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Old Town Ramona merchants keep their doors open later Thursdays through holidays

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“Success! That’s how we would term our very first late night shopping event in Old Town Ramona,” said Stacy Bart at Unicorn Books and Gifts.
Old Town merchants have joined together to stay open until 8 p.m. every Thursday until Christmas.
“More exciting plans are in the works for Thursday nights, including scavenger hunts, classes and demonstrations, specials and activities,” said Bart.
The new time is in addition to regular hours and will last through the holiday season.
Unicorn Books and Gifts, Adorn Boutique, Isis Fuller Figure Fashion, Affordable Treasures, The Mason Jar, Packards Coffee, Farrell Styles Salon and other shops between Third and 10th streets have extended their hours on Thursdays.
“So many Ramona residents work during the day and down the hill. This will give them a chance to shop locally and enjoy some of Ramona’s best at a more convenient time,” noted shop owners.
Many local restaurants are already open in the evenings and will be glad to welcome shoppers as well, said Bart.

Ask Mr. Marketing: Doubling your chances

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There’s a term you don’t hear much anymore, though the concept is very much alive.

An A/B split is the way marketers simultaneously test two similar offers to the same audience. Once the offer generating better results is determined, it can be expanded to the world at-large.

Ramona business invites children to celebrate beauty

Following the launch of its How Big Is Your Brave Campaign in May, Isis Fuller Figure Fashion turns its attention to children.

Body image is the way individuals perceive their body and assume other people perceive them, notes Isis owner Sally Hilton.

By the age of 13, 53 percent of girls are unhappy with their body, and by the time they are young women that jumps to 91 percent, said Hilton.

Commission sets hearings on proposed SDG&E rate changes

San Diego Gas & Electric customers will have an opportunity to give their opinions on how proposed rate changes would affect them when the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) holds hearings next month in the county.

According to the CPUC, the state lifted restrictions on residential rates with the signing of Assembly Bill 327 in October 2013, and utilities can now propose residential rates that are more reflective of cost. The CPUC is evaluating a proposal that could include changes to baseline percentage and time of use rates.

Chamber welcomes Oktoberfest vendors

A few spots remain for Oktoberfest food vendors, but booth space is still available for craft and business vendors, Ramona Chamber of Commerce reports.

The chamber’s 10th Annual Oktoberfest will be at Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane, on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 1 to 10 p.m. Booth spaces measure 12 feet by 12 feet.

Oktoberfest will include an area featuring craft beers and Ramona wines, dancing music from the Kalifornia Krauts band, Kids Zone with a pumpkin patch and activities, and more.

Vendor applications are at www.ramonachamber.com and the chamber office, 960 Main St.

Winegrape harvest under way in Ramona Valley AVA

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The 2014 winegrape harvest is under way throughout Ramona and should continue into late September, reports the Ramona Valley Winery Association (RVWA).

“This is the earliest harvest in Ramona Valley’s young history,” said RVWA President Victor Edwards, of Edwards Vineyard & Cellars, who farms on the east side of the AVA (American Viticultural Area). “Drought conditions are continuing, but wine grapes are a very low water-use crop. The much-needed March rains came at the right time for many varietals, but those in early bloom suffered losses in crop set as a result of the timing, or from the unusual Santa Ana winds during spring. The earlier harvest dates should help us get our crops in prior to fall rains.”

Ramona chamber’s Last Wednesday series continues with goal-setting expert

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Ramona Chamber of Commerce’s Last Wednesday Workshop education series continues on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 7:30 a.m. in the Ramona Library Community Room with a lecture by well-known business coach Cindi Britton. Dr. Britton, who has an Ed.D in education and is a former head administrator from the Cajon Valley school system, will lead a [...]

Tractor Supply’s first customer is a 3-year-old

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Three-year-old Dawson Schuler of Ramona became Tractor Supply Company’s first customer, with assistance from his great-aunt, Carole Wylie, who had some pull as she was the architect who designed the store’s building at Main and Hunter streets.
Wylie, also of Ramona and a former chair of the Ramona Design Review Board, knew how much Dawson loves tractors and was aware that Tractor Supply Company carries toys.

Albertsons celebrates remodel with samples, activities, donations

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Albertsons celebrated the completion of its two-month remodeling project with a grand re-opening that included a ribbon cutting, free samples, in-store activities and donations.

Brian Swartwood, store director, presented $1,000 donations to the Ramona Food and Clothes Closet, Ramona Senior Center, and Ramona High School for its band and cheer programs. Ramona High Principal Christopher King suggested the donation be split between cheer and band, Swartwood said. Both high school groups entertained in front of the store with music and cheers.

Third-generation Ramonan stages Health & Wellness Expo Saturday

Third-generation Ramonan Marcie Laws will stage a Health and Wellness Expo featuring everything from organic and natural foods to face painting and firefighters at Ramona Town Hall on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Laws, owner/operator of Mirabella Care, is a senior care provider and personal assistant.
“Through my work, I am interested in providing organic and natural foods and products to my clients and child, as well as other services that promote overall health and wellness,” she said.
The expo will showcase vendors that provide health and wellness goods and services such as organic foods, natural and green cleaning products, fitness experts, weight loss solutions, medicine alternatives, natural pet products, medical professionals and gluten-free products.
A guest speaker will discuss healthy eating choices and how it affects overall wellness, CrossFit Brand X will provide demonstrations, Dr. Richard Turpin’s Chiropractic Clinic will offer free spinal evaluations, and Ramona Fire Department will provide information about fire prevention during the drought and how to clear vegetation from property and yards to make them less of a fire hazard. The department also will have a fire truck at the expo, said Laws.
Face painting for the children also is planned.
Admission is $1.
The first 300 people attending will receive a goodie bag with coupons from local businesses as well as treats and samples.
“What’s exciting for me is that I was born and raised here, and some of the participating vendors are people I literally went to elementary school with,” noted Laws. “Now we all have young kids and aging parents, and are interested in making sure they have healthy choices available right here in Ramona. As a senior care provider, I also think these vendors and topics are very important as we age. I also love the opportunity to support and promote small local business and remind people to shop Ramona.”
Town Hall is at 729 Main St.

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