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Streets Division continues to remove parking meters in the commercial corridor. The work, which should be completed by mid-January, was delayed several weeks because of reduced crews due to COVID precautions and exacerbated by the City’s responsibility to remove holiday lights and banners. P…

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If there was a position for ambassador of the Coronado Cays it would have to go to Aldo Ciani, a resident and realtor in the Cays since 1972. Ciani and his wife Alberta moved to the Cays from Orange County to Antigua Village, which was only one of two villages built at that time. The landscape of the Cays looked different then with Jamaica Village, the only other village and two houses on Green Turtle. Ciani remembers white sand dunes all over. The family bought sand buggies to ride around their new neighborhood. Around the time Ciani moved to the Cays, a condo in Antigua cost $58,000, a number that was high in those days.

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Bay Books has begun informal local author Sunday book signings. Currently for the month of January, there will be a book signing with Nicole Paquin, author of “Sofia Madison and the Voice Within,”

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As we hope for a better 2021, you may have made a resolution to take better care of your body. I’ve personally struggled over the years with keeping up on my resolutions, and often don’t follow through. As this new year approaches, I’m more motivated than ever to feel better physically, lose…

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After the County of San Diego fell back into the most restrictive tier in November, when restaurants were required to move outdoors, the City offered curbside pickup spaces. Now that restaurants have been closed indefinitely for on-premises dining due to the Regional Stay Home order, the Cit…

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It’s that time of year again when we start thinking about the lifestyle changes we want to make as we enter a brand new year. For many, fitness plays some part in our goals for improving our lives and Chris Foote, owner of the Coronado Fitness Club gym, has a fresh perspective for positive growth.

Foote started the Coronado Fitness Club 11 years ago with the support of his family after moving to Coronado. Playing sports through college started his interest in health and physical training where he would help friends who were fellow athletes and went on to work at various gyms before starting his own. “I think I always knew that I wanted to do something in athletics, I loved being on a team,” Foote said. “I didn’t know I wanted to have a gym until I became a trainer and I just liked it. I got out of it for a few years but quickly discovered it was the only thing I was really passionate about for a career.” After working for larger gym corporations, Foote and his family, who had ties to Coronado and loved the city, decided to take a risk and open his own gym here. “I just saw an opportunity and it was a huge risk, and we just said, ‘why not?’”

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The rich history of businesses in Coronado is still here today providing us with a new generation of families who own them and are dedicated to this community.

Crown Cleaners is one of those businesses. Looking back at the pictures from the 1970s the location is the same and the cleaners has modernized and changed with the times. Its current owner is Sang “Steve” Gi, who bought Crown two years ago after the previous owner retired. Gi was born in Korea and moved to Brazil with his family when he was 10 years old. He spent 15 years of his life in Brazil as a student, until his family decided to move to the U.S. in 1998 for better opportunities.

“I have lived in San Diego for over 20 years and I love Coronado,” said Gi. “When the old owner of the cleaners contacted my family, it was a great opportunity to own a well established business and be a part of this community”.

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Since Hanan Martha opened her café in the Cays it has become a popular place for Cays residents as well people who live in the village and nearby Imperial Beach. Martha first opened a coffee cart in the Cays near the Homeowners Association office. Once she realized the business model worked,…

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Music is a universal language which everyone speaks. We hum or sing at odd times; sway, tap our foot, or swing a leg when a melody begins. We all wish we were musically talented and often regret not sticking with those piano lessons in childhood. Ms. Mariah’s Music, a new business at 505 Orange Avenue, offers an opportunity for people of any age, even three-year old children, to pursue a love of music.

Taking lessons at any age can result in a pleasurable hobby or a profession, but Mariah Gillespie, owner of Ms. Mariah’s Music, quotes research in her brochure touting early instruction as beneficial for brain development: “Playing music has more positive impact on the brain than any other human activity.” She continues with, “Exposure to music and music instruction accelerates the brain development of young children in the areas responsible for language development, sound, reading skill, and speech perception.”

