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Changes at Cafe Stoked

Changes at Cafe Stoked

Changes are coming to Cafe Stoked and owner, Charity Abelardo, a long-time resident of San Elijo Hills, wanted you to hear about these changes directly from her so you aren’t surprised next time you stop by.

Beginning Friday, October 5, we are closing our daily cafe operations. We will still be offering catering and special events services, but the daily cafe will be closed until we identify a new owner/operator. We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes, but hope you will understand and support our transition.

There are a lot of reasons for the change and it’s hard to put it all into a quick article, but I want you to know that I have given it much thought and consideration and this is the most feasible way to make the required transition. Closing the daily operations will give me more bandwidth and resources to devote to getting a new establishment in the space that will make sense and be good for our community.

Please know this has nothing to do with the new businesses in the town square or lack of community support. You have all been wonderful. So much has changed in my life in the last five years. When we opened our doors, it was very much a family operation. My sister, Chris Vulovic, and I were partners in the endeavor. She brought her passion for food and hospitality to the space. My kids and husband, Kim, were all part of the adventure. We poured our heart and souls into it – together. Since that time, my sister passed away, two of my kids are now in college, and I have two other businesses that demand much of my time and energy. I simply can’t give the cafe operations the kind of energy and financial resources it needs.

While it’s difficult to make this decision, knowing the impact these changes will have on our employees and customers, I also know that it will open new doors and opportunities to bring something fresh and vibrant to our community.

I am so grateful for the past five years and all of the memories we have created together at Cafe Stoked – from community service projects to special events and fundraisers. I hope you will continue to use us for your birthdays, weddings, recitals, receptions and other special events in the interim. I am not going anywhere and I will be working diligently behind-the-scenes with our catering and event services while seeking the right establishment to occupy the space moving forward.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. And, please keep following us on Facebook, Instagram and our website to hear about special events and ongoing news and updates. Again, thank you for everything you have done and continue to do to support me and my family. I appreciate it more than I can possibly put into words. I truly love our community. Thanks for making it so special.

ADT Steve your local San Elijo Hills Resident Alarm Expert

We moved to San Elijo Hills 3 years ago and I was offered to have my own ADT Authorized Dealership. So where is my passion coming from to serve San Elijo Hills/San Marcos…it’s easy. I live here, I love it here and I want to educate everyone on how important this is. This is why there were almost 4,000,000 home break-ins last year in the United States and what is so important to know is the following

  • Approximately 75% of those break-ins were random
  • 30% of those break-ins occurred with a weapon
  • 25% of the time someone was home when it happened

Think about that and realize how important it is to have your home protected with an ADT alarm system…and I say that with conviction because this is the last stat I will throw out there for you

  • Homes that have an ADT alarm system will have an 83% less chance of being targeted by a random act residential home burglary!

I am here to help you…I am very identifiable around town by my ADT blue Dodge Challenger with soon to be vanity license plates  “ADT 4 U”. I want to help, that is why I do this and this is where my passion is.

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Managing Your Child’s Allergies

Spring is here, and so are seasonal allergies. If your child suffers, there are several things you can do to help them manage their symptoms. In this video, Dr. Tony Jolly explains what causes allergies, how to treat them and when it’s time to see an allergist.

Children’s Physicians Medical Group (CPMG), in partnership with Rady Children’s Health Network, is dedicated to offering outstanding healthcare for your kids, from birth through age 18. One visit to our website can help you find a doctor, explain why CPMG is right for you and allow you to view videos on our doctors and other health topics.

We’re also very social! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Ask us a question, leave us a comment or make a suggestion for future posts. We love hearing from you!

New year, DO YOU, Mama!   

New year, DO YOU, Mama! 

Now that the holiday hustle and bustle are behind us, it’s time to focus on YOU. Whether your dreams and goals for 2018 are big or small, we challenge you to embrace change, strive for growth, and have an open mind! January is the perfect time to give back to yourself and your health by enrolling in Body Back.

Body Back is a results-based fitness program where you will:

  • Experience targeted high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and results-based workouts through cardio, strength, and core work.
  • End each class with a relaxing meditation to help you recharge and head back to your work week, your teething baby, or school drop-off.
  • Find inspiration and motivation in every class through a mamahood sisterhood.
  • Improve your health, fitness, and physical strength while experiencing a personal transformation.
  • Learn to embrace change, and love your body, inside and out!

Body Back classes meet here in San Elijo Hills and we are now enrolling for our January sessions! Click here to enroll and receive a limited time discount.

Never been to a class? Here is a sneak peek: https://vimeo.com/195336053

For more information, email sdmembership@fit4mom.com

San Elijo Hills Real Estate Market Year in Review

San Elijo Hills Real Estate Market year in review:

224 homes sold with an average time on market of 21 days. Selling price ranged from $1,699,000 – $405,000 or an average price $749,343.

