswander.com

install shear clips at the perimeter at the cripple wall top plate to rim joist juncture; install sill plate anchors and bolts; vertical foundation fractures sealed with epoxy injection (high pressure) & steel straps. Done in 2010. Permit from the city. Very happy with their work. Got a break on our insurance after.

Janice on Coolidge; 10/22/19

Bay Area Underpinnings

707-310-0602, https://www.bayareaunderpinning.com/contact-us/ 

…they have an entire staff that does everything - plans, permits, the work, inspections, everything. Professional, respectful, knowledgeable and totally looking out for the client. Their crew loves their work. The foreman, Rene, was so helpful and they did an outstanding job.  Excellent work.

Gail on California; 8/30/19, 1/5/21

Small Projects
Chris Justi

408-971-0861; chrisjusti@gmail.com, 408.209.3787

Chris is great! He has done a couple of small jobs for us in the past and is easy to work with.

Bruce off Lincoln; 1/11/18

Crown Molding (Moulding)
Barry Renfro, Next Level *self-recommend*


Please call my husband, Barry... Great quality work. Experienced General Contractor with terrific local references. Honest, reliable. Willow Glen Resident. Free estimate of course.

Terri on Franquette; 10/8/18


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Curtains / Blinds / Drapery / Window Coverings

Allied Drapery

365 Lincoln Ave., (408) 293-1600

[They] did an outstanding job…They went above and beyond... The drapes still look and operate like the day they were installed years ago… the project was a huge success and the staff could not have been better to deal with in every way.  

Jenelle off Lincoln; 3/21/17

Fina Bella Draperies

408-379-1662, fina@finabelladraperies.com

I second Fina!!

Mary on Georgetta; 3/21/17

Pat Randolph

(831) 336-5723

I have used Pat Randolph for all my window treatments over the past 14 years. She has also overseen reupholster work on some of our furniture. She is great to work with and very reasonably priced.

Robin on Nevada; 3/23/17

California Blind Company

210 Curtner Ave., Campbell, (408) 559-8600

In case anyone is shopping for shades/blinds/draperies/shutters, etc., I just had a great experience with. Carry all the major brands. Nice showroom and helpful people without being pushy. Got my order when promised. A pleasant, easy experience all around!

Janice on Coolidge; 8/29/18


(888) 808-6772

Last year I had my wood slat blinds cleaned and repaired by CleanersToYourDoor.com. Don’t know if they do the honeycomb type blinds but they repaired or replaced the strings on several of my blinds.

Gail on Prevost; 8/29/20


When we needed warranty repair on a Duette shade a couple of years ago Hunter-Douglas put us in touch with CleanersToYourDoor as their warranty contractor. They did a great job.

Brian (formerly on California); 8/30/20

Bloomin' Blinds

(408) 669-3441

I had the cord repaired on one of my shades last Friday. The Technician came to my house (on-time and with boots and gloves) and did the repairs in his van. He did a great job. There is a $49 charge for a house call, or you can take the blinds or shades in.

Pat on Marlyn Way; 8/10/20


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Doors (House & Garage)

The Screen Shop

601 Hamlin St., 408-295-7384

All of our windows are authentic wood pane and we didn’t want the glass with metal panes inside. I ended up discovering Marvin Windows and Doors... They offer custom double hung windows, French doors, custom shapes, patterns, etc. They are a family owned business and have an excellent installation service as well. Marvin Windows and doors are expensive but they are high quality and preserve the look and style of your historic home.

Holly on Jonathan; 2/16/18


and they [at The Screen Shop] are VERY nice!

Kirsten on Glenwood; 7/23/19


The Screen Shop is the best. Incredibly honest, knowledgeable, reasonable pricing and great products and service.

Casey on Minnesota; 7/10/20

Belmont Doors and Windows

550 Harbor Blvd., Belmont, www.belmontdoor.com, 650-592-5987

Working with Kristina Parry. Great salesperson.

Karen on Blewett; 8/1/18

Anderson Window and Door Installation

696 Auzerais Ave., (408) 295-3200

I went with a Simpson wooden door with a glass insert for the front door, and a 3-panel Marvin Windows sliding glass door to the back yard. I am thrilled with these products, and the installation crew was awesome. Their stucco guy did a beautiful job blending the patch work with my 79-year-old stucco.

Lisa on Crescent Drive; 8/3/18

Lou’s Doors

1730 Junction Ave., (408) 436-1736

I've used Lou's Doors for years. They are the best on prices, service and delivery from my experience remodeling 3 old houses. But it's better if you go down there on a weekday and pick out what you want in person. Their phone lines are swamped most days.

Leslie on Ramona; 8/3/18


I used Lou’s Doors for French doors and one outside door.  Great people in the store as well as the installer.

Bonnie on Mercer; 8/3/18, 10/24/19, 8/5/20


Everyone I know goes to Lou's Doors. Contractors, everyone. Got Front Door here. Other inside doors are from Home Depot.

Gail on California; 10/24/18, 9/13/19


[I also recommend] Lou’s doors.

Sanjit; 10/24/19

The Mobile Screen Guys

(408) 750-4600

Elizabeth responds within 24 hrs and does scheduling. I just recently ( late June) had 8 screens done by The Mobile Screen Shop. Very satisfied with their work. Quality, no hassle, quick job.

Anu @ Dry Creek; 7/23/19

Ed Millett, Quality First Home Improvement

tdawgdad@gmail.com, 408-500-5110

My hubby works for Quality First Home Improvement and can help you design the doors you desire. They do great work and warranty everything. Check out their Diamond Certified rating. www.dccert.org/1233. They also have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.


Gina on Keesling Avenue; 8/4/18

Juaquin, Garcia’s Ornamental Iron Works


He installed my driveway gate and electric closer about 14 yrs. ago. I had a problem with the closure last year and sought repair advice from several Gate companies. Jauquin was, by far, the most cost efficient, responsive, and honest.

Cliff R.; 1/28/20

Mike Ortiz (owner), South Bay Fence


I had South Bay Fence make a very nice custom gate for me a few months ago.  Very nice to work with. 

Susan on Gerald; 7/8/20

B.W. Padilla Inc., dba Brian's Welding

197 Ryland St., (408) 275-9834, www.brianswelding.com

Brian is amazing! He really puts art into his work. He created a driveway gate for us in 2012 and it looks like brand new. If you would like to see it, please email me back. You should check it out...

Bob on Camino Pablo; 7/9/20

Garage Door Repair
Steve Chapman, Mike Howard Garage Doors

479 Salmar Ave., Campbell, 408-378-5409, http://www.mikehowardgaragedoors.com/

Yes, Mike Howard (the company) is great. I just had them come out this summer to install a new opener with a battery back-up and some extra handles on my door. They are very good.

Tina on Monte Vista; 12/17/18


Steve from Mike Howard Garage Doors was just here to do a repair/service call on my ancient garage door.  It is now all fixed, and operating super smoothly.  Wowza! I highly recommend them – quick response and a reasonable price as well. They don’t push for replacement doors like some other ‘repair’ places.

Peggy on Glen Eyrie Ave.; 3/7/19, 8/21/20


The owner [Steve] handled the conversion from my old sliding doors to overhead very well. His crew…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. The door still works perfectly after seven years.

Curt G.; 2/14/20, 8/21/20, 12/28/20

Ron, The Garage Door Guy

1260 Foxworthy Ave., (408) 591-7828

He is just the best guy! Honest! Very reasonable pricing! He's the owner, been in the business for years, and he will not oversell you!  he did some tweaking on ours, sprayed some blue Lithium spray on the tracks, then told me I did not need a new one…

Cindy K.; 8/21/20


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Chad, Hahn's Lighting Service Inc.

408-591-0056, 408-295-1755
[check to see if they still do residential…]

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

Barbara on Hawkhurst; 1/31/19


Try Chad McDougall at Hahns Lighting & Electrical [for Installation of Can Lights]

Carol on Mazzaglia; 6/21/17; 11/8/17


I can second Hahn's Lighting. I've used them for several jobs.

Bob on Bird; 1/31/19

Barsuglia Electric

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

[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


I took a prior recommendation from the elist recently and was very happy with Russ Barsuglia's work. He came out, quoted the work and was able to schedule a time that worked for me to do the installation of a chandelier, four sconces and fixing a can light. Very proactive, good communication on text, email and phone.

Megan on Laurie; 3/29/17


I want to put in a good word for Russ Barsuglia/Barsuglia Electric.  We found him from the WG Backfence recommendations page and were very happy with his crew and their work.

Linda on Gardendale Drive; 9/22/18

Chase Frye of Chase Electric

(408) 564-2279

Yes, Chase Frye of Chase Electric installed a 240v for my clients electric car.  Great job!  Easy to work with. 

Karen on Blewett; 7/12/17

Peter Schwab, Schwab Electric


He's done numerous jobs large and small for me.

Nina on El Rio; 7/12/17, 8/24/20

Hewlett Electric


Installed fireplace outlet and an outdoor security light.  Good up front and fair pricing.  Nice guys.  Definitely will keep them in mind for future jobs.

Andy on Madrona Ave.; 2/26/18


[Meigs Hewlett] fit me into their schedule in between the big jobs. Bryan came out the next day and not only installed the fixtures but also repaired an outlet that was not wired correctly. Reasonable fees, senior discount (J), prompt and professional. I highly recommend them!

Peggy on Glen Eyrie Ave.; 3/10/19

Dave, No-Shorts Electric


I recommend No-Shorts Electric. Not only do they do electrical work, but they do work in at least 20 other trades. If your house is broken, they can fix it.

Dave R.; 4/1/18


[No-Shorts Electric Not Recommended]

Anne J.; 9/10/18

Willow Glen Electric


They removed an old ceiling fan and installed a new one.  Gave good advice, prompt service, and a fair price.

Carol on Prevost St.; 4/9/19

California Power & Light Corp


We just had California Power & Light Corp add an extension for the electric source we’ll need for our expected fireplace insert. The response time to get our estimate was quick and all of our questions were patiently answered. They arrived to our home as arranged and made this modification a breeze for us.

Susan on Annapolis; 9/21/20

Wooding Electric

https://www.woodingelectric.com/  3390 De La Cruz Blvd, Santa Clara; (408) 675-7950 

Wooding Electric, your neighborhood electrician, is committed to ensuring all your electrical installations, repairs and upgrades are completed to perfection. Our professional team has years of extensive experience. Our work is timely and convenient.

** self-recommended **

Dave Collado, marketing: davidcollado2010@gmail.com; 5/20/19

Lamp Repair
Wright Lighting

1572 Meridian, 408-979-0800

I've had Wright Lighting (on Meridian near Hamilton) replace a lamp cord and fix a table lamp. Definitely recommend them!

Astrid; 4/29/17


Flickering Lights, Appliances behaving strangely, …



Call PG&E right away. It’s possible that it’s a broken or disconnected neutral wire [from the pole] to the house. They will come out and repair it for free.



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Flooring Installer / Refinisher / Tile / Carpet

Pete's Floors

408/998-5303; petesfloorswd@gmail.com (email); https://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); Mar 5, 2017

Joe Divittorio


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

Brigette on Glenkirk Ct.; 7/19/19

Donald Priest, DL Floor Company

Santa Clara, 408-984-7231

hardwood floors only---particularly the old ones. He is experienced, reasonable and knows floors. This is his company. 25 years experience.

Gail C.; 4/2/17, 6/5/20

Off Price Carpet Outlet

1020 W. San Carlos Street, 408-288-7678

They deal in a lot of remnants... sort of like second hand goods, but the product is still brand new. We recommend them if you don't need a whole house (e.g. 1000s of SF) done in the same style. We were able to get a couple bedrooms done identically in a nice style for a lot less than the names on the radio.

John on Mayellen Avenue; 11/21/17

Art, Willow Glen Floor Company

(408) 529-7342

Great job. Move the furniture, do it all. We enjoyed working with Art and his crew. Tell him Rene and Dan referred you.

Rene on Marcia; 2/18/18, 6/6/20

Clark’s Hardwood Floors

251 E. Hacienda, Campbell, 408-866-5485

Clark's took care of my 1929 era floors and did installation on a back bedroom. They were reasonably priced, communicated well, showed up on time and were quite tidy.

Leslie on Ramona; 5/31/18


We recently had our kitchen/family room floors sanded and stained by Clark's Hardwood Floors Co.  We were very pleased with their workmanship and crew - on time and very professional. They kept us informed about what the next step was, etc. I believe the price was reasonable and competitive.

Carol on Kiner; 8/3/18

Elegant Thread

1206 Mountain View-Alviso Rd. Suite D, Sunnyvale, Elegant-CarpetCare.com, 408-773-8624

About 3 years ago my son used Elegant Thread to refinish their hardwood floors.  They did a great job and the floors look beautiful now. 

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 7/9/19

Daniil Grigin, Elephant Floors

750 880- 9620

They just did a wonderful job install vinyl wood floor we bought at Costco. Fast. Efficient. Great workers.

Lynn M.; 6/27/20

California Wood Floors

430 Hurlingame Ave. Unit B, Redwood City

Yes, California Wood Floors refinished the original floors in our 1926 home.

Linda on Dorothy; 6/5/20

Precision Flooring


Precision Flooring did our fir floors about three years ago. They did a beautiful job and were able to piece in matching wood where there was too much old damage. BTW, my house was built around 1900 and I believe these are the original floors.

Philomena on Bird Ave; 6/5/20

Calvin, CH Hardwood Floors

(408) 826-1714, http://www.chhardwoodfloors.com/

After getting quotes from 3 or 4 people on the recommendations list, we recently used Calvin from CH Hardwood floors. He did a great job on our old hardwood floors that had been covered with carpet.  He was very responsive to texts and worked with us on scheduling and minor repairs. Pricing was competitive, also.

Jenelle off Lincoln; 10/26/20

Floors: Pete's Floors

408/998-5303; petesfloors@gmail.com;  https://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.  I charge an estimate fee when I come out which, is deducted from the contract if you end up having me do the work.  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

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; 1/11/17

Garage Floor Coating
Chris Hahn, Coverall Epoxy Floor

(408) 892-1682

I got my garage floor epoxy [done] by Chris last summer. Beautiful professional quality job by this husband n wife team. Another elister had recommended Chris. She showed me her garage floor and I was literally “floored” by the quality job in her garage. You are very welcome to see my garage floor.

Anu @ Dry Creek; 7/30/19


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Furniture Refinishing & Repair

Mark Will, Wildwood Workshop

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

[recommended by]

Jan C.; 3/11/19

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Campbell Glass

417 Lano St., SJ, (408) 370-2252

We used Campbell Glass a few years ago for a glass top to protect our dining room table. If I remember correctly, they came out to measure and then delivered when it was ready.

JB on Hervey; 10/19/20

Cambrian Glass & Mirror

835 Union Ave, Campbell, (408) 377-2060

Highly recommend Cambrian Glass at Bascom & Union. Have been around for years, are reputable with fair prices.

Joyce on Comstock’ 10/19/20

Stained Glass
Barragan Glass Works 

650-222-7864, http://barraganglassworks.com/

Genaro … was courteous and responsive, came to our house to remove the section he needed to work on, put up a wood barrier and returned in a few days with the repaired section - the (clear) stained glass in our front door. He did a really good job.  

mailto:glendell@comcast.netLouise on Glen Dell Drive; 8/27/17

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; Mar 5, 2017

Shower Glass

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"Handyman" / Chores / “Mother’s Helpers”

Lou’a Tuaima


[recommended by]

Larry R.; 2/21/17



Neighbor & eList member Gail recently down-sized & moved with the help of Duncan whom she found on TaskRabbit & has highly recommended.  I met him at her house & was also impressed -- very nice, capable, sensible. 

Maureen near Bird & Willow; 3/31/17

Mondo Rodriquez


He’s just finished up some work for me and I can’t tell you how pleased I am. He went WAY above and beyond for me and I just can’t thank him enough!! Anyone that is looking for a handyman with extensive experience, Mondo is the guy to call.

Linda on Little Orchard St.; 3/16/17

Task Rabbit


Lots of people on this website to help. I have had Duncan Cook and Chris Imai help me for various tasks and they always do a good job and have creative ways of solving the problem for the project. They are artists who work at the SJSU Foundry.

Gail on Glen Dell; 4/2/17; 12/19/17

Cesar Bergos


I have used Cesar Bergos for years now and he has done very good work for me.  He's timely and responsive.

Suzanne on Bennett; 2/27/18

Bob Hooks Handyman Services

http://bobhookshandyman.com/, 650.400.0443

I hired Bob to install a bi-fold carriage door on my garage last month, and the result is just beautiful! My new doors now close tight (sorry, critters) and look great.  Tyler, the foreman, has an amazing eye for detail, and ensured the installation and trim work were perfect.  Bob and team do projects of all sizes.

Lisa on Crescent Drive; 6/6/18

Jose Sanchez


I just wanted to share that if you’re looking for a great handyman, I just used the services of Jose Sanchez this weekend. He was fast, efficient and reasonably priced and all around pleasant.

Linda on Little Orchard; 6/10/18, 11/5/19

Robert Blabbas


My Apartment manager. Excellent, much experience, honest, good with communication.

Larry R.; 7/30/18, 1/18/19

Oscar Jaimes, James Handyman Services

408-223-5384, oscarjaimes007@icloud.com

I highly recommend handyman, Oscar who owns James' Handyman Services. Oscar has many skills for small repairs around the home. I recommend him as do others who have been helped by him for home repairs.

Gail C.; 8/27/18

Bob Sanders

408-210-9918, bobb1sandr@gmail.com

charges $20-$40 depending on the task. He does small tasks. Not large ones. He comes and evaluates and tells you if he can do the work. He is honest about what he can do. I am not sure if he does electrical work. Ask him when you call so he doesn't make a trip for a job he can't do.

Gail on California; 10/24/18

Marty Pabian

412-576-4536, martinpabian@gmail.com

I recommend Marty Pabian. He did a number of fixes around my house and did a great job. Professional. A bit drippy with paint but everything else was perfect.

Tina on Monte Vista; 3/30/19


(408) 316-5000

I recommend a handyman Ned. Very fast so you get a lot for your $.

Diana on Dry Creek Village; 7/18/19

Jose Rodríguez

408 705-8824, joserod0777@yahoo.com

For a handyman I would recommend Jose Rodríguez. We have used him for over 10 years for big and small jobs from installing doors and windows rebuilding our garage to lighting and repairs. He is very conscientious and fair.

Peter on Laurie Ave.; 7/19/19


(408) 460-9109

I [want] to let everyone know about a handyman who remodeled my bathroom. He moved a shower wall and toilet so that I could have a built-in bench, put in a larger window, integrated sink, tile and bidet. His work ethic, honesty, ideas are amazing. He is not a licensed contractor but he is just as good.

Cris near Nomark Ct.; 9/21/20

Tom Greene

(408) 230-0286

My realtor recently arranged for Tom Greene to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in several rooms at my late father's house in Naglee Park and he did an excellent job -- the realtor says that she's relied on him as an all around handyman for years.  He lives in Willow Glen.

Maureen near Bird & Willow; 9/25/20

Robert Hallcraft


He can do just about anything and as a matter of fact, he just replaced our toilet last week. He charges $75.00 for the installation.

Cindy K.; 10/2/20

Manuel Corral


There is nothing that this handyman extraordinaire has not been able to do, and do well, for me and my clients.

Karen on Blewett; 10/9/20

Haas Perry Smart Home Help in Willow Glen

haasperry@gmail.com or text 408-617-7979   

Local WG handyman and son are available for help around the house including making your home smart, safe and secure. We can do odd jobs and install new tech like Nest Thermostats, Wi-Fi Cameras, Alexa and Google Home speakers, Roku, Sonos, Smart TV’s, computers, and furniture too! Simply send us an email with an idea of what you need to get done and we’ll provide a quote @ $30/hr.


Ryan on Glenn: haasperry@gmail.com; 10/5/20

Eric Ostrowski, Athletic Director at Willow Glen High

eostrowski@sjusd.org, 408-535-6330 (school number - ask for Eric)

He has plenty of strong boys that would like to earn $15 an hour. [like gardening, household upkeep]

Jean on Cottle and Pine; 4/17/19

Maria Elena Olvera

669-377-2660, meugalde1@gmail.com

I would like to recommend Maria Olvera to help you with household and caregiving needs (children and eldercare). She was prompt, did a wonderful job and was a delight to get to know.  She has numerous references in the Willow Glen Area.

Susan on Parkside; 4/23/19

Elaine P.


