Hammond's Gourmet Ice Cream cools off Point Loma, Pacific Beach
by DAVE SCHWAB
May 29, 2016 | 467 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Hours in both PB and Point Loma Hammond's are Sunday through Thursday, noon to 10 p.m. and noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Hours in both PB and Point Loma Hammond's are Sunday through Thursday, noon to 10 p.m. and noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
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Now you don't have to go to Hawaii to taste the finest ice cream on the islands. It's available in Pacific Beach, Point Loma and North Park thanks to Trang and Ryan Hammond. The couple have created Hammond's Gourmet Ice Cream at 3740 Sports Arena Blvd., Suite 6, 1418 Garnet Ave. and 3077 University Ave. Hammond's offers scores of flavors of super-premium ice cream exclusively from Tropical Dreams, a company on the big island of Hawaii that has been making ice cream and related products for more than 20 years featuring more than 160 flavors. “It's very high in butterfat content, 18 percent, which gives it its rich flavor,” said Trang. “Every bite is very flavorful.” The pair discovered Tropical Dreams during a recent visit to Hawaii. “We tried it and, even though we weren't big ice cream people, we came back every single day for ice cream,” Trang said. “We thought, 'This is something really special.' ” Trang, who had been in the health care industry and had a small child, was looking to change careers. Her husband, Ryan, is in real estate. “We wanted to figure out a way where we could work together as a team, allowing me to work from home,” she said. “We thought, 'Why not an ice cream shop?' We really loved this product. It is near and dear to us. And we really love Hawaii. We found a way to be the only distributor in Southern California.” To celebrate their success and thank San Diegans for their support, Hammond’s Ice Cream will have a Kick-Off to Summer celebration at all three of their locations Saturday, May 28 from noon until midnight. Raffle prizes will include more than 100 giveaways, with five grand prize winners receiving a year of free ice cream.  Mini cake cones will be for sale for $1. Also, the first three guests to say “Summer Kick-Off” at each location will receive a free flight of 32 mini cones. Speaking of flights of ice cream, Hammond's has adapted the concept for the ice cream industry to allow people to sample more flavors at once. A flight is six mini cones. There's even a flight of 32 flavors that Trang said some customers have even managed to consume themselves. “That's at least three pints of ice cream,” she noted. Ice cream flavors at Hammond's include everything from classics like cookies and cream, orange dreamsicle and butter pecan, to unique Hawaiian-inspired flavors like chocolate coconut with macadamia nuts, Kona coffee with caramel and Lychee. They also have sorbets and ice creams that will remind patrons of their last tropical vacation such as pineapple coconut cream, mango, toasted coconut and passion fruit.   Hammond's interior design at each location is as unique as the product being scooped out. “We wanted to make sure that each shop, when somebody stepped in there, they knew it was a Hammond's,” Trang said. “So we have big lights and tables in each one made of reclaimed materials. And we have antique ice cream scoopers, from as far back as the '20s, mounted on each shop's walls. So there's a different feeling and design when you step in.” Hammond's shops are all done in a pleasing shade of green picked out specially by the owners. Discussing their new enterprise, Ryan Hammond noted, “I think our uniqueness is why we are blessed with success, we offer a uniquely tasty product that is available in a unique concept of flights of mini ice cream cones, and the cherry on top is our exceptionally friendly staff.” Hours in both PB and Point Loma Hammond's are Sunday through Thursday, noon to 10 p.m. and noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
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Skate for the Kids raises funds for OB Elementary
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Former Ocean Beach resident and pro skateboarder Kanten Russell, 42, returned home to give OB Elementary students a lesson in skateboarding. Russell, who was a student at the OB school, transitioned from competition into skate park design 10 years ago. He studied civil engineering and landscape architecture and now is a lead designer for Stantec Action Sports Group with more than 75 skateboard parks to his credit.  He was instrumental in the design process of the Robb Field Skate Park in Ocean Beach, San Diego’s first public skateboard park. He now lives with his family in Chula Vista and he still skateboards. (Above) Russell ‘ollies’ over OB Elementary principle Marco Drapeau at a recent school assembly. / Photo by Mike Ryan
Former Ocean Beach resident and pro skateboarder Kanten Russell, 42, returned home to give OB Elementary students a lesson in skateboarding. Russell, who was a student at the OB school, transitioned from competition into skate park design 10 years ago. He studied civil engineering and landscape architecture and now is a lead designer for Stantec Action Sports Group with more than 75 skateboard parks to his credit. He was instrumental in the design process of the Robb Field Skate Park in Ocean Beach, San Diego’s first public skateboard park. He now lives with his family in Chula Vista and he still skateboards. (Above) Russell ‘ollies’ over OB Elementary principle Marco Drapeau at a recent school assembly. / Photo by Mike Ryan
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Ocean Beach Surf and Skate Shop held and sponsored the sixth annual Skate for Kids on May 21 at Robb Field Skate Park. Students in grades K-4 from Ocean Beach Elementary and the surrounding Point Loma community came together for the free event with gear and lessons provided by OB Surf and Skate. The day kicked off with a clinic for beginners to teach form and basic tricks. More experienced skaters then competed in a series of contests for prizes. Attendees had the chance to bid on amazing packages up for silent auction and enter prize raffles throughout the day. The event wrapped up with the latest tricks demonstrated by pro skaters. Ocean Beach Elementary school will receive all proceeds from the event. “Year after year, this event gathers our amazing community in support of our children’s school art programs,” said Bill Kurzeja, Ocean Beach Elementary PTA president. “These programs are critical for developing strong, creative individuals in our future generations, but are often underfunded. I’m continually impressed by and ever grateful for the support our local community-centered businesses provide to make the Skate for the Kids Day event a success.” “Events like these offer great way to engage kids in fun, active hobbies while supporting our kids expanded education,” said Roger Caldwel, owner of Ocean Beach Surf and sister company Ocean Experience Surf School. Caldwel is a life-long Ocean Beach resident and his children attend OB schools. His hope is to bring this type of fundraising event to additional local schools to support their art programs. The day would not have been possible without the contributions from local businesses. Food for the event was provided by the local Jamba Juice and Starbucks. Prizes for the skate competition, silent auction, and raffles were donated by local Ocean Beach businesses.
