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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, [...]

Mayor Allevato to Deliver State of San Juan Address March 13

Mayor Sam Allevato will deliver San Juan Capistrano’s State of the City address on Thursday, March 13, 2014. Hosted by the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce, the event is scheduled from 5:30 to 9 PM at the El Adobe Restaurant in San Juan. The event is sold-out, but the Chamber is accepting wait-list applicants. [...]

Paging the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce…

This tweet by Orange County Register reporter Meghann Cuniff caught our eye:We weren’t sure what she was referring to until we clicked the link (image below the jump).


Save the Date: Taste of San Juan Returns on February 20

The San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association’s 2014 Taste of San Juan returns to El Adobe Restaurant this year on Thursday, February 20 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Details are included in the press release below:

Taste of San Juan Returns to Historic El Adobe Restaurant

San Juan Capistrano, Calif. – The San Juan Capistrano [...]

Our Thoughts on the San Juan Chamber’s Open Letter to the SJC City Council

The SJC Patch has published an open letter from the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce to the five members of the San Juan Capistrano City Council, attempting to broker a peace between the two warring Council factions. The Patch article is here, and we’ve excerpted the text of the Chamber’s letter below:

Mayor John [...]

Save the Date for San Juan Holiday Events

There are lots of exciting holiday events coming up in and around San Juan Capistrano. Below are details on two fun holiday events, courtesy of the City:

December 7th – Tree Lighting Celebration

Join us for our annual Tree Lighting Celebration on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Historic Town Center Park, 31852 El Camino Real, [...]

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. [...]

San Juan Chamber Opposes the Recall

The San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce has come out in opposition to the attempt to recall City Councilman Sam Allevato. Below is the full statement from the Chamber:

The San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization that represents over 300 member businesses and residents in the community.

The San Juan Chamber [...]

Congratulations to the San Juan Chamber on a Successful Vintage Food and Wine Festival

Congratulations to the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce and everyone involved in this past weekend’s 17th Annual Vintage Food and Wine Festival at the Mission San Juan Capistrano. Participating restaurants included Ricardo’s Place, Bad to the Bone BBQ, Mission Grill, Sundried Tomato, Sarducci’s, Five Vines Wine Bar, Hidden House Coffee, Rancho Capistrano Winery, Guapas [...]