Business

Former mayor named CEO of Building Industry Association

Lori Holt Pfeiler, 63, a former mayor of Escondido, and longtime city council member, and who just completed nine years as CEO of the San Diego affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, was named last week as CEO of the Building Industry Association of San Diego County. Pfeiler will take the helm of the BIA in July, according to an announcement […]

Raising Cane’s needs employees to open new Escondido restaurant

Raising Cane’s is preparing to open one of its chicken finger restaurants in Escondido in early August.  Located at 1280 W. Valley Parkway the new Raising Cane’s will offer the popular brand’s One Love– quality chicken finger meals – with customers through their multi-lane drive-thrus, curbside pickup and online ordering through its mobile app.  Guests will also be able to […]

We’ve got a problem, folks


It’s been a while since we last connected via this newsletter. So, with that being said I’m going to dive right in. We have got a problem folks and the problem isn’t going away until we address it. The marketplace is revved up and ready to open, the issue is staffing. There are plenty of jobs but not enough workers. […]

Expanding economic opportunities


This week Escondido Chamber of Commerce CEO J.R. Rowten invited one of the Chamber’s newest board members to write his column as a guest column.    First of all, let me say “hello” in my native language “Howka”. My name is Hellyaachwehay Quisquis I am the President/CEO of the San Pasqual Economic Development Corporation (SPEDC). I am also a member […]

Carousel of Flowers relocates to Escondido’s El Norte Plaza


Carousel of Flowers, the “brass ring of flowers” has relocated from its East Valley Parkway location of 12 years, and is open for business at its new location, at 200 W. El Norte Parkway, Suite 11, in Escondido’s El Norte Plaza Shopping Center (near the intersection of Center City Parkway.)   Lynn Ike, an Escondido resident and owner of the […]

Escondido welcomes Barrel Republic to Grand Avenue


Tuesday afternoon the Escondido Chamber of Commerce and other dignitaries welcomed the new Barrel Republic to the businesses along Grand Avenue. The opening of the restaurant has been a long time coming; more than two years. It was delayed from happening last year by the advent of COVID, which affected the brew industry in a big way. On the flip […]

Something in the air tonight


You can feel it in the air, the optimism and the pent up demand to get out and breath the fresh air, take a big gulp, smile and begin the process of returning to normalcy. It feels good. And, we’re getting the green light that we can start planning for a Fall Grand Avenue Festival! October will be upon us […]

100 golfers turn out for 23rd annual Chamber Challenge

The Escondido Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the California Center for the Arts, held their 23rd Annual Chamber Challenge Golf Tournament on Monday, April 12 at the Vineyard at Escondido Golf Course.  What started as a brisk, overcast morning eventually became a beautiful day of swings, smiles, and sunny skies. Nearly 100 people came out to support both organizations […]

Small Business Shopping Spree Saturday

Businesses in Downtown Escondido Saturday are participating in the Small Business Shopping Spree. Because those businesses like to spread happiness, they are giving customers a free surprise gift with any purchase at participating merchants. Also on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. will be the 2nd Saturday Art Walk with pop up artists on Grand Avenue. Galleries are open […]

Escondido man opens Jersey Mike’s at Camp Pendleton

Jersey Mike’s Subs opened aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in San Diego County on March 3. Tylor Rasmussen of Escondido is in the U.S. Air Force Reserves and is now part owner in the Camp Pendleton Jersey Mike’s location.  Rasmussen is the operating partner of the store along with franchise owners/area directors Cathy and Mike Brown who own nine […]


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