Welcome to Cruisin' 'Round Coronado

The global pandemic has been a challenge for everyone. Everyone has a story and unfortunately most are either sad or frustrating!

As a REALTOR, I get to speak with several people in the community and from my conversations I’ve discovered that most people are looking for hope and inspiration in any amount, wherever they can find it! As a former psychotherapist and executive coach, I completely understand the important role “hope” plays in one’s well-being and motivation.

I have especially been inspired by the Coronado and Imperial Beach businesses I’ve engaged with during this pandemic. It’s been quite something to witness the human spirit in action, going the extra mile and thinking outside the box, along with the mayors and city councils support.

So, I decided to start a weekly broadcast, interviewing Coronado and Imperial Beach business owners asking two main questions:

  1. What have you done to go above and beyond to serve your customers; keep your businesses open and employ as many of your staff as possible?
  2. What is the “silver lining” you’ve discovered for your business in the dark cloud of this pandemic?

I’ll bet you will be as amazed and inspired as I am with some of our locals’ answers. They are interesting, inspiring, funny, heartfelt and hopeful.

Make sure to follow me to catch this weekly broadcast.

Episode 1: Sundance Golf Carts Coronado

Episode 2: Clayton's Bakery & Bistro

I'm featuring Sundance Golf Cars in Coronado. Get to know the owner Mike, his daughter Maisie, and find out what silver lining their business has found during the pandemic. Sundance Golf Carts recently won the 2020 Best of the Best Award! Learn more about their award here: https://youtu.be/p7A9ohzZruM

Clayton's Bakery & Bistro is related to Clayton's Diner which has been an iconic mainstay in Coronado for decades! I love coming here because it has a European bistro vibe that reminds me of being home in Australia which is one of the reasons I love it so much!

Episode 3: Coronado Fitness Club

I chatted with Chris Foote, owner of the Coronado Fitness Club about how he's adjusted his business since the pandemic began. The gym is also undergoing a renovation right now so stay tuned for the "after" video!

Episode 4: Garage Buona Forchetta

In this week's episode, I sat down with Marco, the co-owner and manager of Garage Buona Forchetta which opened three days before they were shut down at the beginning of the pandemic. See how their new restaurant pivoted their strategy and helped those in need in our community in this amazing interview.

Episode 5: Ascent Vacation Rentals

This week's video features Christina McCarty, the manager of Ascent Vacation Rentals. Watch to learn how they kept their business up and running during COVID-19 and how they catered to the needs of our Military in need of housing.

Episode 6: Mermaid Lounge Hair Salon

On today's episode of Cruisin' 'Round Coronado, we're visiting my favorite hair salon - Mermaid Lounge Hair Salon. Salons were one of the hardest-hit businesses during the pandemic but Suzanne was able to find the silver lining. Watch this episode to learn what it is.

Episode 7: Nails By Van

Today I'm cruisin' over to my nail technician of the past 5 years, Van Tu! Since the pandemic started, Van went above and beyond to provide her clients with safe nail services. She also found a way to safely still spend time with her family.
If you're looking for a nail technician in Coronado, please give Van Tu a call at 619-507-2412 to book an appointment.

Episode 8: Coronado Kitchen and Bath

Today we're cruisin' over to Coronado Kitchen and Bath! The owner and designer Olena walks me through her business's history and tells me how the pandemic has actually boomed her business. If you're looking to remodel your kitchen or bath, look no further than Coronado Kitchen and Bath. Head over to their website to learn more. https://www.coronadokitchenandbath.com/

Episode 9: Sweet Soles

If you're on the hunt for new shoes or athleisure, why not support a local business? Sweet Soles has a huge selection of shoes and clothing with today's trendiest styles. If you would prefer to shop online, they also just launched an online store! Head over to their storefront on Orange ave in Coronado or visit them online at https://sweetsolescoronado.com/