Mariel Concepcion

Staff Reporter

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

Recent Stories

Coffee Could Be Something Special in Local Agriculture

AG: High-End Crop Targets The Pricey Specialty Market

According to the San Diego County Farm Bureau, San Diego is the top grower of domestic avocados and the No. 1 nursery and floral county in the nation. But these days, local farmers have their eyes set on a new crop: coffee.

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Aroma Listens to Its Retailers, Keeps Eye on Economy

RETAIL: Housewares Co. Relies on Business Sense And Wide Product Line

Although keeping a relatively low public profile since launching 41 years ago, San Diego-based Aroma Housewares, mostly known for its rice cookers and multicookers, has managed to become a recognizable name in the small kitchen electric appliances industry.

Pop-Up Trend Gives Retail a Fun-Size

RETAIL: Versatile Uses Include Promotional Events

When sisters Anne Buehner, 33, and Mary Carr, 26, who have branding and retail experience collectively, noticed an absence in agencies dedicated to creating pop-up experiences in San Diego recently, they joined forces to launch their creative firm, & Boom Unlimited, last year.

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Axis Renewables Opens More International Offices

The new locations will help the company keep up with the growing demand in those regions.

Hotel Industry Is Building on Its Solid Metrics

TRAVEL: In 2018, 77.5% Occupancy Expected; Biz Travel Makes Up 10%

On paper, San Diego doesn’t look very good as far as the hotel industry is concerned.

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Civic San Diego Closes $10M Tax Credit Investment with Ajinomoto Foods

The investment will help finance the addition of a third manufacturing production line in 2019 in Otay Mesa and is expected to generate close to 100 new jobs in the next two years.

Restaurant Group’s Biz Model Is Risky But Rewarding

For David and Lesley Cohn, president and co-founders of Cohn Restaurant Group, the San Diego-based, family-run business which owns and operates 25 restaurants in Southern California and Hawaii, what makes their company successful is the same thing that makes it, for a lack of a better word, difficult.

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#9 Fastest Growing Private Company

Special Report: Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Deanne Gustafson had been an avid bottled-kombucha drinker for years when, during a 2013 trip to Bend, Oregon, with now-husband Jared Gustafson, she discovered kombucha was also on tap.

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Going Places

Tourism: Marketing Agencies Also Take Their Expertise on the Road

Just this June, three months after applying through a rigorous bidding process, San Diego-based Greenhaus, a destination marketing agency that specializes in placemaking and brand development for travel, tourism, hospitality and real estate, was selected to run the Visit Santa Barbara campaign, with hopes of boosting the Central California coast county’s presence as a top travel destination.

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#7 Fastest Growing Private Company

Special Report: Fastest-Growing Private Companies

It was his own battle with obesity that lead Drew Canole, founder of Organifi, down a path of educating others about making healthy choices and living healthy lives.

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