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The Coronado Chamber of Commerce was delighted to welcome the four candidates running for Coronado City Council to a socially-distanced forum at the Coronado Unified School District’s board room on Monday, Oct. 12.

Two elements set this forum apart. One, the questions were very much themed around Coronado businesses and our hospitality industry. Two, this was the only in-person forum of the candidates election cycle.

It was a pleasure to see Mike Donovan, John Duncan, Tim Rohan and Casey Tanaka interact and present such convincing cases for their seat on City Council. Everyone arrived wearing masks

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Mother-daughter duo Dr. Suzanne Popp and Dr. Natalie Bailey recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of Advanced Dentistry in Coronado. Popp bought the practice from Dr. Joseph Drazek (who had been there since 1972) when she moved to San Diego after completing undergraduate and dentistry studies at Marquette University in Milwaukee. “We have a couple patients here that were joking recently about who’s been a patient here the longest,” Popp mentions. “One has been coming here since 1975!”

Popp knew she wanted to work in a healthcare profession since she was young, and at 10 years old she decided that she would be to become a dentist. “I always had that focus to be a dentist then, and in high school and even in college. A lot of family and friends said I shouldn’t or couldn’t, but I ended up getting in [dentistry school] after two years of college and graduated in 1987.”

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Before the pandemic, hairstylist Carla Goldberg never thought she would be a salon owner. But life has a way of making things happen. Goldberg had been a hairstylist at Domani Salon for the past 13 years when owner Janice Rhea told her she was going to close the salon.

Goldberg was in a conundrum. She started asking herself what options she had, and where she would work next. “What am I going to do?… there was an option to take over the lease. My husband and I talked about it. It was not in the plans. I was doing hair and never really wanted to open a salon - which comes with its own headaches,” she said.

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There is a lot of information out there about bad posture and how to correct it. Phone and computer work created an epidemic of neck and upper back pains, originally triggered by bad posture. Shoulder and posture straps/gear are becoming more popular to purchase in order to get you quick relief! 

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Think back to some of your favorite family memories and I bet at least one of them involves play of some form – a board game night, tossing a ball around on a sunny day, maybe more recently putting together a mural-like puzzle? Geppetto’s Toys has been helping foster those feelings of fun-fi…

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If you haven’t heard of Wagyu beef you are not alone. It is a cut of meat that comes from Japanese cattle that has specific genetic qualities which create a marbling of fat in the muscle for a melt in your mouth feel when you eat it. Local Chef and Imperial Beach resident Steve Brown recentl…

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Hayley Beard, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Coronado, is sponsoring a Coronado Walk to END Alzheimer’s Disease from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 and begins at 963 Orange Avenue.

Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest fundraiser for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This year’s event won’t be a large in-person gathering, but we are still walking — and calling on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease.

This is a free event and open to all ages. Beard and her team will host a

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The year 2020 was supposed to be a festive year. It marks the tenth anniversary of Discover Coronado and there was much to celebrate. The Hotel del Coronado renovation was nearing completion and record convention business was producing a steady flow of meeting attendees into local businesses. Instead, 2020 will be the most challenging year on record.

Thankfully, Discover Coronado is no stranger to adversity. It was established in 2010 to reverse the impact of the Great Recession of 2008.

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Hayley Beard, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Coronado, is sponsoring a Virtual Alzheimer’s Panel Discussion on Tuesday, Sept. 29. Speakers for this important discussion will include Carolyn Ayres from Coronado’s Alzheimer’s support group, Margaret Herring of Herring and Herring Law, Dr…

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Coronado’s 1906 Lodge has been named one of the Top 25 Hotels for Romance in the United States by TripAdvisor’s 2020 Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best awards.

TripAdvisor is hospitality’s leading source of user-generated reviews and each year they pull together all the ratings and experiences that travelers share from across the globe in order to shine a spotlight the very best.

Manager Susan Nelson is delighted to receive this accolade, which is very much in keeping with the 1906 Lodge motto:

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During this time of social distancing, we are all looking for an outlet where we can see other people, talk to one another and get back to exercising again. With gyms closed and most sports being contact sports, there are very few choices when it comes to getting out and enjoying the Coronado weather and friends.

There is a solution - tennis! Tennis is an outdoor outlet where distancing guidelines can be followed, exercise and fresh air can be found and, warning, time on the court might lead to a love for the sport. There is a team of people at the Coronado tennis center working hard to show you love of the game.

