Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Santana Row November/December 2012 News

Below is the latest news and events related to Santana Row. As mentioned last week, Lavazza is now open and it is the very first such cafe on the west coast. However, there is yet another Northern California premier opening this month, and that is The Veggie Grill. This is a very well reviewed vegetarian restaurant that first started in LA.

The annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony is taking place November 13th and will feature a performance by American Idol's DeAndre Brackensick (who is a San Jose native). For more events and some promos like free Nutcracker tickets, just check out the press release below.

Santana Row November 2012 Happenings
And A Look Ahead to December and January
Events, Promotions, New Openings at Silicon Valley’s Premier Destination

San Jose, CA  (Oct. 25, 2012) – It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays at Santana Row with events and celebrations that include shopping specials on Black Friday, charity drives and a performance by  American Idolcontestant DeAndre Brackensick at this year’s annual tree lighting ceremony on Nov. 13.
New at the Row: the opening of Lavazza Espression and The Veggie Grill.
Coming in December and January: Santa PAWS, Menorah Candle Lighting, Holiday Wine & Dine Around benefit for Second Harvest, Mommy & Me, The Nutcracker gift-with-purchase and the start of Rainy Day Rewards.
Opening Oct. 30: Lavazza Espression, a café with European ambience
Lavazza, known as “Italy’s favourite coffee,” opens its first Bay Area shop at Santana Row. Lavazza Espression brings a contemporary and European approach to coffee and food. It’s a place where customers can experience an extraordinary blend of coffee creations as well as eclectic dining in an artfully designed environment. The menu ranges from traditional Italian coffee drinks to fresh baked goods, panini sandwiches, pizza, pasta, chocolate drinks and gelato. Wine and beer are also on the menu. Lavazza’s history goes back 110 years when founder Luigi Lavazza opened a small grocery store in Turin, Italy. He is credited with inventing the concept of the blend, the art of mixing coffee of different origins to obtain a flavorful brew.
Lavazza is located on the first floor of 300 Santana Row next to LB Steak.
Opening early November: The Veggie Grill, Offering Tasty, Meatless Meals
Dining gets healthier and lighter with the menu items at The Veggie Grill. Classic American favorites like soups, salads, burgers and sandwiches made with wholesome, plant-based ingredients are among the offerings.
Named one of L.A.’s “can’t miss” cheap-eats by Los Angeles magazine, The Veggie Grill offers vegetarian fare and gluten-free and soy-free choices, too.
The Veggie Grill’s first San Jose location is at 3055 Olin Ave., across from Park Valencia.
American Idol contestant and San Jose native DeAndre Brackensick is Featured Performer  At Light Up the Row! Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, Tuesday, Nov. 13
Santana Row kicks off the 2012 holiday season with its annual Light Up the Row Tree Lighting Ceremony. The highlight: a performance by Deandre Brackensick from the most recent season of American Idol. Brackensick, who graduated from Oak Grove High School in San Jose, is expected to sing seasonal songs and crowd favorites.
The day of festivities include Santa photos, children’s activities, hot chocolate samplings, live music, carolers, costumed characters, special guests, including the Cat in the Hat, performances by local theater groups and the lighting of the 40-foot Christmas tree, making this one of the most exciting holiday events in Silicon Valley.
Schedule:  Festivities are from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., with tree lighting at 7 p.m.
3 p.m. to 9 p.m. - Photos with Surfin’ Santa in Park Valencia
5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – pre-show featuring The Dance Zone, Ballet San Jose, The Harker School and more
