Mariel Concepcion

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Recent Stories

Jack’s Leader Faces Old, New Challenges With Decision Not to Sell


Lenny Comma, CEO of San Diego-based Jack in the Box Inc., isn’t one for gossip. He won’t talk extensively about the NFA, or the National Jack in the Box Franchisee Association, which has called for the replacement of Comma multiple times in the last few months following a vote of “no confidence."

Qdoba Officially Moves into Amp&rsand Office Building

According to press release, Qdoba's new offices are located in the Amp&rsand office complex, the former San Diego Union Tribune building, and will be dubbed the “Qdoba Flavor Central.”

ProFlowers to Close San Diego Facility, Lay-Off 167 Local Employees

The announcement preceded a press release by FTD Companies Inc., parent company to ProFlowers, stating it is filing for bankruptcy protection.

ANOC World Beach Games Won’t Take Place in San Diego

According to a news release, ANOC has decided to relocate to a new host city that can provide "the best possible environment for NOC’s and their athletes.”

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Inventor Takes the Stylish Route With Twist It Up Comb

STARTUP: ‘Shark Tank’ Boosts Interest; Co. Battles Knock Offs

Founded in 2016 by CEO Noel Durity, a San Diego-based real estate broker, Twist It Up Comb came about after Durity realized using an actual tennis racket in a circular motion to twist his afro-centric hair was not only functional, but also cost-effective and sanitary; most twisting products currently in the market are porous sponges that tend to wear out after time.

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San Diego Restaurants Make Michelin Affordable Restaurants List

Cucina Sorella in Kensington and Cucina Urbana in Bankers Hill, El Jardin in Point Loma, Juniper & Ivy in Little Italy, Kettner Exchange also in Little Italy, Lola 55 in the East Village and Solare at Liberty Station all made this year’s list.

JetBlue Operations to Relocate to Terminal 1 at SAN

According to a news release, the move is part of the second phase of SAN’s airline relocation efforts to improve services.

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Societe Brewing Partners with Scout for Distribution

According to a news release, Societe self-distributed for seven years, since launching in 2012.

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Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps Has Prescription for Success, Social Change

Retail: Dr. Bronner’s $122.5M in Revenue Expected to Grow 10% in 2019

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, the Vista-based soap-making company founded in 1948, has long been known for its Fair-Trade and organic castile soaps, lotions, cleaners and other personal care and home care products.

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Jack in the Box Adds Two New Directors to Board

According to a news release, Jean M. Birch and John P. Gainor will each serve on the Compensation and Nominating & Governance Committees of the Jack in the Box Inc. board.

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Entrepreneur Adds Beauty, Wellness Opportunity to Her Ventures

RETAIL: Plans Complete Line of Hemp-Based Products Free of THC

For the last 20 years or so, Gina Champion-Cain has made a name for herself in San Diego, mostly in the real estate, hospitality and retail industries.

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North San Diego Business Chamber Elects New Directors

According to a news release, Denise Visconti, the current Chamber board chair, will continue a second term leading the directors.

Fashion Valley Mall Launches Lyft Rideshare Program

The program will use carbon neutral rides and will offer shared rides in an effort to fight climate change and be sustainable.

Pacific Surf Designs Wins Appeal Decision

According to a press release, this victory comes after other wins against Surf Waves, Ltd., and Flowrider Surf, Ltd., both affiliates of Whitewater West Industries.

Valley View Casino & Hotel to Reveal Expansion

According to a news release, the previous 100,000 square foot casino and restaurant space will now be 143,000 square feet.

At This Pancake House, Even the Décor Is Delicious

DINING: Attention to Detail Goes From Pay to Product Freshness and More

Richard Walker Sr. is the owner of two Richard Walker’s Pancake House restaurants in Chicago and the flagship downtown location in San Diego. Richard Walker Jr. is the owner of the La Jolla property as well as the latest addition up in Carlsbad.

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The Patio Group Appoints New Vice President of Operations

According to a news release, Eric Bauer, who comes from Zume Inc. in San Francisco, a delivery-only pizza company powered by robots, assumed his new position earlier this month.