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There will be a SunCoast Co-op Market yearly meeting to discuss the co-op market’s progress. This is an opportunity to get financial and growth updates, vote on any bylaw changes, and discuss plans for the coming year. Due to coronavirus, the meeting will be held virtually on Monday, Sept. 2…

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If you or a family member would like to get a flu shot, you can receive the vaccine at the Sharp Coronado Community Pharmacy. The pharmacy’s immunization hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also stop by Sharp Coronado Hospital’s

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Hayley Beard, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Coronado, is sponsoring a Coronado Walk to END Alzheimer’s Disease from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 and begins at 963 Orange Avenue.

Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest fundraiser for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This year’s event won’t be a large in-person gathering, but we are still walking — and calling on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease.

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Dr. Hillari Hamilton has joined the Discover Wellness family. She comes to Coronado after co-creating a trans-disciplinary approach to healing chronic physical and emotional pain in the Inland Empire. She is a chiropractor, hypnotherapist, and a Dr. Joe Dispenza-trained meditation facilitato…

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The Bridge and Bay Garden Club awarded the August Spot of Beauty to Chez Loma Restaurant. Manager Heather Nunnely accepted the award from chairperson Marilyn Williams.

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One of Coronado’s newest stores to open this season is The Gallery & Hemp Life, owned by San Diegan Michael Tepper. Despite multiple pushbacks on the originally planned grand opening due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the shop is officially celebrating with doors open to the public, masks on for the time being, this week.

The Gallery & Hemp Life isn’t just a shop for hemp products, however, and whether interested in CBD or not, residents and visitors will be able to enjoy the “Gallery” portion of the store’s namesake. Inspired by his wife, artist Rita Shulak, Tepper’s store is part art gallery featuring paintings curated from a variety of artists from San Diego and the world. “It’s eclectic, art and CBD. But there are all these artists, just even here in San Diego, so I said okay let’s do it. And actually, it’s very cool,” Tepper says.

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With the COVID-19 restrictions, small brick and mortars have had to adjust shopping experiences for customers and Scottish Treasures Celtic Corner is no exception.

“We want to make our customers and staff feel safe,” said owner Tricia Locke of Scottish Treasures Celtic Corner. “When restrictions were lifted for in store shopping, we immediately rearranged our aisles to provide safe distancing, added a mandatory contactless sanitizing station for those wanting to ‘touch’ product in the shop,

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With the COVID-19 restrictions, small brick and mortars have had to adjust shopping experiences for customers and Scottish Treasures Celtic Corner is no exception.

“We want to make our customers and staff feel safe,” said owner Tricia Locke of Scottish Treasures Celtic Corner. “When restrictions were lifted for in store shopping, we immediately rearranged our aisles to provide safe distancing, added a mandatory contactless sanitizing station for those wanting to ‘touch’ product in the shop, advocated mandatory mask wearing, and went to completely contactless credit card processing.”   

These are just some of the measures that were

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The Gensler Group is hosting two webinars coming up, Exit Strategy: How to Retire or Sell Your Business with Confidence on Sept. 15 and Understanding Medicare on Oct. 6. Both will be offered

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What is Sciatica? Sciatica is the irritation of the sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve in the body (it is technically composed of three nerves). It causes referred nerve pain in the lower back, hip, and travels down the distal section of the leg, into the foot. If you suffer from Sciatica, you may experience pain, numbness, and/or a tingling sensation in the leg.

Although there can be many causes which contribute to sciatica, there are three common issues which can be seen repeatedly. A herniated disc contributes to pain when bending forward. Stenosis and arthritis lead to pain when standing or walking. A pelvic problem, or issues arising from the SI joint (the connecting joint in between the sacral bone and the pelvis-hip bone) will flare up when sitting or lifting the leg while getting dressed.

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The Gensler Group is hosting two webinars coming up, Exit Strategy: How to Retire or Sell Your Business with Confidence on Sept. 15 and Understanding Medicare on Oct. 6. Both will be offered online via Zoom from 10 to 11 a.m.

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“How’s school going?” her grandma asked over the phone.

“It was alright,” Emma said shruggingly.

“C’mon, you gotta tell me more than that!” Her grandma pressed.

Emma paused, “I don’t know. I love my classes and teachers but I just can’t focus. It’s draining.”

Her grandma tried to empathize, “Yeah, getting back to school is always tough!”

