In the midst of the Great Recession, four new businesses are braving the wind and have opened or are about to open on Newport Ave, OB’s main business street. The Wellness Center has opened in the old hardware storefront. They offer a variety of hemp products as well as herbal medications in a pharmacy to the rear of the store.
Next to the OB Surf shop, the Green Lady Hydroponics will be opening in mid-December, we’re told by the owners, Travis and Don. Their mural-like sign was being painted the other day when we stopped by. Why the hold up? They need to stock up, they said. They will have live hydros in the front windows.
Another new store that has opened, MisMatch, is run by two sisters Tolly and Iris. They are in the old tanning salon at 4932 Newport. And finally, the new Italian restaurant Ciao Bella, has a new exterior paint job, and appears to be on the verge of its grand entrance to the community in the coming weeks.
Emergency vigil on Tuesday, Dec. 8th, to remind Congress that we still want real health care reform
Join our health care vigil to remind Congress not to bargain away real reform. It will be held at the UCSD Medical Center Hillcrest at 5:30 PM. Conservatives are pushing to bargain away the heart of real reform—the public option. So we’re organizing emergency vigils nationwide to send Congress a powerful reminder that a majority of Americans want a public option—and we won’t let it be bargained away.
Woman wounded in leg during home invasion on Long Branch
An intruder entered a residence on Long Branch Avenue, near Sunset Cliffs Blvd, Sunday (Dec 6th) night at about 10:30p.m. A woman and man confronted the intruder with a baseball bat. A struggle went down, and the woman was shot in the leg and later hospitalized. The intruder, hit in the head, got away.
San Diego police Officer Dino Delimitros told media that the woman’s wound was not life-threatening.
Recommendations from San Diego’s Medical Marijuana Task Force may force Newport dispensary to move
The Medical Marijuana Task Force has recommendations that medical herbal dispensaries should not be within 1000 feet of any school. If this recommendation is accepted, it would mean that Newport Avenue’s new dispensary, housed in the old OB Hardware storefront, would potentially have to move. The dispensary, the Wellness Center, is situated less than 500 feet from the southwest corner of OB Elementary School.
Our tech staff has figured out that to be compliant, the dispensary would have to move down to the next block, closer to the OB Hostel. That will make them happy, at least.
City Beat gives props to OB’Kanobe’s
San Diego City Beat has nothing but good things to say about Bob Allen’s new hot dog stand, OB’Kanobe’s, in the Apple Tree parking lot along Cable Street. Allen told the mag that his is “the only venue in the country” that serves all the major brands as a matter of course: Hebrew National; Vienna; Sabrett; the Jennie-O turkey wiener; and even a soy dog.
Community Services building finally sold to Newport Pizza owner, locals reminisce about the old Inbetween
The old Community Services building, the two-story pink stucco place at 5041-5043 Newport Avenue, has been sold to Mike and Deena Tajran, of 1934 Via Casa Alta, La Jolla. Mike Tajran is the owner of Newport Pizza, the popular spot across the street, who plans to open a restaurant at the new location. The 1,760-square-foot office building sold for $830,000.
The building once housed the famous and colorful Inbetween, OB’s “drop-in” center for youth, which was a friendly non-profit center for the young of the street back in the late Sixties and Seventies. Frank Gormlie, our editor, and OB Rag supporter, Dickie Magidoff, both worked there, albeit at different times during the 1970s.
Gormlie had a job as “counselor” and janitor all rolled into one. “I was there the night Richard Nixon went on TV to declare that he was ‘not a crook’,” Gormlie related, when told of the sale. “I was on acid and had gone to work that day. I was in the main room, stirring up some stew for the kids, when two cops strolled in to check the place out. Nixon was on the tube trying to explain Watergate. It definitely was a moment to remember.”
At some point, the old Inbetween was given a make-over and the result was the current sterile, forbidding, fortress-like structure that remains today. It has stood empty for a couple of years now. We’re glad Tajran will be doing something with it. Although, we wonder how many beer and pizza places that block of Newport can handle.