Do you need some extra time to run errands, get chores done, or just need some extra time for yourself? I'm looking for a WG family in need of someone to take care of their child for a few hours once or twice a week (4-6 hours a week).  I am a 17 year old high school Senior and have a current babysitting certificate.  I am available during the day/evening and weekends.  My hourly fee is $10 hour.

*self-recommend* Elaine on Glen Dell Drive; glendell@comcast.net; 11/11/17


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


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Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning [HVAC] & Duct Cleaning

DunRite Heating and A/C.

 408-353-4900. dunritehvac.net 

I just had Dunrite Heating & Air here to repair my a/c. I highly recommend them.  

Brooke on Dry Creek Village; 6/22/17; 9/18/17


Our a/c broke right before the last heatwave and he was quick to respond AND he got our unit up and running in minutes.  We had gotten a previous quote and those folks wanted to replace our whole unit! He is honest and provides good service

Julie J.; 9/18/17


[Mike at Dun-Rite] came out first thing Monday morning (A/C popped out over the weekend), found the problem, and fixed us right up.  He also made some good recommendations about future maintenance requirements on our HVAC system.  His communication was excellent.  I highly recommend him.

Linda on Belmont; 6/7/18


We just had Mike from DunRite Heating and A/C come out to fix our A/C unit. I called this morning and he came right out. He was very quick and got the job done quickly and reasonably. I highly recommend them.

Kathy & Gary on Lansford; 5/29/20


We needed to have some duct repair work done…. Several of the companies charge an inspection fee $140-175. If they do the work I believe they apply the fee to your bill. I had DunRite come out and Jesse did the repair work. He was fantastic. It cost $180 to repair the duct.

DunRite and Jesse are highly recommended. 

Carol on Kiner; 6/9/20


We were able to get in touch with Dunrite Heating and Air and have them come out on short notice.   They were able to quickly figure out the issue and fix the problem. Pricing was reasonable and their technicians were super helpful and friendly.

Neal J.’ 8/18/20

Bob, ABS Heating and Air Conditioning

334 Shamrock Dr., Campbell, (408) 238-7178, absheatingandairconditioning.com

I 2nd ABS.

Bernard G.; 6/18/18

AAA Furnace and Air Conditioning

1712 Stone Ave., 408/293-4717; (669) 235-3793

I agree -- [AAA] are terrific!

Bruce off Lincoln; 6/24/18


I have used AAA, they are very good and knowledgeable.

Barbara on Hawkhurst; 3/15/19


They [AAA] were efficient, courteous, priced reasonably, and reliable.

Carol on Prevost St.; 3/15/19, 10/27/20, 1/7/21


We just replaced our HVAC system using AAA Furnace, they were great. They even fixed a leaking pipe on my water heater for free while they were down there in the basement, since they noticed it leaking.

Andrew S.; 8/2/18


Agreed, we replaced our HVAC system using AAA Furnace and they were great!

Barbara on Hawkhurst; 8/2/18


We used AAA Furnace to service our 1939 gravity furnace. They had no trouble at all, and once even cleaned a connection to get it working and didn't charge us a thing.

Tina on Monte Vista; 8/22/20, 12/1/20


I also recommend AAA as well. Okay to quote.

Bonnie on Mercer Avenue; 8/23/20


I second AAA. They just replaced a capacitor in my furnace (not a floor furnace) after it stopped working. I called three names on the recommendations list—one couldn’t come until 4 weeks out (too long), one was a no-show. AAA came within a few days and fixed it within minutes. Very good experience and reasonable price.

Patty on Broadway; 12/2/20


I always recommend AAA Heating & Air in Willow Glen.


Brigette O.; 1/7/21

4 Seasons Heating and Air

(925) 447-3112

If you, like us, have an old (80 yr+) in-floor furnace and need someone to repair it, we just used 4 Seasons... Took a while to get an appt. but guy arrived on time, got it working. Only downside, there's $100 added to repair bill for diagnostics but it's worth it for a working furnace!

Janice on Coolidge; 1/14/19 

Sal, Costless Heating and Cooling Services 

1165 Lincoln Ave., 408-876-9643, 408-823-7221, www.costlesshvac.com, costlesshvac@yahoo.com

They also do the maintenance on the units and clean the ducts annually to keep the efficiency. Richard does the duct cleaning and is also in Willow Glen.

Gail on California Ave.; 5/20/20, 1/7/21

Josh Kurmel, Controlled Air Systems

408-375-7018, controlledairsystems@gmail.com

Since he is based in Gilroy, his prices were so much better than any other quotes I obtained from local companies. I replaced my coil and furnace and added central air for less than $10,000. All the duct work was in good shape so my price didn't involve changing or improving duct work.  He also put a minisplit in our guest house that works great and cost $3500.

Joy on Willow Glen Way; 5/20/20

Valley Heating and Cooling

(408) 294-6290

In 2014 we had Valley Heating replace our original ducts with super-efficient ducts and also got a new furnace and added AC.  We interviewed 3 companies and they were best for us.  We got generous PGE rebates for the ducts and furnace.  No complaints at all.

Susan on Gerald Way; 5/29/20

Tran Nguyen, Evergreen Air

(408) 799-9638

Great service and quick responses.

Martin P.; 8/16/20, 1/7/21

Cost Less Heating

408-876-9643, http://costlesshvac.com

Cost Less Heating and cooling on Lincoln Ave. They are in Willow Glen.

Gail on California Ave; 8/16/20

Jose Ramirez


We, along w/ at least 2 neighbors, have had Jose Ramirez do brick work for us. Very dependable, great to work with and fairly priced.

Vern on Laurie Ave.; 8/6/20

Service Champions


We've used Service Champions for a few years.  Been very happy with their service.  And they redid the ductwork in our house a few years ago and did a great job.

Regan on Jansen; 10/15/20

Phil Dore, Reliable Air Mechanical


I highly recommend Phil Dore of Reliable Air Mechanical. He replaced my HVAC just a few months ago.  He's very honest, his price was the best and his work was outstanding. They showed up on time, cleaned up and took all the old stuff away.

Cindy K.; 10/15/20

Orta's Plumbing, Heating & Air


We are using Orta's Plumbing, Heating & Air for several years now and are very happy.

Stefan B.; 10/15/20

Residential Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc of Campbell


[They] did an excellent job last year installing a complete system for a friend of mine. They focus on energy efficiency. They carefully measure the house and run a computer analysis. No high-pressure upselling…they also insulated the attic. I was impressed by the professionalism of the installers – who…used drop cloths, wore boot covers, and cleaned up every day. A couple of weeks later, he needed to have the thermostat simplified -- they sent a very smart and understanding tech…at no charge.

Curt G.; 11/5/20, 1/7/21


Agreed. [Residential] installed an A/C system for our house, and they were absolutely amazing. Friendly, professional, and reasonable.

Kate on Norval; 11/5/20


Jmangano@hvac-aircare.com; 408.463.6957, https://www.aircareheatandcool.com/service-area/campbell-ca/

We have had AirCare exclusively with great results. They are a small company with well trained technicians and do not believe in the hard sell.

Jacqui on Curtiss; 11/10/20


[For floor furnaces, AirCare] were magnificent. Completely competent, on-time and fair. I highly recommend them.

Spencer on Glenwood; 12/14/20

Bartlett Heating and Air


We used to have an old Coleman furnace. I highly recommend [them] for the job.

Anand on Curtner; 12/2/20

Mini-split heater/cooler

We installed one in our place in Paso Robles. They are great…. We got a Panasonic RE18SKUA.

Andrew S.; 7/24/20

Eric Moran, Cooler Living Systems


Eric Moran at Cooler Living Systems who installed a heat pump for me and configured the Nest for it. He is excellent.

Anand on Curtner; 12/7/20


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Housecleaners; House Cleaning

Rachel E. Ashe, Cleaning by Ashe

rachelashe@rocketmail.com, 408-771-6480

She cleaned after painting and cleans after big moves. She cleans regularly also. She knows a lot and uses the correct products to do the job. She is reasonably priced. Highly recommend.

Gail C.; 4/2/17


She came for a deep clean of our home before a large party, and Rachel did a great job.  She and her partner did a thorough job of cleaning while being careful with our home’s items.  She also charged a reasonable rate and is highly recommended.

Dave on Carolyn; 8/4/19

Araceli Villa


Our house cleaner, Araceli Villa, is looking to expand her business, and we are happy to recommend her. We have been very pleased with her; she has helped us keep our house clean for close to a decade. She and her assistant do great work, and we trust her completely.

Linda on Dorothy Avenue; 7/6/17

Katija Ramic


I am happy to recommend someone I know and trust--Katija Ramic, a local housecleaner.  Her business phone number is 408 315-0454.

Carol on Curtis; 11/12/18

Luisa Ramirez

cell 408-396-7021, home 408-277-0981

Our house cleaner is Luisa Ramirez.  She has been cleaning our house (and two of my brother in laws' houses!) since 2006 when she came up as a recommended house cleaner on this elist.  She's thorough, consistent and never missed a cleaning day.

Regan on Jansen; 11/12/18



My wonderful housekeeper Sandy is looking to add a few more clients! She’s been cleaning my house for about two years, with a second person (usually her sister or mom). They do a solid job, I especially appreciate that they will occasionally clean something unexpected like the inside of my fridge, etc.  Call or text is fine (her English is pretty good)

Carin D.; 6/8/19

Nick - 408-250-9817


Carin D.; 11/12/18

Elena, Tidy House


My long-time housekeeper has openings for new commercial clients. Her business is "Tidy House" and you can trust Elena to make your business look its best. Tidy House also will clean windows, blinds, shutters, louvres. References available.

Margaret on Constitution Drive; 7/10/19



Blanca has been cleaning my house for over 15 years. She is dependable, located locally, and I can recommend her without reservation.

John on Cristina Ave., 3/18/20

Ninfa Serna


I've had Ninfa Serna and her team cleaning my home for over 17 years and she's worked with family friends for even longer than that. 100% reliable, detailed oriented, and trustworthy.

Claudia on Westwood; 9/17/20

Home Clearing / Liquidation
Amanda Kuzak, Kuzak’s Closet


Many of my clients have used Amanda Kuzak / Kuzak’s Closet.  She will work with you on the best solution for your situation.

Barbara S.; 6/25/18

Move It Elsewhere

350 Lincoln Ave., (408) 515-7277, moveitelsewhere.com

[Not recommended]

Karen on Blewett; 6/25/18

Silverleaf Antiques

408-205-1875, silverleaf6@sbcglobal.net

I highly recommend SilverLeaf Antiques and Estate Liquidation.  We used them to liquidate the contents of a home after a friend’s death.  They staged the house and its items, advertised the sale and then took what was left.  We soon put the house on the market.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 6/25/18


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Home Theater / Electronics Installation

Steve Spina


Steve was recommended to us from the Elist, did some work for us, and was phenomenal. Really knows his stuff.

Sara on Michigan; 2/6/18


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Interior Design

Rey Lambatin, Advocali Designs


Rey at Advocali Designs is very reasonable and did our gallery wall.  Let him know Sujata sent you!

Sujata M.; 1/2/20


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Insulation and Attic Maintenance


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Iron Work; Welders

Joe Strouss, Strouss Steel


Recommending Strouss Steel, Inc.  Joe Strouss should be able to give you a quote over the phone.

Karen on Blewett; 4/25/18


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Junk Hauling

Nicolas Ambrosio


Used to recycle metals for free but now charges a little because metals payments went down. Excellent person. Usually came out within hours of my phone call.

Gail C.; 4/2/17

Marco Sabalsa


Marco is awesome! I use him for both hauling & landscaping needs.

Brigette on Glenkirk Ct.; 4/10/17

City of San Jose


Unlimited hauling but you need to make an appointment for the pick-up.


David, Ethan's Junk Removal

408-402-1240, www.ethansjunkremoval.com

If you need a junk hauling service, I highly recommend you consider Ethan's Junk Removal. They are on-time, polite, careful and competitively priced. They took away several of our no longer needed items this morning! 

Carolyn on Winona Dr.; 1/12/20


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Kitchen Remodeling & Supplies

(see also Carpenter / Cabinets)

Granite Cutting & Counters
Rafael Bermeo

(408) 836-0560

He works with granite and he knows about plumbing. He has a lot of work for me and is a very agreeable person. 

Maricela on Michigan Ave.; 2/10/17

Marble and Stone Solutions

1495 Industrial Ave. (408) 288-5330

My husband is a GC and we use Marble & Stone Solutions.  They do excellent work.  Ask for Brian and tell them you were referred by Tim Edmunds Builder. 

Linda E.; 3/28/17; 8/15/17

Marble Creations

1781 Junction Avenue, (408) 452-1615

I highly recommend Marble Creations. … Anyway, they have beautiful materials, are reasonably priced, provide one stop shopping (they sell and fabricate in-house), and were great to work with.

Robin on Nevada; 8/16/17

Induction Cooktops

Love em! They heat up much faster than gas and shut off immediately. We’ve had ours for about 10 years and it took a little while to get use to how quickly the stove  responded. You have to prep everything first and then start cooking, otherwise you’ll burn the first item while chopping the next. I bought ours for easy cleanup and it is just a quick wipe and looks like new after 10 years. Ours is a KitchenAid.

Nell A.; 12/13/19


I love my induction cooktop. It is a GE brand and is the top of a push-in stove. I did have a small issue just after the first year, but GE came and repaired it for free. I did not buy the extended warranty. I think it is better than a gas cooktop, as the top is easy to clean, the burners are very efficient, and water boils in half the time of any cooktop I've ever had. It still looks new, works great, and if I ever need to replace it, I will get another one. 

Brooke in Dry Creek Village; 12/13/19


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(408) 246-6868

A-Able is family-owned and has been in business since 1965.  One Sunday I could not get my back door to lock.  I called and the owner's son came out immediately and fixed it in about 20 minutes; the door had shifted and the bolt did not line up.  I recommend, will use them in the future.

Bonnie on Mercer Avenue; 2/21/17

Baker Lock and Key Service

2951 Union Ave., (408) 377-9210

The key to our lock box went missing and our daughter needed [to get] in the box … within 3 hours. A mobile locksmith quoted me $85… I took it over to Baker and had a key made within 10 minutes for a total of $25. This is a mom and pop and son shop...literally. Great folks!  

Ginavi M.; 2/23/17


I've used Baker Lock and Key on Foxworthy and Union for years.  Very Reliable.

Nina on El Rio; 6/19/20, 12/14/20


George [at Baker’s Lock & Key] even fixed a door problem that turned out to have nothing to do with the lock. 10/10.

Barbara M.; 10/22/20

San Jose Locksmith

(408) 614-7772, https://www.sanjoselocksmith.com/

I can't say enough good things about Barry who owns "The San Jose Locksmith!"

He helped my family and I when we were locked out of our house yesterday evening (long story) --he came within 15 minutes, didn't judge/super nice, and got us into our house within a minute or so.

Tina on Ellen Ave.; 9/20/18

San Jose Safe and Lock

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

I got great, timely, and inexpensive service to re-key several locks, including an electronic hybrid Schlage. Some were done while I ran another errand, and one basic single cylinder bolt rekey was done while I waited. The rekeyed locks work flawlessly. Highly recommend.

John Formerly Mayellen, now North First; 6/10/19


I’ve used San Jose Safe & Lock at 939 W San Carlos St with good success. The guy knows his stuff and he’s reasonably priced. It shares the lot with used cars, so look carefully when you drive over.

John K.; 6/19/20


If in need, or being prepared, I'd support SJ Lock & Safe without a doubt and Baker too would be a fine choice. Didn't hurt to map the location with  the street view to ease finding the place. Not hard, but it's not a big box store of course.

Greg on Kobara Lane; 6/19/20

Sean Kim, Lock & Key World


I’ve had Sean Kim of Lock & Key World out two times. He changed out the locks on our newly purchased townhome in 2014 and just recently for another task. He was very prompt both times.

Kimberley D.; 12/30/19


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Advantage Moving and Storage

http://www.themovingadvantage.com/, in Milpitas, 408-935-9115

Excellent movers. Great people.

Gail C.; 4/2/17

Joey Frater, West Valley Moving


Try Joey Frater with West Valley Moving; great guy and very reliable and careful! 

Kirsten on Glenwood; 2/12/18, 7/8/18

Jerry Wood

(408) 373-5420

Jerry Wood moving is great. I’ve used them, locally, a couple of times.

Karen on Blewett; 7/8/18

Upline Moving

[not recommended]

Kathy on Nomark; 4/18/19

Goliath Moving & Storage

1702 Meridian Ave, (408) 915-3040 

Goliath Moving & Storage is great and reasonable! 

Barbara on Hawkhurst; 7/7/20

Scott McElfresh

408-83901922, smcelfresh@chipmanrelo.com

Scott McElfresh is great.

Barbara S.; 11/4/20

Movers (Small Moves)
Joey and Nick, West Valley Movers

408- 761-1829

…they are very accommodating and may have a more economical solution for [small moves]. I highly recommend them for whole house moves as well.

Kirsten on Glenwood; 6/5/18

Jason P., TaskRabbit


I've had great luck with small moves (1-3 pieces of large furniture) from TaskRabbit (taskrabbit.com) Both times I used Jason P (https://www.taskrabbit.com/profile/jayson) who appears to still be available and currently charging $90/hour.  He was great!

Jim (formerly on Settle Ave); 6/5/18, 1/22/19

Economy Packing Supplies, formerly JDM


Very useful and helpful store. See 20 photos of huge range of things they carry:


Curt G.; 3/15/19


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Painting / Wallpaper

Ron Hunter, Fine Line Painting

1938 Creek Dr.; 408-723-2242, cell 408-966-9642; hunters4@aol.com

[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.; 4/9/17


We second Ron Hunter! Great guy, great job, prices very reasonable! He painted our house and bathroom.

We will use him again.  

Jonica on Lansford; 7/26/17


We had Ron Hunter do ours and he did an amazing job, very thorough and a great price.  [Highly recommend]

Jason on Hervey; 8/9/17


Yet another glowing recommendation for Ron Hunter!

Sujata M.; 9/11/19

Wynn Barnes

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

[recommended by:]

Larry R.; 1/26/19

Monroe Painting

(408) 749-0525

Painted the inside and outside of our home. Also painted our kitchen cabinets. Fantastic, professional crew. They are very professional and detail oriented.

Neal J.; 8/24/17, 11/20/18, 9/14/19

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.; 2/27/17

Gary Rose Painting

408-785-1651; 408-426-4961, 408-482-3754

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

Linda on Little Orchard; 2/28/17, 10/8/20


We've also used Gary Rose for other jobs and he's been great. “Highly recommend.”

Jem; 7/26/17

John Ellzey, Ellzey's Painting, Inc.

john@ellzeypainting,com, (408)210-6897

John's team renovated an old 1927 WG house made of lath and plaster and did an excellent job. It was more than just painting. It was a whole renovation that is spectacular.

Gail C.; 4/2/17

Ryan Hanson Painting, Lic #826068

(408) 499-0801, rhanson2525@yahoo.com

We have used Ryan Hanson for our inside painting on three houses now. He is prompt and does a very good job. I also like that he keeps the work area very clean and is careful of the carpets and furniture. He is especially patient while you decide on…colors....

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 4/10/17, 1/27/19, 9/11/19

Paul Wilder, Proficient Painting


We just used Proficient Painting (interior and exterior work) and were very happy.  Paul was very helpful with color selection too, when what I had picked turned out to be not quite right.

Linda E.; 8/24/17

Bill's Brush Works

bill@bbw3.biz; (408) 246-5200

Bill's Brush Works did an awesome job painting our home — the crew was tidy, responsive and reasonably priced, and they finished ahead of schedule. 

Rachel W.; 3/27/18


We have had several good experiences with Bill’s Brushworks, responsive, efficient, quality work, and good value. Came in at 1/2 the price of the other quote we obtained.

Bill on Cherrydale; 10/15/20

Jose and Lou Saavedra, Pride Painting

408-655-0112, (408) 314-0178; loupridepainting@yahoo.com

I just had a great experience with Pride Painting. They did an excellent job. They patched stucco, painted the house, the wrought iron trim, and sealed the redwood fence for a very reasonable price. They were responsive and tidy and wonderful to work with.

Tina on Monte Vista; 11/19/18, 1/26/19


Pride Painting has done a lot of painting for us and for our neighbors. They are good people, always leave a clean worksite, and do a quality job. She will make an appointment to come to your house to see what you need, and then send you a bid a couple of days later. Highly recommended. Jose is also a licensed contractor.

