Category Archives: San Marcos Business
At the City of San Marcos, the health and safety of our community is our top priority. For real-time updates about the City’s response to COVID-19, visit www.san-marcos.net/covid19.
To help keep residents informed and to support our business community, we created a webpage that lists business in San Marcos that are currently open for take-out and/or drive-thru orders.
Please call ahead to verify before you visit.
If you would like to add a business to the list, please email Tess Sangster.
For a list of resources available to businesses, please click here.
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Update No reported cases in San Marcos. Several City events postponed.
At the City of San Marcos, the health and safety of our community is our top priority. There are no reported cases of COVID-19, or coronavirus disease, in San Marcos.
We are actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation, along with the CDC, the County of San Diego and emergency management services. Local and state health officials are actively engaged in preparation to keep Californians safe.
The City is open.
All City facilities remain open during normal business hours. Emergency services, including Fire Department and Sheriff’s Department services, are fully operational.
Increased sanitary measures
We have increased cleaning at all City facilities. Hand sanitizer is available.
Residents are encouraged to engage with the City via phone and the San Marcos City App.
To save a trip to City Hall, residents can contact the City via phone at (760) 744-1050 or the San Marcos City App to report non-emergency concerns, like potholes, park maintenance and debris. The app is the quickest and most direct way for residents to alert City staff to any concerns. Learn more about the app at www.san-marcos.net/city-app.
Public gatherings update
In order to safeguard public health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19 in our state, the California Department of Public Health has issued guidelines regarding public gatherings and events. You can read the guidelines here.
The following City events are postponed until further notice:
- San Marcos Citizens Academy
- General Plan Update Visioning Workshops #2 and #3
- March 16 Planning Commission Meeting
- March 18 Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting
- March 22 Star Walk
- March 31 State of Your Community event
- April 1 Traffic Commission MeetingAdditional changes to events will be posted on the City’s COVID-19 Response webpage at
What can I do to prevent getting COVID-19?
There is currently no vaccine available to protect against COVID-19, but it is recommended for everyone to get their flu vaccine and practice proven preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Support local businesses
The City encourages residents to keep local businesses in mind when shopping for goods and services. If you find yourself staying in more due to COVID-19 concerns, consider purchasing a gift card at your favorite restaurant or store to treat yourself at a later date.
- Visit the City’s COVID-19 Response webpage for information about City’s response to COVID-19 at www.san-marcos.net/covid19.
- To learn more about COVID-19 and to stay updated with the latest news and information, visit the County’s comprehensive information portal at www.coronavirus-sd.com.
- Sign up for City news and alerts by visiting www.san-marcos.net/alerts.
- Sign up for Alert San Diego emergency alerts at www.readysandiego.org/alertsandiego/.
- You can also call 2-1-1 to speak to someone if you have general questions.
Take a survey to share your thoughts! The survey is designed to gauge the opinions of San Marcos residents on single-use plastic products distributed in restaurants and sold in grocery stores in order to provide City staff with accurate information in considering any control ordinances on the subject.
- Please read the Single-Use Plastics Fact Sheet before completing the survey. You can view the fact sheet here.
- You can take the survey here.
- Please respond by March 20, 2020.
The Belgian Waffle Ride sprung from Michael Marckx’s desire to build a Belgian-style cycling classic in North County San Diego. The event blends road racing tactics with jarring off-road sections that are a test for all riders. This year 2,800 riders will pass through San Elijo Hills and summit Double Peak and finish at The Lost Abbey Brewery in San Marcos on May 3rd, 2020. Belgian Waffle Ride is expanding from its original San Marcos location to include events in Asheville, North Carolina and, Cedar City, Utah for, 2020.
CSUSM’S ENGIBEERING® PROGRAM LAUNCHES ADVISORY BOARD AND NEW SPRING COURSE
As the EngiBeering® brewing science program at California State University San Marcos continues to grow, two notable developments have been unveiled for Spring 2020: an advisory board featuring four of the most respected brewers in the craft brewing industry has been established, and a new course focusing on large-scale/commercial brewing production will launch on March 18.
