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Grand Avenue filmmaking 101: ‘Mr. Getaway’

Lights, camera. Action? What the heck was going on Saturday in the alley behind the 100 block of E Grand Avenue? A white mini-van was there. People were milling around. Sometimes the mini-van was moving, and people were running around. Weird. While word on the street is “alley-way-cul-ture” is a secret Escondido happening, this was unusual even for that. Turns out this was the master…


Who says you can’t have too much news?

The Grapevine is out of the bag, or at least this month’s print issue. Even as you read this, San Dieguito Printer is cranking out the fourth edition of The Grapevine 16-page print newspaper. It will hit the streets at Grand Avenue and selected locations around Escondido, San Marcos and Valley Center on Friday. We welcome several new advertising partners including California Center for the Arts,…


End of an era for Champion’s Restaurant

Tough to cull the sweet from the bitter this week as customers at Grand Avenue’s landmark, iconic Champion’s Family Restaurant ate their last meals with tears flooding food-splashed eyes. Like the condemned with no remaining reprieve, customers bade sad farewells to all that tasty comfort food with final portions of signature corned beef hash topped off by to-die-for cinnamon rolls. Come to represent the heart…


Thieves wigging out with Grand Avenue wig shop crime wave

A brazen young thief was caught by surveillance cameras in the act early Wednesday of robbing HQ Too Wigs on Grand Avenue. At least a half-dozen wigs valued at more than $300 were taken in the Wednesday robbery. (Surveillance video of early Wednesday wig shop theft. Break-in occurs just after 1:00 mark.) As shocking as that action was, it also represented the third break-in at…


Fun Saturday around Escondido featured parade, art walk, and festivities downtown

“Maple Street Plaza was bustling with craft vendors and shoppers. Downtown Escondido was alive today with seasonal spirit.” — Matt Fox, realtor Saturday started early and continued often around downtown Escondido with  “A Superhero Christmas” kicking off at 9:30 a.m. at Escondido High School. That would be, in other words, the staging point for the Escondido Jaycees 65th Annual Christmas Parade. Under cool, but sunny skies,…


Escondido Jaycees 65th Annual Christmas Parade rolled Saturday, Dec. 12 (Video)

It’s all about having “A Superhero Christmas” Saturday morning in the heart of Escondido. It’s all about having “A Superhero Christmas” Saturday morning in the heart of Escondido. Kicking off at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at Escondido High School, the Escondido Jaycees 65th Annual Christmas Parade was expected to bring joy as well as tens of thousands of people downtown. This is the longest…


HQ Wigs TOO provides comfort, and hair, to chemotherapy patients

Cathy Ketchum is flying down Grand Avenue on a wig and a dream. “I just love the work I do with chemo patients,” Ketchum said. “I want to go over and above making them feel good about themselves.” Ketchum has a lot of experience helping cancer patients although she isn’t a medical professional or health care worker. In some ways, though, her work sometimes can…


New2U Consignment and Gifts combines community with value

Tim McClintic knows a good deal. So, too, do his customers at New2U Consignment and Gifts, 115 W. Grand Ave., between Champions Family Restaurant and Vincent’s. McClintic is a retail entrepreneur always looking for the next, best deal. The 2007-08 Great Recession provided the impetus to get this guy on the go, on the go. Involved in the motorcycle industry for a long time, he…


Escondido’s Grand Avenue Festival attracted thousands for fun and frolic

Escondido’s Grand Avenue Festival, aka Escondido Street Faire, held Sunday, Oct. 18 might be the second-largest single-day festival in California, but as they used to say in the old Avis rent-a-car commercials, they try harder. An estimated 30,000 to 40,000 people flocked to Grand Avenue and block after block of 500 vendors, food and music from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Escondido’s first street…


Vinnie, Michelle Griffin and Vinz greet October with a fest

A lot of restaurants and businesses have come and gone along Grand Avenue, Escondido’s iconic main street. Vinnie and Michelle Griffin have seen them all while starting and growing a vibrant dining and arts hub at the corner of Grand and Kalmia Street. It all started and continues in earnest for the husband and wife team with Vinz Craft Bar & Restaurant, otherwise known as…