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Old Goats and Kids Who Care delivered desserts to the staff at Sharp Coronado Hospital on Friday, Dec. 31 as a way to show their appreciation. “The staff was so appreciative on New Year’s Eve!” said Christine Santos, CMP, CHCP, Community Relations and Event Specialist at Sharp Coronado Hospi…

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The Old Goats Kids Who Care and David Spatafore met on Christmas eve before going on their way to deliver 50 desserts to the night shift at Sharp Coronado Hospital. The Old Goats Kids Who Care project now has 97 host sponsors who have directed over $10,000 in business to our participating lo…

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An annual holiday tradition at Sharp Coronado Hospital carried on this year in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sharp Coronado Hospital Auxiliary volunteers sewed, knitted and crocheted quilts and afghans for patients in Sharp Coronado’s long-term care units. While the volunteers were not permitted to go inside this year, they loaded up carts with the blankets outside the doors of the units shortly before care team employees, such as Victoria Risovanny and music therapist Haley DiPane, strolled down the hallways and helped hand out the blankets to patients.

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Local chef Ken Irvine teamed up with friend and tech entrepreneur Ralph Burleson to fill what they saw was a much needed platform for retail companies to help smaller, local businesses compete with the likes of Amazon. As they developed this technology, COVID-19 hit and drastically affected restaurants worldwide and a new idea was born – Dine.Direct.

“[Ralph and I] were chatting about Uber Eats, Grubhub, and other delivery services and how they were raking industry with exorbitant fees, eating profits that restaurants would be making and going to these big tech companies,” Irvine said. “We were making the product and Uber Eats was making all the money.”

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Congratulations to Claudette Harshberger! Claudette was the first place winner of Coronado MainStreet’s Shop Small Saturday raffle, and she won $250 in Coronado Currency! Coronado Currency is accepted at most stores and restaurants in Coronado and makes a great gift for everyone. Visit coron…

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If you stroll through the Ferry Landing you might run into Tali Bercovitz, owner of Miss Match Boutique and fashion guru. She’s been helping customers look and feel their best for over 10 years, though 2020 has brought on challenges unique to operating a clothing store during COVID-19.

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To say that Mary Frese is passionate may be the understatement of the century. Owning and managing Clayton’s Coffee Shop and Clayton’s Mexican Take-out is a huge undertaking on its own for her and her team. Then you take a short walk down Orange Avenue and you arrive at Clayton’s Bakery and Bistro.

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On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, Brian Savala of Sun West Mortgage, Jim Yeager of Nova Home Loans and Jim Nelson of Coldwell Banker/West Real Estate hand out turkeys and pies to current and past clients. This is the 11th year that the trio has passed out the birds and pies, though the fir…

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If you are a woman looking for a sleek, modern style to take you from workplace to evening without the chore of going back to your closet, there is the perfect new store in Coronado to help you succeed.

Opening three weeks ago, Wild Dove is the latest boutique in town, owned and styled by Rachel Webb. Located in a high profile location next to The Henry restaurant, Wild Dove is creating buzz for it’s creative window displays, modern outdoor walls, and the sophisticated clothing inside its doors.

When you look through the windows at Wild Dove, you quickly notice something different about their approach to grabbing your attention as you walk down Orange Avenue.

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Forty-three local businesses deliver festive messages in the Coronado Chamber’s joy-inducing Happy Holidays video, but only one of those businesses passes the mistletoe-accented sign from right-to-left. The Chamber invited eagle-eyed viewers to spot the switch in the direction and name the location for a bumper prize.

All entrants gave the correct answer - Nado Republic passed against the flow to Lamb’s Players - but Kathleen Rosania was the lucky winning name drawn from the hat.

“I live just off Orange Avenue so I am familiar with many of the friendly local business

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We know you want to show your support to Coronado restaurants, especially while they are limited to offering only take-out service, but what to order?

To help you decide, the Coronado Chamber of Commerce asked 12 local restaurant owners to make two selections: 1)the must-try menu item for people ordering with them for the first time and 2) something a little more unusual for regulars who always default to their same favorite!

