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Get A Unique Christmas Gift At Ramona’s Uptown Boutique

Are you looking for a cute trendy outfit or a special Christmas gift? In this episode of Ramona Revealed, I’m going to take you to Uptown Boutique, a great shop full of amazing items. We’ll chat with owner Andrea to get an idea of everything that Uptown Boutique has to offer.

A Unique Boutique

Uptown Boutique is located in the heart of Ramona on Main Street. Owner Andrea stocks her store with unique items that are a little out of the realm of Ramona. They don’t have many Western items; rather, they’ve brought in a little bit of regular fashion. Think Ann Taylor Loft mixed with Western.

The clothes are trendy but not cheap, as Andrea offers quality pieces. Some of the best-selling clothing items include Z Supply pajamas and loungewear, a huge obsession that customers love. They also have everyday clothes like graphic tees and jeans, with Judy Blue brand jeans as another top seller.

Everyone calls Judy Blue the “magic jeans.” They’re super stretchy, so they’ll lie to you and tell you that you’re smaller. Andrea is personally obsessed with them as well.

Outfit Check

When it comes to helping customers with their fashion choices, Andrea says that shopping needs vary. Sometimes people come in with things that they already have at home to match something they find in the store. Other times, they’ll take a bunch of pictures and we help them work with what they have.

Andrea says she never wants to tell people they look amazing just to push sales, especially because she used to work at Nordstrom and do exactly that. Normally, she lets everyone just look around and, if they need help, she’s always more than happy to work with them.

One thing she often suggests is staple pieces to go with a customer’s wardrobe at home. This includes things like a black dress and a jean jacket. You can then easily accessorize those pieces to create different looks.

Shopping Spree

Of course, I couldn’t leave Uptown Boutique without doing some shopping of my own. I was looking for some festive stuff like jumpers, jackets, and sweaters, and Andrea helped me out. I tried on the Z Supply Maya Quilted Jacket styled with the Myra Bag—which can be used as a crossbody or a wristlet.

The Maya Jacket can easily be dressed up or down and is perfect to wear in Southern California year-round. It also has pockets and snaps. Another great option that I tried on is the Barefoot Dreams Aztec Dupe Cardigan, which feels like you’re wearing a soft blanket. It’s perfect for cozying up on the couch or going out with your girlfriends.

Andrea had me pair this with the Ivory Double Belt Fedora, which helps brighten the look up and is super pretty. These are just a few of the great pieces you can find here at Uptown Boutique.

Get Your Christmas Gifts

Uptown Boutique is a great place to get unique, quality Christmas gifts. They have a 12 Days of Christmas sale, where they every a different sale on each day. After that, they also hold a big blowout sale of everything.

There are lots of different items to choose from, including the perfect stocking stuffers for people of all ages. So if you want to check some people off your Christmas list, be sure to head to Uptown Boutique. They’re located at 642 Main Street here in Ramona, or you can shop online.

I hope you enjoyed checking out one of Ramona’s many local businesses. If you have any questions about Ramona, what it’s like to live here, or even real estate questions, feel free to reach out to me and I’ll be happy to connect with you. Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel so you never miss an episode of Ramona Revealed, and stay tuned to see what I feature next!

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Delicious Italian Food At Mamma Ramona’s

Did you know that Ramona is home to a delicious Italian restaurant with amazing food? In this episode of Ramona Revealed, I’m going to take you to Mamma Ramona’s, located in the heart of Ramona, California. We’ll chat with owner Andrew Simmons to learn about their current remodel and delicious dishes that serve up an authentic taste of Italy.

Welcome To Mamma Ramona’s

Mamma Ramona’s is located in the heart of Ramona on the corner of D and 11th. If you like fresh Italian food, you have to come and check this place out. Andrew Simmons is the owner, and he’s going to walk us through what’s going on here at Mamma Ramona’s. I’ve been here before, and there are some major changes going on.

Mamma Ramona’s is in the midst of a $300,000 renovation. They’re upgrading all of their freezers, refrigerators, and cooking appliances. They’ve also got some new automation tools coming in that will help speed up their process of producing pizzas. They’ve also got some robotics they’ve introduced on the dine-in side to help with serving customers. This allows them to have a more expedited experience.

