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Sears marks 20th anniversary of move to Hometown stores

This year marks two decades since Sears, Roebuck and Co. did a final run of its legendary “Big Book” catalog, closing its catalog stores and shifting to a new retail model of locally owned and operated dealer stores.

The move not only ushered in a new era for shoppers, but provided opportunities for entrepreneurs to operate their own local Sears Hometown Store. In Ramona, Amy and Jeff Ruland opened their Sears Hometown Store at 220 Rotanzi St. on the corner of Main in June of 1998. They marked their 15th year here last month.

New Old Town shop offers stroll through memory lane

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A new storefront that pays homage to the past is scheduled to open on Main Street today.

The Mason Jar is an antique and collectibles store that owner Debbie Roelle says has been in the works for about five years. Thousands of items, from vintage toys and tools to jewelry and kitchenware, await customers in a 3,500-

UPS delivers expanded store on Main Street

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Ramona’s newly remodeled UPS Store will host a grand re-opening celebration this month, complete with prize giveaways and other treats.

The celebration is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, at the Main Street business in the Stater

Chamber ribbon cutting

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Trez Gotredson, owner of Trezette’s Catering, prepares to cut the ceremonial ribbon marking her membership in the Ramona Chamber of Commerce. Based in Julian, the catering company specializes in creative gourmet appetizers and caters corporate events, wine-pairings, parties and weddings.

Couple turns weekend retreat into award-winning winery

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Milagro Farm Vineyard and Winery’s off-the-beaten-path location is spot- on in delivering a peaceful and picturesque setting for tasting award-winning estate grown wines.

The scenic drive to Milagro is just part of the adventure. From State Route 78 east, one turns north onto Old Julian

‘Total nightmare’ is over for Richardson Recycling

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It’s been a long haul for the owners of Richardson Recycling of Ramona, but they are ecstatic about their new digs on A Street.

“We were all outdoors,” Debbie Richardson said, explaining that their former operations at the site consisted of orange bins and seatrains. “This is like an extreme makeover took place. This is so much better.”

Ramona Senior Manor to provide care and comforts of home

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Giving elderly people a comfortable home and their families peace of mind was the intention behind building the new Ramona Senior Manor, said its owner.

“Providing affordable, sensible care solutions,” is how Harris “Jim” Jamil described his residential care home for the elderly.

Chamber award tops off good year for Pamo Valley Winery

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After receiving the Ramona Business of the Year award, Pamo Valley Winery owner Jennifer Jenkin noted that 2012 was a good year for her winery.

In addition to the award, presented at the Jan. 13 Ramona Chamber of Commerce Installation and Awards Banquet, Pamo Valley Winery was voted Best Wine in the Ramona Sentinel’s Best Of Ramona readers’ poll, was voted best wine-tasting spot in the Patch.com readers’ poll, and her tasting room achieved a five-star rating on

Big Apple Bagels hosts grand re-opening

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The new owners of Big Apple Bagels will hold a grand re-opening this weekend, offering free samples of food and opportunity drawings.

The celebration will be from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7.

Opportunity drawings will be held for free food prizes such as a dozen muffins or bagels, sandwiches, or breakfast or lunch for two. Customers can

New business promises ‘fast, friendly’ smog testing

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The newly-opened Ramona Smog Station is just that, said owner David Connor.

“Our focus is just your smog check,” he said. “We do all smogs.”

Many smog inspection locations are also repair shops, he noted, and will offer to repair a vehicle if it fails an inspection.

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