Monthly Archives: July 2010

TGHarris Consulting Presents Workshop on Self-Promotion

TGHarris Consulting, a Santee-based business consulting company, is presenting another of its monthly business development workshops on August 8, 2010. This time the topic will be “Networking and Self-Promotion,” and the guest speaker will be radio personality Clint August from 101 KGB. Terry Harris, owner and consultant, will follow up Clint’s talk with sessions on dealing with the issues of self-promotion and networking. These will include helping participants to find their comfort zones in uncomfortable situations and discover and deal with limiting beliefs.

Terry Harris is a business coach with 25 years of experience in the corporate and entrepreneurial worlds. He has worked successfully with numerous businesses and individuals around San Diego County who were looking for a way to improve their situation. Terry has a unique mix of business, education, and experience that he brings to each client. With a degree in psychology, training from the Anthony Robbins Coaching Program, and his own business experience he is able to provide clients with a personally-focused plan of action. Terry began his monthly workshop series as a way to reach and help more people and businesses.

Clint August is a well-known local radio personality who recently made the move from Rock 105.3 to 101 KGB. Clint also speaks regularly at events around the county and credits Terry with helping him go from self-conscious to a “self promotion guru” (Terry’s description, not his own). Clint will share some of the techniques he has learned from Terry that allow him to overcome fear and discomfort and speak successfully in front of hundreds of people at a time. “From a one man show to a multi-employee business, Terry has a unique way of motivating people,” says Clint.

This workshop is expected to fill up quickly and will not be repeated. It takes place at the Boys and Girls Club at 8820 Tamberly Way in Santee (the upstairs conference room), and will run from 8:00-10:00 on 8/10 (Terry says there was no pun intended on the timing). The cost is $25 which can be paid at the door (cash or check) or online by credit card. For more information visit TGHarris Consulting or find Terry on Facebook.

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Chic Boutique Celebrates “Christmas in July”

This Saturday, July 24, Chic Boutique (formerly Prestige Beauty Supply) is turning the calendar on its head with their “upside down Christmas” event. They plan to have gifts for everyone who attends, and will be featuring representatives from Jockey Clothes, Mary Kay, and Priddy Things Hair Clips. Plus there will be chair massages and other fun activities.

Chic Boutique is located in the Best Buy/CVS center at 9740-C Mission Gorge Rd. They feature beauty products and some clothing lines, including Jockey Clothes. They can be reached at 619-258-2700 or check out their Facebook page.

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Dutch Invade Santee

It was an invasion of Oranje proportions on Sunday, July 11, as fans of the Netherlands descended on Carlton Oaks Country Club to root for their team in the 2010 World Cup championship game. Local business owners Thomas and Caroline (VanderWel) Hootman welcomed the small but enthusiastic crowd to the newly renovated Oaks Bar and Grill, which was suitably decked out with orange tablecloths and decorations. In an effort to counter the prediction of a Spanish victory by Paul the prognosticating mollusk, the couple even brought octopus salad for everyone to share. Sadly the sushi sacrifice was ineffective and Spain did go on to win in overtime. But in spite of the disappointing conclusion to the game everyone enjoyed the chance to get together and cheer for the Oranje.

Caroline, a native of the Netherlands, wore orange for her team, as did nearly everyone else who attended. However her sartorial enthusiasm for the Dutch was eclipsed by her husband who threw himself completely into the colorful theme from head to toe. For more on the game and the day, check out the story on Santee Examiner.

Enjoy a few more pictures from the day.

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A New Business is “Brewing” in Santee

On Saturday, July 10, Santee finally came of age with the Grand Opening of its very first nano-brewery, Manzanita Brewing Company. Members of the Santee Chamber of Commerce, Miss Santee and part of her entourage, and friends both real and virtual showed up for the 1:00 pm ribbon cutting that marked the official opening of this new venture. The day was extremely well attended, in part because of an aggressive social marketing campaign by the brewery that included a Facebook page created when work was just starting. They regularly posted updates on the progress and had nearly 300 fans by the grand opening, many of whom dropped by for the festivities.

Owners Jeff Trevaskis and Garry Pitman got the idea for their business when they were both laid off from their work in software testing in December. Both had been home brewing for friends and family for some time, and they had received many compliments on their efforts. Having time on their hands, they decided to take the plunge. Because they live in Jamul and Temecula, the wanted to find a location somewhere in between, so the looked into both El Cajon and Santee. Jeff said that they tried several times to contact the planning department in El Cajon, but never got a response; on the other hand, Santee was very receptive to the idea and responsive to their questions and requests. The entrepreneurs were also impressed by the service they received from Padre Dam Water District. Jeff explained that they had contacted the District last year for information about water requirements for the brewery, then did not talk to anyone for almost three months. When they finally did recontact the District the response was, “Oh, yes, we have all your information right here.” When you are dealing with government agencies, this kind of attention is greatly appreciated.

To help keep everyone well fed, and perhaps prevent some empty-stomach drinking issues, Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse was there with their buckboard grill. The menu included tri tip, chicken, and hamburgers, with potato salad, cowboy beans, and tortilla chips. The food was outstanding, as always when Pinnacle Peak is involved. Just a side plug, if you haven’t stopped in at their restaurant on Mission Gorge Rd. west of SR-52, do yourself a favor and drop in for lunch or dinner soon.