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Future FortuneBuilders teaches teens about money management
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Students at a recent Future FortuneBuilders seminar. FortuneBuilders, a national real estate education and coaching company based in Pacific Beach, created FFB to provide financial education to children aged 13 to 17.
Students at a recent Future FortuneBuilders seminar. FortuneBuilders, a national real estate education and coaching company based in Pacific Beach, created FFB to provide financial education to children aged 13 to 17.
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Eighty-four percent of students agree that they are in desperate need of more financial management education taught in schools. Additionally, 52 percent of American teenagers want to learn more about budgeting, saving, and investing – but don’t know where to find the necessary resources. At a time when consumer debt is at an all-time high, Future FortuneBuilders (FFB) was created to help fill the current financial literacy education gap. Launched by a team of enthusiastic educators at FortuneBuilders, a national real estate education and coaching company based in Pacific Beach, FFB was created to provide financial education to children aged 13 to 17. Than Merrill, CEO of FortuneBuilders, and J.P. Servideo, professional youth speaker, founded the program with the goal of giving younger generations the tools to have successful financial futures. “We saw a need in the education industry that aligned with our company’s core values,” Merrill said. “By educating future generations about financial education earlier in life, we believe they will have a higher chance at being successful entrepreneurs in the future.” The program functions as a two-day camp where teens receive a type of education not typically found in traditional high school curriculums. Servideo, a trained motivational and youth speaker, trains teens on everything from the importance of goal setting to writing the perfect resume. Teens walk away from the camp with the ability to look at their money from an investor’s perspective and identify how they can start to build credit early in life. “It’s no surprise to me that a majority of these kids show up to this camp because their parents forced them to come,” Servideo said. “They come through the doors with low energy, but my job is to have them leave excited and prepared for the future. “My favorite part of every event is the moment when I see the students finally get it – when their eyes light up because they realize what is possible,” Servideo said. At every FFB camp, Servideo strives to set a positive tone for the weekend and proves that education can be both beneficial and exciting. The energy in the room starts to change as students become more comfortable with one another and the constant activity and movement throughout the day ensures that not a single teen leaves without admitting they had some fun. One student from a past event summarized this feeling by saying: “This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I learned so much that I did not know before. I think we really need to know more about money since they don’t really offer that in school!” Currently the camp is put on at no cost, through FortuneBuilders charitable arm FB Gives, to teen relatives and friends of students in FortuneBuilders coaching program. Additionally, in select larger markets the company visits, they offer scholarships to a hand selected group of high school students in the local area. FFB has awarded more than 100 scholarships to high schoolers and intends to grant even more in an attempt to educate teens to ensure a more financially savvy upcoming generation. Since launching the two-day camp initiative in January of this year, FortuneBuilders has put on three camps; the first having been launched in Atlanta, followed by one in Houston, with the most recent being in San Francisco. “Each event is that much more inspiring than the last, as you get to see the kids come out of the event ready to overcome whatever obstacles they may have,” Merrill said. Ultimately, Future FortuneBuilders aims to empower the nation’s youth with the essential skills needed to succeed working toward developing the next generation’s entrepreneurs. Merrill, Servideo, and the entire FFB team are passionate about passing on their knowledge to teens who aren’t always given enough opportunity and will continue to making major strides in their initiative. The next FFB camp is slated to take place in May in Washington, D.C. followed by St. Louis in June. For more information, visit fortunebuilders.com.
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Bank of America extends paid parental leave benefits to 16 weeks
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One of the region’s largest private sector employers, Bank of America, announced its latest family-friendly benefits – 16 weeks of paid parental leave for all parents, whether they’re married, have a partner or are single. This includes maternity, paternity and adoptive leave. The benefits also give parents the flexibility to use their leave time in any combination over the first year of when the new child arrives. Bank of America’s progressive workplace policies for families give employees the opportunity to balance work and life. Other programs, like childcare reimbursement, back-up care resources and employee assistance services including confidential counseling, provide information and support for new parents and give them added flexibility to pursue personal and professional goals. “We believe that the way we value and support our employees is a reflection of who we are as a company. We are committed to ensuring every employee gets the help they need to reach their goals both personally and professionally,” said Rick Bregman, San Diego market president. “We do this by providing resources and programs to support employees in the moments that matter most, including when they welcome a new child into their family.” For more, see bankofamerica.com/about or follow via Twitter @bankofamerica or on Facebook at facebook.com/BankofAmerica.
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Lum earns USTFCCCA All-West Region honors
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Celine Lum
Celine Lum
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Freshman Celine Lum not only laid claim to earning the first NCAA Provisional Mark for the Sea Lions in NCAA Division II, she is also the first Point Loma track and field student-athlete to ever earn USTFCCCA All-West Region honors.  Lum finished the season with a career-best mark of 12-1.5 (3.70m). Lum cleared the fourth-highest mark among all West Region opponents this season, which she set at the Pomona-Pitzer Collegiate All Comers meet on Feb. 20. She was one of 21 members from the PacWest Conference to receive the honor. To be named All-Region, an athlete must either be ranked in the top-5 of an individual event in the region according to final TFRRS data or be part of a top-three relay team.
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