Amy on Willow Glen Way; 10/15/20


I’ve used Pride Painting do some interior painting as well. Very meticulous – did a great job! They also replaced/repaired a broken gate.

Peggy on Glen Eyrie Ave.; 10/15/20

Atlas Painting

169 Chateau la Salle Dr, (408) 569-2764, https://www.facebook.com/AtlasPaintingSanJose/ 

We had an amazing experience with Raymond from Atlas Painting in SJ. There aren't a ton of pics on their FB page but he did a phenomenal job painting every room in our house, and he was fast.

Lindsay on Gundersen; 11/20/18

Paul Choi, Choice Painting

choice1paint@gmail.com, 408-292-9797, 408-636-6868

[They] created their schedule around our family life. They met their original budget and schedule. They were kind to my dog who was anxious with all the activity. They cleaned up at the end of each day… They went the extra mile and touched up my cabinets …

Jill on Britton; 5/21/19

Painting Pros

https://paintingpros.com/, 408-418-9912

Agree about Painting Pros!! Awesome work for us a few months ago!! Matching wall colors, trims, various rooms and finishes! Wow!!

Valerie on Norval; 9/14/19

Gustavo Ruiz


I've used Gustavo Ruiz for several client interior paint jobs recently. He is excellent, reasonably priced, and extremely reliable.   Highly recommend!

Karen on Blewett; 9/19/19, 5/13/20, 10/8/20

Mural Painting
Scott Willis


Scott Willis did our wall mural, copying old photos onto an exterior wall.  Check out his [website].

Margaret on Palm Haven; 5/19/20

Popcorn Ceiling Removal
Dave Montoya, Proficient Drywall


I have worked with him on many projects which required popcorn removal and/or drywall work. Great guy, very professional as well.

Brigette O.; 9/19/19

Wynn Barnes

408 658 4078

If you would like to meet to see pictures and references with phone numbers. I'd like that.


Wynn on Altamont: wynnpaints2@yahoo.com; 4/1/18

Street Number Address Painters
Address Services

www.address-services.com, 669-244-5000

A Gentleman stopped by here recently. He did a great job. All of my neighbors asked to have their house numbers after they saw mine. You can text your order or place an order on line. You don't have to be

home. He will invoice you. Hope it works out for you.

Casey on Minnesota; 5/20/19, 7/19/20

Wallpaper Installation
Mr Young Lee

(408) 781-1162

Excellent. Excellent painter too

Lynn on Clintonia; 8/2/20


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Plasterer / Drywall / Masonry / Sheet Rock / Stucco / Brickwork

Chris Justi

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

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

Jan C; 10/28/18


I recommend Chris too. He did my drywall before too.

Ashley G.; 10/28/18

Manuel Jimenez

(415) 595-5152

Manuel Jimenez is my ‘go to’ guy for plaster and drywall. In fact I have a job for him this week!

Karen on Blewett; 5/26/19

Batininch Masonry


Local, been in business 36 years.

Linda on Old Orchard; 5/6/20

Chris Justi Drywall *self-recommend*

chrisjusti@gmail.com, 408.209.3787

My name is Chris Justi and I'm a drywall contractor. I work by myself so I take smallish jobs …. give me a text back at the phone number [above] and we can set up an appointment for me to come by and take a look at it and tell you what I think.

Chris on Clintonia; chrisjusti@gmail.com; 10/28/18


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Plumbers, Plumbing / Sewer Blockage

Robert Moomau

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

Moomau is our go to plumber!

Neal J.; 11/27/17, 7/6/18


Moomau, absolutely!

Nancy on Cottle; 7/6/18, 10/22/18


Moomau [replaced my main water line] for me too (assuming that's what the pipe from the street to the house is called), also about 3 years ago.  Prompt response, good work, fair price, nice people.

Maureen near Bird & Willow; 10/21/18, 9/14/19


The team from Moomau determined that the leak was coming from my HVAC system, not the copper pipes. It was not that easy to figure out where the problem was originating from as there were several possible sources. I really appreciated their professionalism and honesty - I HIGHLY recommend them.

Julia on Westgate; 6/3/19


I recommend Moomau also.  They have helped me many times, and I plan to have them replace my original 1939 galvanized plumbing.

Bonnie on Mercer Avenue; 6/3/19


[Moomau] was beyond fabulous in every single way possible…I wouldn't hesitate for a second to use his services again or recommend him to anyone.  He was beyond outstanding and I wanted to share this story with you in case you are ever in need of a reliable plumber who knows what they are doing.

Barb M.; 8/3/19

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; 11/23/18


Thanks to a recommendation on WGBackfence, I called Drain Masters for a stopped up sewer line today.  They arrived within one hour of my call and had the line snaked and free within an hour of arrival.  Count me as another satisfied customer!

Kathie on Pine; 8/5/17

Santos Gomez, Go-Mez


Give Santos Gomez of Go-Mez plumbing a call.  He has done small and large projects for us and for our neighbors and friends.  He is competent, thorough, on-time and a very nice person! 

Regan on Jansen; 3/10/17; 11/26/17

Kevin Garza, San Jose Plumbing


Kevin has been creative in solving many plumbing problems in my 1927 house. He gives discounts to seniors. He does the jobs himself and has been in the business 40 years.  He knows just about everything plumbing.

Gail C.; 4/2/17

Speed Drain 

(408) 378-5309

Everyone was busy so I called Speed Drain. Lucille (a very nice gentleman) fixed my 60 year old bathroom pipe for $600 less than another company had given me an estimate for. As importantly, he came two hours after I called. He fixed it in less than 40 minutes.

Eileen on Thrasher Lane; 6/28/17

Mike Counsil Plumbers

www.counsilplumbing.com; (408) 272-2272

If you need plumbing work done, I recommend Mike Counsil Plumbers. They recently replaced all the 70-year-old, leaking, terra cotta pipes under my home.  

Carol on Prevost St.; 4/21/18

Crown Plumbing

405 Meridian Ave., 408-713-6606, www.crownplumbingsanjose.com  

This is a big cheer for Crown Plumbing referred by Moomau. They arrived on schedule, fixed a stubborn and difficult drain blockage promptly and for the price quoted. Also they were pleasant and easy to deal with. I highly recommend them.

Nina on El Rio; 11/26/18

Jeff Dean


Jeff was outstanding -returned calls, came on time, prices very reasonable. Jeff also recommended the Pelican System for your house.  We have had Rayne for soft water for a very long time and wanted to change to a better system.  Jeff suggested the Pelican system and has installed many.

Carol on Kiner; 8/19/19


Highly recommend Jeff Dean. He has been helping us for years.  Always does quality work, reasonable rates, good person; has consistently quickly and correctly identified issues,

Laura (formerly near Bird and Willow, now in Cory neighborhood near Valley Fair); 1/6/20, 9/28/20


[Jeff Dean] is clearly very knowledgeable about the right way to do things, and who takes pride in a job well done. He was always right on time, always responded to calls/texts promptly, and is highly professional. I think he's always going to be the first plumber I call when I'm looking to get something done.

Jim S.; 9/26/20



I recently had an excellent experience with a plumber.  He was capable, efficient, and reasonably priced.

Carol on DeAnza Way; 1/31/20

EJ Plumbing

650-771-8358, 408-688-1844, 650-520-8718, https://www.ejplumbing.com/

They were respectful of the physical distance required now and what is necessary. They replaced a line from the refrigerator to the basement. They also replaced a kitchen faucet at no extra charge. They are good and reliable and respectful. He wore a medical mask. The cost is expensive but they used the correct materials so this will last a long time.

Gail on California; 4/2/20

Water Quality Plumbing


 It’s a local family owned business. They were here just last week to do an emergency water heater replacement. We’ve also had them install a water softener and, on separate occasions, two leaks in our ground floor ceiling from second floor plumbing (note: they do not do drywall repair.)

Kimberly D.; 4/5/20


Good Luck! [Water Quality Plumbing recommended by]

Kirsten on Glenwood; 6/13/20

Jaime, Fantastic Rooter

(408) 837-4343

He solved the problem for $300 instead of the $3000 [that] 15 dollar wanted. Very pleased.

Mary on Lansford; 4/5/20

Arroyo Plumbing


A local wg co.

Brigette on Glenkirk Ct; 6/13/20

Rick's Plumbing and Drain

(408) 903-7812

…a local plumbing company, and we do residential and commercial plumbing.


Kayte; kayte.hcp.cpa@gmail.com; 4/2/18

Plumbing Fixtures
Rubenstein Supply

1939 Monterey Rd #16, San Jose, 408-294-6614

Neal on Prevost; 4/5/17

The Plumbing Gallery

3155 S. Bascom, 408-559-1792 

Great selection & service.

Linda E.; 4/5/17


The Plumbing Gallery [also recommended by]

Cheryl on Glenfield Dr.; 4/5/17

Water Flow Sensor


I found a tool that I am finding very helpful in managing my water use, and hence water bills. …you strap onto the outside of your water meter (no pipe cutting or tools needed) and then it uses a radio frequency to relay a signal to base station unit about the size of a salt shaker inside your house or garage to send water use to an app on your phone. The base station needs to be in range of your wifi and needs to be plugged into the wall. No batteries or wires. Unit is about $200 and it looks like you can get it at their website, on Amazon and Home Depot (online; not sure if it is in their stores).

Margaret on Palm Haven, 2/23/20


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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; 3/1/18

Steve Ash, Bill Hamilton Roofing


[recommended by]

Brigette O.; 2/20/17

Mark Castillo, El Camino Roof Systems

office 408-292-7644,  Cell 408-639-0224

We recently had our 28-year-old roof inspected to see if we needed a new roof or could we do "patch work".  Mark … said we did not need a new roof and could do repairs for approx. $2500.  The man who did the repairs was excellent - very thorough.  He had been with El Camino for over 18 years.

Carol on Kiner; 11/11/19


I was impressed by Mark Castillo from El Camino Roof Systems in San Jose. He came out to give me an estimate and saved me over $500 by telling me something I thought I needed wasn’t necessary. I love honest people! Call him if you have any roofing needs.

Rebecca on Newport; 5/4/20

Keith Roofing Company, Inc.

920 Lincoln Av., (408) 295-8616, keithroofing@aol.com

They are our "go to" experts in everything including gutter repairs and replacement if needed. Plus, they're right here in Willow Glen. They have been in business for a really long time, and Roger's work is impeccable, reliable and reasonably priced. If you want peace of mind and a great job, call them.

Sue on Minnesota Ave.; 9/24/20

Gutter Cleaning
John DiMarco, All Rain Gutter Cleaning

408-209-8034; allraingutter@yahoo.com

John DiMarco is the best!!! Used him for many years!

Brigette O.; 10/10/19, 1/14/20


Here’s the guy... [John DiMarco] does my gutters yearly

Gail on Prevost; 11/10/20

J.R.’s Window Cleaning Service

408-288-5532, www.jrs-windowcleaning.com

We have used JR Window Cleaning for several years now.  He does Gutter Cleaning, Solar Panel Cleaning and Window Cleaning. Our house is a two story Tudor with a 12 by 12 pitched roof and solar panels.  Not a problem for him.  He is prompt, does it all in one day, and doesn’t leave a mess….

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 12/28/18, 1/16/20

Peter Reeves, Sparkling Clean Window and Gutters


Yes! I've used his company for years for window cleaning, gutter cleaning (on the trickiest roofs), and Holiday lights for myself and my clients. Highly recommend.

Karen on Blewett; 9/9/19


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Rug and Carpet Cleaning

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; 4/21/17; 4/28/18

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; 11/7/17

Magic Steam


I have been using Magic Steam for over 15 years and I love them.

Kari N.; 10/19/17

Mark Daniels, Action Brothers Carpet Cleaning

(408) 779-9076

I’ve used Mark Daniels with Action Brothers Carpet Cleaning for years. Call and see how soon he can get you in. 

Carol on Mazzaglia; 10/19/17

Elegant Thread Carpet Care

265 Sobrante Way Suite S, Sunnyvale, 408-773-8624, 650-961-1339, http://www.elegant-carpetcare.com/

I highly recommend Elegant Thread Carpet Care.  We have used them for years.  A couple of Christmases ago they were able to get a red wine spill out of my white carpet!  

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 10/19/17, 7/20/18, 8/6/18, 5/7/19

Larry Ruzzo, San Jose Dry Carpet Cleaners

(408) 334-9411

I have used San Jose Dry Carpet Cleaners for years. Larry comes in and looks at the situation and quotes you a price. If you elect to do the work he works very efficiently to provide excellent service.

Don H.; 2/15/19

Bill Corridan, Prestige Carpet Cleaning

(408) 448-2016

Bill is WG based, does an outstanding job and is a very nice man. He’s not cheap, but excellent.

Susan on Parkside; 5/6/19


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Security Systems

AG Security systems

800 255 4273

We have used AG Security systems for several years and like them. No issues and prompt responses. You can reach them at 800 255 4273 and you can certainly use my name.

Jonica on Lansford Avenue; 8/26/18


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 Panels and Solar Energy


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

Cinnamon Energy Systems

1550 Dell Ave., Campbell, (408) 883-7000

Cinnamon Solar, very knowledgeable, ethical, and helpful.

Nancy on Willow Glen Way; 4/4/19

Freedom Solar

845 S. McGlincey Ln., Campbell, (408) 613-2300

I chose Freedom Solar because I wanted SunPower panels. Freedom Solar did an excellent job - dependable, efficient, and they worked with my existing system.

Nancy on Willow Glen Way; 5/1/19


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Gary Carnes


I have worked with Gary Carnes. He is very knowledgeable.

Brigette O.; 10/1/20


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Termite & Pest Control / Exterminators

Jay Samples, Delta Pest Control  

www.k9bugfinder.net, ph: 408-389-4225

Jay came out and gave us remedies for controlling Willow Glen rats. (do not know about the squirrels-we have dogs who chase them) We had to remove "food source" trees. We followed his suggestions and it worked. Highly recommend.

Gail on California; 4/10/18, 7/20/19

Steve Hebert, DFG licensed Trapper, Trap #64683

408-894-0247, 408-781-4367 cell

… Steve Hebert…knew exactly what to do with the sewer rat who had taken up residence in the empty house [we were watching]. At our house, we had a roof rat problem. He came and inspected the house and set up traps and closed all the entry points. Haven’t had a problem with the critters for years now.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 7/23/19


252 Hillsdale Ave., 408 978-0211

We’ve used Hydrex for over 40 years.

Nancy on Cottle; 11/7/19, 4/27/20

Swat Pest Control

Milpitas, 408-894-0247

We have used Steve Hebert from Swat Pest Control for many years.  He is very knowledgeable and can handle all kinds of pests.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 11/7/19

Robert, Assured Home Solutions


Our pest control guy referred us to the "rat whisperer"… Robert came in and took care of the problem and sealed up any point of entry, with a one year guarantee and returns without charge if the problem recurs.  He's amazing!

Claudia on Westwood; 4/28/20

Carlos, Rapid Rodent Removal


I had something similar.  It used to sound like a few critters playing a game of tag in my walls! Carlos was fast, used non-toxic materials, sealed/wired shut every opening into the house and had great customer service.  Highly recommend. 

Debra on Gerhardt Ave.; 4/28/20

Smith’s Gopher Trapping Service


I used Smith’s Gopher Trapping Service to get rid of moles and have been very satisfied.  They were very professional and eradicated my mole problem.

Cliff R.; 7/17/20

First Choice Termite


They are a father-son company that I have used for 20-25 years in my real estate business. They are very thorough and very honest. I have seen them on numerous occasions explain to homeowners that this damage or that does not need to be repaired and why. They are happy to do the repairs, but will let you know if they don't think it's urgent or necessary. They do not rip people off or make up things that "need" to be done.

Susan on Gerald Way; 12/28/20


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Tile Repair & Installation

Grout Repair
Ricky Nguyen, The Grout Experts

4637 Fort Royal Pl., (408) 438 7563, nguyenricky6@yahoo.com

Ricky…gave us a reasonable quote to regrout … three rooms. One of his employees, Vu, showed up early and worked all day and completed the job at the end of the day. He did a great job considering my home with built in 1954.

Carol on Mazzaglia; 8/18/17; 9/18/17; 4/21/18


I second the recommendation for Ricky Nguyen.  I has re-done grout for me several times over the last 5 years at different locations/projects and has done consistently superior work.  He's also punctual and professional. 

Suzanne on Cristina; 4/21/18

Jose Vaquerano, Tile Tech Co.

Office: 408-257-9050, Cell: 408398-7533, tiletech86@yahoo.com

Jose cleans, then removes all the grout in the floor, regrouts and sealed the floor. It all looks brand new, I could not believe it. I cannot recommend this company enough. If any of you have one of those old time WG bathrooms and love the tile but feel it needs something, this is your guy. His card says he also does installation and work on granite, marble, repairs and works on kitchen sink and shower pan replacements.

Nancy on Kotenberg; 9/27/17

Tom Bruno, Bruno’s Tiling

(408) 978-2342

He is wonderful.  I give him credit for talking us out of small mosaic glass in a shower that is used frequently - he said it’s his #1 reason people contact him to repair existing installations.  

Debbie on Garden Glen; 3/30/18


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Upholstery & Fabrics

Elegant Thread

265 Sobrante WY Suite S, , ElegantThread.com, 408 773-8624

We rely on Elegant Thread for all our rug and upholstery cleaning. They even got red wine out of our carpet. Very tidy while working and stand by their results. 

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 2/23/18

Pat Randolph

(831) 336-5723

I have used Pat Randolph for all draperies and upholstering of chairs. She helps you select fabrics, and then has someone come pick up your pieces to be upholstered. We have been extremely pleased with all the work she has done.

Robin on Nevada; 3/16/19

New Millenium

1091 Foxworthy Ave., 408-625-0851

The owner Estella is very good with all.

Jan C.; 3/17/19

Alameda Upholstery Shop

275 Sunol St., (408) 295-7885

I was very pleased with the work at Alameda Upholstery Shop when they reupholstered my dining room chairs a few weeks ago.

Gerri on Altamont; 3/18/19

Elegant Thread Carpet Care

408-773-8624, Elegant-CarpetCare.com

We have had great service from Elegant thread Carpet Care. They are reasonably priced, punctual and neat.  We have used them for upholstery and carpeting cleaning.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 9/11/18



That is what she does for a living.  Tell her I gave you her number.

Margaret H.; 7/17/18

Fabrics (oilcloth, printed vinyl)
Three Sisters

1393 Lincoln Ave., (408) 287-3720

Three Sisters on Lincoln Ave has an amazing selection of oil cloths and printed vinyls….

Robin on Nevada; 6/26/19


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Water Heater Repair

[see also: Plumbers]

Greg Lane

408.448.7199, 408.887.5157 (cell)

I use Greg Lane for plumbing work.  He recently replaced my water heater, and installed a circulator with timer as well.  I don't have the brand info, but I'm happy to check when I get home. 

Lisa on Crescent Drive; 3/19/18

Paul Makris

(408) 833-5411

I have someone for you [for installing a tankless water heater].

Julie M.; 8/16/20

Robert Moomau

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

Moomau did a good and reasonably priced job replacing ours [water heater] when our old cheapie gave out. I understand there's been some disappointment in them lately, but Billy and Robert continue to do a good job for us.

Barbara M.




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Water Softeners, Water Conditioners, and Filters

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; 1/20/17



We have switched from a whole house salt system to purify our water to AKWAMAG which uses a magnetic system, instead of salt, and uses less water to filtrate your system. We switched in November. It did cost about $2300 to put the system in, but it requires little to no maintenance, just replacing a filter annually, takes up a little less space than the salt system. The water tastes good, and the PH levels stay consistent. We have been very pleased with it. With the previous salt water system, we found we were paying a lot more for water, as the system was cycling water through it all the time. The guys who did the AKWAMAG system were really nice, on time, on budget, and were great to work with.

Robin on Nevada; 2/6/18

ML Johnson, Success Water Systems


[ML’s] terrific and I love our water system! We've had both soft water and a highly efficient reverse osmosis system for years now. Great tasting water and no water spot issues anymore. Very high quality equipment. It's been trouble free!! I wouldn't go with anyone else.

Terri on Franquette; 3/6/19

Rayne Water Conditioning

2941 Daylight Way, 408-754-9200

They were efficient, courteous, priced reasonably, and reliable.

