New Farmer's Market Opens, Longboard Liquors Closes

Our newest column brings you the latest in small business news for the Half Moon Bay Coastside.

Welcome to Sprouts and Shutters, Half Moon Bay Patch’s newest column. Once a month, Sprouts and Shutters will bring you the latest on which businesses are shuttering —and which are sprouting — around Half Moon Bay and the Montara to Pescadero Coastside.

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OPENING: Land & Sea Farmer’s Market at Harbor Village, 270 Capistrano Road, Princeton By The Sea, Half Moon Bay, 94019

The Land & Sea Farmers Market launches on April 22 at Harbor Village and will be inside the shops and outside in the quad every Sunday year round, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Farmers Market will feature local farmers, growers, and produce connoisseurs, selling food and products like fresh strawberries, herbs, eggs, flowers, jams, roasted almonds, honey, soap, and cheeses. Local businesses such as Creekside Smokehouse in El Granada, for example, will be featured vendors. The Land & Sea Farmers Market will also feature music and activities.

For more information, call (888) 606-4862.  

OPENED: Here Comes the Sun Café, 8455 Cabrillo Hwy, Montara, 94037

An assortment of fresh pastries and coffee any which way you like it in a cozy and clean environment makes Here Comes the Sun Café the perfect spot to visit and hang out with friends and family any time of the day. Owner Amber McGaw provides great service and a fantastic café mocha at just the right temperature inside the brightly painted yellow cottage along on Highway 1 in Montara. The pumpkin flavored coffee is another popular choice. Since opening three months ago in the space that Caffé Lucca once occupied, Here Comes the Sun has become the No. 1 pit stop on Highway 1 for weekend visitors and local commuters to grab their “cup of joe.” It's also kid-friendly and features an outdoor sitting area.

For more information, call (650) 455-4308.

RE-OPENING: Hilltop Bait Tackle & Deli, 251 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay, 94019

In the last installment of this column, it looked like this Mom and Pop operation was but the happy news is that a new and improved Tackle & Deli is coming soon. The new owners are Randy and Deborah Houston, who could not be reached to comment for this article. Randy has the Purple Heart Association that takes disabled vets hunting and fishing, and Deborah had a BBQ concession at Pac Bell Park. Renovations are currently being made to the establishment located on Highway 92 just after Main Street. Stay tuned for the Houston's grand opening this spring.

CLOSED: Longboard Liquors, 146 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay, 94019

Old newspapers cover the windows and a sign on the door reads, “Gone surfing.” It looks like the surf-themed liquor store touted as the place “Where Your Party on the Coast Begins,” located next door to and , has shut their doors for good. Owners Tom Erickson and Robert Garcia could not be reached for comment. “My guess is that it is hard to compete with grocery stores and BevMo these days,” said Half Moon Bay Chamber of Commerce CEO Charise McHugh. “Probably not a big enough population to support specialty liquors,” she added.

About this column: Half Moon Bay Patch keeps tabs on which new businesses are popping up in Half Moon Bay and on the Coast and which ones will be leaving our community.


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