Mariel Concepcion

Reporter

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

Recent Stories

Life Time Moves Into La Jolla With Upscale Wellness, Fitness

FITNESS: Company Expects $2 Billion in 2020 Revenue

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San Diego Tourism Authority Names Julie Coker as President and CEO

According to a press release, Julie Coker, currently serving as president and CEO of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, will succeed Joe Terzi, who announced his retirement in 2019 after 10 years in his role with San Diego Tourism Authority.

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Jenny Craig Puts Retail Presence Into Plans

HEALTH: Owner Adopts New Programs, Marketing

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Seven Years of Double-Digit Growth Set Bar High for Juice Co.

BEVERAGE: Suja Keeps It Fresh Having Launched More Than 200 Products

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Paleo Treats Finds A Niche in Diet’s Dessert Market

Couple Tapped Their Crossfit Community for Market Research, Taste Testing

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Athletic Shoe and Apparel Company Keeps Pace With Changes

SPORTS: Chain Adds KORSA, a Brand Based on Customer Input

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San Diego Touri

Terzi announced his retirement in 2019 after 10 years in the role

Garden Fresh Restaurants LLC Hires Raindrop Agency

According to a press release, Raindrop will lead brand and website development, photo and video production, media planning and buying, search marketing, social media advertising, public relations and design for Garden Fresh Restaurants LLC.

American Pizza Manufacturing to Open in La Jolla

Owned and operated by Andrew Melone, American Pizza Manufacturing will sell pizza, pasta, salads and desserts kits with a “mission to encourage families to return to the dinner table,” according to a press release.

Callaway Golf Launches New MAVRIK Line

Callaway Golf, the Carlsbad-based golf equipment and innovation company, announced today the release of its new MAVRIK line of drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and irons.

Team Effort Gives Athletic Apparel Brand $12.6M in Revenue

RETAIL: HYLETE Effectively Using Crowdfunding

HYLETE cultivates a relationship with its customers using their feedback to help shape new products.

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New Operators of Loma Club Plan To Up Its Game

Country Club Cuisine, Cocktail Program Part of Broader Hospitality Appeal

Laura Johnson and Luke Mahoney founded You & Yours Distilling Co., an urban distillery and tasting room in the East Village, in 2017.

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Food Company Forecasts $9 Million in 2020 Revenue

RETAIL: Company Finds Competition, Inspiration in San Diego Market

In July, Business Insider voted San Diego as one of the top 15 cities in the U.S. for startups. In October, the city came in at No. 7 on Wallet Hub’s “Best Foodie Cities in America” list.

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Surf Cup Sports Said to Have $120M Economic Impact

ECONOMY: The Groups Generate $32M Annually Just for Lodging

According to a report gathered and released by San Diego Taxpayers Advocate San Diego Surf Soccer Club, generate $120 million in annual economic impact.

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Wholesalers and Retail Customers Keep Bakers Busy

Gluten Free Baking Co. Finds Niche In What It Leaves Out of Its Goodies

In 2020, after four years of being a wholesale vendor, Clairemont-headquartered Gluten Free Baking Co. will open its first retail site.

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Road Runner Sports Launches KORSA Apparel Brand

KORSA is now available in all 42 Road Runner Sports retail stores across the U.S. and on RoadRunnerSports.com.

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Food Company Forecasts $9 Million in 2020 Revenue

RETAIL: Company Finds Competition, Inspiration in San Diego Market

In July, Business Insider voted San Diego as one of the top 15 cities in the U.S. for startups. In October, the city came in at No. 7 on Wallet Hub’s “Best Foodie Cities in America” list.

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Acquisition Bringing Needed Resources to Before the Butcher

RETAIL: Experienced Team to Expand Products, Footprint in $12 Billion Market

Early last year, Before the Butcher Inc., a San Diego-based company that makes plant-based meat products.

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Miramar-Based Gaya Gaya Restaurant Closes

Owner and chef Danilo "DJ" Tangalin said rent increases forced him to shut the doors to Gaya Gaya Restaurant in Miramar.

Aldi Supermarket Sees More Opportunity In San Diego

RETAIL: Store’s Smaller Footprint, DIY Bagging Reduce Expenses

In 2016, Aldi opened its first store in California — in Chula Vista.

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Flavored Whiskey Is Gaining Favor

MANUFACTURING: Distilleries Pile Into Space With 5.5% Growth

Chocolate. Peanut Butter. Honey. Yes, these are traditional candy bar flavors.

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Distroller Welcomes The Competition To the Field of Play

Toy Store Is Confident in Its Brands and Values

In July, Toys “R” Us announced it was making a comeback in the United States with at least two stores.

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Donovan’s Steak & Chop House Closes La Jolla Location

According to reports, Donovan's Steak & Chop House cites the high cost of doing business in California as a reason for the La Jolla closure.

Modern Times Beer Opens Oakland Location

The House of Perpetual Refreshment, a new location by San Diego-based Modern Times Beer, has opened in Oakland.

Plumbing Company Makes Acquisition, Rebrands To Standout in Crowd

Colepepper Picks Logo That Pops; Updates Web Presence

In November, Carlsbad-based Colepepper Plumbing & Drains acquired local plumbing company, Arthur Brown Plumbing.

Wide Appeal Expected From Renovated Mission Bay Resort

TOURISM: Name Change, $21M Renovation Set to Debut in January

A year after Pebblebrook Hotel Trust became its owner and after completing a $21 million renovation, San Diego Mission Bay Resort will open January 2020.

