The San Diego Food Bank has been feeding hungry people and families for years. It’s what they do and they do it well. They distribute food to senior programs, food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, students and school programs. When the COVID19 crisis hit and food demands grew overnight, their staff and volunteers didn’t panic. As the need grew, they simply rose to a whole new level of readiness.
By Maria Mingalone
In the first weeks of the governor’s stay-at-home order, decisions at Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) were made rapidly in an environment that was changing hourly. No one gave us an instruction manual to operate through a pandemic—it was like flying a plane while building it.
In appreciation of the those facing the front lines to keep us safe, Integral Communities partnered with Oceanside flower grower Mellano & Company to deliver 1,500 bouquets to more than a dozen essential service providers, local businesses and community groups including Oceanside Police and Fire departments, Scripps Encinitas, Palomar Health Hospital and the USO at Camp Pendleton. The cheerful gifts were a way to thank first responders and essential businesses, brighten the days of those keeping our communities going, and support the farming community who has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
By Kristi Hawthorne
The staff at the Boys and Girls Club of Oceanside had to scramble and plan quickly to find alternative ways to reach their kids and families amidst the shutdown due to the Coronavirus. The management team started working remotely to provide virtual programming, and within just one week BGCO began offering virtual programs via Youtube featuring the following:
By Kristi Hawthorne
Amanda Gerard’s adaptability and creativity are attributes that she has put to good use. As an avid sewer and designer, she founded a custom clothing boutique in 2018 featuring unique designs with colorful fabrics.
At its July 17th Award & Recognition Luncheon, the Oceanside Chamber recognized several chamber members for their outstanding contributions to our community. The event took place at the El Camino Country Club in Oceanside, with over 160 attendees. In addition to recognizing the “member anniversaries” of dozens of businesses, the Chamber honored six awardees that have served the community in a variety of capacities.
(By Quantal Langford)
Can you stick around long enough to see your work succeed? Do you have enough grit to take a few critical hits and keep going? Or will you get discouraged at the first sign of failure?” - Jeff Goins
(Courtesy of: Eater San Diego Founding Editor Candice Woo)
Downtown Oceanside has a wine destination of its own with the debut of Coomber Craft Wines; the 3,500-square-foot Mission Avenue urban winery and tasting room, which features a 1,700-square-foot back patio, is now open Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.
LAMVIN, Inc. is a manufacturer of custom architectural acoustical products here in Oceanside, California. Opened in 1961, the company’s name was derived from Laminating Vinyl. Under new ownership in the 1980s, acoustical products became their primary focus. (If you’ve ever eaten in a noisy restaurant or café, you can most often attribute the noise level to a lack of “acoustic absorption”. Acoustic absorption reduces sound and echoes by adding soft materials to hard surfaces.)
Women empowering women is on the rise not only in our country but right here in North County San Diego. With over 11.6 million women-owned businesses in the United States, it is no
surprise we have groups of women business owners, in Oceanside, helping each other grow.
Since launching their businesses in the Oceanside community, this group of 6 female
entrepreneurs credits at least a portion of their success to the support and inspiration provided
by fellow female business owners.
These 6 women, Rita Lavasanipour, owner, Yummie Fountains; Kim DeGiulio, owner, Team
Souther - NRL Mortgage; Anastasia Kabitskaya, owner, Slight Edge Salon; Amanda Gerard,
owner, Kylie's Closet; Jyoie (pronounced Joey) Houston, owner, MedRev; and Marcy Browe,
owner, Marcy Browe Photography each own a different type of business with one thing in
common; they have inspired one another to take their businesses to the next level.
On July 12th, the Oceanside Chamber held its annual Awards & Recognition Luncheon to honor over 100 local businesses for their support of the Chamber and community. Dozens of members were recognized for their Chamber membership anniversaries of 5, 10, 15... all the way up to 65 years of membership, celebrated by Orco Block & Hardscape. The Chamber also recognized the excellence of our local business community with the following awards: Small Business of the Year, Education Partner of the Year, Non-Profit of the Year, Green Business of the Year, Citizen of the Year and Elected Official of the Year.
At the February 15th Oceanside City Council Meeting, during the Mayor's Business Spotlight, the Oceanside Chamber was pleased to recognize Lori Boody of the American Cancer Society - Relay for Life as Chamber Member of the Month.
