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Curate in Solana Beach offers hand-selected sunglasses and watches

Curate Co. / Kristina Houck

Located on Cedros Avenue, Curate specializes in hand-selected sunglasses and watches.

Carmel Valley mom heads growing full-service microbiology laboratory

Kim Lim at Ultimate Labs

Kim Lim saw the need for a company in San Diego that offered a variety of laboratory services. Although she was a new single parent and the country was in the midst of a recession, the Carmel Valley woman decided to fill that need by founding Ultimate Labs in 2008.

Semper Solaris brings sustainable energy to San Diego

A Semper Solaris project. Courtesy photo

After researching a number of local companies, Daniel Jackson chose Semper Solaris, whose leaders have more than 65 years of experience in the building and solar industry. The team at the Alpine-based company thoroughly explained solar and its benefits, Jackson said.

Nature Designs Landscaping beautifies region for 30 years

A Nature Designs Landscaping project in Del Mar Highlands. Courtesy photo

With just a truck and a wheelbarrow, Steve Jacobs launched Nature Designs Landscaping in 1983.

Locally-based company allows moms to make money while working from home

For 12 years, local resident Heidi Bartolotta worked as a pharmaceutical sales representative. But after having two daughters, she no longer wanted to work late and travel. She wanted to be home.

Signs that your child is struggling in school

frustrated boy

The work at the Therapeutic Literacy Center is done one-to-one with students and focuses on teaching, strengthening, and developing those skills that lead to independent, academic success.

Students at The Grauer School learn in and beyond the classroom

Natalie Brooks (right) in Tanzania.  Courtesy photo

During the wet season when animals are not always available, the Hadza hunter-gatherers of Tanzania rely on honey, fruits and vegetables. Through a series of whistles, the honey-guide bird leads the honey hunter to the beehive where he pounds wooden pegs into the tree trunk, climbs to the top where the hive is located, chops into the tree to expose the hive, smokes it out, and retrieves honey for his tribe and the honey-guide bird.

United Coins and Precious Metals owner offers more than 30 years of experience as an investor and collector in his field

Peter Kevorkian

A coin collector since he was a child, Peter Kevorkian began purchasing ads in coin publications when he was just 12 years old. As the owner of La Jolla-based United Coin and Precious Metals, he now buys and sells gold, silver and platinum bullion, coins and jewelry.

Mossy BMW of Vista celebrating anniversary with special offers, services

328 Diesel

New 3 Series Diesel recently introduced

Arcana Empothecary offers personal, holistic approach to health in Carmel Valley

James Mattioda

Growing up in a small Illinois town, Dr. James Mattioda said his local pharmacist knew everyone by name. Mattioda wanted to bring the small-town feel to this community when he opened Arcana Empothecary a few years ago.



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  • La Jolla Library welcomes new chief Shaun Briley
    For La Jolla Riford Library’s new head librarian, Shaun Briley, books have been a part of his life and career, in some form or another, every step of the way. […]
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    “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” was the theme of the Patrons of the Prado gala on July 12, 2014 in Balboa Park, San Diego. Beatles-inspired music came from Wayne Foster Entertainment. Sandy Redman and Jeanne Jones served as event chairs. 2014’s beneficiaries are the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, San Diego Museum of Art and The Old Globe Theatre. […]
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  • Rancho Santa Fe resident’s Gen 7 wines earn top honors
    Rancho Santa Fe resident Tim Bacino’s Gen 7 Wines is on a hot streak, his varietals winning several awards this summer in California wine competitions. […]
  • Torrey Pines High School baseball alum Taylor Murphy excelling in pro ball
    It was during a breakout senior year at Torrey Pines High that Taylor Murphy first popped up on the radar of professional scouts. Shortly after graduation, Murphy was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 40th round of the June 2011 amateur draft. He declined, honoring a commitment to the University of the Pacific. Three years later, Murphy got another sho […]
  • Why Hire a Licensed Landscape Professional?
    By Steve Jacobs, Nature Designs The old saying – “if something seems to good to be true, it probable is” – is quite fitting when it comes to hiring a contractor for your home or yard construction project. While it is smart to shop around, get quotes, etc., don’t fall into the trap of trusting […]