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Santee Coffee Corner celebrates grand opening of second location

Cofffee Corner opens a second location

Duane and Suzie Parks cut the ribbon to celebrate the opening of their second Coffee Corner location.

The popular Coffee Corner has opened up a second location in Santee Town Center near Home Depot and Chuze Fitness. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Friday morning, September 6, 2013, to celebrate. On hand were member of the Santee City Council, Santee Chamber of Commerce and representatives from the offices of U.S. Representative Duncan Hunter, State Senator Joel Anderson and State Assemblyman Brian Jones.

For more detail, read my article on Santee Examiner.

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Fourth Annual Santee Street Fair to Honor Our Military Heroes

The wildly successful Santee Street Fair returns this Saturday, May 26, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. along Riverview Drive east of Santee Trolley Square. The family-friendly event is free and features hundreds of vendors, live bands, rides and games for the kids and plenty of food. This year, to help kick off the Memorial Day Weekend, the Santee Street Fair will honor our military heroes with a special ceremony.

The Santee Street Fair is the largest single-day festival in the East County, with over 40,000 people attending last year and even more expected this time. It is put on by the Santee Chamber of Commerce and the City of Santee as a way to promote the community throughout the greater San Diego region. Businesses from throughout Santee and around the county will be there to share information with visitors.

Santee’s own Clint August, from 101KGB, will act as master of ceremonies for the day, but there are rumors that a certain local pirate could drop in to commandeer the microphone at some point. Along with the Santee Chamber of  Commerce and the City of Santee, the Street Fair is supported by Padre Dam’s Santee Lakes, Barona Resort & Casino, AIR Santee, SDG&E, Union Bank, El Cajon Harley Davidson and many other companies and organizations.

The first Street Fair, in 2009, came together in only six months and showed what Santee could do when people who cared about the city put their minds together. Since then it has grown to a greatly-anticipated celebration that draws rave reviews every year. The 2012 edition will feature many of the same vendors and entertainment that people have enjoyed, with many new ones to discover.

New to the Main Stage this year will be Atomic Groove, billed as the best in variety dance bands. The group has been voted the Best Local Band in Ranch & Coast Magazine and in the Union-Tribune’s SignOn San Diego Readers’ Poll. Joining Atomic Groove from their popular shows last year will be Credence Relived, a Credence Clearwater Revival tribute band, and Liquid Blue, certified by the Guinness Book of Records as “The World’s Most Traveled Band.”

While the Street Fair is free, as is parking, be sure to bring plenty of money to enjoy all of the different foods that will be on hand. In the past the fare has ranged from Hawaiian shaved ice to hot dogs and hamburgers and top-notch barbecue. This year the beer garden will feature Santee’s own Manzanitza Brewing Company, which will soon celebrate their second anniversary with a move to a new, larger facility.

Read about the 2011 Santee Street Fair on Santee Examiner

Read about the 2010 Santee Street Fair on Santee Examiner and Scouting Santee

Read about the 2009 Santee Street Fair on Scouting Santee

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Fox’s Pizza Den to Hold Third Fundraiser

Fox’s Pizza Den will hold their third pizza fundraiser of the 2011-2012 school year for Chet F. Harritt School on Thursday, March 29. The restaurant will donate 20% of net sales from all purchases to the school. This applies to both dine-in and take-out orders. If you want to call in your order to 619-749-4165, just be sure to tell them you heard about the fundraiser and want to do your part to help. So far Fox’s Pizza Den has donated about $600 this year alone.

In their first pizza fundraiser Fox’s was able to donate over $200 to help the school with those little extras that always seem to come up. While that may not sound like a lot of money, when you consider the average order you see that quite a few pizzas were sold just on that one day.

More than just helping the school, by taking part in this fundraiser you will be helping a local business stay in business during these tough times. Over the past year Santee has lost several restaurants, and while a few new ones have opened – or will soon – it is important to keep the ones that are already here. Every small business means a few more people employed, a few more dollars moving through the community and one less empty store front along the road.

So once again, “Thank You” to Fox’s Pizza Den for being a great member of the Santee community, and “Thank You” to all who participate in this fundraiser.