Carol on Prevost St.; 3/15/19

Reverse Osmosis (RO) Systems
Serv-All Water Conditioning

1716 Stone Avenue, Unit E, 408-266-0707

[Serv-All] installed it in 1989…and have serviced it ever since. It works like a charm. Their servicemen are very helpful. They are prompt, neat and take care of any problems on the first visit. Outside of changing the filters now and then we haven’t had any big problems with the system.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 12/28/17


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Anderson Windows

696 Auzerais. 295-3200

I went with a Simpson wooden door [from Anderson] with a glass insert for the front door, and a 3-panel Marvin Windows sliding glass door to the back yard. I am thrilled with these products, and the installation crew was awesome. Their stucco guy did a beautiful job blending the patch work with my 79-year-old stucco.

Lisa on Crescent Drive; 8/3/18

John Salamida Jr., The Screen Shop


I work with The Screen Shop & have been very happy with their service & pricing. Ask for 70+ family owned family. I have worked with them for 20+ years.

Brigette on Glenkirk Court; 8/24/18

Window Glazing
Wynn Barnes

(408) 658-4078

Although he's a painting contractor, he said that he's glazed a lot of windows. Wynn came on a Saturday, glazed my Window in about an hour. He did a great job, and I would call him again. I'll also give him a call the next time I need painting done.

Tony on Markham; 11/4/17

Window Repair (Sash Windows)

(408) 590-4782

Yes, Valereano knows what he’s doing and very reasonably priced. 

Karen on Blewett; 6/23/19

Sheets Enterprises General and Electrical Contractor, Custom Cabinets and Millwork

24 Sutter Street, San Jose, 408-292-1132

I ended up hiring Sheets Enterprises, at the recommendation of several e-listers. Everything has transpired at a decent pace and, so far, to my satisfaction.

Lise on Malone Road; 7/12/19

Quality First Home Improvement  *self-recommend*

485 Salmar Ave., Campbell, www.qualityfirsthome.com, 408-500-5110 (Ed

Quality First Home Improvement offers custom manufactured replacement windows that work well in all homes… There are several options including wood species and every option is very efficient. My husband Ed…is available to show you their various options and coats.

Gina on Keesling Ave; gmillett@sbcglobal.net, 9/28/18

Window Screen Repair
The Mobile Screen Guys

(408) 750-4600, http://www.themobilescreenguys.com/Contact.html

I used The Mobile Screen Guys in 2014 and the repaired screens are still looking great.  They gave me an option to get "pet-proof" screening, which I did for my door screens, and they have held up well with my mellow cat, a foster kitten who liked to climb screens, and the occasional dog visitor.

Lisa on Crescent Drive; 9/18/20


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Window Washers / Blind Cleaner / Window Cleaners

Elena Thomas

408-603-7703, 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; 4/10/17

Sparking Clean Service; Peter Reeves

408.497.3758; peter.reeves@comcast.net

I've had [Sparkling Clean] hang/remove holiday lights, and clean windows and solar panels. They have stuck to their bids, come back for any tweaks at no charge. [They] are always friendly, trustworthy, and hard workers.  Not the least expensive, no discounts, but excellent results, always. I do recommend this company.

Karen on Blewett; 6/21/18


[Sparkling Clean] [Not recommended]

Anu B.; 6/20/18


I would highly recommend Sparkling Clean Window Washing, Peter Reeves. They did a great job!

Kirsten on Glenwood; 10/12/20

Spectacular Window & Gutter Cleaning

408-323-1916, www.spectacularwindows.com

Javier, Spectacular Window Cleaning

(408) 323-1916

I just used Javier from Spectacular window cleaning, He did a great job! 

Kirsten on Glenwood; 5/15/17

The Window Washer

3127 Oakbridge Dr., San Jose, 408-993-1097

We recently used the Window Washer with great results.

Claudia on Westwood; 5/16/18

J.R.’s Window Cleaning Service

(408) 288-5532, www.jrs-windowcleaning.com

We have used J. R. Window Cleaning Service for the last few years. He does a thorough job and takes care around plants outside and curtains and furniture inside. We have a two story and that isn’t a problem. He also does solar panels and gutter cleaning.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 5/16/18


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Landscape / Yard Care

Bees and Bee Removal

Steve Demkowski, Willow Glen Honey

Cell 408-640-3125, Office 408 723-5411, www.willowglenhoney.com

He lives in WG. I had a problem a few years ago & Steve came out with his bee boxes & safely removed them. He is terrific!

LiAnne on Prevost; 3/12/19


Steve lives in Willow Glen and his bees make the honey from our flowers! His honey is not exposed to "pest" strips which some bee keepers use to get the mites that may be on bees. He works with 4-H. You can also call him and get his honey.

Gail on California; 4/11/19


Contact Steve Demkowski. He's in Willow Glen. Willow Glen Honey. He runs the beekeeping programs at Happy Hollow and works with the 4H girls.. He is AMAZING!!!!

Robin on Nevada; 8/8/19

Mike Stang, Stang’s Apiaries


I've talked to this apiarist and he is very good.

Mely C.; 5/14/19

Deb Conway, GirlzWurk

408-373-0454, http://girlzwurk.com, debuwant@earthlink.net.

Wonderful lady, we would highly recommend her. She relocated bees without harming them. I have seen her putting a lot of efforts. Also she didn't charge us for it.

Aditi L.; 7/26/19, 8/9/19


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Concrete & Cement; Sidewalks

Jim Casalegno, Pacific Concrete 


I worked with Jim (lives in Willow Glen) who did a great job on a new driveway. [Check] with him to see if he can quote you for a sidewalk. He was always on time, cleaned everything and his team had brute strength required in moving some rolls of artificial turf out of the way to do the job.

Candy on Lansford; 9/7/17


Likewise, Jim's Pacific Concrete did a great job for us some years ago on a kinda fancy driveway design in Sunnyvale. Not the least expensive bid but excellent work and a very nice guy to deal with.

Barbara on Blewett; 9/7/17

Metro Concrete


Try Metro Concrete. I have used them for several projects and they always do a great job.

Bob on Bird; 7/28/20

Ernesto Rodriguez


I recently worked with Ernesto Rodriguez. He was terrific to work with. Great communication & execution. Very fair pricing as well.

Brigette on Glenkirk Court; 11/12/18

Chris Bearden, CB Concrete

http://www.cbconcrete.com, (408) 354-3484

Had a very good experience with CB Concrete on my sidewalk. The owner, Chris Bearden, explained things well. Watching the work was educational -- properly doing concrete is more complex and precise than it looks! They are licensed, bonded, and pay workers' comp:

Curt G.; 3/30/19 


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

no longer in business.  (408.854.2829; http://thedeckprosca.com)


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Garden Maintenance / Gardener / Irrigation & Sprinklers / Lawns / Horticulturist

(see also Landscaping)

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. Gardens by the seasons. He does not mow and blow

Jonica on Lansford; 11/16/18, 4/24/19


I second the recommendation for Aureliano.  He is our weekly gardener and does a fantastic job.  Very reliable and reasonably priced. He also hires out on Saturday for big jobs. He … just moved all his equipment to electricity power. Good for the environment and quiet in the neighborhood.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 10/11/17, 10/29/18, 1/9/19, 6/15/19, 8/23/19, 7/17/20


Our gardener [Aureliano Rueda] has switched over to all electric equipment.  We have had him for years.  Prompt, reliable and reasonable rates.  He does multiple yards on our street.  His English is very good, and he has knowledge about many plants. 

William N.; 1/14/20


I got a couple of e-list recommendations for [Mr. Rueda] and he's very good.  He uses battery-powered electric equipment so it is much quieter than gas powered and doesn't put out that awful exhaust.

Susan on Gerald; 4/24/20, 9/10/20

Garcia Garden Services 

408 217-1367

For years we have used Garcia Garden Services. They pulled out 40' of creeping fig a few years ago, and I could not have been happier. Also, owner is native English speaker in case your Spanish is rusty.

Bruce off Lincoln; 3/5/17

Nicolas and Ramon Santos

408-923-0954, 408-207-5220

They have been our gardeners for over 30 years. We still have them but they are open to new customers.

Gail C.; 4/2/17

Agustin Munoz


We've used Munoz Landscaping for about 7 years now (back when it was just Augustin) and have been very happy with them. They've never missed a day, do a great job, and are very nice. When I couldn't work due to an injury and therefore couldn't pay them for a few months, they still came anyway.

Taffy D.; 5/12/18

Jose Diaz, Landscaper/Tree trimmer/sprinkler system/timers


He has done work for our clients, they have been happy with his work.

Barbara S.; 6/20/18

Luis Castro


For years, Luis has been doing "mow & blow" at my house, & also for neighbors -- I've been pleased with his work & the price.

Maureen near Bird & Willow; 3/12/19

Omar and Mario

(408) 828-6694

We love our team. Two professional gentlemen. Speak English. They go out of their way.  For example the Boston ivy went crazy and grew on the ground, instead of the fence. They pulled that all out. Without being asked. I like to make them coffee when I think of it.

Lynn on Clintonia; 9/5/20

Gabriel Moran


Gabriel Moran helps us out and he does a great job with all the items that we ask him to take care of in his visits above mow and blow. He speaks English and you can even send him texts with images of the plants and what you'd like him to do the next time he comes over and he gets it done without fail.

Anand on Curtner; 9/30/20

aerating and lawn aeration
David, Jan’s Gardening

(408) 248-0222

Very impressed! David came at 12:00p.m. to dethatch and aerate our [lawns – about 2000 sq. ft] and left at 5:00p.m. Very thorough. Did a wonderful job; better than anyone we have ever used. Plan on having him back in the Spring. It was $250.00.

Carol on Mazzaglia; 9/19/17

Aureliano Rueda

(408) 781-7624

Hi all, come January my good gardener will be offering lawn aeration at a very reasonable cost.

Jonica on Lansford; 12/7/17

Mrs. Greenlawn

140 Kennedy Ave., Campbell, (408) 374-3344

We use Mrs. Greenlawn for aeration, fertilizing, detaching, reseeding when needed.  They have everything on a schedule and keep track of what you need.  Neat and clean and reliable.  Not sure if they will do a one-time visit, but they are definitely worth a call.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 10/25/18, 5/7/19

Steve Burchinal

(408) 978-5296

Steve has been our go-to guy for many years, just did our lawn on Monday.

Claudia on Westwood; 5/8/19

Al Ramirez

aeramimage@aol.com, 408-209-1690

If anyone needs their fruit trees pruned, drop me a line or [text] me! Hope I can help!

Thank you,

*self-recommend* Al Ramirez; aeramimage@aol.com; 12/12/17

Lee Del Canto


[Lee is] local and on the recommendation page.  I had a minor problem that he responded to and fixed within an hour after I called.

Elaine on Mill Pond; 5/31/17


[Lee]’s terrific!  He’s been taking care of our sprinklers for years.  Does a great job and is reasonably priced.

Peggy on Glen Eyrie Avenue; 3/28/18

Lee Dal Canto has helped us with sprinkler repair for several years and has always done a great job! 

Carolyn on Winona




The best sprinkler repair guy in town is Lee Del Canto

Karen on Blewett; 6/24/19


Us too! Great guy & very knowledgeable.

Brigette on Glenkirk Ct.; 6/24/19


[Lee del Canto also recommended by]

Nina on El Rio; 6/2/20

Landscaping – Succulents
Dig Gardens

420 Water Street, Santa Cruz

Absolutely charming place to get all kinds of succulents. A favorite.

Gail on California; 5/8/19

Succulent Gardens

2133 Elkhorn Road, Castroville, (831) 632-0482, info@sgplants.com

Succulent Gardens is incredible. They have more than you can imagine. Well worth the drive.

Leslie on Crescent; 5/8/19

Yardwork / Cleanup
Marco Sabalsa


Yard/Garage Clean up Experts. Demolition/Moving

Gail C.; 4/2/17


Marco is awesome! I use him for both hauling & landscaping needs.

Brigette on Glenkirk Ct.; 4/10/17

Abel Estrada


He does all types of yard work from clean-up to sprinklers, etc. He does good work and will do exactly what you ask him to do. Also charges reasonable rates. I have used him many, many times and highly recommend him.

Joyce on Comstock Lane; 4/10/17

Jay [Jeremy] Lathrop

(408) 402-2939

Carol, we have a terrific guy, Jay Lathrop who is cleaning up our yard and preparing it for Spring. He has worked for and with many nurseries in the area and has an extensive knowledge of local plants and shrubs. I highly recommend him.

Patricia on Cherry Glen; 4/27/17 


[Jeremy Lathrop]'s terrific!!  I also highly recommend him for any and all garden chores. Very knowledgeable as well.

Peggy on Glen Eyrie Ave; 4/12/18; 6/25/18


I have been using Jay Lathrop for 2 years now. He does an excellent job and is very knowledgeable about soil preparation and plants. He doesn’t fix sprinklers though.

Carol on Mazzaglia; 6/24/18, 8/13/18

Johnny Pizzuti


I've worked with a really nice guy from Boulder Creek on property clean ups. He does [log splitting] at a very reasonable price also dump runs, exterior painting, and yard work. I know he is looking for work….  He can complete external work safely and at a distance.

Leslie on Ramona; 4/16/20


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Fences & Fencing

Jaime Rivera

(408) 590-8142

Got [Jaime’s] name from rec list. Last weekend he replaced a 27 ft section of fence. He was responsive, reliable, and the fence looks great. He did give us a quote to repair also. Good guy.

Gail W.; 5/12/17


Jaime just added lattice to an existing fence. He did a great job. Quick and it looks great. I highly recommend him. 

Jan F.; 7/22/17


We just got through using Jaime Rivera. He used to work with Sierra Lumber. Very good and price is better than most around.

Carol on Mazzaglia; 4/23/18

Duran Fencing

(408) 287-8859

They just reinforced several posts for us and did a great job. 

Susan on Parkside; 3/29/17

Jesus Cuevas


We had our backyard fence rebuilt in December by Jesus Cuevas.  He and his crew did a beautiful job with our horizontal design.

Lisa on Crescent Drive; 3/26/18

Noble Fencing

1852 Almaden Rd, (408) 448-4904

Dylan was very responsive, prompt with his proposal, very easy to get a hold of, flexible in scheduling and the fence is beautiful.  Also, his pricing was very reasonable.  Workers were on time, left my yard clean and did top notch work.  I highly recommend them for fencing work and would use them again.

Becky on Lennon Way; 7/16/18

Josh Galvan, Galvan's Fencing


A friend of mine has had three fence jobs performed by Josh Galvan. Excellent job. My friend and both of his neighbors are very pleased. Courteous and careful crew. Precise layout of new fence. Thorough cleanup. Clear diagram and quotation. Handled the cost split between neighbors.

Curt G.; 2/14/20


Josh and Galvan Fencing did an excellent job for us as well!  Competitive pricing, and was able to come weeks before the other companies.  The fence is beautiful and was built in one day.

Larry (on Willow); 5/2/19

Alphonso Mier

(408) 835-4902

He and his nephew tore out the bad wood, built a small retaining wall and then redid the fence, gates, and posts that were bad. I couldn’t be happier with the work. He was prompt, cleaned up after the job and it looks great. He is very reasonably priced.  I highly recommend his work.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 7/18/20


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Landscaping & Garden Design

(see also Garden Maintenance/Lawns/Irrigation)

Stephanie Morris, Landscape Architect #4580

www.NativePlantDesign.com, (408) 206.5055

We were very happy with Stephanie Morris.  Very easy to work with, responsive, and reasonably priced.

Linda on Gardendale Dr.; 3/7/17

Jorge Santis


We couldn't have been happier with [their work] (masonry, carpentry, planting, sprinkler systems…). Jorge was responsive, prompt, communicative, reliable, honest, fair, and incredibly hard working. …we ended up paying about a third of what it would have cost otherwise.  I strongly recommend him.

Greg on Camino Pablo; 8/8/19

Norm, Cal Landscaping

(408) 629-5073

Norm at Cal Landscaping is wonderful! He and Randy will work within your budget & you will love them!!

Val on Norval; 1/26/20

Jody Stix Garsia

831-464-3652, jodylandscapedesigns.com

She has done landscape design for us for two houses. She listens to your ideas, works collaboratively, brings extensive knowledge and creativity, and translates all of this into wonderful plans. We are very happy with what she did. I would be happy to talk more if that would be helpful….

Laura W.; 1/2/21

Nursery and Supplies
Capitol Nursery

2938 Everdale Dr., (408) 239-0589, http://www.capitolwholesalenursery.com/

I highly recommend Capitol Nursery.  Very knowledgeable staff and a terrific selection.

Regan on Jansen; 3/15/17

Hardscaping & Rocks; Paving
Payless Rockery

2927 King Rd., (408) 600-1946

We love Payless Rockery

Claudia on Westwood; 3/15/17

Garden Supply Hardscapes

2662 Monterey Rd., (408) 971-7600

We love Garden Supply Hardscapes

Claudia on Westwood; 3/15/17

Site One Landscaping Supplies

1145 N. 13th St., (408) 295-3376

We were referred to Site One Landscaping Supplies for lawn supplies and while there, I noticed they had wonderful pavers. They probably have recommendations as well as we were given a recommendation for sprinkler repair.

Carol on Mazzaglia; 8/26/18

South Bay Materials

1781 Angela St., (408) 977-1855, https://southbaymaterials.com/

Great family owned business right in Willow Glen!

Kathi on Cherry; 8/29/19


We've been getting our materials at South Bay. U-Save on King Road has a greater selection, but it's worth checking South Bay first to see if they have what you want. It's just across 87 from Willow Glen Way and Almaden Rd.  Nice people.

Barbara M.; 8/30/19

Peter Svansson, President, Discount Paver Pros

171 Main Street, Suite 659, Los Altos, 650-946-8180

We had these guys do our backyard last year and they were fantastic! They broke up and cleared our concrete patio and installed pavers and a fire pit. We are super happy with the work. They were clean, friendly, fast and efficient. Give them a call and tell them Tofoi on Cedarwood recommended them.

Tofoi on Cedarwood; 9/10/19

Garden Structures and Pergola Repair
Mondo Rodriguez

(408) 990-6142

… Mondo Rodriguez is a pro at repairing pergolas, we just recently had him out and he showed us pictures of his work, absolutely gorgeous.

Lisa on Bird; 1/13/18


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Swimming Pool Service

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; 5/1/19

Freedom Pool Services


I have been using them for several years without any complaints, and their service and pool maintenance calls are reasonably priced. This past summer they were quick to respond and schedule repairs, helping me restore my pool equipment when it suddenly and unexpectedly failed.

Julia on Westgate; 1/8/20


I also highly recommend Freedom Pool Services. They are quick to respond and we’re able to troubleshoot and quickly resolve issues with our pool as well.

Debbie on Kiner Ave.; 1/8/20

Swimming Pool Tile Repair
Mario Bellot


I wanted to tell those of you who have pools that I have used Mario Bellot to replace some of my loose/broken tiles around the pool and spa. … very professional in their work and I am extremely pleased with the results. 

Sue on Dean; 7/1/17

Dave, AquaPros


I originally thought I would need to replace the entire pool tiles because … there was discoloration from years of use as well as from solutions to keep algae away; however, Mario said … the discoloration could be erased by Dave of AquaPros. … very professional in their work and I am extremely pleased with the results. 

Sue on Dean; 7/1/17

Mary Sue/Jonathan, Corby Pools Service & Repair


They really know their stuff and are really responsive!

Sue on Minnesota Ave.; 7/31/20


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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); Mar 5, 2017


Aly’s Tree Trimming Services is who we have worked with for years both personally & professionally with our clients as well.

Brigette on Glenkirk Court; 11/16/18

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; 9/3/19, 2/25/20


+1 for Bartlett Tree Service. Their arborist is Sean Davis and is very friendly and knowledgeable. Pricing is reasonable as well. I wouldn't allow PG&E anywhere near trees I care about.

Neal J.; 4/30/20


Bartlett has become my go-to tree service.

Barbara M.; 10/23/20


I also use Bartlett Trees regularly, and I really appreciate the professionalism of their arborist, Sean Davis, and the crew. They just trimmed our large live oak, two sycamores and a holly tree at my home.  When I expressed that the oak tree seemed to have not been trimmed as symmetrically as I expected (my tree hangs over a neighbor's yard too), they came back within 2 business days and remedied the situation, and then followed up AGAIN to make sure I was pleased with the work. I continue to highly recommend Bartlett.

Lisa on Crescent Drive; 10/23/20


I’ve used Barlett Tree Service for about 40 years. They have been able to help me with a large variety of trees and services. Sean Davis is the best. He and his crews work hard to make sure the customer is satisfied with their work. Their pricing is fair. I recommend them highly.

