Mariel Concepcion

Reporter

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

Recent Stories

Comic-Con Museum is Set to Open in Summer 2021

TOURISM: Nonprofit Has Reached Halfway Mark of $34M Funding Goal

San Diego will finally open the doors to the highly anticipated Comic-Con Museum next summer.

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Asian Street Food Sees Boom During Pandemic

From Korean Fried Chicken to Chinese Take-Out, Demand is High

San Diego has long had an Asian food presence. Convoy Street in Kearny Mesa is home to nearly 100 Asian restaurants, from Korean BBQ to ramen places to sushi and Thai. In fact, the 1.5 mile long stretch has been touted as America’s No. 1 Asian restaurant row.

A Not-So-Distant Getaway

Hotels Offer Packages to Entice the Locals; Working Adults and Students Check In

Through unique packages that include logistical amenities like fully equipped work spaces and connecting rooms for families, a number of San Diego-based hospitality companies are hoping to entice locals and those within the drive-in market.

Festival Reimagined as Drive-In Experience

Foundation Launches Online Platform for Live Streaming

In response to COVID-19, the 2001-founded San Diego Film Foundation has reimagined its annual San Diego International Film Festival event this year.

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SD Legion to Open Season in March 2021

Major League Rugby has announced its 2021 season will start on March 20 and will continue for 18 weeks.

City of Oceanside Awarded $69M for Pure Water Project

The funding will be used to finance nearly half of the city’s $158 million Pure Water Oceanside project, to be completed in 2022.

Birch Aquarium Makes STEM Approachable for Students

EDUCATION: Virtual Youth and School Group Programs Cater to Multiple Ages

Inspired by the success of its Virtual Summer Learning Adventure Camps, which served 1,361 students, Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego has launched a couple of new online education offerings catering to both teachers and parents.

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6 New Restaurants Opening at UCSD

Plant Power, Fan-Fan, Tahini Slated to Open by Early 2021

The University of California San Diego is adding a heapful of restaurant options to San Diego’s already robust food and beverage scene.

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Damaris Express Launches Online Reservations

TRANSPORTATION: CBX Shuttle Company Expanding Reach

Since launching in 2016, Damaris Express Inc., the Otay Mesa-headquartered ground transportation provider, relied on walk-up customers.

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San Diego Zoo Global Takes Fundraiser Virtual

For First Time in its 36-Year History, Gala Event is held online

Since 1984, San Diego Zoo Global has hosted its “Rendezvous in the Zoo” (R.I.T.Z.) celebratory and fundraiser gala at the peak of summer, held at the San Diego Zoo and attended by roughly 1,000 guests at up to $500/per ticket.

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San Diego Symphony Appoints Two Senior Managers

Myra Garcia is its new vice president of institutional advancement, and Craig Hall is vice president of marketing and communications.

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Stone Brewing Hires New CEO

HOSPITALITY: Maria Stipp Brings a ‘Meld of Skills’

Maria Stipp is no stranger to the executive suite. From 2015 till March of this year, she was CEO of Lagunitas Brewing Company, now owned by Heineken International and with revenue of $228 million in 2016. Now, Stipp has added a new title to her impressive resume. Effective Sept. 14, Stipp is the new CEO of Stone Brewing.

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Port of San Diego CEO Announces Retirement

Coniglio’s retirement date has not been set.

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Birch Aquarium Makes STEM Approachable for Students

EDUCATION: Virtual Youth and School Group Programs Cater to Multiple Ages

Inspired by the success of its Virtual Summer Learning Adventure Camps, which served 1,361 students, Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego has launched a couple of new online education offerings catering to both teachers and parents.

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San Diego Zoo Global Appoints David Franco as Chief Financial Officer

San Diego Zoo Global has appointed David Franco as its chief financial officer.

Carnitas Snack Shack Becomes Padres Viewing Destination

Management Works to Emulate Ballpark Experience

Carnitas’ Snack Shack, a Grain & Grit Collective hospitality group restaurant located on the Embarcadero, is offering its patrons a true Padres game ballpark experience.

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Fashionphile to Launch Authentication Tech

RETAIL: Secures $38.5M in Series B Funding to Speed Growth

Fashionphile Group, LLC, the $200 million online fashion resale corporation based in Carlsbad, is growing its operation.

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Zoo Names New Chief Conservation Officer

LEADERSHIP: Nadine Lamberski Will Further Develop Conservation Efforts

In an effort to increase focus on conservation science and wildlife health, San Diego Zoo Global has appointed Nadine Lamberski as its new chief conservation officer and wildlife health officer.

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Mobile Canning Co. Sees Increased Demand During Pandemic

BEVERAGE: Customer Count Up by 25% Since COVID-19, Revenue Projected to Reach $4M This Year

Mobile West Canning increased its customer count by about 25% the last few months. Now, revenue for 2020 is expected to reach — and possibly surpass — $4 million.

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Founders of Puesto to Launch Italian Food Concept

Marisi Italiano Will Debut in 2021 at the Former Whisknladle Restaurant in La Jolla.

The founders of Puesto Mexican Artisan Kitchen & Bar are growing their portfolio.