Fresh Italian Food

The magic of Mamma Ramona’s happens in the kitchen.  All of their pizza dough is handmade every night and proved overnight, allowing it to come out perfectly the next day. When they make pizzas, all of their sauces are cooked in-house and homemade using the original recipe from Joe, the founder of Mamma Ramona’s back in 1977. Very few of their recipes have changed over the years.

One of my favorites besides the sauce is the crust, which is fluffy and crunchy at the same time. Their Margarita pizza is also delicious, featuring cheese that comes from a Wisconsin dairy. With tomatoes, basil, and garlic, it’s a tasty option you’ve got to try.

In addition to fresh Italian food, Mamma Ramona’s also sources their wine from local wineries around Ramona. Wine is just $5 per glass, as Andrew believes wine should not cost more than a meal. One of the wines offered is from Three Hills, a local winery on Highland Valley Road. It’s currently one of their most popular wines of the eight or nine different varieties they carry. They’re always looking for new types to try and new bottles to share with our customers.

Future Plans

Andrew has a lot of plans in store for Mamma Ramona’s. In addition to being in the midst of a remodel, they’re also landscaping the front of the building and adding new equipment to help the employees be more efficient and produce pizzas in a more timely manner.

The restaurant is also adding a take-and-bake feature, allowing customers to be able to take any of their delicious pizzas and make them at home. They even provide a special pan, allowing you to cook the pizza in your own oven at 400 degrees for 15 minutes and get the exact same Mamma Ramona’s taste you would at the restaurant.

Caring For Employees

The overall intent is to use the new equipment to help employees make more money. Andrew says they’ll be raising wages at the beginning of the year, allowing employees to have a good living wage in San Diego. They’re building one of the first automated kitchens in Mamma Ramona’s that will allow our pizzas to be produced a little faster and a little less hands-on but without losing their signature flavor.

This, in turn, will allow them to give their employees better wages. Andrew’s goal is to get his employees earning about $40,000 per year as starting wages within the restaurant. This will provide a better living wage for employees in both Ramona and San Diego as a whole.

Eat Local In Ramona

Mamma Ramona’s is open from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm Sunday through Monday. If you’d like to visit them, they’re located at 1130 D Street. You can also visit them online to get an idea of their menu or order food for pickup.

If you have any questions about Ramona, what it’s like to live here, or real estate in general, feel free to reach out to me and I’d be happy to connect. Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel so you never miss an episode of Ramona Revealed, and stay tuned to see what I feature next!

 

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Ramona’s Very Own Mobile Café

Did you know that Ramona, California is home to a mobile coffee shop? In this episode of Ramona Revealed, I’m going to introduce you to Lyndsay, owner of Gems Mobile Café. We’ll find out how she got her business started and get an idea of the delicious coffee and bites she offers.

Meet Lyndsay

If you’ve never tried a Vanilla Rose Latte from Gems Mobile Café, then you’re in for a treat. While we had a chat with Lyndsay on San Vincente just past Wildcat Canyon, this café on wheels travels all around Ramona.

When Lyndsay moved to Ramona from Oregon, one of the things she always joked about was how there weren’t any little pop-up coffee shops. Where she’s from, they have coffee shops like Human Bean, Black Rock, and Dutch Bros. In small Oregon towns similar to Ramona, they had a small coffee spot called Antlers. She knew there was a need to fill here in Ramona.

Opening A Business

Lyndsay wanted to have a coffee trailer so that she could be mobile, allowing her to go to different places in the community. One day, after talking about her idea, her husband told her to go ahead and do it. “Start a coffee trailer,” he said. 

Despite the fact that Lyndsay had never done anything like that before, she’s now a new business owner. She and her husband have been slowly figuring out the process for a couple of months, and people seem to love the concept so far. They often thank Lyndsay for being there, though she’s thankful for their business.

Seattle-Style Coffee

Gems Mobile Café offers coffee that’s both a Seattle and Brazilian-style roast. People often comment on its smoothness, which Lyndsay credits to a long search for local roasters. She settled on beans from a San Diego roaster from the Coffee + Tea Collective. 

Her roaster is from Washington, not very far from where Lyndsay is from. He even knew some of the same coffee people she did. Now, he makes all of Gems’ handmade syrups and special coffee roasts, boxing the coffee with her logo so she can sell it by the bag. 

