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    National chain targeting outgoing Antique Center in Ocean Beach
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Jul 21, 2017 | 12391 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Target Express may take over the Antique Center (the large building with the orange stripe on the façade) on Newport Avenue. / PHOTO COURTESY OF TONY FRANCO
    Target Express may take over the Antique Center (the large building with the orange stripe on the façade) on Newport Avenue. / PHOTO COURTESY OF TONY FRANCO
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    Likely signaling the end of the mega-antique mall era in Ocean Beach, the Target Corp. is negotiating to acquire the 18,000-square-foot Antique Center building in the 4800 block of Newport Avenue. The large commercial building housing the antique business has been on the market listed at $6.5 million for more than a year. The building's owner is Craig Gerwig, who is also on the board of the local business improvement district, Ocean Beach Main Street Association.  Tony Franco, president of the Franco Realty Group in Pacific Beach, has been involved in brokering the OB Target Express deal. A Target Express is a downsized version of the original Target store introduced by the chain across the country in a variety of sizes and assortments meant to create a more locally relevant big-box experience in urban areas. Noting “landlords have done everything correct,” Franco said, during the long hunt for new tenants in the prime Newport Avenue commercial space, that “we brought this deal to all types of businesses including bowling alley operators, breweries and other grocery stores such as Trader Joe's and Whole Foods, and received many offers to lease only a small portion of the space.” Franco said it would have been too expensive to split the building up into four to six different smaller tenants. Pointing out the landlord's intention “has always been to get someone to take over the antique center,” Franco added, “We couldn't find someone to step up to the price that we wanted. So we brought this deal to the market for sale and for lease.” Franco noted “everything is still pending” about the deal, while adding he was not able to comment on the specifics of the Target deal. “However, I would encourage the public to contact us if they want to either buy the building, take over the Antique Center or lease the building with a new concept,” said Franco.  Saad Hirmez, owner of Apple Tree Market, which just re-opened in May at 4976 Newport Ave., expressed his own concerns, and those of some others in OB, that Target's entry into the beach market could threaten existing mom-and-pops. However, Hirmez did note that he has a verbal commitment from Target that the corporation “will try not to sell anything that competes with other local businesses. “There are a lot of existing businesses including a brand new grocery store and a hardware store across the street,” said Hirmez. “There are two major drug stores, a Rite Aid becoming a Walgreens within 30 or 40 feet of them, as well a CVS. The question is, what is Target going to not do to compete with existing businesses?” Hirmez said Target has however made one commitment it intends to honor in not competing with existing Obecian small businesses. “They have said they would not be selling alcohol in their new OB Target,” he said. Hirmez said the reconstituted Apple Tree Market has been warmly received by locals. “People are so thankful, so happy, that they got a grocery store back in OB,” he said. “We've just been overwhelmed by the response we've gotten back from the community. It's been magnificent.”
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    Hats, haute, and horses at Del Mar's Opening Day
    Jul 20, 2017 | 24526 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    La Jolla native Soha Dokainish checks out the horses in the paddock on Opening Day. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    La Jolla native Soha Dokainish checks out the horses in the paddock on Opening Day. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Cheekaboomboom, ridden by Flavien Prat, comes from behind to win the third race on Opening Day. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Cheekaboomboom, ridden by Flavien Prat, comes from behind to win the third race on Opening Day. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Katherine Perez of Otay Ranch participates in the hats contest. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Katherine Perez of Otay Ranch participates in the hats contest. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Nikki Bella, professional wrestler and reality TV personality, speaks with jockey Rafael Bejarano, who rode Bronzino in the second race, in the paddock on Opening Day. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Nikki Bella, professional wrestler and reality TV personality, speaks with jockey Rafael Bejarano, who rode Bronzino in the second race, in the paddock on Opening Day. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Brie Bella, professional wrestler and reality TV personality, with friend Shawna Allan (left), check out horses in the paddock on Opening Day. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Brie Bella, professional wrestler and reality TV personality, with friend Shawna Allan (left), check out horses in the paddock on Opening Day. