Sober Assessment Time For Craft Brewing

Crowded Market, Limited Shelf Space and Other Factors Force Brewers to Have Solid Business Strategy

Brewers like Jim Crute, who has owned and operated Poway’s Lightning Brewery for the past decade, are finding that this is a critical time to assess their place in a craft beer industry where growth is slowing, and where retail shelf and tap space is getting increasingly tough to conquer.

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Food Is the New Retail Attraction in Downtown La Mesa

HOSPITALITY: $7M In Redevelopment Spawns Dramatic Transformation

Among the latest additions to La Mesa’s burgeoning downtown restaurant scene is the full-service Farmer’s Table, billed as a “farm-to-fork” eatery with a menu emphasizing locally sourced meats and produce.

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Casinos Are Betting Big

Sycuan, Viejas Investing in Hotel Space to Capture Revenue Growth

The East County casino scene is experiencing a burst of activity.

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Chemical Company’s Success in Sustainability Put It in Demand

Genomatica Uses Licensing Deals to Stake Its Claims In a Growing Market

What San Diego company shares the industrial process of the craft brewing sector, the genetic engineering know-how of the local University of California campus and the business model of a big local wireless company — all while offering a sustainable alternative to petrochemicals?

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Design, Build and Operate

Swinerton Sees Bright Future in Monitoring, O&M as Well as Construction

Swinerton Builders didn’t see itself operating and maintaining renewable energy plants when it entered the solar industry nine years ago. As a general contractor, it just wanted to build them.

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Initiative Would Give Nonprofit Role in Pursuing Productions

FILM: It Would Include Help in Production And Distribution

San Diego doesn’t easily double for other cities, but in the new Netflix series “Ingobernable,” Balboa Park’s Spanish Colonial Revival architecture and the tall shadows of downtown at night make for a convincing Mexico City.

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No Days Off for Tourism

Drawing New Visitors, Building New Properties and Attractions Are Part of Keeping, Expanding Market

Things were already going well at the USS Midway Museum — yet another year of record attendance — when someone there noticed a detail that may point the way to future growth.

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3 Reasons Millennials Choose Coworking

OFFICE: Workers Find Affordability, Flexibility While Avoiding Isolation

San Diego’s coworking community continues to flourish, responding to demands from entrepreneurs for more flexible workspaces.

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Millennials Are Recasting San Diego’s Startup Scene

LEADERSHIP: Some See Need for Greater Diversity of Mentors

A group of millennials is edging its way into the startup community’s leadership, reshaping San Diego’s startup culture and filling a void in the region’s business community.

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The New Entrepreneur

It Was Natural and in Some Cases a Necessity For Millennials to Turn to Entrepreneurship at an Early Age

Picture this: you’re graduating college in the spring of 2008. You have no job, no prospects, and looming student loan payments that will drain your bank account in a matter of months.

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From Cuisine to Culture, Liberty Station Offers Local Flavors

DINING: Site Successfully Creates Popular Gathering Spot

A recent report by the consulting firm McKinsey & Co. noted that the gross leasable area devoted to food and beverage outlets in U.S. retail centers could rise to about 25 percent by 2020, compared with just 10 percent today.

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Coffee Company Acquisition Seems to Be More of a Blend Than a Takeover

Local Businesses and National Players Plot Strategies For Coffee Scene, But For Now Coexistence Is the Norm

S ome people conduct business over coffee. Chuck Patton and Jeff Taylor just engineered a mutual career switch that both coffeehouse owners say came at the right time in their lives.

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