Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Around Clairemont: Business News

Clairemont Chamber Does Ribbon Cutting at PacTrust 

Juan Garcia, Vice President & Branch Manager of PacTrust Bank, wielded the Clairemont Chamber of Commerce’s giant scissors when he and his staff celebrated the Grand Re-Opening of the branch at 5508 Balboa (at Genesee) recently. The Clairemont Chamber of Commerce’s monthly mixer was held immediately following the ribbon cutting ceremony and included delicious food from Manhattan Deli, beverages served by Bartender Extraordinaire Daniel Zucker and several door prizes donated by the hosts and other Chamber members.

In addition to short introductions from all guests, PacTrust customer and Pearl Harbor survivor Stu Hedley shared some memories with the crowd. Everyone got a chuckle out of Stu’s recounting of his and his wife of 64 years’ courtship and were inspired by his courage in wartime. 

Pac Trust supports Junior Achievement so after Stu spoke, Juan invited a local JA representative to talk about the program and invite other businesses to get involved as well. Wrapping up the evening’s presentations were short descriptions of some of PacTrust’s history, programs and services by a number of bank staffers. Did you know it’s been a community bank in Southern California for over 70 years and that PacTrust customers have access to free transactions at more than 30,000 ATMs nationwide?
Clairemont businesspeople do yourself a favor and mark your calendar for May 14th when the Clairemont Chamber of Commerce will hold its next mixer at the Edward Jones office of Giuliana Monterroza at 3001 Clairemont Dr. (at Burgener, next to Keils). Come on out and network with other business owners and managers in the area. RSVP to MTGrewe@mtgmarketing.com.

Bare Walls? Visit Art and Framing Solutions! 
Art and Framing Solutions is Clairemont’s custom framing shop and art gallery. Owner Les Grumach has designed frames for thousands of clients, including interior decorators, and makes sure each one receives excellent service. “From the simplest of frames to complicated designs, you can be sure that we will do our best for you,” said Les recently, “We are proud to have cut the matboards for the Dead Sea Scrolls when they were exhibited in San Diego.”

As a Spring Special, Art & Framing Solutions is discounting all framed wall art by 30%. In addition to these savings, they are discounting all of their huge selection of prints by 35%. The store also carries custom mirrors at very reasonable prices. To preview what is available, visit Art & Framing Solution’s website, www.artandframingsolutions.com . Elsewhere on the internet you will find excellent reviews about Art & Framing Solutions on Yelp and even a video on YouTube.

Art & Framing Solutions is located at the In-Design Center at 4250 Morena Blvd. Suite E, between Balboa and Costco. They are open Monday through Saturday, from 9am to 5pm or by appointment (just call 858 273-7353 ). And, as Les likes to say, “If you go to a place where the guy doesn’t have an Australian accent, you’ve gone to the wrong place!” 

Home Bank of California Moves to New Location

Home Bank of California moved to a busy new location in the Kearny Mesa area on April 1, 2013. After being in Pacific Beach for 33 years, the Bank felt a new location was vital to pursue more business relationships. The Webb family, who founded Home Bank of California, have been actively involved in hometown banking for over 54 years. Byron B. Webb Sr. purchased Palmyra State Bank (Missouri) in 1959 and his son, Byron B. Webb Jr., founded Home Thrift and Loan, which became Home Bank of California in 1981, and the Bank of Quincy (Illinois) in 1999.

In spite of the recent economic downturn, Home Bank has consistently posted profits over the years and reported an increase in net income in 2012. The Bank has $121.5 million in assets as of Dec 31, 2012.

Home Bank built a solid reputation in the commercial real estate and residential mortgage business and also offers personal and business checking and savings accounts, CDs and IRAs. A Home Bank of California mobile banking app will soon be available.

Home Bank of California would like to invite all Clairemont and Bay Park businesses and residents to visit their beautiful new location on the corner of Balboa Ave and Ruffin Road (4493 Ruffin Rd) the week of May 6-10 for their GRAND OPENING celebration. FREE POPCORN AND DRINKS will be served from 10:00-2:00 pm all week. The Bank’s hours are: Mon-Thursday 9:00-5:00 pm, Fridays from 9:00-6:00 pm. Contact Juli Sperla, VP of Operations at (858) 270-5881 for more information.

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