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Do you live or work in San Carlos? Your city needs your help! By shopping locally, you put funds back into your own community—funds that improve and maintain City services. Approximately one cent out of every taxable dollar spent in San Carlos goes into the City’s General Fund. Those pennies add up quickly and sales tax revenue makes up about 22% of the General Fund revenue.
If every resident (28,000 people) spent $29 extra a month IN San Carlos, that would generate an additional $10,000,000. The resulting $100,000 in sales tax could pay a police officer’s salary for more than a year or fund two Parks & Recreation workers.
10 Great Reasons to Shop San Carlos
1. Strengthen the local community and economy
2. Enjoy high quality at reasonable prices
3. Save on gas
4. Create and maintain jobs for our residents and youth
5. Receive personalized service
6. Discover our unique and delightful stores
7. Take advantage of convenient dining next to stores, shops
8. Experience friendly, accommodating and convenient
9. Get free parking when other cities have meters
10. Find whatever you need – San Carlos has it!
And remember, local businesses are the ones you call on for donations. They contribute to local schools, local charities and local service clubs.
Keep It Local!
Chances are, whatever you need, you can find it in San Carlos. A number of shopping areas provide residents and visitors with a wide variety of products and services.
El Camino Real
One of the major corridors on the Peninsula, El Camino runs the length of San Carlos north to south. Therefore, you will find a diverse mix of stores, restaurants, businesses and services.
Unique restaurants, shops, a childrens’ gym, a medical clinic, a beauty salon and CVS Pharmacy are located off El Camino on the north end of town.
The major downtown thoroughfare, Laurel Street is also becoming known as restaurant row for the many and varied eating establishments lining it and the adjacent San Carlos Avenue. But one can find an eclectic mix of stores and service businesses mixed in as well. Hanging flower baskets, numerous benches, planters, tree lights and an intimate park contribute to the charm of the downtown district.
South Laurel St.
This strip continues to see new businesses move in and thrive as a greater variety of businesses becomes available to shoppers in the area. Trader Joe’s and Walgreen’s are a big attraction giving more restaurants and smaller entrepreneurs good reason to locate here. In addition, there are offices for physicians, dentists, chiropractors, attorneys, insurance agents and realtors, as well as the Chamber of Commerce.
San Carlos is known as a building supply center, particularly for green building materials. Many are located between El Camino Real and Highway 101. You’ll also find many physical fitness outlets and sporting goods stores. The San Carlos Marketplace at the corner of Howard and Industrial Road is the site of Best Buy, TJ Maxx, Home Goods, Mattress Discounters and Basset Furniture, along with smaller supporting shops. On Old County Road you’ll find Home Depot, Lucky Supermarket and Kelly-Moore Paints retail store (as well as their corporate headquarters). You’ll also find wineries and breweries for sampling and purchase.