Casey on Minnesota; 10/23/20

Brian and Heather, Woodpecker

trees@woodpeckerarborist.com,(408) 298-2948

We have used Brian McGovern from Woodpecker Arborist for all of our mature trees.  He is very knowledgeable and has never steered us wrong.  Never had black fungus, so not sure what he would charge.  You could call and ask him.  He is worth every dime.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 10/5/17, 8/8/18, 11/16/18


I also highly recommend Brian of Woodpecker Arborist.

Norvelle on Plaza; 8/8/18


Brian is a “tree whisperer.” (No kidding)! However, he is expensive. I’ve also used Bartlett Tree Experts (408-358-7888) and they also have done a great job.

Jean on Creek; 8/9/18

Sean McGrail

(408) 761-9415

The only person who I will allow to prune my Japanese Maples is Sean McGrail.  He is an outstanding arborist.

Susan on Parkside; 4/19/17


2nd that rec for Sean. Only person I will let touch my precious bonsai jap maples!

Anu @ Dry Creek Rd.; 4/19/17

Francisco Tree Service

408.569.1259, franciscotreeserv@gmail.com

I recently had Francisco Tree Service prune our huge coast live oak and I would hire him again…. He was the lowest, most sane price of anyone I received bids from, a small contractor that also worked the job with his crew; … everything was done to perfection and everything we talked about was handled.

Chris J.; 1/10/18

Felix Tree Service

408-723-1810, http://felix-treeservice.com/

I got a recommendation for Felix Tree Service … from a friend who has used and known him for years and went w/ it.  Great service and pruning of 3 fruit trees for about 60% of other quote for 2 of the 3 trees.  I was instructed on how I could do the 3rd myself to save money.

Joyce on Padres; 11/16/18

Don Needles, A-1 Tree Service

408 448-6408

We just had A-1…do a large job in our yard today. We are over the moon with all aspects of the job. Don Needles owns the company and he lives locally as does his mom...my inquiry call was immediately returned… the agreed upon price was more than reasonable… I would rate all aspects a 10+

Lynn on Clintonia; 8/8/19


I learned … that Don … brought his ladders and fearless employee Oscar to rescue a kitten stuck up a tree in William Street Park [FREE]. … hired for a real job (not an easy one, to remove such a huge tree and stump) and they did it well for a reasonable price. They also do trimming and pruning… lives in WG…

Maureen near Bird & Willow; 8/13/20

A Plus Tree service

(866) 815-2525, https://aplustree.com/

[Cat Rescue] I’m happy to report … that the tree company came over after another job in the area and got the kitty out of the tree! If anyone needs any tree work - definitely look into them. They are a very considerate and conscientious company!

Tanya on Clark St, 2/8/20


We have used [A Plus] for tree service also. Great work and friendly.

Rene on Marcia, 2/8/20


A-Plus Tree Service are the best. Price was the best and arborist did the work.

Carol on Mazzaglia; 10/24/20

Torby Piceno


Torby Piceno trimmed my 50 year old tree several years ago. My tree is in decline. He shaped and thinned to encourage growth on the sparse side. He knew that it is a zelkova. His prices are very reasonable. Too many trees are being hacked by unskilled people with chainsaws.

Pam on Wren; 6/13/20

Jose Villalobos


My gardener does a great job pruning trees and other extra work. He is prompt and courteous and work is excellent.

Gerri on Altamont; 10/1/20

Koala Tree Service

(831) 239-7023 or (408)540-7123

Koala Tree Service is awesome.  Responded quickly to a fallen large pine tree limb.  Arborist took the lead and was thorough, responsive, fair priced and followed up in person a few days later to ensure there were no lingering issues.

Priscilla S.; 10/26/20

Stump Removal
Aurielo Rueda

408-781-7624, Aurelio.rueda.408@gmail.com

My good gardener, Aurielo Rueda has some openings for stump grinding, he is an expert, has great prices and is more available than most. He is very knowledgeable about gardening. I highly recommend him.

Jonica D.; 9/20/18

Stump King

800-958-0233, www.stumpking.com

Very careful to protect fence and plantings. Brings two machines -- large and small -- to better suit the situation.

Curt G.; 11/9/18

Tree Removal

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


Olivia Baker, Evoke Acupuncture

408- 320-7096

She is wonderful and the office is friendly and welcoming.

Kirsten on Glenwood; 5/23/17

Dr Denise Hsu

665 S. KnickerbockerDr. #11, Sunnyvale, (408) 739-9468

Very experienced, works part time at Kaiser Hospital in SF.

Nina on El Rio; 5/23/17

Lokahi Acupuncture

1688 Willow St. #B, (408) 279-9001, http://lokahiacupuncture.com/

I can highly recommend Lokahi Acupuncture on Willow Street, near Meridian. I've had treatments with a variety of the acupuncturists and they were all great.  They all work a little differently and have their own specialties that can be tailored to what you need. Good luck!

Claudia on Westwood; 1/10/19

Dr. Julie Tran-Olive, Silicon Valley Natural Health 

5595 Winfield Blvd Suite 106, (408) 792-7229, https://www.svnaturalhealth.com/

My colleague Dr Julie Tran-Olive … is tremendous! She's helped my entire family with a wide variety of acupuncture and wellness needs. An added bonus, she's also a licensed Naturopath. I highly recommend Dr Julie! And the others at SVNH!

Terri on Franquette; 1/13/19


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Familiar Surroundings Home Care

(408) 979-9990

Wonderful & family run - Mike is my contact person - his wife & mom are both RN’s. They do short shifts too- and lots of work with our veterans!!

Val H.; 1/10/20

Heide Coor

heidecoor@gmail.com, 408.781.0972

I’m happy to again recommend Heide Coor, who is still currently caring for my neighbor, but her hours are winding down and she’s looking for another position. She is a terrific caretaker, speaks English, drives and can handle a two-story house. She was recommended by another e-list person years ago.

Peggy on Glen Eyrie Ave.; 1/12/20


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Max Peterson, Elite Chiropractic

1373 S. Bascom Ave. near Stokes, 408-314-9453

[recommended by]

Larry R.; 7/1/18

Dr. Hoffman JR, Chiropractic solutions

1885 Winchester Blvd., Campbell, 408-370-2190

We have both been going to Dr. Hoffman in Campbell.  He has always been able to relieve the pain of back or neck problems.  He is also a sports chiropractor.  Reasonable priced and you can get an appointment quickly for severe problems. He has a full service office, so if you need x-rays you don’t have to go anywhere else.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 7/6/18, 8/4/18


[Dr. Hoffman is] available on the weekends and always available for emergencies. Office has friendly staff and a sweet black Labrador retriever dog too. They also worked with me when I had changes to my insurance. Reasonable prices.

Leslie on Ramona; 4/10/20

Robyn Kubo-Manley

1213 Meridian near Willow and Westwood, (408) 448-4004

She is wonderful and has performed miracles for my family and friends I have referred to her.

Bonnie on Mercer Avenue; 8/4/18

Dr. Cree Guardino, C2 Living Well

1076 Meridian Ave., 408-265-2663, https://www.drcree.com/

I've been going to Dr. Guardino on and off for years.  She's terrific!

Regan on Jansen; 8/4/18, 1/18/19, 6/4/20

Dr. Jeff Jenkins, Jenkins Chiropractic

3591 Stevens Creek Blvd., Suite B, 408-773-6913,https://www.wellnesschiropractorsanjoseca.com/ 

I love Dr. Jeff Jenkins, Aka Dr. Jay. He's got lots of great positive energy, has helped me immensely and has some fun tools and toys to help ease pain, relax muscles and feel well…. plus the usual chiropractor moves. No need or pressure to sign up for a costly "yearly plan" too.

Terri on Franquette; 1/18/19

Dr. Julie Henney

1101 S Winchester Blvd # P296, 408-261-2225

Highly recommend Dr. Julie Henney. We call her the miracle worker. She's a pressure not bone cracker chiropractor. She's on Winchester at Payne.

Patrick on Cherry Valley; 1/18/19


I also highly recommend Dr. Henney. Her method is called directional non-force technique. She has helped me immensely over the years. 

Sara on Michigan Ave.; 1/19/19

Dr. Erich Razz

286 E Hamilton Ave, Campbell, 408-379-6100, https://www.chiropractorcampbell.com/

There is a great and very experienced local chiropractor who is open for acute patients like you right now. I've known him for a while, and I am impressed with his compassion and breadth of knowledge. 

Carol on Curtis; 4/11/20, 6/3/20

Adam Fields, Fields Family Chiropractic

(408) 274-2244, https://fieldsfamilychiro.com/

I had severe lower back pain effectively addressed by Dr. Adam Fields in April.  He has an office in Los Gatos and one in South San Jose.

Lisa on Crescent; 6/3/20

Dr. Heather Shaw, Nova Chiropractic Center for Optimal Health

844 Jackson St, Santa Clara, 408-249-0382

I highly recommend Dr. Heather Shaw. She worked wonders for me - I've been treated by a number of chiropractors over the years and Dr. Shaw is the best.

Brian (formerly on California); 6/3/20


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Christine Janse - Family Therapy, MFT38996

www.christinejanse.com , (951) 638-0061, christine@christinejanse.com

I am lucky enough to have a family full of therapists. Their advice has been invaluable as I raise my children… I thought I would send along information for a wonderful family therapist that just opened an office in San Jose. 25+ years of experience.

Heather on Newport; 9/5/17

College Counselors
Got College


I would highly recommend “got college”, it is a series of workshops with peers as well as one on one counseling. (And less expensive than a one on one counselor) Very student driven so may or may not be what you’re looking for.

Kirsten on Glenwood; 8/2/19

Sabra Cossentine, A College Entrance Solution

(831) 425-5009

We were very happy with Sabra Cossentine from A College Entrance Solution. I randomly sat next to her on a plane and booked her based on a nonstop discussion from LA to SJC; the guidance she gave my kid was great (though ultimately ignored by the kid).

Elissa on Laurie; 8/2/19

Therapist for Children
Susan Schmidt, The Center is Silicon Valley Natural Health

http://www.svnaturalhealth.com/, 408.792.7229

A colleague of mine runs a natural wellness center and they have someone like that I believe. Her name is and she is an educational therapist. I just referred another elister to Dr Julie Tran-Olive a naturopath and acupuncturist who leads the team. Awesome folks there. 

Terri on Franquette; 2/14/17

Dr. Adam Dorsay Psy.D.

408-450-1800, 1120 McKendrie Street SJ

Dr Adam Dorsay Psy.D. was wonderful with my son.  We went through a few therapists before we found Dr. Dorsay who was able to make a real connection and a real difference.

Felecia on Curtiss; 4/21/17

Linda Mastrangelo

1925 S Winchester Blvd., Suite 106, Campbell, (408) 340-7712 

Linda Mastrangelo is awesome. She practices in Campbell and Santa Cruz.

Carol on Curtis; 4/21/17


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(also see Oral Surgeon)


1953 Hamilton Ave, (408) 371-5700

Dr. Linh Bauer is excellent!

Larry R.; 4/26/17


My granddaughter and I have both been seeing Dr. Linh Bauer for about 8 years. She has eased us both into being comfortable…at the dentist. In addition to being competent she manages to always be on time and at the same time not seem rushed. Her office staff has that same gentle but efficient quality. 

Gail W.; 11/13/17; 3/12/18

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; 11/13/17


I really like Tiffany Kitamura DDS and Mark Nishimura DDS located on Meridian.

Neal on Prevost; 4/26/17


I highly recommend Tiffany Kitamura and Mark Nishimura for adult and child dentistry   All 3 generations of our family go there and I have had positive feedback from referrals I have made to them.  They are @1198 Meridian just before Willow

Joyce on Padres; 11/13/17

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; 4/26/17

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; 4/26/17; 11/13/17; 4/3/18

Dr. Robert Ferguson


Dr. Robert Ferguson and staff, very happy with them! They are located on Meridian Ave. between Minnesota and Willow.

Kirsten on Glenwood; 11/13/17

Dr. Pisacane, Willow Glen Dentistry

1245 Lincoln Ave., 408-293-9600

I've been going to Dr. Pisacane at Willow Glen Dentistry for several years and am very happy with his approach. I feel like a partner in our own care with him, and like he is always trying to do the exact right thing. Also the office environment is cheerful, clean, and upbeat without being crowded or noisy.

Carol on Curtis; 4/3/18


I absolutely love my dentist [Dr. Pisacane]... He loves being a dentist and does excellent quality work. He’s older and well established with all the latest modern equipment and necessary experience to be a great dentist. His office staff is also wonderful and parking is easy…

Holly on Jonathan; 11/18/19

Dr. Stason Shishido

2025 Forest Ave. Suite 3, 408 294-6624

I second the recommendation for Dr. Shishido. He has been our family dentist for 20+ years. He's a great dentist and has a wonderful staff. Is also a very nice guy!

Sara on Michigan; 10/7/20

Dr. Alana Lee


I recommend Dr. Alana Lee.  Dr Lee and her staff are wonderful.  She has also taken many steps to make sure her patients are safe and comfort.

Debbi on Hazelwood; 10/7/20

Dr. Daniel Araldi

19000 Cox Avenue, Suite A, Saratoga, (408) 257-5950

Highly recommend Dr. Daniel Araldi and his office.

Laura (formerly near Bird and Willow, now near Valley Fair); 10/7/20

Dr. Peter Lee

1688 Willow St., #A1, 408-412-3820, https://www.todaysdentistrysanjose.com/

I had 30 years of seemingly untreatable TMJ and Dr Peter Lee treated it successfully. It wasn't cheap but it would have saved me thousands had I just gone to him in the first place and not wasted the money with people who were not skilled in that area.

Katie on Cottle and Koch; 10/27/20


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Chris Schmidt

15215 National Ave. #204, Los Gatos, 408-356-2147

Chris Schmidt in Los Gatos, off of National Ave, is very good. Learned his skills in the military and has been in the bay area for at least 3 decades. Very knowledgeable and takes the time to connect with his patients and explain things so you can understand.

Dan on Greencreek; 4/30/18


[Chris Schmidt] He’s a good one

Carol on Prevost St.; 4/30/18

Jennifer Baron

123 DiSalvo Ave., Ste. A, (408) 418-8780

I highly recommend Jennifer Baron. She’s is extremely knowledgeable and up to date in various procedures. Check her out at jenniferbaronmd.com. Also does Mo’s Surgery.

Carol on Mazzaglia; 10/9/18, 10/31/19


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Doctors (General Practice) / Physicians

(also see Allergists; also see OB-GYN; also see Medical Plans)

Dr. Kandula, Stanford Health Care

50 E. Hamilton Avenue, Suite 280, Campbell , 408-227-2646

I’ve been going to Dr. Kandula for years. I highly recommend her.

Marguerite on Kayellen Court; 8/16/20

Female Primary Care Doctors
Inderjeet Uppal, PAMF

1071 Blossom Hill Rd., (408) 445-4010

I see Inderjeet Uppal through PAMF.  She practices at the Blossom Hill Road location as well as Los Gatos.  Very happy with her as my primary care physician.

Lisa on Crescent; 2/5/19

Sailaja Bommakanti

50 E Hamilton Ave #200, Campbell, (408) 357-1425

I absolutely love Sailaja Bommakanti, a specialist in internal medicine with the Stanford group. Her office is on Hamilton Avenue in Campbell.

She’s warm, responsive, and an excellent diagnostician.

You won’t leave her office until she’s answered every question you have.

Nancy on Cottle ; 2/5/2019


I agree. [Sailaja Bommakanti is] a great doc. She was with San Jose Medical group. When she left for Stanford, I followed her.

Nina on El Rio; 2/7/19

Foot/Feet Doctor
Dr. Tom Elardo, Los Gatos Foot and Ankle


If Dr. Elardo is busy I would not hesitate to see any one of the doctors there; they are all great!

Kirsten on Glenwood; 4/26/19


I second that recommendation [for Dr. Elardo]

John K.; 4/26/19

Hand Specialist
Eric Kagel

2505 Samaritan Dr #208, (408) 358-3555

Eric Kagel, MD has been very helpful for arthritis and stenosing tenosynovitis. I will probably have surgery early next year and I feel confident that, for me at least, he's the right choice.

Elissa on Laurie; 9/17/18

Holistic Doctor
Dr. Young, Young Naturopathic Center for Wellness  

751 Blossom Hill Rd, Los Gatos, (408) 761-6781

Pam on Wren; 2/14/17

Dr. Juli Mazi, Naturopathic Doctor, Thrive Natural Medicine,

Soquel, (831) 515-8699

She's really good. I looked for an ND… in Santa Clara County and kept getting mixed/negative mentions, so decided to search further afield. I'm glad I did--Juli is awesome and also is very well-connected, so she can refer you to other medical practitioners if your situation requires it… she works alongside of more conventional medical doctors rather than in opposition to them.

Carol on Curtis; 2/14/17

Dr Julie Tran-Olive, Silicon Valley Natural Health

5595 Winfield Blvd, Ste 106, http://www.svnaturalhealth.com/dr-julie-tran-olive-nd-lac/

A licensed Naturopath is a terrific option. I have found Dr Julie to be an excellent member of my wellness team. She has been so helpful to my whole family! She's an acupuncturist as well so you get the best of both! 

Terri on Franquette; 2/14/17

Shoulders and Knee Joints
Dr. Nathaniel Cohen

14601 S. Bascom Ave Ste 200, Los Gatos, 408-356-0464

I highly recommend Dr Nathaniel Cohen on Bascom. He did my surgery for rotator cuff repair, impingement, torn bicep. Not fun surgery or quick recovery, but he did good work. I would definitely go back to him if needed in the future.

Laura (Previously near Bird and Willow) ; 11/29/18

Dr. Delaney

14911 National Ave, Ste 3, Los Gatos, 408-402-5742, terencedelaneymd.com

I had my rotator cuff surgery 8 years ago by Dr. Delaney (he also does knee replacements). I highly recommend him as he is personable, good manner, highly experienced and knowledgeable. He also is in network for UHC.

Jim C.; 10/9/19

Sleep Aids
Oura Ring


FWIW, I started using an Oura ring to measure my sleep a week and a half ago. I bought it because I'm not a great sleeper and I find wearing watches and fitbits to bed uncomfortable. Their app is pretty nice, and I've already seen minor improvements in my sleep based on their analysis.

Andrea S.; 10/5/20


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Hearing Aides / Hearing Equipment

Pocketalker Ultra personal amplifier, around $140

A friend has severe [hearing] problems and isn't able to participate in conversations. Her son bought her this after a recommendation from palliative care. It's made all the difference in the world. It works with hearing aids or not. It has earphones to wear, and a mike. The amplifier is small enough to be worn around the neck on a lanyard or laid flat on a table at a restaurant. It works best for personal conversations, small group or television listening. She now can hear the doctor, and her  friends.

Janice on Coolidge; 12/13/19


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Home Health Care / Hospice


(650) 283-1511

Yasmin (rhymes with Jasmine) worked for our parents for over 10 years. Yasmin was a loving, caring, honest, hard-working care-giver. Because of her personality, and willingness to do the best for the client, we would recommend her for anyone. … she said she would be willing to come to San Jose, especially for an overnight job.  Of course, driving down for just an hour or two wouldn't work for her.

Her current job is over so she is free to start with someone new. She will work either thru an agency, or as a independent hire.

Janice on Coolidge; 5/23/18, 12/2/19


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Massage Therapy

Suzi Jebo, LMT


[She] has 8 years of experience in massage…she has had a lot of education…I have an MS in Geriatric Kinesiology and this gal knew what she was doing. She's worth giving a try if you are looking for a local therapist who will make house calls. You can get a good spot on her schedule because she has lots of flexibility...

Katie on Cottle & Koch; 10/15/17

Violet J Day Spa

408-297-4899, http://violetjspa.com/WordPress/

I've had good experiences at Violet J Day Spa. … The [tables] are well padded.

Tina on Monte Vista; 4/8/18


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Occupational Therapist - pediatric

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Dr. David Chang

650-948-9123, www.changcataract.com

I would also like to give a shout-out to Dr. David Chang. I highly recommend him.

Donna D.; 7/18/18

Dr. Gloria Wu

2550 Samaritan Dr., (408) 356-5553

She is excellent … and takes Medicare.

Rita on Mercer Ave.; 12/1/19


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Visual Eyes Optometry

1172 Lincoln Ave, (408) 283-7100

I've … met with all the doctors there are liked them all. The staff is quite amazing when it comes to customer service. I can't tell you how many times I've emailed them for a last minute supply of contact lenses. I lost my glasses over the weekend … I'm not due for insurance discounts until July. They called up my insurance company and got them to authorize an early discount.

