North County Business Briefs, November 20: Fallbrook Artisan Faire, “Pawliday Market” on Mount Carmel


Letter to Santa, tree lights in the Forum

Carlsbad Forum hosts its 20th annual tree lighting from 6 to 9 pm on December 2. The evening will include a live performance by the Crown City Bombers, holiday characters and entertainers, Santa and a light show and snowfall. Families will also have the opportunity to visit and take photos with Santa. Also, children can drop their wish lists and letters to Santa in a special mailbox outside Geppetto’s. The Forum is at 1905 Calle Barcelona. Visit

The Shoppes announces holiday hours

Brookfield Properties, the landlord of The Shoppes at Carlsbad and other San Diego shopping centers, will close its shopping centers on Thanksgiving Day. The center will reopen at 9 a.m. Friday for “Black Friday” to kick off the 2022 holiday shopping season. Brookfield also has Otay Ranch Town Center and Chula Vista Town Center. All San Diego-area malls will extend operating hours starting December 10 through Christmas Eve. Black Friday hours are 9 am to 9 pm Beginning December 9, hours will be 10 am to 9 pm Monday through Saturday, and 11 am to 7 pm Sunday beginning December 11. Stores will be open from 9 am to 6 pm Christmas Eve, closed for Christmas Day, and open from 11 am to 6 pm New Year’s Eve.


‘Pawliday Market’ helps save dogs

Second Chance Beer Co., the “Grab a Pint, Save a Pup” brewery, is holding its inaugural Pawliday Market from noon to 4 p.m. December 4, the dog-friendly event is free to attend and features beer specials (including Frosty The Hazeman. Hazy IPA), dog adoptions from Second Chance Dog Rescue, holiday card photo ops with Erin Wiese Photo and Puppy Picnic Co., and shopping pop- up with more than a dozen dog-themed vendors. VIP tickets are available for $150 and includes a 10-minute holiday card photo session, one drink ticket, and a gift bag. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Second Chance Dog Rescue. The brewery is located at 15378 Avenue of Science, Suite 222, San Diego. Visit


The annual Artisan Faire is coming

Fallbrook holds its annual artisan Faire, featuring crafts from local artisans, from 9 am to 3 pm Saturday in the downtown area on Main Avenue between Hawthorne and Alvarado streets. The free exhibition also features art objects and live music. The downtown Farmers Market will also be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. nearby, on Main Avenue between Alvarado and Fig. Visit


The job readiness program expanded to five cities

The Carlsbad Job-Readiness Room program recently expanded to add four North County cities and is now called the North County Job-Readiness Room. The Readiness Room is free for job seekers and businesses. The goal is to help North County residents build job skills and get guaranteed interviews with companies in Carlsbad, Escondido, Oceanside, San Marcos or Vista. Entry-level workers can take 15 hours of online skills training at their own pace. Once the program is completed, the client will receive a micro credential, plus help get a job interview with a local company in the field of hospitality and tourism, manufacturing or general office administration. This program is designed to help people who have exited the workforce and are experiencing employment barriers. The North County Job-Readiness Room is a partnership between the cities of Carlsbad, Escondido, Oceanside, San Marcos, and Vista, along with local chambers of commerce and the North San Diego Economic Development Council. job seekers can register at Employers can register at Learn more at Contact [email protected]

‘Making a Difference’ virtual seminar is offered

The North San Diego Business Chamber offers another virtual seminar in its Leadership Academy series, “Making a Difference Outside Your Role at Work,” at 8 a.m. November 30. Speaker Ashley Camac, CEO of Zero8Hundred. Learn how to take your organization further and make a difference outside of your defined role. Free for Emerging Leaders Network members, $25 for nonmembers. Register at


Shoemaker Realty holds the game drive, lightin the treeg

An ugly sweater competition, tree lighting and Toys for Tots game drive will be hosted at 5 pm on December 2 at Shoemaker Realty, 28904 Valley Center Road. Game donations are appreciated for entry. Enjoy s’mores, face painting, music and more. Call (760) 749-0313.

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