7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - Tree Lighting Ceremony in Santana Row Park
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. - Live music, choirs, carolers, hot chocolate sampling and activities for children and families throughout The Row
Where:  Tree lighting takes place at the center of Santana Row Boulevard by the fountain and giant chess board.
Get your holiday shopping done, or get started!  Guests will receive an exclusive shopping card good for 20 percent off any one item at select shops and restaurants on The Row, valid through Sunday, Nov. 18. Pick up a card at Vera Bradley or the Concierge Center from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Mommy & Me remind kids to “Give Thanks,” Tuesday, Nov. 13
The holidays remind us to pull together and help those less fortunate and November’s program encourages kids to bring a canned food item that will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank. Holiday fun includes face painting, balloon animals, Arts & Crafts with Action Day and mini manicures for little ones by Lavande nail spa. Moms and kids will be entertained by music and performances by Broadway San Jose, the Harvest Scarecrow and Andy Z. Snacks are provided by Happy Family Brands and there’s a drawing to win a $50 gift card from The Container Store.
When:  10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at Park Valencia. Mommy & Me is a free kids’ club held on the second Tuesday of every month from May through December. For more information, call 408.551.4611 or visitwww.SantanaRow.com.
Rainy Day Rewards, November 1, 2012 - March 31, 2013
When there’s a 70 percent or greater chance for rain, shoppers and diners braving bad weather will be rewarded with discounts that include 15 percent off purchases at participating shops and restaurants, a free signature Santana Row golf umbrella for customers who spend $150 anywhere on The Row and a $20 gift certificate to a participating shop or restaurant for customers who spend $300 on a designated Rainy Day.
No need to get wet:  On all rainy days, customers can pick up a complimentary umbrella to use while shopping and dining and then return it before leaving. The yellow umbrellas are conveniently located throughout The Row - outside Concierge, Via between Village California Bistro and Lark Creek Blue and the valet parking lot in the Winchester Parking
The Nutcracker Gift with Purchase Promotion, Nov. 13-25
Spend $500 in one day at Santana Row and receive two tickets to a holiday tradition: A performance of “The Nutcracker” by Ballet San Jose. Customers must present their dated receipts to the Santana Row Concierge. Tickets are available while supplies last.
Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2, the Mania Continues on Nov. 15
Twilight saga fans will be thrilled to know they can see the much-anticipated cult movie the day before it officially opens. CineArts Theatre at Santana Row is hosting pre-shows  at 10 p.m. and midnight on Nov. 15.
Those who have yet to see any of the Twilight movies can get caught up with the Twilight Marathon that begins at noon on Nov. 15 and ends with the 10 p.m. screening of the new release. Tickets are $25 and include all the movies and special concession deals. More details at  www.cinemark.com.
Also offered: $20 limited edition Twilight T-shirts, exclusively designed for Cinemark.
Get Ready, Get Set, Let’s Shop! Black Friday events at Santana Row, Friday, Nov. 23
The day-after-Thanksgiving shopping tradition at Santana Row includes discounts, door buster morning specials and treats throughout the day. Many stores are offering customers 25 percent to 70 percent off merchandise all weekend with giveaways such as free totes, gift cards with purchase and holiday refreshments throughout the day.
Santana Row hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Black Friday, with many stories extending hours during the Black Friday weekend. For a comprehensive listing of retail and restaurant events and offerings, check  SantanaRow.com  during Thanksgiving week.

