Category Archives: San Marcos Chamber of Commerce

SAN MARCOS FARMERS MARKET NEW LOCATION – NEW VENUE

The San Marcos Certified Farmers Market re-establishes operations on Tuesday, June 30, in a new location and new venue – North City San Marcos. 

The beautiful open-air Market will feature a collection of amazing vendors offering local fresh fruits & vegetables, baked goods, fresh-cut flowers, local honey, bread, meat, fish, eggs, nuts, yogurt, Kombucha, artisan packaged foods, and specialty prepared hot foods. We are excited to announce that J.R. Organics Farm will be joining the lineup with a wide arrangement of fresh, nutritious, organic produce. 

The market will serve the community year-round, Tuesdays, 3 PM to 7 PM, spring and summer, and  3 PM – 6 PM, fall, and winter. The new North City location is conveniently located at 251 North City Drive, off Hwy 78, and Twin Oaks Valley Road. 

To maintain social distancing protocol and follow County health guidelines, the market will be monitoring the number of people allowed inside the market at one time and monitoring to make sure that shoppers adhere to social distancing rules. Facial coverings required. We will be the safest, tastiest grocery shopping in town!

The San Marcos Farmers Market is proud to support local farmers and small businesses.

For more information please contact San Marcos Chamber of Commerce Event Director Melanie Jamil 760-744-1270 or melanie@sanmarcoschamber.com

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City of San Marcos eases rules to allow businesses to temporarily expand outdoor uses

Some restaurant, retail and other activities now allowed in parking lots, sidewalk patios.

The City of San Marcos is here to support businesses through COVID-19 as they gradually reopen under the State’s orders.

With new social distancing requirements, many businesses want to move some activities outdoors. In response, the City has temporarily changed our rules regarding outdoor uses and is now allowing restaurants, retail and other activities in parking lots, as well as sidewalk patios in some cases. This can be done with a fast, easy, no-cost permit process.

We’ve also changed our regulations to allow some signage without permits and an array of additional changes to help businesses and community organizations.

The temporary modifications to the San Marcos Municipal Code include:

  • Drive-thru or Designated Curbside Pickup: Temporary Outdoor Business Permit Required. Businesses will be allowed to designate their customer parking spaces for curbside pickup. This will be permitted in commercial centers and other locations provided that businesses work with neighbors and property management companies to minimize conflicts. ADA stalls and fire lanes may not be used for this purpose. The City may require operational changes or disallow drive-thru or curbside pickup based on complaints and/ or traffic or other health/safety or applicable regulatory compliance issues. The number of spaces used would be decided by the business owner in terms what works for their business provided it does not exceed the number spaces allocated for their suite.
  • Signage: No permit required for on-site temporary banner signs of prescribed sizes. No new permanent signage or off-site signage is permitted. Business owners must coordinate with property management regarding site specific sign restrictions.
  • Outdoor Dining: Outdoor dining will be permitted in various locations provided that ADA access, ingress/egress requirements and other health and safety requirements can be met and that existing occupancy is not exceeded.
    • Public right of way or private sidewalks. Special Event Permits and other permits may be required (Right of Way, Encroachment, Traffic Control).This applies only in University District/ North City and along non-arterial roads only. This may include street closures with appropriate plans and permits.
    • Private parking lots. Temporary Outdoor Business Permit Required. Applicable to certain location types with required timeframes to be determined (i.e., sites with shared uses such as breweries in industrial areas may have staggered hours to avoid conflicts). Individual approvals required. Other permits may be required in some cases (Special Event Permit, Right of Way, Encroachment, Traffic Control).
  • To-go and On-Site Outdoor Consumption of Alcohol: Allows for consistency with the Alcohol and Beverage Control (ABC) Notices that provide that bona fide eating places (i.e. restaurants) selling beer, wine and pre-mixed drinks or cocktails for consumption on the premises pursuant to an ABC license, may sell alcohol for off premise consumption in conjunction with meals prepared for pickup or delivery. These businesses may also allow on-site outdoor alcohol consumption with appropriate permits as outlined above (see “outdoor dining”). This modification is effective only for the duration of the ABC notices.
  • Personal Services (Instructional/ Fitness): Temporary Outdoor Business Permit Required. When public health orders permit such uses, would allow for instructional/fitness facilities to deviate from their Conditional Use Permit or Director’s Permit conditions and allow for outdoor activities on site in a parking lot or other open area. Allows for indoor activities provided safe reopening and any other safety requirements are followed.
  • Retail Businesses: Temporary Outdoor Business Permit Required. Allows for all retail sales businesses to open with interior sales under safe reopening plans. Allow for curbside pickup if desired by business. Also allows businesses to designate their customer parking spaces for curbside pickup. The number of spaces would be decided by business owner in terms what works for their business, provided it does not exceed the number spaces allocated for their suite. Allows for outdoor sales in parking lot if desired by business.
  • Home Occupation: Temporary Outdoor Business Permit Required. Allows for on-site customers, employees, and stock in trade on site at home occupations.
  • Group Assembly: Temporary Outdoor Business Permit Required. When public health orders permit such uses, would allow for assemblies in and outdoors in various locations provided that ADA access, ingress/egress requirements and other health and safety requirements can be met. Requires individual plan approval. Other permits may be required (Special Event Permit, Right of Way, Encroachment, Traffic Control).
  • Retail Expansion in Industrial Buildings: No permit required. Allows for an expansion of retail uses from 10% up to 50% of building square footage within buildings or on sites zoned as Industrial. Retail sales must be for the sale of a product(s) produced on site.

