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An Interview with Dennis Wills of D.G. Wills Books

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A veritable one-of-a-kind, it’s easy to see why D.G. Wills Books is a true charm in La Jolla. What is more, in our contemporary, progressively and increasingly impersonal, digital society, the attention paid to personalization and the sheer aesthetics of text is simply inspirational and stimulating.

Dennis began advertising with the La Jolla Blue Book back in 1979 when La Jolla was yet the budding seaside beauty of a community it has grown into. Wills has a complete understanding of what it means to construct a business from the ground up, which is precisely what he set out to do and achieve on La Jolla Boulevard the same year he began advertising. Moreover, his community roots in La Jolla complement the little store’s enduring allure and charisma

The diminutive edifice began on a shoestring budget and with an idea born of love. With a couple of borrowed hammers, a rusty old saw, a few friends that believed in his vision, and a smattering of lumber, work began in 1979. Wills began to craft bookshelves from scratch with painstaking dedication and attention to detail. And with his visualization entrenched in his mind for the La Jolla community, he began to stock the store with various books he located and or stumbled upon at area garage, yard and estate sales.

The dream grew quickly and the bookstore came to be a serene haven for lovers of books, intelligentsias and academics, and rankly, right down to the local who was merely seeking an unobtrusive place to sit and peruse a tome or novel away from the noise pollution life often brings.

Dennis’ undying devotion and commitment to knowledge has drawn various scholars, literary critics, myriad students, and professors from universities from around the contiguous United States. With authors such as Plato, Shakespeare, Darwin, and the Bronte sisters, Wills’ rests assured that he stocks a most inimitable selection of books in the literary world. Indeed, the old, antique and difficult to locate books one may find in his store are certainly not carried by the impersonal chain and corporate stores that pander to frivolity. Perhaps best of all is the place he maintains in the hearts of his clientele, those thousands upon thousands who have found this La Jolla niche and veritable treasure trove, and who have had occasion to interact with him on a personal and intellectual level.

We had the pleasure of speaking to Mr. Wills about his remarkable bookshop.

The genesis of D.G. Wills Books is really interesting. Did you ever imagine it would become what it is today?

Well, one is never sure when opening a business how long or to what extent it might last; but that said, I chose La Jolla specifically to be near UCSD and the Salk Institute on the premise that the educated community’s interest in scholarly books would make it more likely that we would survive for thirty-six years now;  and that good libraries from retired professors would emerge. We were lucky and honored, for example, to have acquired Nobel Laureate Francis Crick’s library.

Out of all of the literary celebrities who have spoken at D.G. Wills Books, do you have any personal favorites?

Gore Vidal, Norman Mailer and Christopher Hitchens were clearly the most entertaining and witty. Francis Crick and Freeman Dyson were the most brilliant scientists here. Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins was the most entertaining poet, although Allen Ginsberg drew the largest and most chaotic crowd, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti was the funniest. Playwright Edward Albee’s appearance was like attending a graduate seminar on theater. Pulitzer Prize journalist Maureen Dowd and Jill Abramson, then Managing Editor of the “New York Times,” were a brilliant team when they appeared here together.

Some may argue that the printed word is dying due to all of these technology advancements. What keeps your passion alive for what you do?

While Kindle and other e-book options have their use, many also continue to prefer to handle the printed page. The passion ever remains as we continue to discover the wonders of knowledge and mystery contained within books.

For people who have never been to your store, what should people know before going to D.G. Wills Books?

We carry new, used and antiquarian books, mainly within academic categories, and “backlist titles” that have passed the test of time, like Shakespeare, Darwin or Isaac Newton.

Is there anything special coming up at D.G. Wills Books that you’d like to mention?

Our Thirty-Eighth Annual St. Patrick’s Day Open Reading of Irish Poetry and Prose is coming up, on 17 March 2017, from 7 P.M. until it ends.

What is one piece of advice you would give to aspiring writers today?

My advice to aspiring writers is to read, read, and read; then practice, practice and practice with your revisions, constantly fine tuning.