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Santa Visits Coffee Corner for Story Time

Not a mouse was in sight, and children were definitely not snuggled in their beds on Saturday, December 3, as Santa arrived at Coffee Corner in Santee to read stories and share the holiday spirit. Santa’s elves, who double as the coffee shop’s baristas during the regular year, were on hand to help with the fun. About 15 boys and girls and about two dozen adults gathered to kick off the Christmas season.

The Santa reading event was the brainchild of Santee resident and radio host (101 KGB FM) Clint August as a way to benefit both the community and his favorite coffee shop. “I started it with Duane Parks (owner of Coffee Corner) because I love seeing children get in the spirit of Christmas and I love the coffee shop. I figured it’s such a great, intimate location to have families come from Santee. They can see their children smile while meeting Santa.”

Before Santa’s “arrival,” the barista elves entertained the children, clowning around and pretending they were unable to find where the jolly old elf was. When he did appear, Santa explained that before he read the stories they had to light the decorated tree at the shop. He then went around and had each child touch a tree-topper star to start the “magic” needed to light the tree when it was put in place.

This year families were asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Santee Santas, a local organization that provides food and presents to needy families during the holiday season. In addition to the toys, food and nearly $100 were donated to help make the season a little brighter for some local families.

Photographer Penny Wilkinson was on hand taking pictures of the kids as they perched on Santa’s lap and shared their Christmas lists. According to August, the crowd was about one-third larger than the previous year. Asked about plans for the future, he said Santa would be returning every year for the foreseeable future. “I’d love to get my boys as Santa’s helpers one day,” August indicated. “Certainly all of the elves that were there last night would be great to have again. They were fantastic.”

Coffee Corner owner Parks later posted his appreciation on his Facebook page: “thank you to everyone who stopped by The Coffee Corner last night to visit with Santa…. It was truly a magical night… Many toys, food and nearly $100 were all donated to a local (Santee Santa’s). Thanks to Santa for taking time out of his busy schedule to visit with our kids, and thanks to his lovely elves who kept us organized and entertained (you girls are great elves, and Awesome Baristas too. Special thanks Penny Wilkinson and Chris Carmichael for capturing the evening on camera. God is good!”

For anyone who missed the event and would like to help Santee Santas, you can visit their website to find out more information.

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Santee Santas Need Your Help

(L-R) Laura Plante, Sam Modica and Vicki Cecil of Santee Santas at the Santee Car Show

The following is a press release from Santee Santas explaining the great need they have for help this holiday season. I have written about the Santas before, and I encourage readers to get involved with the group, even if it is just a small donation.

Santee Santas Prepare for High Demand this Holiday Season
As the economic downturn continues, Santee Santas brace for high demand; Seek help from local businesses and residents

SANTEE, CA, November 8, 2011 (For Immediate Release) – As the holiday season begins to pick up steam, the Santee Santas are already in full swing of their holiday preparations to ensure that every Santee resident enjoys some holiday cheer.

Santee Santas is an all-volunteer, non-profit, organization bringing comfort and joy to Santee residents by providing food and gifts, especially during the holiday season.  Each family who receives assistance is able to get a holiday meal and enough staples to last a few weeks. Each child receives toys or gift cards depending on their age as well as books.

“With the current state of the economy, we are anticipating even greater demands this year than we saw in 2010,” says Gail Ramer, Vice Chairman of Santee Santas. “When you add to this fact that so many local businesses are suffering, we are hoping that those who are able, will step up and help us meet the needs of so many hurting Santee residents.”

For those who can help, donations of new unwrapped toys and books, as well as non-perishable food items, are currently being accepted at over 30 drop box locations throughout Santee. Cash donations are also always encouraged.  Cash donations can be mailed to Santee Santas Foundation, P.O. Box 710033, Santee, CA 92072-0033 or through PayPal via the Santee Santas Website.

For those in need, applications will be accepted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at Santee City Hall at 10601 N. Magnolia, Building 8.  Applications will also be accepted on November 16 from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm and November 29 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Santee Fire Station #4 at 8950 Cottonwood Avenue.  Blank applications are available at all Santee School Offices, Santee Chamber of Commerce, the Santee Library or by visiting
Santee Santas has been bringing the spirit of the holidays to the Santee Community for more than fifty years.  In 2010, Santee Santas assisted 203 families, including 397 children and delivered 150 flower arrangements to seniors at mobile home parks and 100 Stuffed animals were given to residents at Stanford Court Nursing Home.

