• Updated
  • 0

Primavera Ristorante, located at 932 Orange Ave., will not reopen following its closure as part of the state’s COVID-19 mandated shutdown.

The popular family-owned and operated Italian restaurant has long been a cornerstone of Coronado. Husband and wife, Cristos and Jeannette Stavros, opened Primavera in 1989. Following Cristos’ passing, Jeannette and their daughter, Denise Stavros, have been operating the restaurant since 2014. Prior to the order for restaurants to close, Primavera has had some of its best years, yet.

  • 0

In observance of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 25, 2020, EDCO will not be performing residential collection services, and all buyback centers and customer service offices will remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of the Memorial Day holiday, collection w…

  • Updated
  • 0

Coronado skies showcase some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. If you have captured this artistry with your camera, the Coronado Chamber of Commerce would love to see your photographs, with a view to featuring them on the stunning new Coronado Visitor Center website.

The brand new design by Raindrop Marketing is launching this summer

  • Updated
  • 0

This week the City of Coronado begins processing applications from Tier 2 businesses as part of their $2 million Lifeline Loan program, designed to offer support to local businesses impacted by the coronavirus crisis.

Approximately 270 Coronado businesses are classed as Tier 2 but, in order to be eligible, the business in question must pay sales tax to the state of California. For example, a service-based business like a hair salon or yoga studio would also need to sell products to customers, and collect sales tax on those items. Professional or personal services that do not sell any products are not eligible for this loan. For example, a real estate office that does not charge sales tax, would not be eligible.

  • 0

Dan Gensler, Founder and President of Coronado, California-based wealth management and financial planning firm, the Gensler Group, was named to the 2020 edition of the Financial Times (FT) 400 Top Financial Advisers. The annual list recognizes top financial advisers from across the United States.

  • 0

Acts of kindness happen every day, although they may not be witnessed or spoken of. During the COVID-19 pandemic it seems that these acts of kindness happen more often.

In this case at the Coronado Retirement Village, whose mission is caring for others, a number of things happened in the past month which show the amount of caring that goes on at the facility.

The Village Executive Director and Licensee Rajni Kharbanda explained that by March 13 the facility had already taken precautions with social distancing and had notified families, cancelled entertainers and outside vendors, stopped all outside appointments and started ordering supplies.

  • 0

On Monday, May 18, the City of Coronado will begin processing applications from Tier II businesses as part of their $2 million Lifeline Loan program, designed to offer support to local businesses impacted by the coronavirus crisis.

Approximately 270 Coronado businesses are classed as Tier II but, in order to be eligible, the business in question must pay sales tax to the state of California. For example, a service-based business like a hair salon or yoga studio would also need to sell products to customers, and collect sales tax on those items. Professional or personal services that do not sell any products are not eligible for this loan. For example, a real estate office that does not charge sales tax, would not be eligible.

Applicants must also provide documentation that their business has applied or tried to apply for federal COVID-19 related business assistance through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) or the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

  • 0

Do you have a favorite photograph (or 20) of your pup enjoying the dog-friendly wonders of Coronado? Your Coronado Chamber of Commerce is inviting photographic submissions for the stunning new Coronado Visitor Center website, launching this summer. The fresh and stylish design has been creat…

  • 0

Miss going out for breakfast with your family or friends? We all do, but in the meantime to support local businesses and give our families a sense of normalcy we can order our favorite breakfast, pick it up and eat it at home.

  • 0

Coronadans really upped their game for the Chamber’s new round of Coronado Take-Out Bingo with four full blackouts and 11 prize-winners collectively spending $2,000 to support local restaurants.

Top prize went to David and Skylar Matthews. “We had a great time visiting some of our regular spots and enjoyed fun date nights trying new ones!” Highlights included a charcuterie board from Nado Republic and their favorite wonderblend coffee from Cafe 1134. Then came one special marathon morning: “We started at Amalo Brew by the library, then went to Juice Crafters, grabbed a pancake breakfast for my wife at Crown Bistro and a breakfast burrito from Night & Day for me – all because of the contest!”

  • 0

As the travel and tourism industry continues to face unexpected disruptions posed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we wanted to reach out to our supportive community to let you know we’re thinking of you and hope you are staying active, healthy, and safe. We also wanted to provide you with a few updates.

