Foodie favorite Wooden Spoon closes

The Wooden Spoon, which opened in February 2015 and immediately began making a splash among foodies everywhere for its “comfort food redefined” as in made with a gourmet flair, has closed at its 805 E. Valley Parkway location next to the now defunct Wedeking’s Bakery. The Wooden Spoon was owned by Jesse Paul and his wife Catherine. It specialized in […]

Celebrate the holidays under the City Hall rotunda with Community in Unity

Now that the holidays are upon us, it is time for the 9th annual Community In Unity event presented by the Escondido Chamber of Commerce. This year’s event will be taking place on Thursday, December 5 , from 5:30 – 8 p.m. If you’re not aware, Community in Unity is THE festive, social event held under the rotunda at Escondido […]

10th annual Shop Small/Small Business Saturday will be November 30 in Escondido

In 2010 small businesses were hurting from an economy in recession. In an effort to support local shops that make our communities strong, American Express launched Small Business Saturday on the Saturday after Thanksgiving to encourage people to Shop Small and bring more holiday shopping to small businesses. Now in its 10th year, Small Business Saturday continues to be an […]

Comedy Club opens with a bang

The Grand Comedy Club opened over the weekend with a bang and a beer and wine license.  Comedy Club owner Adam Wasserman learned that his beer and wine license was active at 2 a.m. on Friday and rushed around that day loading up on brews and vintages to lubricate the laughs for the opening weekend of the only comedy club […]

Iconic donut shop closes

One of our loyal readers who just returned from a vacation out of Escondido reports that the iconic Marte’s Donut Shop, has closed. The donut shop was located at 1131 E Washington Ave. (corner of Ash and Washington) and had operated for more than four decades, serving sweet treats to generations of Hidden City residents. 

North County’s first comedy club opens this week on Grand Avenue

The first comedy club in North County, the Grand Comedy Club, is set to open this weekend at 340 E. Grand Ave., formerly the old Il Forno pizza restaurant. Oh yes, they also serve pizza. And the following weekend, if the fates (and  bureaucrats) smile, they may also serve beer and wine along with the laughs.  “We are waiting for […]

Grand Avenue Festival happens on an ideal fall day

Another iteration of the Grand Avenue Festival has come and gone, and it was held on an ideal fall day in historic downtown Escondido.  Unlike the weather for the May version, this past Sunday was near perfect with classic blue skies and warm temperatures—very much akin to what you’d call Chamber of Commerce weather. Which makes sense since the semi-annual […]

Owner of Spice & Tea Exchange finds his dream job

The teas bring in customers to the Spice & Tea Exchange at the Westfield mall, but the numerous exotic spices and spice mixes keep them sticking around and coming back. While I was interviewing Joel Meek, the proprietor of the Spice & Tea Exchange, a man came into the store and bought a half dozen packages of teas and spices. […]

Fostering a healthy business community

I’m going to cover several business related topics this week,  so please follow along. First, a large “Chamber congratulations” goes out to Escondido’s own Jack Raymond for his latest recognition as Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The Chamber will be there as Jack will be presented his award Monday, November 4 at their annual luncheon. And, […]

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