We’ll kick off the two restaurants that have opened since the last lockdown - Parakeet Cafe at 1134 Orange Avenue with its super-healthy, prettily-presented fare, and Serrano’s Coronado at 126 Orange Avenue with its extra-tasty Mexican street food and creative cocktails.

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Sharp Coronado Hospital has once again been awarded Gold Certification for Excellence in Person-Centered Care by Planetree International. This Person-Centered Care Certification® recognizes the organization’s achievement and innovation in the delivery of person-centered care. Sharp Coronado Hospital is one of only 96 healthcare organizations worldwide to earn this prestigious award.

Gold Certification for Excellence in Person-Centered Care represents the highest level of achievement in person-centered care, based on evidence and standards. Person-centered health care prioritizes the active participation of patients and their families throughout the health care process with an emphasis on partnership, compassion, transparency, inclusion, and quality.

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In a unanimous decision on Dec. 3, the Advisory Board of Discover Coronado approved a new community initiative that addressees the urgent need for customers at local restaurants. As Covid-19 compliance guidelines continue to change, Coronado restaurants are in survival mode. With little or n…

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Dr. Alexander Phillips and Dr. Dan Hutchison are happy to be joining other dentists of the Patriot Study Club in its 25th Annual Toy Drive to benefit military families and San Diego foster kids. Dr. Kevin Kenny, originator of the Patriot Toy Drive and a local Coronado resident, is happy to b…

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First came Shop Small Saturday - the annual American Express and MainStreet tradition that shines a nationwide spotlight on independent retailers. Never have Coronado businesses needed your patronage more and it was an absolute delight to hear local retailers buzzing about all their happy customers - as Colette of Geppetto’s Toys marveled, “Our sales soared so much it felt like Christmas Eve!”

Then came the bad news - another lockdown. Although all Coronado retail will remain open at a 20% capacity throughout the next three-week period, shopkeepers know that foot traffic will be

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Sweet Soles has walked away with the top prize for Coronado’s Best Holiday Retail Window Display!

The sophisticated design, best described as Christmas Couture, features a gold mannequin resplendent in a ballgown with an ivy velvet bodice and floor-length skirt that doubles as a light-studded Christmas tree. The details are exquisite - the red ribbon-sash at the waist, the glittering mask-tiara - and that’s just the first window!

The second panel features a unique cluster of 500 ornaments strung on rustic twine reflecting the colors of the jewels winking in the sunlight at the highest point of the display - sapphires, rubies and emeralds. Embellished metallics add texture and flair.

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There are many reasons why your knees can have nagging, constant, and irritating pain. If your foot became stuck on the ground and your upper body twists over it, you may feel no pain at the time. However, later you can experience a significant amount of discomfort on the inside connection o…

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Coronado businesses help community organizer Col Michael Wastila USMCR kick-off this year’s Toys for Tots campaign. Your donations are needed now more than ever during this inauspicious period of COVID. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to any collection site from now until Friday, Dec. 18. Your thoughtfulness will help make a difference in the lives of San Diego County’s most needy children this Christmas season.

This year marks the 73rd year of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.

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It is hard to say goodbye after 11 years of serving food and seeing their customers’ happy faces, but it had to be done. Café di Roma owners Mary and Robert Jabalee had thought about retirement for a while. They first decided to close the doors of their restaurant in January 2021, then changed the date to December 2020.

This past August, Mary strained her back and although she recovered from her injury, she realized she is not getting any younger. She recently turned 70. “I’m healthy now. I don’t want to push it anymore. I want to have a slower pace and enjoy life more,” she said.

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Coronado may be missing its Annual Holiday Parade this week, but fans of this beloved tradition can revel in the nostalgia of Parades Past with a special 15 minute video broadcasting on Coronado TV this Friday, Dec. 4.

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With San Diego County in the state’s Purple Tier, more restaurants are offering outdoor dining, including in Coronado. As the weather grows colder, some businesses hoping to stay open are turning to tents to serve diners.

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All the heartwarming traditions of our Annual Holiday Parade will be sorely missed this year, but the team at the Coronado Chamber of Commerce are working as diligently as elves to bring you a special Holiday Sidewalk Sale on the weekend of Dec. 5 and 6.

