Wednesday, December 30, 2009

New Years Eve Special Events in Carlsbad Village

Celebrate the New Year in Carlsbad Village

Start your evening at 5:30 with Thursdays on the Coast Art Walk hosted by the Carlsbad Village Association and then Ring in the New Year at one of the many fantastic restaurants and night spots that are hosting celebrations. Reservations may be required so make sure to check below for all the great specials and call ahead. You definitely don't want to miss out on all the fun!

Coyote Bar & Grill
300 Carlsbad Village Drive
Eight Twenty Band ( Rock w/ a Latin Twist) is playing 6pm-10pm outside
DJ Paul D is playing inside from 10pm-1:30am

Hensley's Flying Elephant Pub
850 Tamarack Avenue
Music: The Drowning Men (indie-rock)
Champagne Toast Just Before Midnight 21+

Le Passage French Bistro
2961 State Street
Prix Fixe Menu, Beverage Specials
Reservations Recommended

Ocean House
300 Carlsbad Village Drive
Music: Spectrum (dance band)
4 Course Meal
Bottle of Champagne for all couples
Party Favors, Midnight Balloon Drop
$69.95 / person
First seating 8pm
Reservations Required

O’Sullivans Irish Pub & Restaurant
640 Grand Avenue
Music: 9pm-1am “The Clay Colton Band”
Four Course Dinner with Bottle of Champagne
$38 / person plus tax and gratuity
Reservations Required for Meal Special

PAON Restaurant & Wine Bar
560 Carlsbad Village Dr. @ Roosevelt
Four Course Meal, Champagne Toast at Midnight
1st Seating - $75 per person plus tax and gratuity
2nd Seating - $85 per person plus tax and gratuity
Reservations Required

The Wine Spot
2917 State Street
Sparkling Wine Flight

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Thursdays on the Coast Rings in the New Year in Carlsbad Village

Kick off New Year's Eve with a visit to Carlsbad Village where we will be hosting a special New Year's Eve event with bubbly and other goodies. You'll get to see great art and listen to great local musicians. Make sure to stay in the Village where there will be a plethora of opportunities to welcome 2010.

Make the Village your bridge to 2010!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Holidays Just Got a Little Brighter in the Village

In a "just in time" for the Holidays coup, the City of Carlsbad just got the okay from SDG&E to turn on the brand-spanking new light standards on State Street and Grand Avenue. The lights will be turned on tonight and promise to make the Village brighter in the evening. Come out to the Village tonight and bask in the glow of the new illumination. While you're at it, get some holiday shopping done and enjoy a fabulous meal in one of our many great restaurants.

Big thanks to Courtney Enriquez and the rest of the Housing & Redevelopment Agency for their tireless efforts to get these lights up and powered on!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

City Invests in Partnership with Village Businesses

The Carlsbad City Council on Tuesday, December 8, approved a matching grant program designed to encourage businesses in the downtown Village area to beautify their storefronts with new lighting, signage and other improvements.

Under the program approved by the Council, business owners who apply for the grants can receive a maximum of $15,000 to pay for materials, equipment and supplies needed to spruce up their facades. The grants cannot be used for labor costs, and the businesses will have to match the city grants dollar for dollar with their own investments, either in cash or through “sweat equity.”

City staff estimate that, depending on the amounts of the individual grants, the initial allocation of $300,000 will pay for 16 or 17 fa├žade improvements in the downtown Village area, which encompasses some 200 acres in central Carlsbad. Based on the success of the initial allocation, the program could be expanded in the future.

“The Carlsbad Village has a unique mix of retail, restaurants and other businesses, with charm and ambiance unmatched by any downtown center in San Diego County,” said Debbie Fountain, Carlsbad’s housing and redevelopment director. “The economy has impacted the ability of small businesses to carry out improvement projects on their own. This grant program represents a partnership of the city’s redevelopment agency with local businesses for the betterment of the entire downtown business community.”

Funding for the program will come from the Village Redevelopment Operations Fund, which must be used for improvements within the redevelopment area. Only businesses located with the boundaries of the Village area are eligible for the grants.

Among the priorities for the program is new lighting of shop windows that will enhance the Village’s appeal to nighttime visitors. Other acceptable projects include painting; signage; canopies or marquees; animation of storefront windows; and landscaping, such as window boxes, hanging planters or storefront plants.

As part of the program, businesses will be able to consult with a commercial storefront contractor to help them determine the best and most cost-effective improvements for their individual businesses.

Grants are expected to be awarded soon after the first of the year and improvements anticipated to begin by the spring of 2010.

The city’s goal in making the grants is to reinvest in the downtown business core and encourage additional private investment, which will in turn improve the appearance and accessibility of Village businesses and attract new visitors.

Businesses can learn more about the program and obtain an application by calling the Carlsbad Redevelopment Agency at 760-434-2810 or visiting the agency’s Web site at

Keep your eyes and ears open for upcoming meetings and opportunities to learn more about and engage in the Storefront Improvement Grant.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Friday, December 4, 2009

Today in the Village - Sunday, December 6

Join us in the Village this weekend for a celebration of the Holidays.

On Sunday plan on making it a full day in the Village as we let the dogs out for Pups on Parade. Photos with Santa begin at 9 am and end at noon with a huge group photo in front of our giant Holiday Tree out in front of Village Faire (the Carlsbad Village Drive side). The pup parade, led by Santa will kick off about 12:15 and circle Carlsbad Blvd., Grand Avenue., State Street and Carlsbad Village Drive.

