Category archives for: Business

Ask Mr. Marketing: A classy way to stand out in the graduating crowd

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Congratulations, graduates! You’ve received diplomas, some gifts and maybe even a scholarship or two.

Before all hell breaks loose and you get into summer celebrations, consider how mailing a thank you note to the gift-giver or scholarship committee will differentiate you from the majority of students and really make your reputation shine.

Commercial use eyed for corner of SR-67 and Dye Road


Property on the southeast corner of state Route 67 and Dye Road is being considered for commercial use such as a gas station and convenience store, according to a Ramona real estate agent.

A presentation on potential development at that corner is scheduled for the Ramona Community Planning Group’s meeting in the Ramona Library Community Room, 1275 Main St., on Thursday, June 5, at 7 p.m.

Realtor Janet Worsham said there are four parcels totaling 4.11 acres that are zoned A70 or rural residential. The four different owners are in favor of a commercial rezone and willing to list simultaneously, according to the agent.

Unassuming dance studio teaches students to ‘dance from their heart’


From the street, Ramona Julian Academy of Dance doesn’t look like much. It’s blacked-out exterior doesn’t begin to show off the 6,000-square-foot bustling business that serves upwards of 400 local students in any given month.

Former pro-dancer-turned-choreographer-and-teacher Kristi Durbin-Griffin started the business nearly three decades ago, opening in Julian first and in Ramona three years later.

Sempra Energy reports first quarter earnings

San Diego-based Sempra Energy reports first quarter earnings of $247 million, or 99 cents per diluted share, compared to $178 million, or 72 cents per diluted share, in the same period last year.

The figure includes a $9 million after-tax charge for the closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Otherwise, the parent company of San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas Co. would have made $256 million, or $1.03 per diluted share.

Fashion is for every woman, say Ramona dress shop owners


Fashion is for every woman — no matter her size or age — at ISIS Fuller Figure Fashion.

The new plus-size clothing and accessory store at 711 Main St. opened March 27. Owners Elizabeth Hilton and her daughter, Sally, sell clothing in sizes 14 to 36, jewelry, sunglasses, purses and other accessories for any size.

“It’s so difficult to find plus-size clothes,” said Sally. “Seventy percent of American society is plus size and it’s astounding that we still only cater to the other 30 percent.”

Mega farm, ranch retailer opening this summer


Within a few months, mega farm and ranch retailer Tractor Supply Co. will introduce itself to the San Diego County market with a new store opening on none other than Ramona’s Main Street.

The nearly 20,000-square-foot store will open at Main and Hunter streets some time in the third quarter, according to Randy Guiler, Tractor Supply’s vice president investor relations.

The contractor on the job, CSI Construction of Irvine, began construction on Feb. 5. A tentative completion date is late June.

True Value puts Ramona store on its top 13 list in nation

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Mother and son Joanne and Jimmy Gilchriest, co-owners of Ransom Brothers True Value, are in the spotlight as recipients of a national award from the True Value Company.

The Gilchriests joined 12 other retailers honored at the seventh annual Best Hardware Store in Town international recognition program at True Value’s 2014 Spring & Rental Reunion in Atlanta, Ga.

San Onofre settlement may help ratepayers

A proposed settlement reached Thursday would relieve customers of San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison of paying $1.4 billion in utility charges related to steam generators that caused the shutdown of the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station.

The settlement reached by The Utility Reform Network, state Office of Ratepayer Advocates and the two utility companies needs approval from the state Public Utilities Commission.

Ramona Country Fair, junior fair—together again

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Ramona Country Fair chairman Bob Murray with co-chairs Sally Westbrook and Darrel Kinney promise the 44th annual event will be bigger and better than ever.

Together again, Ramona Country Fair and Ramona Junior Fair will be sharing events July 31 through Aug. 3. Events will be in the Ramona Outdoor Community Center and Ramona Junior Fair grounds off Aqua Lane.

China Blue, Bella Mia stylists schedule cut-a-thon for late pastor’s family

Stylists from China Blue Salon and Day Spa and Bella Mia Salon, Spa & Boutique invite the community to “help make a difference with one haircut” on Sunday, March 30.

Free shampoos and haircuts will be given in China Blue Salon, 17135 Main St., from noon to 5 p.m. with donations to benefit the family of the late Pastor Charles Youngkin, who died last month.