First and foremost, our hearts go out to everyone who has been impacted by

  • 0

During this unprecedented time in our nation’s history everyone at Sharp Coronado Hospital hopes you and your loved ones are healthy and well. While the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic remain uncertain, they are inspired by the local community’s response to the immediate needs of Sharp Coro…

  • 0

San Diego Loyal Soccer Club knows just how good it feels to have loyal supporters and in turn they are showing their support for Coronado restaurants by offering $500-worth of prizes for our latest round of Coronado Take-Out Bingo!

As they say, “There are a lot of heroes in our community making an essential difference during this crisis. We wanted to support their efforts and show them our appreciation for their loyal dedication. It’s all about coming together!”

Having launched in June 2019, this premier professional men’s soccer club had just played their inaugural game against the Las Vegas Lights when the shelter-in-place orders were announced. With all group activities postponed, the 24-strong team have been turning their attention to positive action in the community, already raising $5,500 for Feeding San Diego, the leading local hunger-relief charity.

  • 0

One of Coronado’s distinguishing characteristics is our vibrant and eclectic downtown. Each small business that dots our commercial district represents one person’s dream made reality in the form of a restaurant, office or storefront. Together these small businesses weave the fabric of the community. From championing local causes to serving as community leaders, local entrepreneurs have always invested directly in Coronado.

As we all struggle to navigate this uncertain time, it is small business owners who are bearing the brunt of the economic shutdown. Through no fault of their own, no lack of planning

  • 0

With the coronavirus pandemic causing financial hardships for many individuals and families in the region, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is encouraging those in need to apply online for bill discount programs, which can save them 30 percent or more off their monthly utility bill.

  • 0

The City Council directed staff at its April 7 meeting to establish curbside restaurant pick-up locations on Orange Avenue to help local businesses that can no longer offer sit-down dining and are suffering a significant decline in sales. Due to County public health orders, some Coronado res…

  • 0

Dear Coronado Business Community,

Below are the instructions and introduction to the City of Coronado's Lifeline Loan Program. For the complete packet, go to the Chamber's webpage and print off the application.

The City Council recognizes how important having a vibrant business community is to the well-being of Coronado and its residents. The coronavirus pandemic has caused many of our small businesses to close or drastically scale back their offerings. This, in turn, means that the sales tax revenue generated from those businesses is considerably smaller,

  • 0

There was a palpable shift in mood when face masks became compulsory for local businesses interacting with the public. That friendly face greeting you as you picked up your take-out was obscured, voices were muffled and you could only guess at the facial expressions beneath the fabric. Everywhere you looked there were reminders of the perils of the coronavirus and a sense of uneasiness only increased.

And then along comes Yana…

My first encounter was with her chic Parisienne alter ego, complete with beret, Breton-striped top and lipstick-red face mask. When I noticed the cigarette with its sparkly tip and waft of smoke represented by a gray pipe cleaner I burst out laughing. And changed my order from latte to café au lait…

Every day, Monday to Friday from 5:30 a.m. until noon, Yana Aldridge serves coffee, smoothies, pastries and newspapers at Café 1134. And every day she wears a different mask – a gold sequined veil for “I Dream of Jeannie,” a green bandana for her cowgirl, pink satin ears as the Easter Bunny… She’s on an animal theme all this week. And next week…?

  • 0

Mary of Sun Baked Cookies SD snapped this super-sweet pic of her children playing happily on the Orange Ave beach towel she won in a special competition run by the Coronado Chamber of Commerce. Designed to celebrate our iconic street, the towels are made by URT Clothing thanks to generous fu…

  • 0

After a few months of construction and putting the finishing touches on the new store, Bay Books is set to open today for curbside pick up and delivery.

Bay Books closed Dec. 31, 2019 and moved down the street to the former location of Bullshirt, a military inspired T-shirt store in business since 1976. Although Bay Books was scheduled to open in March, the date was delayed

  • 0

The City Council approved a lifeline business loan program at its Tuesday, April 21, meeting that will portion out $2 million in City funds in no-interest potentially forgivable loans of up to $15,000 each to eligible stores, lodging and restaurants.

Council members said they want the program implemented as soon as possible to help the City’s local businesses that have been forced to close or vastly reduce their operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A resolution with the terms of the program was adopted and outlines how the program will work. The City will reserve $2 million in General Funds for the loans and enter into an agreement with Cal Private Bank, with an office in Coronado, to assist with the loan administration and marketing.