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San Diego Tech Company, Ensight Technologies, to Help with Parking

According to a press release, EnSight, also headquartered in San Diego, is an intelligent camera-based solution that is less costly and requires less infrastructure than traditional parking guidance systems.

Chuze Fitness Names New Chief Marketing Officer

According to a press release, Billy Grenham, Chuze Fitness' new CMO. will be based in the company's San Diego headquarters.

Petco Opens Its First Health and Wellness Kitchen

RETAIL: Co. Bans Pet Foods Containing Certain Ingredients

Petco Animal Supplies Inc., a San Diego-based pet supply retailer, in conjunction with JustFoodForDogs, a California-headquartered company that makes preservative-free food for dogs, will open its first health and wellness kitchen for dogs at its flagship store in New York City.

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Vista’s NuZee Coffee to Open Facility in Texas

BEVERGE: It Plans To Add Production Capacity to Vista HQ

Vista-Based NuZee Inc., a specialty coffee company founded in 2011 and with 15 local employees, will open a new facility in Texas. According to a news release, the Plano, Texas, location will support the company’s pour over co-packing services business.

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Jack in the Box Won’t Sell, to Pursue Securitization

This concludes the company’s search for strategic and financing alternatives, the business said in a news release.

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Port of San Diego Selects Developer for Shared Hospitality Pod Hotel

According to a news release, the shared pod hotel concept is expected to be one of the first of its kind in the country.

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NuZee Coffee Co. to Open Facility in Texas

According to a news release, the Plano, Texas, expansion will support NuZee's pour over co-packing services business.

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Culinary Ambitions Heat Up as Michelin Comes to Town

DINING: Rating System’s Recognition to Show Advances in Food Scene

By the end of the summer, San Diego plans to join the elite group of cities in the state of California — so far, only San Francisco — to feature Michelin-rated restaurants.

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Jerome’s Furniture Launches 3-D Augmented Reality App

According to a press release, the Marxent 3D Room Designer is available on the Jerome's Furniture website and will be available as an app on smart phone devices soon.

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Lawyers Club of San Diego Appoints New President

Previously, Cortez worked as a liaison for the San Diego County Bar and then as a co-chair at the Diverse Women’s Committee.

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Petco to Open Its First In-Store Health and Wellness Kitchen for Dogs

According to a press release, the JustFoodForDogs 1,350-square-foot kitchen to be housed at Petco's flagship store in New York City will prepare 2,000 pounds of fresh, human-grade pet food daily, seven days a week.

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Tourism and Craft Brewery Industries Remain Optimistic

ECONOMY: Despite Decreasing Numbers, Overall Outlook Is Good

The consensus of the previous Craft Brewer Confidence Index survey, released in November, was that the San Diego craft beer industry wasn’t too worried about the presence of big beer. Six months later, according the latest report, it appears some of the local brewers are finally fed up with it being there and the influence it is having on some of the smaller guys.

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Paesano’s Closing; Tabu Shabu Will Take Over Lease

DINING: New Japanese Restaurant To Open in North Park

Paesano of North Park, known for its authentic Italian food and founded 50 years ago, will be closing. According to Jeff Chon, CEO and founder of Tabu Shabu, headquartered in Costa Mesa, his third location will take over the property’s lease.

Sunscreen Company Finds Its Place in the Fun

RETAIL: ‘Funscreen’ Trademark Colors and Shelf Space on Target

Sometimes, you don’t get it right on the first try — just ask Coola LLC founder and CEO, Chris Birchby.

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North Park’s Paesano’s to Close; Tabu Shabu Will Take Over Lease

According to Jeff Chon, CEO and founder of Tabu Shabu, headquartered in Costa Mesa, his third location will take over the property’s lease.

Making It Special is Key Ingredient for Doughnut Shops

As San Diego continues to establish itself as a culinary destination and with the continual growth of the made-to-order trend, the cookie-cutter version of the donut shop is slowly becoming a thing of the past. Instead, more specialty doughnut shops are popping up around town and offering a more customized approach, including build-your-own options and new flavors like tres leches and Nutella hazelnut that can be topped to customer specification.

