Dana Point Chamber of Commerce's Compass Newsletter
The Chamber Compass
Your bi-weekly guide to the news & happenings of Dana Point 
October 3, 2015
Around Town: City Happenings & Updates
Del Prado Now Open to Two-Way Traffic

As you have likely noticed, as of Tuesday all lanes of Del Prado are now open and two-way traffic has commenced. Final details on the street will be installed during the next few weeks and we will provide updates as we learn about them. 

Please keep Del Prado in mind as you are traveling through Dana Point - there is plenty of on-street parking, gorgeous new landscaping features and lots of businesses open for business and ready to accommodate you.

Also, please mark your calendar for the upcoming Del Prado Art
Walk, which will take place on Saturday, October 17th from 1-4pm. In celebration of Arts & Humanities month, enjoy  local artwork from over 40 artists and live music, paired with  special offerings at businesses located along Del Prado.

To celebrate the opening of Del Prado to two-way traffic,  Bonjour Café is offering a special discount of 15% off your order. The offer is good Monday through Friday starting Monday, October 4th and continuing to Friday October 16th.  No coupon necessary, just tell the staff you are here for the "Thank Goodness its Open" Del Prado discount.

Doheny Village Design Charrette Conclusions
Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in the Doheny Village Charrette. It was a very successful four days! If you missed any of the presentations or would like to review what was discussed, please access the videos by following these links:
Additionally, the documents and presentations shared during the Charrette can be found by visiting the City Website.
Assemblymember Bill Brough Honors Jorge & Maria Olamendi as the 73rd District Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
Photo: David Bro, Orange County Register
Assemblymember Bill Brough will honor Jorge & Maria Olamendi for their extraordinary contributions to the community, in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Jorge & Maria have shared (with the community) their traditional Mexican cooking, by creating a bespoke blend of flavors that draw many to their establishment. The restaurant invites you to become a part of the Olamendi family, not only through their cuisine, but with the memories they share in photographs that line the walls.

"The month of September represents Hispanic Heritage Month in which we as a community acknowledge the contributions, history, and culture of generations of Hispanic Americans. Southern California, especially the 73rd District, is deeply woven with Hispanic culture that has shaped the history of California. Jorge & Maria generously share their heritage with us and I am deeply grateful for their contributions as a small business to our community," - said Brough.

Each year Americans recognize Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 through October 15. It is a time to celebrate the histories and cultures of Americans whose families came from Spain, Mexico, and South America. It is also a time to acknowledge the many contributions by Hispanic Americans to the United States.

Jorge & Maria Olamendi established Olamendi's Mexican Cuisine in 1973. Its menu features delicious and traditional meals that were crafted by their families throughout generations. The cuisine is individual, authentic, and effortless; giving the Olamendi's their renowned reputation. Situated along Pacific Coast Highway, Olamendi's offers colorful architecture and emanates cultural heritage as you walk through the door. Olamendi's Cuisine is woven into the history of Southern California.

You are invited to help the Olamendi family celebrate this wonderful achievement at Olamendi's on Wednesday, October 14th at 4pm. Assemblyman Bill Brough will be on-hand to present Jorge & Maria with a certificate and we have a feeling that some Olamendi's Tequila might be involved :)
Join Us in Celebrating Small Business Saturday #ShopSmall #ShopDanaPoint
It's never too early to think about holiday shopping. Just like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday has become a holiday ritual embraced by shoppers. Last year, 88 million people showed up to Shop Small® on Small Business Saturday®. This year could be even bigger.
Be part of this local movement to celebrate and stimulate the small business economy in Dana Point! It's easy - whether you're a merchant, shopper or both you can make a difference. 

If you are a local business and would like to receive Small Business Saturday promotional materials please contact us and we will get you on our list of businesses to deliver materials to once they arrive. In the meantime, you can visit ShopSmall.com and download customizable materials to start promoting the day to your customers.  As a small business owner, you can explore the Promote Your Business section of the site for free marketing materials including free in-store signage, social media posts, and email templates, to help you promote your business.

As a consumer, you are a key part in helping small businesses thrive. By shopping or dining at small businesses throughout the year, you're showing your support for the small businesses in your neighborhood and reinvesting in the community you call home.

Help support our local business by supporting merchants from our membership directory as well as the many others based in the City of Dana Point.
Member Spotlight: 2nd Hand Treasures
Who doesn't love discovering a gem at a bargain price? 2nd Hand Treasures owners Ziad Mahshi and Helen Chade-Mahshi love the hunt and share their unique finds at their Doheny Village resale shop. Offering an eclectic mix of furniture and home décor, the couple offers antique as well as contemporary furnishings, collectables, artwork, lighting and jewelry. Since 2011, loyal area customers have received exceptional service, value and a continual variety of merchandise, making 2nd Hand Treasures the City of Dana Point's September's Business of the Month.

