escondido business

Goodwill Industries Thrift Shop digs out from El Nino damage

Even as Escondido’s venerable Goodwill Industries Thrift Shop was being cleaned up after El Nino huffed and puffed and blew it’s roof down, donations kept coming. And Goodwill officials already were looking toward a grand re-opening celebration, the entire community invited. “We’re still accepting donations here,” said Beth Forsberg, Goodwill Industries of San Diego County vice president, retail and operations, standing in the shadows of…


Food for fines went fine, volunteering and more Escondido community news

Library ‘Holiday Food for Fines’ program deemed successful Escondido Public Library’s principal librarian Joanna Axelrod didn’t mince words. “Escondido Public Library’s annual Holiday Food for Fines program proved once again to be very successful,” Axelrod said. “During the collection drive, which ran from Monday, Nov. 30 through Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, the Library accumulated 50 crates of food weighing an estimated 1,500 pounds.” The program lets library…


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…


Save $$$ with Escondido Promenade coupons, contest; support The Grapevine

COUPON CONTEST: Person with the highest verified sales ticket at one of the stores featured in the Escondido Promenade coupon ad wins free membership to exclusive Beau View Ranch. Contest ends Dec. 24. Receipt copy should be e-mailed to EscondidoGrapevine@gmail.com by Dec. 31. Escondido Promenade, the 300,000-square-foot mega-mall at Valley Parkway and Interstate 15, is the place to go this holiday season for anything you…


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…


Briefly Speaking: Queen Califia’s Magical Circle, CSUSM business, El Nino preps

Queen Califia’s Magical Circle open two days in December Weather permitting, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park, 3333 Bear Valley Parkway, will be open to the public on two days in December: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m Saturday, Dec. 12, and Sunday, Dec. 27. Queen Califia docents will be on site to answer questions. Queen Califia’s Magical Circle is the only American…


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…


‘It’s all about the dream’ at Cute Cakes during The Wedge, Escondido

Wedge was the deal. Cute Cakes Escondido Bakery & Cafe was the place. It was a match made in marketing heaven, not to mention the tastiest venue in all the land. A family affair, Cute Cakes has been known for years around the Hidden Valley. Jill and David Reilly started small, but exceedingly sweet, in a tiny space in a nondescript outdoor shopping center populated…