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Carruth Cellars’ not-so-secret new wine garden

Posted: November 3rd, 2017 | Features, Food & Drink, Top Story | No Comments

By Jen Lothspeich

Known for its flagship location in Solana Beach, and more recently, a tasting room in Carlsbad, Carruth Cellars has ventured south. San Diego wine lovers can now enjoy their offerings in an alluring new setting in Little Italy.

Carruth Cellars Wine Garden set up shop in a quaint building previously occupied by another urban winery, San Diego Cellars. The opportunity to take over the space was “too good to pass up” for owner, winemaker and native San Diegan Adam Carruth, who felt the location had a lot of potential.

Hearts opening ‘just in time’

Posted: November 3rd, 2017 | Community Profile, Featured, Features | No Comments

By Joyell Nevins

Home is a place you belong, a place you can call your own. It should be a place of security and safety. And according to the nonprofit organization Just in Time (JIT), which works with foster youth aged 18 to 26, a consistent place to call home and a community of caring adults are essential steps toward creating a secure future.

Downtown resident and JIT mentor Diane Archambault saw this firsthand when she volunteered as a court-appointed special advocate (CASA) through Voices for Children. Her niche was foster teenagers and while she really liked working with that group, after eight years she was frustrated by the results when they “aged out” of the system. That’s what it’s called when a foster teen turns 18 and is no longer considered a ward of the state.

An extreme makeover

Posted: November 3rd, 2017 | Featured, Features, News, Profiles | No Comments

By Dave Fidlin

Editor’s note: This is the final installment of profiles on SOHO’s People in Preservation 2017 awards recipients.

When Hotel Churchill’s doors were closed in 2005, the longtime staple of San Diego’s Downtown landscape faced an uncertain future. Were its best days behind it?

As it turned out, the answer was, “no.”

Bringing San Diego’s past into the modern age

Posted: October 6th, 2017 | Community Profile, Features, Top Story | No Comments

By Dave Fidlin

While current information in today’s instantaneous environment is available on our smart devices and laptops almost effortlessly, records from the pre-digital era are not always as accessible.

San Diego City Clerk Elizabeth Maland has been on a mission to change this scenario with an ambitious multi-year project aimed at ensuring records — including the 1856 Pueblo maps of the region — are available for generations of people to come.

A ‘wild and precious life’

Posted: October 6th, 2017 | Featured, Features, Obituary, Profiles | No Comments

By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

“She’s gone. Mother left this world on Saturday evening. Always knew just how to pick an exit. … ”

That’s how Chuck Ortego, Charlene Baldridge’s only surviving adult child, began his post sharing the news of his mother’s passing with the San Diego Theater Critic’s Circle.

Woman empowering women

Posted: October 6th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Story | No Comments

By Margie M. Palmer

At the start of her career, Coronado resident Sarah Sternberg never imagined she’d wind up co-founding a company that would help her lift up and empower women, but a pink slip changed the trajectory of her life.

“It all started from the 2008 financial crisis,” Sternberg said, adding that when she realized her time at the real estate investment company she’d been working for was coming to an end, she found herself at a crossroads.

Monster technology

By Dave Schwab

San Diego Monster Bash will rampage through the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village Saturday, Oct. 28, as Downtown San Diego morphs into one of Southern California’s largest outdoor Halloween block parties.

The annual fall scarefest, which draws more than 15,000 partygoers annually from every state in the nation, offers an evening of nightmarish delight, stacked music lineups, five hellishly themed stages, and epic partying. It usually sells out.

Exploring Italian heritage

Posted: October 6th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Story | No Comments

By Tom Cesarini

The Convivio Society is a nonprofit organization that strives to advance San Diego’s Italian cultural identity.

The Little Italy Heritage Commission, a committee of Convivio, is dedicated to preserving the historical narrative of San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood through images, documents, oral histories, exhibits, and events in partnership with other organizations.