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2017 Annual Awards Mixer
Posted: June 20th, 2017

Voting for the College Area Choice Awards is just about over, with a lot of love and support shown for the businesses. Thank you to everyone who voted!

Still, need to cast your vote?! CLICK HERE.


2017 Annual Awards Mixer

Now it’s time to mark your calendars for our Annual Awards Mixer where the efforts of your votes will be revealed, unveiling the winners of; Business of the Year, Best New Business, Best New Restaurant, Best Storefront Makeover, and Best Long-Term  Business.

Join us for the presentation of the awards at our Annual Awards Mixer on Wednesday, July 12th, at 5:30 pm located at Balgonte Galeria (5527 El Cajon Boulevard).  A special performance by the world renowned, Fred Benedetti is in store for you as you enjoy refreshments, artwork, and the celebratory nature of the evening

 

Event Details:  
When: Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Where: Balgonte Galeria (5527 El Cajon Boulevard)
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Cost: $10 
Much thanks to our College Area Businesses for refreshments for this evening:

Purchase your tickets ahead of time, by clicking the “Buy Now” Button below!
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Fred Benedetti

Born Fred Masataka Benedetti in Sasebo, Japan, Fred Benedetti began playing the guitar at age nine.
 In 1986, he was one of twelve guitarists chosen worldwide to perform in the Master Class of Andrés Segovia at USC, where Guitarra Magazine wrote, “Fred Benedetti amazed the audience with his performance of the Bach Chaconne.”
Benedetti has performed locally with the San Diego Symphony, the San Diego Opera, the Starlight Opera, the American Ballet Company, the Old Globe Theatre, and with Luciano Pavarotti. As of 2009, he is a full-time professor of music at Grossmont College, where he is chair of guitar studies and is head of the guitar faculty at San Diego State University with George Svoboda, Robert Wetzel, and Celin Romero.
In addition, he has recorded on the SBE label and Domo Records with several ensembles: Camarada (chamber ensemble), Keltik Kharma (a Celtic band), the Odeum Guitar Duo, and the Benedetti/Svoboda Guitar Duo. His album The Guitar Ensemble II includes performances of compositions by Beethoven, Vivaldi, Strauss, and Mozart.
He has performed for dignitaries such as the King & Queen of Malaysia, Mikhail Gorbachev, and President Jimmy Carter.
We are happy to have Benedetti back for the evening, as his performance was breathtaking at this year’s inaugural year of ART Street (all those in attendance know exactly what we are talking about). For all those who have yet to listen to his talents, you are in for a treat!

VOTE | College Area Choice Awards
Posted: June 5th, 2017

 

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Another year has passed, making it time to recognize our amazing businesses in the College Area Business District.
This is your opportunity to commemorate YOUR favorite businesses in the area, and extending a much deserved ‘Thank You’ for investing in our neighborhood.

 

Voting is open to anyone and everyone, so vote, share, and spread the word!

 

 The results of this year’s voting will be revealed at our Annual Awards Mixer. Details are in the making and will be shared soon, so please stay apprised of future Monday Minutes and our Social Media.

 

Now, share your thoughts and VOTE!

Grand Opening | Beauty and Beast Salon & Barber
Posted: May 30th, 2017

25645Come and Celebrate the newest business in the District; Beauty and Beast Salon & Barber!

A Grand Opening has been set for Friday, June 2, 2017.
Refreshments will be offered while you mix and mingle with your new stylist.

Event Details:
When: Friday, June 2, 2017
Where: Beauty and Beast Salon & Barber (5549 El Cajon Boulevard)
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

We hope to see your community support as we welcome the newest business to invest in our neighborhood!

Grand Re-Opening Mixer
Posted: May 8th, 2017

Join us for the Re-Opening of Ranchwood BBQ

The College Area Business District invites you to celebrate the long-awaited Re-Opening of Ranchwood BBQ. Enjoy some beers and wines from Next Door Craft Beer & Wine Bar while you grub on your favorite BBQ Parfaits. Mix & mingle with business owners and neighbors in a relaxed social atmosphere.

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When: Thursday, May 25th, 2017
Where: Ranchwood BBQ & Next Door Craft Beer & Wine
(7229-7235 El Cajon Boulevard)
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Cost: $10 
(Includes 2 Beverages)

Save time at the door, pay below!
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Bike to Work Day 2017
Posted: May 2nd, 2017

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BIKE TO WORK DAY – PIT STOP!

We are ecstatic to be joining forces with iCommute and SANDAG in their efforts in promoting biking, by hosting a Bike to Work Day pit-stop. We hope through this effort, recognition is given to the necessity to create dedicated bike lanes in the College Area Business District.

 

Join thousands of people throughout the San Diego region as we GO by BIKE on Bike to Work Day – Thursday, May 18. 

