Santee Chamber Weekly Update 25JUL19
Last week I received an invitation for myself and a guest to the attend the soft opening of California Fish Grill in El Cajon's Fletcher Marketplace (thanks to member Rachel Lynch of Courtyard Marriott El Cajon for passing along the opportunity!) Most of you know the site as the former home of the El Cajon Police Station but it is now housing the recently moved In-N-Out, Urbane Cafe and more. I took one of my best friends along (Lauren Gaines Geber of Mission Realty Group - Santee) to check it out, shoot the breeze and bonus, the lunch was free! As we enjoyed our meals there was nothing we could complain about. The space was open, clean and well designed, the menu was huge and we had plenty of great choices, the staff was friendly and eager to please, then the food came and we couldn't believe the incredible taste and quality from a kitchen that prepped our meal in such a short amount of time. It was so good, we were already talking about returning before we even left! In fact, El Cajon has done a great job lately in so many areas. Parkway Plaza has remodeled common areas, Gillespie Field and the entrance into town on Cuyamaca have seen new monument signs, the revitalization of their downtown area including the Courtyard, new police station and most recently The Magnolia (formerly known as the East County Performing Arts Center). I have to admit, our neighbor seems to be doing well! It's easy to love Santee and all we have here, but there is something to be said about the surrounding communities and how they impact our region. As they get upgrades and enhancements, our area overall becomes more attractive and valuable. I'm so pleased to see these changes and look forward to continual growth as we support the city next to ours. Just a few days earlier I had gotten wind that Lakeside had erected a large archway sign in their historic district. I was more than happy to eat breakfast at Eastbound Bar & Grill with friend John Olsen to see this new addition as well.
However, this seemed like quite the parallel that I was so happy to for our neighbors versus tooting our own (Santee) horn, and that I was sitting at lunch with Lauren. She is absolutely that friend in my life who praises others for their accomplishments and instantly problem-solves for when we have struggles. Her friendship has meant so much to me over the years, but increasingly more as we age into our roles as mothers, wives and career women. She is the first one to encourage my personal and professional development and eager to take on challenges with me. Her warm heart is a perfect pairing with her stern assertiveness as she leads projects with passion and compassion alike. It made me giggle to take the silly picture in the frame outside the restaurant in that moment, then looked at it agin later after she posted it online and it then rang more clearly in my mind that it wasn't silly - it was serious. Her successes bleed into me and who I am, thus helping me become more successful. The same goes for Santee and our neighbors - we can all share in the glories of greatness and continue to be better together.