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
Changes are coming to Cafe Stoked and owner, Charity Abelardo, a long-time resident of San Elijo Hills, wanted you to hear about these changes directly from her so you aren’t surprised next time you stop by.
Beginning Friday, October 5, we are closing our daily cafe operations. We will still be offering catering and special events services, but the daily cafe will be closed until we identify a new owner/operator. We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes, but hope you will understand and support our transition.
There are a lot of reasons for the change and it’s hard to put it all into a quick article, but I want you to know that I have given it much thought and consideration and this is the most feasible way to make the required transition. Closing the daily operations will give me more bandwidth and resources to devote to getting a new establishment in the space that will make sense and be good for our community.
Please know this has nothing to do with the new businesses in the town square or lack of community support. You have all been wonderful. So much has changed in my life in the last five years. When we opened our doors, it was very much a family operation. My sister, Chris Vulovic, and I were partners in the endeavor. She brought her passion for food and hospitality to the space. My kids and husband, Kim, were all part of the adventure. We poured our heart and souls into it – together. Since that time, my sister passed away, two of my kids are now in college, and I have two other businesses that demand much of my time and energy. I simply can’t give the cafe operations the kind of energy and financial resources it needs.
While it’s difficult to make this decision, knowing the impact these changes will have on our employees and customers, I also know that it will open new doors and opportunities to bring something fresh and vibrant to our community.
I am so grateful for the past five years and all of the memories we have created together at Cafe Stoked – from community service projects to special events and fundraisers. I hope you will continue to use us for your birthdays, weddings, recitals, receptions and other special events in the interim. I am not going anywhere and I will be working diligently behind-the-scenes with our catering and event services while seeking the right establishment to occupy the space moving forward.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. And, please keep following us on Facebook, Instagram and our website to hear about special events and ongoing news and updates. Again, thank you for everything you have done and continue to do to support me and my family. I appreciate it more than I can possibly put into words. I truly love our community. Thanks for making it so special.
The long-awaited and highly anticipated San Elijo Hills Town Center is finally under construction! Ambient Communities broke ground on the Town Center in early August and began rough grading and underground utility work. To celebrate, Ambient Communities, along with Market Place tenants and newly-signed Town Center tenants, are sponsoring a “San Elijo Hills Family Fall Festival” on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 10:00 am to 2:00 p.m. The event will be held at Town Square Park, located at the corner of San Elijo and Elfin Forest Roads. Local food, merchandise, music and family-friendly activities will be showcased. “We have received such a warm welcome from the community that we wanted to make the groundbreaking a community event,” said Duncan Budinger, Director of Retail Development at Ambient. “We are excited to bring this project to life and be a part of this special place. San Elijo Hills Family Fall Festival is the first of many exciting things to come.”
During the event, representatives from Ambient Communities will be on-site to provide project information and answer questions. Project information is also available by visiting
In September, the foundations and slabs for Buildings A and B in Phase One will be completed. Vertical construction will begin shortly after and the buildings will start to take shape. Phase One Construction will continue throughout 2017, with an expected opening date of Summer 2018. Phase Two will follow close behind and is expected to open in Fall 2018.
There has been significant leasing interest as well, with multiple tenants already secured. For leasing information, please contact John Jennings at Jjennings@ngkf.com or Aaron Hill at email@example.com; both of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank. They are also available by phone at (858) 875-5923. For all other inquiries, please contact Darcy Burke of Watermark Associates at 951-294-3190 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
This plan/brochure indicates preliminary leasing concepts and tenants only and is subject to change. The brochure calls out some potential tenants.
DESCRIPTION: “Centrally located in the community of San Elijo Hills, the project is situated along the highly traveled thoroughfare, San Elijo Road with an average daily traffic count of approximately 22,500 cars per day, growing to approximately 32,000 cars per day by 2020. Retail, service and restaurant spaces available from 1,034 – 6,600 square feet in Phase I and up to 7,700 square feet in Phase II. “
San Elijo Hills Towncenter Update from San Elijo Hills Development Company & Ambient Communities
Dear San Elijo Hills Residents,
As an update to last year’s town hall meeting (during which we shared the designs that you’ve seen reflected on the banners in the Towncenter), we are happy to report that we have been working cooperatively with Ambient Communities, and the City of San Marcos toward finalized designs and approvals for the second phase of San Elijo Hills Towncenter.
In that effort, we are very hopeful to receive a Site Development Permit before the end of March. Assuming we and the City are able to meet this important milestone, we intend to process the Precise Improvement Plans starting in March so that we can begin grading by early June. Vertical construction is planned for September, with the first shops opening their doors around April of 2018.
Ambient has been actively considering leasing interest for the past many months and looks forward to announcing the first businesses by mid-Summer of this year. A sincere thank you to many of you who have referred the Towncenter to businesses you would like to see open shop here in your community.
As we progress over the next several months, we will continue to provide updates to our efforts and refinements to these anticipated timelines.
San Elijo Hills Development Company & Ambient Communities
SAN MARCOS — Land that has sat vacant for years in the commercial heart of the San Elijo Hills community may sprout shops, restaurants and two dozen townhomes, possibly by late 2017.Residents and city officials have waited for years for the right project to complete the community’s Town Center, a retail hub that was supposed to serve the thousands of homes built in the sprawling master-planned development in southern San Marcos.HomeFed, the publicly traded company that manages San Elijo Hills, has teamed with Ambient Communities to build a two-phase project on the empty 5-acre space.The plan calls for 33,000 square feet of restaurants and retail throughout seven single-story buildings, with 24 condos — three-story units with rooftop decks.Jeff O’Connor, director of operations for HomeFed, said last week that he is “definitely excited about this because it’s going to complete the Town Center — and the residents will be the beneficiaries of that.”No specific proposals have been submitted to the city yet; that is expected within weeks.