Mariel Concepcion

Staff Reporter

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

Recent Stories

Pechanga Sports Arena Naming Rights Approved

The city will receive approximately $40,000 per year from the Naming Rights Agreement, or approximately $63,000 if the term expires in 2020.

Making Some Changes

Although definitely not new to the neighborhood, some others around town are getting some pretty noteworthy facelifts.

Procopio Expands Office Space

The full-service business and litigation AmLaw 200 firm’s downtown San Diego and Del Mar Heights offices now have a combined 62,000 square feet of space that was either added or refurbished.

Culinary and Music Radio Feature to Air on New S.D. Radio Station

"Lick the Plate" will air Monday through Friday during the first commercial break from 7pm to 10pm.

San Diego Convention Center Corp. Names 2 to Board of Directors

Xema Jacobson, who was involved with the construction of the facility and its 2001 expansion, will serve as 2019 board chair.

Jack in the Box National Franchisee Assn. Sues Jack in the Box, Inc.

Filed in Los Angeles, the breach of contract and implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing lawsuit alleges Jack in the Box failed to perform its contractual duties.

Beverage Entrepreneurs Took Their Idea Back to Schools

RETAIL: College Outlets Are Path to Growth in Crowded Marketplace

While some students his age might have been more inclined to explore the culture of alcohol consumption on campus, it was a whole other type of beverage that then 21-year-old Kevin Gelfand was craving.

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Center of Sustainable Energy Names President

His appointment comes after an extensive nationwide search was done, says the release.

Callaway Acquires Jack Wolfskin Outdoor Apparel Co.

The acquisition is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019.

San Diego Convention Center’s Bigger Bay Boom: A $1.1 Billion Impact

The economic impact of the San Diego Convention Center is anything but small.

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Hotel’s Holiday Spirit Makes For Good Cookies and Numbers

More and more, businesses are turning to immersive entertainment events — mostly through the holiday season — versus traditional billboards and radio ads to drive traffic to and grow revenue for their properties. For the last three years, the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel has also jumped on that sleigh.

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Marrow Fine to Have a Dazzling Debut at One Paseo

What started as a passion project in 2016 for corporate-executive-turned-designer Jillian Sassone is now a full-blown craftsman jewelry business. Today, Marrow Fine boasts clients like reality star and designer Lauren Conrad, Natalia Cordova Buckley from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Coco, Karrueche Tran from TNT’s Claws and San Diego Business Journal’s very own life sciences and health care reporter, Jared Whitlock.

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Jack in the Box Explores Sales Options, Reports Reuters

This follows Jack in the Box’s sale of Qdoba earlier this year to private equity firm Apollo Global Management LLC for about $305 million cash.

San Diego’s Moxy Hotel Opens

Developed with San Diego-based J Street Hospitality and Azul Hospitality Group, Moxy San Diego is a nine-story, 126-room, millennial-minded boutique hotel in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter.

Changing Tastes, Millennial Market, New Laws Put Distillers in Good Position

Millennials, roughly ranging in age from 21 to 34, may seem relatively young and inexperienced in comparison to baby boomers.

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Restaurant Chain Wants Each Eatery to Have Its Own Flavor

DINING: Food, Art and Welcoming Environment Make an Impression

When San Diego-bred brothers Alex and Eric Adler first had the idea of opening a Mexican-inspired restaurant almost a decade ago, their immediate inclination was to create an upgraded version of the traditional Southern California hole-in-the-wall taco shop.

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Monterey Financial Holdings, LLC, Appoints New CEO

Chris Hughes, who recently served as president and CEO, will assume the role of Executive Director.

Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Names Bret Schanzenbach as CEO

Prior to joining the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, Schanzenbach served as CEO of the Vista Chamber of Commerce since 2009.

Delivery Apps Bring Fresh Challenges to the Dining Scene

FOOD: As Eateries Struggle To Make Profit With Tech, Ghost Restaurants Open

The boom in food delivery apps available in San Diego has mushroomed exponentially the last several years. And, data shows they aren’t going away anytime soon.

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Cleaning Co. Sees Chance to Shine By Tackling Dirty Jobs

Good customer service goes a long way. Just ask Green Guard Services Inc. President and CEO Nathan Leathers.

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Labor Dispute Prompts Two Weeks Cancellation for National Lacrosse League

The team’s inaugural home game will now be on Jan. 12, against the Rochester Knighthawks at Valley View Casino Center.

Co. Catches the Fish, Then Tries to Hook Customers

FISHING: Awarded Grant To Promote Consumption Of Wider Selection of Fish

One fish, two fish .... The Dr. Seuss storybook title pretty much sums up how Dave Rudie came across his latest fish discovery: opah.

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After First Flight, Airline Looks to Connect With More Travelers

For Solana Beach resident, Sheila Olinger, the convenience of flying out of an airport that is smaller, closer to home and has $5 all-day parking made taking the first-ever California Pacific Airlines flight Nov. 2 from Carlsbad’s McClellan-Palomar Airport a no-brainer.

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Puesto’s Co-Founder Named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30' 2019 List

25-year-old Adler is the only local entrepreneur to make the list this year.

Report: S.D. Wine Industry Generated $50M

The 13-page review shows the local wine industry generated $50 million in overall economic impact, a $19.6 million increase from 2016.

Petco Cuts Out Artificial Ingredients from Pet Food

Starting in January, Petco will remove dog and cat foods and treats with artificial ingredients from store shelves and e-commerce.

44 National Olympic Committees Qualify for ANOC World Beach Games 2019

Shortboard surfing, 3X3 basketball, beach handball and individual kata have all hosted qualification events already.

