It’s not easy being a small businesperson, shopkeeper, store or office owner on the commercial streets of Ocean Beach. Rents are high in this popular, sunny, beach outpost from the rest of the world.
The commercial streets, Newport Avenue, Voltaire Street and Point Loma Avenue are tough for the unwary business enterpriser who takes a gamble opening up any kind of establishment on them. That’s why small businesses are always coming and going, and why empty storefronts remain vacant for months.
The commercial streets of OB are some mean streets and here’s what’s happening on them in mid-March 2017.
Former OB Hookah Bar
One of the larger empty storefronts along Newport Ave is the former OB Hookah bar – closed now for many months.
Former OB Warehouse
A large notice on the outside door of the former OB Warehouse thanks its past patrons, and announces the coming of Breakfast Republic, which will open upstairs.
Downstairs on another window is the public notice of application to sell alcoholic beverages, by applicant Tupelo Restaurants, Inc., with the business name of Coin Haus.
Down the block are the papered-up windows of OB’s latest brew pub to venture onto what’s fast becoming one of craft beer broadways of San Diego, Little Miss Brewery.
Newport Ave was definitely a mean street for the couple who ran Smart Clips Salon.
Kilowatt Brewery Opens – Offers 3D Effects
On a happier note, Kilowatt Brewery opened its beer-tasting room on Cable Street, right off Newport. They had their grand opening March 3rd and have the capacity to offer 24 taps. The day I was there, they had 17 going.
Their main brewery is up in Kearney Mesa. And they have a weekly product of about 6 barrels of brew (1 barrel = 31 gallons, I was told).
The Kilowatt outside deck used to be a drive-way.
Hidden lights under the counter ensure customers can find their drinks.
A 3D lounge – Ancient Gallery – in the back will have is images switched periodically by a group of artists.
The bar will also host different artists who can display their work on the walls.
Apple Tree Market Progress
You can see for yourself how close the market is to opening, an endeavor that has taken its owner years to obtain. The former bank building has gone through an huge metamorphose – and many OBceans have long anticipated the flapping of the wings of this butterfly.
OB Surf Lodge
Lounge Opens But Work Continues
The other big news of a business opening is the OB Surf Lodge
Lounge – which has taken over the former Shades space. Customers were being welcomed in while workers expanded the outside railing on the back porch.
The front has changed entirely with an open bar.
Did you ever notice this octopus mural in the alley on the same building as the new OB Surf Lounge?
Over on OB’s secondary commercial avenue, Voltaire Street, we find that the well-known artist/ painter Kip of Voltaire has moved from the front of the OB Green Center across the street and has set up his sidewalk displays outside Jim Bell’s office and residential building – where Kip lives.
Empty Office Space
Rehabbing a Tough Location
The storefront next to the liquor store at the corner of Voltaire and Sunset Cliffs Blvd is undergoing some kind of rehab, we noticed. This space has been a difficult place to maintain as a viable business, as there has been at least 4 or 5 different stores here over the last 7 years or so, by our count.
Some Progress at People’s Veggy Restaurant
Something is going in at the old fast-food pizza place up Voltaire on the other side of Catalina. There’s a sign up on the door but this reporter couldn’t make it out driving by.
There you have it, what’s happening on the mean streets of Ocean Beach. It’s tough out there and it’s not all sunshine and daisies. We wish all the new businesses well and offer our condolences to all those that fell.