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Chamber award tops off good year for Pamo Valley Winery


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 readers’ poll, and her tasting room achieved a five-star rating on

Big Apple Bagels hosts grand re-opening


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


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.

Sizzler becomes Ramona Valley Grill to focus on wine region


Owners of a longtime Ramona restaurant are re-positioning their dining establishment to better suit the local wine industry and those who visit the tasting rooms.

Adam and Karen Sullivan, owners of Sizzler at 344 Main St., will no longer operate it as a franchise and have renamed their restaurant Ramona

Ramona brothers ease into recycling business


Looking for ways to boost income with a business affected by the sluggish economy, the Roe brothers of Ramona found a compatible niche: recycling.

“We were in the construction repair business, and with the economy construction was kind of slow,” said David Roe.

A.C.E. Rental and Repair, the business owned by Roe and his brother, Jim, deals with heavy equipment repair. For over 20 years, they had been hauling their own scrap metal, David Roe noted, so they thought

New spa owners in San Diego Country Estates focus on wellness


The new owners of the spa in San Diego Country Estates say they redecorated with a focus on wellness, and they emphasize that they are easy to locate.

Jennifer Lannon and PJ Terry purchased the former Spa Riviera and have renamed it Riviera Wellness Spa.

The spa is adjacent to the Good Life Timeshare Resort offices off Pappas Road. To get there from San Vicente Road, visitors should turn left on Ramona Oaks Road, then right on Avenel, left on Pappas, and

Health coach opens wellness center

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Holistic Health Coach Kat McClanahan of Ramona has achieved her goal of opening a wellness recource center on Main Street.

Loving Life Wellness recently opened at 1140 Main St., Suite 115.

McClanahan said her practice focuses on helping children with issues that stem from autoimmune or neurological dysfunctions such as attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Dress Shop Opens for Life’s Special Occasions


By Jessica King From baptisms and weddings to Quinceaneras and proms, the newly opened Damari’s Boutique is poised to help Ramona residents celebrate life’s most special occasions. Damari’s sits at 733 Main St., next to Ramona Town Hall. It opened April 2 and not only offers something for every special occasion but something for every [...]

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.”