The Capistrano Dispatch

The San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce kicks off a new monthly event, Third Thursdays Shop & Dine SJC, on Feb. 18 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in historic downtown San Juan Capistrano.

The event, which will occur the third Thursday of each month, aims to provide downtown visitors and residents the chance to stroll through the unique shops, restaurants and galleries in San Juan while enjoying in-store entertainment, special events and promotions.

The chamber encourages residents and visitors to shop locally in order to help build relationships, cohesiveness and a sense of community; to promote the distinct character and tourism of San Juan, and to support small businesses that are not only owned by people who live in the area, but also employ the greatest number of residents in the community.

Local businesses, both chamber members and non-members, are invited to take part in the monthly shop and dine event. Businesses must agree to participate on a monthly basis and commit to a three-month period (quarterly) to be added to promotional materials.

Business owners interested in participating can email the chamber at or call 949.493.4700. Include your business name, the quarter you would like to participate, contact name, address, phone, email, web address and the promotion being offered.

Following the Feb. 18 event, the next Shop & Dine SJC is set to take place March 17. The event is rain or shine.

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