Bee business opens in North Park

Bee_business_opens_in_North_Park_-_San_Diego_Uptown_News_-_2014-12-01_06.36.04This story was reported for Uptown News on Nov. 21, 2014.

A new business has become the buzz around North Park.

Bee Happy, which opened at 2637 University Ave. this month, is home to all products related to bees and any supplies beekeepers may need.

Owner Erin Holko, 35, said she felt the need to open Bee Happy after she developed an interest in the honey-making insects.

The hobby flourished after Holko and her husband, Ben, discovered bees flocking to their Serra Mesa home about five years ago.

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North Park Nursery continues to blossom

North_Park_Nursery_continues_to_blossom_-_San_Diego_Uptown_News_-_2014-11-05_14.53.02This story was reported for Uptown News on Oct. 24, 2014.

Paul Hunyady had a love for designing landscapes early on.

He remembers spending hours on end with his mother in their yard and suggesting certain areas for her plants. Hunyady described his mother as a single mom of three who worked constantly. But when she was home, she was in her garden.

“It was my only opportunity to spend time with her,” said Hunyady, 47. “I would put together compilations with her that would just blow her mind. I guess it was a little bit of my willingness to be accepted by her but I knew I wanted to spend this time with her.”

Sadly, his mother passed away before Hunyady had a chance to start Mooch Exterior Designs and North Park Nursery, but he said he knows she would’ve been proud of him.

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Lively home goods store taking over North Park

Lively_home_goods_store_taking_over_North_Park_-_San_Diego_Uptown_News_-_2014-10-08_10.05.26This story was reported for San Diego Uptown News on Sept. 12, 2014.

It isn’t a typical business one would see in North Park, but on any given day, it draws just as large of a crowd as its neighbors.

University Avenue’s kaleidoscope, which opened in May, is owned by neighborhood residents Becki and Lee Kaplan, who say their shop is already winning the affections of locals.

The store attempts to distinguish itself from typical home goods stores by catering to fashion lovers.

“When we decided to open our first retail store, we asked ourselves what will set us apart from all the competition out there,” Lee said. “We ultimately decided to focus on mixing fashion kitchen essentials with great fashion gifts for the home. And our customers have given us an overwhelming positive response to our product mix.”

The store offers goods ranging from kitchen products to gifts that are vibrant, colorful and uncommon — such as a silicone spatula in purple.The shop’s unique name is derived from its eclectic bunch of products.

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Move over, beer

Move_over,_beer_-_San_Diego_Uptown_News_-_2014-10-08_10.03.24This story was reported for San Diego Uptown News on Sept. 12, 2014.

Kombucha now offered on tap

It’s been described as a natural antibiotic with plenty of health benefits. And now it’s offered on tap at several local eateries.

Kombucha, a fermented drink that’s more likely to be found in bottles, can now be found fresh from the keg, thanks to the San Diego County-based company, Kombucha on Tap (KOT).

“People like to be served from as close to the source as possible, and the tap program certainly helps to eliminate some of the dissonance associated with bottled beverages,” said Evolution Fast Food’s general manager Zach Vouga. “They’re excited, we’re excited. It’s great.”

The Bankers Hill restaurant is just one of about a dozen locations where the freshly brewed drink can be found in the region — just a few months after KOT was created.

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Dark Horse coffeehouse gallops toward expansion

Dark_Horse_coffeehouse_gallops_toward_expansion_-_San_Diego_Uptown_News_-_2014-10-08_10.00.59This story was reported for San Diego Uptown News on Aug. 29, 2014.

A favorite Normal Heights coffeehouse is expanding.

Daniel Charlson, owner of Dark Horse Coffee Roasters on Adams Avenue, recently opened a Lake Tahoe location and soon plans to open coffeehouses in North Park and Golden Hill in September and October.

Charlson, 32, said he and his co-owner and brother, Bryan Charlson, chose to expand their business because of their employees.

“The only reason we are expanding is because we have so much potential in our employees,” said Charlson, who opened his original location in 2013. “I want to set them up and have them insert their personalities into Dark Horse. Without them there’s no way we’d be expanding.”

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