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Lindsay Cazarez, of Newport Beach, participates in the hats contest. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Lindsay Cazarez, of Newport Beach, participates in the hats contest. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Mariah Meerschaert, of Solana Beach, and Brooke Hasselmann, of Carmel Valley, have fun at Opening Day. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Mariah Meerschaert, of Solana Beach, and Brooke Hasselmann, of Carmel Valley, have fun at Opening Day. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Soha Dokainish watches the horses being loaded into the starting gate for the fifth race of Opening Day. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Soha Dokainish watches the horses being loaded into the starting gate for the fifth race of Opening Day. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Belinda Berry, of Walnut Creek, participates in the hats contest. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Belinda Berry, of Walnut Creek, participates in the hats contest. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Fans in the grandstand watch the second race of Opening Day. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Fans in the grandstand watch the second race of Opening Day. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Alia Ahmed (left), of Orange County, has fun at Opening Day. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Alia Ahmed (left), of Orange County, has fun at Opening Day. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    People stream into Del Mar Racecourse for Opening Day. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    People stream into Del Mar Racecourse for Opening Day. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    A participant in the hats contest has fun posing. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    A participant in the hats contest has fun posing. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Competitors in the third race come around the first turn on the turf course. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Competitors in the third race come around the first turn on the turf course. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    La Jolla native Soha Dokainish at the rail during Opening Day. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    La Jolla native Soha Dokainish at the rail during Opening Day. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    From left: Aubrey Fohl, Christine Best, Lauren Donahue, Andria Elam, Lauren Jenkins, Virginia Foster, Carlene McKnight, Mollie Cameron, Belinda Berry, and Christina Stutz.
    From left: Aubrey Fohl, Christine Best, Lauren Donahue, Andria Elam, Lauren Jenkins, Virginia Foster, Carlene McKnight, Mollie Cameron, Belinda Berry, and Christina Stutz.
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    On a sweltering afternoon in mid-July, hats, haute, and horses assembled to live up to the hype of Opening Day for Del Mar Racetrack’s 78th summer season. Women in elevated heels – only surpassed by the cusp of their millinery adorned with flowers, feathers, and fillies – modeled colorful dresses with matching gloves that held the arms of suitors styled with jackets, ties, and toppers as they paraded into the racetrack on Wednesday, July 19. “It all starts with the shoes,” said Soha Dokainish, about constructing her outfit for the occasion. Her heels, a Carolina blue, led to a cerulean and white dress with a cobalt and cream hat. “It took a long time to create my look – like months,” said the La Jolla native, who checked out horses in the paddock and watched the fourth race of the day from the rail. The fashion – including the 23rd annual Opening Day Hats Contest, which drew more than 300 contestants – usually comes first, but soon after, the betting windows open and horses burst out of the gate. Del Mar presented a half-dozen stakes races during the first week, highlighted by an extraordinary running of the TVG San Diego Handicap on Saturday that saw overwhelming favorite Arrogate suffer a shocking defeat at the hands of Accelerate, in a race that drew a national buzz and added a whole new dimension to the track’s $1-million TVG Pacific Classic scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 19. Music and donuts The Summer Concert Series at Del Mar, held Fridays after the races, carries on with the Violent Femmes performance at 7 p.m. Friday, July 28. On Saturday, July 29, head to the Seaside Terrace area from 8 to 10 a.m. for free coffee, orange juice and donuts. Track announcer, Trevor Denman, will host a Q&A session with jockeys and trainers while attendees can watch horses do their morning workouts. Later that day, the Gourmet Food Truck Festival rolls into Del Mar with more than 40 vendors. On weekends, from 1 to 6 p.m. families may join the party in the infield with a variety of free activities including pony rides, face painting and an obstacle course. Children receive free racetrack admission, and for adults the cost is $6. Hats contest winners The winners of the Opening Day Hats Contest at Del Mar were announced late in the afternoon at the winners circle on the track. Categories included Most Glamorous, Best Fascinator, Best Flowers, Best Race Track Theme and Most