Please provide a brief history of your business:
 We opened our business in 2011. We researched the business for about ten years while we worked our corporate jobs. We had always wanted an entrepreneurial venture, so when the space opened, we jumped on the opportunity. 

Why did you join the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce?
 The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce supports the local business community, so we felt it was important to join. We feel supported by the Chamber. 

In what areas of the Chamber are you involved?
 We have worked with the Dana Point Chamber to create a voice amongst the merchants in Doheny Village about the specific challenges we have in this area, and to impact progress and change within this community. 

Can you tell us a fun fact about your business that most people wouldn't know?
 At one time, we were considering opening a coffeehouse. But then we started exploring the resale market and loved its creativity and ever-changing nature. Ziad loves antiques. Helen loves casual, beach-style furniture. Our combined tastes create an eclectic look that customers seem to enjoy. 

Do you have any piece of advice for new businesses owners?
 Be patient. Sometimes the results you're looking for take longer than you anticipate. Honesty, consistency and good customer service are very important.

Cast Your Vote: 8th Annual Best of Dana Point Voting is Now Open!
It's that time of year again! The Dana Point Times "Best of Dana Point People's Choice Lantern Awards" voting has begun! 

To vote, visit the  Dana Point Times website and click on the link on the right, entitled Vote Here: The Best of Dana Point. Make sure to direct your friends, family and customers to vote as well - every vote for your business helps!

Click here to download a "VOTE FOR US" flyer for you to use in your storefronts or in marketing materials to get the word out to all your customers. 

Polls close December 20th, 2015 at midnight.

Also, don't forget about your friendly Dana Point Chamber of Commerce when voting for "Best Customer Service." :)
Upcoming Chamber Events
Ribbon Cutting Celebrations
Help Us Welcome New Business to Dana Point!
Wednesday, October 17th  1:00 PM
15th Anniversary Celebration
34241 Pacific Coast Hwy #102, Dana Point
Third Thursday Mixer Hosted by The District Salon
Thursday, October 15th  5:30 - 7:30pm
24452 Del Prado Ave, Dana Point       $12 Members  $20 Non-Members
Please join us for our upcoming Octoberber mixer, hosted by the lovely ladies of The District Salon on Thursday, October 15h from 5:30 - 7:30pm.
Attendees will have the opportunity to network, discuss their business with others and generate new business leads - while enjoying delicious hors d'oeuvres and drinks from our generous host.
Help our Chamber grow stronger by bringing a friend - invite a local business owner or even a friend to attend the event!
The cost to attend is $12 for members and $20 for non-members.

November Membership Orientation
Maximize Your Membership Investment 
Wednesday, November 4th   5:00 - 6:00pm
Brio Tuscany Grille     24050 Camino del Avion, Dana Point
Do you know the value of your Chamber Membership? 
Are you looking to get the most of out of your membership?
Come to our New Member Orientation! Join us on Wednesday, November 4th from 5:00-6:00pm at Brio Tuscany Grille
We encourage new members, new employees and current members looking for a "refresher" course to attend this event. Attendees will receive your New Member Packet and plaque, plus you'll get a detailed presentation of your Chamber member benefits. This will be the last membership orientation of the year.

This orientation is your opportunity to meet Chamber staff, Board members, Chamber Ambassadors and fellow new members, while learning about all the exciting opportunities your Chamber membership offers you!  Click here to RSVP.
Welcome Our New Members!
Amy Elder Fitness
Amy has a passion for assisting people in reaching their fitness goals. Amy has a bachelor's degree from San Jose State University. Her 19 years of experience have confirmed her belief that focusing on weight training will assist you in reaching your health and fitness goals. 

Amy attributes her success with clients to her own experience with setting goals and holding yourself accountable to your commitments. She gets so excited when she sees her clients achieve small and large goals. 

She is originally from San Francisco but has lived in Dana Point for 9 years. On her free time she loves golf, skiing, soccer, hiking and paddle boarding. 

What separates Amy in the industry is how she customizes the program to the client's goal Before she trains a client she runs a number of tests on you to make sure your program is best suited for you. 

Amy has three aspects to her program! Nutrition, weight training and the right cardiovascular program to hit your goals. 

Amy has worked beside physical therapist for the year. This has given her the experience to work with client who have or have had injuries. She believes in continuing education and attends various workshops and seminars throughout the year. She looks forward to helping you achieve, and exceed, your fitness goal.