For more information about Santee Santas, including a complete list of toy and food drop-off locations, or to make a donation online, please visit

Thank You Santee!

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TG Harris to present Business/Life Coaching Seminar

Terry Harris, owner of TG Harris Consulting, will present a business and life coaching seminar on The Power of Coaching at Coffee Corner on Thursday, August 18, 2011. The event will include Mr. Harris’ talk on how the Power of Positive Thinking can lay the foundation for personal and professional growth, as well as a short testimonial by radio personality Clint August. There will also be a question-and-answer session following the talks. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. and will run until around 8:00 p.m. Space is limited, so RSVPs are required.

With over 25 years of experience in the corporate and entrepreneurial worlds, Mr. Harris brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his business and life coaching endeavors. In addition to working with Clint August, Mr. Harris has coached a wide variety of small business owners and individuals, from spa owners to photographers to firefighters. He has a degree in psychology and is experienced in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP).

For more information on the seminar, visit the Facebook Event page. For more information about TG Harris Consulting, visit the website.

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Congressman Hunter to sponsor job fair

On Friday, August 26, Congressman Duncan D. Hunter will host a community job fair, in partnership with the East County Career Center. The event will take place at the Cuyamaca Community College student center and will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This will be the Congressman’s second of the year, and the job fairs have become something of a tradition for the two-term representative from East County. Several thousand people have taken advantage of the events to meet prospective employers, and many have been successful in finding a job.

In a post on his Congressional website, Representative Hunter said, “Each event has been a success and what I’m hearing from local businesses and job seekers is to keep them coming.  Job fairs are a great way to bring together employers and those who are looking for work or interested in a career change.  And if a job fair helps put at least one person back to work, it’s all the more reason to start planning the next one.”

One of Hunter’s first job fairs, in February, 2010, drew between 1500 and 2000 job seekers to meet with representatives from over three dozen local businesses. At the time, the Congressman pointed out that California was suffering from not only the nation-wide economic downturn, but high taxes and regulations that were driving companies out of the state or out of business. In an interview, he mentioned that Texas was offering special tax incentives to companies to move there from California. None of this has changed appreciably since then – at least not in a positive way.

For more information, you can visit Hunter’s Congressional website (link above). If you are a business owner and would like to take part in the job fair, you can find a registration form here or on the website.

For a story on the February, 2010, job fair, click here.

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Manzanita Brewing Company to celebrate first anniversary

Santee’s own brewery, Manzanita Brewing Company, will celebrate its first anniversary on Saturday, July 16, starting at 1:00. It will be a day of beer, food, beer, and music. Oh, did I mention beer? On tap for the day will be some of their best specialty brews, including Chaotic, Wee Rock, Pivotal Porter, and Hot Blonde. Also on the list are regulars Riverwalk Blonde, Rustic Horizon Red, Gillespie Brown Ale, and their IPA. Of course, a party is no good without food, even if the focus is on beer. Manzanita has invited Doggos Gus Mexican gourmet hot dogs, Chop Soo-ey pork-centric delights, and Devilicious with “food so good it’s bad.”

Finally, a great party needs great music, and there will be more than enough on the list. Esjay Jones, the South African lead singer from the group Stealing Love Jones and a talented solo act, will bring her raw, emotional sound to the party. I saw Ms. Jones at a charity show in Hillcrest some months ago and was very impressed. Just try to ignore her when she gets going. The Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band Skynyrd’s Innyrrds, which takes its name from the main group’s 1989 greatest hits album, will bring some great rock music, as will Santee’s own Ramshackle. Finally, the group Trailer Park Allstar will perform and release a new CD at the event.

Manzanita Brewing Company is located at 9962 Prospect Street, just a short distance east of Cuyamaca Street. Look for them on the north side of the road. You can check out the story on their Grand Opening last year.


