Category Archives: San Marcos Chamber of Commerce

Waiting Lists For Affordable Housing, But Retail Space Sits Empty | KPBS

Waiting Lists For Affordable Housing, But Retail Space Sits Empty

Mixed-use may not always work

Some North County mixed-use developments that have been in the planning stages for years are now running into problems.

In San Marcos, the Promenade at Creekside opened last year with shop fronts at street level and two stories of affordable housing above. While the housing now has a waiting list of 700, most of the storefronts at street level are vacant.

Mayor Jim Desmond said the city is rethinking the project.

“That was the intent, to make this a walkable community so you didn’t have to get into your car to get a gallon of milk or go to a dry cleaner or to a baker,” he said. “It was going to be retail on the first floor and maybe professional offices on the next floor, and then residential up above. We actually had plans up to seven stories. But that hasn’t really worked.”

Desmond said the city is now reviewing the whole project and considering reducing the retail to perhaps just a corner store, because the retail space is simply not finding tenants.

“The retail stores — the mom and pop shops — are struggling now,” Desmond said, “primarily because of the online sales. A lot of people — myself included — go to Amazon to buy things. It’s sometimes quicker and easier to buy things online than it is to go to the store.”

Source: Waiting Lists For Affordable Housing, But Retail Space Sits Empty | KPBS

San Diego Children’s Academy Opens Preschool in San Marcos

San Diego Children's Academy








Currently we are accepting new students for our preschool program (ages 2-5)

It is a Russian Immersion Preschool, meaning that children are taught Math, Art, Music and Movement, Science, Dramatic Play, Literacy and Language Skills in Russian.  In addition to that, we offer daily 1 hour Spanish and English classes for those families who want their children to speak multiple languages.


*SDCA is fully licensed and insured;

*Qualified teachers with great education, extensive work experience, and background check clearance;

*1:7 teacher / student ratio, small study groups;

*Progressive Russian and American early childhood education programs and approaches;

*SDCA program includes 3 daily classes (Math, Music, Literacy, Language Development, Arts, Physical Education, Introduction to the Environmental Studies, and Dramatic Play);

*Assistance with potty training;

*Spacious classrooms, separate room, equipped for indoor sports and music classes;

*Outdoor playground with gardening center;

*Convenient location;

*Security and Fire Alarm systems installed in all classrooms;

*Daily menu consists of 3 hot meals;

*Organic fruits, vegetables, and dairy served year around;

*Meals are prepared by licensed chefs;

*Limited amount of sugar and baked goods served at SDCA, no processed and fast food meals;

*Classrooms are professionally cleaned daily, toys and materials are sanitized on a regular basis;

*Flexible schedules that work for everyone (part-time and full-time programs);

*Discounts are available;

*SDCA students enjoy celebrating various holidays either within classroom or with parents’ participation;

*Fun theme classes with guest speakers and SDCA students’ favorite characters;

*Blog that allows parents to stay informed and feel included in their children’s daily activities.

San Diego Children’s Academy

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Phone 619-818-9522

801 Grand Ave, Suite 7. San Marcos, CA 92078

City of San Marcos State of the City Address

City of San Marcos State of the City Address | Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Mayor Jim Desmond delivered the 2016 State of the City Address for San Marcos on Tuesday, February 23 at 1 pm as the keynote to the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce Board Member Installation and Business Awards Luncheon. The speech took place at Cal State San Marcos, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road, in the University Student Ballroom.

Menchie’s is Celebrating National Frozen Yogurt Day

NFYD flyer

Menchie’s is Celebrating National Frozen Yogurt Day with:

  • FREE 6oz Yogurt
  • FREE 20% off coupon for next visit

Date: Monday February 1st

Time: 4pm – 7pm


Menchie’s La Costa Town Square – 7625 Via Campanile, Suite 126 Carlsbad, CA 92009 (760) 436-4036

Menchie’s Oceanside – 2525C Vista Way Oceanside, CA 92054 (760) 730-5728

Menchie’s Escondido – 349 West Felicita Ave Escondido, CA 92025 (760) 735-6334

Sidewalk Saturday in the San Elijo Hills Town Square – Nov. 7th


Sidewalk Saturday in the Square – Nov. 7, 10AM-2PM
Join us for Sidewalk Saturday in the town square on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 10am-2pm. This is your chance to meet 50+ local area businesses & get a kick-start on your holiday shopping right in the town square around the fountain area. There will be fun music, food trucks and the opportunity to connect with several of our most active community groups. Also, don’t miss out on the Community Art Project which will be set up near the holiday tree. You and your entire family will want to contribute to this masterpiece. Stop by and show your support of all things local at this very special community building event!

