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31896 Plaza Drive Suite D3
“Gypsy brewers” Ron Bland and Andrew Reed have finally found a home in San Juan Capistrano. The duo will continue to travel to nearby breweries to concoct their own craft beer, but their new tasting room in San Juan is where they’ll serve the end product, along with a constantly rotating selection of 30 other craft beers and one cask selection. While there isn’t any brewing onsite at The Brewhouse, Bland said the building has the industrial warehouse vibe they were hoping for.
“We wanted an old school feel without all the pomp and circumstance,” Bland said. “It’s harkening back to the original tasting rooms.”
Bland, founder of the OC Beer Society, has been brewing commercially around Orange County for years and was excited to team up with Reed, an avid home brewer. With their combined knowledge of craft beer, the tasting room offers visitors a chance to learn about their beer while sampling $2 tasters or indulging in larger pours. Bland and Reed said it was important to include education, as well as fair pricing, in the tasting room concept.
While Bland and Reed haven’t started serving their own signature craft beer quite yet, beer aficionados can look forward to their first brew being tapped in February—a Belgian Strong Blonde brewed at Valiant Brewing Company.
32382 Del Obispo Street
On Nov. 17, Hanson’s Market, a natural and organic foods store, opened its doors to the public with a soft opening. And while some residents may still be lamenting the recent closure of the building’s former Farm to Market store, Hanson’s Owner Ron Castruita has made sure to incorporate the colorful tractors and folksy farm décor that has marked the Vermeulen center for decades.
Castruita, a 27-year San Clemente resident, opened his first market three years ago in San Clemente. San Juan marks the second Hanson’s to open, with a third store set to open in San Diego’s Little Italy next year.
Castruita said he views the store as a neighborhood market, and enjoys tailoring their offerings to fit customers’ needs.
“What we do is a little bit different,” Castruita said. “We build the store around the community.”
In addition to organic and natural produce, Hanson’s will offer craft beer and wine in about a month. The deli and coffee bar will open soon, and the café area will include raw juices, smoothies and kombucha on tap. Unique to the San Juan location will be an integrated pharmacy, opening in about seven months. Castruita said he wanted to offer pharmacy services due to the senior living community potentially being built next door.
Strides Spinal Cord Injury Functional Fitness
31371 Rancho Viejo Road, Suite 103
Strides Spinal Cord Injury, or SCI, opened on June 4, with a recent ribbon cutting in November. Through specialized functional fitness programs, Strides provides individuals living with spinal cord injuries and paralysis the means to increase their ability to perform daily living activities.
Josh Salic and Jason Wanstreet head the Strides team. Salic, who has a bachelor’s degree in sports medicine, is a certified athletic trainer and strength and conditioning specialist. Wanstreet, with a master’s degree in kinesiology, is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist, as well as a kinesiology professor at MiraCosta College.
Thus far, the duo has treated local clients as well as individuals from around the world. Salic said they chose to open in San Juan Capistrano not only because of its proximity to Los Angeles, San Diego and other clients in Orange County, but also because of its beautiful scenery and small town feel. In conjunction with treating clients, Salic said he hopes to help foster a supportive community for people in wheelchairs in San Juan.