D.G. Wills is open from Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Be sure to drop in at D.G. Wills, give Dennis a whispered holler, and see for yourself why indeed you’ll want to come back time and again seeking those hard to find gems, as well as enjoy the tranquil atmosphere.

For more information on D.G. Wills Books, Click HERE

The Magical History of Old Globe Theatre

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Long a tradition of San Diego’s finest in live theater, the Old Globe Theatre has a storied history replete with celebrated productions, actors and actresses, as well as various events that threatened its very existence. Originally constructed in 1935 and fashioned after Shakespeare’s Old Globe in London, its premise was to perform condensed accounts of Shakespeare’s plays as an aspect of the California Pacific International Exposition. The San Diego Community Theatre leased the theatre subsequent to the exposition in 1937 as a non-profit corporation. In addition, it attained some of the nearby buildings from the city, remodeled the theatre, and this long-lasting relationship with the city continues to this day, bringing the finest in merriment to San Diegans and visitors to San Diego alike.

The remodeled Old Globe Theatre opened with its first production of John Van Druten’s The Distaff Side on December 2, 1937. A notable cast member was Craig Noel, whose impressive presence as an actor, director, and artistic leader steered the theatre’s development for some fifty plus continuous years of productions and festivities.

San Diego residents recall that the old Falstaff Tavern next to the Old Globe was subsequently refurbished in 1969 and became the 225-seat Cassius Carter Centre Stage, a now cherished space dedicated to the production of new, exciting experimental theatre.

Disaster struck The Old Globe on March 8, 1978 when arson devastated the theatre. Only by good fortune and perhaps the watchful eye of Shakespeare himself, were the important administrative functions, rehearsal hall, dressing rooms, scenery and costume shops, as well as the Cassius Carter Centre Stage saved from the blaze that threatened the historic landmark. Undaunted, plans were soon underway to rebuild, and in the interim, that summer the San Diego National Shakespeare Festival was held at the award-winning outdoor theatre Festival Stage.

The years 1981 and 1982 witnessed significant changes for The Old Globe. In 1981, it became a year-round venue, and in 1982, a newly refurbished 580-seat capacity theatre opened with Shakespeare’s As You Like It. When arson reared its ugly head again in 1984, destroying the Festival Stage, undeterred, a new 620-seat Lowell Davies Festival Theatre was subsequently raised in 1985 to the delight of the San Diego arts community.

Now called The Old Globe, a publicly funded five-year, $75 million capital and endowment campaign to safeguard its long-term stability began. Consequently, the stage of the Old Globe Theatre was dubbed the Donald and Darlene Shiley stage to honor the family’s $20 million pledge. In 2009, the Globe made public its remodeled campus with the maiden Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, featuring the new Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Karen and Donald Cohn Education Center, and Hattox Hall.

Historically, The Old Globe has been a veritable family of some of the more celebrated national artists, innovative designers, directors, and playwrights in the entire theatre business. Indeed, productions produced at The Old Globe have gone on to play on Broadway and Off Broadway, reaping an impressive 13 Tony Awards, as well as considerable nominations. Some of these include The Full Monty, Damn Yankees and Julius Caesar. These many awards and acknowledgments have brought world attention to San Diego as a result of its continuous artistic community and are a lasting testament to San Diego’s finest in the performing arts.

Today, The Old Globe produces 15 main stage productions each and every year ranging from all periods and styles, from Shakespearean masterpieces to an enduring emphasis with respect to the development and production of new and exciting works.

The current operating budget exceeds $20 million, thus making The Old Globe one of San Diego’s principal institutions regarding the performing arts, the leading employer of the arts, as well as one of the nation’s premiere theatres. As a testament to this fact, some 250,000 plus individuals of all ages attend Globe productions, as well as partake in the theatre’s arts engagement programs and outreach services. Truly, The Old Globe is San Diego’s finest of the performing arts.

For more information on Old Globe Theatre, Click HERE

Some Wonderful La Jolla Restaurants to Ring in 2017

New Year’s Eve is a special holiday. You’re saying goodbye to an entire year, and welcoming in a whole new one. You’ve worked hard all year, and you deserve to celebrate in style. We’ve put together a list of just some of the La Jolla restaurants who will be celebrating the New Year! Please call the restaurants to learn about their NYE specials and hours.