Cal Private Bank is partnering with the City to facilitate a process by which loans can be made quickly to qualified businesses. To provide quick and efficient loan processing, the City will be providing an online application and will be qualifying the businesses “in house.”

The loan terms for three tiers of Coronado businesses are $15,000 for each

  • 0

These are uncertain times for all of us. We owe a big debt of gratitude to our health care workers, first responders, delivery people and those who provide essential services. They are on the front lines keeping us all safe while we shelter in place to minimize the impact of the COVID-19 vir…

  • 0

“During the past month the term armchair travel has taken on a whole new meaning” said Dolores Forsythe, owner of D Forsythe Jewelry in Coronado.

Forsythe built her business with a reputation for sourcing exotic unusual jewelry, icons and embellishments from around the world. During these past 20 years she has traveled extensively all over the world to accumulate a most unusual inventory in her store. Anyone who has visited her store knows it is filled with unique, one-of-a-kind items, filled with color and personality.

However, with the new developments with COVID-19, such as stay in place orders and zero travel, have impacted her business.

  • 0

Dear Coronado Business Community,

I am writing about a proposal by the City for a Local Business Lifeline Loan Program. It will be discussed and voted upon Tuesday, April 21st. Please read the description and provide your comments directly to the City (links provided below).

We are four weeks into a quarantine with a huge percentage of our businesses closed and some of our restaurants clinging to whatever revenue that can be generated by takeout food.

The initially attractive federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) are out of money with few of our local merchants having received approval. More funding may be coming but everyone already in line must reapply.

To help our businesses, the City is proposing $20,000 loans,

  • 0

Ding ding! Round two of Coronado Take-Out Bingo begins today with a brand new card featuring 14 local restaurants, cafes and snackeries offering a tasty array of take-out from authentic Italian to fresh sushi, more-ish Mexican to grass-fed burgers. You can also enjoy coffee and pastries, gelato and juices as well as made-to-order market sandwiches and pre-packed noodles and wraps. You’ll notice that each establishment has their social distancing rules posted clearly at the entrance, many have marked the floor so you can be assured you are standing six-feet apart and all servers and chefs are wearing hygienic face masks - as are you, of course!

  • 0

Coronado residents Angela and Erick Schwering have bagged the bumper prize in the first round of Coronado Restaurant Bingo, winning a selection of gift cards to High Tide Bottle Shop & Kitchen, Swaddee Thai, Which Wich Superior Sandwiches and Blue Bridge Hospitality restaurants (including Little Frenchie and MooTime Creamery).

As a thank you from the Coronado Chamber of Commerce they also receive an Orange Ave beach towel by Urt Clothing, a game of Coronado-Opoly and a Crown City license plate!

Angela and Erick Schwering are thrilled: “Thank you so much to the Chamber for creating this fun game - the Bingo Card helped us narrow down where to eat every night!”

  • 0

COVID-19 came into our lives in a significant way less than a month ago, and the impact of the virus has been wide-ranging. Perhaps the negative impact that will be felt the longest will be to the country’s financial system, notably to small businesses. The U.S. Small Business Administration said recently that there are 30 million small businesses in the country which combine to produce more than $10 trillion dollars annually. Another fact is small business revenue accounts for 50 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product.

With those facts in mind, there should be no surprise the recent $2.2 trillion federal economic stimulus plan entitled The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, included $349 billion for loans to small businesses to assist with payroll costs called the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

In Coronado, the economic news is sobering. Recent projections from the City of Coronado provided by City Manager Blair King, reflect a total

  • 0

Want to stay healthy while staying at home? Announcing Farmer’s Market boxes, available for order and pick up at the IB Neighborhood Center, 455 Palm Avenue.

  • 0

Coronado residents are doing a sterling job of supporting local restaurants and cafés with takeout orders at this most crucial time, so we’d like to offer a big pat on the tummy for that! Next we want to amp up our gratitude to the staff who are so tirelessly sourcing ingredients, cooking them to perfection, taking phone and online orders and serving and delivering meal after meal, night after night, especially when so many of them would rather be tucked in their own homes.

You may have observed that even a few dollars extra tip on the check is noticed and appreciated and so we want to challenge you to have a fun splurge with a bumper tip on one special day - Big Tip Tuesday on April 7, 2020!

