Mariel Concepcion

Reporter

Email: mconcepcion@sdbj.com
Phone: 646-409-3064

Recent Stories

Spreckels Theater to be Operated by ASM Global

Founded in 1912, the 1,463-seat, six-story Spreckels Theatre was the brainchild of philanthropist John D. Spreckels.

Visit Carlsbad Names New CEO

With this move, Sidoriak will help elevate Carlsbad as a premier tourism destination in Southern California.

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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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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SeaWorld to Launch Tallest Dive Coaster

TOURISM: Emperor Scheduled to Open March 2022

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. will soon set a new record. The Orlando, Fla.-based theme park, accredited zoo and aquarium is scheduled to open the tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster in California in March 2022.

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Hotel del Coronado Completes Phase 3

Front Porch and Lobby Get Restored, Main Entrance Redesigned

The Hotel del Coronado, the historic hotel founded in 1888 and the second oldest business in San Diego County, has wrapped up the third phase of its $400 million Master Plan reimagination.

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Culinary Group Launches New Division

DINING: Part of Effort to Expand Urban Kitchen Group's Market Reach

San Diego-based Urban Kitchen Group, which consists of five Southern California Italian eateries, has launched a new division that will expand its market reach.

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Roscoe’s to Join Local Food Scene

Barrio Logan Chicken and Waffles Restaurant to Open Early 2022

Roscoe’s House of Chicken ‘N Waffles, the Los Angeles-based soul food restaurant chain with a reported revenue of $37 million annually, is bringing its culinary prowess to San Diego County.

Gary Sinise Foundation Launches in S.D.

NONPROFIT: New Chapter Offers Services for Veterans, First Responders

The Gary Sinise Foundation, headquartered in Los Angeles and with a focus on providing support for veterans and first responders, has opened its first West Coast chapter.

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Cultura Leads by Example

SDBJ's Best Places to Work 2021 Small Business Winners

Cultura, the San Diego-based company that designs, furnishes and creates work spaces, practices what it preaches.

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San Diego Tourism Authority Hires New Chief Sales Officer

Schieferdecker currently serves as senior vice president of convention sales at the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Comedy Theatre to Reopen Sept. 3

Shows are Friday and Saturday Nights to Start

The National Comedy Theatre, located on San Diego’s India Street, is marking its return.

Carousel Bar Opens in Little Italy

Wolfie’s Carousel Bar Makes a Full Rotation in 14.5 Minutes

LIttle Italy is now home to San Diego’s first and only rotating beverage bar.

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California Hotel and Lodging Association to Manage San Diego County Lodging Association

SDCLA’s board of directors voted to approve the CHLA management agreement earlier this summer.

Local Retail Co. to Launch National City Food Hall

DINING: Market on 8th Scheduled to Open in September

San Diego’s South Bay will soon get its first food hall. Pacific Point Properties, an Imperial Beach located real estate company, is scheduled to open Market on 8th in September.

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Urban Corps of San Diego County Receives More than $700,000 for Wildfire Safety

Combined, they total more than $673,000 for fire fuel reduction activities in Chula Vista and seven San Diego County preserves.

Timken Museum of Art Receives $50,000 Grant from Conrad Prebys Foundation

The Timken is one of 102 organizations, including 24 visual and performing arts grantees, that received funding from The Conrad Prebys Foundation as part of its summer 2021 grant cycle.

The Conrad Prebys Foundation Approves $1M Grant for Tri-City Hospital

Tri-City Medical Center is home to acclaimed emergency room-based programs in heart attack and stroke care.

Mingei Museum to Reopen Sept. 3

Three-Year, $55M Renovation Completed

After a three-year, $55 million renovation, Mingei International Inc. is readying to reopen its doors.

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Symphony Announces Culinary Program

‘The Shell Provisions’ Created By Frank O'Dea Hospitality

The San Diego Symphony recently revealed details of the new culinary program at its new permanent waterfront venue, The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park.

Slater to Open Pacific Beach Restaurant Collective

DINING: Takes Over Former 4,000 Square Foot Denny’s Location

Scott Slater, better known as the founder of burger chain Slater’s 50/50, has a new culinary venture in the works.

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Port of San Diego Promotes Karen Porteous to EVP, Chief of Staff

Porteous previously served as vice president and chief administrative officer.

The Fans Will Be Back in 2022

TOURISM: 120,000 Attendees Expected at Farmers Insurance Open

The Century Club of San Diego is welcoming back fans to the PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open, the annual professional golf tournament held at Torrey Pines Golf Course each January.

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Vacation Rental Management Platform Expands Local Portfolio

TOURISM: Vacasa Acquires La Jolla’s Seabreeze Vacation Rentals

Vacasa, a vacation rental management platform, wants a bigger piece of the Southern California sunshine.

Delivery Service Expands to San Diego

Gopuff Now Available Across the County

Gopuff, the Pennsylvania-headquartered instant delivery service, has expanded operations to San Diego County.

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Plant Power Opens Second UCSD Location

The new post is at the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood development and marks the ninth restaurant currently open for the company.