Lori has been a very active member of the chamber, rallying many of our local business community members to participate in Relay for Life Oceanside. In addition to her service to the Chamber and American Cancer Society, Lori has been a business owner for 26 years and a volunteer for numerous community organizations including Oceanside Unified School District, Oceanside Bond Oversight Committee, Oceanside Senior Center and the Oceanside Museum of Art.
Chamber CEO, Scott Ashton and Membership Director David Zumaya joined Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood in recognizing Lori.
FedEx Ground held its official ribbon cutting at their Oceanside Facility today. Congressman Darrell Issa, along with State Senator Patricia Bates, Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood and Oceanside City Councilmembers, Jack Feller and Jerry Kern, were on hand to celebrate with numerous FedEx officials, including District Managing Director, Tim Weber and the facility's Senior Manager, Steve Hillman.
by Scott Ashton
Nestled in the quaint Cape Cod style village of the Oceanside Harbor is one of the community’s treasured establishments, Harbor Fish and Chips. Terry Cross, owner, will tell you that
there is no one in Oceanside more passionate about fish than he is.
Cross was born at Oceanside General Hospital and raised in the same Oceanside home his entire childhood. His dad taught him deer hunting and fishing; and his father-in-law,
Doug McWha taught him how to run a commercial fishing boat when Cross was 20 years old.
by Kristi Hawthorne, from Oceanside Living Magazine
As Oceanside has developed over the years, we have acquired an eclectic array of structures which have been built over different time periods and that represent a variety of architecture styles. However, with time and neglect, once impressive buildings can lose their luster or when left vacant turn to eyesores. The general consensus may lean toward demolition but when a building can be repurposed, our downtown can maintain its history and character.
Last Wednesday, the Oceanside Chamber held its Annual Awards and Recognition Luncheon at the El Camino Country Club. The Chamber, which is celebrating its 120th anniversary this year, recognized dozens of local businesses for their longtime support of the Chamber, including 75 year member, Weseloh Chevrolet.
Several businesses and community partners were also recognized with awards in ten different categories of excellence. Here's a quick look at our award winners:
Small Business of the Year: Ashley's Party Rental
Philanthropic Business of the Year: North County Lifeline
Green Partner of the Year: Green Oceanside
Patriotic Business of the Year: Pioneer Services
Arts & Culture Partner of the Year: KOCT
Innovator of the Year: Tri-City Medical Center
Community Partner of the Year: Genentech
Large Business of the Year: Gilead
Oceanside Chamber Citizen of the Year: Chuck Atkinson
Community Event of the Year: Kinane Events-Turkey Trot
(From Oceanside Living Magazine 2016, by Scott Ashton)
Do you want to get excited about coffee? Just spend some time with Matt and Erika Rydell, owners of Stache Coffee in Oceanside and you’ll be inspired to learn more about this beverage that so many people around the world enjoy each day.
Stache coffee was started in Matt’s garage and has been operating in a small warehouse space in Oceanside Industrial Park for the past two years. Growing up in Kauai, coffee was a big part of Matt’s culture. He will tell you that coffee fueled him through some of the busier times in his life, but his true love of coffee began shortly after leaving the United States to travel abroad. While on a trip to Indonesia, Matt met a Frenchman named J.P. DeGuine, who was traveling the world on bicycle. Matt found J.P. to be very inspirational, and a friendship ensued.
El Sábado pasado celebramos el cincuenta aniversario de Johnny el Barbero. Miembros del comité Latino de la cámara de comercio en Oceanside y miembros de la comunidad se unieron para celebrar con Johnny. Estamos muy orgullosos de Johnny y el impacto que ha tenido en la comunidad Latina en Oceanside.
Johnny abrió sus puertas al negocio en el tiempo que no se acostumbraba a ver a hombres cortar el pelo ya que esta industria era dominada por mujeres. Johnny dice que le debe mucho a su éxito y al alto nivel de servicio al cliente. Muchas personas han sido clientes de Johnny desde su juventud y todavía vienen como adultos a ver a Johnny.
by Kristi Hawthorne,
“That Boy Good” is both the name of a popular downtown restaurant and the statement many will make after tasting one of their delicious entrees. The eatery is located in a rather inconspicuous building at 207 North Coast Highway. You might not find it by name but its popularity has spread by word of mouth, and that’s exactly what owners Kim and Mark were going for.
