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.
Flowers of Gratitude
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.
filling the need
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:
Home Sewn Heroes
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.
June 5, 2020
As the leading voice for the Oceanside business community, we would be remiss if we did not use our platform to address an issue affecting our neighborhoods and businesses across the nation. We believe this is an opportunity for us to share the feedback we have received from residents and businesses in our community and to help set an example of what we can do in order to see positive changes in our region.
Updated 3/30 10:40pm PST - While our Oceanside restaurants are providing takeout, other businesses around the county are open and offering their services as well! Shopping local is especially important during this time and will help to our keep our businesses alive! Below shows a comprehensive list of Chamber members open and offering their services, whether that be virtual or in-person.
Updated 4/27 12pm PST - As we all know, in an effort to hinder the spread of the COVID-19 virus, all restaurants in San Diego County have been forced to close their dine-in services until further notice. While this comes as an economic shock to all restaurant owners and employees, this doesn't mean its the end! Community members can support their favorite local businesses by taking advantage of takeout and delivery options including Grubhub, Postmates, Door Dash and Uber Eats! Below shows an updated list of our Oceanside restaurant Chamber members open and offering these services:
Keep Your Packages Safe from Porch Pirates
By District Attorney Summer Stephan
As your District Attorney, I’m committed to increasing communication and accessibility between the DA’s Office and you, the community. One way I have been doing that is through this monthly column, where I provide consumer tips on public safety matters.
why we love oceanside!
In the last edition of the Best of Oceanside Quarterly Journal, the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce asked Chamber members to share why they loved Oceanside. Check out what they had to say about the beautiful city many of us call home.
The Small Business Development Center hosted by MiraCosta College Celebrating 20 Years of Making the American Dream Come True for Thousands of Small Business Owners
Over the past twenty years thousands of local entrepreneurs and business owners have visited The North San Diego Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to help them start, manage and grow their businesses. I was one of those entrepreneurs and the information and support I received was priceless. I am now celebrating a decade in business. The SBDC consultants have been with me and thousands of small business owners every step of the way. There is no cost to entrepreneurs and small business owners for private one-on-one business advising and most of the training and resources available to them.
By Scott Ashton, CEO, Oceanside Chamber of Commerce
The City of Oceanside has taken a positive step toward improving housing affordability in the downtown Oceanside district. In August, the Oceanside City Council adopted recommendations from City staff and the Downtown Advisory Committee to remove density caps on residential projects that are part of mixed-used developments in the Downtown District. The previous zoning ordinance allowed for a maximum of 43 dwelling units per acre. The removal of the density cap will allow for smaller, more affordable units, while maintaining all other development requirements including height, setbacks and parking.
Food for the Body-Comfort for the Soul-How Bread of Life is Satisfying the Mouths and Morale of Low-Income San Diegans
Hidden, just off I-5 in Oceanside, is an innocuous cluster of white brick business units, the area is a hive of activity; a neon vested man with a baton waves and directs me into my parking spot, as cars to and fro from this seemingly ordinary strip. A thrift shop, cafe, kitchen and several office units sit neatly side by side. Boxes are wielded out of the doors brimming with ripened fruit, canned goods and food packets, while a line of eager people - seniors and children wraps around the facade.
In recent months, the Oceanside Chamber has had the honor of partnering with numerous community organizations in support of the Oceanside Promise’s Latino Young Men Success Initiative Pilot Program.
In recent months, the Chamber’s Public Policy Task Force has worked to develop strong housing creation policy statements to address one Oceanside’s most critical issues… workforce housing. These policy statements, adopted by the Chamber Board in May, will provide direction in how the Chamber will interact with the City and State on housing related policy.
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.
Courteous of Tri-City Medical Center and Pacific Standard News
Every year, thousands of homeless San Diegans cycle through local hospitals and emergency rooms. Now a new state law is forcing hospitals and regional leaders to publicly grapple with where those patients can recover once they are released from the hospital.
(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.
San Diego may be known nationwide for its beautiful beaches and unbeatable year - round weather, but what many people don’t realize is that many of the avocados in their tacos, the lettuce and tomatoes in their salad, and the potted plants for their yard are all grown right here in San Diego County.
On Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 18, 2019, the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce will host Operation Appreciation. This event is a day of recognition and appreciation to all active-duty military stationed on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and nearby military bases.
(Source: Josh Jenkins – Fox 5 San Diego)
In 2009, the City of Oceanside adopted the Coast Highway Vision and Strategic Plan. This plan serves as a blueprint for the revitalization and enhancement of the Coast Highway corridor between Harbor Drive in the north and Buena Vista Lagoon in the south. The Vision and Strategic Plan includes several recommendations to transform Coast Highway from an auto-oriented thoroughfare into a "complete street" that serves all modes of transportation from automobiles to pedestrians to bicyclists and transit vehicles.
The Oceanside Chamber of Commerce is committed to playing a vital role in the well-being of our community. In February, the chamber voted to support the proposed North River Farms development in eastern Oceanside, in part because of the positive opportunities it will create to meet our housing and employment objectives. Chamber CEO, Scott Ashton says, “As we look to our future it is imperative that we implement lifestyle supportive housing to attract and retain our workforce.”
San Diego beer week
San Diego Beer Week
Beer Week is here! Starting November 2nd through the 11th, enjoy events with over 130 independent craft breweries in San Diego County. Events are held throughout San Diego County at participating breweries, bars, restaurants, and more. For more information and a full events schedule, please visit sdbeer.com. The celebration kicks off Friday, November 22nd. Below you'll find a list of our members inviting you to grab a glass, and CHEERS TO BEERS!
On Saturday October 27th, Breakwater Community Church celebrated the grand opening of their location at 506 S Nevada St. in Oceanside. Many of the church’s members were in attendance along with Chamber staff, ambassadors and Council member Jack Feller. The celebration included a bounce house, barbeque, and many raffle prizes for all ages.
When local residents, businesses, consumers, tourists, military audiences (active duty, dependents, retirees, veterans) look for:
Will your business be found?
Make sure diners, shoppers and travelers seeking fabulous food, fun, finds, and friendly establishments will find your business listed in the Best of OCEANSIDE Dining, Entertainment & Retail Guide.
Published and distributed in both print and online, the Chamber's guide showcases Oceanside’s exploding culinary, cocktail and craft beer venues, live entertainment, shopping and retail centers, community events, eclectic neighborhood venues and things to do.
It’s the ultimate North County San Diego one-of-a-kind pocket-size authority on fabulous food and fun for all ages in Oceanside.
Get listed. Get visible!
Leverage the power of Oceanside Chamber multi-media print and digital audiences to heighten awareness, visibility, and ROI for your business. The Oceanside Chamber of Commerce powerful print and digital publications enjoy wide distribution to extended audiences via the Chamber’s expansive distribution agreements, programs, partnerships, highly ranked website, widely followed and engaged social media profiles and the Chamber’s international digital publishing channels.
Please schedule your appointment for painless information by contacting me and congratulations in advance for helping to ensure your business will be found in print and online when Chamber audiences are searching for “where to” do most anything in Oceanside, CA.
Finally, thank you in advance for your time, the opportunity to meet you, learn about your business and build advertising that works for audiences seeking information about our local business community including you and your business.