As always, have a safe and wonderful holiday!

Manhattan of La Jolla:

Manhattan of La Jolla is a Fine Dining Italian Steak House located in the heart of La Jolla village inside the Empress Hotel on Fay Avenue. A charming favorite among La Jolla visitors and locals, Manhattan delivers the best of New York City to the charming village of La Jolla. Romantic and comfortable, Manhattan of La Jolla restaurant is well-known for its fantastic wine and cocktail menu. Their staff is highly skilled at the art of suggesting pairings or knowing which wine to pair with a particular dish. This is great because certain wines compliment certain food really well and bring out flavor. Caesar salads prepared at the table and truly fantastic award-winning steaks, eggplant parmesan, cannelloni, homemade ice cream and so much more. Manhattan is also a unique destination for those who enjoy live entertainment as the restaurant offers live music 4 nights per week. Manhattan is also open for lunch Tuesday-Friday from 11:30am-2:00pm.

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Crab Catcher Restaurant and Seaside Grill:

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If you seek dining with an amazing ocean view, The Crab Catcher Restaurant & Seaside Grill is the perfect spot for you. The restaurant sits on the edge of Prospect street in La Jolla overlooking the serene ocean waters right next to the cove. Guests can take in a view of the northern stretch of La Jolla coastline leading up and almost past Black’s Beach. The view alone makes dining here a special experience.

The restaurant features a main dining room, patio seating in the fresh air and their Ocean Tapas Bar which is adjacent to the restaurant. One can feel and smell the ocean breeze. Here, guests can indulge in some of the best seafood in town. The Ocean Tapas Bar hosts a happy hour during the week from 3pm- 6pm. It is also the perfect spot to grab a drink during any hour. They are known for their crab dishes but also specialize in other great fresh seafood. The Crab Catcher is open for lunch and dinner, the main restaurant being closed shortly between 3pm and 5:30pm. Sundays, they offer an incredible brunch menu. Valet is available on prospect street. There is also parking along Coast Blvd with an entrance to the restaurant across from the cave store. Let the day fade away with a drink in hand, enjoying the view at the Crab Catcher.

The Marine Room:

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Located in La Jolla at one of the most scenic spots in the world, San Diegans have enjoyed the tradition of dining at The Marine Room for more than 70 years. This La Jolla San Diego landmark has become synonymous with fine dining and elegant ambiance. As the Pacific Ocean waves splash up to the floor-length windows, diners are treated to award-winning cuisine by Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver in an atmosphere to be remembered. The staff provides great customer service and the food is tasty. Where every meal is a special occasion, The Marine Room in La Jolla Shores is a favorite among San Diego visitors and residents.

The Shores Restaurant:

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If you’re looking for one of the top places to enjoy Sunday brunch and an ocean view, you’ll find the best of both at the Shores Restaurant. Located right on the beach in the Spanish-style La Jolla Shores Hotel, the Shores Restaurant serves Sunday brunch and breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily with menus featuring Southern California’s fresh produce and specialty items from both American coasts. You can’t beat that view! The view is rivaled by their wonderful menu of food. Whether you prefer a family meal or a romantic dinner for two, you’ll enjoy the friendly service with the surf, or even the sunset, in the background. The Shores also offers facilities for special events such as weddings or business meetings, a menu for children, a bar menu, including fish tacos or duck quesadillas, and a happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Nine-Ten Restaurant:

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An ongoing commitment to innovative cuisine using only the freshest local produce makes NINE-TEN a must visit for true foodies. This intimate restaurant, led by award-winning chef Jason Knibb (a 2011 Iron Chef America Challenger and 2010 Rising Star Chef winner), offers the perfect combination of sophistication and casual elegance and an ideal location along Prospect Street. Enjoy the best of the harvest from local artisan farmers, where produce is selected daily for the restaurant’s Evolving California Cuisine, recognized with an “extraordinary to perfection” rating by ZAGAT. The bounty of the sea is also featured with local fish selections and items arriving daily from Hawaii and the North Pacific and Atlantic regions. Special prix fixe menus are available and feature matching wines from the extensive, Wine Spectator awarded wine cellar. Enjoy dining indoors or al fresco on the sidewalk patio or ocean-view terrace. A separate bar offers limited menu and happy hour specials daily. Their Octopus, Tuna, and Striped Bass receive rave reviews from loyal and new customers. Open daily for breakfast and lunch and dinner is served nightly.