Music was also on the menu, provided by a group from the Inland Empire, Soul of the River. The trio – bassist Steve Hansen, drummer Rene Felix, and guitarist Brett Dawson – has received numerous awards including Best Classic Rock at the 2009 Inland Empire Music Awards. The group has a funky rock style that has been compared to Pearl Jam and Red Hot Chili Peppers. The music was an energizing accompaniment to the food and drink.

And speaking of drink, the real stars of the day were the five different beers Manzanita brews: pale, brown, and red ales, IPA, and Riverwalk Blonde. All were well received, but it appeared that Riverwalk Blonde was the most popular, being described as “smooth” and with a pleasing feel on the palate. Even occasional beer drinkers appreciated the flavor of this light brew. Another favorite was the IPA, which was described as “zippy” but not bitter like some similar beers can be. Manzanita serves by the glass and in a growler (for those not into beer, a growler is a fancy jug you can fill and take home). They also have a tasting room where you can sample before going for the big order.

Manzanita Brewing Company is located at 9962 Prospect Street, just east of Cuyamaca Street. You can check out their website (in development) or their Facebook page for more information.

Cutting the Ribbon at Manzanita Brewing Company

(L-R) Santee Chamber of Commerce President John Olsen, Miss Teen Santee Taylor Shelton, Garry Pitman, Santee Princess Madison, Jeff Trevaskis, Miss Santee Kimberly Swank, Chamber Past President Rob McNelis

Owners of neighboring business Seaview Glass enjoying a Manzanita brew


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Santee Enjoys Another Fourth of July

The Fourth of July has come and gone, and once again Santee had one of the best celebrations around the county. This year we not only had music, food, and fireworks, we had sunshine, which much of the county missed out of because of the lingering June Gloom. Even better, the sun was a friendly glow in the sky, not the blazing inferno we often have on the Fourth of July. Add in all the other amenities and it’s no wonder so many people enjoyed the 2010 Santee Salutes July 4th Celebration. In fact, about the only negative about the day was the need for more restrooms. Although the city did bring in portables, there probably should have been more on the main field, where there was frequently a line of a dozen or more waiting for one of the three at each station.

The celebration was also the first opportunity for many Santee residents to see the improvements and new developments at the Town Square Community Park. A little more than a month ago the Town Center Community Park/SportsplexUSA complex celebrated its grand opening, and although the Santee Salutes festivities were taking place on the existing fields to the west, there has been quite a bit of work connecting the two areas. This includes an extension of River Park Drive past Cuyamaca Street to a new parking lot between Rio Seco School and the SportsplexUSA facilities and a walkway from the parking lot to the ball fields. Once all of the work is completed this will be Santee’s largest and most versatile community park.

As usual, there were many activities to choose from during the day. Championship Gymnastics and Cheer put on a demonstration by some of their students in front of the main stage. Several businesses had booths on the main field, including Pina Business Services and Simply Spa, which was offering free chair massages. Alas, Pina Business Services did not offer to massage your books there. On an adjoining field the Santee Mobile Recreation team had set up several games for younger kids and a stage with DJ Chubz and a young drummer who simply wowed the crowd. Fourteen-year-old Christian, who has only been playing for three years, showed that age has nothing to do with talent and ability as he drummed along with music played by the DJ. Also on the game and music field was a much more sobering display – the SUV that had been struck by an intoxicated driver at the intersection of SR-125 and Mission Gorge Road earlier this year.

On a third field were several inflatables, a laser tag area, and some carnival rides. All of these were busy throughout the afternoon. The fourth field was easily the most popular – the food booth field. Here you had a choice among traditional Fourth of July hot dogs from SPARC (Santee Parks and Recreation Committee), chicken satay from Michael’s Grill, smoothies from Smoothie King, desserts from the Eccentric International Chefs, and much more. Still, with all of the variety of food to choose from, the longest line for most of the day was for kettle corn.

Santee always puts its patriotism on display on the Fourth of July. This year’s opening ceremony included a color guard provided by one of the city’s adopted Marine units, HMH-462, the “Heavy Haulers” from MCAS Miramar. On the stage were representatives from both units as well as Mayor Randy Voepel, City Councilmen Brian Jones and John Minto, Miss Santee, Kimberly Swank, and Miss Teen Santee, Taylor Shelton. Singing Solo provided Imagine Truelove, who sang “God Bless America,” and Kelsie Martin, who sang the National Anthem.

Once again music was provided by 80z All Stars, and their alter-ego, Just Push Play. This year lead singer Nigel Naughty, bassist Devo 2.0, and drummer Karate Kid welcomed newcomer and lead guitarist Jamie Star. The change in band member seemed to make no difference to the crowd, who rocked and danced the afternoon and night away.

The night concluded with fireworks that lived up to everything Santee has come to expect. Thanks go out to Waste Management for their sponsorship of the celebration and to community partners Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse, Cannon Pacific, Rice RV, Bay City Electrical, and Bob’s Crane Service.

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