Dana Point Physical Therapy and Amy Elder Fitness look forward to meeting you at their ribbon cutting this coming Wednesday at 1pm.

Jennifer Brown Realty
Nothing is more exciting to me than the gratifying feeling I get from helping people meet their real estate needs. You can count on me to always do what's in your best interest. 

I pride myself on being honest, trustworthy, and knowledgeable in the real estate market. I know how important it is to find your dream home or get the best offer for your property. Therefore I will make it my responsibility to help you achieve those goals. 

Whether you are an experienced investor or a first time buyer, I can help you find the home of your dreams. I will guide you every step of the way. 

For your convenience I have an office in Dana Point and in Los Alamitos. You can start now by calling or e-mailing me to set up an appointment to meet today.

Thank You to Our Renewing Members

Member Since 1993
Member Since 1990

Member Since 1979

Member Since 1999

Dick Dietmeier, Civic Member
Member Since 2012
Member Since 2014

Member Since 2013
Member Since 2008

Member Since 1999

Member Since 2000

Montgomery Photography
Member Since 2007

Member Since 2011

Member Since 2004

Member Since 2008

South Coast Distributing
Member Since 2004

Subway - PCH
Member Since 2012

Member Since 2012

Member Since 2004
Member Since 2013
Community News & Events
Dana Point Historical Society 2015 Home Tour  Tickets Now On Sale DPHS
Sunday, October 11, 2015           11am - 4pm

The Historic Homes & Hidden Treasures of Capistrano Beach

Visit the charming tree-lined streets of Capistrano Beach and six of its historic homes and gardens. You will go behind the gates and through private doors and into hidden gardens for special views of these lovely homes treasured by their owners. 

The famous Doheny Cottage and Gep's Folly, built by the well-known antiquarian Gep Durenberger and now owned by a proprietor of Whim in San Juan Capistrano, are both open for the tour - a truly wonderful treat to walk through the delightful garden and into these two unique and lavishly furnished and decorated homes. Doheny House.

Other homes and gardens on the tour will showcase restored and remodeled homes and included in the tour is a stroll through the gardens of the very special Doheny House #1 on the palisade with its striking view of the coast and houses below. Docents along the way will inform you of items of interest in the houses. 

Refreshments will be served at an afternoon reception at one of the homes. The Tour is self-driving so you may proceed at your own pace once you have registered at Tour Headquarters. 

Ticket order forms are available hereFurther details will be sent to ticket buyers.
Mark Your Calendar: Upcoming Events
October 2015
Arts and Humanities Month
Oct. 3rd Dana Point State Championship BBQ

Veterans Resource Fair

Farmers Market & Craft Fair
Oct. 4th Pet Project Foundation Gala "Tail of Two Cities"
Oct. 6th
City Council Meeting
Oct. 7th Capo Beach Farmers Market & Craft Fair - 
NEW HOURS 12pm - 6pm

Ribbon Cutting: Dana Point Physical Therapy & Amy Elder Fitness
Oct. 8th South Coast Water District Board of Directors Meeting

Nature Interpretive Center Science Night
Oct. 10th & 11th Pacific Paddle Games
Oct. 10th Dana Point Oktoberfest

Farmers Market

Nature Interpretive Center Sunset Walk
Oct. 11th
Dana Point Historical Society's 15th Annual Home Tour
Oct. 12th Dana Point Planning Commission Meeting
Oct. 13th DPCC Ambassador Committee Meeting

DPCC Finance Committee Meeting 

VFW Benefit Services
Oct. 14th Dana Point Arts & Culture Commission Meeting

Capo Beach Farmers Market & Craft Fair - NEW HOURS 12pm - 6pm

Olamendi's Hispanic Heritage Month Award Celebration & Reception
Oct. 15th DPCC Third Thursday Mixer - The District Salon
Oct. 16th Dana Point Civic Association Coffee Chat featuring Supervisor Lisa Bartlett

Senior Scam Stopper with Senator Pat Bates, Congresswoman Mimi Walters and Councilwoman Wendy Bucknum
Oct. 17th Del Prado Art Walk

Harbor Grill Celebrates Art & Humanities Month with the Art of Giselle Hicks
Oct. 21st Open House: Senator Patricia C. Bates New 36th Senate District Orange County Office
Oct. 28th SCORE Workshop: Handling Disability Issues at Work & Handling Discrimination/Harassment Claims
Featured Member Events
Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching
Halloween BOO Cruise 

iHOPE Golf Classic
Bella Collina - San Clemente
Monday, November 2nd, 2015
Thank You to our 2015 Chairman Circle Sponsors


If you are interested in supporting our business community, join the Dana Point Chairman's Circle! Please contact Heather Johnston for more information.
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