The Saratoga Village Development Council (SVDC) of Saratoga, California promotes the merchants of the historic Village to the citizens of Saratoga and the surrounding community.
The SVDC is a networking group of over 500 shopkeepers, restauranteurs and residents. No dues are required. The entire group meets regularly in cyberspace by way of an email list. To subscribe, please send an email message to Brian Berg and provide your name, phone number and affiliation (this information will be kept private).
The SVDC sponsors several events throughout the year, planned and executed by Saratoga residents. The purpose of the events is to increase foot traffic in the Village. These events help ensure the livelihood of Village businesses, as well as build a sense of community.
The SVDC has paid for other Village improvement projects including beautification efforts and bronze plaques for a number of the historic buildings. Plaques can be found at five locations in the Village:
- Grover House - 14529 Big Basin Way
- Agnes Women's Apparel - 14519 Big Basin Way
- Bank Bar - 14421 Big Basin Way
- Bella Saratoga - 14503 Big Basin Way
- Bell Tower Bistro - 20490 Saratoga Los Gatos Rd
The SVDC also designed and paid for the large Village entrance sign welcoming visitors to the area.
In addition, the historic Saratoga Village banners that grace Big Basin Way were donated by SVDC, as well as half the cost of banners that appear during the holidays. A wreath contest, sponsored during the holidays by the SVDC, also adds to the festive adornment of the light poles. During the fall and winter season, scarecrows can be seen throughout the village, each of which is sponsored by a business, community organization or individual.
The SVDC has sometimes held annual fundraisers. The first three were fashion shows held at the Foothill Club in 2006-2008 and later the SVDC held Wine & Wisteria events at Hakone Gardens located up Big Basin Way.
All residents and merchants are invited to join the SVDC
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