How to Celebrate New Year’s with Little Ones

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New Year’s Eve isn’t just about champagne for the adults! Here are some family fun ideas!

An Early Countdown

Bedtimes with kids are always a tough battle. The little ones want to stay up and the parent usually ends up having to drag them kicking and screaming to bed. One idea would be to celebrate NYE at an earlier time. Simply move the clocks around. You can really get creative with party supplies. This will let the little ones join in the fun and not feel like the adults excluded them.

Do a Balloon Drop!

There’s nothing like falling balloons. Falling balloons are a big part of political conventions and new years eve.

Maybe you want to replicate the fun of a ballroom balloon drop in the comfort of your own home? Try doing netting and putting balloons on the net. Hang them from the ceiling and release them when guests count down to 0 and ring in the new year

Another fun idea using balloons is to have each child write a resolution or wish for the New Year on a piece of paper. Have them  fold their paper and place it inside a balloon, fill the balloons with helium, tie with ribbon, and have the kids release them into the air as the clock strikes midnight.

Bust Out the Games

NYE is a great family fun bonding time! Typically the kids are usually running around to sports practices and the harried mom has to get dinner on the table. This can be a nice time to relax and enjoy family time with a game.

Perhaps, you can even incorporate New Years into your games too. Make a game out of it. Sit around and try to guess your guests or family members New Years Resolutions! This is fun for the whole family! Perhaps, if you are feeling brave enough you could try some karaoke.

Make it Festive

Don’t be afraid to splurge and make it feel festive. By buying hats, noise makers, confetti, and silly string, your kiddos will feel like they’re really celebrating. Maybe even throw on a few tunes and have a dance party. Yeah, you’ll maybe have a little bit of a mess to clean up- but isn’t that the point?

If you’re feeling ambitious, you can even make your own decorations and party hats!

Cheers!

Why not do a New Year’s Toast that kids can join in on? Get a plastic wine glass or champagne flute and fill it with warm apple cider or cocoa. As always, drink responsibly… to avoid stomach aches.

Say Cheese!

If you have Floyd Mayweather level money you could rent a professional photographer or rent one of these from a traveling carnival. Your party guests could hop inside and try on costumes and take fun pictures. A fun time would be had by all.

Good Ole Netflix

Celebrate the New Year with your pals from “Fuller House”, “Word Party”, “Trollhunters”, and much more. Netflix will be offering NYE countdown videos that you can throw on anytime. Your little ones will really think that it’s midnight!

A Classic Sleepover

You could let your kid invite their friends over for a slumber party. Their friends could bring over sleeping bags. You could make snacks and plan fun games for them!

Regardless of whatever you do to celebrate the New Year with your family, we hope you have a wonderful time welcoming in 2017!

The History of Adelaide’s Florists & Decorators

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In the era of the Great Depression, with a working budget of a modest $6.00, Adelaide Phillips took a bold step in the midst of uncertainty and opened a small flower stand on a lot that was bought along highway 101 in Encinitas, California. Flowers by Adelaide was thus began as a single operation until her son, Harry Jr., constructed an edifice that was to become Adelaide’ first full service flower shop. It was her great affinity for flowers and her determination to succeed in business in the true American spirit that has now blossomed into a love that has continued over three generations.

After working as a partner with Adelaide for over thirty devoted years, Harry bought out the business in 1974 and became the sole proprietor. Adelaide and Harry shared the same thirst for serving people as well as the industry and Harry was resolute in his efforts to cultivate Adelaide’s to be the foremost floral shop in the Southern California area. When Harry passed away in 2009, his daughter Gina took up the reins with the same dedication to quality and perfection and filled his footsteps.

