As austerity measures have kicked-in to help slow the spread of coronavirus, individuals and small-businesses alike everywhere are adapting to the new realities of everyday work and life. Scores of people have lost their jobs, at least temporarily, while others are working from home.
Restaurants have adjusted to having take-out and delivery only, beaches, parks, and trails are closed, while only essential shops like gas stations and grocery stores remain open.
The Peninsula Beacon asked workers and small-business owners to share what they’re doing to adjust and cope in these uncertain times.
“We are reaching out to the community to inform them about our local businesses that are still offering goods and services and especially take-out food, posting the businesses on our website, but It’s a moving target,” said Denny Knox, executive director for Ocean Beach MainStreet Association.
“As the restaurants contact us, we post the information as quickly as we can, but we have limited staff time and diminished resources. We’re getting tons of information for the City, County, and state. We’re filtering it and posting it as quickly as possible and getting it out to our members.”
Added Knox: “We’re trying to remain calm but hopeful that this community will rebound when this is all over. Since just about everyone is in the same boat, people are generally being really nice to each other and showing genuine concern for each other. We are swamped with stuff to do.”
- Dana Cahill and husband Donato Malavarca have run F-Max Fitness at 1065 Rosecrans St. for about 18 years. Dana said they’ve shifted to offering online workouts, as well as doing one-on-one training to compensate for their gym being closed to groups.
“About 80% of our clients are choosing to stay at home, so we’re only doing private, one-on-one sessions where it’s just one trainer and one client,” she said. “That brings in some income at least. We’re keeping our doors locked and only letting in one person at a time while making everyone wash their hands before and after.”
Noting many of her clients are 65 and above, Dana added their facility is doing everything to accommodate them including hosting online, interactive workouts. But she warned, “The reality is we’re scared because it’s a make-it-or-break-it situation.”
- Costa Rican SDSU student Madeline Norman was working for Pizza Nova in La Jolla until she got laid off due to the pandemic. She is now in a bind: Norman can’t return home because the Costa Rican border has been closed, and she’s also committed herself by giving 30-days notice to her landlord.
“I am now stuck here indefinitely with no job and soon no place to live,” Norman said. “Our particular restaurant already has a staff for taking out and delivery during normal circumstances, so they have priority for what shifts may be available at this point. We have all been urged to apply for unemployment, which I have done.”
Pointing out she can’t pay for $1,100 monthly rent, utilities, a car payment, and car insurance, Norman lamented, “I hope my landlord is lenient about my paying rent through part of April until my 30 days notice is up and I can move in with friends.”
- “I lost 50% of my income when I lost my job working part-time at a restaurant,” said Megan Stone of San Diego, who has worked as a brewer and has done marketing for local breweries. “I’ve been fortunate to be able to work at home.
“A lot of my training in the past in brewing has helped me with problem-solving, hopefully, I can find ways to supplement my lost income. I’m also trying to help others with a blog post on social media (@isbeeracarb) showing links to unemployment and other resources.”
Small-business owners too are going above and beyond to adapt and accommodate customers during troubled times.
- Megan Carter, owner of Green and Ivy Cleaning Services covering the Peninsula, is preparing for the worst by cutting back.
“We closed down today except for vacation rentals and move-outs where no one is in the houses,” said Carter, who started her successful business in 2019 cleaning a friend’s home. Added Carter, “My passion is running a business. I clean small restaurants, offices and vacation rentals. Ideally, I would like to get into all these offices that are (now) closed.”
- Pet sitter Allison Shea of Allison Shea’s Lucky Dogs in OB, who handles just about every pet (except spiders), is also grappling with holding the line on securing work and holding her own.
“We’re all in the same boat,” she said. “I’m just trying to stay calm and not be overwhelmed. But this is my livelihood. I’ve been doing it for five or six years.”
Shea, who has won the Peninsula Beacon’s annual “Best Of” award for pet-sitters, noted she’s not in bad shape financially. “I’m a good saver. I’ve saved some money.”
But she was quick to add, “Nobody is traveling now so house-sitting – I’ve lost that income. I don’t spend money before I have it. I’m dealing with it day-by-day.”
- “If you are hungry and want to grab a bite to eat, Konito’s (1730 Garnet Ave.) is open for takeout and is also accepting phone orders,” said owner Joe Bettles. “The restaurant has put markers on the ground so that people picking up food are standing six feet apart. It’s even set up so that customers will be six feet away from the cashier.