Choosing Locations

With mobile coffee, I asked Lyndsay how she decides where she’s going to be at any given time. As a small-town kind of person, Ramona is one of the biggest places she has ever lived. The less distance she travels and the more local she stays, the happier she is.

Most often, Gems Moile Café is parked on San Vicente from Tuesday through Friday. Other times, they stay in Ramona and attend local events. This includes local soccer games, softball events, the rodeo, and the fair. They also plan to park at some pumpkin patches this season, letting everyone grab a pumpkin spice latte.

While Lyndsay usually stays in Ramona, she likes the fact that she can be mobile. For example, they’re going to Alpine for a school event to offer some fun Halloween cookies and treats for the kids. They’ll also be doing a couple more school events in Ramona, too. Her dream is to one day have little coffee trailers in every little small town. 

A Unique Logo

Not only is Gems Mobile Café a unique business, but it also has a unique logo. Lyndsay and her husband live at the Hidden Gem Ranch on Gem Lane in Ramona. The logo—featuring a colorful gem and her goat, Tommy—was drawn by her friend Don from Oregon.

Don is an artist that does album covers and other projects. He and his wife came up and visited Lyndsay with their daughter. They hung out and played with her goats, especially loving Tommy. It’s his face that is featured on the logo. 

Signature Drinks

I’ve tried a few of Gems Mobile Café’s offerings, and I love them all. Lyndsay’s favorites depend on the season; in the hot Ramona summer, she switched between iced teas to drinks like the Vanilla Rose Latte. It’s made with a rose petal simple syrup that’s very refreshing.

Because of the homemade syrups, the drinks are crisp and light—not like the ultra-sweet drinks at some other coffee shops. In the winter, mint chocolate mocha is a great option. Other syrup options include orange cinnamon—made with orange zest and cinnamon sticks—and black sea salt caramel. They’ve also been experimenting with pumpkin and pumpkin puree to make the perfect fall drink.

Lattes start with a whole milk base with two shots of espresso base. Of course, caffeine lovers can always add extra shots. About an ounce of syrup is then added, though they can be made sweeter to suit the customer’s taste.  You’ll definitely want to try one of Lyndsay’s drinks and experiment with syrup combinations.

Breakfast Bites

In addition to drinks, Gems Mobile Café also serves up delicious breakfast. Lyndsay likes the breakfast burrito, which is pretty hearty. It includes potatoes, sausage, and eggs fried up and topped with cheese and a secret sauce. 

It’s a big burrito that’s perfect to eat in the car on the way to work. It’s also large enough that you can save half for lunch later on. They also offer bagels, muffins, and delicious bread like pumpkin, banana, and lemon blueberry.

Start The Day Right

I hope this gave you a good idea of everything that Gems Mobile Café has to offer. Be sure to check out their Facebook page to find out where they’ll be parked next.

Thanks for tuning in to this episode of Ramona Revealed, my show where we focus on everything Ramona. Stay tuned to see what I feature next!

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Orange County Homes For Sale: Fountain Valley Listing

Are you thinking of buying a home in the Orange County area? Check out this listing in Fountain Valley. You will love this beautiful 2 bed 2 bath home located in the Caballeros Sports Village!

 

172200 Newhope St. #21B Fountain Valley, CA, 92708 2 bedroom, 2 bathroon, 1224 sqft Located in Caballeros Sports Village Listing price: $460,00

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Grow Your Business With Ramona’s BNI Chapter

Are you looking to grow your business?  Did you know there’s a networking and referral organization that can help you? On this episode of Ramona Revealed, we’re going to introduce you to Lyle Sprung, the upcoming director of Ramona’s first BNI chapter.  I’ll explain how this great group of people can help you be successful in all of your business endeavors.

BNI (Business Network International) helps business owners to support other professionals in the community, grow their business, and make more money.  This referral networking group is the largest of its type in the world, with over 270,000 members worldwide.  Meeting with other business owners allows you to quickly generate referrals and market your business, helping your fellow chapter members do the same.

Lyle Sprung has been in BNI for nearly 7 years, with both he and his wife involved in their own chapters.  In support of one of his employees, Lyle is helping to grow a Ramona BNI chapter that will serve businesses in the community.  Members include young and old entrepreneurs and established companies, both big and small.  Any business owner has much to gain from joining their local chapter.