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North Park’s Paesano’s to Close, Tabu Shabu Will Take Over Lease

According to Jeff Chon, CEO and founder of Tabu Shabu, headquartered in Costa Mesa, his third location will take over Paesano's lease in North Park.

Co. Is Taking Men’s Grooming Both Seriously and Not So Seriously

For Paul Tran, co-founder and CEO of San Diego-based Manscaped, a company that focuses on what it calls “below-the-waist grooming” products for men, a little bit of humor goes a long way.

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SpringHill Suites by Marriott to Open in Escondido

According to a press release, the 107-suite SpringHill Suites hotel in downtown Escondido will operate as a franchise and will be owned and managed by San Diego-based Excel Hotel Group.

Constellation Brands to Close 2 Ballast Point Brewing Facilities

Constellation Brands Inc., headquartered in Victor, New York, has confirmed the closing of two Ballast Point facilities, including one located in San Diego.

Parks, Zoo Know It Is Their Time to Shine

TOURISM: Summer Heats Up Competition for Tourist Dollars

As summer approaches, attractions in San Diego County, like the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park and SeaWorld San Diego, among others, ramp up their offerings in order to capitalize on the seasonal rush of visitors. For good reason.

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The Patio Group Hires New Executive Chef

Jarrod Moiles, previously executive chef at the Forbes Five-Star-rated Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa in Rancho Santa Fe, will lead the culinary team for Patio, according to a press release.

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Bike Tour Delivers Customers to Downtown Businesses

For over 30 years, the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition has focused on supporting cyclists and improving biking infrastructure through education and advocacy. But, these days, the SDCBC has a new goal in the works.

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BlueNalu Moves to Bigger San Diego Facility

The new Sorrento Valley headquarter is 6,000 square feet and currently employs 12 full-time people with the plan of adding more.

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Constellation Brands to Close Trade Street Ballast Point Brewing Facility

According to a spokesperson for Constellation Brands, the Trade Street R&D brewing facility will “transition over the coming months.”

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Company Brings Plenty of Experience to Its First Local Casino Work

ARCHITECT: Respect and Relationships Are Key Part Of Working With Tribes

For over 20 years, Delawie, a San Diego-based architectural firm, had its hands full as the sole architect for Qualcomm Inc. But, following a lawsuit that kept publicly-traded companies from sole-sourcing and instead required them to select via a bidding process in the mid-1990s, Delawie had some time on its hands.

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Swinerton’s Winning Hand

BUILDING: Co. Cultivates Trust, Dependability and Skill To Win Casino Contracts

In the last few years, an estimated $1 billion has been spent on renovations and expansions of casinos in San Diego County.

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Charlotte Russe Plans a Comeback, YM Inc. Confirms

A month after announcing it would be going out of business and closing all of its stores in 44 states and Puerto Rico, San Diego-based Charlotte Russe Holdings Corp. tweeted on April 11 that it plans on re-opening 100 retail locations.

Tijuana International Airport Gets $95.3 Million Renovation

The five-year renovation on the Tijuana International Airport took place to better accommodate the increase in passenger traffic due to the Cross Broder Xpress, a pedestrian skybridge that connects passengers traveling through TIJ to and from a terminal in San Diego.

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Charlotte Russe Plans a Comeback, YM Inc. Confirms

Jasna Brtan, vice president of human resources at YM Inc., the Toronto, Canada-based company that acquired Charlotte Russe in March, confirmed the tweet via email.

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Niche Role Suits Independent Theater

Despite a growing trend in the movie theater industry toward the high-end and flashy, Encinitas La Paloma Theatre, one of few single-screen, independent movie houses in San Diego, stays chugging along.

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Stone Brewing Co. to Close Berlin Brewery

The new owners of the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Berlin will be Brewdog, longtime friends of Stone Brewing Co. and headquartered in Scotland.

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Coming Attractions Vital At High-End Theaters

CINEMA: Innovation Is a Must In Competitive Media Sector

The high-end movie theater trend isn’t new.

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