Taffy on Marshall Ave; 2/23/17

Dr. Beede

408-294-3722, 240 Meridian Ave #3

Meridian. He and his wife from the office and it is very modern, great customer service, quick appointment time, great with kids and quick turnaround with prescriptions. I have referred many of my friends to the office and everyone has had a great experience with both doctors.

Deidre P.; 2/23/17

Dr. Liane Rice, Vision Care Clinic

2730 Union Ave. Suite A, 408-377-1150, http://www.visiondiva.com/index.htm

My family goes to Dr. Liane Rice at Vision Care Clinic.

Marguerite on Kayellen Court, 3/10/20

Dr. Keith Kosakura

19998 E Homestead Rd, Cupertino, (408) 257-5262, https://www.keithkosakuraod.com

He combines traditional methods with advanced equipment. [He] doesn't touch your eye with a tonometer probe -- his machine uses a puff of air, doesn't need to dilate your eyes, looks with a flashlight but also takes digital photos to examine the interior of the eye. He explains things very well.

Curt G.. 3/10/20


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Oral Surgeon

(also see Dentist)


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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Stephanie Loller

891 S. Bascom (at Fruitvale), (408) 298-0777

Invisalign is expensive, but the results have been impressive and I love the office staff and the latest technologies they use there. I started my invisalign journey at age 68 and the results have been remarkable.  If you’d like further information, contact me personally.

Carol L.; 3/11/17

Phelps & Cohen


Phelps & Cohen are excellent. Their office is located near Valley Fair Mall. They have a very modern office and an amazing staff. Both of my daughters have been patients of Phelps & Cohen with excellent results.

Holly on Jonathan; 10/18/17

Dr. Nancy Gum

1688 Willow St, (408) 269-3436

I am an adult currently wearing braces. ... I go to Dr. Nancy Gum.  She is on Willow Street near Meridian.

Cheryl on Glenfield Dr.; 10/18/17


Dr. Gum was my youngest son's orthodontist and she is awesome! I used a different orthodontist for my older two sons and he was not awesome ....  which made the experience w Nancy Gum all the more pleasant!

Carol on Hamilton Way; 10/18/17

Mashouf Orthodontics

1670 Westwood Dr., www.drmashouf.com‎, (408) 478-9456‎

We had 4 family members at Mashouf Orthodontics…. Two kids had traditional braces, one adult had Invisalign and one adult had a simple retainer to bring the teeth back to post-braces straight. All were happy.  Friendly staff. Good results. 

Jill on Britton




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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Physical Therapist

MORE Physical Therapy


my family have used to great benefit…

Marguerite on Kayellen; 5/31/18

OPTM on Meridian


my family have used to great benefit…

Marguerite on Kayellen; 5/31/18

Luc Nguyen

1081 S. Winchester Blvd.,  408-753-9988, https://www.specializedptsolutions.com/

I strongly recommend Luc Nguyen.  He used to be at OPTM and now has his own office.  I've gone to him for PT relating to back pain and also in connection with rehab after knee surgery.  He is excellent.

Suzanne R.; 5/31/18


My husband also swears by Luc Nguyen for his PT following rotator cuff surgery. 

Mary (formerly on Georgetta); 5/31/18

Andrew Petulla, South Bay Physical Therapy

2048 Lincoln Ave., 408-448-7060

Andrew Petulla at South Bay Physical Therapy right in Willow Glen at Lincoln and Malone.  He owns the practice and has treated my whole family. Many years of experience. I highly recommend him.

Linda on Franquette; 5/31/18

Rehabilitation Facilities
Stonebrook Health and Rehabilitation

350 De Soto Drive, Los Gatos, stonebrookrehab.com, (408) 356-9151

A friend spent two weeks at Stonebrook in Los Gatos (a few blocks from Samaritan Hospital.)

I was impressed -- and he was pleased -- with the facility and the rehab staff.

Curt G.; 5/31/19


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Dr. Elardo

15100 Los Gatos Blvd., Los Gatos, 408-358-6234www.sjfeet.com 

I believe that Dr Meltzer has retired or is planning to soon. Dr Elardo is in the same practice and I highly recommend every one of them.

Elissa on Laurie; 9/13/19

Dr. Richard Meltzer

15100 Los Gatos Blvd., Los Gatos, (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; 3/24/17, 9/21/18


I highly recommend Dr. Richard Meltzer.  He has performed two bunion surgeries on me and he and all his staff are wonderful.  If he is not available, the other doctors in his practice are great too.

Becky on Lennon Way; 9/24/18


Dr. Richard Meltzer in Los Gatos is excellent. Good Luck!!

Carolyn on Winona; 9/13/19


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Senior Housing

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Senior Medical Care / Caregiver

Nati McCoy (408-826-2080) and Cruz Ibanez (408-859-2650)

My uncle just passed away and I wanted to recommend his excellent caregivers. They treated him so kindly, as if he were family. They helped him with showers, dressing, meals, home maintenance, laundry and many other tasks. If anyone is in need of such services for their loved ones, I highly recommend [them].

Barbara on Husted; 10/27/17

Maria Elena Olvera

669-377-2660, meugalde1@gmail.com

I would like to recommend Maria Olvera to help you with household and caregiving needs (children and eldercare). She was prompt, did a wonderful job and was a delight to get to know.  She has numerous references in the Willow Glen Area.

Susan on Parkside; 4/23/19

Mike, Familiar Surroundings

(408) 979-9990

(Mike is one of the owners) Licensed, bonded, family owned & operated!  [for Health Care – In-Home Care]

Valerie H.; 5/31/19


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Airport Transportation / Shuttle / Taxis / Limousines

Angel Loya, Angel On Time Airport Shuttle

(408) 667-0712 (Mobile), angelshuttle@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; 4/17/17


If you want a private shuttle, I have had good experience with Angel Loya. I believe I heard about him first via this list.

Debbie on Garden Glen Way; 3/13/18


I highly recommend Angel!  We have used Angel over the years, & also just recently: he is indeed always on time, reliable and most pleasant. We've never been disappointed.

Bev on Richland Ave.; 3/13/18

Yellow Cab

408.777.7777; http://www.yellowcheckercab.com/

Another shout out for Yellow Cab.  Always reliable, and safe.

Peggy on Glen Eyrie; 4/18/17


I agree. Yellow Cab is reliable, affordable, and on time.

Tina on Monte Vista; 4/18/17

Jose of Limo Services

(408) 259-9520, limoservicesinc@gmail.com

Very reliable and professional.

Karen on Blewett; 6/13/18


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Alterations / Seamstress / Embroidery / Tailor

Alterations By Ioana

840 Willow St #100 (southwest corner of Bird and Willow), 408-288-5091

[Ioana] and her team are great.

Maria S.; 2/4/18


I like and trust Ioana. I’ve had her hem items that were too complicated for me to do myself, like sweater sleeves retaining the knitted cuffs. She is pretty busy, though.

Tina on Monte Vista; 4/17/19


Alterations by Iona at Willow and Bird does a great job.

Neal J.; 7/10/20


I second the referral to Alterations by Ioana. I have been bring things to her shop for about a year. She is very meticulous. She is very honest and reasonable with her pricing. For great work, reasonable prices and supporting a small business, Ioana’s is the place to go.

Casey on Minnesota; 7/10/20


408-718-3239, ratnapapa@hotmail.com

Ratnapapa is great with dresses and has been working on them for many years. 

Barbara on Hawkhurst; 4/16/18

Rex Cleaners

60 Race St., (408) 292-0363

You can take them to Rex Cleaners on Race Street.  They have a seamstress who can do the job.

Jan on Glen Eyrie


Muia's Custom Tailoring

1375 Blossom Hill Rd #3806, (408) 266-5507

I highly recommend Muia's Custom Tailoring in the Princeton Plaza. She did a great job hemming two dresses that were heavy, clingy material. They came out great. Not sure about the one pin thing.

Patty on Broadway; ptoth@pacbell.net


Best Alteration

3155 S. Bascom, (408) 369-0850

I recommend Best Alterations as they have done many minor alterations for me and they are really pleasant and reasonable. Yes, you can bring in a dress with one pin as I have done many times, but its' better to stand for the pinning.

Gerri on Altamont; 7/10/20


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Banners & Signs; Silk Screening

Sign Gypsies

408 785-8755

Love Sign Gypsies! Judy does a great job.

Kirsten in Glenwood, 3/29/20


We used them and the turnaround was great, excellent communication, and the display exceeded any and all expectations. 

Christine on Madrona Ave., 3/31/20


We had used her service mid-February and couldn’t be more ecstatic of the outcome for our sons 21st Bday! 

Angela on Richland Ave., 3/31/20

Curtis Walker, Hillview Design Print Media

https://www.hillviewdpm.com/Contact, 408 454-8520

a friend of mine owns a local printing company that is providing customized graduation or business reopening banners AT COST (which is quite a savings), as a way to give back right now.  You might want to pass their contact info to your friend in Tiburon.

Carol on Curtis; 6/7/20


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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, 3/1/18


[Hicklebees makes] special orders for items in other categories, such as adult/teen books and & calendars. Excellent & prompt service, efficient & friendly staff. I don't know what I'd do without them, especially at this gift-giving time every year.

Maureen near Bird & Willow; 11/30/17

Book Binding
Beth Redmond


One of our neighbors, not on the elist, is a book binding expert.

Lise on Malone Road; 9/14/20


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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); 3/1/18

Good Karma Bikes

http://goodkarmabikes.org/; 460 Lincoln Ave #15; (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); 3/1/18

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); 3/1/18

Trek Bicycle Store of San Jose

Plant Shopping Center, 111 Curtner Ave #80; (408) 264-2453; www.sanjosetrek.com

New location: in “The Plant” at Monterey Hwy. 

Larry (on Willow); Mar 5, 2017


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Clock and Watch Repair

Almaden Clocks

5371 Camden, 408-265-2133

one size [Clock Key] does not fit all. Take your clock to Almaden Clock and they will match the correct one for your clock. Keys run about $5 - $8. Wayne is my go to for clock cleaning and repair, as well as missing keys.

Bruce off Lincoln; 10/29/17

Josh Kroman, Kroman Watchworks

6472 Camden Ave, kromanwatchworks.com

Our family highly recommends [Wayne at Almaden Clock Shop]! Good luck

Janismo, WGW expat; 10/16/18


4975 Stevens Creek Blvd., (408) 247-6975

I always go to Watchcare on Stevens Creek, quick and painless.

Kathi on Cherry; 2/5/19

Mann’s Jewelers

1347 Lincoln Ave., (408) 287-7858

I always go to Mann's Jewelers, right on Lincoln. Quick, affordable, friendly staff, and they always offer me something to drink while I wait.

Tina on Monte Vista; 2/5/19


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Tuxedo Rental:
Suit and Tux Boutique

1590 Winchester Blvd, Campbell, (408) 866-8866

My son rented tuxes for proms several times at Suit and Tux Boutique at the corner of Hamilton and Winchester and we were very pleased.

Margaret on Palm Haven; 10/22/17


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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); 3/1/18


Don Heinsen has been a great help to me over the years as my go-to IT guy. He's local, born and raised in Willow Glen.

Peggy on GEA; 4/3/17


Don is very good! I've used him since around 2005.

Larry R.; 4/3/17


a small ordeal … resolved thanks to some hand holding by enlisting help from Don Heinsen. … I called Don, arranged for a same day visit, and he delivered what I really needed which was help getting it going. …I'm grateful Don was able to make the visit and gave me the service I needed when I needed.

Greg A.; 10/20/17

Frank Bejan, MicroComp

1268 Lincoln Avenue, (408) 295-8050

If still searching, try Frank at Micro-Comp in WG, right on Lincoln Avenue. He is an IT professional handling various computer issues for many years. Good luck.

Jacquie A.; 4/3/17


[Frank] is very good, meticulous, friendly and very polite.  

Sue on Dean; 4/12/17


… we've been going to Frank for years - he's awesome!

Taffy on Marshall Ave.; 8/31/20


It's been about 6 years since I needed help with a laptop, but I was very pleased when I consulted Frank  -- at that time, he was taking appointments only, so best to call first.

Maureen near Bird & Willow; 9/25/20

Bay Area Computerman

3680 Stevens Creek Blvd, Suite F (near San Tomas Expressway), 408-249-4821

They have helped with several issue including a cracked case / hinge on my laptop which Geek Squad said wasn't repairable …. BA Computerman ordered a part and fixed it in 2 days at a very reasonable price. Last week, my son's laptop's screen went dark in the middle of a big project. Computerman replaced the LED and had it working very quickly.

Carol on Hamilton Way; 5/31/18

Sure Computing

1390 Franklin Street, Santa Clara, 408-509-9273

A year ago I had a laptop problem. I had excellent and reasonably priced service from Sure Computing.

Lise on Malone Road; 2/12/19

Patrick Tam

408-431-2133, patrick0009@gmail.com

I can highly recommend Patrick Tam he has done work on both my PC and Apple laptop. If you request his services, let him know I referred you.

Joyce on Comstock Lane; 8/28/20, 10/1/20


I’ve had the pleasure of working with Patrick at Willows Sr. Center, and he’s so knowledgeable and delightful I have to put in my recommendation, too. You couldn’t do better.

gerri at Altamont; 10/2/20

Click Away

457 E. McGlincy Ave., Campbell, 408-626-9400; clickaway.com

I highly recommend ClickAway for any computer repair work. They work on Microsoft or [Apple] Macintosh. You can take it in, or for a fee they will make a house call. They are great.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 11/6/17; 12/9/17, 2/19/20


Clickaway on McGuinis in Campbell have saved several of my computers. Highly recommended.

Bruce off Lincoln; 8/26/20

David Chaid


IT [and computer] repairs and problem solving. Lives in Willow Glen.

*self-recommend* Gail on California; gchaid@gmail.com; 12/19/17

Computer Repair – Apple (Mac)

3191 San Luis Rey Ave., (408) 613-2889, macfixed.com

I just had my iMac worked on by MacFixed. Good work and fast. Lots of positive Yelp reviews well earned.

Carol L.; 10/7/19


We've gone with Alex at MacFixed.com. Very happy.

Bill on Husted; 2/17/20

Mobile Kangaroo


For the MAC I suggest Mobile Kangaroo. They just fixed mine. They are great with the Covid-19 safety protocols, too. They are an Apple Authorized repair shops and appointments are made through Apple.com

Bob on Bird; 9/23/20

ClickAway Computer, Phone, & Network Repair

457 E McGlincy Ln., (408) 626-9400, clickaway.com

We use in Campbell for our Macs. They always fix it and in record time.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 9/23/20


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Consignment, Antiques, Second-hand

SilverLeaf Antiques

(408) 205-1875, silverleaf6@sbcglobal.net

You can try SilverLeaf Antiques.  We used them for an estate liquidation and he did a great job.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 6/5/18


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Crafts and Hobbies; Arts and Crafts Supplies


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Dry cleaners / Laundry Services

Rex Cleaners

60 Race Street, (408) 292-0363

It’s a family run business with great service. They also do some sewing.

Jan on Glen Eyrie Ave.; 3/9/19

Marco Polo

918 Bascom Ave close to Fruitdale Ave.

I needed an industrial washing machine to launder my queen size mattress pad cover. Beatrice who is the owner?/manager did the service for me.  It cost $20.00 which I thought was reasonable.  I highly recommend Marco Polo Laundry.  The facility is very clean and Beatrice is great.

Carol on Kiner; 5/27/20

Dry Cleaners (Leather)
Rex Cleaners

60 Race St., (408) 292-0363

I suggest if this is the first time [you are] getting your coat dry cleaned and not sure then [you] must go in the morning and talk the owner yourself. He gives a honest opinion of do-ability as well as price. They do a darn good job of dry-cleaning of one-of-a-kind clothing.  

Anu on Dry Creek ; 1/12/19


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Estate Sales / Estate Buyers

SilverLeaf Antiques Estate Liquidation

207 Lincoln Ave., (408) 286-0404, www.SilverLeafAntiquesOnline.com, Info@SilverLeafAntiquesOnline.com

We used them and were very pleased.  They were professional and walked us through the whole process.  Once we made some decisions, they handled the whole thing for us.  It took a lot of the stress out of the process. We worked with Rick Phelan at that time.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 6/26/20

Something to Sell About


[They are] located in Oakland but they do business all around the Bay Area. They…were very helpful. They have a warehouse/showroom, but they also do on-site sales for estates. In my case, he picked up the estate items we had placed in a storage unit and took it back to the shop they had at the time. We negotiated an anticipated price for what things would sell for, and he sent me checks every month. He has been in business for decades - he knows the salable value of items. He recently handled a sale for a friend of mine and her experience was similar. I highly recommend them.

Peggy on GEA; 11/7/20

Amanda Kuzak, Kuzak's Closet


I believe Kuzak's Closet provides that service.

Barbara S.; 11/9/20


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Exercise Class / Gymnastics

Lift Exercise Studio

1202 Lincoln Ave., 408-292-2263, http://liftexercise.com/

Yes! Lift Exercise Studio on Lincoln behind Black Sheep Brasserie. Barre and bike classes. Phenomenal setting and amazing instructors. 

Sara on Michigan; 11/3/17


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Framing (art & pictures)


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Furniture Shops

Mattress Stores
Nick, Mattress Firm

1558 S. Bascom Ave., (408) 377-8450

The manager was patient and helpful and they offer to beat other stores' prices by 10%. So I told him the mattress I liked best, he looked it up online and showed me the ones they had that were comparable, explaining the slight differences. They also had very quick delivery and took away the old mattress set.

Tina on Monte Vista; 4/13/19


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Mariette Fruit Chocolates

1268 Lincoln Avenue 

[recommended by]

Larry on Willow, 3/1/18


Yes - scrumptious chocolate from wonderful people!

Taffy on Marshall; 2/12/18 

Candy Making Supplies
The Sugar Table

2287 Lincoln Ave., (408) 978-9740(?)

I took in a decorative sugar Easter egg my mother made in 1960 that had been damaged. Toni … lovingly fixed it. You'd never know it had any damage. And…she wouldn't let me pay for the repair! Wow! And I want all of my neighbors to know she's the kind of woman we should all support.

Rebecca on Newport; 5/24/19


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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; 3/1/18

The Outdoor Supply Hardware (formerly OSH)

on Blossom Hill and Meridian

Bought an outdoor patio heater which came in pieces in a box at 9:30 on a Saturday.  They (Josh and Duane)  put it together for me and I brought it home by 4:00.

Carol on Prevost St; 10/27/20


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Holiday Lights Installation & Christmas Tree Decorations

Holiday Lights

408-384-XMAS (9627), www.HolidayLightsBayArea.com

We also have a two story Tudor with two large gables. We have Holiday Lights put ours up and take them down. They have been doing our house for at least the last 5 years. Wouldn’t have anyone else.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 11/20/17

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

Bella James

1151 Lincoln Ave., 408.292.0000

Island Inspired

1314 Lincoln Ave, Ste 1a, (669) 230-3908

Mariette Chocolates

1268 Lincoln Ave., 408-295-9050

Street Christmas Trees
David Green

PO Box 2976, 95070, 408-279-2451

We do the trees in the Glen Eyrie quadrant.  We get our trees from David Green.  He is already working on tree orders for this year.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 11/6/18

Christmas Trees
Ganado Feed & Pet Supplies

945 Lincoln Ave.; 408.289.8626, https://ganadofeed.com/

I had a great experience buying our Christmas [tree] at the new Ganado Feed & Pet Supplies at 945 Lincoln Ave. Beautiful trees, good prices, friendly help and they will deliver to your house for just $10!

Karen & Jeff on Blewett; 12/3/19


I suggest checking out Ganado Feed & Pet Supplies. I didn’t want to shop in person due to Covid, so I called them yesterday and spoke with a lovely woman. I described what I wanted - Noble Fir, 6-7 feet tall. She took some pics of current stock and e-mailed them. I called her back with my selection, and it was delivered yesterday evening. Not cheap, but…. It’s a beauty!

Peggy on Glen Eyrie Avenue; 12/1/20


I just ordered from Ganado too, based on Peggy's recommendation. GREAT experience, they delivered, so easy. They were very accommodating to make sure I got just the tree I wanted.

Sara on Michigan; 12/2/20


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Jewelers & Jewelry / Coin Appraisal

Jewelry Repair
Manns Jewelers

1347 Lincoln Ave., www.mannsdiamonds.com

Try Mann’s Jewelers.