Take a couple of hours to wander through the Village and enjoy all the delights the village has to offer. Unique boutiques, fabulous restaurants, places to enjoy warm or cold beverages and then come back to Village Faire at 2pm for the 25th Annual Rotary Tree Lighting Ceremony. Santa will be on hand for pictures and the Rotary will be once again handing out their delicious sugar cookies and hot drinks. There will lots of talented folks ringing, singing and dancing in the Season and arts and crafts projects for the kids. The Carlsbad Village Association will be handing out Holiday Goody Bags filled with offers from Village businesses and some treats as well.

Don't miss out on these annual events that keep our Holiday traditions alive!!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

This Weekend in the Village

The Holidays are off to a great start in the Village. Window decorations are beginning to go up, and lights are being installed to light up the nights in Carlsbad Village.

Events kick off on Friday, November 27 as we Celebrate Art in the Village at Thursdays on the Coast Art Walk. Yes, it is on a Friday this month, but think of it as a great way to walk off those Thanksgiving pounds and enjoy the delights of the visual arts and live music wafting through the streets of the Village.

On Saturday, make sure to drop by the Farmers' Market between 1 and 5 pm and donate a coat or blanket (or both) and receive Santa Cash at our Coat and Blanket Drive. All donations will go to support the Carlsbad Christmas Bureau and local families in need.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Kick off your Holidays "In the Village" this week

Experience Holidays in The Village

Holiday Window Painting - beginning November 15
Beginning in mid-November The Village is expecting a flurry of snow and a sprinkling of
Holiday Cheer as we begin our Holiday window painting for the third year.

Light Up the Village Day - November 23 & 24
The CVA and a lovely group of Holiday Helpers will be hitting the streets to assist business owners in “Lighting up the Village”. Volunteers will be installing white twinkling lights in business windows to help brighten up the Village for our evening shoppers.

*SPECIAL NIGHT* Thursdays on the Coast - Black Friday Edition - November 27
Cap off the busiest shopping day of the year with a stroll through the charming streets of Carlsbad Village. Enjoy the fine art, live music, tasty treats and renew your spirit! Pick up your programs at begin the walk at New Village Arts Theatre 2787 State Street.

Jingle Bell Shop– November 27 – 29
Carlsbad Village will be dressed in all its holiday finery. Stroll the streets of the Village, enjoy strolling musicians and other street performers and take advantage of great sales, special deals and holiday goodies throughout the shops and restaurants in the Village. You’re sure to find some amazing and unique gifts.

Pups on Parade – Sunday, December 6
9 am to noon at The Shops at Village Faire
Carlsbad Village Drive and Carlsbad Boulevard
This annual event is a big hit with puppy lovers. We start the day with individual photos with Santa from 9 am – noon and then take a group shot with Santa at the Community Christmas tree. The Puppy Parade will begin at 12:15 at The Shops at Village Faire and circle Carlsbad Blvd, Grand Ave., State Street and Carlsbad Village Drive.

Rotary Tree Lighting – Sunday, December 6
2 pm to dusk at The Shops at Village Faire
Our Annual tradition continues as the Rotary lights the Community Christmas Tree with the help of Mayor Bud Lewis and Santa Clause. A day full of entertainment and treats will be capped off by the lighting of our beautiful tree. This is a “don’t miss” community event.

Jingle Bell Shop - December 19 & 20
Carlsbad Village will be dressed in all its holiday finery. Stroll the streets of the Village, enjoy strolling musicians and other street performers and take advantage of great sales, special deals and holiday goodies throughout the shops and restaurants in the Village. You’re sure to find some amazing and unique gifts.

Carlsbad Village Farmers’ Market
Every Wednesday & Saturday - 1 pm to 5 pm
Grand Avenue and Roosevelt Street
Don’t miss the Farmers’ Market during the months of November & December as we will be hosting a multitude of musical guests and celebrating the holidays with special family events. The Carlsbad Village Farmers’ Market is a great place to get the freshest local produce and flowers and even a unique gift or two. Make sure you visit all our great shops and restaurants while you visit.

Saturday, November 28 ~ COAT & BLANKET DRIVE
Saturday, December 5 ~ FOOD DRIVE
Saturday, December 12 ~ BLOOD DRIVE
Saturday, December 19 ~ SANTA VISITS!!!

Holiday Goody Bags
The CVA will pass out goody bags with coupons and gift certificates for member businesses at all of our holiday events and at the Farmers’ Market. Don’t miss out on these great discounts and special holiday treats! We’ll make your Holidays sparkle in the Village!

For information and event details please visit or call 760-434-2553

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Counterfeit Training at New Village Arts


Recently Carlsbad Village has been hit by a string of counterfeiters. In an effort to better protect you from these types of criminals the CVA with cooperation from the City of Carlsbad, Carlsbad Police Department and the US Secret Service bring you...

Counterfeit Training
Learn how to spot counterfeit money and protect your business

DATE: Tuesday, November 17
TIME: 8:00 am - 9:30 am
LOCATION: New Village Arts Theatre
2787 State Street

MORE: Special Agent Brett Detzer of the San Diego Field Office of the Secret Service will train business owners how to spot counterfeit currency and prevent unnecessary losses in your business. Please feel free to invite all your employees and neighbors to attend this free informative event.

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Welcome to Friends of Carlsbad Village


This new blog, which is replacing the soon to be defunct "Friends of the Village" has been created to discuss all things pertaining to Carlsbad Village. Come and share your ideas regarding revilatization of the Village and to stay up-to-date on events taking place in the the Village.

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