Mariel Concepcion

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Email: mconcepcion@sdbj.com
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Monterey Financial Holdings, LLC, Appoints New CEO

Chris Hughes, who recently served as president and CEO, will assume the role of Executive Director.

Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Names Bret Schanzenbach as CEO

Prior to joining the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, Schanzenbach served as CEO of the Vista Chamber of Commerce since 2009.

Delivery Apps Bring Fresh Challenges to the Dining Scene

FOOD: As Eateries Struggle To Make Profit With Tech, Ghost Restaurants Open

The boom in food delivery apps available in San Diego has mushroomed exponentially the last several years. And, data shows they aren’t going away anytime soon.

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Cleaning Co. Sees Chance to Shine By Tackling Dirty Jobs

Good customer service goes a long way. Just ask Green Guard Services Inc. President and CEO Nathan Leathers.

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Labor Dispute Prompts Two Weeks Cancellation for National Lacrosse League

The team’s inaugural home game will now be on Jan. 12, against the Rochester Knighthawks at Valley View Casino Center.

Co. Catches the Fish, Then Tries to Hook Customers

FISHING: Awarded Grant To Promote Consumption Of Wider Selection of Fish

One fish, two fish .... The Dr. Seuss storybook title pretty much sums up how Dave Rudie came across his latest fish discovery: opah.

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After First Flight, Airline Looks to Connect With More Travelers

For Solana Beach resident, Sheila Olinger, the convenience of flying out of an airport that is smaller, closer to home and has $5 all-day parking made taking the first-ever California Pacific Airlines flight Nov. 2 from Carlsbad’s McClellan-Palomar Airport a no-brainer.

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Puesto’s Co-Founder Named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30' 2019 List

25-year-old Adler is the only local entrepreneur to make the list this year.

Report: S.D. Wine Industry Generated $50M

The 13-page review shows the local wine industry generated $50 million in overall economic impact, a $19.6 million increase from 2016.

Petco Cuts Out Artificial Ingredients from Pet Food

Starting in January, Petco will remove dog and cat foods and treats with artificial ingredients from store shelves and e-commerce.

44 National Olympic Committees Qualify for ANOC World Beach Games 2019

Shortboard surfing, 3X3 basketball, beach handball and individual kata have all hosted qualification events already.

Caterers Put More Tasks on Their Plate To Profit Year-Round

It was shortly before the Great Recession of 2008-2009 that Tracy Zemke, founder of Personal Touch Dining catering company, switched her business’ focus from corporate events to weddings.

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Phil’s BBQ to Temporarily Close Sports Arena Location

The temporary closure will affect approximately 115 employees, although Phil’s is offering limited opportunities to work at other locations.

Petco Foundation Announces $2.5M to Support Veterans

The Helping Heroes annual campaign will help cover training and placement of former shelter dogs with veterans with physical and emotional disabilities like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Jack in the Box to Lay Off 66 Employees

The positions being eliminated are in areas including IT, finance & accounting, supply chain, and in the human resources and legal departments, company spokesperson Brian Luscomb said.

Jerome’s Furniture Opens Second Dream Shop in Orange County

The store, located in Santa Margarita Towne Center, marks the seventh stand-alone mattress location following the success of previous stores.

A New Steakhouse On The Dining Scene Raises Questions About Market Saturation

During an exclusive hard-hat tour in October of the then soon-to-be-opened $10 million Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse at the InterContinental San Diego hotel in downtown, general manager Michael Manoocheri stated: “There are steakhouses in every corner in this area, but, we hope to stand out by the ambience we’ve created.”

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California Pacific Airlines Takes Flight

The airline debuted Nov. 2 with a flight to San Jose.

Bills Seek to Loosen Distilled Spirits Controls

Ever have a taste for a whisky on the rocks while searching for your shirt size in a store rack? Or the desire to have a rum-and-Coke cocktail while at a shopping center common area?

Supervisors Approve Update of McClellan-Palomar Master Plan

Early October, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved the McClellan-Palomar Airport master plan update. The 20-year plan includes: installation of an engineered materials arresting system at both ends of the runway at the Carlsbad airport; shifting the runway to the north by 123 feet to increase the separation distance between the runway and the taxiway; and extending the runway, possibly in phases, by up to 800 feet for a maximum of 5,700 feet.

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Salami Co.’s New Facility Paying Off In Increased Production and Sales

For Marco Terenghi, chief commercial officer of Olli Salumeria, making salami for the Oceanside-based company is like a scientific experiment for general relativity.

Jana Partners, Jack in the Box Investor, Signs Confidentiality Agreement

The New York-based hedge fund said it had trimmed its holdings in Jack in the Box, down to 1,831,007 shares from 2,050,325 shares during the second quarter.

Tax Changes, Easy Access Make Charters, Private Jets The Way to Go

The Trump administration’s 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which, among other provisions, allows private jet buyers to write off the full amount of their new or newly-purchased pre-owned airplane’s cost on their tax return, is prompting the nation’s wealthiest to drop large wads of cash for their own exclusive winged-digs.

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PriceSmart CEO to Step Down

Jose Luis Laparte’s last day will be Nov. 16.

RAR Hospitality to Open Tapestry Collection by Hilton Hotel in 2020

Located adjacent to America’s Cup Harbor, the 92-room The Monsarez, currently Hotel Point Loma, draws on Portuguese influences with a mid-century modern feel.

One Paseo Has Inviting Retail Presence

Mixed-use development, One Paseo, based in Carmel Valley and slated to open spring 2019, will welcome three new retailers to the community: the first-ever brick-and-mortar shop from local jewelry designer Marrow Fine; New York-based, family-owned, beach-inspired clothing store Faherty; and San Diego’s Pigment, which sells unique gifts, flora and furniture.

