SD TRAVEL LEISURE

Blenders’ Founder Sells 70% Equity Stake In Sunglasses Co.

CEO Says Team to Remain the Same; Co. to Keep P.B. HQs

In early October, Blenders Eyewear founder Chase Fisher told San Diego Business Journal the company had grown its revenue by 300% in the last two years.

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Smokin J’s Opening Brick and Mortar Store in Old Poway

Mobile Business to Go On Back Burner for Now

At its peak and since launching in 2017, Smokin J’s BBQ has averaged 60 events a month.

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Paired With Shops, Winery Flourishes

RETAIL: Environment Is Perfect for Events, Makes It a Destination

Bernardo Winery was founded in 1889. At 130 years old, it is the oldest winery in Southern California.

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Fast-Casual Mediterranean Chain Plans 10th S.D. Location

DINING: Restaurant’s Healthful Reputation Gives It Room to Experiment

In 2018, Daphne’s Inc., a Mediterranean fast-casual restaurant chain, was acquired by Los Angeles-based Elite Restaurant Group for an undisclosed amount.

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Dinner Lets You Savor Sights, Sounds and, of Course, Food

DINING: Diners and Even Chefs Find a Creative Experience

From February 6, 2020 to March 8, 2020, Dinner With A View will set up its pop-up dining experience — where guests dine in domes — in San Diego’s Liberty Station.

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Jack in the Box’s Lenny Comma Resigns

Jack in the Box’s CEO, Lenny Comma, will be stepping down.

SpringBoard West Taps Into Music And Mentorship

Band Bootcamp Gives Artists a Learning Experience

SpringBoard West music fest was founded in 2012 and which takes place annually in Ocean Beach.

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Carnival Miracle to Make 13 Homeported Journeys From San Diego

ECONOMICS: Cruise Line’s Local Impact To Reach $26 Million

Seven years since it last departed from the Port of San Diego, Carnival Cruise Line launched its winter schedule.

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Executive Q&A: Jon Fredricks, CEO, Welk Resorts

Welk Resorts CEO Jon Fredricks is the grandson of Lawrence Welk, the television bandleader and host of “The Lawrence Welk Show” who founded the company in 1964.

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It Was a Year of Great Catches

TOURISM: Sportfishing Fleet Sees Big Crowds, Long Season

The sportfishing industry in San Diego, which has long served as a magnet for tourism and an economic driver for the region, is in the midst of a boom.

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San Diego’s Biggest Hotels Range From Bayside to Backcountry Venues

TOURISM: Forty Largest Hotels Are Not Cut From Same Cloth

This week’s list takes a measuring stick to San Diego’s hotel industry.

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Middle Eastern Fast-Casual Eateries Spice It Up

DINING: Inviting Atmosphere Seeks to Draw Younger Crowd

Nawar Miri felt Middle Eastern food, unlike Mediterranean food, was underrepresented in San Diego.

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Restaurateur, Investor Thrives in Times of Change, Challenge

LEADERSHIP: Diverse Pursuits All Lead Back To Great Work Ethic

San Diego businessman James Langley wears many hats.

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Carlsbad Flights Connect Skiers to New Mexico Slopes

Region Has Both Outdoor And Cultural Attractions

Taos Air launched out of Taos Regional Airport last year by Taos Ski Valley Inc. in New Mexico, now offering direct flights.

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Jamul Casino Revamps Loft 94 Restaurant, Now Asian-Inspired

According to a press release, the upstairs terrace restaurant, now named Loft 94: Yakitori, Noodle, Craft, has new outdoor yakitori grills, new furnishings, craft cocktails and specialty noodle options like ramen and pho.