The four inaugural members of CSUSM’s EngiBeering Advisory Board are:
Co-founder and Director of Brewery Operations, The Lost Abbey, Port Brewing Company
Co-founder, Brewmaster and COO, Second Chance Beer Company
Senior Manager, Innovation Program and Supply Chain, Stone Brewing
Co-founder and Brewmaster, Rip Current Brewing Company
With more than a century of craft brewing experience between them, Arthur, Mendiola, Moynier and Sangster have worked at all levels of the industry, from bartender and homebrewer to brewmaster and brewery founder. Pioneers in the industry—and renowned nationally—they all hold prestigious medals and awards for excellence and innovation in craft brewing from national and international competitions, and they also serve as judges at esteemed brewing competitions such as the Great American Beer Festival.
In their advisory roles, these industry leaders will lend their considerable expertise to CSUSM’s innovative EngiBeering program as it expands to meet the needs of San Diego’s acclaimed craft brewing industry.
Additionally, the EngiBeering brewing science program announces ENGB 350: Process EngiBeering, the first course in a two-course sequence designed to familiarize students with large-scale/commercial brewing production. The course—which launches on March 18 and will be taught by Bill Sobieski, co-founder of Wild Barrel Brewing Company—will cover essential topics such as brewery design and layout, equipment acquisition and use, ingredients, creating and adjusting recipes, and more. Students interested in enrolling in this course should have prior knowledge of beer-making and the brewing process.
Spring enrollment is also open for ENGB 310: Sensory Evaluation of Beer, which will be taught by Paul Sangster, co-founder and brewmaster of Rip Current Brewing Company and a certified master judge through the worldwide Beer Judge Certification Program. This course begins on March 19.
For more information and to enroll, please visit CSUSM’s Extended Learning EngiBeering program page.
ABOUT CSUSM’S ENGIBEERING® PROGRAM
CSUSM’s innovative EngiBeering® certificate program explores the science, engineering and art behind brewing craft beer. The program—taught by faculty, industry experts and local brewery owners—features individual courses that examine the basics of brewing as well as two specialized certificates: Basic EngiBeering and Advanced Brewing Science. It is designed for current employees of breweries, individuals who aspire to work in the craft beer industry, homebrewers and craft enthusiasts who want to better understand production from recipe development to how to evaluate beer.
San Marcos businesses give back beyond the holidays
In San Marcos, businesses give back year-round to support the communities they serve. The inspiration behind this spirit of philanthropy varies from business to business, but regardless the reason, the positive impacts are felt throughout the region.
“In honor of St. Valentine, we wanted to highlight a few San Marcos businesses that have made giving back a meaningful part of their corporate culture,” said Economic Development Director Tess Sangster.
One such company that is generous throughout the year is Shazeebo, a custom outdoor shade sail manufacturer. Inspired by his experience in Cal State San Marcos’ Leadership North County program, owner Patrick Howe recognizes the positive role that businesses can play in bettering a community.
“The program was a very eye-opening experience, and I realized that there is a lot of need here in North County,” Howe explained. “That’s when I started thinking about how I could further serve the community with my business.”
Not only does Shazeebo regularly donate its shade sails to nonprofit organizations like the Rancho Coastal Humane Society and the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation, but it also emphasizes seasonal giving to reach as much of the community as possible. For example, in 2019 Shazeebo coordinated the second annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive that fed more than 800 families with the support of a matching grant from the Leichtag Foundation.
North City is another business entity that shows San Marcos love throughout the year. They provide student housing scholarships for CSUSM athletes and sponsor a variety of other programs. In cooperation with the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce, they also host Taste of San Marcos that supports local businesses and raises money for the Chamber. This is in addition to being a major partner of the Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos as a sponsor of Great Futures Day and their annual gala, as well as working with Casa de Amparo, San Diego North EDC and Peter Sagan Fondo Gran Roadie-Oh.