Built on a culture of reciprocal business relationships, you’ll not only get something out of BNI, but you’ll also be giving to your fellow members.  Part of the purpose is to develop business relationships with likeminded people, where you’ll be able to improve your communication skills with trusted advisors.  You’ll represent their interests, and they, in turn, will represent yours.  It’s an awesome give and take that can help take your business to the next level.

Lyle currently has a good core group of individuals as the Ramona chapter is forming, though more professionals are still needed.  Business people that stand by the quality of their work are invited to see what BNI is all about.  The Ramona chapter still needs a handyman, electrician, plumber, and financial advisor to fill key positions in the group.  There are many other categories available, and BNI welcomes professionals to join.

If you’d like to hear more about what BNI is all about and how it can help you, you can visit the meeting on Tuesday morning from 8:30am-10:00am.  Located at Anytime Fitness on Main Street in Ramona, our group of business people is waiting to connect with you!  Make sure you stay tuned for the next episode of Ramona revealed to see what we feature next.

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Sprung Insurance

It’s happened to all of us before… you knew it might happen eventually, but you didn’t think it would happen today…you sneeze, but you have no tissue to clean yourself up! Talk about catastrophe… Another thing you don’t want to be caught without is insurance. My go to insurance recommendation is Sprung Insurance Agency. 

 

Sprung Insurance is family owned and operated by Lyle Sprung and his wife. Here, you get the best of both worlds: you have the resources of a large company like Farmers Insurance, with the care and customer service of a small local business. The staff at Sprung Insurance all have something that can’t be trained, and that’s sincere kindness. Everyone here genuinely wants what is best for you and your family. They are here to do reviews of existing policies you have, or give you a quote and discuss what coverage would be best for you! The best part is you feel no pressure, they are not using you to make a sale, they are here to help. 

 

Lyle had been in the business of helping people for a while when a friend of his suggested the insurance business to him. He is passionate about providing protection for everyone and insurance protects people, their assets, and their families. An unfortunate truth is that the majority of people do not understand what their insurance means. They know that they have one, but they are not sure what it covers, and more importantly, what it does not cover. Lyle gets satisfaction from being able to sit down with clients and go through their coverage and educate them on what their policy means, what they are buying, and what is being done to protect them. 

 

Being able to inform people on their coverage so that each person in the community can be prepared and protected from anything is Lyle’s favorite part of the job. The insurance industry can be confusing. There are so many exclusions and exceptions. At Sprung Insurance Agency, they make sure you are well educated on your coverage and protected.

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London Bakery & Tea Room

 

Looking for the perfect spot to catch up with your friends? Or maybe even go on a date? London Bakery & Tea Room right here in Ramona is the perfect place! Grab a cup of afternoon tea and enjoy each other’s company in this oliver twist/downton abbey like interior and soak up the fun. 

 

Owner and operator Joanne Bennett, originally a singer from London, came to the United States with the plan of continuing to sing. After deciding to move on from singing, she fell into her next strongest passion, baking. Joanne received her baking education from her mother, who was also a pastry chef. Some of the recipes used in London Bakery & Tea Room today are actually her grandmothers! 

 

London Bakery & Tea Room specialized in British baked goods and are most famous for their scones and high tea. They also serve shortbread, jams, jellys, cakes, and fulfill special orders! Joanne wanted to keep the mom and pop business model and is also adamant on remaining a scratch bakery. So you are guaranteed to have the freshest baked goods out there! Joanne bakes with love and healing and hopes that all of her guests get that much out of going to her slice of heaven. 

 

Here at London Bakery & Tea Room, they have everything you need for perfect afternoon tea. The antique-like atmosphere perfectly compliments our beloved city of Ramona. There are classic antiques and paintings filling up the space in the bakery that are of Joanne’s own personal collection. Along with her decor, she also used her own bone china from England as well as any that are donated. It’s truly a breath of fresh air to enjoy tea in this bakery. Everything from the decor, the food, and the music just brings you back to how it used to be and you are able to sit and converse with loved ones. 

 

I highly recommend coming to check out Joanne’s London Bakery & Tea Room for a relaxing and elegant experience. I know I will certainly be back!

