NEWS from The Lost Abbey-Some of you have heard the news. The Lost Abbey has signed a lease on the former Stoked Café space with the intention of operating a satellite tasting room and events space. As residents of Old Creek Ranch, we love the community of San Elijo and can’t believe this space has become available.
The Lost Abbey was co-founded by my husband and his partners back in 2006. For some of you, this may be the first time that you have heard of us and if so, we are excited about the chance to meet and catch up over a beer or two.
We’re a little brewery with a big reputation but we pride ourselves on being great partners both here with our locals in San Marcos as well as our neighbors to the West (Cardiff by the Sea) where we operate another satellite tasting room called “The Confessional.”
As we’re currently in the planning phases, we don’t have a ton of details to share with you. But we wanted to make sure that we opened up an avenue for communication. If you have any questions, concerns or just want to say heck yeah can’t wait for you to open, we’d love to hear from you. Maureen Callahan Arthur
At Advanced Veterinary Care of San Elijo, we now offer a new service that is safe and effective for removing small, benign lesions. Dogs (and cats) tend to develop skin tags or warts as they age. For the most part, these are only a cosmetic issue. However, some small masses can become a problem for your pet, particularly if they develop on the face, ears or eyelids.
Cryosurgery, or targeted cryotherapy, delivers a very fine jet of liquefied gas that enables us to target the skin lesion without damaging the surrounding tissue. This gas causes the water in cells to freeze and disrupts the blood supply. The damaged cells are then cleared out by the immune system and the dead cells are shed by the body. This procedure does not require anesthesia or a surgical incision. There are minimal complications associated with this treatment and can be done during a scheduled appointment, which makes it fast, inexpensive and convenient.
What can cryosurgery be used on?
Please call our office to schedule an appointment if you believe your pet can benefit from this service. (760)736-3636.
San Marcos is arguably becoming one of the region’s most desirable cities, according to data collected by the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (San Diego Regional EDC). It is one of San Diego County’s fastest growing cities, median incomes are on an uptick that’s outpacing the region, and business inventory grew 10 percent in the last decade.
“This translates to an annual GDP of $7.9 billion that’s driving the high quality of life we all enjoy in San Marcos and across North County,” said Economic Development Manager Tess Sangster.
This economic momentum is partly being spurred by two developments: North City, which aims to anchor the City’s future downtown; and San Elijo Town Center, in the heart of that community.
“Beyond the economic benefits, each will help shape our city’s emerging culture. Therefore, we’ve been engaged from design concepts to helping find business tenants that best align with our community,” Sangster explained. “Each step of the way, we’re doing our best to inform the public.”
In that vein, here’s what you can expect to see over the next year at each development:
North City, 250 North City Drive
North City aims to be a cultural hub for San Marcos, complete with restaurants, stores, offices, townhomes, apartments and entertainment venues—all within walking distance.
Soon, it’ll reach a new milestone: This summer, North City Drive will open off S. Twin Oaks Valley Road, between E. Barham Drive and Interstate 78., creating a direct road into North City.
“It will help create a sense of place,” explained Darren Levitt, Vice President of Sea Breeze Properties, the developer behind North City. “Our ultimate goal here is to create a destination space where people want to gather and feel a sense of community.”
Levitt says the long-term vision includes a high-end movie theater and grocery store. While nothing official can yet be announced, there have been recent talks with a gourmet ice cream shop, yoga studio, and popular Mexican eatery.
In April, Union Cowork will open a 10,000-square-foot space near Umami Japanese Restaurant, Prep Kitchen, Fresh Healthy Café and Newtopia Cyder. In August, California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) will open its Extended Learning building—a six-story, 135,000 square foot structure that will house academic space and retailers, though none have been announced yet.
City staff is also reviewing a permit application from Mesa Rim for a 25,000 square-foot indoor rock-climbing gym. It is slated to open in 2020, right next to Urge Gastropub & Common House.
“In fact, you’ll be able to sit on the patio of Urge and watch people climb,” Levitt added. “This is all part of the communal experience we’re working to create.”
For more information about North City, including updates about new tenants, visit northcity.com.
San Elijo Town Center, 1620-1646 San Elijo Road
The village vibe of San Elijo Hills continues to take root as its central plaza becomes more bustling by the day. It’s not uncommon to see locals lounging on the greenbelt—or strolling along the shops and eateries, which as of late includes Lourdes Mexican Food, Starbucks, Everbowl, Sourdough & Co, CycleBar, Downtown Academics, San Elijo Pediatric Dentistry and Grand Vision Optometry.