“It’s been hard but our employees are making the most of it and our customers are incredibly gracious with the changes we’ve had to make. We went from an all-cash business four years ago with no phone orders, to now accepting only credit cards, taking phone orders, and soon will be using delivery apps.”
- “To support our community, we are proud to offer free pick up and delivery with any service,” said Randy Begin, owner of Cass Street Automotive at 5165 Cass St. “Once we've picked up your vehicle we are encouraging no-contact and can communicate all details of repairs over the phone, take payment over the phone and then return the vehicle to the original pick-up location.”
Added Begin: “If you prefer to use our convenient drop-off system, just park your car on our lot anytime and grab an envelope from the small mailbox hung by the front door. Fill out the required information and our staff will deal with the rest of the services electronically.”
- Sarah Mattinson, owner of Olive Cafe and Olive Baking Co., 735 Santa Clara Place, in Mission Beach, has found a way to remain open by expanding her repertoire.
“We are so grateful to be able to stay open and provide the local community with food,” Mattinson said. “The bakery and cafe have taken as many precautions as possible while we serve the public. Limiting the number of customers inside, increasing the sanitizing of, well, everything, and abiding by the suggested six-foot distance between people.”
Added the restaurateur: “We are baking lots of bread and pastries to keep up with the demand. We are also offering other essential staples – milk, eggs, butter, cheese, rice, pasta, soup, crackers, paper towels, and toilet paper, just to name a few. We are encouraging call-ins for curbside pick-up as well as local deliveries,” Mattinson said. “You can reach the bakery at 858-291-8222. New extended hours from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.”
- Olive Cafe is also open for to-go orders, curbside pick-ups and deliveries selling grocery items including produce. The cafe at 858-488-1224 and extended hours are from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Insomnia Cookies at 1997 Garnet Ave. is now offering a number of delivery options for “Insomniacs” including those outside of their normal delivery radius. To see if your home falls within the new delivery radius, visit their website and enter your address.
- Another local eatery helping out is The Melt, at 8849 Villa La Jolla Drive. The restaurant is offering free meals (up to $15) for all hospital and medical staff beginning this week. Medical staff just need to show their medical badges. All meals are to-go only.
The Melt’s chef-created menu features handcrafted MeltBurgers made from a blend of Angus and Wagyu beef, grilled cheeses, crispy fries, homemade mac ‘n’ cheese, milkshakes and soup, and salads.
- Like the big boxes, Crest Liquor Deli at 3787 Ingraham St. in Pacific Beach had a run on toilet paper and similar necessities but store general manager Jason Clark noted, “It’s been pretty busy, pretty steady, the last week or so.”
He added: “We did run out of toilet paper early-on, which was not really a surprise. We’re definitely making sure we get more. People are coming here now because they don’t want to go to Trader Joe’s or Vons where they know they don’t have anything but canned goods and refrigerated foods.”
The long-time shop has also partnered with the downtown restaurant Social Tap to offer grab-n-go meals.
- Ocean Beach People's Organic Food Market at 4765 Voltaire St. was also holding its own.
“We’re doing well, though we have depleted shelves for a lot of groceries,” said store manager Sarela Bonilla. “We’ve restricted our entire staff, including cashiers, not to come within six feet of people. We’re replenishing our milk and kinds of pasta and canned soups that had been depleted. On the positive side, the community is banding together.”
- John Gelastopoulos, owner of Broken Yolk with locations in PB and Midway, said his business is down since the order was given for restaurant take-out and delivery only.
“Things are not good,” he said. “People are staying at home. Some of my employees have had to go on unemployment. My business is down 75% to 80%.”
Added Gelastopoulos, “We’re giving away free coffee or orange juice to our customers to show our appreciation for their coming in and taking their orders to-go. I just hope this will be over pretty soon. We have to stay optimistic and positive.”
- Michael Saad owner of Point Loma Shelter Island Drug Store at 1105 Rosecrans St., pointed out he’s coping with a tough situation.
“Everybody is under a lot of stress,” he said. “It’s a very difficult situation to try and run a business this way. But we’re trying to stay open and provide essential services, which we have a responsibility to do. We’re trying to do as many deliveries as possible, trying to have pick-up at the front of the pharmacy where people don’t have to come into the store.”
- Barons Market, at 4001 W. Point Loma Blvd., extended shopping time for customers over 65 to shop at any store location exclusively from 9-10 a.m. The regular market hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. to allow extra time for extensive sanitizing of the store.
