San Carlos, CA

2023 Small Business Spotlight

Photos by Brian K Creative.

Bob & Kevin’s Auto Service

When our neighbors, Bob and Kevin, announced their retirement after running their auto repair shop since 1987, we saw a chance to fill a void in the community. The auto shop across the street had closed, leaving many of its customers in need of a reliable and trustworthy mechanic. So, in February of this year, we took over the business. Although I have only been involved with the shop for a short time, I am grateful for the opportunity to carry on the legacy of Bob and Kevin, who have served the community for decades. Read More

Destira Leotards

At the heart of our business is a focus on people, particularly girls and their confidence. We partner with organizations that support girls' leadership. It's important to us that we're not just selling leotards, but promoting a mission of empowering girls. And it's our hope that this mission permeates our entire team and culture. Read More

Devil's Canyon Brewing Company

Finding a new location was challenging - we searched for over two years before settling on San Carlos. In 2001, the craft beer scene in California, and across the country, was in its infancy - there were fewer than 1,100 breweries. People didn't even know what craft beer was back then! We were pioneers in some ways, leading the charge for craft beer in the area. It was tough at first, but through perseverance, hard work, and a deep understanding of the community's needs and desires, we were able to succeed. Read More

Dils Designs LLC (DBA Sew Amusing)

I've always dreamed of owning my own business, and now I'm excited to be running not one, but two! My first venture is a website design business. It was sparked by my volunteer work creating a website for the Arroyo school in San Carlos. I realized I had a passion for helping small businesses and organizations build amazing websites. 
Last year, I decided to combine my web skills with my love of sewing and created Sew Amusing, an e-commerce business that makes sewing fun and easy. Now, I'm juggling both businesses, living my dream of entrepreneurship!
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Falk, Barrot & Associates LLP

I would like anyone coming to my office to feel welcome first and foremost. I understand that people can be carrying a lot of emotional weight when they come to see us, so my goal is to provide a safe and welcoming space where they can be honest and open about their needs. It is important they feel educated and informed about their estate planning options and they make decisions with conviction. My goal is they leave our office feeling confident that I am providing the best possible service to address their needs. Read More

FIT4MOM SF Peninsula

The most significant aspect for me is witnessing a boost in confidence among the moms as they attend our classes. Initially, they arrive for their first class, often marking the first occasion they've ventured out of the house alone with their baby. Navigating that initial class, you can feel their sense of accomplishment as they think, 'Oh, I survived.' Then, as they attend more sessions, you notice a transformation – they start showing up, engaging in conversations with fellow participants, adeptly tending to their babies, all while smoothly handling the demands of the class. Read More

Hyatt's Hair Studio

We believe that what sets us apart is our commitment to being a full-service salon. My mom's 40 years of experience in the industry has allowed her to master a wide range of services and styles, and she has passed that knowledge on to me. We don't limit ourselves to a specific clientele - we welcome everyone who comes through our doors, and our goal is to provide them with the best possible service and experience, regardless of their hair type or style preferences. Read More

Lark San Carlos

One of our greatest accomplishments is creating a space that not only showcases high-quality, locally made pieces and art, but also creates a calm and welcoming atmosphere. We've cultivated a community of artists and customers who appreciate the care and attention to detail that goes into each item we carry. It's a point of pride for us that we've been able to offer such a unique and inviting shopping experience for our customers. Read More

San Carlos Flight Center

We strive to create a safe and welcoming environment where everyone feels like they're part of a community. Our slogan - 'safety, community, and adventure' - guides our decision-making and the way we interact with students and club members. We prioritize safety above all else, but also encourage a sense of camaraderie and fun.  Read More

The Kids Company

One of the most enjoyable aspects of the business is the personal relationships I've cultivated with my customers. I've known some of them for over 20 years, and I've watched their families grow and change. It's truly special to be a part of their lives in that way. I'm not just a retailer, I'm a trusted advisor and friend to my customers. The longevity of these relationships and the genuine care I have for my customers is what sets my business apart. It's more than just products, it's a legacy of connection and community. Read More

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