A JSX jetliner on the tarmac. Courtesy of the company

You’ve probably taken one of those “hop on, hop off” bus tours while on vacation in other cities around the world. Well, some clever investors are bringing that concept to the airline industry.

You’ll soon be able to “hop” on flights to Las Vegas from San Diego as carrier JSX is expands its California footprint. Starting April 9, according to a publicist, passengers can show up just 20 minutes ahead of departure and climb aboard.

The hop-on concept gives travelers “a one-of-a-kind option to enjoy the benefits of private jet travel at an affordable price–$99 one way. JSX says its Vegas flights will operate four days a week. For more information, wing your way on over to the website.

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Connect All @ the Jacobs Center, located in East San Diego, has chosen 13 local entrepreneurs from a wide variety of backgrounds for its ongoing business accelerator program. This program for low-income and disadvantaged entrepreneurs consists of four months of coaching and mentoring via online gatherings. The businesses chosen for this–the fourth cohort–range from a swimsuit startup to a cat sitting service specializing in old and sick felines. To learn more about the applicants chosen, go to connectallsd.org/cohort-spring-2021. The program is free, with no equity stake required, according to a publicist. The next application period begins at the end of this month, she said.

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The El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association is holding a virtual town hall April 8 the future of the thoroughfare between Interstate 15 and State Route 163. The discussions will include such “critical issues such as transit, housing and land use, and business development.” Those interested are asked to participate in the meeting. The 33-year-old improvement association is comprised of more than 1,000 local small businesses along the corridor. The district itself encompasses 60 blocks between Park Boulevard to 54th St. For more information about the gathering, which starts at 5:30 p.m., go to the association’s website.

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Chula Vista’s Sun Outdoors San Diego Bay, which bills itself as the first-of-a-kind resort for the RV enthusiast, opened April 1. The facility features, among other amenities, 197 parking slots, plus 47 cottages. It even includes a convention center, plus general store, café and bar, plus lots of recreational activities. The RV facility is part of an effort of the city to upgrade its waterfront amenities. The project cost $56 million, according to the developers

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Is North County once-robust tourism economy starting to return to normal? Well, it appears that way. The Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa, located next to Legoland, reopened April 5 after a year-long shutdown due to the Covid 19-pandemic. The 208-room facility shares a 50-acre site with the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa. Legoland reopened April 1 at less than capacity with a wider opening featuring more rides and amenities set for April 15. Check the website for details. Meanwhile, the $110 million, 130-room Alila Marea Beach Resort in Encinitas opened on March 17 with one of those official ribbon cuttings conducted by city and resort officials, including Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear. A quick check at Google finds room rates for the ocean front facility ranging from $799 to $949 per night. For more information, go to the property’s website.

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And finally, we have this bit of happy North County business news. It’s been an up and down year for the Camp Store located near the entrance of South Carlsbad Beach State Park. Anthony and Courtney Marcotti took over the three-decade old business just about the time that the COVID-19 pandemic struck with full force. The store did enjoy for a brief reopening before the park shut down a second time due to a surging infection rate. The two have been using the lockdown as an opportunity to finish all the remodeling, finishing the outdoor landscaping and bluff top eating area. A full opening will be held in about four weeks. Courtney Marcotti in a Nextdoor posting the refurbished store will feature a café with a kitchen menu that will include pizza, as well as beer and wine sales. The Marcottis are selling gift cards in anticipation of the final opening. Anyone purchasing a gift card over $100 will receive a 7.75% discount at checkout when business is in full swing.

Tom York is a Carlsbad-based independent journalist who specializes in writing about business and the economy. If you have news tips you’d like to share, send them to tom.york@gmail.com.

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