Business

Waiting for $1.99 a gallon gas and Ladeau

 Waiting for Godot had nothing Saturday on waiting for Ladeau — and his APEX Fuels gas tanker. With a special promotional price of $1.99 and 9/10 cents per gallon of regular unleaded — $2.09.9 and $2.19.9 for higher grades — a line of vehicles snaked around the station and the block. Nobody moved. Pumps were dry with a third gas tanker of the day on…


Three Escondido projects awarded $7.5 million in state water grants

Escondido farmers, habitat and conservation lovers and San Diego Zoo Safari Park visitors got some good news this week as the San Diego County Water Authority announced that $7.5 million in state water grants were awarded locally. “The city of Escondido received a $2 million grant for recycled water,” San Diego County Farm Bureau executive director Eric Larson said at the group’s E Valley Parkway…


Active vs. passive portfolio management

 Proponents of active portfolio management believe that a skilled investment manager can generate returns that outperform a benchmark index. Advocates of passive investing argue that the best way to capture overall market returns is to use low-cost index-based investments. All investing involves risk, including the potential loss of capital, and there can be no guarantee that any investing strategy will be successful. A portfolio invested…


’Tis the season to shop, shop, shop

From The Escondido Promenade to Westfield North County regional mall, from Grand Avenue to Welk Village, holiday shopping is in the Great Grapevine air. The National Retail Federation expects U.S. Holiday shopping to increase by 3.7 percent this season. Top-selling items so far this season included Lego Star Wars, the Barbie Dream House, Samsung 4K television sets and Apple Inc’s iPad Mini. Star Wars toys…


Stone Brewing Co. going where no U.S. craft brewer has gone before

America’s ninth largest craft brewer, Escondido’s very own Stone Brewing Co,. is poised to become an international first with a twist Stone debuts the first European-based brewery built, owned and operated by a U.S. craft brewer in March. They’re doing it in the land of Oktoberfest and all things beery, Germany, and its premier city, Berlin. “Most people think it’s an odd thing that an…


Iconic Major Market has gone to the Stumps

Escondido’s iconic upscale supermarket, Major Market, has gone to the Stumps. That’s Stump’s Family Marketplace with an upscale market at Ocean Beach Stump’s wasted no time taking over the Major Market brand either, quickly rebranding the store’s Facebook sites. Actually, it was a week of coming and going for Stump’s, which had its 10,000-square-foot Rancho Santa Fe outlet closed after landlord Susan Wooley raised the…


New2U Consignment and Gifts combines community with value

Tim McClintic knows a good deal. So, too, do his customers at New2U Consignment and Gifts, 115 W. Grand Ave., between Champions Family Restaurant and Vincent’s. McClintic is a retail entrepreneur always looking for the next, best deal. The 2007-08 Great Recession provided the impetus to get this guy on the go, on the go. Involved in the motorcycle industry for a long time, he…


San Elijo Hills Business Expo shares a fine day of early holiday shopping

It was all about sharing as San Elijo Hills was alive withe sound of neighborhood networking recently. The San Elijo Hills foundation and its neighborhood Share Magazine hosted a grand gathering on the big lawn featuring 80 vendors with local community ties. Free to attend, the Saturday Business Expo made for a fun afternoon of connection and community building at the Town Square. The aim…


Mall movies, Haggen, TOT, Hager Pacific, NAPP, Nordahl Marketplace, say what?

Movie madness at Westfield North County With cable, satellite, Netflix, Youtube and and Apple TV, among other outlets, who said going to the movies was out of style? Not Westfield North County. Even as the Westfield Corporation said it was selling fellow regional Westfield Carlsbad mall to Rouse Properties, it announce3d a new 10-screen theater headed to its Escondido mall. The theater will be built…


Escondido company devises process to convert medical waste into reusable energy

Waste in, green out? Escondido might not be known for waste management services industry innovation, but one such locally based company announced Thursday it had developed a new process to convert red  bag medical waste into renewable energy that is returned to the electrical grid. While processes like that exist, this is one of the first of its kind in California. Escondido-based Ingenium, an environmental…