“We understand and appreciate that we have a chance to serve the San Marcos community,” said North City Senior Project Manager Andy Tenn. “We partner with many nonprofit agencies throughout the year because we know that the need for help extends beyond the holiday season.”
Hunter Industries also encourages their employees to support their communities in many ways, including an annual payroll giving campaign that includes matching contributions by Hunter. The organization also looks to donate to organizations like Habitat for Humanity that have reoccurring needs for irrigation systems to support their housing projects in San Diego.
“Giving back is deeply rooted in Hunter Industries because social responsibility is one of our core values,” said Scotty Lombardi, Global Talent Management at Hunter Industries. “We feel it is essential to give back to the communities we are invested in.”
Employees also participate in regular food drives at all of their office locations, and the food is donated to nonprofits in each respective community. Hunter’s corporate spirit of giving also extends into the traditional holiday season when employees sponsor children by purchasing gifts for them.
“We want to thank all of the businesses who give back to San Marcos at the holidays and throughout the year because it really makes a lasting difference,” said Sangster. “Our business community is invested in the continued success and growth of San Marcos, and in their charitable works, you can really see how much love they have for our city.”
Gershman Properties has purchased San Elijo Hills Town Center, a lifestyle center located at 1620, 1628, 1640 and 1646 San Elijo Road in San Marcos. Ambient Communities dba SEH Lifestyle Center LLC sold the asset for $16 million. Built-in 2019, the property features 23,076 square feet of retail space. Current tenants include Starbucks Coffee, Cyclebar, Everbowl, Sourdough Bread Co., Tapa Tapa Spanish Restaurant, SETS Kitchen & Bar, Lourdes Mexican Food, Grand Vision Optometry, San Elijo Pediatric Dentistry and Downtown Academics Tutoring. Rob Ippolito, John Jennings and Glenn Rudy of Newmark Knight Frank represented the seller in the transaction.
Grand Vision Optometry
San Marcos, CA 92078
(760) 510 – 3130
San Marcos Revolution, raised $2500 through its first annual Copa Revolution Youth Soccer Tournament
San Marcos Youth Soccer competitive arm, San Marcos Revolution, raised $2500 through its first annual Copa Revolution Youth Soccer Tournament. Over 130 teams from Southern California participated over August 17-18 2019 at beautiful Walnut Grove Park.
Rady Children’s Hospital is a San Diego based institution founded in 1954. Since its inception, Rady Children’s Hospital has aspired and has become a leading Hospital focusing on Children. In the past fiscal year, Rady Children’s has seen over 245,000 patients and performed over 20,000 surgeries. Rady Children’s is nationally ranked in all ten areas including Cancer, heart surgery, neonatal, neurosurgery, and long term care.
San Marcos Youth Soccer and San Marcos Revolution are a premier locally based 501(c)3 non-profit, serving the community of San Marcos and North County Inland. San Marcos Youth Soccer serves over 1500 families and fields over 150 teams between its recreational and competitive programs.
San Marcos Youth Soccer is run by a dedicated volunteer board of directors. On the competitive side of the soccer program, Nick Perera is the Director of Coaching. Mr. Perera is currently not only the Director of Coaching for San Marcos Youth Soccer; he is the Captain of the US Men’s National Beach Soccer team and a professional soccer player and coach of the MISL Tacoma Stars.
“It’s an honor and privilege to be working with the kids and families of the San Marcos Youth Soccer and Revolution programs and to have the ability to have a positive impact, through the game of soccer. Furthermore, to be able to provide a fun and competitive venue and to help raise funds to a fantastic cause, really exemplifies the ethos and pathos of the culture of our organization” said Nick Perera.
San Marcos Revolution will be hosting the 2nd annual Copa Revolution, benefiting Rady Children’s Hospital in August 2020. Please go to SanMarcosRevolution.org for more information about the tournament, and the club.