Register for Bike to Work Day 2017. When you register for Bike to Work Day, you can stop by one of 100 pit stop locations throughout the San Diego region on May 18 from 6 – 9 a.m. to pick up a FREE t-shirt*, snacks, and encouragement.
This year our Bike to Work Day pit stop will be located outside of Duet Coffee, where we will be offering Bike tune ups, health related refreshments, Bike Apparel giveaways and raffles, and of course, lots of encouragement. Joining us will be some of our fantastic local businesses that will be enhancing and providing the offerings at our pit stop. Local bike shop, Pedal Pushing Bicycle Shop will be offering the bike tuneups, SOAS the district’s leading manufacturing company for women’s athletic wear will be providing giveaways and special raffle items, and San Diego Blenders will be providing healthy refreshments.

Check out the resources on the iCommute website, including the San Diego Regional Bike Map, riding and safety tips, bike lockers, and information about taking your bike on transit.
Pit Stop Information:
When: Thursday, May 18th, 2017
Where: Duet Coffee – 6526 El Cajon Boulevard
Time: 6 am – 9 am
Thank you to our local businesses for supporting!
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2017 Annual Meeting & Elections Breakfast
Posted: March 16th, 2017

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Finalized, ballots have been sent out!  Votes may be cast via mail, online, or at the Annual Meeting and Elections Breakfast. Only one ballot may be cast per business or commercial property owner.
The final election results will be announced during our Annual Meeting & Elections Breakfast scheduled for April 19, 2017. The new board will convene immediately for their first meeting. Mark your calendars NOW!
 
Annual Meeting & Elections Breakfast
When: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Where: Terra American Bistro (7091 El Cajon Boulevard)
Time: 8:30 am – 10:30 am 
Tickets: $10 (breakfast included)
Please let us know your coming, RSVP!

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We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Annual Meeting & Elections Breakfast. If you have any questions, please contact our Executive Director, Jim Schneider.

Grand Opening | San Diego Blenders
Posted: February 22nd, 2017

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You are invited to a Grand Opening Ceremony celebrating the opening of San Diego Blenders!

Help us in celebrating the opening of SD Blenders’s newest location at BLVD63 Apartments.

DATE: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
TIME: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
LOCATION: 6353 El Cajon Boulevard

If you intend on joining in on the celebration, let us know! RSVP through Facebook!

2017 Board of Directors | Elections
Posted: February 17th, 2017

Nominations bannerIt’s that time of year again 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 commercial 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 commercial property owners of the College Heights Maintenance Assessment District. The elections will be held at the Annual Meeting on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

If you would like to nominate yourself or another eligible person, fill out the nomination form sent via mail, and return it to the College Area Business District office (4704 College Avenue) in person or via mail.  All Nominations must be received no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, March 10, 2017, to be reviewed and considered for the 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 15, 2017, Board Meeting.

Ballots will be sent out Friday, March 17, 2017, with voting available online as well. During our Annual Meeting and Elections Breakfast scheduled for April 19, 2017, the ballots will be accepted, counted and announced. The New Board will convene immediately for their first meeting

Annual Meeting & Elections Breakfast:
When: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Where: Terra American Bistro (7091 El Cajon Boulevard)
Time: 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Tickets: $10 per person
*Tickets will be available to purchase soon*

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.

2017 San Diego Fair Banner Photo-shoot
Posted: January 26th, 2017

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Gather up your saddles for another FUN fair photoshoot!

“Where the West is Fun” is the theme for the 2017 San Diego County Fair. The good old days of the
Wild West and all of its fanfare will be brought to life at the Fair next summer, giving fairgoers the chance to become part of the Old West with all the fun only the San Diego County Fair can provide.

We will be teaming up with the San Diego County Fair for another themed banner photo-shoot. We look forward to having last year’s participants, and greenhorns alike, join us in representing our neighborhood by partaking in this year’s shoot.

These banners will be displayed throughout the College Area on El Cajon Boulevard from June 2017 through July 2017. Early in August, you will have the opportunity to pick up the banner with your photo to take home as your own memorabilia for free!

It is welcomed to wear your best western attire, having fun with the cowboy/cowgirl theme. 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!

When: Saturday, March 4, 2017

Where: Campus Plaza Shopping Center (6165 El Cajon Boulevard Suite H)

 Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am

To participate, just click the “Register Now” button below. You will only need your name and email address to register.

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

See y’all down the road, for another fun fair photo-shoot!

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Grand Opening | Pokedon
Posted: January 9th, 2017

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You are invited to a Grand Opening Ceremony celebrating the opening of our newest restaurant to the College Area, Pokedon!

Help us welcome owner, Dennis Lee who has chosen our neighborhood in which to invest and bring some of the best Poke dishes known.

DATE: Thursday, January 12, 2017
RIBBON CUTING: 6:00PM
LOCATION: 6353 El Cajon Boulevard

If you intend on joining in on the celebration, let us know! RSVP through Facebook!