- Jensen’s Foods, at 955 Catalina Blvd., has senior shopping from 6-7 a.m. Regular shopping hours are 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
5 BEERS FOR QUARANTINE
In support of the local breweries, we asked brewer and beer aficionado Megan Stone (@isbeeracarb) for her recommendations for beers to enjoy while stuck at home. Sláinte!
1. The Pupil by Societe.
2. Clever Kiwi by Burgeon.
3. Rain by Pure Project.
4. Bacon and Eggs by Pizza Port.
5. Eppig, and Burning Beard are both making great beer.
FIND TAKEOUT NEAR YOU
Many restaurants remain open with reduced staff and increased health protocols to service the community and to weather these very challenging times. To aid in the communication of dynamic changes in the industry, SanDiegoRestaurantWeek.com is now a resource for San Diegans to find restaurants that are currently still open and offering food for pick-up and/or delivery.
The site is searchable by neighborhood, food type and average meal price and provides easy links to online ordering and meal delivery platforms.
For businesses still open in Ocean Beach, Point Loma, and Liberty Station:
If you have lost work or have had your hours reduced, you may apply for Employment Development Department unemployment insurance. Gov. Gavin Newsom has waived the one-week waiting period for benefits and is looking at expanding unemployment insurance claim offerings. Visit edd.ca.gov to file for unemployment insurance.
Here is a list of some of the restaurants and businesses that are open for takeout/delivery and online sales and activities in the Ocean Beach and Point Loma areas.
For updated information on businesses, visit their website, social media or call.
4820 Newport Ave.
5025 Newport Ave.
5022 Newport Ave.
4984 Voltaire St.
Chris’ Liquor & Deli
2275 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.
3960 W Point Loma Blvd.
Daybreak Island Grill
2296 Bacon St.
1929 Cable St.
5010 Newport Ave.
It’s Raw Poke
4991 Newport Ave.
Litickers Mexican Grill
4955 Voltaire St.
Little Chef Chinese Food
4910 Newport Ave.
Mad Munch Grilled Cheezers
4871 Newport Ave.
4955 Newport Ave.
Mike Taco Club
5060 Newport Ave.
Just stop by
Mr. Moto Pizza
1929 Cable St.
Newbreak Coffee & Café
1959 Abbott St.
Newport Quik Stop
4921 Newport Ave.
Nico’s Mexican Food
4918 Newport Ave.
Bulk beans available for delivery.
4994 Newport Ave.
OB Noodle House Bar 1502
4993 Niagara Ave.
OB Voltaire Quik Stop
4984 Voltaire St.
Olive Tree Deli
4805 Narragansett Ave.
Old Town House
4941 Newport Ave.
Poma’s Italian Delicatessen
1846 Bacon St.
1956 Bacon St.
Raglan Public House
1851 Bacon St.
5049 Newport Ave.
Sundara Indian Cuisine
1774 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.
4723 Point Loma Ave.
Surf Rider Pizza
2163 Abbott St.
1912 Rosecrans St.
2232 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.
The Coffee Method
4993 Niagara Ave.
4935 Newport Ave.
The Tilted Stick
4970 Voltaire St.
Pirates Cove Tiki Port
2201 Cable St.
Your Mama’s Mug
4967 Newport Ave.
1776 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.
Vlil’s Heath Bar
4861 Newport Ave.
Take out available. Click here.
Moniker Coffee/Moniker General
Coffee to go and curbside grocery options. Click here.
Point Loma Tea
Online sales and virtual tea tastings. Click here.
Take out available. Click here.
Curbside pick up and online cooking classes. Click here.
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens
Special pricing on to-go orders. Click here.
Beer and wine options available with food orders. Click here.
Wicked Maine Lobster
Live lobster and frozen tails available for delivery. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ONLINE CLASSES & EXHIBITIONS
Artist Leslie Pierce/ And Something Different Studio
Online art classes beginning March 30. Link
Online exhibition available here.
Lovejoy Creations Studio
Outside the Lens
Virtual workshops, screenings and other events coming soon. Check their website for updates here.
Providing engaging activities for families with little ones at home. Check out family friendly activities and read-a-louds on their Instagram here.
San Diego School of Ballet
Online ballet, pilates, tap and stretch classes for students at home. The classes are 1 hour and are free with a suggested donation. Class schedules and information available here.
San Diego Watercolor Society
Shop online through March 29 and see April Members Show, ‘Cheeky Monkey,’ online after April 2. For online shop and exhibit information click here.
