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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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Santee on SignonSanDiego’s Best of San Diego List

Once again it is time to vote in the SignonSanDiego “San Diego’s Best” polls, and there are several categories with Santee businesses in the running. Below is a list of the businesses I found and the categories they are nominated in. I did not include businesses with many locations around the county, just those with only Santee or just one or two other locations. I encourage you to go and vote and help remind everyone just how great Santee is.

Food & Restaurants

Smokin’ Joes Barbecue – Best Barbecue Restaurant

The Omelette Factory – Best Breakfast, Best Brunch, Best Business Lunch, Best Comfort Food Restaurant, and Best Family Restaurant

Shopping & Services

Santee Swapmeet – Best Swap Meet

Sports & Recreation

Santee Lakes – Best Campground

Carlton Oaks Country Club – Best Country Club and Best Golf Course

If you know of other Santee area businesses I missed that should be on this list, please let me know and I will add them.

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Third Annual Santee Street Fair on Saturday, May 28

It’s time once again for Santee’s annual Street Fair on Saturday, May 28. This will be the third year for the event, which is put on by the Santee Chamber of Commerce and the City of Santee to help promote the community throughout the greater San Diego County region. In just two years the Fair has drawn over 100,000 visitors who come to enjoy the food, games, music, and fun.

The Street Fair takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. along Riverview Parkway, just north of Mission Gorge Rd. You can drive to the Fair, or take the trolley and avoid the parking hassles. There will be some 300 vendor booths, three stages, six bands, community entertainment, and much more. In addition, for the adults, there will be the beer and wine garden presented by Sportsplex USA.

This year the musical lineup includes Fossil Fuel, Mudwolf, and Blues 145 at the Trolley Square Amphitheater and the group Country Rockin’ Rebels on the Community Stage. The main stage will feature hot zydeco and Cajun music by Bayou Brothers, Classic rock by the tribute group Credence Relived, and Liquid Blue which has been certified as “The World’s Most Traveled Band” by the Guinness Book of World Records.

For directions and more details, visit the Santee Street Fair website. You can check out a promotional video by Sam Diego, aka Captain Sam. Read about the 2010 Santee Street Fair and the original 2009 Street Fair on Scouting Santee. The Santee Street Fair helps support the Santee Food Bank, so bring a food donation or drop off some of the green when you come.

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Grand Openings in Santee

There will be two grand openings around town this Saturday, May 7. Both events begin at noon, but there will be plenty of time to make it from one to the other if you plan your day right. There will be food, fun, and a Charger at one of the locations.

The first event will be the grand opening for the new Cox Santee Solutions location at 9349 Mission Gorge Rd. The celebration will run from noon until 3:00, but the best time to show up is between 1:00 and 2:00. During that time San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers will be on hand to greet fans and sign autographs. There will be a ceremonial ribbon cutting with the Santee Chamber of Commerce before that and plenty of fun.

The second grand opening is the new Chamberlin’s Travel, located at 9550 Cuyamaca St. #204. This also begins at noon, but the ribbon cutting is at 3:00, which gives you plenty of time to catch the first ceremony and see Philip Rivers at Cox before you run down the street to Chamberlin’s. There will be food, fun, and prizes here, so be sure to swing by.

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Fox’s Pizza Den Fundraiser Results

The numbers are in on Fox’s Pizza Den’s fundraiser for Chet F. Harritt School on Wednesday, February 9. Thanks to all of the families, couples, and individuals who came in for lunch and dinner, Fox’s was able to donate $213 to the school to use as they need. Now $213 may not sound like a lot, but if you figure an average order of say $20-$25, that turns out to be quite a few pizzas.

I stopped by Fox’s around dinner time and they were quite busy. The dining area was nearly full and there were families waiting for take-out orders. It’s always good to see a local business so busy, especially when they are helping local schools. But more than this, with the economy still moving slowly it’s important to support those businesses so that they will be around for the long haul.

So a big “Thank You” to Fox’s Pizza Den for supporting Santee Schools. And another “Thank You” to everyone who came out to help by ordering.

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