Small Business Showcase: Donut Station in Capitola [Video]

Local small businesses are struggling.

The once bustling Donut Station was the morning spot for parents to stop and buy boxes of donuts for schools, churches, work.

I know through personal experience, bringing a pink box of a dozen donuts for colleagues to take ‘over the hill’ makes people’s day a little brighter, especially when they see that they’re from my beach community of Capitola!

While these shared food items were once frequently gifted, sheltering in place has created a difficult environment, even for items that were always take-out.

Donut Station

I hope you will have an opportunity to visit Donut Station in #Capitola. Hope you enjoy my video interviews too as I wish to highlight how business owners are adapting and showing quiet strength of resilience

Note: the first 100 people who show up at the Donut Station can get a free donut on me, just mention my name and that you saw them! Cheers~ Be well!


Lynne MacFarlane Homes




Posted on May 8, 2020 at 5:05 am
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Tacos Moreno 3 in Capitola Village – Interview with Gabriella Castro, Owner [Video]

Local Small Businesses – Highlighting small businesses that help create and enrich life and community.

Growing up in San Francisco, my parents were ambitious immigrant entrepreneurs hungry to show the world that they were proud Americans and small business owners of both Sanppo Restaurant in Japantown and Biodent Ceramics, a small dental lab on 450 Sutter. As we shelter in place I reflect back on my childhood, we struggled with each turn of the economy and my father emphasized the importance of taking care of his employees and their families; He defined success, and deeply embedded in me his work ethic and care for the family in both companies and when the economy went sour, he would always lend a helping hand during hardship. I think most will agree that restaurateurs are dreamers with a vision to bring a community together. This is what owner Gabriella Castro of Tacos Moreno does for Capitola Village.

Being an entrepreneur is never easy. Doing so while sheltering in place it’s even more difficult. I hope you’ll have an opportunity to visit Tacos Moreno 3 & hope you enjoy my video too!
Let me know if I can help you in any way I can.

Lynne MacFarlane, Realtor - Together, we got this!

Posted on April 26, 2020 at 1:43 pm
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5th Annual Capitola Plein Air Festival (October 30 – November 2)

Capitola Plein Air Festival

This fall, forty professional artists will arrive in Capitola to paint the town…literally!

Artists set up their easels on the wharf, shore, and streets of beautiful Capitola, to paint live for four days. You’ll find hundreds of paintings on display, for sale, and entered into competition on Sunday, November 3. You can take home a piece of Capitola culture, vote for your favorites for the People’s Choice Award, have a delicious meal from the food trucks, or get creative and make some art yourself!


Posted on October 30, 2019 at 8:54 am
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Capitola Open House at 2167 Francesco Cir – 3 BD, 3 BA [VIDEO]

2167 Francesco Cir – Capitola Open House!
Saturday and Sunday 10/5 – 10/6 from 1-4PM
3 BD, 3 BA 1,690 SQFT, 3,180 SQFT Lot
This home is beautiful turn-key  home ready for you to enjoy living the casual sunny lifestyle that Capitola has to offer! Low maintenance,1700 sq ft,tastefully remodeled to suit a comfortable life style. Custom Gourmet Kitchen w/stainless steel Wolf & Bosch appliances, Blanco sink,Granite slab counters, marble backsplash & travertine floor,Clean white cabinets & breakfast bar,open bright floorplan w/high ceilings on both levels,while many windows invite the cool ocean breeze to flow through making it a relaxing beach retreat.BEST house &one of largest LOT in neighborhood.Three spacious bedrooms, PLUS a den,a cozy wood burning fireplace and landscaped back yard with 6 fruit trees and a soothing water feature are just a few other comforts you’ll enjoy. Of course, living in this conveniently located neighborhood creates a wonderful lifestyle within a very short distance to the beach, surfing, fine dining, shopping, wine tasting, entertainment & the brand new Capitola Library just behind the home.

Welcome Home!

For more information:

For a private visit please call 831.346.2743 Lynne

Lynne MacFarlane Homes

Posted on October 4, 2019 at 8:22 pm
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Capitola Art & Wine Festival ~ Sept 14th & 15th!

Lynne MacFarlane Capitola Art & Wine

Enjoy a  fun weekend for the whole family! Sept 14 & 15th we celebrate the Capitola Art & Wine Festival which combines Art, Wine, Music and Food, all in charming Capitola Village overlooking the Monterey Bay. Summer’s last hurrah, and truly a weekend in paradise! Enjoy your free wine glass as a thank you for being my Facebook Page Friend! Bring your special glass for the festival and sample the local wines in the area.

Call/text: 831.346.2743

Thank you,



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Posted on September 9, 2019 at 8:28 am
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Come to the Capitola Classic Rod Car Show & Visit Open Houses!

Capitola Rod & Custom Classic Car Show

Watch these classic beauties cruise the coastline on Saturday morning from the Santa Cruz Boardwalk to Capitola starting at 8:30 am. For more information,  click here.

Enjoy a weekend filled with awesome cars, great music, charming shops, restaurants for every taste, and family fun at the beach!

And while you’re in Capitola, take a break and check out these Open Houses this weekend

Posted on June 8, 2019 at 8:19 am
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Local Hidden Treasures – Discovering Capitola Wharf [video]

Discover the Capitola Wharf, one of the many hidden treasures of Capitola.

Posted on June 7, 2019 at 12:23 pm
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Local Hidden Treasures – Exploring Capitola’s Soquel Creek [video]

Discover Soquel Riverwalk, one of the many hidden treasures of Capitola.

Posted on June 2, 2019 at 12:27 pm
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Open House – Capitola Village Beach Home on 306 Fanmar Way

Here’s a peek of the Open House at 306 Fanmar Way in beautiful Capitola. I’ll be hosting this great showcase home on Friday May 31 from 8:30AM – 11AM and Saturday June 1st from 9AM – 2PM. It’s a 2 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath single family home with open floor plan that sits only blocks away from Capitola Village’s popular restaurants, bars, shops, and Capitola Beach.

If you’re new to Capitola, you’ll want to see my new video Local Hidden Treasures: Capitola – Soquel Creek River Walk.


Hope to see you at the Open House!


Posted on May 29, 2019 at 4:50 am
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Open House – 306 Fanmar Way, Capitola – May 17th (Fri) & 18th (Sat)!

Coffee & Donuts from Capitola’s favorite Donut Station!

Posted on May 17, 2019 at 5:35 am
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