SDBJ WEEKLY EDITION

Latino-Owned Food Businesses Thrive

DINING: Region Boasts a Plethora of Hispanic Culinary Offerings

San Diego’s proximity to Mexico and rich Hispanic heritage has undeniably helped shape its gastronomic identity.

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Soapy Joe’s Celebrates a Successful Decade

RETAIL: San Diego Car Wash Business Has Cult-Like Following

Soapy Joe’s CEO Lorens Attisha “stumbled” across his first car wash by accident 20 years ago while considering investment opportunities in the San Diego area. “The business was closed and in foreclosure,” he said. “But I looked at it and thought, ‘This could be a great opportunity.’”

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Birch to Welcome Little Blue Penguins

Special Habitat Will Open Next Summer

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego will soon welcome new “tiny” tenants.

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Restaurants Make Michelin Guide

Five Area Food Places Added to New 2021 California Selection

San Diego County continues to grow its presence on the coveted Michelin Guide lists.

Children’s Book Co. Sees Growth with Direct Model

PUBLISHING: Puppy Dogs & Ice Cream Projected to Reach $30M in Revenue in 2021

In 2020, Puppy Dogs & Ice Cream, a Del Mar-based children’s book publishing company founded in 2017, sold 1.35 million books.

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They’re Back

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Coming up in a few weeks, San Diego will be the scene of the largest real estate event as the National Association of Realtors will hold its annual conference and expo at the San Diego Convention Center from Friday, Nov. 12 through Monday, Nov. 15.

Jack in the Box Has Big Plans

RESTAURANTS: $1B Co. Focusing on Growth, Opening New Stores

Jack in the Box, the $1 billion fast food chain, has a strategic development plan in place to continue to scale and grow the brand.

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Seeding the Next Generation's Success

NONPROFITS: Junior Achievement Focuses on Financial Literacy

The CEO of Junior Achievement of San Diego County said this week that his organization has not seen any drop in funding or community support since the onset of the pandemic.

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More Routes for Airport

TRANSPORTATION: International Flights Up

Just last week, the Biden administration announced it would lift travel bans for fully vaccinated international travelers starting in November. This includes visitors from the U.K. and the EU, according to reports.

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SDREDC Taps Lisette Islas for New ‘Inclusive Growth’ Role

LEADERSHIP: Position Created to Align Nonprofit’s ‘Programmatic and Governance’ Decisions

The San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC) has appointed Lisette Islas as its first-ever vice chair of inclusive growth.

San Diego Regional EDC: Companies Are Struggling to Keep Up With Resurgent Growth

Surveying the Changing Business Landscape in San Diego

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every facet of life, including how businesses operate.

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Comic-Con Museum to Open in November

TOURISM: Projecting Up to $3M in Revenue Its First Year

Comic-Con Museum, the project spearheaded by The San Diego Comic Convention, the purveyors of Comic-Con International: San Diego, is finally opening in November.

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Westmont Living Names New COO and CFO

HEALTHCARE: La Jolla Co. Operates 17 Senior Communities

Westmont Living, a privately-owned senior living provider based in La Jolla, has named former senior vice president of operations Rob Henderson as COO and Dever Lamkin as CFO.

San Diego Wins Big At Beer Competition

Local Independent Brewers Win 19 Medals This Year

Two Roots Brewing Co., the Kearny Mesa-based non-alcoholic beer company, has won a Great American Beer Festival medal… again.

Cutwater Spirits Continues Upward Trajectory

BEVERAGES: RTD Category Records Record Growth During COVID-19

Driven by consumer demand, the ready-to-drink category in the United States recorded growth of 62.3% in 2020, in spite - or as a result - of the pandemic. Cutwater Spirits, the Miramar-headquartered distillery known for its lineup of canned cocktails, continues to bear the fruit.

Mentoring Future Leaders

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The North San Diego Business Chamber has a new mentoring program that pairs students with “Emerging Leaders” who can offer them career advice, networking skills or a possible career path to follow.

Sesame Place to Open in March 2022

TOURISM: Park Will Bring More Than 800 Jobs to the Area

San Diego County will soon boast a new theme park; Sesame Place San Diego, a partnership between SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. and Sesame Workshop, has announced a March 2022 opening date.

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Everbowl to Open in Texas This Month

$20M Superfood Chain Plans For 50 More Stores

In June, Everbowl, the Vista-headquartered superfood chain, entered the Los Angeles market. Now it is expanding into yet another territory: Texas.

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Callaway Stock Up Nearly 30% in 2021

SPORT: Co. Raises Guidance for Q3, Full Year

When Callaway Golf raised financial guidance for Q3 and full-year 2021 earlier this month, President and CEO Chip Brewer said the Carlsbad-based company was successfully “navigating the rapidly changing business environment resulting from COVID-19.”

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Port Mulls Zero Emission Plan

TRANSPORTATION: Focus Is on Air Quality

The Port of San Diego may mandate that by 2030, trucks hauling freight to and from the 10th Avenue Marine Terminal and National City Marine Terminal be Zero Emission Vehicles.

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How to Build a Reputation Management Plan for 2022

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World Trade Center Seeks 15 Companies for Accelerator

NONPROFIT: Export Assistance Available Through Program; Application Deadline Is Nov. 15

San Diego small businesses have a new opportunity to enter the sprawling marketplace that is the world.

Tipsy Elves Clothing Finds New Home

The $70M Co. Moves to Wells Fargo Plaza Downtown

Tipsy Elves Clothing, the $125 million company that designs creative and memorable apparel, has found a new home.

Brixton Inc. Expanding Brick-and-Mortar Footprint

RETAIL: Stores in Long Beach, Oceanside, Inland Empire and Japan Opening This Year

Brixton Inc. is expanding its brick-and-mortar footprint. Headquartered in Oceanside, the privately owned premium apparel and accessories brand recently opened a 1,600 square foot store in Long Beach.

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NASSCO to Study Oiler Construction

Navy Awards $25.6 Million Contract to Improve the Building Process

The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics NASSCO a $25.6 million modification to previously awarded contract for additional special studies and cost reduction implementation studies in support of the John Lewis-class fleet replenishment oiler ships.

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Collaborating

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Collaborating with Reality Changers, an organization that prepares youth to become first-generation college graduates, San Diego-based Robolink taught 2nd through 12th grade students in robotics, artificial intelligence and fundamentals in coding.

Jazzercise Plans for More Strategic Growth

FITNESS: $74M Co. to Offer Bundled Membership Plans in Early 2022

Jazzercise Inc., the Carlsbad-based aerobics and dance fitness brand, continues to strategize to increase market share.

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Butterfly Invests in Chosen Foods

Partnership Will Help Fund Global Expansion

Chosen Foods, the Downtown-based avocado-centric brand, has received a notable investment from Butterfly.

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