Mariel Concepcion

Staff Reporter

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

Recent Stories

Elevator Agency and Organik SEO Merge and Rebrand as Digitopia

According to a press release, the brand will work with both B2B and B2C clients to build their digital marketing programs.

JuneShine Acquires Ballast Point’s Scripps Ranch Facility

JuneShine’s North Park location will remain open concurrently.

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Equinox Project Moves to USD

The reason for the move is because of the resources USD can provide Equinox in its mission to continue to provide data that addresses regional growth for local neighborhoods and communities.

Kimberly Deverell Appointed to National Association of Music Merchant’s Board of Directors

In her new post, Deverell will serve a three-year term and provide guidance for the advancement of the music products industry.

The University Club at Symphony Towers Appoints New Chairman

According to a press release, Dan Hom joined the University Club in 1993.

Know Problems: Co. Smooths Road for Group Travel

Brian Liebman is used to advising CEOs on how to grow and build their companies. But, now, he’s ready to make boss moves himself.

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Big Names Come to Small Agency For Creative Focus

From quitting the hotel industry — twice — in the ’90s to getting awarded for her work with the sector just last month, things have come full-circle for Indra Gardiner Bowers.

Broken Yolk Owner Built Up a Breakfast Chain Empire

DINING: Restaurant Has 31 Locations; Owner Takes Active Role in Franchising

For John Gelastopoulos, faking it till he made it was key to the initial success of his restaurant, Broken Yolk Cafe.

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Callaway Golf Announces Record Sales of $1.24B for 2018

Callaway’s non-GAAP 2018 earnings per share were $1.07, a 102 percent increase over the 2017 figure.

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Port of San Diego Welcomes Two Inaugural Cruise Calls

As California’s third-busiest cruise port, the Port of San Diego is anticipating approximately 92 cruise calls and nearly 300,000 passengers in fiscal year 2019-2020.

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PriceSmart Declares 70 Cent Dividend

The board of San Diego-based PriceSmart, meeting on Jan. 30, declared a dividend of 70 cents per share, payable in two installments in February and August. PriceSmart (Nasdaq: PSMT) owns and operates 41 membership warehouse clubs in 12 countries and one U.S. territory in Central America, the Caribbean and Colombia.

California Pacific Airlines Ceases Operations

In December, the airline suspended all January flights out of McClellan-Palomar Airport due to the nationwide pilot shortage.

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No Home Team Means No Visitors and Less Money Spent

TOURISM: Opposing Teams’ Fans Ate, Drank and Stayed at S.D. Establishments

On Sept. 8, 2017, just days before the Los Angeles Chargers opened their season at their new digs in that city, Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery in Mission Valley closed its doors.

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Perfect Snacks’ Creators Cracked a Tough Market to Succeed In

RETAIL: Each Step Made Business Sense And Was Well Executed

As kids growing up in Mission Beach, Bill Keith and Leigh Keith — and their 11 siblings — didn’t sell lemonade as a way to make money for their kiddy needs. Instead, the Keith children would band together and make their dad’s “perfect bar” to sell to their friends.

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Urban Winery Finds Right Stomping Grounds

WINE: Key Locations, Hours, and Pricing All Cater to Customers

Adam Carruth, owner and winemaker of Solana Beach-headquartered Carruth Cellars, isn’t afraid to go against the grain.

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PriceSmart Names Shery Bahrambeygui as Chief Executive Officer

Bahrambeygui has worked with PriceSmart in various capacities for 16 years including as member of the Board of Directors for the past eight years.

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BBB Serving the Pacific Southwest Appoints Board Chairman

Eight other new Southern California and Greater Arizona business leaders are serving on the 45-person non-profit board, including Ryan Buell, CEO of San Diego-based Sayva, a consulting and recruiting firm and Marcia Mcgaffigan, a partner at Healthcare Savings Associates located in Encinitas.

Local Solar Integrated Roofing Corp. to Acquire South Orange Roofing Company

In a news release, Solar’s CEO David Massey said the company has two other acquisitions on track to close in January.

Executive Q&A: Brian Malarkey of Puffer Malarkey Collective

Chef Brian Malarkey doesn’t shy away from the spotlight.

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Everbowl Secures $3 Million in Funding from Serruya Private Equity

According to a news release, the company will use the funding towards its 2019 expansion plan in California and possibly entering the Arizona, Nevada market along with other states in the region.

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For Rescue Agency, It Pays to Think Small for Campaigns

MARKETING: Co. Avoids Sector Habit of Going Big; Focus Key Part of Connecting

The moment Jeffrey Jordan realized his social change advertising firm, Rescue Agency, was special is still very prominent in his recollection.

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National Grocers Association to Bring NGA Show to San Diego

The annual trade show and conference, in its 31st year, will be held at the San Diego Convention Center from Feb. 24-27.

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Port of San Diego Seeks Proposal for Economy Motel

According to the Port of San Diego website, the lower cost overnight accommodations will be located near downtown San Diego and the San Diego International Airport and will provide affordable coastal access.

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AtYourGate Tests Its Wings At Other Major Airports

A year after officially kicking off at San Diego International Airport, the locally based in-airport food delivery service, AtYourGate, continues to expand.

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Co. Must Fix Airplanes And Mistakes to Survive

TRAVEL: Competitive Market, Pilot Shortage Add to Woes

In its long story yet thus far stunted trajectory, California Pacific Airlines, the commercial service carrier owned by 97-year-old entrepreneur Ted Vallas, has had nothing short of a bumpy ride.