“I don’t know. It’s more than that. It’s like I’m tired, but no matter what, I can’t fall asleep at night. It’s like all I can think about is all the schoolwork I need to get done, but when I start doing it, I feel overwhelmed and it’s hard for me to finish.”

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The Optimists were getting “perky “ at Coronado Coffee Company! The early risers are: Bob Sheridan,Bill Parry, Dan Hendrickson, Cynthia Kosciuczyk, Rob Kracht, Mike Lavin, John Watson, Lyman Green, and Dennis Dorman. Also of note, the Optimists are adding speakers to their weekly zoom call. …

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A new wave of scammers is targeting San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) customers, threatening to cut off their service unless they pay their utility bills immediately with prepaid cards. The most common tactic reported is scammers impersonating SDG&E’s billing department and asking for payment via Green Dot MoneyPak, a way of sending cash via prepaid or bank debit cards.

Known as the “Pay-by-Phone” scam, or “Green Dot” scam, criminals typically threaten immediate power shut-offs to scare customers into making an immediate payment. Once customers purchase prepaid debit cards, or make wire transfers based on the scammer’s instructions, they are asked to call another phone number to provide the card information, which allows the

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August 8, 2020 marked the 50th Anniversary of the four-story tower of Sharp Coronado Hospital. As we reflect on the history of the hospital, we also celebrate a family legacy that has helped to support exceptional health care in the Coronado community for decades.

Lynne Harpst Koen was presented with the Donald N. Sharp Medal for Philanthropy in appreciation for her recent leadership gift to Sharp Coronado Hospital. Koen continues the third generation of Harpst Family support that has defined and transformed Coronado’s community hospital.

In the late 1960s, Coronado was rapidly expanding. The historic Coronado Bridge was being constructed, the towers at Coronado Shores were being developed as well as the properties at Coronado Cays, and the population of the island was growing quickly. The need to expand our community hospital became evident.

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Coronado’s heritage resources benefit when the community and its leaders are informed about what’s happening on the island. Please note the following public announcements about the Historic Resource Commission Agenda:

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Serranos’ Coronado quietly opened almost two weeks ago in the former location of Mexican Village. Although unusual for a restaurant to open during the pandemic, manager Hailie Voskeritchian said the opportunity practically fell into the owner’s lap.

Oscar Serrano opened Serrano’s Street Tacos & Bar four years ago downtown San Diego on E Street between 6th and 7th avenues. With time, he started looking at opening another location. Voskeritchian said Serrano had looked at the Del Mar and Encinitas areas when the Coronado restaurant became available. The remodel was done quickly in about a month. “With COVID-19 everything was delayed with the fictitious name, business license… but we didn’t want to rush to open,” said Voskeritchian.

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Coronado recognizes that renters from all over the country enjoy our island during the summer. But, during this time of coronavirus, it can be difficult for visitors to know what the rules and expectations are, particularly as each state has its own mandates. Know that Coronado has your safety in mind and maintains a helpful website on guidelines and Covid 19 information, updated daily.

To Mask or Not to Mask:

Perhaps the most visible and asked-about concern is masking. Facial coverings are mandatory in public settings for everyone when six feet of space cannot be maintained, and applies to anyone who is not a family member. Children under the age of two are exempt from wearing masks.

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It was like a scene from Ocean’s Eleven: one by one the Coronado Chamber of Commerce board members assembled on the marina view promenade outside City Hall for an unconventional swearing in ceremony.

As with the movie, each individual brings their own particular expertise and skill set, with businesses ranging from banking and investments to real estate and restaurants. Whether you are in need of military precision or a hospitality tradition, this team has it covered.

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There are two things you need to know about Loews Coronado Bay Resort’s Managing Director Tony Phillips. First, he has been in the hospitality industry since he was 14. Second, being Managing Director of the Loews in Coronado has long been his dream job. Phillips said, “My wife and my boss knew if there was a possibility, I wanted to run this ship. It took several years and a pandemic for that to happen.”

As for his hospitality background Phillips said, “I jumped right into this field actually in Durango, Colorado. My cousin was the kitchen manager of a little diner, and I was working washing dishes and ultimately cooking on the line when I was 14 years of age.” To be legal, let’s say he was 16, and had the appropriate student work permits, but the statute of limitations has long since passed.