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Santee Businesses on 10News A-List

It is time again to vote for the top businesses in San Diego on the 10News A-List. This year there are over three dozen Santee area businesses on the list in a wide variety of categories. In some categories there are two local businesses to choose from, but it is set up so you can vote for a business in a different category than it is listed in. However, and this is important, once you have voted in a category you cannot vote in it again – at least not under the same account. My suggestion is that you review all of the businesses in the category before you vote. That way, if you have two favorites and one can also fit in another category, you can vote that one in the separate category first, then your choice for the listed category. Confusing? Only a little.  (For example, both The Coffee Corner and Frubble are listed in Best Coffee Shop, but Frubble is not listed in Best Tea House, although that is the category it won last year. Solution, vote for Frubble for Best Tea House first, then go back and vote for The Coffee Corner for Best Coffee Shop.)

Below is a list of all the Santee area business I could find in the 10News A-List competition, along with a direct link to the business. If you find others, feel free to leave a message and I will try to update.

10 News A-List


Best Day Spa:

Simply Spa (

Best Hair Color:

hautePINKstudio (

Best Manicure and Pedicure:

Lux Nails (

Best Massage:

Estasi Massage Therapy (

Best Medical Spa:

Riverview MD Spa (

Best Tanning:

Hollywood Tans (

Best Waxing:

Skyn (

Cheap Eats

Best Sandwich:

Sandwich Bags (

Best Breakfast:

Jimmy’s Family Restaurant (

Omelette Factory (

Best Burger:

Annie’s Fine Burger (


Best Children’s Clothing:

Bears, Buddies, & Toys (

Great Eats

Best Mexican:

Margaritas Fine Mexican Food (

Best New American:

Michael’s Grill (

Best Steakhouse:

Pinnacle Peak (


Domo Sushi (

Health & Fitness

Best Golf Course:

Carlton Oaks (

Best Martial Arts:

Infinity Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (

Schu-Fu International Martial Arts (


Best Live Music:

Second Wind (

Best Sports Bar:

Oaks Bar & Grill (Carlton Oaks CC) (


Best Boarding:

Furry Friends Resort (

Best Grooming:

Aloha Grooming (


Best Arts & Crafts:

Pause and Play Beads (

Scrappin’ Attack (

Best Baby Boutique:

Sophie Crew Photography (

Best Furniture:

Purewood Unfinished Furniture (

Specialty Food

Best Bakery:

Baklava King LLC (

Eccentric International Chefs (

Best Coffee Shop:

Frubble (

The Coffee Corner (


Best Catering:

Da Kine’s Hawaiian Catering (

Best DJ:

Magic Mike’s DJ Services (,

Sunset Sound Productions (

The Creative Music DJ ( (FYI, Dennis DJDennis Jones is a Santee resident but uses a San Diego business address)

Best Invitations:

Durante’s Calligraphy Styles (

Photo Flair Designs (

Best Photographer:

Cosmic Frogs Photography (,

Hugo Benson Photography (

Best Wedding Planner:

Busy Bride Consulting (


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Celebrate Santee at the San Diego County Fair

This Saturday, June 18, the San Diego County Fair will celebrate Santee Day. Every year the San Diego County Fair provides days for county cities and communities to showcase their businesses in the San Diego Pavilion in the Infield. Businesses are not allowed to sell, but can provide information and discounts to visitors to encourage them to take advantage of their services. Representatives of the various companies will be on site from opening (10:00 a.m. on Saturday) to 5:00 p.m. to answer any and all questions visitors might have.

Below is a list of the Santee businesses that will be attending Santee Day. Stop by and visit while you’re out at the Fair.


Albert E. Klitzke DDS Inc,

Brinegar Chriropractic Center

DTS Leather

Green House Builders


Mary Kay


Piña Business Services


San Diego Mattress Man

Sanctuary Massage

Staump Music School

Temperature Control

TG Harris Consulting


United States Postal Service


Welcoming Services


Remember, there are many more things to do at the San Diego County Fair. Just a few of the events for Saturday include the Viejas Fire Expo and  Firefighter Demo in the Del Mar Arena and concerts by the Doors tribute band Wild Child on the Coors Light Rock On Stage and Melissa Etheridge on the Heineken Grandstand Stage. Plus Saturday is the Enviro Fair in the Paul Ecke Jr. Flower and Garden Show.

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