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Jerome’s Furniture Setting Up Shop in Murrieta

Jerome’s Furniture Inc., a locally based furniture retailer, said Feb. 1 that it plans to open its sixth store in Murrieta. The store will occupy 40,000 square feet formerly used by Levitz Furniture at 24410 Village Walk Place. Levitz filed for bankruptcy in 2007.

The new Jerome’s store will employ 35-40 people and bring the chain’s total employment to 370. Grand opening festivities are scheduled for Feb. 13.

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Family-owned Jerome’s, founded in 1954, said it has long been considering a store in the Temecula-Murrieta area, and that it intends to expand its footprint in Southern California.

— Brad Graves

Rancho Santa Fe

New Product May Have Kids Eating Out of Firm’s Hands

Responding to the tendency of very young artists to put art supplies in their mouths, Bluedominoes Inc. announced in January that it has introduced its second product, a line of eco-friendly finger paints made with food-grade ingredients.

The products are free of the eight most common food allergens, including gluten and soy. They are free of toluene, synthetic chemicals and dyes, and contain no toxic substances such as lead, mercury and arsenic.

Debbie Lindgren and Linda Manaster sell their products under the Bluedominoes Safe Art brand. The business started by marketing activity dough, similar to Hasbro’s Play-Doh. Bluedominoes is seeking patents on both product lines, according to the company Web site.

— Brad Graves

Vista

City Paving the Way for BMW Car Dealership

The City Council unanimously approved lending $5.7 million from its general fund to the city redevelopment agency to purchase a warehouse formerly occupied by a Circuit City store.

The agency plans to lease the property at 1715 Hacienda Drive to a BMW car dealership.

As part of an ongoing plan to redevelop its downtown, the city has purchased several lots in the past year, spending $30 million, according to Bill Rawlings, the city’s redevelopment director.

— Mike Allen

San Diego

Revolver Boutique Takes Its Shot at Selling Used Clothes

Revolver Boutique in Pacific Beach at 1416 Garnet Ave. opened for business recently.

The business replaces another used clothing place that occupied the same address, but owner Gabe Galvez said he is bringing a “higher end look and feel with better quality merchandise at great prices.”

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

— Mike Allen

Encinitas

Running Skirts Store Hopes It Fits in Downtown Scene

Running Skirts, a line of fitness apparel for females, has opened a downtown flagship store at 676 Second St.

Owners Christy Baker and Cindy Lynch, identical twin runners, began their business five years ago, selling running skirts online and at local fitness expos.

“My sister Christy sews and had a clothing line at the time,” Lynch said. “I talked her into running her first marathon.”

Their new store, which has five employees, will carry their signature line of running skirts, which cost between $58 and $68, along with running accessories such as headbands and compression socks.

— Heather Chambers

San Marcos

Street Sweeping Firm Looks To Clean Up Lemon Grove

Cannon Pacific Services Inc., a locally based business specializing in municipal street sweeping, was recently awarded a five-year contract to provide sweeping and power washing services to the city of Lemon Grove. The contract, valued at $850,000, includes five annual extensions. Cannon Pacific CEO Lee Miller estimated that the company will collect between 4,000 and 5,000 tons of debris during the 10-year period. Cannon Pacific services 12 cities in San Diego County, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps, the state of California and 250 other customers in Southern California.

— Heather Chambers

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