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Some Taste Tempting Destinations Are Being Added to the Food Map

Duck Donuts in Encinitas. Dog Haus Biergarten in Vista. Surf Rider Pizza in La Mesa. North Italia in Fashion Valley.

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Beauty and Style Part of Co.’s Manufacturing and Its Marketing

RETAIL: Architectural Finishes Co. Sources Material Around the World

The Miramar headquarters for DuChateau, a lifestyle brand that specializes in manufacturing high-end architectural finishes, including various types of flooring and wall coverings, looks nothing like a conventional warehouse and every bit like a modern-day rendering of a royal palace.

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S.D's Catalina Offshore Products Awarded Grant To Grow Opah Demand

The project is twofold, with one part focusing on broadening the appeal of opah, or "moonfish," and the second to develop new culinary markets for species being discarded by U.S. Pacific Highly Migratory Species fisheries in Southern California.

S.D. City Council Overturns Short-Term Vacation Rental Ordinance

The body had a choice: Repeal the new restrictions or have voters weigh in.

Dexcom Becomes Community Partner for Oct. 27 Navy, Notre Dame Game

The partnership allowed the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl, which is hosting the event, to enhance the marketing efforts for the college football game in hopes of drawing a record number in attendees.

La Jolla Institute and Moores Cancer Center Receive $4.5 Million Cancer Moonshot Award

The funding will go towards research, led by LJI professor Stephen Schoenberger to improve immunotherapeutic treatment for patients with head and neck cancer.

Noah Homes Housing Tapped to Help Develop Plans for Texas Housing Project

A third of the homes will be made available to adults with autism, Down syndrome and other disabilities, while the remainder will be up for purchase to anyone wanting to live within the inclusive community.

Some Eateries Testing Waters Of Craft Brewing

DINING: Profits Stay In-House; Beer Could Sell in Liquor Stores

For a little over two decades, Brigantine Restaurant Corp., founded in 1969 in San Diego, had collaborated with Pacific Beach-based Karl Strauss Brewing Co. for the creation of its house beer, Brig Brew.

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Brick-and-Mortar Retail Gets Good Advice: Don’t Just Sit There

TECH: Platform Gives Outlets Real Time Data And Action Plans

As the digital retail space continues skyrocketing, Herofi, a marketing automation platform focused on physical stores, is hoping to get brick-and-mortar outlets on the same playing field as the Amazons of the world.

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Jack in the Box Franchisees Calling for Leadership Changes

San Diego-based Jack in the Box Inc. franchisees want chief executive officer, Leonard “Lenny” Comma, and the current leadership team out following a vote of “no confidence” that took place during its annual meeting in July.

Growing Revenue Feeds Urban Plates’ Appetite for Expansion

DINING: Capital Facility Is Expected to Fund 25 More Locations

While some local fast-casual restaurants owners may be scratching their heads trying to keep cost downs as the minimum wage continues to go up, Saad Nadhir, co-founder of San Diego-based Urban Plates, isn’t too worried.

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Add Notre Dame to JMI’s Winning Record

MARKETING: Boutique Firm Does Multimedia, Innovation

Earlier this year, when the University of Notre Dame was looking to hire a company that could help with its unique marketing and multimedia initiatives, the Indiana-based university didn’t tap major players in the collegiate world like IMG College or Learfield.

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Petco Appoints Justin Tichy to Chief Stores Officer

Before joining Petco, Tichy worked with Walmart, Target and Best Buy and, most recently served as President of Sales at Confie, a privately-held national insurance company.

Costs Eat Up Revenue In Restaurant Business

DINING: Wage Increases Cited; Responses Include Job Cuts

Overall labor costs continue to increase in California.

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Airport Has $12B Economic Impact On Region

The San Diego International Airport creates nearly $12 billion in economic impact for the region annually, according to a study conducted by the airport.

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GDM Dials In Some Diverse Venues

Gaslamp District Media, a San Diego-based marketing, events and promotional agency, has been tapped to work with Music Box concert venue and event space. Its first collaborative event took place in early October by way of the West Coast Oktoberfest. That event was held in more than 55,000 square feet of space in Little Italy and featured live musical acts, an array of street food vendors and themed contests, among other activities and entertainment.

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Data Shows $1 Billion Economic Impact from San Diego County Craft Brewers in 2017

San Diego craft brewers generated about $802 million in revenue for 2017, up from $638 million during 2016.

San Diego-Based Annex Brands Announces Promotions

Patrick Edd has been named Chief Executive Officer and will remain company president.

Petco Names Michelle Bonfilio as Chief Human Resources Officer

Starting on Oct. 22, Bonfilio will be based at Petco’s National Support center in San Diego.

Imperfect Produce Comes to Kearny Mesa

San Diegans are digging the "ugly" fruits and vegetables.

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S.D.-Based PriceSmart Announces September Sales Figures

For the four weeks ended Sept. 30, comparable net merchandise sales for the 39 warehouse clubs open at least 13 1/2 full months decreased 1.7 percent, compared to the same four-week period last year.

Jamul Casino Names New President

Mary Cheeks was named new president and general manager of the property.

S.D.'s Azul Hospitality Group to Open Luxury Hotel in 2019

The 162-room, seven-floor Marriott Tribute Portfolio Hotel will be converted from the Army-Navy YMCA building in downtown San Diego.

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Trademark Dispute Can Put a Good Name at Risk

BREWING: Growth Puts Emphasis on Brands, Names

When Elvin Lai, co-founder of San Diego-based Abnormal Beer Co., had a chance conversation with Nick Floyd, co-owner of Indiana-based 3 Floyds Brewing Co., in 2017 during the Copenhagen Beer Festival in Boston, he thought the trademark misunderstanding between them had been resolved.

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