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Happy Hens

If you’re looking for fresh and locally grown eggs without the sacrifice of taste, then look no further! Eben-Haezer Poultry Ranch is committed to providing their customers with the best of the best. Actually there are the best pasture raised eggs in all of Southern California, and they are right here in Ramona!

 

First of all, why buy local? Well aside from the fact that almost all locally bought foods are better in regards to taste, they are also over all better for the environment. By buying locally grown eggs you are supporting the local economy and reducing the amount of energy used in transportation. In addition, some of  Eben-Haezer Poultry Ranch’s producers are organically certified and utilize the latest green technology to ensure the smallest carbon footprint possible. So, it is a win for the environment, a win for your community, and a win for your taste buds!

 

This family owned and operated farm have been providing quality eggs since 1957. You can find their products in local restaurants and vendors and you can also find them used by business people and residents. Basically, they provide local fresh eggs to all of San Diego County. 

 

When opening up shop, they knew not to put all their eggs in one basket. Aside from serving the freshest eggs they also have year round tasty treats made from age old Dutch recipes.  You can enjoy some of their famous Dutch Butter or Spice cookies. They also have all natural fruits and vegetables that change from week-to-week and season-to-season so you can be assured you’re getting the freshest produce out there. 

 

After being raised on the ranch, Luie, one of the children of the owners came to the conclusion he wanted to continue in the industry and build up the family company. That is when the idea of Happy-Hens can along. In the beginning of 2012 Happy-Hens was birthed out of his desire to produce the healthiest and most delicious eggs on the market while simultaneously leaving behind the lightest footprint on the environment possible using all recycled materials for his hens. They are ranked number two in the entire nation, so you could say he is good at what he does. 

If you’d like to stop by and get a tour of the Happy Hens or shop around, their hours are Mon-Sat 8:30am to 5pm. For organic eggs you can also visit their website www.happy-hens.com.

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Anytime Fitness Has Some New Looks!

Your health and fitness is super important, but sometimes it feels like fitting the gym into your schedule isn’t possible. I totally get it, we’re all so busy and most gyms close around 9 and don’t open until 6 am. Wouldn’t it be great if you could find a gym that you could go to anytime you wanted to?

 

At Anytime Fitness, that is possible! This gym located at 850 Main Street in Ramona, California is open 24/7! If you’ve been here before, but haven’t been in a while, it’s time to hit the gym! They’ve recently renewed and expanded their entire facility. The space below them opened up and they decided to hop on the opportunity. You may remember the video I did with them about a year ago and they’ve blown up since then! 

 

Majority of the new space is used for training and is filled with machines and equipment such as boxes for box jumps, new medicine balls, dumbbells, foam rollers, and other great training materials. Their clean and friendly environment makes enjoying your workout effortless. You’ll never have to worry about finding parking or run down gym equipment.

 

In their efforts to expand their power lifting side, they have invested in new top of the line machines that you may not see anywhere else. There is a prowler sled available to test your  strength and TRX training tools to maximize your strength within your workouts. 

 

Belonging to a gym that cares about their clients and their health means being a part of a gym that is going to constantly be updated and renewing equipment that will help you get the most out of your workouts. Anytime Fitness is always evolving to become the best version of itself so that you can become the best version of yourself. With their flexible hours and new equipment, fitness will be turned into stress free fun. 

 

Some of their amenities include 24-hour access, 24-hour security, convenient parking, worldwide club access, private restrooms, private showers, virtual training, anytime fitness app, and even a water massage bed. They have a wide variety of equipment to help you attain any fitness goal you may have including: cardio equipment such as treadmills and stair climbers, strength and free weights like barbells and squat racks, and functional training such as medicine balls and battle ropes.

 

Memberships start as low as $39.99. If you’re looking to join a supportive, welcoming gym community, with people of all fitness levels who want to see you succeed, and works around your busy schedule, make a membership appointment by calling 760-315-4040 or by emailing Ramona@Anytimefitness.com.

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The Home Buying Process & Mortgage Myths Debunked with Rodrigo Ballon

Buying a home can be scary. There are a lot of ideas out there floating around and every person you talk to will probably give you a different answer. There are a lot of myths and when it comes to buying a home, you want to make sure you have all your facts straight. On this episode of Ramona Revealed, we sit down with the Monopoly Man, Rodrigo with Cross Country Mortgage to answer the questions: myth or fact?
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