Orange Avenue stores will be brimming over with gift ideas, stocking stuffers and major bargains, all accessible al fresco so you can shop safely in the crisp winter sunshine.

Treasures of the Heart is offering a great gift card deal of “Spend $25 Get $30”; the

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Ashley Mendham, a Coronado native with an experienced real estate career path, joins Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, in Scott Aurich’s office, as a Real Estate Sales Agent, available to work with buyers and sellers in Coronado and throughout San Diego County.

After graduating from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a major in Communications and minor in Art, Mendham moved to Dallas, where she began her real estate career working at a major commercial real estate management and development company specializing in high-rise buildings.

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After a long career as a Corporate Merchandising Executive, Pat Marshall relocated to Coronado. As the daughter of a Navy pilot, this was a place she visited throughout her life and where she hoped to retire. Once she made her home in Coronado, she pursued her passion for home décor and deco…

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This week I met with the executive chef at the Hotel del Coronado, Stefan Peroutka, to discuss the new offerings at the classic resort. Amidst the Del’s Master Plan of renovations and updates, locals and visitors can enjoy the recently reopened Sun Deck restaurant and ENO Market & Pizzeria, in addition to the outdoor Beach & Taco Shack and other favorites at the hotel.

Peroutka grew up in Austria where he learned the joys of cooking from his mother. “[Cuisine] was always really predominant in my house when I grew up,” Peroutka said. “Cooked meals and having lunch together as a family was always important. It was always something that was just in my life. When it came time to decide on a career I liked different trades and I wanted to do something with my hands and be more creative.”

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Dr. Kimberly Byers-Lund opened a new family practice medical office in Coronado on Oct. 5, 2020. Joining her in the practice are Dr. Neal Ridge and Natasha Hicks-Lubrano NP-C. 

Byers-Lund has been a family practice physician in Coronado since 1999. She has received numerous patient satisfaction awards and is happy and excited to serve her patients in a smaller and more personal setting. The new Family Practice Medicine group offers outpatient services to all ages, from newborns to centurions. Both Byers-Lund and Ridge are military physicians and are honored to care for military families.

Support staff members include Monica Medina, Cynthia Camacho, Polett Salazar, and Sam Lund.

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Christmas holds the gamut of memories for each individual. The pleasant ones include candlelight midnight services, stockings by the chimney, favorite carols, candy, and of course, Santa’s secret deposit of toys under the tree. Too many children, however, shudder at the thought of Christmas: no stockings, no candy, no Santa with toys, no food. Toys for Tots steps in to alleviate some of those memories. The familiar organization, mobilized in 2003 in Coronado that gained traction in 2006, is spear headed by Col Michael Wastila USMCR, a life-long resident of Coronado, who devotes time throughout the year to assure the program is effective. As the Coronado coordinator, he is responsible to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation for planning, organizing, and conducting the local campaign.

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To celebrate Small Business Saturday, Coronado MainStreet is organizing a Shopping Passport event again to reward the community for shopping at our local, independent merchants. Shoppers can qualify to enter a drawing for up to $250 and enjoy entertainment along the way.

Consumers play a key role in helping small businesses thrive. By shopping or dining at small businesses Nov. 28, Small Business Saturday, and throughout the year, shoppers are showing their support for the small businesses in Coronado and reinvesting in the community we call home. It is especially important this year.

Coronado MainStreet will provide Shop Small Passports as an insert in the Nov. 25 edition of the Coronado Eagle & Journal.

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This sign in the Starbucks Café on Orange Avenue reminds us all that, in challenging times like these, a little kindness can be the most important thing we have to share.

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The Glorietta Bay Inn has introduced a dedicated “Government Travel” page on their website to help local military get the very best value from their assigned per diems.

The key is to book direct with this charming historic hotel as you will receive the special rate of $149, keeping you comfortably under the $161 currently allotted for hotel stays. As a significant bonus you will also receive a priority room upgrade and complimentary parking. (Offer runs from now until February

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Are you struggling to turn your head while driving? Do you wake up in the morning with a stiff neck? Have a tense neck while on the computer or phone for a long time?

