Mariel Concepcion

Staff Reporter

Email: mconcepcion@sdbj.com
Phone: 858-277-6359 Extension: 3114

Recent Stories

Bag Co. Cashes in on Form, Function and Social Media Strategy

RETAIL: Sash Sold 30,000 Last year; It’s Currently Expanding Manufacturing

Eight years ago, Nichole MacDonald, founder and chief bag lady of San Diego-based Sash Group Inc., found herself homeless with her then 5-year-old son after her recycled, eco-friendly bag business, Bagonia, failed to get off the ground.

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Compostable Cutlery Aims to Serve Diners and the Environment

DINING: Co. to Open Local Plant; Pricing May Be Challenge

It wasn’t until March of this year, after introducing his creation at the Natural Products Expo West, a natural, organic and healthy goods event in Anaheim, that Zhicong “Zack” Kong, CEO and founder of TwentyFifty Fork, a compostable cutlery company, decided to speed up plans to begin mass manufacturing his natural grain-based fork.

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Port of S.D. Launches Liner Service Partnership with G2 Ocean

The three-year contract with G2 is the biggest the port has landed in years and will bring an estimated $600,000 in revenue annually for the San Diego Unified Port District.

Pechanga Resort & Casino Using Robots for Security

The casino resort has a staff of 300 security personnel, but the robots, manufactured by Mountain View-based Knightscope, are an added security measure.

New Eatery Isn’t Just in Encinitas, It Is Part of Encinitas

DINING: Local Flavors, Local Art and the Locals Are All Part of Biz Plan

Founder and CEO of the real estate, hospitality and lifestyle company, American National Investments (ANI), Gina Champion-Cain, continues to invigorate the food and beverage landscape of San Diego, this time opening a new restaurant in Encinitas as part of ANI’s The Patio Group division.

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Fruitful Selling Points

Eateries Adopt ‘Superfood’ Products and Labels as More Consumer Preferences Head Toward Healthy

For Everbowl founder, Jeff Fenster, who started the company in 2016 and now has 10 locations in San Diego and Riverside counties, using the word “superfoods” isn’t to get consumers to believe superfoods are new to the market nor that they can cure or keep a person immune from diseases.

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Fit4Mom Expands Through Some Key Developmental Stages

FITNESS: From Informal Start, It Moves to Franchising, Studios, and Digital Programs

For Lisa Druxman, chief founding mom of Fit4mom (formerly known as “Stroller Strides”), the San Diego-based company which provides fitness for every stage of motherhood, launching the business 17 years ago came from pure necessity.

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Green Flash Brewing Co. Opens New Location in Nebraska

San Diego-based Green Flash Brewing Co. has opened its first full-scale restaurant in Lincoln, Nebraska, next to the University of Nebraska campus.

S.D. Airport to Open New International Facility

Paid for by the San Diego County Airport Authority, the estimated total cost of the project is $229.4 million and it was a joint venture by contractors Turner Construction Company and PCL Construction Services, Inc.

Co. Finds Food Biz, Expansion, and Real Estate Opportunities

FOOD: Tax Credits Help Ajinomoto Set Up Shop in Otay

When Ajinomoto Foods North America Inc., stumbled upon the chance opportunity to set up shop in Otay Mesa, after Tyson Foods decided to sell its San Diego-based Circle Foods plant, those in charge knew they had to jump on the opportunity.

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Ceramic Pro Teams Up with Carfax to Help Maximize Car Resale Values

San Diego-based Ceramic Pro will begin reporting product installation details to Carfax in order to help maximize the resale value of their customers’ vehicles.

Rosé Continues to Be a Rising Star For Local Wineries

WINERIES: Millennial Palates and Good Prices Help Push Wine’s Sales

In the last several years, rosé has risen in popularity among wine drinkers nationally. Despite being a newer and smaller market compared with its California-based counterparts like Sonoma County, Napa Valley and the Central Coast, San Diego is capitalizing on the trend.

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Canned Wine Stacks Up Against the Competition

Local Wineries See Advantages, But For Now, Fiscal, Size Realities Dilute Their Enthusiasm

Nico Roulston, owner of the Candied Apple Café in Julian known for its breakfast options and barbecue dishes, says he doesn’t serve his customers anything but wine in a can these days.

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More Victories Needed to Establish San Diego’s Sports Cred

TOURISM: Beach Games Give Something to Build On

Earlier this year, the Associated Press crowned San Diego the worst sports city in the country. But local groups like the San Diego Tourism Authority and the San Diego Sports Commission say the city shouldn’t be counted out just yet.

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Luna Fine Tunes Food, Décor as It Expands

DINING: Eatery Plans to Add 10 to 15 Locations in a Year

For Maria Pourteymour, co-founder and chief cuisine officer of San Diego-based Luna Grill Restaurants LLC, the love for good, simple yet high-quality food has been a tradition passed down through her family, from generation to generation.

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Home Start Names CFO

The San Diego-based child abuse prevention and treatment agency has named Rick Roark as its chief financial officer.

Luna Grill and The Hot Spot Coming to Del Sur Town Center

Luna Grill and The Hot Spot are headed to the Del Sur Town Center, the dining and retail center located in Black Mountain Ranch.

Gearbox Hits Right Composite Formulas

RETAIL: Sports Co. Cultivates Next Generation Of Players and Paddles

It was during his five-year stint in the United States military that Rafael Filippini, founder and president of Gearbox Sports, discovered the game — and the business — of racquetball.

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Frontier Announces New Flights from S.D. to Midwest and East Coast

The new destinations include Cleveland, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and Raleigh/Durham.

Jewelry Designer’s Brush With Royalty Doesn’t Change Her Plans

RETAIL: She Won’t Pursue Big-Box Venue, Prefers Boutiques

Although Lisette Polny has accepted her newfound fame after making headlines recently for designing the bridesmaids’ keepsakes for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s royal wedding, the Encinitas-based jewelry designer doesn’t plan to sell in big-box stores any time soon.

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Historic Streetcar Restaurant Re-Opens in Barrio Logan

El Carrito has an upgraded look and an updated menu.

Hollywood Casino Renamed Jamul Casino

San Diego Gaming Ventures LLC had managed and operated Hollywood Casino since its 2016 opening.