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Consistency Cements Customer Retention

DINING: Restaurant Group Knows Each Visit Counts

For co-owner and Executive Chef Brad Wise and his Trust Restaurant Group, things have been moving rather fast.

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Ballast Point Opens Brewpub in Anaheim's Downtown Disney District

According to a press release, the brewpub, which offers more than fifty styles of beer, marks the first time a brewery has opened at Downtown Disney District.

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Best Buy to Close La Mesa Store

According to a WARN filing, 26 full-time employees and 38 part-time employees, for a total of 64 people, will lose their jobs as a result of the closure.

San Diego Second Most Popular Destination in California for Airbnb in 2018

According to a press release, the collective income for San Diego-based hosts was $213 million in 2018, coming in second after L.A.'s $613 million.

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BRG Consulting Appoints Christina J. Willis as President

Willis will replace Erich Lathers, who remains with the firm as Principal Planner.

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Restaurant Group Looks to Stand Out, Blend In

DINING: Personal Service Key Part of Delivering Community Concepts

For Brendan Huffman, the purpose of all Social Syndicate restaurant group’s properties is simple: provide genuine, good old-fashioned hospitality.

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NTC Foundation Names New Board Chair

According to a press release, Stipanov will replace Lori Fleet-Martin, who held the position for the last two years.

Founder’s Vision Pairs With Pricing Strategy for Sunglasses Success

RETAIL: Co. Also Taps Millennials’ Willingness to Cut the Cord to Brands

When Adam Moyer lost his last pair of expensive sunglasses — Ray-Bans that ran him about $150 — the then UC San Diego graduate art student decided to take matters into his own hands.

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Pala Casino Appoints New CEO

On Jan. 6, Buro sent a letter to his Pala employees, in which he introduced himself but also acknowledged what he has observed his first week on the job.

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San Diego International Airport to Move Some Airlines' Operations

Alaska Airlines, which operates more than 45 daily departures from Terminals one and two, will consolidate and operate solely from Terminal Two East.

Creating Experiences Takes Team Building on New Adventures

WORKFORCE: Activities Look to Bring Out Bonding, Team Spirit

Ax throwing. Team sports. Charity bike building. Culinary competition.

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Tasty Additions to Sycuan’s $260 Million Expansion

As part of Sycuan Casino Resort’s $260 million expansion, the San Diego venue is set to open a new restaurant and a lounge: Bull & Bourbon Steakhouse and Elicit Bar & Lounge.

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New Food Options Look to Flourish in S.D. Neighborhoods

New York City, New Orleans and Los Angeles are usually touted as some of the country’s top food cities. But, with more and more restaurants and food and beverage options in the county, San Diego is giving them a run for their money — and their foodies.

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Brewing With International Flavor

Kairoa Brewing Co. is slated to open later this month in the University Heights neighborhood — right beside the UH sign, to be exact. The 10,500 square foot, two-floor space will serve house and guest beer, a full food menu as well as over a dozen wine options. In a nod to the founders’ home-base, New Zealand, Head Brewer Joe Peach will utilize New Zealand hops to create its beer.

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SeaWorld San Diego to Add New Dive Coaster Attraction in 2020

The coaster will be located next to the Journey to Atlantis in the southeast corner of the park, where a parking lot currently resides.

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City Council Votes to Ban Styrofoam Use in San Diego

The ordinance, authored by Councilmember Chris Ward of District Three, places restrictions on single-use plastics in the county.

National University System Adds Northcentral University

According to a news release, it is the National University System’s first doctoral level program.

Craft Brewery Closures Don’t Spell Doom for Sector

2019 Look Ahead: Tourism & Hospitality

Just last month, Benchmark Brewing Co. was on the verge of selling its operations following an eviction notice from its landlord.

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Jack in the Box Extends Deadline to Add Two New Directors

The original deadline to appoint the members was Jan. 8 but was moved as part of ongoing discussions with investors Jana Partners LLC to explore “strategic and financing alternatives to maximize shareholders value.”

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Rego Restaurant Group Names Tim Casey CEO

Casey previously served as president and CEO of PepperJax Grill and as president of QDOBA Mexican Grill. Prior, he was vice president at Starbucks Coffee Company.

Hospitality Sector Looking For Big Win in Beach Games

2019 Look Ahead: Tourism & Hospitality

After winning a three-year bidding war that included a host of American cities as well as seven countries, San Diego will host the inaugural Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) World Beach Games October 2019.

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With Millennial Support, Distillers Craft Their Plan

2019 Look Ahead: Tourism & Hospitality

A search on the San Diego Distillers Guild website indicates there are approximately 15 craft distilleries as members in the county. According to the American Craft Spirits Association 2018 annual report, California leads in the number of craft spirits distilleries in the country with 156, up from 148 the year prior.

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For Council Brewing Co., It’s Closing Time as Tastes Change

Just seven months after opening its second location — a tasting room in Santee — Council Brewing Co., founded in 2014 and headquartered in Kearny Mesa, has officially — and sadly — closed.

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Benchmark Brewing Looks To Make Necessary Changes

Following a close call with eviction, San Diego’s Benchmark Brewing Co. will remain open, for now.

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Restaurateur’s Success Serves as Example

DINING: Intricacies Span From Managing to Menu

The sun is shining on Rise & Shine Restaurant Group … now. A decade after opening his first restaurant in Pacific Beach, founder and owner Johan Engman today owns over a dozen restaurants throughout Southern California.

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