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San Diego Community Newspaper Group  Volume 26, Number 28 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2012 Kettenburg: Revitalization of blighted area or farewell to rich marine tradition? RELIVING HISTORY BY MARIKO LAMB | THE BEACON WARTIME AND SWING DANCE Cabrillo National Monument is preparing to celebrate its 100th anniversary next year and kicked off the party with a special World War II re-enactment on Dec. 8 and 9. Above, Steve Baffa of the San Diego Military History Society awaits a possible approach of Japanese planes at the Fort Rosecrans army artillery. Left, Rebecca Metzger portrays a World War II nurse. The weekend also featured a swing dance with uniforms and dresses from the era, as well as music from the period. Photos by Mike McCarthy I The Beacon In late November, San Diegobased residential developer ColRich finalized the purchase of the storied 1.65-acre bayfront property bounded by Scott, Carleton and Dickens streets near the entrance to Shelter Island in Point Loma. The site, which was the 65-year home of Kettenburg Marine & Boat Works until the business closed in 1993, continues to house marine industry businesses, including The Dinghy Doctor and Richard’s Marine Services — but not for long. In 2008, developers acquired permits to construct a 40-unit collection of luxury condominiums including seven two-bedroom units, 29 three-bedroom units and four live/work commercial spaces atop a level of subterranean parking. Proponents of the project say the new upscale condominium will transform a blighted area into a pedestrian-friendly treasure, attracting tourists to the stunning waterfront location, improving the economy by investing in the prime real estate and enhancing the attractiveness of its bayfront location. A view from the edge of the old Kettenburg Marine & Boat Works property. Courtesy photo “We feel it will add to the vibrancy of that immediate and surrounding area,” said ColRich COO Graeme Gabriel. “By raising the profile of the area, you have a greater investment by the community, you see a better environment for businesses, you see greater synergies and you see many more options for people — both for homeowners, renters and commercial users.” He added that ColRich, a local, family-run development company, will work to complement the area’s intimate neighborhood feel, pedestrian-friendly lifestyle and idyllic waterfront location. “It’s not just about building something, selling it and moving SEE KETTENBURG, Page 7 This rendering shows what the Point Loma Townhomes are expected to look like, once finished. The Humble Hippie: a neighborhood-friendly blast to the past BY TERRIE LEIGH RELF | THE BEACON Dusty Ray and Wesley Young, two life-long friends from Missouri, opened The Humble Hippie in September. Located on the northeast corner of Cable Street and Newport Avenue, what used to be a predominantly “by appointment only” interior design firm is now a welcoming neighborhood stop. Grateful Dead, Cream and Johnny Cash tunes emanate from an old speaker. The sweet scent of nag champa incense wafts on the breeze. There’s a big, comfy couch, plush rugs, bursts of color and upcycled store fixtures. If that’s not enough to beckon you inside, there’s a hat tree of fedoras, retro-esque dresses and jackets, band shirts, Indian Wesley Young, owner of Humble Hippie on Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach, said he is try- bedspreads, sturdy canvas backpacks ing to make a difference in the community — both as a merchant and as a contributor to the and tie-dyed baby clothes. Photo by Terrie Leigh Relf I The Beacon neighborhood. Ray, who has opened and sold sever- al clothing and specialty shops in Missouri and Colorado, recently moved his family to Carlsbad and has been assisting Young, who has lived in Ocean Beach for the last eight years, in opening the store. “We want to be part of the neighborhood where we do business,” Ray said. “One of our missions is to connect people, and we’re currently in the planning stages with a few get-to-know-yourneighbors events. It’s amazing how often people’s paths cross on the street, and they don’t realize how much they have in common — especially music. “It’s also about neighborhood pride,” he said. “It’s the little things that make a difference. In the morning, you’re sweeping up the sidewalk, feeling great. People start caring. We have customers going in and out, and it feels more like a neighborhood. We took the bars off the The Humble Hippie is a welcoming new neighborhood shop that was once predominantly a “by appointment only” interior Photo by Terrie Leigh Relf I The Beacon design firm. windows so it looks more like the original 1951 black-and-white photograph.” Ray and Young said they believe in the adage of “keep it flowing” in more ways than one. They receive new inventory on a weekly basis. “When I buy band T-shirts, I choose SEE HIPPIE, Page 6

The Peninsula Beacon, December 13th, 2012

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