Virtual music classes for families available beginning April 6. Tuition includes three classes per week for 10 weeks. For additional information and resources, click here.
Theatre Arts School of San Diego
Free and low cost online classes available for young theatre artists to feel inspired, supported, and engaged. Participate in classes remotely from home using Zoom. For information and to register, click here.
The Energy Coalition
Environmentally focused PEAK@Home lessons can be done with materials found at home. Online Professional Development Training for PEAK programs is available to all educators TK-8th-grade. All opportunities are FREE and some require registration. For more information and resources, click here.
Visions Art Museum
Online classes and a virtual gallery docent tour throughout the month on their Facebook and Instagram pages. Visit their website for activities, online challenges coloring pages and more. For more information click here.
ONLINE SALES & SERVICES
Apricot Yarn & Supply
Shop online, curbside pick up, phone in orders available Mondays-Fridays 10am-12pm. Free shipping for San Diego addresses. To order, click here.
Hire Heroes USA
Professional development services to active duty military, veterans, and military spouses. Services are provided completely virtually including workshops and career fairs and at no cost to the service member or spouse. For more information, click here.
Karen Jones Fine Art
Originals and prints, cards as well coaster tiles available for sale. For information and pricing, click here.
Lauren LeVieux Artist Studio
Original oil paintings available to view and purchase online here.
Painting KITS- supplies shipped to you! Choose from one project, three projects or Paint Your Pet at Home. All projects are geared toward first time and beginner painters of all ages. Purchase here.
Open for business and offering free delivery and in-store pickup. For questions and information click here.
The Hot Spot
To-Go Pottery, Mosaic & Slime kits are the perfect way for some "in home" creativity. For more information click here.
Place custom invitation orders. Consults available via phone or Zoom and samples and swatches will be mailed. For information and to make an appointment, click here.
This list does not represent all restaurants and businesses open in Ocean Beach or Point Loma.
Schools out… for the summer?
Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom said most schools will not return to class this spring due to the school closures associated with the coronavirus pandemic.
The closures have caused teachers and parents to quickly put together resources, schedules and plans to keep students on track with learning goals. In San Diego, the San Diego Unified School District announced a partnership with KPBS and the San Diego County Office of Education to continue to provide learning resources for its students. The partnership will include a TV broadcast and an online component.
The TV programming will air on KPBS 2 from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. The content will be aired according to grade levels (6-8 a.m., grades TK through 3; 8 a.m.-1 p.m., grades 4 through 8; 1-6 p.m., grades 9 through 12). The digital component will provide access to a library of free educational videos, lesson plans and training sessions. Schools are also continuing to provide food for students in need.
Having students and young children at home provides time to bond as a family, but it also means parents and caregivers are responsible for keeping everyone busy and engaged. Below are some resources to help better structure the time without it turning into a movie marathon day after day.
Consider taking a virtual tour. While you may not be able to physically go to a museum or theme park right now, some are offering virtual tours at https://bit.ly/2JbidYw. Try checking out of these national parks in California virtually: Death Valley, Channel Islands, Joshua Tree, Redwood, Sequoia, Yosemite.
The San Diego Zoo has a full webpage dedicated to children that include facts and videos about different animals, activities, and games. The Women’s Museum of California has digital exhibits available where students can learn about notable women of California, women in the military and more.
MOVIES AND SHOWS
Universal Pictures is releasing some of its movies early on digital platforms, including “Trolls World Tour,” which will be available Friday. Disney+ released “Frozen 2” earlier than planned on its streaming platform earlier this month.
Some educational companies are offering free subscriptions during the school closures and Scholastic is releasing free courses daily through its “Learn from Home” website. The site offers projects for students related to reading, history and more. Its projects are divided by grade-level.
You can also take advantage of digital access to San Diego County libraries, which provides access to e-books and audiobooks.
NASA is providing access to its digital images through this website. Paris museums have put images from their collections online. The Metropolitan Opera in New York is streaming live performances nightly.
Consider turning to Instagram accounts for arts and craft projects. These teachers and parents share ideas on making things and fun activities that can provide a break from a screen.
For a full list of resources, click https://bit.ly/2UcAWZP.
Lynn Walshis a freelance journalist and an Obecian. She works to promote trust between journalists and the public through the Trusting News projectand teaches at Point Loma Nazarene University. Originally from Ohio, Lynn has grown to love living at the beach and posts way too many San Diego sunset photos on Instagram.
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