With the combined efforts of Adelaide, Harry, and all of the faithful employees, a robust team of people provided Gina with an opportunity to grow Adelaide’s into what it is today.

As with time and how things change, Gina, with considerable care, thought and affection, sold the abundant business to the Newell family in November of 2010, with the belief that they would continue the heartfelt family tradition that Adelaide, Harry and Gina had built. They ultimately hired Jerry Parent and Larry Anhorn in 2011 to assist in building on the past traditions and in the end sold the business to them in 2016.

Adelaide’s has come a considerable way and has entered its 80th year of servicing La Jolla and the San Diego community with the best in floral designs, plants, giftware and events. Jerry and Larry each look forward with a mutual desire to serve La Jolla and San Diego community for many years to come. This is being accomplished by remaining true to past traditions as well as a focused vision to establish new directions in order to serve the needs of multiple generations to come.

Last Minute shopping opportunities featuring some of La Jolla’s oldest businesses

The Ascot Shop

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The Ascot Shop commenced business in La Jolla, California in 1950. It has continued its superb operations with its alluring double Dutch front doors and excellent staff that have continued to welcome friends and customers alike since the initial day of opening its doors.

Jack Matzinger was the originator of the Ascot Shop, while Bill White began working at the progressive business when he was attending college at San Diego State University. Jack exerted his efforts not only towards the business but additionally prepared Bill to ultimately take over the store. Bill formally acquired the shop from Jack once Jack retired.

Created as a traditional, conservative men’s haberdashery, the store began to outgrow its repute and was in need of some modernization. The efforts towards that end are now obvious to those in the know.

Bill’s son Andrew teamed up with his father during the mid-1990s and has continued to be an essential aspect of the flourishing business. He has been accountable for fashioning a measured swing towards more contemporary clothing while simultaneously upholding the quality the Ascot Shop built its reputation on and which continues to this day.

In 2000, the Ascot Shop undertook a comprehensive store modernization under the direction of world renowned architect Robert Mosier. Robert was responsible for designing the celebrated Coronado Bay Bridge in San Diego. The Ascot Shop now showcases its one-of-a-kind products surrounded by stunning hardwood flooring, state of the art lighting, antique tables and Honduras mahogany cabinetry.

The Ascot Shop is continuously progressing in order to meet the desires of the ever faithful consumers. Towards that end, the managements and staff are observant of the shifting lifestyles as the fashion industry changes from day to day and year after year. Nevertheless, one unbroken promise that remains with the Ascot Shop is that it exudes efforts to retain the standard of quality and customer service that the people of the San Diego community will receive from the devoted staff of experts at the Ascot Shop.

Bowers Jewelers

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Since 1945, Bowers Jewelers has been providing the La Jolla community and surrounding San Diego area with stunning, exquisite jewelry. When you as a lover of quality jewelry behold an item and spontaneously fall in love with it, there is a certainty you won’t leave the premises unrewarded. When individuals step into the expansive and sophisticated store, eyes typically gravitate to the considerable selection of high-end jewelry. This is because Bowers Jewelers has made it a steadfast love to provide clients with want they seek to adorn themselves.

When people step into Bowers Jewelers they are treated like family. The staff is always customer oriented and know the value of relationships. The accommodating staff will assist you in choosing that picture-perfect and seamless engagement ring, set of earrings, a striking necklace, or a wristwatch that matches your personality. In short, when you enter the store, their loving staff will go out of their way to ensure that you find what you’re looking for.

Meanley Hardware

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Meanley Hardware is your one-stop shop to find everything you need, even at that last moment when you cannot find what you need when you need it at the most. Replete with gourmet cooking wear, appliances for your kitchen from A to Z, dependable and long-lasting Ace and Frazee paint, provisions for your everyday cleaning needs, as well as garden, electrical, plumbing, miscellaneous hardware, and all the thingamajigs, fasteners, glues, and what-have-you’s you seek and expect, Meanley & Son Ace Hardware is a quality stockpile and veritable treasure trove for your everyday wants and needs.

