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Solar shines with financial, eco rewards for homeowners

With plummeting system costs, rising energy rates, 30 percent tax credits and newly-reinstated cash rebates, solar is a smart economic move for many San Diego property owners, according to representatives from Home Energy Systems. Courtesy

With the abundance of free, available sunshine, a growing number of San Diego homeowners are earning financial and environmental rewards by choosing the solar electric (photovoltaic) industry as their energy provider, according to Martin Learn, president and founder of Home Energy Systems.

Arte de Origen’s gallery artists celebrate ancient traditions through Latin art in La Jolla

A sculpted metal fish is on display at Arte de Origen.

The 10 studio artists of Arte de Origen celebrate the ancient artistic traditions of the Incas, Aztecs and Mayans with their exquisitely collaged boxes, mirrors, furniture and tapestries.

Treasured family images are a gift specialty at C&H Photo in La Jolla


With gift giving on the horizon, everything old is new again at C&H Photo in La Jolla. C&H Photo technicians are busy restoring and copying old family photos and films to create treasured keepsakes for relatives and friends.

Table 926 restaurant brings warm Latin flavors to cool San Diego nights

A popular appetizer is the Steamed Venus Clams with fennel confit, Spanish chorizo, chili flakes, white wine-butter broth and salsa verde. Courtesy Photo

Chef Matt Richman loves blending Caribbean and South American flavors with his own fusion of California/Mediterranean cuisine at Table 926. Richman, who grew familiar with Latin flavor influences while working in restaurants in Coral Gables, Fla., sets his eatery apart by serving dishes seldom found in San Diego.

Experts at Symbolic Motors of La Jolla say luxury cars go leaner, sportier for 2014

The 2014 Rolls Royce Wraith coupe is available to test drive at Symbolic Motors, 7440 La Jolla Blvd. in La Jolla, and call (858) 454-1800. (Courtesy Photo)

Designed to appeal to customers seeking easier-to-drive luxury cars, the Rolls Royce Wraith and the Bentley Flying Spur recently debuted at Symbolic Motors in La Jolla. Historically, Bentley and Rolls Royce have been heavier, more difficult to operate vehicles — and Rolls Royce automobiles were often quite long (up to 19 feet for a Rolls Phantom), necessitating the need for a chauffeur, according to Spencer Berke of Symbolic Motors.

Girard Gourmet in La Jolla welcomes fall with savory and sweet treats

Girard Gourmet’s organic garden provides a bountiful harvest for chef Francois Goedhuys’ buffet of delicious foods. Girard Gourmet is located at 7387 Girard Ave., La Jolla. Courtesy Photo

Girard Gourmet owners Francois and Diana Goedhuys credit their one-acre organically grown garden in Julian for their bountiful harvest. Their property boasts 52 fruit and nut trees, a medley of seasonal vegetables, and herbs and spices that provide an ongoing cornucopia of fresh produce. Twice a week, Francois brings his harvest back to the shop on Girard Avenue in La Jolla, where it inspires his signature plates on a daily basis.

Murfey Construction company in San Diego County voted Best Contractor of 2013

Murfey Construction co-owners Scott and Russ Murfey. Courtesy Photo

The La Jolla community voted Murfey Construction Company the Best Contractor of 2013 — a title well-suited to the company’s co-owner brothers, Scott and Russ Murfey. Whether it’s building a custom home, handling a major remodel or simply a kitchen or bath renovation, Murfey Construction will shine at the job. The company boasts the skills, experience and expertise needed to build a quality one-of-a-kind project, or transform a private residence into a dream home.

Say ‘Voila’ for fresh, creative cuisine with a Belgian signature at Voila deli in La Jolla

Voila serves an array of the entrees, sides, salads and desserts. (Courtesy Photos)

The new European-style deli on Pearl Street in La Jolla opened in July 2013 with owners Laurent and Francine Hebbelinck guiding Voila’s culinary team. The breakfast through dinner menu (served 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.) emphasizes fresh, healthy organic salads (with a variety of 30 toppings), ever-changing soup and cheese selections, and artisan breads and pastries.

Amaya La Jolla restaurant to host winter holidays specials

Amaya La Jolla offers private dining rooms for special occassions. Amaya is located at 1205 Prospect St., La Jolla, (858) 750-3695,

Executive Chef Camron Woods and his culinary team at Amaya La Jolla are looking forward to welcoming guests to the restaurant’s first winter holiday season. From expertly stirred or shaken cocktails to savory appetizers and entrees to special desserts, friends and families are certain to enjoy celebrating with special menus created for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. A complimentary champagne toast will be offered to guests celebrating private events booked in the Private Dining Room or Wine Room during the winter holiday season.

Spotlight on local Business: La Jolla’s Simply Effective has ways to make you better at your job


By Marti Gacioch David Workman said he founded Simply Effective to help people learn how to be more efficient at work and to help organizations develop their employees’ talents. “It all starts by learning what you’re good at and not good at, and then making small shifts in your behavior,” Workman said. “We try to [...]

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