Pam on Wren; 3/5/17


[Mann’s has] restrung pearls, done repairs, and also provide watch batteries. Easier parking than at the mall, same low prices, friendly people, and keeping the business here in our community. I recommend them even for costume jewelry repair.

Tina on Monte Vista; 3/30/18


A few years back I bought a ring with a very complex pattern…and took it there to get it sized.  It was a challenging job because of the intricate pattern, and I was in a hurry for it….  Mann's did a great job, and in a great hurry.  I would never go anywhere else.

Carol on Curtis; 3/30/18


I've been going to Mann's for over 30+ years.....they do the finest repairs ever, friendly and reasonable prices. The even took one of my diamonds, and two of the other Mother in law diamond earrings and made the most beautiful wedding ring for my son's fiancée...the ring has history from both families and just looks stunning. In fact, I'm going in there next week with watches to be fixed.

Donna D.; 3/31/18


Mann’s is great!

Kathleen on Fairview; 4/1/18

Gold Star Jewelers

1379 Lincoln Ave.

My wife brought in two necklaces needing minor repair yesterday, and the owner and his staff repaired them while she waited. Upon completion, the owner said there was no charge. We also used them a few months back for a larger jewelry repair project, and they came in ahead of schedule and under budget.

Dave on Carolyn; 8/30/17

De Tagle Jewelers

14400 Union Ave., 408-377-7000

I second De Tagle!

Kathleen on Fairview; 2/9/17

Sew Beadazzled

1068 Lincoln Ave., 408-293-2232

Depending on the repair, there is a bead store Sew Bedazzled on Lincoln, down by Jake’s Pizza. They are very nice, very reasonable and do a good job on simple fixes.

Kathleen on Fairview; 4/1/18


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Knife and Tool Sharpening

The Knife Stalkers

349 Lincoln Ave.

This is a great place to take your knives for sharpening. They have done my knives and I swear by them. I cook quite a lot. Be specific on how sharp you want them. Additionally, I take my gardening tools there too. Their prices are very fair. I highly recommend them. They are real pros.

Casey C.; 10/3/20


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Economy Lumberyard

720 Camden Ave., Campbell, 408-378-5231, https://www.economylumber.com/ 

I … found everyone to be very helpful and pleasant. No charge for the wood or cutting. They have a bin for leftover pieces, but most of them were too large which is why he cut up a different piece.  I recommend them highly for their pleasantness and fairness

Sue on Dean; 10/1/19


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Organizer and Home Staging



I can recommend Olga as an excellent, self-starting, personable organizer. Please let her know I referred you. 

Karen on Blewett; 8/8/17

Closet Organizers
Valet Organizers

1190-J Dell Avenue, Campbell, 408-374-3073

They have a great showroom and the people I worked with had very good ideas and problem-solving skills. Workmanship is super, all employees were very professional. Couldn't be happier. These are not wire racks but are particle board covered with melamine or other types of surfaces. Worth looking into.

Nancy on Kotenberg; 7/8/20

Home Staging / Remodel Advice
Leslie Marshall, Coldwell Banker


I'd recommend Leslie Marshall, of Willow Glen. She did what you've described - help me decide which changes would be worth the money and the best way to do them so that when I did sell it would help the sale value. And she did it for free. She was wonderful to work with and a wonderful person.

Tina on Monte Vista; 6/24/18

Mary Ann Wallace, Intero


She has transformed so many homes prior to sale, and LOVES the process!  She has a great team of contractors to do the work (many of whom I've used), and she makes sure the updates get her clients a big return. I always go to Mary Ann first to get her opinion on potential home updates. 

Lisa on Crescent; 6/24/18


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Photographer / Portraits / Artists


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Personal Assistant

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Personal Care: Hair Salon / Stylist / Spa / Tanning / Manicure & Pedicure / Nails / Beards / Facials

Nail Elegance

1165 Lincoln Ave, Ste 120 (in the Garden Theater), 408-885-1305

I have been going to Nail Elegance in the Garden Theatre for many years.  Tina and her crew are great.

Barbara on Hawkhurst; 4/26/17

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; 7/3/17; 4/17/18, 7/22/18

My Nails

4300 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, 408-982-9987

I've been very happy with My Nails in Santa Clara. Great service and prices.

Tina on Monte Vista; 4/26/17

Friendly Nails

2593 Almaden Rd., 408-265-8706

Judy at friendly nails at the corner of Koch and Almaden behind the dollar store, is excellent. Always on time. Would guess one of the least expensive ones and quality work. I've been going there for 20+ years.

Candy on Lansford; 4/26/17

Nail Spa by Tammy

1302 Lincoln Ave. #101, 408-947-9951

I don't go anywhere but Tammy's on Lincoln Ave. She runs a tight ship, super clean and they do an excellent job. 

Linda Edmunds; 4/26/17

Bella Donna Day Spa

1525 Meridian Ave., #103, (408) 448-4409

They are very clean with no jetted tubs for pedicures they line each tub before each use. They are excellent. I'm super picky about my nails. I followed the owner from another nail place when she opened Bella Donna.

Cynthia on Harmil; 4/26/17

Hair by Heidi

1082 Lincoln Ave #8, (408) 963-8295

Heidi … is fantastic at both cut and color, and she keeps her prices very reasonable. She also has “style and dry” prices that beat all the local blow dry bars. Heidi takes the time to research all her products as she is committed to carrying a healthy product line. Can’t say enough good things.

Lisa on Bird; 1/18/18


I want to second the recommendation for Hair by Heidi, who is in one of the Sola Salons on Lincoln.   I’ve gone to Heidi for years now, and she is simply the best.

Elaine G.; 1/20/18

Andrea, Gypsy Rose Salon

1230 The Alameda, (408) 854-1339

I have curly, long hair and I LOVE my hairdresser - who also has curly hair.  :-)

Mindy; 7/22/18

Kathy, Sterling's Barber & Stylist

1770 Shasta Ave., (408) 297-6705

Lovely person, excellent work, very reasonable prices, open Tues through Sat. Tell her I sent you.

Maureen near Bird & Willow; 10/24/19

Kayla Cienega, Creche Salon

1264 Lincoln Ave., (408) 550-5549 (cell)

I highly recommend my hair stylist for cuts and color.

Patti (formerly on Jonathan Ave); 5/20/20

Ernie Sierra, Sola Salon Suites, Glam & Groom #25

1082 Lincoln Ave., 408-646-3315

I recommend my stylist Ernie on Lincoln next to Manley’s Donuts. I am currently a blonde and former brunette.

Christina on Almaden Expwy; 10/23/18

Henna Tattoos
Neha Shah, Henna Artist

(408) 230-0164

I have just the right person for you. She is very good. I confirmed with her that she will be [very] happy to do this henna party… Please give her my name if u do contact her.

Anu on Dry Creek; 5/16/19

Cathy Savage, City Savvy 

408-377-4122, Corner of Bascom and Campbell

Call Cathy Savage at City Savvy 408-377-4122 Corner of Bascom and Campbell

Jan C.; 6/21/17


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Piano Repair, Tuning, Moving

Bay Area Piano Movers

(650) 921-6645

Use Bay Area Piano Movers!  They are the best and I just used them.  The owners name is Mike and he is super on the ball and flexible and on time.  They are also one of the few companies that have the appropriate insurance and license and Worker’s Compensation to move pianos.

MK on Foxworthy; 1/29/18

Burton & Wilson, The Piano Craftsmen

contact@burtonandwilsonpiano.com, 800-336-1924, 831-227-1099

Yes. These guys are the BEST! Very professional and highly skilled. Des Wilson is the owner.

Sara on Michigan; 11/2/20

Piano Tuners
Don Bosco

(408) 674-8705

I recommend Don Bosco.  He tuned all the pianos at my school.  He’s a great piano player to boot.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 7/17/20

Burton & Wilson, The Piano Craftsmen

800-336-1924, www.burtonandwilsonpiano.com

Des Wilson is excellent. Professional and very thorough.

Sara C.; 7/17/20


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Printing & Paper Supplies / Stationary

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; 3/1/18; 6/12/20


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Realtor / Real Estate Brokers

Sophia Delacotte, Compass agency

2061 Lincoln Ave, (408) 717-2575

I was very pleased with my realtor, who brought us a great offer in less than a week on the MLS for more than the asking price with no contingencies. 

Maureen near Bird & Willow; 8/27/20


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Shoe & Luggage Repair


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Shopping Delivery Services


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Sports / Sporting Goods

Tennis Lessons
Phil Graham

philipgrahamtennis.com, philgrahamtennis@gmail.com

He normally works out of San Jose swim & racquet club, but they’re not providing lessons on site quite yet. He’s been teaching at some of the local parks. He’s fantastic with children, teens, and adults too. He’s an amazing player himself. Please contact him if you are interested.

Lara on Willowhurst; 6/17/20


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Travel Agents

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; 3/24/19


I've also used Debbie Leong at Bravo Travel, and highly recommend her.  She listens to what you want to do, what your budget is, and even helps you to figure out what you might want to do if you don't know what you want to do.

Brooke at Dry Creek Village; 3/24/19

Santa Cruz Travel


We have used Santa Cruz Travel many times for various trips. They have given us lots of advice on where to stay, how to get there, visa assistance and also helped us set up a car and driver in Italy when we wanted to go to a place off the beaten path.

Marguerite on Kayellen; 6/11/18

Colonial Travel Agency


I'd strongly recommend Colonial Travel Agency. My sister, Beth, owns it, and she is super organized and responsible and will make sure your in-laws get just the right cruise. p.s. She loves to work with seniors.

Dan on Coe; 6/11/18


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Video Photography


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Web Designer

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Zumba, Yoga, & Personal Training

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Pet Care: Multi-service

Burbank Animal Hospital

1819 W. San Carlos near Shasta, 408-271-7875

My [dog] was well cared for by that wonderful staff, so much so that he actually liked going there. He had a bunch of issues and they helped us deal with all the options. Dr. Kumar was his favorite. We live nearer other vets, but the short drive was worth it.

Bruce off Lincoln; 8/10/17


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Pet Grooming

Mobile Pet Grooming
Aussie Pet Mobile Grooming


We have used Aussie Pet Mobile grooming for the last year and they’ve done a great job.

Linda E.; 3/16/19

Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic

699 Lincoln Avenue, 408-293-3448

Jay turned out to be the best find ever. Jay also allowed us to make an appointment during the day when Jay would focus on him so Panda was with fewer animals and more relaxed. We had concerns about other issues as well and Jay met our concerns and I’m so pleased we found him.

Susan on Annapolis, 3/11/20

Aussie Pet Mobile South Bay

https://petgroomingsouthbay.com, (408) 627-7290

…they did a great job with our new Shih Tzu. When we got her, her hair had been cut crazy due to mats and it had grown really long because of shelter in place. They groomer at Aussie Pet Mobile did a great job on the cut and kept her calm through the grooming process.

John on Milton Way; 6/3/20


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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 3/1/18]


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Pet Sitting & Boarding / Kennels

The Kitty Hotel

2020 S Bascom Ave # B, Campbell, (408) 377-7745

We use the Kitty Hotel and have been very happy with them.

Neal on Prevost; 6/7/17


2470 De La Cruz Blvd., Santa Clara, (408) 727-7687

Spots on de la Cruz in Santa Clara [is] a cageless boarding facility for both dogs and cats  The cats have a nice room with climbing structures. It was a very successful experience for my cat   My dogs have been going there for years.  open 24/7

Nina on El Rio; 6/26/17; 5/14/18

We Dog Care

351 Lincoln Ave., (408) 533-0252, www.wedogcare.com

+1 to We Dog Care.

Neal J.; 1/31/17, 6/24/17 

Tracy Corral


She sits several cats in Willow Glen.

She is a professional dog and pet sitter. She’s insured, bonded, certified in pet first aid, lives in Willow Glen and can provide local references.

Bob on Bird; 11/8/18, 3/3/20

Furry Friends Pet Sitters

http://www.furryfriendpets.com/, customersupport@furryfriendpets.com

They sent us…texts and photos of how our cats were and diligently carried out all the pet (and house) duties we asked of them. They are licensed, insured, and bonded, and belong to the Pet Sitters professional organization. They spent the initial visit with us to learn all about our cats, and to execute a very detailed contract to cover ALL possible contingencies. (they care for birds and rats, too)

Jim (formerly on Settle); 11/4/19, 3/3/20

Rebecca Goldstone, Willow Glen Paws

(408) 391-3660

We love her!!!

Christine, 2/16/20

Susan Groves


WG retiree, loves dogs and cats, very reliable, great person.

Barb on Blewett, 3/2/20


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Pet Store


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Pet Training / Dog Therapists / Socializing

Stacy Braslau-Schneck, Stacy's 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.  I have literally seen her perform magic with challenging dogs.

Elissa on Laurie; 8/10/17, 7/1/19


I have heard great things about Stacy and that is who we plan to use as well.  We were recommended by Rebecca Goldstone a phenomenal doggie daycare person. 

Andy G. or Chris T.; 10/14/17


I second Stacy. She helped us train our first dog - he’s an extremely well-behaved wonderful companion- saved us from making mistakes that could have derailed us. She’s an expert with people and dogs.

Julia on Westgate; 7/1/19

Dog Training by Kimberly McCarty

kimberlymccarty@gmail.com; 408-705-3191

[She’s] the best!

Kirsten on Glenwood; 2/3/18


We LOVE Kimberly McCarty. We’ve worked with her with two of our dogs and currently have a 6-month old puppy. She’s a total gift!

Jill on Britton; 2/3/18


Another yes to Kimberly McCarty!  She is so good with the dogs AND owners as well.  I have used her for both of my dogs. She is amazing!

Linda on Lambert; 2/3/18


2123 S. 10th St., 408-770-7556, https://calik9.com/

We took our lab to CaliK9 for training. They're located on 10th Street.  I HIGHLY recommend them.  We take our dog to We Dog Care for daycare and boarding. 

Regan on Jansen; 2/3/18

Sybl A Saisselin CFDT, K9 Keep Fit

408-316-2455, https://www.facebook.com/K9Keepfit/

I'm the manager and lead dog trainer at K9 Keep Fit on Meridian Avenue. We're starting a puppy and young dog class next Thursday evening and we offer private lessons and board & train options, too.

*self-recommend*  Sybl on Delbarr Court; syblamy@gmail.com; 10/12/17

Stacy Braslau-Schneck, MA CPDT-KA CBCC-KA CAP2, Stacy's Wag'N'Train

www.wagntrain.com, http://willowglendogtrainer.com/

I do private lessons and also day-training. All the information about my services (as well as a LOT of training tips and advice!) are on my website.

*self-recommend* Stacy on Nightingale; stacy.wagntrain@gmail.com; 10/12/17


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Pet Walking / Dog Walker

Chris Driscoll 

(408) 375-2015

2nd Chris Driscoll!

Kathie on Pine; 5/11/17

Tracy Corral, Tracy Petsitter

tracy@tracypetsitter.com, (650) 400-5674, www.tracypetsitter.com

She is a local professional pet sitter and dog walker who is insured and bonded.

Bob on Bird; 10/2/19 


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Service Animals


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Lincoln Avenue Vet Clinic

699 Lincoln Avenue, (408)400-3915, 408-293-3448

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

Dr. Grewal, Animal Medical Center

1820 Hillsdale Ave., (408) 267-7387

We have been taking our cats there for 10+ years and have had above average service and their charges are very reasonable (exam only about $50.00 and dental cleaning much below other animal centers).

Larry on Knollwood Avenue; 1/14/20

Pinnacle Animal Hospital

4724 Meridian Ave., (408) 264-9400; , https://pinnaclevets.com/

They are also, I believe, Fear-Free Certified, and I’ve been VERY impressed with their patience and handling skills when I’ve brought clients’ dogs in for husbandry training.

Stacy B.-S.; 1/14/20


We second Pinnacle.

Christine on Madrona Ave.; 1/14/20


[For blood work] We’ve found Pinnacle Vet on Meridian to be reasonably priced as well as conscientious and caring.  To keep the fees low, they use vet techs for simple procedures.

Carol L.; 4/19/20


Pinnacle is a certified cat friendly practice. They try hard not to traumatize the cats. Mine are not fooled, but I’m sure some feel more reassured. We’re very pleased with the practice for our dog too.

Barbara M.; 4/20/20


We also use Pinnacles and LOVE them. 

mailto:chrismayandy@sbcglobal.netAndy G.; 7/27/20


We use Pinnacle for our cats and dogs -- they have separate entrance for felines and are a Cat Friendly practice. 

Vivian on Glenn; 7/27/20

Burbank Pet Hospital

1819 W San Carlos St., (408) 271-7875, www.burbankpet.com

I've been taking cats to Burbank Pet Hospital forever and have always been very satisfied with each of the vets there -- not inexpensive, but prices comparable to other local vets as far as I know (I have no experience with dogs). 

Maureen near Bird & Willow, 2/13/20


I highly recommend Burbank Pat Hospital on San Carlos. They took care of our mini Schnauzer for over ten years, until it was time to put him down. Great front office staff and very good vets.

Bruce off Lincoln; 12/2/20

Acacia Pet Clinic

4486 Pearl Ave., (408) 264-6354

We have gone to Acacia Pet Clinic on Pearl (near Branham) for decades and our vet is Dr. Curley (owner).  I recommend him highly.

Barb M., 2/13/20


905 Dell Ave., (408) 371-6252, https://www.medvetforpets.com/location/medvet-campbell/

We just got a stray kitten. He was injured so we took him to MedVet off of Hwy 17 and San Tomas Expressway. The staff was kind and the vet was wonderful. The kitten has recovered and is well. We will now take him to either Lincoln Ave Vet or to The Cat Hospital on Hamilton for a regular checkup and microchip.

Gail C.; 11/16/20

Adobe Animal Hospital


We have been taking our dogs to Adobe Animal Hospital for decades and highly recommend them.

Bob on Bird; 12/2/20

West Valley Pet


I love West Valley Pet. Were always easy to book, friendly, good experience even since COVID. Fair prices. Good website and digital services (able to handle interactions and records over text, web, email, etc.).

Jem; 12/2/20

Camden Pet Hospital

4960 Camden Ave, (408) 265-2200, camdenpethospital.com

I have used Camden Pet For years and years. Highly recommend.

Nina on El Rio; 12/2/20


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Restaurants, Food & Event Services


Flower Flour

896 Willow Street [near Bird]; (408) 279-0843; www.flower-flour.com

Flour Flower makes fantastic tasting and gorgeous cakes.  I've seen pictures of their wedding cakes and was really impressed.

Carol on Curtis; 3/5/17

Peter’s Bakery

3108 Alum Rock Ave, (408) 258-3529

The supplier of burnt almond cake now that Dick's has closed.

Larry on Willow, 3/1/18

A Vie Bakery

923 S. Bascom, (408) 684-1888

I just discovered a recently opened coffee shop and bakery on Bascom up near Valley Medical Center.  The baked goods are created on site and are profoundly wonderful.  It’s sparkling clean and the people are really nice.  I hope it gets the business it deserves. 

Carol on De Anza Way; 4/9/17



Zingerman's is an amazing place. I especially recommend their breads and coffee cakes - the latter make great gifts. They also sell an amazingly good parmesan… they are *very* pricey when you include shipping costs, and many of the things they sell are readily available here in the Bay Area for a lot less.

Andrew S.; 2/2/19

Mama's Bakery

473 N. Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos, (408) 828-6262, mamasbakery.com

I ordered (Challah) early online and he had my order ready. He had other items so I just got some of those too.

The bread is wonderful. So is the shortbread. Other biscotti and cookies are great. All good with coffee and tea. It is nice to have a bakery open on Sunday.

Gail on California; 1/3/21

Manresa Bread

Campbell, Los Gatos, and Los Altos, https://www.manresabread.com/

[If] you want to taste the best commercial sourdough bread in the South Bay, I recommend the Manresa Bread…. All their bread doughs are sourdough-based, and taste fantastic….

Andrew S.; 1/15/19


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Caterers/Catering; Party/Event Planners

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The Party Helpers

kristin@thepartyhelpers.com, 408.435.7337

I [recommend] The Party Helpers!

Mary on Georgetta; 3/24/17

Los Cuates Meat Market

1507 S. Winchester Blvd., (408) 374-4304

I’ve mentioned this before as I used to pick these [tamales] up on the way to work… They were wonderful and a variety of choices and reasonably priced. Eventually her business was so great, they created a spot for her in the store. You can call to verify she is still doing them.

