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College Area Choice Awards
Posted: May 18th, 2016

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We invite you to celebrate the businesses in the College Area by participating in the College Area Choice Awards.This year we will be commemorating the old and the new with the decision being made by you!
Cast your vote for your favorite under each category and join us for the presentation to the award winners on Wednesday, June 22nd, at Woodstock’s Pizza .

This is your chance to make your voice heard by extending your vote of gratitude for your favorite businesses in the College Area!

To vote in College Area Choice Awards, CLICK HERE

Bike to Work Day 2016
Posted: May 10th, 2016

Website Banner Bike to Work Day 2016)College Area Business District will be hosting an iCommute Bike to Work Day Pit Stop at Living Room Coffeehouse (5900 El Cajon Boulevard) at 6:00am – 9:00am on Friday May 20, 2016. Stop by for a coffee, snack and for Bike to Work Day swag!
Also planned at our Pit Stop is Pedal Pushing Bicycle Shop to offer on-site bike evaluations and tune-ups.
Register for Bike to Work Day 2016. When you register for Bike to Work Day, you can stop by one of 100 pit stop locations throughout the San Diego region and be entered for a $450 gift card from Bicycle Warehouse!Register online to be eligible for a free Bike to Work Day 2016 t-shirt.
For more information and future updates on our Bike to Work Day Pit Stop, see our  social media. We look forward to seeing you there!
Join Us for the College Area Food Experience/ CAFE Event!
Posted: April 29th, 2016

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Join the College Area Business District for the College Area Food Experience, C.A.F.É.  Visit with over 20 diverse dining destinations on Sunday, May 1, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This foodie event promises to be more delicious than ever. Scope out new favorite eateries and visit your regular “go-to” favorites as you satisfy your stomach with scrumptious samples from quaint cafés to budding bistros around the evolving College Area!

 You will work up an appetite on this self-guided tour. Whether you prefer authentic Mediterranean flavors, down home cookin’ like your mom’s, mouth-watering gastropub fare or other  sweet or savory treats. The College Area Food Experience has something just for you. Stop into try some of the new restaurants that call the College Area home like Dirty Birds College Area Pesto Italian Craft Kitchen or Mirch Masala 2go.

Tickets to CAFE are only $25 in advance and $30 the day o the event.  Tickets are available on line (see below) or at some of the participating restaurants. See the list of restaurants and other details here.

College Area Business District’s Annual Meeting and Elections Breakfast
Posted: March 28th, 2016

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This year, the College Area Business District will be hosting an Annual Meeting Breakfast at Bistro Sixty (5987 El Cajon Boulevard). Included with breakfast will be the final vote for the 2016 Board Elections . We encourage all Commercial Property owners and Business owners of the College Area Business District to attend.

This will be the perfect opportunity to mix and mingle with the over 750 members of the College Area Business District and to get to know the board members of the College Area Business District.

Join us for this year’s Annual Meeting and Board Elections at Bistro Sixty. Tickets are only $10 which includes Food and Drinks. Come mix and mingle with your fellow business and property owners of the area, and bring your ballots with you (if you haven’t already voted), to help the College Area Business District pick the best  composition of Board Members to represent, you!

When: Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Where: Bistro Sixty (5987 El Cajon Boulevard)
Time: 8:30 AM
Ticket Price: $10

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Visit us at the Rolando Street Fair
Posted: March 18th, 2016


Stop by to visit with the College Area Business District at the Rolando Street Fair, Sunday, March 20, 2016 as we offer Early-Bird Special pricing for College Area Food Experience/ C.A.F.É. tickets.

During the Rolando Street Fair ONLY, get your pre-sale CAFÉ tickets for ONLY $20!

CAFÉ will be held Sunday, May 1, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This foodie event promises to be more delicious than ever. Scope out new favorite eateries and visit your regular “go-to” favorites as you satisfy your stomach with scrumptious samples from quaint cafés to budding bistros around the evolving College Area!

After the Rolando Street Fair, tickets to CAFE are available for $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event.  Tickets are e available online NOW and will soon be available at the participating restaurants. CAFE promises to be one of the best food experiences you can imagine!

Nominations are now Open!
Posted: February 22nd, 2016

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It’s that time of year when the College Area Business District elects new board members. At this time, we are requesting nominations from YOU, the general membership.

Eligible College Area business tax certificate holders and property owners are asked to nominate themselves or another eligible person to run for this election. Some of the incumbents are running for their previous seats, however, every seat will be elected by the general membership of eligible business of the College Area Business District and property owners of the College Heights Maintenance Assessment District. The elections will be held at the Annual Meeting on Wednesday April 20, 2016.

If you would like to nominate yourself or another eligible person, Click Here. All Nominations must be received no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, March 11, 2016 to be reviewed and considered for election ballot.

This year’s Nominating Committee will review the list of nominees and determine eligibility. A final ballot of all eligible nominees will then be presented at the March 16, 2016 Board Meeting.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact our office by telephone at 619-582-1093 or email, Executive Director, Jim Schneider.

