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Taqueria Vallarta
608 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Taqueria Vallarta's delicious authentic Mexican food is served in a clean, cheerful setting with friendly staff andMore quick service. The 20-table room is brightened by the large floor-to-ceiling murals painted by local artist Leo Dias. The menu is extensive, with choices for both meat lovers and vegetarians. Order your burritos, tacos and specialty plates to eat there or to go. Either way, you'll enjoy the food from Taqueria Vallarta, which was voted the best taqueria by Santa Cruzans in the Good Times and Metro from 1996 thru 2008.
Staff of Life Natural Foods Market
1266 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Staff of Life is the kind of full-service grocery market that people expect from the health-oriented culture of SantaMore Cruz.  In fact, Staff of Life is the longest-running health food store in Santa Cruz. The market is locally known for carrying food that can't be found in other stores.  Staff of Life is also a Clean Ocean business, as well as a member of Think Local First.  The business constantly supports local charities and events too.

One of the most popular aspects of this particular market is the extensive selection of supplements, medicines, and beauty products in their vitamin store.  Staff of Life's vitamin store is an affordable stop that carries something for everyone.  "In Santa Cruz County, we have the most extensive selection of health care products, internally and externally, and at the best prices."  The entire staff in the vitamin store (from the stockers to the cashiers) are all trained and educated on the products, in order to educate the customers on the best choices for their health. 

China Express
920 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Conveniently located at the downtown Metro Station, this quick and easy eat-in or take-out restaurant is neat andMore comfortable. Food is displayed on steam-tables, and served at the counter. A family business for 10 years, the bustling location features Asian motif decorations in an urban setting, while offering a fast bite to eat for the busy tourist or working local. 
Linda's Seabreeze Cafe
542 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Open for breakfast and lunch, this cafe has been serving Santa Cruz locals and tourists fresh food in a cozy setting forMore almost two decades. Winner of several awards for itsbreakfasts and Zaggat rated as excellent. From omelets to burgers, Linda's presents classic family dining at its finest.
New Leaf Community Markets
1121 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

The business office for New Leaf is located in downtown Santa Cruz. This administrative center handles the operationsMore for all the New Leaf markets. New Leaf is a community market "where local flavor is always in season."  This all-natural and organic market has become a locally recognized staple of Santa Cruz. New Leaf has won the Good Times Best Natural Food Store award for the past 6 years. New Leaf is also a Clean Ocean Business, as well as Green Business certified by the Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program.

New Leaf is a business that is truly dedicated to nourishing the community through more than just healthy food. The business donates 10% of profits annually to local non-profit organizations. Customers can even participate in New Leaf's "Envirotoken" program when they bring in their own reusable bags. Each reusable bag is worth a 10-cent token for local non-profit environmental organizations of the customer's choice. New Leaf's "Community Days" contribute 5% of the market's profit to a local non-profit organization, one Thursday every 6 months. For contributions into local schools, visit the store or website to find out more about the "E-Cards."

Bonny Doon Vineyard
328 Ingalls St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
One of several local wineries with a tasting room located at Swift Street Courtyard, Bonny Doon Vineyard also offersMore dining and entertainment on weekend nights. At the vineyard's "Cellar Door", you can experience the world of winemaking on an intimate level, while enjoying fine foods and an array of excellent wines. Check the website for specials or come browse the unique shops at the courtyard before dinner.
Day's Market Liquors & Deli
526 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Day's Market is Seabright's convenience store. Customers will find quite a bit to choose from for a small neighborhoodMore market. Snacks, candy, lottery tickets, pantry foods, household supplies, tobacco products, sodas, beer, wine, liquor and even more stuff is available at Day's Market. The store is locally owned and conveniently located in the heart of Seabright, right near the corner of Seabright Ave. and Murray St.
Moe's Alley
1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz, CA 95065
Moe's Alley is Santa Cruz's premier venue to see and hear your favorite blues performers. The place also book bandsMore that play salsa, rhumba and reggae. The music hall is small enough that any seat in the house provides a good view of the stage, or you can get up and dance the night away on the dance floor that leads right up to the stage. For certain shows on Moe's outdoor patio, customers can order food provided by Conscious Creations, which specializes in dishes made with local organic ingredients.
Westside Farmers Market
2801 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
The Westside Farmers Market features fresh produce, meats, seafood and flowers from local producers. Patrons canMore also sample from various restaurants and buy signature coffees, prepared meals and artisanal foods. A list of participating farmers and vendor is avilable on its website. This market is part of the greater Santa Cruz Community Farmers Market family, with four other locations throughout Santa Cruz, Felton and Scotts Valley. The SCCFM arranges parking accommodations on the adjacent grassy field off Mission.
Holy Cross School
150 Emmett St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Holy Cross School is part of the Holy Cross Parish. The school was founded in 1862, originally as an orphanage. ItsMore mission changed gradually, and it began to serve the needy children of Santa Cruz as well as become a girls school for Santa Cruz's Catholic families. The high school portion of the school was discontinued in the 1970s, and today the school serves children in preschool through eighth grade. The school focuses heavily on community involvement and international service, and it organizes several projects for students to participate in, including raising funds to build schools in Afghanistan and growing food to donate to local soup kitchens.
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