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Departing Chamber CEO Johnston made her mark


Friday night the Escondido Chamber of Commerce said goodbye to Rorie Johnston, who as CEO led the business organization through an eventful six and a half years. An era where the Chamber modernized its procedures and smoothed out some of its operations. For someone who has been as effective a leader as Johnston, it is remarkable that this job was […]

Escondido Chamber installs new chairman, Matt Pound, bids farewell to CEO Rorie Johnston

The theme of Friday night’s 109th installation of officers of the Escondido Chamber of Commerce was a “Starlit Gala,” included a stirring speech by incoming chairman Matt Pound, and an emotional farewell to the Chamber’s CEO, Rorie Johnston. Pound told the group gathered in the museum of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido:  “The largest challenge I believe we […]

109th Chamber installation Friday: “A Starlit Gala”

One hundred and nine years is a long time. Long enough that it is doubtful that anyone who attended the first formal Escondido Chamber of Commerce event is still around. However, if they were I’m sure they would tell you there was no such thing as “light pollution” in 1910, and you could see stars each and every night here […]

San Diego Oasis recognized as a top nonprofit

San Diego Oasis, a nonprofit organization serving people over the age of 50 with office locations in Escondido and La Mesa, was recognized this week as one of the Top 5 nonprofits in the region and has been awarded a $5,000 grant from Harrah’s Resort Southern California.   Selection was made from over 150 submissions by nonprofits throughout San Diego, […]

BIZstory: BK Cellars, an urban winery with a cosmopolitan setting


BK Cellars Urban Winery & Tasting Lounge is an urban winery located in Escondido, featuring a cosmopolitan tasting lounge with crystal chandeliers, a baby grand piano and “chill” modern lounge music playing for patrons. Walls are covered in rotating displays of artwork provided by Distinction Art Gallery in downtown Escondido. BK’s awesome staff suggest and pour wines while offering friendly […]

Interfaith to celebrate 40 years of service

Interfaith Community Services June 12, will celebrate 40 years of service with its 2019 appreciation event: Honoring the Spirit of Giving and Volunteerism.  The event, which will be held at Interfaith Community Services Betty & Melvin Cohn Center, 550 W. Washington Ave., runs from 5 p.m.–7 p.m.  Interfaith volunteers will be honored as the organization celebrates its next milestone, the […]

Escondido Earns High Marks in the San Diego Business Journal

This month the SDBJ’s “The List” identified the top craft breweries and wineries in the County. Escondido’s Stone Brewing earned the number one spot for breweries, and Orfilia Vineyard & Winery secured the number two spot with Bell Marie Winery coming in at number six on the wineries list.  Gift Card Voucher  June is all about tipping your hat – […]

109th Annual Chamber of Commerce Installation & Awards Dinner…A Starlit Gala

One hundred and nine years is a long time. Long enough that it is doubtful that anyone who attended the first formal Escondido Chamber of Commerce event is still around. However, if they were I’m sure they would tell you there was no such thing as “light pollution” in 1910, and you could see stars each and every night here […]

Bob’s Discount Furniture donates $87,000 at grand opening events

At three grand openings last week, including one in Escondido, furniture retailer Bob’s Discount Furniture gave a $72,000 donation to the Special Olympics plus $15,000 to local schools. These funds were raised as part of the company’s first quarter “Café Collection for a Cause,” one of the many community outreach initiatives the company has committed to since entering the market. […]

Former KPBS corporate development manager named CEO of Escondido Chamber

James Rowten has been selected as the new CEO of the Escondido Chamber of Commerce, named to replace Rorie Johnston, who is moving to Arizona in June.  Rowten is an executive with extensive experience in broadcast marketing.  Rowten’s second day on the job was Wednesday. In the weekly Chamber newsletter, Rowten wrote, “. . . I am fortunate to have […]


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