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A vision for the Village

Posted: July 22nd, 2016 | Business, Features, From the cover, News, Top Stories | 2 Comments

Boulevard business owners new and old look ahead

By Jeff Clemetson | Editor

A lot has been written in local publications, this one included, about the declining number of businesses in the downtown Village along La Mesa Boulevard. But many business owners, both long-time operators and new investors in La Mesa, believe downtown’s future is about to be the brightest it has ever been thanks to improvements like the streetscape project, shifting demographics and a commitment by the city to refocus on popular events.

“There’s this kind of natural energy, or shift if you want to call it that, but [downtown La Mesa] is changing and I think it’s changing rapidly,” said Aaron Dean, a business owner invested in several ventures in the Village. “I think over the next three to five years it’s going to be a completely different area. Some will say not for the better, most I think will say for the better.”

The Hills turns two

Posted: April 22nd, 2016 | Business, Featured | No Comments

By Sam Estrada If you ever stumble upon a red building with a line out the door near downtown La Mesa, chances are you are at The Hills Local Pub. The Hills recently celebrated their second anniversary with fans and supporters in partnership with the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce.

The ‘Little Man’

Posted: October 23rd, 2015 | Business, Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

La Mesa small business owners face down challenges

By J.S. Anderson | Contributing Writer

It’s no secret that small businesses face many challenges and La Mesa small businesses are no exception. Recently, three local businesses –– Cosmos Coffee Café, O’Dunns’s Fine Art, and Sanfilippos Pizza –– announced they are closed, closing, or being sold. These disappearing small businesses bring to mind the lyrics from an Alan Jackson song, “Little Man.”

So long, Sanfilippo’s

Posted: August 28th, 2015 | Business, Features, Food & Drink, News, Top Stories | 1 Comment

By Jeff Clemetson

For 40 years, Sanfilippo’s Pizza has welcomed guests into its family-style restaurant with red-and-white-checkered table cloths, bottles of Chianti in straw baskets hanging from the ceiling and a lighted sign above its doors promising that it is “Open 7 Days.”

That four-decade run, however, will soon be over.

Does sales tax shift change East County consumer economics?

Posted: April 24th, 2015 | Business, Features, News, Top Stories | 1 Comment

Does sales tax shift change East County consumer economics?

Jeremy Ogul

The mayor of El Cajon was beaming with pride as he took to the lectern on a recent morning to proclaim the city was returning $8.6 million a year to the citizens of his city.

With the expiration of Proposition O, the city’s 0.5 percent sales tax approved by voters in 2004, El Cajon was the only city in California this year to reduce its overall sales tax rate — from 9 percent to 8.5 percent.