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It has ben a tough year for Coronado businesses, with changing regulations and fear of the pandemic threatening the future. Coronado Rotary counts many local business owners as members and the club has gotten behind support efforts such as purchasing gift cards and buying locally. Bryn Butol…

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As part of the new normal during the pandemic, take out and food delivery directly to your home have become more and more popular. Recently, Ricochino, a company that makes premium taco delivery kits based out of Tent City restaurant, has made its debut in Coronado.

Started by five partners who include Tent City owner Alberto Mestre, Ricochino is under the umbrella of Rico Squad, a restaurant consulting firm. One of Ricochino partners, Preston Cobb explained that the idea of the taco kit delivered to your home started after COVID-19 - which caused restaurants to first close and then operate under strict rules. “Restaurants are facing problems, some people are afraid of eating at restaurants,” he said.

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Warm summer days and nights have come to Coronado, bringing out guests eager for a small touch of normalcy. Local eateries and retail shops have instituted many new practices and procedures to offer the safest dining and shopping environment possible. Shoppers and diners are, or course, remi…

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The Bridge and Bay Garden Club awarded the July Spot of Beauty to Garage Buona Forchetta Restaurant. Owner Marco Zannoni accepted the award from chairperson Marilyn Williams.

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At the conclusion of their single-topic, 93-minute meeting, held July 28, 2020, the City of Coronado’s Planning Commission voted 4-1 to deny three permits requested by partners Crown Manor Owner Christopher Bower, and Co-applicant the Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton. If passed, the permits would have allowed overnight accommodations and events at the 1015 Ocean Boulevard location, which was built in 1902.

Specifically the agenda item called for consideration of a Major Special Use Permit, approval of a Parking Plan, and a Coastal Permit for the location, which is in a R-1A single family residential zone. Crown Manor was designated as a historic resource in October 2001, and a Mills Act property in October 2002.

There is a portion of the Coronado Municipal Code which according to the City Staff report on the agenda

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Style and comfort don’t always go together but it can happen. Just check out Querida Costa, a new women’s clothing store recently opened in the Cays. Ana Travé Yvern is the owner of the new store which has introduced to the U.S. the Pearl & Caviar brand, a holiday lifestyle collection designed and made in Greece.

Travé Yvern was already an entrepreneur and co-owns two beachwear boutiques in Puerto Vallarta, when she traveled to the island of Mykonos, Greece and discovered Pearl & Caviar, a brand that highlights Grecian-chic culture and elements of architecture and design.

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The next Dine Out! Coronado is set for this weekend, July 31-Aug. 2. All you need for your organized picnic is a takeout order from your favorite local restaurant and a reservation.

The City, the Coronado Chamber of Commerce and Coronado MainStreet thank residents for making the events a success during this difficult time for local restaurants impacted by the ongoing pandemic.

“Residents are really responding to our outdoor picnics,” City Manager Blair King said. “We are hearing great things from those who participate and we are happy to encourage people to pick up a

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Tanya Garfield, Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Field Operations Center-West announced today that low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to San Diego County small businesses affected by the civil unrest that began May 26, 2020. SBA acted under its own authority to amend its July 7 declaration following a request received from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s designated representative, Mark S. Ghilarducci, director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services on July 24, 2020.

The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Amador, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Imperial, Orange, Placer, Riverside, Sacramento, San Diego, San Joaquin, Solano, Sutter and Yolo counties.

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While summer is traditionally the season we excitedly vroom off on a road trip, fly to a distant shore or explore a new city or culture, 2020 is all about the staycation. Coronadans may have the great advantage of being based in paradise, but it’s easy to slip into familiar habits and forget just how many wonders our little island has to offer, which is where the new OrangeAvenue.com website comes in…

This 250+ page resource showcases every store, restaurant, entertainment venue, salon, spa, gallery, tour, and outdoor recreational activity in Crown City. And with over 1,000 new images, you are sure to see Coronado with fresh eyes!

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The City will offer a second chance for residents to enjoy a picnic dinner at an outdoor dining venue at Spreckels Park this weekend.

The City, the Coronado Chamber of Commerce and Coronado MainStreet hope residents join them in supporting local restaurants impacted by the ongoing pandemic by picking up a take-out order on Friday or Saturday, July 24 or 25.

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In these past few months, we have all had to adjust to a new normal, most of which now happens in the home. Staying in shape, even pre-quarantine, was challenging for most people. The Sharp Coronado Hospital Healthy Living Center (HLC) recognizes that and is doing everything it can to keep its community members physically and mentally well.

For those who are able to leave the house, the HLC is providing outdoor personal trainer appointments. Employees are masked and socially distancing under a