Business

Smokey’s Lake Wohlford Café adapts to the ‘new normal’

Smokey’s Lake Wohlford Café at 25484 Lake Wohlford Rd., Escondido has reopened and is adapting to the ‘new normal” regulations, including Monday’s newest restrictions from the San Diego County Health Department. The café and bar is open for outdoor dining in full compliance with the County’s guidelines and the fire department’s approval. “We’ve had to adjust and adapt to the […]

Local Assistance League sets July 14 for thrift/consignment operations reopening

The Assistance League of Inland North County — like every other organization these days, whether business or service provider – was forced for a time to shut down its primary source of funding: its popular thrift and consignment store at 2068 E. Valley Parkway. And if you’re an all-volunteer, non-profit agency, reopening can take a little more time, and even […]

Sears closes at Westfield Mall

  One of the last remaining Sears stores in San Diego, the Sears in Westfield Mall, has begun closing. Sears has been with the mall since it opened, as one of its anchor stores. Since February of 2019 when Transformco purchased the assets of the troubled national brand, which includes K Mart it has been closing stores all over the […]

Local restaurants working hard to keep employees, customers virus-free


Last week on June 18, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced the mandatory requirement for all Californians to wear a mask, when out in public or in high-risk settings.  A good idea, and Escondido’s local restaurants have been way ahead of him, implementing a whole variety of additional measures for protecting against the virus.  Several that we recently visited or talked […]

We will survive this one—together


Historically speaking, our current state of compliance with the County’s COVID-19 directives are nothing new. A quick Google search on the history of pandemics in Escondido didn’t show much specific to Escondido but plenty of interesting parallels with the 1918 pandemic in San Diego. Business was shut down, masks were required outdoors, and indeed a second wave forced a second, […]

Nordstrom closes in Escondido

After more than 35 years as a cornerstone of the Westfield North County Mall in Escondido, Nordstrom closed its store this week. The upper crust style emporium helped anchor first the North County Fair and then Westfield mall. Nordstrom announced in May that it was closing 16 of its 116 Nordstroms in nine states.  Nordstrom Racks are not being affected […]

Boarding up with a message

On Monday the management of Cute Cakes, a bakery on Grand Avenue, decided to board up the business just in case the demonstrations got out of hand. But they took the opportunity to make some social art that would make plain that they supported the sentiments of the demonstrations. “We decided to make the best out of the situation,” said […]

Escondido woman recognized for business, leadership skills

Melissa Loucas was recently recognized for her business and leadership skills by Elevacity, a leading producer and distributor of nootropic, functional beverage products with a focus on health and wellness.  Her new rank of Royal Crown Ambassador was announced at the company’s annual convention, which was held virtually to encourage connectivity among its salesforce while keeping the community safe. Elevacity, […]

Stone’s expansive gardens will enable social distancing

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in Escondido has reopened, with the one-acre Bistro gardens assisting in making social distancing a pleasure.  With safety the team’s first priority, the bistro has opened its expansive gardens to offer the signature Stone Experience of outdoor dining, world-inspired cuisine and the best in local craft beer.  The bistro’s safety measures meet and exceed […]

Office supply company switched gears during coronavirus pandemic


Glennie’s Office Supply, which has served Escondido businesses for more than five decades, had to make drastic changes in its business model and become even more nimble on its feet to survive during the pandemic. It made those changes without ever altering its philosophy of promoting Escondido’s businesses first.  In fact, Glen Burford, VP of Business Development, created a webpage […]


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