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A Busy San Juan Chamber Welcomes New Board, Announces Awards and Solicits New Members

We are big fans of the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce, and we think they do a great job promoting San Juan Capistrano and its unique local economy. Today we are giving a couple public shout-outs to the Chamber for its good work.

First, congratulations to the newly installed Board of Directors of the [...]

San Juan Chamber Launches Redesigned Website

If you have not done so, take a look at the newly redesigned website for the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce, available here. The new web site does a great job compiling all of the shopping, dining, equestrian and special events available in San Juan. Special sections are devoted to the Camino Real Playhouse, [...]

San Juan Chamber Mixer and Rancho Capistrano Winery Ribbon Cutting

Join the San Juan Chamber of Commerce this Thursday, May 8th, for a monthly networking mixer and celebrate the opening of Rancho Capistrano Winery with a ribbon cutting. Details below:

South Orange County Economic Coalition Hosting Governance Visioning Process on Friday

Anyone interested in South Orange County Local Governance should plan on attending the South Orange County Economic Coalition meeting this Friday, March 28th from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM at the offices of the Orange County Association of Realtors, located at 25552 La Paz Road in Laguna Hills. The event is being billed as a [...]

Community and Business Expo Coming to Ladera Ranch

Make plans to participate in the Ladera Ranch Community and Business Expo, sponsored by the Ladera Rancho Chamber of Commerce. According to the organizers, attendees of the Expos will “discover everything you need to know about the Ladera business community at the various expo booths, enjoy presentations and shows from local businesses, taste some great [...]

Save the Date: Dana Point State of the City Lunch on April 29, 2014

The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce will host the 2014 Dana Point State of the City lunch. The event will take place April 29th at The St. Regis Monarch Beach and feature a speech by Dana Point Mayor Lisa Bartlett on the future of economic and business development in the city. As you know, [...]

Ladera’s Toy Town is Closing, Ladera Performing Arts Group Looking for a New Home

Toy Town, the local Ladera Ranch toy store at Mercantile West is closing its doors. Below is a message to customers and neighbors that Toy Town posted on their Facebook site today:

“Dear Loyal Friends of Toy Town,

Toy Town opened in 2004. We have spent 10 wonderful years in Ladera and will always cherish [...]

San Clemente, Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano Mayors Talk about the Future of South Orange County

The newly appointed mayors of San Clemente, Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano (Tim Brown, Lisa Bartlett and Sam Allevato) sat down with the publishers of the Capistrano Dispatch and its sister publications to talk about the future of South Orange County. You should read the entire article here, but we wanted to highlight some [...]

An Introduction to Planning Area 2

With the success of Sendero (originally known to some of us as Planning Area 1), Rancho Mission Viejo is already working on Planning Area 2:

For those who are just starting the home shopping process, Rancho Mission Viejo would still welcome you out. As Johnson explained, “We’re already working on Planning Area 2 to begin [...]

San Juan Aims to Help Consumers and Local Businesses with Reward Card Program

From the City of San Juan Capistrano:

Starting November 29th through December 31st folks that shop at participating San Juan Capistrano businesses can be a part of the new Shop & Dine Local Pledge Card program. Just look for the “Follow the Swallow” logo in local businesses’ windows and pick up your pledge card. [...]