Symptoms of neck pain can be varied and unique. They sometimes show up as an aching muscle, spasms, and tension, or they can present as sharp-shooting discomfort and pain upon attempting to move the neck. Frequently, irritation in the neck is one-sided. Meaning you can turn your head to one side

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There is exciting news for existing and new patients of Coronado Eye Care: they have moved to a new location. You can find Dr. Stephen Moffett, Dr. Greg Giles and their dedicated and friendly staff at brand new offices located at 950 Orange Avenue. “If I tell people we are a few doors down from Starbucks and where the old Sunglass Hut used to be then everyone knows where we moved,” laughed Moffett.

Moffett has been leading Coronado Eye Care since 2003. The old location on Eighth Street became too small and it was time to look for something newer and more accommodating for their patients. “I also wanted to be in a place where I could secure a long term lease”, said Moffett. “The new office on Orange Avenue gives us a permanent home with more visibility, more space, and people know exactly where we are”.

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All the heartwarming traditions of our Annual Holiday Parade will be sorely missed this year, but the team at the Coronado Chamber of Commerce are working as diligently as elves to bring you a special Holiday Sidewalk Sale on the weekend of Dec. 5 and 6.

Orange Avenue stores will be brimming over with gift ideas, stocking stuffers and major bargains, all accessible al fresco so you can shop safely in the crisp winter sunshine.

Treasures of the Heart is offering a great gift card deal of “Spend $25 Get $30”; the

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Looking for a special gift for the Coronado-lover in your life? This exclusive, custom-designed Orange Ave keychain is the next best thing to having the keys to the City!

Commissioned by the Coronado Chamber of Commerce, this eye-catching gem features a retro-cute Orange Ave logo with a gold clip hook and stylish orange tassel.

“Not only is this keychain a great gift for you or a loved one, every purchase gives back to the local businesses that help make Orange Avenue such

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A crowd of more than 1,200 people showed up for the book signing of Dan Crenshaw’s first book, “Fortitude: American Resilience in the era of Outrage” on Saturday, Nov. 7. The line formed well before the noon start time and was wrapped around the corner and down two and a half blocks from McP…

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The Bridge & Bay Garden Club awarded the October Sport of Beauty to Nicky Rottens Bar & Burger Joint at 100 Orange Avenue. Manager Jerome Klein accepted the award from chairperson Marilyn Williams.

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Jessica Tompane is the owner and principal designer of J Hill Interiors, Inc. in Coronado. Not only are she and her former Navy SEAL husband celebrating their ten-year wedding anniversary, but J Hill Interiors just enjoyed a landmark accomplishment of 10 years as an interior design business in Coronado.

“J Hill is known for their timeless, diverse and layered designs,” said Tompane. “We have five designers on staff who each bring a different talent to the mix in our company. They are experienced designers on their own and bring an inherent set of knowledge from various aspects of design and building. When a client hires us they have the experience of a team with construction, interior design, estate, and refurbishment backgrounds.We pride ourselves in being able to work together to bring visions to life for our clients. We truly make each other stronger on each project. This is priceless for any project big or small.”

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When Juice Crafters came to town six years ago it brought new options for juices, smoothies and bowls. Now owners Jonathan and Carol Goldwasser have created a new brand and concept with Parakeet Juicery and Parakeet Café. While Juice Crafters changed its name to Parakeet Juicery, the couple also recently opened Parakeet Café in the former location of Café 1134. Parakeet Café offers a variety of of breakfast and lunch dishes with gluten free, vegan, paleo and keto choices in a bright, cheerful environment.

While at first the Goldwassers opened Juice Crafters as a reflection to their daughter’s strict food needs, the concept behind Parakeet Café is more of a celebration of her improved health. Their new business endeavors show the happiness in their lives. “Our daughter had a super strict diet with lots of raw foods and mainly vegan. The Juicery made a lot of sense. As our daughter grew …she was craving things I wasn’t giving her, like meat,” said Carol Goldwasser. “When you have a sick body, a plant based diet makes sense; with a healthy body you can add food variety with super clean, best quality.”