“One Warm Coat” Drop-off at Santana Row begins on Black Friday, Nov. 23
Donate a new or gently used coat and it will be given to a needy family this winter. Drop it off on Black Friday and receive a special gift: a lawn chair with a Santana Row logo! (While supplies last.) The coat drop-off location is in front of Pinkberry. You’ll spot KTVU-Channel 2 reporter Rosie Chu, who will be doing live broadcasts from Oak Tree Lounge from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The charity coat drive continues through Dec. 31.
Other drop-off locations include  CineArts Theatre, Crate & Barrel, Sur La Table and the Santana Row Concierge.
For more information:  call 408.551.4611 or visit  www.santanarow.com.
“Barefoot Contessa” Ina Garten and Chef and Restaurateur Thomas Keller
at Sur La Table for Personal Appearances and Book Signings
Nov. 13 and Nov. 16
Food Network’s Ina Garten is promoting her new book, “Barefoot Contessa Foolproof” with a stop at Santana Row at noon Nov. 13. Tickets are given to those who purchase the $35 book and gives customers the option of meeting the author and get it signed.
Star chef Thomas Keller’s new book is “Bouchon Bakery” and he’ll be at Santana Row at noon on Nov. 16. Tickets to get the book signed are offered to customers who buy the $50 book. To purchase tickets, contact a sales associate at Sur La Table.
Santana Row holiday hours:
Thanksgiving: Closed
Christmas Eve: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Christmas: Closed
New Year’s Eve: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
New Year’s Day: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A Look Ahead to December and January
Shop, Enjoy and Give: Holiday Wine & Dine Around: A Benefit for Second Harvest Food Bank, Dec. 4, 11 and 18
Help those in need while you complete your holiday shopping during Santana Row’s “Shop, Enjoy & Give” event that benefits Second Harvest Food Bank. Purchase a $10 ticket on  SantanaRow.com  or at the Concierge center and receive complimentary food and wine tastings in Santana Row shops and restaurants between 6 and 8 p.m. Also included: a signature Santana Row wine glass and exclusive holiday shopping discounts. Bring a donation of canned food when you purchase your ticket and receive $2 off the ticket. (Customers must be 21 years or older.)
Santa Paws, a Benefit for Humane Society  Silicon Valley, Dec. 9
Bring your canine and feline friends to Santana Row's Park Valencia for a keepsake photo with Santa Claus. Photos are $20 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Humane Society Silicon Valley. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. in Park Valencia. Photos are taken from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Menorah Lighting at Santana Row Park, Sunday, Dec. 9
Santana Row celebrates the first night of the Jewish Festival of Lights with Kosher treats, entertainment and activities that include decorating dreidels, Jewish story time, arts & crafts and the lighting of the Menorah. The evening is co-hosted with the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley and The PJ Library.
The celebration will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Santana Row Park.
4:30 to 5:30 p.m. – Booths open to offer crafts projects and games for children, taste treats and giveaways.
There will be musical performances by Congregation Shir Hadash's Cantor Felder Levy and youth, Temple Emanu-El's children with Rabbi Magat and Cantor Simerley, Yavneh Day School choir, Congregation Beth David Religious School and Rabbi Ohriner, Congregation Sinai's children and Rabbi Berkenwald.
Mommy & Me invite children to “Celebrate the Season,” Dec. 11
The last Mommy & Me for the season includes live entertainment from Andy Z, story time with Mrs. Claus, sampling from Happy Baby Brands, mini manicures from Lavande nail salon, a raffle from The Container Store, arts and crafts with Action Day Primary Plus, Balloon Animals and Face Painting and more!
When:  10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Dec. 11 in the lobby of CineArts Theatre. Mommy & Me is a free kids’ club held on the second Tuesday of every month from May through December. For more information, call 408.551.4611 or visitwww.SantanaRow.com.
New Year’s Eve at Hotel Valencia, Dec. 31
Ring in the new year with style at Hotel Valencia with a package for two that includes champagne upon arrival, the Valencia Gala party with a live band, DJ and party favors, champagne toast and dessert at midnight, a deluxe breakfast on the first day of 2013 and a late checkout. Rates begin at $350. Call 408.423.5405 for more information.


  1. Hopefully, they can designate Satana Row as the new real downtown San Jose since the real downtown is a lost cause. They can develop the area around SR and make it a complete downtown. That's the best hope for the city and easiest way to have a vibrant downtown.

  2. @ San Jose home grown - San Jose is big enough to support multiple "downtowns." Why re-brand Santana Row as downtown. It's already doing fine as is. In fact, we need more for of these in other neighborhoods.

    1. It needs one main downtown(Santana Row) with many different neighborhoods throughout the city with unique shops and restaurants/bookstores.

    2. There is a good chance that one day Downtown will connect with Santana Row via development throughout Midtown (two big projects happening now) and with BRT.

      It is unlikely that Santana Row will ever replace Downtown. While there is a huge amount of activity, development is happening slowly and they are running out of room. In Downtown, massive projects are going to break ground in 2013 and many retail spaces are going to finally get filled up in the Downtown core. If things go well, 2014 should be an even better year.

      Don't get me wrong, I like Santana Row, but it won't replace Downtown. It's a secondary urban area similar to Willow Glen or Japantown.