Carol on Mazzaglia; 12/30/17

Mark, Moveable Feast

408-800-6825 Office, 408-805-5299 Mobile, mark@mvblfeast.com

Call Movable Feast.  He coordinates several trucks and can help you out with one.  He is the one that organizes the trucks on Friday nights at Minnesota and highway 87.  Yummy, and all kinds of food.  My husband used him for a concert once and it worked out very well. Ask for Mark.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 4/7/18


Willow at Lincoln; www.opaauthenticgreek.com/

They were quick (ie. not a ton of lead time), delivered >$500 for a $50 fee, and food quality was great.  Only drawback is that they didn't set up fully.

Tina on Monte Vista; 6/27/18



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Tina on Monte Vista; 6/27/18

Steve Goldstone, DNL Caterers

408 727-6093, steveg@dnl-catering.com

I would recommend DNL Caterers for your next event. Recently my church used DNL Caterers to provide dinner for 70 people. The food was very good, and plentiful. Steve worked with us on a menu of chicken piccata and salmon along with appetizers for a very good price.

Lorraine; 10/10/18


I’ve worked with Steve [at DNL] at a couple of events. He is professional, reliable, and the food is great.

Tina on Monte Vista; 6/27/18, 8/8/18

Servers on Demand

408 729-7627, 1984 The Alameda #1

We also used serving help from "Servers on Demand".  Paul Davis came out, and was super helpful.  I would also recommend Servers on Demand.

Lorraine; 10/10/18

Blue Rock BBQ

3001 Meridian Avenue, (408) 978-2583, http://www.bluerockbbq.com/ 

Just picked up a catering order here, great food and wonderful service; please visit Blue Rock BBQ (on Foxworthy and Meridian) and support a WG family owned business!

Kirsten On Glenwood; 8/17/19


Agreed on the Blue Rock BBQ.  Their Mac and Cheese is delicious, too.

Nancy on Cottle; 8/17/19


Yes! yes! YES!! Blue Rock BBQ is awesome! We love Owen, his food, his catering for several of our events personally and professionally. Can’t say enough great stuff! Please support them.

Terri in Franquette; 8/18/19

Party Help
Ceil Mangelli, Event Coordinator 

amemorable.event@yahoo.com, 408.356.5466, 408.623.8109

I luckily had hired 2 staff people to help out for the day, and also rented out chafing dishes last-minute (through the same company). They helped set up food, plus a ton of misc stuff.  Welcome to mention my name -- I've used Ceil for both kids 1st bday parties, and they were absolutely amazing. 

Sujata; 6/27/18


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Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) & Farmers Markets

Live Earth Farm CSA

1275 Green Valley Rd, Watsonville, (831) 763-2448, https://liveearthfarm.net/

They are a family run operation… networked with other organic, local providers to give you quite a variety of produce and other farm products.  Their customer service is excellent…. their food is so fresh that it lasts longer than most, and also is not picked underripe….

Carol on Curtis; 1/2/19

Farm Fresh to You


love its flexibility.  You can choose the box size, veggie and/or fruit, identify items you never want, modify your specific order…(as long as the value doesn't fall below your minimum).  Or you can skip deliveries altogether.  And they deliver to your front door. 

Carol on Settle; 1/2/19


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Dolce Sicilia

Garden Theater, 1165 Lincoln Ave #110, (408) 882-3953

I agree completely on your review of Dolce Sicilia!  [“food was fantastic and of course, all the deserts and gelatos are to die for.”]  What a wonderful little gem in our community!

Carol U.; 10/11/19

Pacific Cookie Company

1203 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 831.429.6905, https://www.pacificcookie.com/

Grew up in SC and the Pacific Cookie Company is a must stop when in Santa Cruz. I also like their Peanut Butter cookies, white chocolate macadamia nut and their oatmeal raisin too! Really one of the best cookie bakeries in the South Bay IMHO.

Sherri near Foxworthy and Meridian; 10/24/19

Suzie Cakes

1109 Lincoln Ave., (408) 446-2253

But here in WG, Suzie Cakes has awesome cookies!

Sherri near Foxworthy and Meridian; 10/24/19

Gunther’s Restaurant and Catering

1601 Meridian Ave. (at Hamilton), (408) 266-9022, guntherscatering.com

Gunther's has the most amazing chocolate chip cookies on the planet.

Sara on Michigan; 10/24/19


Agreed [Gunther's] are awesome. 

Christine on Madrona Ave.; 10/24/19


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Florist & Flowers

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1003 Lincoln Ave (near Coe)

Fascinating store: regular groceries & meat-counter, plus lots of more exotic and ethnic fresh produce

They are very well organized and in accordance with the latest Covid-19 rules: They had the sidewalk outside marked at 6' intervals in case there was a line; at the entrance, everyone is fitted with disposal gloves; the shop was well stocked with fresh produce and canned goods; and they coordinated the check-out lines to again preserve the required "social distancing".

Larry on Willow; 3/1/18, 3/20/20

Sausages and Meats; Butcher:
Willow Glen Meats

885 Delmas Avenue: permanently closed.  

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.]

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Party and Event Venues & Meeting Room Rentals / Reception Spaces / Banquet Rooms

Three Flames

1547 Meridian Ave, 408-269-3133

[Three Flames recommended by]

Linda on Little Orchard; 8/27/19

Sherwood Inn

2988 Almaden Expressway, (408) 266-2480

[recommended by]

Linda on Little Orchard; 8/27/19


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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...)

Larry (on Willow); 3/1/18

Tasso's Restaurant & Bar

1530 Southwest Expressway

As we walked in, we were warmly greeted…very lovely and clean…our server Jessica…was delightful and wanted to make sure we were happy and well taken care of…delicious…very generously portioned entrees…We were beyond happy with everything. Their hospitality was so genuine and appreciated!!

Carolyn on Winona; 9/13/19


I’ve been meaning to send a note about Tasso’s. Everything Carolyn says is true—wonderful people, great food, great bar for cocktail aficionados. Let me add that they are struggling. The location is not as busy as they’d hoped. We would hate to lose this neighborhood gem. Try it if you haven’t.

Barb on Blewett; 9/14/19


I totally agree. The food is outstanding. You not find them accident. It is worth the trip.

Bob on Bird; 9/14/19


840 Willow St., Ste 400, (408) 352-5015

We've been to Mimosa of Willow Glen twice since they opened a couple of weeks ago. The food has been excellent and the service wonderful. They are located at Willow & Bird where Cafe Gourmet used to be.

Bob on Bird; 7/10/20

Orchestra Palm Court

27 E. Williams Street, http://www.orchestriapalmcourt.com

They are only open Friday and Saturday nights; you can check out their menus [on their website]. They have added some glass partitions amongst the antiques and player pianos that make for safe dining.  (In nice weather they open the folding front doors.)  It's a small restaurant, so make reservations.

Lorraine on Newport; 11/7/20

Coffee Shops
Elva’s Coffee Stop

2206 Lincoln Ave, (408) 269-2245

If you are looking for a great cup of coffee stop by. They have some great brew.

Bob on Bird; 6/12/20


1306 Lincoln Ave. near Minnesota; (408) 289-8800

An institution of Willow Glen for thirty years now.  Great food in a lively environment decorated with exotic flower arrangements.  Wonderful for birthday parties and events.

Larry (on Willow); 3/1/18


1100 Lincoln at Willow; (408) 998-8704

[recommended by]

Larry on Willow, 3/1/18


Bird and Minnesota  

Bibo's on Minnesota and Bird - by the slice or whole pies.  NY-style yumminess...

Lisa on Crescent; 10/30/18

The Sicilian Pizza

1492 Almaden Rd., (408) 294-1644, http://thesicilianpizza.com

I’ve noticed the place for a while, finally went last night with my family. Good food! Quality Ravioli (homemade) and Stromboli (you can request mustard if you are a DiMaggio’s fan). Full bar, too. The spaghetti and meatballs looked great and generous. Give it a try if you are looking for some Italian comfort!

Peter N.; 9/20/17

Ristorante da Maria

2707 Union Ave., (408)371-3333, http://www.pizzadamaria.com/

I went there with a friend for lunch on Friday & we liked it too. I think it was the owner who waited on us, very nice man. Glad to know about this good place.

Maureen near Bird & Willow; 10/24/17

Willow Street Pizza

1072 Willow St., (408) 971-7080

…become a member of their "dining club". Each time we…use our card, we get a request for feedback via e-mail, and for doing so, you get $5 off your next visit. There are other perks as well, birthday coupons, etc. [The] grilled salmon we had, along with a side of green beans and corn, was excellent! a casual, good neighborhood restaurant.

Lorraine G.; 7/18/18

Fast Pizza

860 Willow St., (408) 295-1082

I second FPD on Willow at Bird.

Tina on Monte Vista; 10/30/18

Zume Pizza


For a "not WG but close" pizza I recently tried Zume Pizza downtown. It was REALLY good.

[from their website: “we don’t have physical restaurants. We bake our pizzas in mobile ovens”]

Tina on Monte Vista; 10/30/18

Pasta Market

Coleman and Taylor, https://pastamarket.com/

Try the Pasta Market (near Michael's). They have opened up indoor dining, and when we were there recently, only two tables were occupied. This is a very reasonably priced restaurant.

Lorraine on Newport; 11/7/20

Go Pizza & Coffee

2206 Lincoln Ave B, 408-269-2245

This used to be Elva's Coffee Stop, next to the old Tlaquepaque at Curtner/Lincoln. It is now a pizza and coffee shop. We had pizza last night and it was delicious. They make their own dough and croutons. The pizza was a flatter crust style and very tasty. Take-out or delivery.

Andy on Madrona Avenue; 11/21/20

Sushi Koya

2424 Almaden Rd. (near Curtner & Almaden Expy.), 408-960-6339

We ate at Sushi Koya tonight and the sashimi was the best I've had in a looking time. High quality fish beautifully cut for perfect texture. A simple salmon handroll with wonderful texture balance and flavor. Agadashi tofu and TNT appetizers were equally delicious. The staff were very friendly and service was top notch. 

Sybl on Malone; 4/13/17


on Lincoln, near Willow

wonderful California/Mexican fusion: traditional burritos, etc., along with fresh flavors like Thai chicken or BBQ pork, ginger slaw, organic and vegetarian dishes.  Great margaritas!  Lovely patio area with heat-lamps.

Larry (on Willow); 3/1/18

Taqueria El Abuelo

1005 Lincoln (near Glen Eyrie); (408) 293-4470

small place, not fancy, open late, good food.

Larry on Willow; 3/1/18


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Aver Family Vineyard

2900 Soma Way, Gilroy, 408-203-8575, www.averfamilyvineyards.com

Aver family is a small vineyard not far from Sarah’s. Also great wine, pretty property and very warm, personable owners.

Terri on Franquette; 11/7/18

Byington Vineyard & Winery

21850 Bear Creek Road, Los Gatos, 408-354-1111, https://byington.com/

I second Byington! Great wines and beautiful property. Be sure to walk up to their wedding spot. It’s long been a favorite of ours.

Terri on Franquette; 11/7/18

House Family Vineyards

13336 Old Oak Way, Saratoga, 800-975-7191, http://housefamilyvineyards.com

We are big fans of House Family Vineyards in Saratoga on a hilltop overlooking Silicon Valley.  Great wine, incredible location.

Jeff on Fairwood; 11/6/18


House family has a great view of the whole valley. We went on a busy day and parking was tricky. Getting to the tasting room required a fairly long but easy walk. We loved the view but thought the wines were not great.

Terri on Franquette; 11/7/18

Kissed by An Angel

1210 Mt Hermon Rd, Scotts Valley, 831-234-6253, https://www.kissedbyanangelwines.com/

We love the wines and the owners/staff. They taste at a little cafe (Heavenly Cafe) on Mt Hermon Rd. Not far from Henry Cowell State Park that has an amazing redwood grove loop. If you need lunch first there’s an Indian restaurant, Ambrosia, as you exit the freeway that serves a great Sunday buffet.

Terri on Franquette; 11/7/18

Loma Prieta Winery

26985 Loma Prieta Way, Los Gatos, 408-353-2950, https://lomaprietawinery.com/

Loma Prieta Winery also has a beautiful view. Getting there can take a bit of time. Ditto on deck if great weather.

Terri on Franquette; 11/7/18

Picchetti Winery

13100 Montebello Road, Cupertino, 408-741-1310, http://www.picchetti.com/

I recommend Picchetti in Cupertino foothills (old barn tasting room, delicious Leslie's Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, also adjacent to a trailhead if you feel like doing a hike first, roaming peacocks on the grounds).

Lisa on Crescent; 11/6/18


[Picchetti is] a historic winery with amazing wines and such a great story. The tasting is in a rustic, charming barn. You might see a peacock parading around the grounds from time to time. The winery is on open space land and you can hike through the hills near Stevens Creek Park and then stop in for tasting after! It’s definitely a favorite!

Terri on Franquette; 11/7/18

Regale Winery

24040 Summit Road, Los Gatos, 408-353-2500, http://www.regalewine.com/

Regale on summit has beautiful views and a stunning property as well. We enjoyed their wine too.

Terri on Franquette; 11/7/18

Ridge Vineyards

17100 Montebello Road, Cupertino, 408-867-3233, https://www.ridgewine.com/

If you want a picnic spot with a view…that is the place to go!!!  Pass right on by Picchetti Ranch and head to the ….top (aka ridge).    I think you need to call ahead to make sure you get a table.  Sounds like you are not fond of CA wines, but….this is one of the best around!

Paul on Iris Ct.; 11/7/18

Sarah’s Vineyard

4005 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy, 408-847-1947, https://www.sarahsvineyard.com/

Sarah's Vineyard is a different region (Gilroy) so not mountain to ocean views but stunning at sunset. Property is adjacent to a plant nursery and is in a flat beautiful valley surrounded by hills. The drive via backroads is nice if that’s enjoyable by all. Open every day which is nice. Great wine.

Terri on Franquette; 11/7/18


300 College Ave., Los Gatos, 408-354-6150, http://www.testarossa.com/

I agree Testarossa is great and convenient to Willow Glen. Also, after wine tasting you can stroll through Los Gatos and get lunch/dinner at the many good restaurants.

Dan on Greencreek




We also love Testarossa - easy access, great Pinot Noirs, interesting piece of South Bay history

Lisa on Crescent; 11/6/18


Testarossa in Los Gatos is the best!

Barbara S.; 11/6/18

Windy Oaks

550 Hazel Dell Rd, Corralitos, 831-786-9463, http://windyoaksestate.com

Another favorite is Windy Oaks in Corralitos for Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays.  They have a small picnic area at the top of their vineyard overlooking Monterey Bay.  Wow.

Jeff on Fairwood; 11/6/18

Wrights Station

24250 Loma Prieta Avenue, Los Gatos, 408-560-9343, http://www.wrightsstation.com/

Wright’s Station has always had a great Cabernet Sauvignon and the view is nice. No ocean views but lovely hill and forest views. Nice deck if the weather is nice.

Terri on Franquette; 11/7/18


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Vacation Site Hotels / Motels

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https://lifemoves.org/; 408-271-1630

If you are cleaning and trying to de-clutter here is the link:


Click on the Georgia Travis House for San Jose location.

Christina on Almaden Expwy; 7/29/19


Life Moves in SJ helps set up women and their children in safe and stable living quarters. These women have escaped dangerous domestic situations or are homeless with nothing but the clothes on their backs in many cases. They are very appreciative of any donations, including food, bedding, pillows, etc.

Karen on Blewett; 8/16/20



We've had great responses using Freecycle. People took items we were sure no one would want but they were so happy to get them (drapery hardware, etc.). You can't leave it at the curb. It's supposed to be a personal transaction so you set it up with one person. Once we've set up the contact, we always say we'll leave it on the porch so they can just pick it up and go so we don't necessarily have to be physically present.

Janice on Coolidge; 1/27/20

Donations for the Homeless
Richard A.M. Scott, MA, MS, LMFT, Homeless Advocate, SCC Mental Health Homeless Team

1550 Georgetta Dr, 408 799-0005, rams1942@sbcglobal.net

Two men from the same geographic area each go to where the homeless are living.

Larry on Knollwood; 7/1/20

Andy Gutierrez

1240 Madrona Ave., chrismayandy@sbcglobal.net

Two men from the same geographic area each go to where the homeless are living.

Larry on Knollwood; 7/1/20

Phone Donations
Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence

234 E. Gish Rd., Ste. 200

If you have an old, working phone that has no value through …, you can donate it to Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence. They give them to domestic-violence survivors so they can make 911 calls if needed. No service plan is needed for them to be able to do this. Drop them off at 234 E. Gish Rd., Ste. 200.

Rebecca on Newport; 3/6/17


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Electronics Recycling
Green Mouse

Race St. and Parkmoor

[recommended by]

Larry R.; 5/10/19

Drug Recycling Locations


Specialty Clinic, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

751 S Bascom Ave., Building Q

Valley Medical Center

500 Tully Rd.

CVS (pills only, no liquids)

1285 Lincoln Ave.


1405 Foxworthy Ave.

Sheriff’s Department, front office

55 W. Younger


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Consumer Checkbook


It has great articles on how to choose a particular type of company. It also has ratings from people who have used companies in the past year, plus the staff does some cold calling to check prices. [Subscribers] get an email a couple of times a year asking you to rate various companies you've used in the past year.

Janice on Coolidge; 9/24/19


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General information

the Victorian Preservation Association


...website has a "source list" of suppliers and services for older houses.

For example, they list a couple places in Oakland/Berkeley that have lots of old house stuff: Urban Ore General Store & Building Materials is one, Ohmega Salvage is another. Amazing places, great for finding weird old-house parts!

Larry (in one of the "older" homes on Willow); 3/1/18

SJPD Crime Prevention web page


SJPD has a great re-designed web site.  There are videos on how to help prevent auto theft and tips on reducing home burglary. Whether to dial 911 or 311.  You’ll find updated Police Blotter, information on community services such as Neighborhood Watch, how to report a crime online and links to City Connect/ Mobile Crime Tip apps for iPhone and Android.  There is a FAQ section addressing issues with police staffing and how the department prioritizes police responses to criminal activity.  Traffic Reports, Crime maps, Gang prevention resources, The Emergency Alert system,  all well worth looking at.

Julia on Westgate; 5/29/14 [2/8/20]

Household Hazardous Waste

1608 Las Plumas Ave; (408)299-7300, http://www.sccgov.org/sites/iwm/hhw/Pages/hhw.aspx

Very easy:  make an appointment with Household Hazardous Waste then drive over and drop it off. Very nice facilities just off McKee at 101. Open Fridays and Saturdays. They take paint, fire extinguishers, propane tanks, insecticides, asbestos (check for their rules), half-empty spray cans, etc. It took us maybe a minute to dispose of trunk-full of all that.

Larry on Willow; 3/1/18

Disposal of Unneeded or Expired Medications

·         Central Mental Health (Enborg Lane Pharmacy)

2221 Enborg Lane, (Cross street- Bascom Ave)

Located on right-hand side of the Bldg, across from receptionist. M-F 8:00am–5:00pm


·         Office of the Sheriff

55 West Younger Avenue (Cross street- N. 1st Street), (800) 211-2220(408) 808-4405

Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week


·         Valley Health Center at Bascom Pharmacy

750 S. Bascom Avenue, Ste # 120, (Cross street- Renova Dr.), M–F 9:00am-7:00pm


·         Valley Health Center at East Valley Pharmacy

Located near the pharmacy pick-up window, 1993 McKee Rd. (Cross street- Ludlow Way)

M-F 8:30am-9:30pm, Sat-Sun 8:30am-5:00pm


·         Valley Health Center at Lenzen Pharmacy

Located near the pharmacy, 976 Lenzen Avenue, Ste 1400 (Cross street-The Alameda)

M 8:00am-9:00pm, T-F 8:00am-5:30pm


·         Valley Health Center at Moorpark Pharmacy

Located near the pharmacy, 2400 Moorpark Avenue, (Cross street- Bascom Ave)

M-F 9:00am–9:00pm, Sat–Sun 9:00am–9:00pm


·         Valley Health Center at Tully Pharmacy

Located in the main lobby, near the security guard desk, 500 Tully Rd. (Cross street-Corde Terra Circle) M- F 8:30am- 9:00pm, Sat 8:30am-5:00 pm


·         Valley Specialty Center Outpatient Pharmacy

Located in the Valley Specialty Bldg, near the pharmacy, 751 S. Bascom Avenue, (Cross Street-Renova Dr.), Mon- Sun 9:00 am-10:00 pm

Kari on Meridian Way; 8/14/15


How to check contractor, real estate, and insurance licenses:

Contractors -- including painting, remodeling, fences, and yard work: http://www.cslb.ca.gov


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