SD County Fair Banner Photoshoot
Posted: January 22nd, 2016


You are invited to be a part of the San Diego County Fair Banner Marketing! The San DIego County Fair, through the College Area Business District, has created an opportuntiy for YOU to have your picture on one of the Street Light Pole Banners promoting the Fair.  Just attend the photoshoot on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 12:30 in the College Avenue Baptist Church (4747 College Avenue) to get your photo taken for your very own banner.

These banners will be displayed throughout the College Area on El Cajon Boulevard from June 2016 through July 2016. Early in August, you will have the oportunity to pick up the banner with your photo to take home as your own memorabilia!

The theme of this year’s SD County Fair is “Mad About the Fair” based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland with a wacky and whimsical steampunk twist. It is welcomed to wear costumes for the photoshoot based on Alice in Wonderland characters, either traditional or with steampunk elements. While costumes are encouraged, they are not mandatory.  If you choose not to wear  a costume, please wear a solid color shirt with no logos/graphics  and no bare shoulders. Please arrive promptly as the photographer will only be here for an allotted amount of time. Once your portrait is taken, you will be free to enjoy the rest of your Saturday! 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the College Area Business District via email, we would be happy to help answer your questions! 

We thank you for your interest in being a part of this amazing community building opportunity!

Don’t forget to register here!

College Area Neighborhood Social
Posted: January 5th, 2016


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The College Area Business District is working with various College Area Neighborhood organizations to coordinate an evening social on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at Social Life Pizza (6011 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego CA 92115). The event is meant to celebrate the volunteer efforts of the community groups and SDSU’s Associated Students to make the College Area Neighborhoods a better place to live, work and shop.

With so many willing to volunteer their time and efforts, it can be important to bring those volunteers together to share ideas about the future of the College Area and continue to work cooperatively and in unison. The College Area’s future seems rather bright with all of the great volunteer work accomplished throughout the neighborhoods and we will be taking time to gather and celebrate all of these good works.

Please join the College Area Business District and our neighborhood collaborators in celebrating the volunteer efforts of the College Area. Tickets are only $15 with $5 of the ticket price being donated to one or more of the College Area organizations to support & continue their efforts.

Join us at Social Life Pizza and celebrate the amazing efforts of  all of our community members who make the College Area neighborhoods awesome.

Purchase your tickets now!

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When: Wednesday, January 27th, 2016
• Where: Social Life Pizza (6011 El Cajon Boulevard)
• Time: 5:30 PM- 8:00 PM
• Cost: $15 ($5 being donated to one or more College Area groups/organizations )

We sincerely thank all of the businesses who have taken part in sponsoring the event, and we thank everyone in support of this great cause!

See you at the Social (Life Pizza)!

 Thank you to our event sponsors! 

Bistro Sixty & San Diego Desserts, MOXIE Theatre, Keg N Bottle, Uber, SDSU Bookstore, SDSU Aztecs Basketball, Oggi’s Pizza Express SDSU, Jazzercise College Area Fitness Center, Big 5 Sporting Goods, iTAN Sun Spray Spa – SDSU and Lessons In Motion.

Holiday Mixer
Posted: December 1st, 2015

College Area Business District’s Holiday Mixer

 Wednesday, Decemeber 16th, 2015 from 5:30pm till 8:00 pm (ish).

The evening will be hosted at Dirty Birds College Area at 5:30pm with food, drinks, and some reindeer games! Oh and did we mention that it is Ugly sweater themed?!

Make sure to adorn yourself with the ugliest sweater you can find, to win some awesome prizes.

Join us for a relaxed social evening of networking with neighbor businesses over some cocktails, food, and fun!

Mark your calendar now:

  • DATE: Wednesday, December 16th, 2015
  • TIME: 5:30pm – 8:00pm(ish)
  • MIXER: $10 (includes 2 drinks & snacks)
  • LOCATION: Dirty Birds College Area (6499 El Cajon Boulevard)

Come on out to mix and mingle with the various neighbors of the College Area Business District!

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Pappy’s Barbershop
Posted: November 5th, 2015

Pappy's Ribbon Cutting MixerThe College Area Business District is inviting you to join us in celebrating the relocation and opening of  Pappy’s Barbershop  with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Thursday, November 12th, 2015 from 5:30 pm – 7:00pm. The event will take place at Pappy’s new location  (6528 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115).


The celebration will include light refreshments, entertainment and an introduction to the owner, Marc Bennett “Pappy” and a chance to familiarize yourself with the other barbers as well (John and Andrew) . Come experience the ambiance and flair of this traditional neighborhood barbershop that offers the latest in today’s styles and products.

The College Area Business District loves to throw a party and we have our BIG Scissors and Ribbon ready! Don’t miss out on this Ribbon Cutting Ceremony which celebrates the elevated “Cool Factor” of the College Area Business District with the arrival of Pappy’s Barbershop!