Escondido Chamber to hold 2nd Annual Patriotic BBQ

Nothing says summer like the smells of a good ol’ fashioned barbecue, and that’s exactly what will be happening at the Chamber of Commerce office next week. On Tuesday, July 16 the Escondido Chamber of Commerce will host its 2nd Annual Patriotic BBQ … and you’re invited to attend.  Taking place at their facility at 720 N. Broadway from 5 […]

Lord Puffer to celebrate 2nd anniversary August 17

Lord Puffer Tobacconist in Escondido will celebrate its second anniversary with “Fuente Fever 2019” August 17, from noon to close.  The first “Fuente Fever” last year raised $60,000 for underprivileged children in the Dominican Republic, while providing a venue for several hundred cigar lovers to dine, smoke and network. All in a good cause: the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation (,) […]

Last minute effort to save Roynon museum fizzles: but may not be dead

Sometimes we don’t appreciate something precious until it is gone—or nearly gone. That appears to be the case with the Roynon Museum of Earth Science & Paleontology on Grand Avenue. When the museum announced in May it would be closing at the end of June suddenly people began turning out in their hundreds to get one last look at what […]

Stone Brewery unveils a new menu and it’s a doozy

Times-Advocate writer and editor David Ross and “On the Menu” columnist Jamie Zeller visited Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens in Escondido last week to sample some favorites from their new completely reimagined globally inspired menu.  Both of us are dedicated “foodies,” although Dave makes no affectation to being a great cook like Jamie is. Dave can make scrambled eggs […]

BIZstory: Take your car out to EAT!

Escondido Auto Tech – Gourmet service for your car! Expert auto repair, foreign and domestic. Escondido Auto Tech is located on the west side of North Ivy Street between East Valley Parkway and East Pennsylvania Avenue, directly across Charlie’s Restaurant. Jim Tisch was born in Glendale California, was adopted as an infant and raised by his loving adoptive parents in […]

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 […]

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