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Eileen Burke, owner of Queen Eileen’s Gift Baskets in downtown Encinitas, shows off a 1950s-era mural uncovered in her shop during remodeling in February. (Courtesy photo)

Encinitas gift shop unwraps historical surprise behind wall

Julia Shapero March 31, 2021
Queen Eileen’s Gift Baskets, which has been open for more than 30 years in downtown Encinitas, reopened March 13 with a Coca-Cola-themed celebration in honor of a circa 1950s-era sign that was uncovered during remodeling work.
Medical. (Photo by Hush Naidoo, Unsplash)

Store manager expresses frustration after unmasked group causes ruckus

Julia Shapero March 31, 2021
A group of individuals protested mask mandates in mid-February at two Encinitas grocery stores, refusing to wear masks or leave the stores. “This is the first time I’ve had this large of a group this focused and seemingly of the same mind,” Cardiff Seaside Market General Manager Austin Davis said.
Business news. (James Abbott via Freeimages)

North Coast Current marks award-winning year

North Coast Current December 31, 2020
The North Coast Current had a successful 2020, receiving 16 awards from local and nationally affiliated professional media organizations.
Election Day. (Photo by Element5 Digital, Unsplash)

Public safety to open space, Carlsbad council hopefuls share top issues

Julia Shapero November 3, 2020
Candidates for Carlsbad City Council largely have different takes on the central issues currently facing the city, from public health to traffic to public safety.
Election Day. (Photo by Element5 Digital, Unsplash)

With city seats unopposed, it’s calmer campaigning in Solana Beach

Julia Shapero October 31, 2020
All three City Council candidates in Solana Beach are running unopposed this election season, leading to a less contentious race, but also a slight decrease in community engagement, candidates said.
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North Coast Current news site recognized for excellence in SPJ contest

North Coast Current September 1, 2020
The North Coast Current’s news site was recognized as being among the best in the county by judges of the Society of Professional Journalists San Diego Pro Chapter’s annual contest.
Flooding from heavy rain reaches the driveway and halfway up the windows of the Sunshine Gardens property in Encinitas on Friday, April 10. (Sunshine Gardens photo)

Sunshine Gardens, Encinitas shops work to recover from flood

Julia Shapero April 24, 2020
Sunshine Gardens and other Encinitas businesses suffered severe damage the weekend of April 10 after the San Diego region experienced unusually high rainfall. Despite the losses, the nursery and North County Olive Oil have been able to reopen. San Dieguito Tennis Club is assessing mudslide damage.
The La Paloma Theatre marquee announces the historic venue’s closure late Thursday, March 19, after California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered a statewide stay-at-home order amid the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. (Photo by Jen Acosta)

Hoping for business: Encinitas merchants reel under coronavirus curbs

Julia Shapero March 27, 2020
Local businesses in Encinitas are struggling to make ends meet under the tight restrictions used to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
A screen capture shows the headline of a Beachgrit story that stirred controversy in Encinitas in February. (Beachgrit story page)

Coverage of Encinitas homeless lot dispute deepens controversy

Julia Shapero March 13, 2020
An article in an Australian surf culture website recently sparked greater community tensions in Encinitas over the already contentious Safe Parking Program.
Authorities are still investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed the site of four businesses, pictured Oct. 8, in Leucadia on Sept. 30. (Photo by Roman S. Koenig)

Leucadia merchants assess next steps after fire destroys building

Julia Shapero October 8, 2019
The cause of a fire that tore through four local businesses in Leucadia is still unknown, authorities said. By Oct. 8, the merchants had collectively raised more than $23,000 toward rebuilding.
The Encinitas Boat Houses, pictured Aug. 23, are on track to be included on the National Register of Historic Places. (Photo by Roman S. Koenig)

National historic status on horizon for Encinitas Boat Houses

Julia Shapero August 23, 2019
The Encinitas Boat Houses, the most photographed buildings in the city, are on their way to earning a spot on the National Register of Historic Places following a vote by the State Historical Resources Commission.
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