North County San Diego Detached Homes Market Report

Median Sale Price $580,500  +12.7%
Average Market Time 36 Days  -14%
Inventory 2.2 Months  -24%
Active Listing 860  -22.5%

Wishing You and Your Family a Very Happy New Year!

The first quarter of the year is one of the best times to sell your home! If you or someone you know is thinking of making a move in 2018, I would love to help. The highest compliment I can receive is the referral of your friends and family! Who you work with matters and I’m here to provide an exceptional real estate experience in 2018.

See you around town or out on the trails.

Ed Philbrick

Ed Philbrick: REALTOR®
www.hillsandcoast.com
M: 760-496-8134
E: ed@hillsandcoast.com
3295 Business Park Dr. Suite C, Vista, CA 92081
CalBRE # 0196713
Coastal Premier Properties CalBRE # 01861547

 

HARVEST MARKET, Saturday, November 18, 10AM-3PM, SEH Rec Center

HARVEST MARKET, Saturday, November 18, 10AM-3PM, San Elijo Hills Rec Center (next to lower softball field), hosted by the San Elijo Hills Women’s Club (SEHWC)

Only one week away! Please join us next Saturday for a fun and diverse shopping experience to raise funds for scholarships for eligible female seniors at SMHS!

The SEH Rec Center’s inside and outdoor areas will be filled with artisan wares, elegant/fun handmade holiday decor, clothing boutiques, jewelry, children’s activities and vendors, Cafe Stoked Fall Favorites, RUSH Coffee Truck, and many of our own local SEH vendors! Start your holiday shopping here and plan to stay for lunch while you enjoy the live music by SMHS musicians.

Spread the word!

Mark your calendar now to attend this Event With A Purpose!

City of San Marcos Boosting Its Economic Development Efforts

From tax-credit education to an easier permitting process, the city is striving to do business better

When it comes to economic development, the City of San Marcos is raising the bar and local businesses are taking note—like Cliniqa, a bio-techne company that just went through an expansion.

“What can be a lengthy permit process was made easier by the wonderful employees in the Planning, Fire and Building departments,” said Lisa Profeta, Facilities Manager at Cliniqa in San Marcos.

The city has always embraced entrepreneurship because it drives a high quality of life—but it took center stage in 2012 when the State ended redevelopment programming, which took a toll on local business growth. Coupled with the recession, San Marcos saw a need to be more proactive in its economic development.

“City Council quickly realized we needed to focus our energy there if we wanted to remain a thriving, leading city,” said City Manager Jack Griffin. “Given that, City Council created a vision for a more business-friendly San Marcos.”

That vision began to take shape in 2015, when the city’s first economic development division was created. Since then, significant progress has been made, including the hire of an economic development manager and the launch of the San Marcos Business Walk Program, a twice-a-year event where volunteers collect feedback about the challenges facing local commerce.

Staff has also worked to cut a lot of red tape from the development approval process—everything from making it easier to navigate the land entitlement process, to bolstering city and private sector collaboration on California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) document preparation, to a City of San Marcos and Building Industry Association (BIA) pilot project  that is under development to allow for digital submission of project plans to save money on construction document printing costs, which can run $20,000 to $70,000 per on a typical subdivision during the entirety of the development approval process.”

“The city Development Services team, particularly Planning staff, are constantly working with the city’s Economic Development Manager to understand the needs of existing and prospective businesses,” said  Director of Development Services Dahvia Lynch. “Planning and Economic Development go hand in hand and our collaboration is crucial to our improvements, which are a work in progress.”

In fact, staff still sees plenty of room for improvements. For example, they are working to give business owners more opportunities to save time or money by streamlining and more clearly defining permitting process. There are also plans to standardize more reference materials for the permitting process, and to make more resources available online for business owners.

“Ideally, we would love to empower more business owners with the knowledge and resources they need,” Lynch said.

In that vein, city staff has also started to educate business owners about any benefits that they may qualify for. For example, Wholesale Shade was awarded a $500,000 California Competes Tax Credit, which Founder and CEO Patrick Howe learned about through the bi-monthly Council Business Visits. As part of the credit, the company intends to create 26 jobs over the next five years.

Likewise, the Council Business Visits, also led Cliniqa to apply, resulting in a $350,000 California Competes Tax Credit, with which the company plans to use to create 24 jobs over the next five years. Economic Development Manager Tess Radmill and the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation worked closely with the two companies—along with other San Marcos businesses that hope to receive the credit in the future—to simplify the application process.

“Most business owners I know are focused on the daily challenges of keeping their doors open and are not experts at regulations or government programs,” Howe explained. “Knowing that the City of San Marcos is a partner in the success of our business is reassuring.”

Radmill says that’s precisely how she hopes the business community views the city: a partner in their success.

“We’re working to ensure our local businesses are empowered to reach their full potential because their success is part of what drives the high quality of life we all enjoy here in San Marcos.”

To learn more about the city’s economic development efforts, contact Economic Development Manager Tess Radmill at tradmill@san-marcos.net.

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