Stone Brewing Names Maria Stipp New CEO

Stipp will oversee Stone’s East and West Coast brewing production facilities, two Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens locations, seven Stone Brewing Tap Room locations and distribution to all 50 states and more than 40 countries.

SeaWorld Reopens for Weekends

TOURISM: Encourages Visitors to Explore Outdoor Animal Exhibits

After being closed for almost six months due to the coronavirus pandemic, SeaWorld Entertainment reopened SeaWorld San Diego on Sunday, Aug. 28, at limited capacity and for a limited time for now.

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Grain & Grit Collective Teams with Padres

Carnitas will include 5ft x 8 ft LED mega screens on its outdoor patio alongside the Embarcadero waterfront, which will air all home and away games.

Hyatt’s Alila Marea Beach Resort Comes to Encinitas

Marks First Build and Second Location in U.S. for Brand.

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Puesto Owners Sign Lease for Former Whisknladle

Alex Adler, along with brothers Eric and Alan and cousins Isodoro and Moy Lombrozo, signed the lease for the former Whisknladle space in La Jolla Village, located next door to the original Puesto location.

Bumble Bee Wants Consumers to Rethink Shelf Stable Tuna

FOOD: San Diego Company Releases Multi-Million-Dollar Advertising Campaign

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Trust Group Continues to Expand

Owner Opens Ice Cream Shop and Butchery Amid Pandemic.

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Family Fun Centers Return to San Diego

RECREATION: Sons of Co-Founder, Set to Revive Local Amusement Parks.

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Jamul Casino Opens ‘The Rooftop’ Venue

Will Temporarily Function as Exclusive Space for VIP guests.

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Craft Breweries Turn to Off-Premise Sales Amid Continued Lockdown

MANUFACTURING: Shift to Grocery and Liquor Stores Part of Recovery Efforts

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Airport Focuses on Regaining Flights

Working With Domestic, International Airline Partners to Rebuild

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Two Margaritaville Properties Coming to San Diego

HOSPITALITY: Hotels Planned for Mission Bay and the Gaslamp Quarter

San Diego Zoo Global Names New Chief Conservation Officer

Nadine Lamberski will lead a team of conservation scientists, researchers, wildlife nutritionist and veterinarians and will further develop San Diego Zoo Global’s conservation efforts.

Museum of Man Changes Name to Museum of Us

Looks to be More Inclusive, Hopes to Continue to Inspire Human Connections

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Restaurateur Thinks Strategically, Refuses to Rush Reopening

DINING: Malarkey Rebrands Venues and Changes Formats; Says Cautious Approach Saved Him Cash

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San Diego Beer News Website Launches

The San Diego Beer News website will include: articles, guest columns from industry insiders, a map listing San Diego-based breweries and job listings within the local scene.

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Chuze Fitness Takes Its Chula Vista Gym Outdoors

Family-Owned Chain Will Also Launch On-Demand Programs

University of San Diego Launches CBD Certificate Program

The programs are in four study areas: The Business of Cannabis, Cannabis Agriculture Horticulture, Cannabis Law & Policy, and Cannabis Healthcare & Medicine.

Portside Pier Complex Debuts

DINING: Restaurants Projected to Generate $26M Annually

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Local Westfield Malls Launch Family-Friendly Activities

RETAIL: Events are Effort to Encourage San Diegans to Safely Come Back to Centers.

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Ballast Point, Alesmith Brewing, Others Team for Black is Beautiful Brewing Project

The Black is Beautiful project is a national collaboration to raise awareness for the injustices of people of color, according to organizers Weathered Souls Brewing, a black-owned brewery in Texas.

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San Diego Women’s Foundation Names New Executive Director

Cook's previous role at the San Diego Women's Foundation was manager of programs and member engagement.

San Diego International Airport Adds First JetBlue Flight to New Jersey

JetBlue is the only carrier to offer nonstop service to two New York area airports from SAN.

Liberty Station Gets Creative With Recovery Efforts

Moves Service Businesses Outdoors; Allows Other Operators To Share Patio Spaces

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Power Digital Acquires Covet Public Relations

The partnership with Covet PR will allow Power Digital to offer new and existing clients a “comprehensive, thoughtful approach to full-funnel marketing.”

Black Chamber Raises Over $500K Toward Goal of $1M to Aid Black Businesses

RELIEF: Ongoing Effort is in Response to 95% Being Shut Out of PPP Program

$50M CH Projects Turns to Alternative Concepts

RESTAURANTS: Launches Pop-Up Burger Model in Front of Born and Raised Steakhouse, Opens Liquor Store Only at Raised by Wolves

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San Diego International Airport Adds Route to Santa Barbara on Alaska Airlines

Beginning November 20, the route will land at the Santa Barbara Airport and marks the 29 destination Alaska services from SAN.

Private Jet Industry Sees Uptick Amid Coronavirus Concern

Schubach Aviation, Latitude 33 Aviation, Jet Methods See Double-Digit Growth

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Museum of Man Changes Name to ‘Museum of Us’

Formally adopted by the Board of Trustees on June 24, the Museum of Man will now be called the Museum of Us.

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