Editor's Note: This article was originally published in the Silicon Valley Business Journal on September 24, 2020 and is re-posted here with permission.
Small businesses and small towns often share resource problems in good economic times. During Covid times, it can be the pits.
“If our businesses aren't selling their products, then they're not making money, which means the city's not making money,” said Morgan Hill Mayor Rich Constantine. “So, yeah, we understand that symbiotic relationship.”
But Morgan Hill has created a grant program for businesses, cobbled together from city funds and business donations from locally based Shoe Palace, Home Depot and ACE Hardware, that’s part of a larger effort to make doing business outdoors as easy as possible because outdoor business is pretty much the only thing happening while people are masked and meandering.
KPIX 5 Reporter John Ramos Interviewed Owners J. and Nick Gaich
As the pandemic wears on, Morgan Hill is doing al fresco dining in a big way. KPIX 5's John Ramos reported, "Morgan Hill is feeling the same economic pressures any other place, but this community is showing how much can be accomplished when you embrace change, rather than try to resist it."
John goes on to point out that the City of Morgan Hill is working to make the downtown area "an attraction of sorts." Local restaurants downtown, including Craft Roots, now extend out into the street thanks to the easing of regulations by Morgan Hill city government and helpful grants to assist businesses with making necessary upgrades to pivot to outdoor services.
We can't wait to serve you!
Oh, how we have missed you! It was a difficult decision to temporarily close Craft Roots back in March. But we felt strongly that we needed to prioritize the health and safety of our team and our local community in Morgan Hill and broader South County.
Since then, we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to update our processes and operations to enable us to safely reopen. And it seems the timing is finally right for us to do just that.
We’re so excited to offer the healthiest cold-pressed juices sourced from California’s Central Valley.
The folks at Pressed Juicery use a heat-free, cold-pressed process to extract the nutrients from fresh fruits and vegetables and turn them into amazing juices and nutrient-rich shots. You’ll notice the “just-picked freshness” in their juice selections derived from juicing ingredients almost immediately after harvest for superior taste and the highest amount of nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants.
Going plant-based is not just good for you, it's good for the health of our planet.
Many climate scientists and economists believe that if we want to address climate change and save the planet, we need to change what we put on our tables, and how we mass-produce food. Check out the documentary, Vegan 2019, sponsored by abillionveg, a “diverse social community of vegans and non-vegans changing the world, one vegan dish and product review at a time.”
Craft Roots is collecting new and gently used books for the Gift of Reading Morgan Hill Book Drive.
Now through December 14th, please consider donating a new and like-new book for a child aged 0 to 14. Bring it into Craft Roots and receive $1 off your order. Or, better yet, you can donate in person at Booksmart and receive a 20% discount for any new books purchased for the Gift of Reading program!
While you’re shopping for a children's book to donate, pick one up for your favorite little sprout. There are a lot of great children's books on choosing compassion and kindness toward all living things. Here are our favorites:
We're Thankful for Your Support
Thank you for supporting our vision to bring a 100% plant based dining option to our hometown of Morgan Hill. We believe food is love and the best way to share our passion is with healthy whole foods.
Special Hours This Week for the Thanksgiving Holiday
Incredible works of art and science are on display at Craft Roots.
Much like our talented local craftspeople who have helped us with our restaurant’s buildout, we’re fortunate to have developed amazing friendships and partnerships with talented local artists in the South Valley.
If you've been into Craft Roots since our soft opening, you’ve seen the stunning nature photography hanging on our walls. And if you haven't, you really ought to pop in and take a closer look at these incredible works of art and science by nature photographer, John Fox.
We’ve been hard at work getting Craft Roots Bar and Veggie Grill ready for a summer open! Here’s a peek at just some of the improvements we’ve made so far to the restaurant at 17230 Monterey Road in beautiful downtown Morgan Hill. Check out what’s happening inside and out:
The Craft Roots Team
Craft Roots is locally owned and family friendly. Created on an idea to give our community a new concept that embodies artesian ideologies. We believe food is love and the best way to share our passion is with healthy whole foods concentrating on a 100% plant-based menu.