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Decorating business creates holiday magic

Each home design is unique, personal

While many people decorate their homes for the holidays, interior decorator and floral designer Leanne Michael helps her clients go all-out in creating magical memories for Christmas.

Bells of Freedom assists military families

Carmel Valley dance studio North County Dance Arts formed a one-on-one military adoption program, Bells of Freedom, which enables donors to personally thank servicemen and women who dedicate their lives to our country.

A new life for one of the area’s oldest restaurants

December brings new owners, look for Del Mar Pizza

After being closed for a few months, Del Mar Pizza will reopen this December with new owners who have given the restaurant a whole new look and attitude.

San Diego to sell Heights Road property as surplus

Idea for pocket park vetoed

At its Nov. 13 meeting, the Torrey Pines Community Planning Committee voted 12-1 in favor of allowing the city of San Diego to sell a vacant lot at the northwest corner of the intersection of Del Mar Heights Road and Mercado Drive.

Web-based business provides special gifts for special friends

The Carmel Valley-based online gift company Girlfriend Grams is fast on its way to becoming the ultimate stop for women searching for that special gift for friends who have reached a milestone.

Girlfriend Grams (, which got its official start in March of this year, provides prepackaged gift boxes for special events, be it a new baby, a wedding or a birthday, with prices ranging from $35 to $60.

Del Mar Hills students test their engineering prowess

Sixth graders from Del Mar Hills Academy got a taste of what it would be like to be a structural engineer during a recent contest at UCSD.

A few weeks prior to the competition, UCSD structural engineering students visited Del Mar Hills Academy to give them a rundown on the basics of construction and a glimpse of what architects do on a daily basis. They also gave the youngsters K’nex toy pieces to construct buildings to present on competition day.

Cafe Secret has new owner, new look and B&B

Cafe Secret, a funky sidewalk cafe in Del Mar, boasts not only a unique menu but its namesake “secret,” a bed and breakfast tucked away in back.

Cafe Secret’s owner, New Orleans native Chris Lakey, 32, ended up in San Diego when a trip to visit his brother in Orange County unexpectedly turned into a permanent move.

Store opening Friday

Cupcake Love taking the venerable sweet to new levels

Solana Beach will soon be home to a new bakery specializing in those adorable little desserts known as cupcakes.

These aren’t your plop-some-mixture-in-a-tin variety of cupcakes though; this is a new breed of gourmet delicacies offered by Cupcake Love, set to open on Oct. 30.

Del Mar neurologist specializes in headaches

Migraine headaches are a debilitating condition, and Del Mar physician David Kaminskas has made it a focus of his career to combine both traditional medical treatments and holistic methods to provide relief to migraine sufferers.

Salon seeks to bring bliss to the bridal gown search

Despite San Diego’s status as a major city, there are surprisingly few options for a prospective bride looking for a salon that provides superior customer service and a selection of gowns from exclusive designers. But the owners of Bliss Bride, a new salon opening soon in Del Mar, are hoping to change that.