Outrageous. Contestants competed for more than $5,000 in cash and prizes. The Grand Prize winner was Christina Stutz of San Diego who competed in the Most Outrageous category. Stutz won a Fairmont Grand Del Mar one-night stay and dinner for two at Addison Restaurant, featuring chef William Bradley's multi-course tasting menu with wine pairings valued at $1,000. She also received $300 cash and a Studio Savvy gift basket valued at $250. Stutz delighted Del Mar race fans with a grand scale presentation topped with an elegant life-sized horse enthusiast in a lovely hat of her own. The race fan topper carried an authentic 1948 vintage Del Mar racing program with betting slips. Stutz, whose hat took two months on-and-off to design, told the story about her father attending Opening Day in 1948 and was the inspiration for her clever take on the Del Mar scene. Christine Best of Carlsbad won the category of Best Flowers made of gorgeous live white orchids in an understated elegant form. Mollie Cameron of San Diego who won the Best Fascinator category wore an incredibly architected fascinator design that was stunningly simplistic and sculpted out of a single sheet of paper. The winner in the Most Glamorous category, Lauren Donahue from San Diego was dressed in a beautiful vintage lace dress and hand-made hatinator in beautiful fruit with flowers and ostrich feathers. And rounding out the field of winners in the category of Best Racing Theme, Lauren Jenkins donned a full size surfer wave, with horse race and aquarium atop a surf board themed "Where the Turf Meets The Surf." Racing at Del Mar happens Wednesday through Sunday with the exception of Closing Day on Labor Day Monday. First post daily will be at 2 p.m. First post on Fridays will be at 4 p.m. with the exceptions of Aug. 25 and Sept. 1 when the first post is 3:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.delmarracing.com.
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    Dog rehab facility in Point Loma needs new pool
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Jul 18, 2017 | 7966 views | 1 1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Marv and Max hang out after a rehab session.
    Marv and Max hang out after a rehab session.
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    Trish Penick, owner of Cutting Edge K9 Rehab, has successfully treated pooches in pools for years in the Peninsula. Now she needs a new venue to do the work she does best: helping restore injured canines to health utilizing the weightlessness of water. “We are losing our Point Loma pool in a few weeks and are desperately looking for a new local pool,” said Penick. “We are sending word out through social media and some other avenues.”  Penick, who received her physical therapy degree to treat humans in 1988, has since crossed species to focus her practice on dogs. She is now considered one of the leading experts in swimming and rehab for canines. For years, Penick has been leasing space in private pools in Point Loma, but must move on from her present therapy site. “We are looking for a lap pool ideally 20-feet by 40-feet, and 6 feet in the deep end,” Penick said of her ideal replacement pool. “It would be good if it did not have a lot of stairs, because a lot of our dogs can't walk.” Penick said she needs pool space just a couple days a week for a total of six to eight hours. The animal therapist talked about the physical benefits of rehabbing canines in pools. “[The water is] non-weight bearing,” Penick said, noting the most common physical ailment the dogs she treats involves bad hips or elbows. “Water takes away all the impact, takes away the pain, helping the dogs build their muscles back because they're not experiencing pain. On land, that pain, that inflammation, makes muscles shut off and atrophy.” Conditions including disc herniation, hip and elbow dysplasia, arthritis and obesity can be alleviated by swimming. One satisfied Penick client, retired Point Loma chiropractor Dr. Robert Tortora, swears by the quality of her care. He said his shih tzu-poodle mix Bailey has made substantially more progress with Penick's water therapy than he would have otherwise following surgery to repair his spine, which was impairing his ability to walk. Tortora was impressed by Penick's treatment methodology. “She put him on an exercise ball and rocked it back and forth to make Bailey work the muscles of his back legs,” he said. “Then she puts him in a lifejacket and has him swim for about 20 minutes. It's a workout.” Totora took Bailey for water therapy with Penick twice a week for five weeks, and is now down to once a week. He added the results have been impressive. “Bailey was 50 percent improved after his surgery, and now I would say he's about 90 percent improved,” Tortora said. “I started out with five-minute walks with him, and now I'm up to about 30 minutes.” Would Tortora recommend Penick's physical therapy services? “Without a doubt,” he answered unequivocally. Cutting Edge K9 Rehab Info: 619-227-7802 www.cuttingedgek9.com
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    July 19, 2017
    Animal acupuncture works well also.
    It’s always ‘72 and Hoppy’ in San Diego
    Jul 17, 2017 | 7008 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    72 and Hoppy was created with the intention to introduce new beer drinkers to the hoppy flavor profile for which San Diego is known.