This can be absolutely any amount you see fit. If you want to order a latte and leave a whopping $5 tip, you’ll be amazed at how good it will make you feel. Perhaps you’re getting a family meal and you all chip in to leave an extra $20 on top. If you’ve

  • 0

With the stay at home order and many restaurants having switched their operations to take out only, it’s time to support favorite eateries or try new ones.

On a recent Saturday during the stay at home order, a number of people were spending time at the Ferry Landing while keeping the 6-foot distance, which is the norm theses days. Some were biking, looking at the bay, or walking while others were ordering coffee at the Coronado Coffee Company kiosk and waiting for their take out order from Lil’ Piggy’s Bar-B-Q.

  • 0

With more time on our hands since COVID-19, everyone is looking for something to do. Battle Axe Coronado, which opened last month before the stay at home order and social distancing, continues to offer this fun activity you can enjoy outdoors. Battle Axe is one of the new activities many are enjoying all over the country where many facilities have opened. Battle Axe throwing facility is something you can enjoy with friends and family or people who you are already in close contact, such as co-workers.

After opening in the middle of February, owner Brian Tucker has made some changes to maintain social distancing. He explained that basically he’s gearing the activity to a family who lives in the same household or to a group who works together in an office who do not need to worrying about social distancing. All axes are hand sanitized with lemon scented Lysol and are safe. Right now Battle Axe is offering the entire facility for private groups of 5 to 9 people for $30 per person. This offer has been called the Zombie Apocalypse Special with the tagline, “Don’t let the zombies catch you and your kids cooped up in the house playing video games.”

  • 0

When The Coronado Chamber of Commerce launched its social media competition to win an exclusive Orange Ave beach towel, one Californian went above and beyond with her enthusiastic comments on the Chamber’s Instagram images - San Luis Obispo floral designer Katie Hughes.

A regular at our shores, Katie first visited Coronado in October of 1993. “I fell in love with the warmth of the community and that unmistakable golden glow of a Coronado sunset. Growing up in a military family, the combination of small town charm and NAS North Island makes every visit feel like I’m coming home.“

Katie was so thrilled by her Orange Ave prize she booked her own beach towel shoot with @claireehphotography.

  • 0

It’s tough to be celebrating a grand opening one minute then be obliged to close your doors just a few days later, but Jessica Kephart of Accalia Salon is determined to see her brand new hair and beauty business thrive; she even has a chuckle at the prospect of some of the rescues her team will be performing once her salon doors re-open. “We have a lot of military clients and many of their wives have sent us comical ‘Look what I did!’ pictures of their kitchen haircuts. I also had one woman seeking guidance on waxing her eyebrows at home. My advice? Don’t do it!”

A hair stylist and make-up artist with 15 years experience, Jessica lived and worked in Minnesota, New York, Texas and Hawaii before making Southern California her home five years ago. “I love using my creativity to help others feel good about themselves. Making personal connections with my clients has always been my favorite aspect to the job.”

  • 0

California health care providers will be challenged to meet the needs of patients during this pandemic, with active COVID-19 cases expected to surpass the medical capability of the state to respond within its normal workforce. Dentists, with their knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and sterile surgical techniques, are invaluable to the health care worker surge capacity necessary to meet this need.

Dentists may register now at the state of California’s Disaster Healthcare Volunteers website. California developed this process in recognition of the need to have a list of pre-credentialed licensed health care volunteers who can be deployed without interruption to assist with critical emergency care needs.

The registration process provides dentists with a few options to determine the level

  • 0

Now, more than ever, we are connected to the whole world through a united experience. British-born Coronado resident Belinda Jones recalls the first time her mother came to visit Crown City. “I gave her a few days to relax after the 11-hour flight and then said, ‘Right, now let me show you t…

  • 0

As we settle in for the ultimate staycation there are a few simple ways we can make our home life that little bit cozier, while also showing some love to the small business retailers in our neighborhood.

Each of these items can be delivered to your doorstep and will bring a smile to your face, as well as giving a little boost to the person who has carefully and safely packaged your gift. Pick two today for a brighter tomorrow.

  • 0

It’s not the best time when the opening of your restaurant coincides with a virus outbreak, but Matteo Cattaneo is still offering an opportunity for customers to try his food.

Last Friday, March 20, Cattaneo was wearing an apron and with a smile on his face, was running from the kitchen to a table set up at the front of the restaurant, helping his employees fill the orders customers were calling in for pick up. The eatery was open only for a couple of days before Governor Gavin Newsom ordered restaurants to only be open for take out orders.

