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New businesses coming to Rancho Bernardo, 4S Ranch

Recent business developments in Rancho Bernardo and 4S Ranch include some closures, openings, expansions and relocations.

In the Rancho Bernardo Vons Town Center on Bernardo Center Drive, Blockbuster Video is set to close when its lease expires in late April, said Ron Bamberger, president of Boardwalk Development, which manages the center.

He said Friday that Boardwalk just started advertising the 10,000-square-foot space that could be divided for two businesses looking for a neighborhood clientele.

Cold Stone Creamery closed at year’s end, but GoldMax is coming into its space in March or early April, Bamberger said, adding it is increasingly popular for people to sell gold jewelry because they need the money or have it refashioned because the piece is out of style.

According to the GoldMax website, it purchases gold and silver jewelry in any condition, diamonds, silver and gold coins, silver flatware and tea sets, high end and pocket watches, gold and silver bars, platinum and paper currency.

Across the street is now Pacific Trust Bank, which recently relocated from 16536 Bernardo Center Drive, not far from Interstate 15, to a new location on the same street — 16840 Bernardo Center Drive.

For those interested in buying or selling antiques and other estate items, there is a new store in The Plaza — The Silk Road by PAR, which is part of PAR Jewelry, but a separate entity, said Sherry Coleman, who with Chris Knudson owns the new shop at 16777 Bernardo Center Drive, Suite E5, next door to the jewelry store in RB since 1982.

The Silk Road specializes in antiques consignment and items from private collections around the world, Coleman said. It came about because she has been working with estate sales for the past year and needed a larger place to showcase one-of-a-kind items, she said.

Those wanting to sell items through consignment can make an arrangement for a three-month interval. Among items for sale are collectible Wedgwood pottery in the Jasperware and Adamsware patterns and many colors. There is also a “one-of-a-kind” Towle sterling silver coffee set “in a very rare pattern,” Coleman said.

Knudson said he travels throughout the Southwest to obtain older pieces from private collections. He called many “museum quality” artifacts, some dating back 5,000 years from throughout the world.

“Imagine going in a museum where you can buy the artifacts,” Knudson said. “There is nothing like our shop and not another gallery like it in San Diego.”

Despite their rarity, Knudson said shoppers can find something for as low as $20 to highs of four and five figures. Acquisitions include European and Oriental art; antique arms, armor and swords; tribal art and North American antiques.

Over at Bernardo Winery, 13330 Paseo Lucido, Icarus Art Studio and Gallery in Suite H recently expanded. In addition to its retail shop of more than two years, where one can find artworks by owners Theresa Green — who specializes in mosaics — and Robert Cladwell — whose speciality is oil painting — and gift item creations by local artists, Green said they opened an adjacent studio space.

This week, a class schedule will likely be posted at, listing mosaic, painting, jewelry and bead embroidery classes taught by Green. She said prices vary, depending on number of sessions, but average $15 per hour. Materials are $20 or less.

“The whole idea … was to get people interested in being creative … and learning new things,” Green said, adding the studio is also available for those working on projects who need a place where “they can make a mess.” Studio rental is $25 per four hours. For details, call 858-312-1277.

In the Oaks North Shopping Center, Allstate Insurance agent Aaron Osborne opened his agency office at 12540 Oaks North Drive, Suite B3. Osborne said he entered the insurance industry in October after spending many years in banking.

The Rancho Bernardo High graduate, who moved back to the community with his family five years ago, said he decided to represent Allstate because “it has top-notch products, amazing prices and great service. It really does a good job standing behind its agents.”

Osborne said he considered various insurance companies and “no one had the complete package like Allstate did.”

The office is open 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and weekends by appointment. Call 858-451-6300.

In the 4S Commons Town Center, Maggie Moos closed before the holidays and the RE/MAX Ranch & Beach office closed in December. Its agents have moved into the company’s RE/MAX Associates office at 16787 Bernardo Center Drive, Suite A6 in Rancho Bernardo.

As for the 4S Ranch Village Center, the two new buildings at 16615 Dove Canyon Road — next to Fresh & Easy — will soon have new tenants. Joining Carmel Plaza Cleaners, T-Mobile and Eyelux will be four businesses coming soon, according to Ann Forella, vice president of asset management at Buie Stoddard Properties, which manages the center.

She said on Monday that the new businesses will be SportClips Haircuts, Flippin’ Pizza, Kumon Math & Reading Center and Bobbie’s Travel. In the center’s first phase buildings, Dr. Bruce L. Barnes is expanding his veterinary practice into the former dry cleaners space at 16625 Dove Canyon Road. The cleaners relocated into a larger area when the new phase opened a few months ago.

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