Articles by Kimberly Ewertz

About Kimberly Ewertz
Kimberly Ewertz is a freelance writer for South Valley magazine and Gilroy Dispatch.

Vintage finds

The holiday season is filled with excitement, festivities and food, but in the midst of it all looms the age-old question: Where to find that perfect gift? With a variety of local stores, offering unique and specialized items, this holiday season can be not only stress-free but [...]

Relics renewed

Linda Ashford, wife, mother, grandmother, and local business owner, first opened Ashford’s Heirlooms, located at 7547 Monterey Street, Gilroy, in 1993.“It’s not the same as it was 25 years ago but we’re holding our own,” Ashford said. The store has been undergoing a [...]

Casual collectibles

For the past 15 years Debbie Bird, owner of Sweet Pea Antiques located at 400 Third Street, San Juan Bautista, has been offering shoppers a wide mix of treasures. With six local vendors working under one roof the variety of items to pick from is endless.Sweet Pea Antiques offers [...]

Tradition of giving

The holidays are all about tradition and St. Joseph’s Family Center’s, (SJFC), tradition ensures hundreds of South County families are provided the opportunity to revel in the happiness of the holiday season through the nonprofit’s annual Toy and Food Giveaway. This [...]

Less screens, more fun

The look of wonder and pure joy on a child’s face when presented with that long-awaited gift is nothing short of priceless, but where do you go to find that perfect gift? That’s easy; just head to Thinker Toys.Founded in 1969, Thinker Toys, one of the last vestiges of brick [...]

School in the redwoods

Situated on 355 acres of redwood forest with views of the entire Monterey Bay, Mount Madonna School (MMS) offers its students an environment like no other. “At MMS, we ask our students to take care of this beautiful land they are schooled on,” upper school Shannon Kelly [...]

Training world champions

The location was Lisbon, Portugal, and the event was the Global Stick and Blade Alliance (GBSA) competition, where opposing competitors battled hand-to-hand in the hopes of winning a world championship title.The GSBA championships is the World Series for competitors of the [...]

Rounding the bend

Running through the sleepy town of Mount Madonna, the Shay engine powers the locomotive as local residents laze in the summer sun at the nearby creek, while others are hard at work at the town’s booming businesses: the mining company, sawmill and lumber company. The architect [...]

Recreating that Gilroy feel

This isn’t Chris Dufur’s first win. In fifth grade he entered a computer science class poster contest and came in first. “I had a drawing of the Scooby Doo dog and he was sitting at the computer,” Dufur said.  “Everybody loved that.” This year, with his mother’s [...]

Helping the children

In any given community hundreds of nonprofits are working to provide support and guidance to better its cause, but one organization in particular has made its name by serving the needs of more than 3,000 children each year. For more than 100 years Rebekah Children’s Services, [...]
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