November 2015 Around Town

State Farm’s Jim Coleman Does Great Work with Toys for Tots

Local business owner Jim Coleman has given back for 16 years via Toys for Tots. Collecting new toys during the months of October, November and December, with an eye towards providing less-fortunate local children with well-deserved Christmas gifts, Toys for Tots is a noble and important local charity. Jim Coleman is instrumental in this local philanthropic enterprise, using his offices located at 1011 Camino Del Mar as a Toys for Tots drop off location. In business since 1971, Jim Coleman is always worthy of a kind word. Please visit for more info.

ChampCohen Design Associates Celebrates 33 Years

With a meaningful portfolio that includes the Salk Institute, and the USS Midway Museum, ChampCohen Design Associates high-quality work speaks for itself. John Champ, along with his trusted team, which includes Randall Cohen, Nicholas Kass, and Jo-lin Govek, provide strategic concepts and visionary design for all of their clients. For more information please visit

Local Literature Hub

Are you interested in reading and writing? Are you looking to hone your craft in a comfortable environment? Then San Diego Writers, Ink is certainly worth looking into. Offering classes and workshops, writing and reading groups, readings and special events, and so much more, San Diego Writers, Ink, is almost certainly for anyone with an interest in the literary arts. It’s also a great place to meet and collaborate with like-minded folks. This non-profit organization offers all of the above at The Ink Spot and other San Diego County locations. Be sure to check them out at

Sustainable Luxury: Eco 
Minded Solutions Inc. 
Receives Top Award

The San Diego Union-Tribune has honored Eco Minded Solutions Inc. (EMS), as San Diego’s Best Contractor, Landscape, and Construction company for the third year in a row. EMS is a one-stop-shop offering creative design + build services for both inside and outside the home. This innovative local company employs environmentally friendly solutions for home remodeling and landscape design without sacrificing the beauty of their client’s properties. They have also recently received first place accolades from the California Landscape Contractors Association for a unique home build in Coronado. San Diego’s most elite estates are now turning to Eco Minded Solutions to save water and abide by California’s water restrictions in a beautiful way.

Blink Lash Boutique Relocates North County Salon

Revered for its expert eyelash extension application, Blink Lash Boutique has relocated from its Cedros Avenue salon to a larger storefront in the Solana Beach Town Center Shopping Center. Although the relocation is merely one mile in distance, the move comes with a big impact nearly doubling the size of the salon and adding a new brow bar menu option. The new salon is now open.

“This move is a testament to our growing business. The new space will allow us to fulfill more appointments, better serve our clients and enable us to offer an even more relaxing and pampering experience,” explains Founder Janelle Koch.

The larger salon also means bringing in new service options to the Solana Beach location including a brow specialist for its soon-to-launch brow bar. Koch revealed her next goal of bringing in an exclusive makeup line as well to offer clients eye makeup touch ups at the end of their lash appointments and even full makeup applications as the new salon grows.

The new salon is located at 665 San Rodolfo Drive, Suite 108, Solana Beach, CA 92075.

World War II Ace Speaks at 
Local American Legion Post

American Legion Post 416 and the Del Mar Hilton presented a once in a lifetime speaking engagement with WWII Flying Ace and former Blue Angel, Colonel Dean Caswell to support the “SAVE our LEGION” campaign. The American Legion sponsored this FREE event to the public, so everyone could enjoy this living legend. All veterans present were honored.

This was the third in a series of events brought to you by the San Dieguito American Legion. This series honors great American veterans and provides the community with access to speeches given by “Living Heroes.”

The Del Mar Antique Show & Sale

The Del Mar Antique Show & Sale is celebrating its 54th year at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Dealers will be on site as well as appraisal booths. Appraisals are valued at $5 per item. With55,000 square feet of quality vintage antiques and collectibles, this is one not to miss.

Also, great repair and restoration people will be there to help you make your damaged treasures as good as new. They are able to repair all types of glass and crystal, pottery and porcelain, furniture, jewelry, art and much more. General admission is still only $8 and children are free.  Don’t forget to get the special internet discount coupon, worth 50 percent off per person at the door.
Plus your single admission charge is good for the entire 3-day run of the show, when you get a return pass upon leaving.
Show hours are Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; November 20-22.

For more information, please contact:

Del Mar Residents Paint 
The Town Pink

Come down to help paint downtown Del Mar pink. On November 20th, the 3-Day Walk for Breast Cancer in San Diego will once again sweep through Del Mar Village on the first leg of their 60-mile journey. The Del Mar Village Association is proud to host an official cheering station with En Fuego Cantina & Grill in support of the nearly 4,000 people who participate in this amazing event.

En Fuego Cantina & Grill is the official water drop off station. Please drop off your water bottle donations at En Fuego so that they can be distributed to the walkers. The more water, the better!

Thank you for your support. Approximately 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetimes. Please help make a difference.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Holds Local Event

Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County (BBBS of SDC) is ready to roll out the red carpet on October 29 for its 53rd Annual Gourmet Dinner at the Hyatt Regency at La Jolla Aventine. Sponsored by co-title sponsors, PIRCH and NRG, this year’s event is a true star-studded affair with special celebrity emcee and former Little Brother and now actor, Ryan Potter. The star of Disney’s number three grossing animated film of all time, Big Hero 6, is available for comments and interviews to disclose his personal advocacy for mentoring and positive personal results from his experience with the BBBS program.