Local Sunscreen Co. Still Consumer Favorite

MANUFACTURING: Coola One of Only Three Brands to Show YOY Growth

In 2020, the overall sunscreen category was down approximately 30%. But Carlsbad-based Coola LLC and sister company Bare Republic were two of only three brands to show year-over-year growth.

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Bumble Bee Seafood Co. Appoints New Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development

Shepherd will oversee the company in its efforts to drive new revenue streams, sales, marketing and organizational strategy and product innovation.

San Diego Sets Hotel Sales Record

Total Dollar Volume $621M for First Half of 2021

San Diego County has set a new record high for both the number of individual hotel sales as well as total dollar volume sales, according to Atlas Hospitality Group. The data was released earlier this month as part of the company’s California Hotel Sales 2021 Mid-Year Survey.

SDTMD Helps Boost Tourism Recovery

TOURISM: $28M in Grants for Tourism Marketing Planned for FY2022

The San Diego Tourism Marketing District (SDTMD), a tourism improvement district serving all areas within the City of San Diego, continues to boost tourism recovery in San Diego.

Pura Vida Bracelets Opens First Standalone Storefront

RETAIL: La Jolla Co. Makes Westfield UTC Physical Home

Pura Vida Bracelets, the La Jolla-based company that sells hand-crafted jewelry, is making a permanent, physical home at Westfield UTC.

San Diego Top City for Conferences

This is the second year in a row that America’s Finest City Takes the top spot.

Michelin to Announce New S.D. Additions

California Bib Gourmands and Stars to Be Revealed Sept. 15

For the first time, Michelin, the internationally-recognized culinary rating system, will reveal new additions prior to the release of the 2021 Michelin Guide California Bib Gourmands and Stars in late September.

Local Chef Launches Cooking Oil Line

Chefs Life Custom Blended by Founder/Restaurateur Brian Malarkey

Chef and restaurateur Brian Malarkey has launched his own line of cooking oils.

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Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles Coming to San Diego

The eatery is scheduled to open January 2022.

Del Mar Investment Firm Acquiring Church’s Chicken

RESTAURANTS: High Bluff Capital Partners Now Owns Over a Billion Dollars in Acquisitions

High Bluff Capital Partners LLC, a Del Mar-based private investment firm, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Church’s Chicken, the Atlanta, Georgia, headquartered fast food restaurant chain that specializes in fried chicken.

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Local Hard Kombucha Co. Expands to East Coast

BEVERAGES: Boochcraft Now Available in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maine

Boochcraft, a local hard kombucha company with a reported revenue of over $10 million annually, is now available in the East Coast.

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First Event Kicks Off at Convention Center

TOURISM: 70 More Events on Calendar as Facility Opens Up After COVID-19

The San Diego Convention Center hosted its first event post-COVID-19 last week and the turn-out was promising.

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CH Projects Opens Roman Trattoria

Seneca Restaurant Sits Atop InterContinental Hotel

Consortium Holdings, better known as the restaurant and bar group CH Projects, has opened its latest and 16th project: Seneca restaurant.

Harrah’s to Open Gordon Ramsay Restaurant

DINING: Turns Former Buffet Area to Hell’s Kitchen Food Place

As of 2021, Gordon Ramsay’s net worth is $220 million. Now, the multi-Michelin-starred chef, restaurateur and TV personality is bringing his culinary prowess to San Diego.

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Alcohol Platform Continues to Grow

Speakeasy Co. Now Working With 250 Brands

Speakeasy Co., the Little Italy-based, direct-to-consumer beverage alcohol platform, continues to expand its reach.

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Beacon La Costa Attracts Multi-Million-Dollar Tenants

RETAIL: Sweetgreen, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams to Open in Carlsbad Shopping Center

The Beacon La Costa, formerly La Costa Towne Center located in Carlsbad, is quickly becoming a hotspot for booming food and beverage brands.

KAABOO San Diego to Make a Comeback in 2022

ENTERTAINMENT: Economic Impact Roughly $35 Million Annually

KAABOO San Diego, formerly KAABOO Del Mar, is making a return to San Diego.

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Air Canada Resumes Service to Vancouver from San Diego

Air Canada suspended service in March 2020 due to COVID-19.

Sony Electronics Increases Offerings

Innovative Product Releases to Help Increase Annual Sales

Sony Electronics Inc., the San Diego-based audio/video electronics and information technology products manufacturer, continues to increase its product line.

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Omega 3 Co. Launches Pet Supplements

The Coromega Company Drops Pup Packets

The Coromega Company, Inc., the Vista-based maker of nutritional supplements, wants furry friends to get their nutriments, too.

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Two San Diego Cos. Make Walmart’s Open Call Competition

RETAIL: Both Expect Annual Revenues to Drastically Increase

Two San Diego companies have made it through Walmart’s Open Call.

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Fashion Week S.D. Takes to New York

First In-Person Event Hosted at Sotheby’s

Fashion Week San Diego (FWSD) is taking New York. The organization is marking its return to in-person events with “The Art and Beauty Behind Fashion,” to be hosted in New York City on July 24.

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