News from the Point Loma Avenue Commercial Area of Ocean Beach

by on January 30, 2017 · 11 comments

in Culture, Economy, History, Life Events, Ocean Beach

Today, we look at what’s new among the businesses along Point Loma Avenue in south Ocean Beach.

This is the last part of our 3-part series on the commercial areas of Ocean Beach. (Here is the Voltaire Street update and here is the Newport Avenue update.)

The commercial area along Point Loma Avenue is the smallest and shortest business district, and like the other main business streets in OB, it’s a tough, challenging street – as it’s never easy being a small storefront along that one block. And our photo-report of the block is not pretty.

John Baker Frames Closed

One of the most well-known business, John Baker Picture Frames, has definitely closed its doors.

Looks like some kind of packing up is going on inside. It was only in March 2013 that Judi Curry wrote up a very nice business review of John Baker’s frames. Sadly, nearly 4 years after, it’s all over.

New Gym Has Opened

A new gym, called Efficient Working Bodies, has opened its doors.


Inside …

What Happened to Sunnie’s?

Between three to four months ago, a bright spot opened on Pt Loma Avenue. It was a small Mexican food and coffee shop, called Sunnie’s. Then after a couple of weeks or so, it closed.

And again, Judi Curry came by and wrote up a restaurant review on Sunnie’s – she did have several complaints and stirred up a bunch of commenters pro and con on the restaurant.

On the outside window is a letter to customers saying they were closing only for a couple of weeks to get it together. Here is the letter:

Trouble is, Sunnie’s has been closed for 3 months or so, according to a member of the board of the OB Town Council.

Corner Building Still Empty

Rounding out the block, we found the building right on the corner of Pt. Loma and Ebers Street, still empty. This was the former Rancho’s restaurant and market. A veterans’ group– chased out from the Newport Ave area –  tried to set up a bar and space for themselves but was nixed by the local community.


{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Chris January 30, 2017 at 2:16 pm

” A veterans’ group– chased out from the Newport Ave area – tried to set up a bar and space for themselves but was nixed by the local community.”

That still infuriates me to no end.


Christo January 30, 2017 at 3:28 pm

Bars have no place on the same block as a Nursery School.


Chris January 30, 2017 at 9:52 pm

Blah blah blah. But hey, your side won so all good for you I guess.


Chris January 30, 2017 at 2:17 pm

And as a result. the space stays empty.


Christo January 30, 2017 at 3:32 pm

The place stays empty because the Landlord has unreasonable expectations that a tenant should fix serious plumbing issues that are his responsibility.


Chris January 30, 2017 at 9:53 pm

Which the VFW was going to fix.


South OB Girl January 31, 2017 at 10:29 am

It’s turning into a ghost town.


Debbie January 31, 2017 at 1:38 pm

It is ghostly, been that way for a long time now….I wonder who owns all those commercial buildings. Too bad could be so much more than it is.


nostalgic January 31, 2017 at 11:41 am

Perhaps there are three-story mixed-use condominium project(s) in its future.


Frank Gormlie January 31, 2017 at 12:08 pm

I had those same thoughts – but where’s the mass transit?


South OB Girl January 31, 2017 at 12:17 pm

The 35 bus starts and ends its route at Pt. Loma Ave and Sunset Cliffs Blvd, by St. Peters by the Sea.


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