These provisions apply throughout the Stay at Home order. They are only applicable as allowed under the State or County public health orders in effect at the time.

Learn more

For more information, contact Economic Development Director Tess Sangster at (760) 744-1050, ext. 3120 or tsangster@san-marcos.net.

Stay informed

Visit the City’s COVID-19 Response webpage for information about City’s response to COVID-19 at www.san-marcos.net/covid19.

Discover Our Recovery Business Safety Promise

At the City of San Marcos, the health and safety of our community is our top priority. The COVID-19 crisis is impacting everyone in San Marcos, including our local businesses that are currently open or preparing to reopen when public health guidelines allow.
The City is happy to support and assist with the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce’s Discover Our Recovery Business Safety Promise. The Chamber’s program is designed to help business owners communicate their commitment to following all public health orders and guidelines from the State of California, the County of San Diego, the City of San Marcos and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help protect their employees, customers and the community.
Business owners that make the Discover Our Recovery Business Safety Promise below can display the decal in their windows to let customers know that the businesses has committed to take all the County’s recommended precautions to help provide a safe environment.
Let’s help our community move forward safely together.

Make the Promise and Download the Toolkit

You can learn more about the program, make the Promise and download a multimedia toolkit on the Chamber’s website here. By downloading the toolkit and/or using the graphics, you are promising to follow the guidelines.
Window decals for businesses that make the Promise will be available soon! Please stay tuned for details.

Stay Updated

For the most up-to-date information, please visit the City’s COVID-19 Response webpage: www.san-marcos.net/covid19.

San Marcos Restaurants, Grocery Stores, Breweries and Wineries Open for Business

As a resource for the San Diego County community, we compiled a list of San Marcos restaurants, breweries, and wineries open for pick-up or drive-thru orders. The list also includes grocery stores, with information about special hours for senior citizens. See the list at www.san-marcos.net/businesses.
We’d love it if you could help us spread the word about this resource! We’re asking folks to help us keep the list continuously updated by emailing Economic Development Director Tess Sangster at TSangster@san-marcos.net.

See which San Marcos businesses are open for take-out and/or drive-thru orders

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.

Click here to see which businesses are open.

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.

San Marcos is the home to the The Belgian Waffle Ride

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.

Hot Mama Jamz at the San Marcos Farmers Market, Tuesdays, 3-7pm

Meet the Sweet before the Heat with Hot Mama Jamz, an amazing spicy and flavorful twist to traditional preserve.

Summer is here, so you can be sure that you’ll be within a briquette’s throw of a sizzling steak, seared chicken, fish or combination of. Dress your delights with Hot Mama Habanero Jamz – which will be sure to add a kick to anything off the grill.

Keep in mind, that Hot Mama Jamz is always good to have on hand. It works great as a morning spread on toast, with peanut butter, over cupcakes …….. or as an amazing dip for any charcuterie board.

Enjoy the perfect balance between sweet and spicy.

Be sure to visit Hot Mama Jamz at the San Marcos Farmers Market, Tuesdays, 3-7pm, 1035 La Bonita Drive, across from Decoy Dockside at Lake San Marcos.

For additional information, please contact melanie@sanmarcoschamber.com

Meat at the Market!

Meat at the Market!

Da-Le Ranch is a family owned and operated farm located in Lake Elsinore, Ca. Their 65+ acre ranch promotes sustainable farming and natural concepts in living, offering up the BEST Organic, Pasture Fed, Free Roaming Protein. Enjoy Beef, Pork, Lamb, Fowl & Fresh Eggs.

The Da-Le Ranch team is passionate about what they do, and they strive to bring the highest quality and ethical meats and eggs to their customers throughout 24 farmers markets in Southern California. At the San Marcos Farmers Market, Da-Le Ranch can be found every Tuesday, 3-7pm, 1035 La Bonita Drive, across from Decoy Dockside in beautiful Lake San Marcos.

For additional information, please contact melanie@sanmarcoschamber.com

San Marcos Farmers Market every Tuesday, from 3pm-7pm across from Decoy Dockside)

When it comes to buying fresh and local in San Marcos, look no further than the San Marcos Farmers Market. Located across from beautiful Lake San Marcos, shop flavorful fresh fruits and veggies from Martinez Farms and Divine Harvest …. just to name few.  And with a year-round growing season, there’ s always an abundance of fresh and healthy goods up for grabs.

Feast on delicious prepared food items, while packing your tote with all the other amazing items available each week. Shop cheeses, meats, fresh fish, breads, flowers, artisan gifts and more.

Shop local, eat fresh, and check out the San Marcos Farmers Market every Tuesday, from 3pm-7pm, 1035 La Bonita Drive, San Marcos (across from Decoy Dockside).

For additional information, please contact melanie@sanmarcoschamber.com

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