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Showroom to open

New Leaf Furnishings, a designer showroom, opens this week at 436 Main St.

Three Ramonans are partners in the new business: Michael E. Clack, who specializes in furniture repair and refinishing, and interior designers Sharon Davis and Claudia Dufrense.

Showroom hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Starbucks to open Friday, holds Friends & Family event Thursday


Starbucks will hold a Friends and Family event at its new store at Main and 13th streets on Thursday, Aug. 23, to kick off the official opening of the store on Friday, Aug. 24.

The Friends and Family event will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. and will offer complimentary food and beverages.

Located next to the Bank of Southern California at 1315 Main St., the new Starbucks store will have merchandise, free Wi-Fi, a patio, seating, food warming options and a drive-through, said a spokesperson for the company.

TL & Associates welcomes new office administator


TL & Associates welcomes Angel Belt to their office as the new office administrator.

Belt’s customer service background and real estate experience make her an essential member of the team, said Thomas Levin, broker/owner of TL & Associates.

She is a lifelong resident of Southern California, spending most of her childhood in Los Angeles and Orange counties. She obtained her California real estate license in 2008 at the age of 21 and

Chamber welcomes new member


RIBBON-CUTTING—Beebee Wilson, fourth from right, marks her membership in the Ramona Chamber of Commerce at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 25. Wilson is the owner of Beebee’s Massage Therapy and shares space with Loving Life Wellness at 1140 Main St. Celebrating with Wilson are her sister, Blanca Paige, standing next to her, and members of the chamber.

W. J. Bradley joins chamber


Mortgage Consultant Theresa Tynan, front row, fourth from left, and Loan Officer Shelly Heimer, to her right, prepare to cut the ribbon marking their W.J. Bradley Mortgage Capital branch office’s membership in the Ramona Chamber of Commerce. Also participating in the May 31 event are Tynan’s 9-year-old daughter, Elysa, and members of the chamber. The branch recently opened at 1925 Main St., Suite 2, next to Big Apple Bagels. Heimer and Tynan both wear boots to represent the branch’s participation in the Boot Campaign, a nonprofit organization that that helps returning soldiers.

Dr. Kentaro Yamada joins Ramona Eye Care

Dr. Kentaro Yamada, M.D., is the newest addition at Ramona Eye Care, joining Dr. Susan Cervantes, O.D.

Yamada, a general ophthalmologist and eye surgeon, is a board-certified diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Yamada performs cataract surgery, LASIK, corneal transplantation, and other surgical procedures. His services include the treatment of dry eye, eye infections, and eye injuries. He also treats glaucoma and glaucoma-related problems.

Gilchriests’ store featured in 2011 True Value annual report

Out of thousands of member owners in Chicago-based cooperative True Value Company, the Ransom Brothers True Value store in Ramona took the limelight in the co-op’s 2011 Annual Report, due in large part to the store’s new look.

In the March 2012 report, which the co-op distributes to its member base of more than 4,000 independent retailers, Ransom Brothers’ owners Jimmy and Joanne Gilchriest share photos of their newest

Krystal Klean joins the chamber


Krystal Klean, a window cleaning and pressure washing business, new to Ramona, marks its membership in the Ramona Chamber of Commerce at a ribbon-cutting event on April 26. Rick and Kim Lowe, second and third from left, get ready to cut the ribbon while their 13-year-old son, Jason, stands at far left

Drive-through Starbucks


Subcontractors work on a retaining wall for the Starbucks drive-through that is going in at the Bank of Southern California at Main and 13th streets. The bank will share space with Starbucks. Contractor Ron Cox of Heiman Construction of Solana Beach said Starbucks will occupy 1,800 square feet inside the bank, where he will be doing a remodel. Ramona architect Carole Wylie has been involved in the project and said completion is slated for November.

Coldwell Banker Country Realty receives top performer accolade

Coldwell Banker Country Realty in Ramona was a top performer for March among Coldwell Banker® affiliate offices throughout North America.

Jim Gillespie, chief executive officer of Coldwell Banker®, informed the Ramona real estate office that it ranked number 12 out of 463 offices in the office size category of 11-20 sales associates/representatives.