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Welcome back, San Pedro Square Market! See which businesses are reopening this week.
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Downtowner Online: May 20 - 26
Dear Downtown San Jose Supporters,

This week, we're excited to welcome back San Pedro Square Market and announce the re-openings of other downtown restaurants. Our Music in the Park Showdown is narrowing down to the Elite 8 acts this week, so keep an eye out on our social media to fight for your favorite! From SoFA Saturdays to self-care Instagram videos, we hope you all feel the sense of community through virtual events and at-home activities.

To keep us strong - Silicon Valley Strong - some notable Silicon Valley residents created a video to keep our minds and bodies active. Enjoy!

#DTSJ Restaurants - Businesses Opening Back Up!
Slowly but surely, downtown restaurants are beginning to open back up with curbside pickup and delivery options to serve your favorite meals. 

This week, welcome back San Pedro Square Market! See which 10 businesses are up and running from 11 am to 8 pm every day. Voyager Craft Coffee is open from 8 am to 3 pm each day. 

Other businesses reopening this week include Original Joe's, bringing you a taste of Italy, and Sushi Confidential, with a variety of rolls to choose from. They're also offering sushi-making kits to keep families entertained and fed at home. Go to The Old Wagon Saloon if you crave burgers and BBQ or Muchos, home of the California burrito, if you're craving Mexican. 

Do you know of other downtown restaurants not listed yet? Please let us know by emailing Jessica.
BAR Con & SoFA Saturdays!
Normally hosted at the Back Bar SoFa, BAR Con is a monthly event that combines anime, video games and J-Rock into a one night of fun. This month, they've gone virtual and will feature performances by Odyssey Eurobeat, Pheri, Alicia (from Kyozo) and premiere Phoebe’s (of Pheri) brand new solo album. Join in the live stream this Friday at 7 pm through the Odessey Eurobeat Twitch channel.

Need weekend plans? Reminder that SoFA Saturdays are happening every weekend, giving you a weekly virtual visit to the SoFA District to experience and engage with artists, restaurants, galleries and more through curated channels. Order food & drinks, kick back on your sofa and relax. 
Self-Care Tips, Ballet Basics & Virtual Workouts
Slow down and take things easier this week by focusing on your mental health and self-care. Check out Enlightened Meditation's series of Instagram videos featuring different guests sharing their self-care tips, thoughts, stories and goals. They're also offering a free 7-day pass for you to try out their virtual classes.

This Friday at 8 pm, dancer and choreographer Christine Zillman will teach you the basics of ballet through a Bubbles & Ballet Happy Hour on Zoom. 

Keep your mind and body healthy with our full list of downtown gyms offering virtual classes, online workout videos and more.
Music in the Park Showdown! - Elite Eight Begins Tomorrow!
Out of 236 concerts spread across 30 amazing seasons, we're on the search for the best Music in the Park show yet! Last week, we had the highest number of votes so far! We even had Third World, Katchafire, WAR and our very own Councilmember Raul Peralez voting and interacting in the comments!

Things are firing up this week as we slash our 16 acts down to the Elite 8! J Boog, Ozomatli, The Delfonics, Brenton Wood and Tony! Toni! Tone! dominated the comment section. Are you ready to vote for your favorites?

You can vote by commenting on our Facebook and Instagram posts every Thursday. Each time you vote, you're entered to win 2 VIP tickets to every Music in the Park show during the 2021 season!
Other Essentials & Services
If you've ever missed out on a webinar you wanted to attend or just have some spare time to learn something new, The Silicon Valley Organization has a resource center with COVID-19 business resource seminars from the past couple of months. Likewise, click the strip at the top of any SJdowntown.com web page for important messages shared with businesses each Thursday going back two months.

Low on fresh produce and vegetables? The Downtown San Jose Farmers’ Market will be held every Friday from June 5 to December 18 (except for July 3) from 10 am to 2 pm on San Pedro Street, between Santa Clara and St. John streets. The Market will be open exclusively for seniors and those most at risk from 10 am to 11 am. Visit the market for fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables and delicious hot food from local food vendors.
San Jose Love Stories 
Love pushes through amid COVID-19. San Jose couple Sarita Biswal and Love Singhal became the first to virtually say "I do" and become husband and wife via Zoom, with their family and friends witnessing their special day virtually as well. 

The San Jose Ultras, known for cheering on the Earthquakes, turned their attention to Valley Medical Center's health care workers. The Ultras began a fundraiser, raised $4000, and the Earthquakes decided to match their amount. They used these funds to get three food trucks to feed the health care workers during the hospital's largest shift change. And of course, the Ultras cheered on all frontline workers. 

As we maintain social distance, the San Jose community is coming together by sharing these Love Stories of human kindness and hometown pride.
Ashley's (at-home Music) Picks
San Jose’s Dullahan Productions released a “Quarantine Compilation” featuring local artists on Bandcamp - check out the bands individual pages to find out ways to support! San Jose’s Wet Bandits also curated a playlist on Spotify featuring tons of San Jose musicians. SoFA Saturdays continue this weekend - be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to find out who is performing.
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