Caterers Put More Tasks on Their Plate To Profit Year-Round

It was shortly before the Great Recession of 2008-2009 that Tracy Zemke, founder of Personal Touch Dining catering company, switched her business’ focus from corporate events to weddings.

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Phil’s BBQ to Temporarily Close Sports Arena Location

The temporary closure will affect approximately 115 employees, although Phil’s is offering limited opportunities to work at other locations.

Petco Foundation Announces $2.5M to Support Veterans

The Helping Heroes annual campaign will help cover training and placement of former shelter dogs with veterans with physical and emotional disabilities like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Jack in the Box to Lay Off 66 Employees

The positions being eliminated are in areas including IT, finance & accounting, supply chain, and in the human resources and legal departments, company spokesperson Brian Luscomb said.

Jerome’s Furniture Opens Second Dream Shop in Orange County

The store, located in Santa Margarita Towne Center, marks the seventh stand-alone mattress location following the success of previous stores.

A New Steakhouse On The Dining Scene Raises Questions About Market Saturation

During an exclusive hard-hat tour in October of the then soon-to-be-opened $10 million Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse at the InterContinental San Diego hotel in downtown, general manager Michael Manoocheri stated: “There are steakhouses in every corner in this area, but, we hope to stand out by the ambience we’ve created.”

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California Pacific Airlines Takes Flight

The airline debuted Nov. 2 with a flight to San Jose.

Bills Seek to Loosen Distilled Spirits Controls

Ever have a taste for a whisky on the rocks while searching for your shirt size in a store rack? Or the desire to have a rum-and-Coke cocktail while at a shopping center common area?

Supervisors Approve Update of McClellan-Palomar Master Plan

Early October, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved the McClellan-Palomar Airport master plan update. The 20-year plan includes: installation of an engineered materials arresting system at both ends of the runway at the Carlsbad airport; shifting the runway to the north by 123 feet to increase the separation distance between the runway and the taxiway; and extending the runway, possibly in phases, by up to 800 feet for a maximum of 5,700 feet.

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Salami Co.’s New Facility Paying Off In Increased Production and Sales

For Marco Terenghi, chief commercial officer of Olli Salumeria, making salami for the Oceanside-based company is like a scientific experiment for general relativity.

Jana Partners, Jack in the Box Investor, Signs Confidentiality Agreement

The New York-based hedge fund said it had trimmed its holdings in Jack in the Box, down to 1,831,007 shares from 2,050,325 shares during the second quarter.

Tax Changes, Easy Access Make Charters, Private Jets The Way to Go

The Trump administration’s 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which, among other provisions, allows private jet buyers to write off the full amount of their new or newly-purchased pre-owned airplane’s cost on their tax return, is prompting the nation’s wealthiest to drop large wads of cash for their own exclusive winged-digs.

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PriceSmart CEO to Step Down

Jose Luis Laparte’s last day will be Nov. 16.

RAR Hospitality to Open Tapestry Collection by Hilton Hotel in 2020

Located adjacent to America’s Cup Harbor, the 92-room The Monsarez, currently Hotel Point Loma, draws on Portuguese influences with a mid-century modern feel.

Beauty and Style Part of Co.’s Manufacturing and Its Marketing

RETAIL: Architectural Finishes Co. Sources Material Around the World

The Miramar headquarters for DuChateau, a lifestyle brand that specializes in manufacturing high-end architectural finishes, including various types of flooring and wall coverings, looks nothing like a conventional warehouse and every bit like a modern-day rendering of a royal palace.

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Some Taste Tempting Destinations Are Being Added to the Food Map

Duck Donuts in Encinitas. Dog Haus Biergarten in Vista. Surf Rider Pizza in La Mesa. North Italia in Fashion Valley.

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One Paseo Has Inviting Retail Presence

Mixed-use development, One Paseo, based in Carmel Valley and slated to open spring 2019, will welcome three new retailers to the community: the first-ever brick-and-mortar shop from local jewelry designer Marrow Fine; New York-based, family-owned, beach-inspired clothing store Faherty; and San Diego’s Pigment, which sells unique gifts, flora and furniture.

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S.D's Catalina Offshore Products Awarded Grant To Grow Opah Demand

The project is twofold, with one part focusing on broadening the appeal of opah, or "moonfish," and the second to develop new culinary markets for species being discarded by U.S. Pacific Highly Migratory Species fisheries in Southern California.

S.D. City Council Overturns Short-Term Vacation Rental Ordinance

The body had a choice: Repeal the new restrictions or have voters weigh in.

Dexcom Becomes Community Partner for Oct. 27 Navy, Notre Dame Game

The partnership allowed the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl, which is hosting the event, to enhance the marketing efforts for the college football game in hopes of drawing a record number in attendees.

La Jolla Institute and Moores Cancer Center Receive $4.5 Million Cancer Moonshot Award

The funding will go towards research, led by LJI professor Stephen Schoenberger to improve immunotherapeutic treatment for patients with head and neck cancer.

Noah Homes Housing Tapped to Help Develop Plans for Texas Housing Project

A third of the homes will be made available to adults with autism, Down syndrome and other disabilities, while the remainder will be up for purchase to anyone wanting to live within the inclusive community.

Some Eateries Testing Waters Of Craft Brewing

DINING: Profits Stay In-House; Beer Could Sell in Liquor Stores

For a little over two decades, Brigantine Restaurant Corp., founded in 1969 in San Diego, had collaborated with Pacific Beach-based Karl Strauss Brewing Co. for the creation of its house beer, Brig Brew.

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