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Blenders’ Founder Sells 70% Equity Stake In Sunglasses Co.

CEO Says Team to Remain the Same; Co. to Keep P.B. HQs

In early October, Blenders Eyewear founder Chase Fisher told San Diego Business Journal the company had grown its revenue by 300% in the last two years.

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Smokin J’s Opening Brick and Mortar Store in Old Poway

Mobile Business to Go On Back Burner for Now

At its peak and since launching in 2017, Smokin J’s BBQ has averaged 60 events a month.

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Paired With Shops, Winery Flourishes

RETAIL: Environment Is Perfect for Events, Makes It a Destination

Bernardo Winery was founded in 1889. At 130 years old, it is the oldest winery in Southern California.

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You & Yours Distilling Co. New Operators of Point Loma Loma Club

According to a press release, You & Yours Distilling Co. leased the Point Loma Loma Club from Pendulum Property Partners.

Fast-Casual Mediterranean Chain Plans 10th S.D. Location

DINING: Restaurant’s Healthful Reputation Gives It Room to Experiment

In 2018, Daphne’s Inc., a Mediterranean fast-casual restaurant chain, was acquired by Los Angeles-based Elite Restaurant Group for an undisclosed amount.

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Before the Butcher Expands Distribution

Before the Butcher, a San Diego-based company that makes a plant-based meat product called UNCUT, has expanded its distribution and will be rolling out its burger and sausage products in 320 stores this month.

Dinner Lets You Savor Sights, Sounds and, of Course, Food

DINING: Diners and Even Chefs Find a Creative Experience

From February 6, 2020 to March 8, 2020, Dinner With A View will set up its pop-up dining experience — where guests dine in domes — in San Diego’s Liberty Station.

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Colepepper Plumbing & Drains to Rebrand Company

According to a press release, Colepepper Plumbing & Drains' redesign will give it a fresh and contemporary visual presence online and beyond.

Jack in the Box’s Lenny Comma Resigns

Jack in the Box’s CEO, Lenny Comma, will be stepping down.

SpringBoard West Taps Into Music And Mentorship

Band Bootcamp Gives Artists a Learning Experience

SpringBoard West music fest was founded in 2012 and which takes place annually in Ocean Beach.

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Carnival Miracle to Make 13 Homeported Journeys From San Diego

ECONOMICS: Cruise Line’s Local Impact To Reach $26 Million

Seven years since it last departed from the Port of San Diego, Carnival Cruise Line launched its winter schedule.

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BurgerIM Opens Linda Vista Location

According to a press release, BurgerIM is located on Linda Vista Road in Linda Vista.

There May Be Gold in Those Kids’ Goals

App Creator Sees Room For Expansion to Include Books, Possible TV Shows

Seven years after founding BottomZz Up, a potty-training product via her multimedia production company eCubed Designs LLC.

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Blenders Eyewear Gets Acquired

According to a press release, Safilo Group, an international eyewear company, acquired 70% of Blenders Eyewear's equity.

Local Roots Kombucha Acquires Latitude 33 Brewing Facility

According to a press release, Local Roots' acquistion of Latitude 33's brewing facility includes the 16,000 square foot brewery and 20 fermentation vessels located in Vista.

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Middle Eastern Fast-Casual Eateries Spice It Up

DINING: Inviting Atmosphere Seeks to Draw Younger Crowd

Nawar Miri felt Middle Eastern food, unlike Mediterranean food, was underrepresented in San Diego.

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Restaurateur, Investor Thrives in Times of Change, Challenge

LEADERSHIP: Diverse Pursuits All Lead Back To Great Work Ethic

San Diego businessman James Langley wears many hats.

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Carlsbad Flights Connect Skiers to New Mexico Slopes

Region Has Both Outdoor And Cultural Attractions

Taos Air launched out of Taos Regional Airport last year by Taos Ski Valley Inc. in New Mexico, now offering direct flights.

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Jamul Casino Revamps Loft 94 Restaurant, Now Asian-Inspired

According to a press release, the upstairs terrace restaurant, now named Loft 94: Yakitori, Noodle, Craft, has new outdoor yakitori grills, new furnishings, craft cocktails and specialty noodle options like ramen and pho.

Smokin J’s BBQ to Open First Restaurant in San Diego

According to a press release, Smokin J’s BBQ will be located at 14053 Midland Rd. in Old Poway Village and will be open Thursday and Friday from 11am to 8pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 8pm.

QDOBA Up for Potential Sale, Bloomberg Reports

According to a Bloomberg report, Apollo Global Management Inc. is exploring a sale of QDOBA Restaurant Corp. that could be worth up to $550 million, including debt.

Urban Plates Expanding as Revenue Reaches Nearly $54 Million

DINING: Vegan and Plant-Based Offerings Carefully Planned, Executed

Urban Plates is a chef-driven, fast-casual restaurant chain with 18 eateries and three in San Diego County.

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Cos. Find Giving Back Pays In Many Ways

Pure Project Uses 1% for the Planet To Connect With Causes

Boochcraft. Charlie & Echo. Mamma Chia. Everyday California. Pure Project brewing. These are a handful of the dozens of San Diego-based companies to join 1% for the Planet.

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Food Hall Route Fits the Times

DINING: Concept Is Less Costly, Provides Social Setting

Whisknladle Hospitality, a La Jolla-based restaurant group, continues to expand its local food and beverage portfolio with innovative offerings.

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