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Helping couples break up nicely

Posted: February 2nd, 2018 | Community Profile, Featured, Features | No Comments

Counseling feuding divorcing couples was not Rich Gordon’s first career choice. Neither was living in California. But both turned out to be excellent choices.Born and raised in Rochester, New York, Gordon attended the University of Kansas (KU) from 1963 to 1967, where he played football with the KU Jayhawks and learned the rhythm of Midwestern pacing and values.From KU he went to Rutgers for a master’s degree in Urban Planning.

Springboard West returns

Posted: January 5th, 2018 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Music, Top Story | No Comments

By Jen Lothspeich

As its name suggests, the Springboard West Music Festival aims to catapult emerging talents to the next level of music-making when it comes to town Jan. 11-13, but it is not for the casual player.

Emerging artists are selected from all over the world to perform at the festival — not just for San Diegans — but for industry professionals who have worked with top talents. Plus, with a two-day “Band Bootcamp,” participants also receive guidance from those qualified mentors and get the chance to perform for them.

Exactly where she needs to be

Posted: December 1st, 2017 | Features, Food & Drink, Top Story | No Comments

By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

In the last decade, San Diego has become increasingly known for its male-dominated craft beer culture, currently residing at No. 2 on Thrillist’s Best Beer Cities in America.

Several local brewers have since expanded their ventures into the craft distillery world — offering their take on various spirit varietals — and at least one has migrated to spirits altogether.

Taking a loop in a Tesla

Posted: December 1st, 2017 | Features, Sustainability, Top Story | 1 Comment

By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

[Editor’s note: This is the first in a series as we follow the progress of this start-up.]

I’m a daily user of public transportation, I make great use of the Lyft app on my phone and I take Amtrak north to Los Angeles on a regular basis.

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.”