Cattaneo jumped at the opportunity to provide take out and his customers were happy to have a chance to order and try Buona Forchetta’s dishes of pastas and pizzas to feed their families.

This is Cattaneo’s fourth Buona Forchetta restaurant. The other locations are in South Park, Liberty Station and Encinitas. Cattaneo came to San Diego from Bergamo, Italy in 2006 to earn a Master’s degree in Business Law. But his plans changed somewhat when he met and later married his now wife Alexa.

  • 0

South County Economic Development Council (South County EDC) announced today it will provide a one-time $5,000 loan with no monthly payments and zero percent interest collected to eligible restaurants in South County as economic relief in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The total repayment amount will be due until April 1, 2021. It is anticipated that a total of 50 loans will be provided.

This small infusion of funds is intended to assist South County small restaurants to remain open and continue to provide meals during this national emergency. South County EDC wants to invest in the small and independent restaurant establishments that make up a big part of the economic landscape of the region and is spearheading these efforts with a projected $250,000 in loans.

  • 0

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty would like to congratulate Shelly Klessinger on obtaining her Broker License. Shelly Klessinger is always striving to learn more, know more and be the very best, in her personal developments and real estate career.

  • 0

Your Coronado Chamber of Commerce invites you and your family to join in a game of Coronado Restaurant BINGO to help support our local eateries!

We will have 3 Prize Draws:

#1 for collecting order receipts from 5 of the tasty options on your Bingo card.

#2 for crossing off 8 or more options. (Bigger prize!)

#3 for completing a Blackout - all restaurants crossed off the card. (Bumper Prize!)

As well as purchasing food and drink, you can opt for Gift Cards of any denomination!

Prizes include Orange Ave beach towels, Restaurant Dining Gift Cards, Coronado-Opoly, Coronado License Plates and plus some exciting surprises you are going to LOVE! (Check the Coronado Chamber Facebook page for updates!)

  • 0

You have probably noticed the big gap in the middle of the block between Ninth and Tenth streets on Orange Avenue. The location was the former home of Bay Books. Dempsey Construction recently demolished the building and is working on making improvements to the structure and creating space for three suites: Suite A will be 1,650 sq. feet, Suite B, 1,311 sq. ft. and Suite C, 752 sq. ft. The building will also have a bathroom for use by F 45 patrons and a gym planned inside part of El Cordova Garage building. Eight feet have been taken away from the diminished building to create a 12 ft. wide breezeway that goes from Orange Avenue to the parking lot facing C Avenue. A small breezeway was already there but not available for use to the public.

Dempsey has done the partial demolition of the west side which includes the exterior walls, roof and concrete foundation. The reconstruction of a new concrete foundation and exterior walls to support existing roof, new storefront windows, new exterior finishes will take place over the next few months.

Chris Cardona, Dempsey Construction field operations, said that the building had some structural issues with the trusses which are being fixed. The exterior will have a light dash finish, which has a more urban look. The interior of the building will have high exposed ceilings. The construction crew found some interesting things like two and a half layers of roofing material over sheet metal and old trusses from around 1910. The new building will be modern and safe.

  • 0

It might not have made the headlines, but a recently passed piece of legislation could affect the IRAs and 401(k)s of millions of Americans beginning in 2020. So, if you have either of these accounts, or if you run a business, you’ll want to learn more.

The new laws, collectively called the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, include these noteworthy changes:

  • 0

Since Coronado was first introduced to McP’s Irish Pub, way back in 1982, the island has never been the same. “Entertainment Central,” is how many describe the Irish Pub on Orange Avenue.

This Tuesday, March 17, McP’s Irish Pub braces for the annual onslaught of everything and everyone Irish, as St. Patrick’s Day descends on Coronado Island, with food, drink and live music the rule of the day.

  • 0

When it was time to decide where to go to brunch with a few friends, the choice was mine and I picked Claytons’ Bakery & Bistro.

Since it opened last year, Clayton’s Bakery & Bistro has been a favorite place to go for many locals, including myself. With its European inspired decor and old world feel, the eatery feels cozy, warm and welcoming. I have often eaten there for lunch with my family, had breakfast and this time it was for brunch. I have also tried their amazing array of pastries and never been disappointed.

I met friends Sue, Robyn and Marg on a weekday morning after a workout and sat in one of the outdoor tables facing Orange Avenue. The bistro was buzzing with activity and every table was full inside.