Ellen B. Scripps became a legend in the La Jolla and greater San Diego community as a result of her generous devotion to the service of others. Back in 1948, her niece, Nackey Scripps Meanley, together with her husband Tom and son William, established Meanley & Son Hardware which was devoted to maintaining an unprecedented standard of service.

Now 65 years later, the institution continues. In 1997, Meanley’s teamed with ACE Hardware Co-op., a cooperative of autonomously held and operated hardware stores piecing together a service to afford patrons with first-rate service and always competitive values. Meanley’s endeavors to embrace the needs of its 21st century clientele with a devotion to providing their needs with a well-informed, knowledgeable staff.

GDC Construction: A Long La Jolla History

The Dewhurst family and GDC Construction have been utilizing their collective know-how and exceptional skills to turn ideas and concepts into reality for nearly a hundred years.

It all began when Ernie W. Dewhurst founded a construction company in Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex, England. Subsequently, he immigrated to the United States through historical Ellis Island. Ernie soon settled in Hollywood in the early 1900s, where he utilized his extraordinary skills to construct movie sets. He was asked to build a home in La Jolla and instantly developed an affinity for the then-relatively uninhabited, quaint seaside town.

Ernie relocated his family to the village in 1920 and started work as one of the only builders in town. Due to hard work and commitment, by 1929 the Dewhurst passion for constructing elegant homes flourished and became a full-fledged, successful construction business.

Ernie’s son Walter Dewhurst teamed up with the business in 1948 with a thirst to sustain the family tradition throughout the 20th century. Much like his father, Walter was an innovator, mover and shaker in the construction industry in La Jolla, constructing several of the community’s finest residences.

Some of the community’s enduring hallmarks were built by Walter. The Athenaeum, a veritable La Jolla landmark, was remodeled by Walter in 1956. Today it houses an art and music library. Moreover, Walter built the Mount Soledad Cross in 1954. Adding to the cross, in 2001 the war memorial surrounding it was inspired and developed by Walter’s son, George, and built by GDC Construction. An annual Memorial Day celebration is held in the shadow of the cross every May.

In 1976, Walter’s son George joined the business, carrying it into the 21st century. Previous to the union with GDC, George heeded President Kennedy’s call and joined the Peace Corps in 1962. Subsequently, George completed his MBA at renowned Thunderbird University before returning to La Jolla where he assumed the reins of the family business.

George’s continuous dedication to remain true to the Dewhurst reputation for quality and craftsmanship is observed with the many homes he and his group have constructed. Additionally, he continued the family tradition in business, sport and civic commitment. Stirred by his visit to the National War Memorial in Washington, D.C., George conceived and then built the Mount Soledad War Memorial. This is a local testament to the brave men and women who have served the nation with honor.

George led an effort to modernize the YMCA La Jolla Firehouse in the historic district as a center for youths in 1984. Furthermore, as the La Jolla Sunrise Rotary Club president, George planted the seed for many of La Jolla traditions that continue to this day.

In 2001, Pancho Dewhurst joined GDC construction to carry on the institution of constructing quality custom homes in La Jolla and throughout greater San Diego County. Influenced by the modernists and his studies in Italy, Pancho made his mark in the family business. In 2008, he assumed the leadership at GDC Construction. Pancho and his father are the 3rd and 4th generation of Dewhurst builders in La Jolla.

“Being in the construction business for four generations, we have developed a considerably strong group of sub-contractors and associates that we work with on a daily basis” said Pancho. “I am very privileged to have such a vigorous and robust group of individuals. Some of these people have worked alongside with my grandfather and father. It’s been a significantly huge boost to GDC Construction.”

The renovation of the Community Center epitomizes Pancho’s contribution to the La Jolla community as well as the unrelenting commitment to dedication by the Dewhurst family to the local community.

“In addition to building beautiful homes in the San Diego area, what I’m really truly most proud of is all of the effort that my family has extended to give back to the La Jolla community.”