    72 and Hoppy was created with the intention to introduce new beer drinkers to the hoppy flavor profile for which San Diego is known.
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    The San Diego Tourism Authority has teamed with Midway-based Bay City Brewing Co. to create a specialty beer, "72 and Hoppy," making America's finest city the first U.S. travel destination with an official brew. Tourism officials described the new craft brew, a session India Pale Ale, as "relaxed and refreshing,” as well as “vibrant and full of flavor.” “72 and Hoppy was created with the intention to introduce new beer drinkers to the hoppy flavor profile for which San Diego is known,” said Bay City spokesperson Hana Pruzansky. Pruzansky said Bay City Brewing Co., which is located at 3760 Hancock St., “is honored to represent the community of independent beer makers of San Diego, and hope this collaboration beer with the San Diego Tourism Authority will encourage visitors to dip into one of the most well-known beer mecca's of the U.S., helping the industry as a whole. “As independent beer makers, and in our case a family-run brewery, we are grateful for the opportunity to act as ambassadors for this industry and excited to encourage visitors to support our local businesses, a community that not only makes San Diego unique, but one we are proud to be a part of,” she said. IPA is a hoppy beer style within the broader category of pale ale. It originally denoted an ale that had been brewed from pale malt. Demand for the export style of pale ale, which had become known as India pale ale, developed in England around 1840. It later became a popular product there. IPAs have a long history in Canada and the U.S., countries whose breweries produce a version of the style. 72 and Hoppy will soon be available at local bars, restaurants, hotels and other attractions. Form more information on Bay City Brewing Co., visit baycitybrewingco.com.
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    Opening Week at Del Mar Racetrack: New attractions and world-class racing
    by BLAKE BUNCH
    Jul 14, 2017 | 25104 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    This year’s racing season will see Airrogate, who is favored in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, and is slated to run at Del Mar in August to race in the Pacific Classic. Also, a variety of spectator attractions will be featured for the first time. /  PHOTO CONTRIBUTED
    This year’s racing season will see Airrogate, who is favored in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, and is slated to run at Del Mar in August to race in the Pacific Classic. Also, a variety of spectator attractions will be featured for the first time. / PHOTO CONTRIBUTED
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    Wednesday, July 19 will mark 80 years of racing at Del Mar Racetrack. While the tried-and-true mainstays of social activity still bring out the masses, this year there are a few surprises in the works. From exploring different music genres, to world class horse racing and new spectator opportunities, things are going to kick off in true fashion of America’s Finest City. “This year we have a few new events that we’re really excited about,” said Craig Dado, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of the Thoroughbred Club. “On Saturday, July 22 (opening weekend), we will be hosting an event entailing Chargers players from the 1960s to modern day – thanking the fans for cheering them on all these years. During the event, the Chargers will be brought out to the winner’s circle by decade, and will sign autographs for half an hour.” Another major draw to this year’s racing season will be Arrogate, a top horse in the field, will be featured in the San Diego Handicap. Arrogate is favored in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, and Dado says they anticipate him to return to Del Mar in August to race in the Pacific Classic. “Arrogate is truly a remarkable horse,” said Dado. “He’s won over $17 million thus far, and only lost once in his career, so this is really big that he will be a part of the season.” As in years past, the live music aspect of this year’s race season will attract some of the biggest acts across various spectrums. Perhaps a first event of its kind, Del Mar Racetrack will host a country day at the track on Saturday, Aug. 5. On “country day,” spectators are encouraged to rock their best country gear (a bit different than typical attire) and will be treated to a chili cook-off. That evening, country music staple Billy Currington will take the stage. Two weekends after that, and on a polar opposite note, Ludacris will perform on Saturday, Aug. 12. “It is exciting to have such a wide array of entertainment this year,” said Dado. “From country one weekend, to hip hop shortly thereafter, there’s truly something for everyone. one of the busiest nights we should see this year, music-wise, will be local act Slightly Stoopid. They always bring a crowd.” As though the annual San Diego event did not already have mass appeal, this year’s attractions and race lineup should definitely bring out spectators in droves.
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