These businesses are all part of San Elijo Town Center, which is still taking shape. Though most of it is filled, there a couple of restaurant space still up for grabs.
“We would love to see a local chef-inspired concept in one of those spaces,” said John Jennings, Senior Managing Director with Newmark Knight Frank, who is the listing broker representing the developer Ambient Communities.
Later this year, crews will break ground on the next phase of the center, which will be along Elfin Forest Road. Plans call for a two-story building with 7,700 square feet of commercial space.
There’s been interest from several businesses, including fitness groups, yoga studios, medical offices, one of the nation’s top five banks and other destination-oriented retailers, Jennings said.
“These are some of the ideas we’re open to, but we are not committed to anything yet,” Jennings said. “Whatever businesses end up there, we want it to be the right fit for the community.”
The nearby Albertsons grocery store, for example, owns its location—meaning the national chain has invested in the community, Jennings pointed out.
“So far, we’ve managed to attract the right type of businesses, and the sales back that,” he said. “It also tells us the community is embracing this place, so we know we’re on the right path.”
Finding the perfect gift is the great obsession of every holiday shopper. After scouring the malls and toy stores for something the recipient does not already have, the giver may think “A pet!” and picture their loved one embracing a fluffy puppy or kitten in the glow of the Christmas tree. Such scenes are always heart-warming and there is no doubt that most people would love a puppy or kitten to cuddle near the fire on Christmas day. But what about then next day? What about when the kids go back to school and the puppy is left alone in a crate or backyard?
What of the kitten, who’s bow has come off and is having trouble using the litter box consistently? What about the cost, for grooming, feeding, training, and veterinary care? As pet lover’s, we at AVC understand the allure of a holiday pet and the joy it can to bring to a family for years to come. With that in mind, here are a few things to consider before getting a pet as a gift.
Make sure the person wants the pet! Pets are a life-long commitment and can often interfere with jobs, school, vacations, and other lifestyle choices.
Consider getting the pet gear (bed, collar, leash, toys) and giving a “pet promise.” After the holidays are over, take the recipient to a local shelter to pick out their pet.
Make sure the recipient has the financial resources to care for the pet. Food, training, boarding, grooming, and veterinary care add up over time and you do not want to put someone in a position where they have a pet they cannot afford.
Shop the shelters first. There are so many wonderful shelter dogs and cats available, and many shelters offer gift cards so you can give those as part of a “pet promise.”
Do research on whatever you are considering. Do you have enough room for a large dog? Is anyone in the family allergic to cats? Is your child old enough and responsible enough to care for a pet? It is better to ask these questions before you get a pet than find out after you have bonded with a pet and have to rehome it.
Do not let getting a pet as a present be a “spur of the moment” decision. A pet is a gift, not a present, and should be enjoyed throughout the year and not just at holidays.
If you have any questions about getting a pet this holiday, please feel free to contact AVC to speak to our knowledgeable staff. If you get a pet, feel free to stop by so we can meet the newest member of your family!
Ringing in the New Year
It is natural for people to overindulge at this time of year and allow their pets to do the same.Remember that pets have delicate digestive systems and changes to their diet could cause vomiting or diarrhea. Turkey or ham scraps may seem like a nice treat for your dog, but you are better off throwing it away. Turkey and prime rib bones are choking hazards and may cause internal bleeding. Also, remember that alcohol is toxic to pets. If possible, contain your pet in an area away from parties. If your pet mingles with the guests, make sure they do not indulge in any untended plates or drinks. If you have reason to believe your pet may have ingested something harmful, bring them to AVC immediately.
Possibly the most traumatic event for pets on New Year’s Eve is fireworks. Fireworks can be so upsetting for some dogs that they jump through a window or over a six-foot fence out of sheer panic or in an attempt to escape the noise and booming vibration. For this reason, the most important thing you can do to protect your pet (even indoor pets) is to make sure they are microchipped and have a collar with your contact information on it. We strongly recommend your pet have both. Other things you can do to help your pet survive the holiday include keeping them home, closing all the windows and doors, leaving a television or radio playing to drown out noise, keeping them in a small secure space, and staying home with your pet. For dogs with an extreme fear of fireworks, all of the above, products like the Thundershirt, and even sedation may be required.
The doctors and staff at AVC are looking forward to an amazing 2019.We wish all our friends, two-legged, four-legged, no-legged, and feathered, a safe and happy holiday season.