From building Fire Station 13 to the La Jolla Community Center, the Dewhurst family has been an essential part to what the community of La Jolla is today.

The Dewhurst family and GDC Construction also go out of their way to bring Christmas blessings and cheer every year to San Diego residents. Additionally, they have sustained one of the oldest and most esteemed traditions in La Jolla, that is, decorating and lighting the tree at the La Jolla Recreation Center each and every holiday season. The custom was initiated in 1984 while George Dewhurst was serving as Chairman of the Christmas Parade, as well as President of the Rotary Club.

The Dewhurst collaboration with the La Jolla community continues with GDC’s contribution to the La Jolla Christmas Parade each and every year. Walter Dewhurst, who was named President of the La Jolla Town Council in 1965, initiated the very first La Jolla Christmas Parade in the 1950s together with the Council. Thereafter, he was present at every parade and became known as the “Mayor of La Jolla” because of his all-encompassing patronage and support for the La Jolla community.

When Walter initiated the parade in 1960, it served to bring the village together in a new way during the Christmas and holiday season, and today it remains one of La Jolla’s most beloved customs. The annual parade attracts participants and visitors from all over San Diego as well as outside the county.

GDC Construction participates in the parade every year. One of the trucks is actually converted into a festive float to the delight of onlookers. Pancho Dewhurst and his family ride alongside much like his grandfather did well over a half-century previous.

“My philosophy is not about just building custom homes; it concerns building long-term relationships within the La Jolla community. This concept was taught to me early on by my family. As a four generation builder, I have a great commitment and great pride in being afforded the opportunity to give back to the La Jolla community.”

Pancho has two Children, Ava and Austin, who are the fifth generation of Dewhurst’s in La Jolla. I believe we can speak on behalf of everyone in La Jolla in saying that we hope the family tradition continues for many more years to innovate and shape La Jolla.

For more information on GDC Construction, CLICK HERE.

Have a Cup of Cheer at La Jolla Brewing Company

In a community known for it’s iconic landmarks, the La Jolla Brewing Company (LJBC), has sought to build upon the prevailing identity of La Jolla’s rich history and pull in some of the cultural icons.

As a result of its ties to the failed Prohibition policy, LJBC chose to use Sunny Jim’s Cave, a veritable hidden treasure only accessible by kayak or through a hidden underground staircase beneath The Cave Store. Only true La Jolla residents and a modicum of fortunate outsiders are aware of the secret passage, which really makes it an authentic La Jolla gem.

La Jolla Brewing Company ‘s goal is to bring its prominent status to the many elite craft breweries in the greater San Diego area, and boy are they accomplishing it. With a fresh, systematic, and well-thought-out restructure, LJBC seeks to realize and preserve a reputation for excellence in craft beer, food, wine and beverage selection, customer service, atmosphere, and management.

LJBC not only features hand-crafted beer, but also features a 24 tap rotating selection of local San Diego County craft beers to keep La Jolla tastefully regaled. Their in-house beer choice showcases five signature styles, including Pale Ale, IPA, Pub Ale, Dry Stout, and Brown Ale. Feeling thirsty yet? LCBJ also creates specialty and seasonal offerings to retain a choice that is fresh and exhilarating.

At the La Jolla Brewing Company, they make it a point to make people feel like they are in their local neighborhood bar and restaurant where everyone feels wanted and has the opportunity to appreciate an ice cold beer as well as a quality meal at the end of the day. You could say that everybody knows your name- sound familiar?

LJBC is truly a hip place that only locals and a few outsiders know of, much like several of the historic landmarks in beautiful La Jolla.

The La Jolla Brewing Company continuously seeks to create an environment that is relaxed yet stimulating, at ease and conversant, hospitable and accessible, and to this end they have accomplished these lofty goals.

What do we love most about La Jolla Brewing Company? They believe in providing quality craft beer. As a craft beer brewery, they have the knowledge and capability garnered from years of experience, and always serve with a smile. This Holiday season, pop on into LJBC and have a cup (or two, or three, or four) of cheer! As always, drink responsibly and have fun!

For more information on the La Jolla Brewing Company, CLICK HERE.