That Boy Good’s storefront is simply painted with the words “BBQ” and “Cold Beer”. The interior is reminiscent of a southern juke joint, rustic and eclectic. Kim Millwood, co-owner, made most of the furnishing including the tables and a variety of fixtures, in fact, ninety percent of the interior is made of recycled or repurposed materials.
by Kierstin Hill
In 1974, several local women, including Janet Bledsoe and Colleen O’Harra, opened a rape crisis center, known as the Women’s Resource Center. The Women’s Resource Center was designed to serve the North County population because at that time, the closest center was in Hillcrest in downtown San Diego. Soon after opening the crisis center, the Oceanside Police Department came to WRC and asked them to help with child abuse as well. WRC accepted the request and started another organization, Casa de Amparo. A short while later, law enforcement came to WRC with another request: help with domestic violence. The Women’s Resource Center was growing too large so the Board of Directors decided to split into two organizations. Casa de Amparo would focus on child abuse and the Women’s Resource Center would focus on sexual assault and domestic violence.
by Kristi Hawthorne
Mike Napoli grew up in an Italian family in Los Angeles. One of his earliest memories is standing on a soda box at the age of five running the cash register at the family business, Tony’s Market and Laundry Mat.
Today he and his wife Cheryl are the proud owners of their own family business, Port of Subs, since 2003. And while it may be a franchise, the Oceanside restaurant is just one of two in San Diego County.
by Emily Crisman
Located right off the 78, on the corner of Grapevine Road and West Vista Way you will find the used car dealership, Classic Chariots. Known in the community for its dependable, affordable, serviced, pre-owned cars and trustworthy employees. Classic Chariot’s most frequent customer comes from locals in the Tri-City area. Their loyal customers speak volumes to the commitment Classic Chariots has made to serving and being immersed in the Tri-City community.
Classic Chariot’s Founder and CEO, Mehdi Chitgari is a visionary with honorable character who has forged a new path in the car dealership industry. Classic Chariots is involved with the Oceanside Chamber, Vista Chamber, and the Navy League. Mehdi served as the president of the Navy League for two years, and is currently a board member. He is also the vice president of the Independent Automobile Dealers Association of California. Apart from titles, Classic Chariots participates in the local elementary schools, prizing winners of essay contests, and providing families with Thanksgiving dinner.
by Kristi Hawthorne, Oceanside Living Magazine
Born in 1967 in Vietnam Nhung “Mary” Nguyen was the 7th of 11 children born to her parents. Her father was a professional musician who worked for the United States government. Her mother made chow mein from home and sold it throughout the town of Bien Hoa Dong Nai. Although crowded, their life was an overall happy one, but in 1975 when the communist party took over, life as they knew it changed forever.
Mary’s father was imprisoned for three years because of his association with the US. The children were not allowed to continue their schooling and Mary’s formal education stopped at the sixth grade level.
by: Kierstin Hill
Apotheque Lifestyle Spa resides in what long-time Oceansider’s call the “Bunker House” - an old brick building that built in 1886 located on Cleveland Street. The building itself has an incredible story to tell (if only walls could talk), but what Michelle Bartok and her team at Apotheque have done with the business that resides within those walls is just as incredible.
Bartok started in the Spa Industry some 28 years ago when she began manufacturing specialized product for resorts and spas. The manufacturing company, Innovative Body Science completely customizes each product sold to any resort and spa around the world. A product made for Hawaii would have a different makeup than a product made for Japan. After so much growth and experience in the manufacturing side of the spa industry, Michelle decided it was time to open what she called a “show room” for the best of the best of her product. Alas, Apotheque Lifestyle Spa in Oceanside was born.
By Scott Ashton
You only have to spend a few minutes with Joshua and Rebekah Van Orden to understand why they started their business, Oceanside Therapy Group. It's impossible to not recognize the passion they have for family and children. Since December of 2009, Oceanside Therapy Group has provided a much needed "one stop shop" for Pediatric Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy, mostly for children of military families.
Prior to opening their own business, Rebekah was working as a speech language pathologist in Chula Vista and Joshua had just completed his licensing to become a financial advisor with Edward Jones. Around this time they had their first child, a daughter, and Rebekah took 6 months off from work to be with her. When the six months were over, Rebekah found that leaving her daughter to go back to work was not an option for her.