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New Shop offers a little bit of something for everyone


Whether it’s a cool-looking piece of handmade silver jewelry or a guide to eastern religion, the newly opened Unicorn Books and Gifts offers a little bit of something for everyone.

Owner Stacy Bart opened the shop at 780 Main St., next to Ramona Tan, earlier this year.

“I was looking for a shop like this in town and there was none … and so when the opportunity arose, I thought I’m just going to do it,” Bart explained. “I’m going to have that eclectic, kind of funky place

Pacifica Spa nears 1-year anniversary


Pacifica in Italian means “peaceful,” noted Michele Radeke when describing the atmosphere of her Pacifica Spa Studio in downtown Ramona.

Offering classic and therapeutic spa facials, customized back and body treatments, waxing and different massage techniques, Pacifica Spa is nearing its one-year anniversary.

Radeke, a massage therapist, said, “It’s just always been a dream to have my own business.”

AccuTech provides computer repair and support

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Computers aren’t intelligent—they only think they are, said Terry Koehl, owner of AccuTech Support in Ramona.

When your computer seems to take on a mind of its own or breaks, it can be a very frustrating and time-consuming experience to return the computer back to its correct state, said Koehl, who recently opened his doors for business in Ramona.

Just-N-Time Deli owner banks on freshness


Like so many Ramona residents, welder Justin Humbert saw his work slump off in the bad economy. Though he could have chosen to dwell on the negative, the 37-year-old instead focused his attention on opening Just-N-Time Deli in the Albertsons Shopping Center.

“I grew up in the restaurant industry and just happened to get the opportunity to go to welding school about 12 years ago and did that and got a job in

Wine and beer bar opens in Ramona Business Barn

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Southern California Wine Co., a family-owned business, celebrated the grand opening of its wine and beer bar in the Ramona Business Barn last weekend.

Nathan Marsh, his wife, Sandy, and son, Garrett, own and operate the Southern California Wine Co., specializing in local wines and beers.

“Most of our wines are from Ramona,” said Nathan Marsh.

Ramona Tan becomes a family business venture


Family ties are important to the mother/daughter business duo at Ramona Tan.

“At any given moment we have four generations in this salon working,” said Venetia Farmer, co-owner and cosmetologist at Ramona Tan.

“I like the convenience of having a family-owned business,” said her daughter and business partner, Onaletia Petersen.

Bookstore opens a new chapter in Ramona


Books! Books! Books! is back.

The used bookstore that once occupied a space by the Old Ramona Hotel Gallery is again at 835 Main St., but in the rear of the parking area. Like the previous bookstore, it is stocked with thousands of books.

Stars’ new owners make changes


The new owners of Stars Petroleum Inc. in Ramona say they have revamped the business and are hoping residents will stop by and give the gas station a try.

They also want the word out that former owner James Kurtenbach has absolutely no involvement in the business.

“It has nothing to do with him anymore,” said Terri Kjonegaard, who owns the station with her husband, Tim.

New shop fills window, flooring needs

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Between window treatments and flooring, the owners of a new little shop in downtown Ramona say they have those items covered.

Candace Regel and Mike Agha opened The Blinds Spot and Regal Floors on Oct. 1 at 707 Main St., just two months after Ramona Interiors moved out of that space.

Kountry Kitchen owners want customers to feel at home

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Kountry Kitchen owners Mike and Theresa Adams have strived to create an atmosphere that will make their customers feel right at home.

And many customers do. Regular customers come in every morning to the downtown Ramona restaurant, grabbing their initialed coffee mug, said Theresa.

Kountry Kitchen’s array of coffee mugs, each with a different design, is a hallmark of the eatery, one that was carried over after the Adamses purchased the