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WinCo Foods announces San Marcos location will open this Thursday


WinCo Foods announces San Marcos location, 555 Grand Ave, will open Thursday, October 22 at 9 am.


BOISE, IdahoOct. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — WinCo Foods, LLC announced that it will open two new discount supermarkets on Thursday, October 22nd, at 9:00 a.m.  The stores are located at 21900 Highway 99 in Edmonds and at 555 Grand Ave. in San Marcos.  The stores are traditionally sized WinCo Foods stores with Edmonds measuring approximately 87,000 square feet and San Marcos coming in at approximately 91,500 square feet.  Each reflects a simple decor package that creates a solid, clean feel and keeps the focus on our products and great pricing.

WinCo Foods is an employee owned discount grocery chain best known for being the supermarket low price leader in each market it serves.  Store Manager Dave Kamrath (Edmonds) comes to the store with years of retail experience, the last two with WinCo.  Store Manager Kerrie Olson (San Marcos) has nearly 30 years of experience in the grocery industry, the last three plus years with WinCo.

Both managers and their teams are excited about their respective store openings and are particularly pleased with the quality and enthusiasm of the employees that were hired in each location.  Edmonds has hired approximately 150 new employees from the community and in San Marcos nearly 165 new employee positions have been hired locally.  Each store manager feels confident that their store will open with an excited and motivated crew of new employees and veterans who are anxious to meet and to begin serving their customers in Edmonds and San Marcos.

Each store features WinCo’s “Wall of Values” at the entry, which includes special low pricing on a wide variety of popular items.  The main sales floor encompasses a large fresh produce and bulk foods departments together with meat, seafood, deli and bakery service departments. The extensive bulk foods department displays over 900 items, including many natural food products, some organics, snacks, candies, cereals, flours, pastas, spices and more.  WinCo employees are excited for customers to come in to see the new stores and to benefit from the everyday low pricing and quality that WinCo Foods is known for.

WinCo Foods is an employee owned company founded in 1967 in Boise, Idaho.  WinCo operates as a regional discount supermarket company employing over 15,000 individuals and operating 104 stores and five distribution centers in the states of WashingtonIdahoNevadaCaliforniaOregonUtahArizona and Texas.  Customers and those wanting to learn more, about our employee owned company, are encouraged to join the conversation at – an online community of hundreds of thousands of “Smart Shoppers” sharing tips, coupons, real reviews and more.

Hobby Lobby, WinCo bring revenue to San Marcos |

The first WinCo discount grocery store in San Diego County is set to open in October in the San Marcos Creekside Marketplace, next to a Hobby Lobby — the second in the county — that began serving customers last month.

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North County Deals has a ‘deal” for this weekends Taste of San Marcos


North County Deals has a ‘deal” for this weekends Taste of San Marcos – $25 for All You Can Eat/Drink at Taste of San Marcos ($30 Value)

August 29th (1 PM to 5 PM)

  • 15+ San Marcos restaurants
  • All you can eat and drink
  • Live music
  • Restaurants, breweries and wine
  • Fabulous food and fun
  • 4th annual

Tap In Tavern

Tap In Tavern
Tap In Tavern invites guests to enjoy indoor and outdoor seating in a communal setting overlooking the ninth hole of St. Mark Executive Course. The restaurant features casual, hand-crafted fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With 25 craft beers and a 12’ screen for all the games this North County San Diego restaurant is the perfect way to end a round or a day in the office. Join us for Happy Hour Sunday-Friday, free Saturday Trivia from 6pm-8pm or Fish & Chip Tuesday from 4pm-close for just $9.99.
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