La Mesa Live

Meet and view interviews with our Chamber Members!
Thank you to our partner Studio M.I.F. and our sponsor SDG&E

Chamber Launches the “La Mesa Live” Video Series

The Chamber is passionate about our members! We have created a new series to help promote them and spotlight them and ALL that they provide! This “up close and personal” visit to the business is a perfect opportunity to enhance their marketing efforts. This informative and unique video series has a variety of purposes such as: Spotlight a Chamber Member and their business, introduce the owner(s) and/or managers, share interesting facts about the business, menu of a restaurant or items for sale if retail, and other details of this business! Anything that the Chamber can do during these challenging times, to promote our members and help them gain new customers and share their business attributes is our goal! We are thrilled to announce our partnership on this project with Marvin Sears, owner of Studio M.I.F. His expertise is instrumental in making this marketing video happen!

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“La Mesa Live” with the

La Mesa Military Families Toy Drive 2021

The Holidays Just Got a Little Brighter! La Mesa Chamber Members Give the Phrase “There’s No Place Like Home for The Holidays” New Meaning By Collecting Toys for La Mesa Military Families on December 7th. We are honored to partner with the following sponsors who helped make this happen: Presenting Sponsor, EDCO, joined by Supporting Sponsors, AMR, Kirk Paving, Inc., and Amanda Hammett Insurance & Financial Services – State Farm. A grand total of over 950 toys, books and other items were purchased and collected. This project is done in partnership with Liberty Military Housing, the group that manages military housing throughout the nation.

“La Mesa Live” Visits

Hooleys Public House

This year [in 2021] St. Patrick’s Day will happen on Wednesday, March 17th, but Craig McDonald and the La Mesa Chamber encourage you to begin celebrating now! The current health restrictions limit the number of people that can currently be served in the outdoor dining area. To allow everyone to celebrate this year’s St. Patrick’s Day and enjoy this Irish tradition and Irish “fayre”, go ahead and visit Hooleys (both locations) anytime you wish. So, jump in your vehicle and get to Hooleys today!

Hooleys Public House
5500 Grossmont Center Drive #277, La Mesa | (619) 713-6900 |

“La Mesa Live” with Anthony’s Fish Grotto

We had the pleasure of meeting and talking to Craig Ghio, of the Ghio family at Anthony’s Fish Grotto. We are excited to show you the beautiful outdoor seating areas, remind you of the fantastic lakeside view, hear the ducks quacking and let you be transformed to another place in time. Anthony’s began serving customers 74 years ago and still use the recipes created by “Mama” Ghio today! Anthony’s is a premier, dog friendly restaurant, and they even make special dog food for your four-legged friend. Dogs are able to dine on the patio daily. Take a look and make plans to dine lakeside soon!

Anthony’s Fish Grotto | 9530 Murray Drive in La Mesa | (619) 463-0368 |

“La Mesa Live” Visits

Cali Comfort BBQ

We are happy to showcase one of our first Chamber members, Cali Comfort BBQ. Owner, Shawn Walchef has completely redesigned the way he delivers his fantastic BBQ to his customers. See how easy it is to order, pickup or have your BBQ delivered. Also get FREE peach cobbler, when you enroll in Shawn’s newsletter at CaliBBQ.Media. Interested in revamping your business model to mimic Shawn’s? He is happy to share his expertise and help anyone be successful. Connect with him via CaliBBQ.Media.

Cali Comfort BBQ
8910 Troy Street, Spring Valley, CA 91977
(619) 337-0670 |

“La Mesa Live” Visits Cucina Basilico

We visited this authentic Italian restaurant, with chefs using family recipes. Meet Chef and Co-Owner, Stefano Panzeri, Chef and Co-Owner, Danilo De Corato and Restaurant Manager, Sara De Corato and learn about their passion for moving here from Milan to open their restaurants. This dynamic group opened their second location in La Mesa, serving the same authentic menu with genuine ingredients as their first location at 3755 Murphy Canyon Rd. in San Diego.

Cucina Basilico
7200 Parkway Dr., La Mesa, CA 91942 | (619) 825-3171 |

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Meet Brew Coffee Spot

We were at Brew Coffee Spot on September 5th, one of the hottest days of the year, to do our weekly interview. The heat did not make a difference in the enthusiasm of those that were vending at the Brew Community Monthly Market. Joe Paraiso, a partner of the ownership team of Brew Coffee Spot shared the concept of the creative Community Monthly Market. It was wonderful to speak to these vendors that are in business to share their creations and make a difference. We encourage all of you to stop by and taste the interesting and diverse selections of coffee.

Brew Coffee Spot | 6101 Lake Murray Dr. in La Mesa | (619) 246-1244 |

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Meet The Hills Local Pub This Week

We were thrilled to talk with one of the owners, Marco Rodriguez, who shared their concept of the new outdoor dining area and how The Hills has changed the way they serve customers during the pandemic. This year The Hills celebrated their 6-year anniversary. This pub brings the community together through their great food, beverages and passionate community spirit. The Hills often hosts events that benefit local charities throughout the year.

8758 La Mesa Blvd. in La Mesa | (619) 741-7166 |

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Up Close and Personal with Marie Callender’s

We are excited to share our third interview with this week’s featured Chamber Member, Marie Callender’s. Today’s video and tour is a perfect opportunity for you to meet Owner-Operator Joe Flaherty of Marie Callender’s and have him show you around his restaurant. So, take a look and remember Marie Callender’s seasonal fresh peach pie is only available until Labor Day – so you better hustle over to grab one. You won’t regret it! 

6950 Alvarado Rd. San Diego, CA 92120 | (619) 465-1910 |

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Time to Meet Nonno’s Ristorante Italiano

Chef and owner Gerardo Ortiz shares how everything is made to order, as you order, nothing is pre-made! Enjoy lobster risotto, spicy roma shrimp, fabulous European wines & more!
5314 Baltimore Drive in La Mesa
(619) 337-9559 |

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Time to Meet “Little Roma” Restaurant

Little Roma Restaurant is our first featured business in our new “La Mesa Live” video series! Meet Elizabeth, hear about the restaurant, take a look at some of their delectable menu items and learn more!

5575 Baltimore Drive, Suite 104 in La Mesa
(619) 461-7000 |