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Local Alpine Business Spotlight: QUEST ACADEMY TUTORING

Merrily Medina has owned and run Quest Academy in Alpine for over 11 years. Originally a teacher in AUSD, she brings her experience and relationships with district teachers to the table to create a personalized tutoring program for students of all ages. The staff at Quest includes tutors with specialized subject backgrounds, masters in education, and experience with special education students. Students can expect collaboration between their current classroom teacher, tutoring staff, and parents to create a unified approach to their education. Sessions are either forty minutes or an hour, and held in cozy bungalows next to Janet’s cafe.

Tutoring in a center, rather than in a student’s home provides an area with minimal distractions and curriculum availability. Students and their tutor are given their own private room, and staff members are diligent in sanitizing between students.In addition to private tutoring, students can enroll in academic coaching. Working hand-in-hand with Merrily, students refine their learning style, improve organizational skills, shift their motivation intrinsically, and are accountable for their grades to someone other than Mom or Dad. The goal of this highly successful program is not only academic success, but also independence and self-awareness.

This year, Merrily has added a component that serves parents in the community as well. As a certified life coach, she now offers parent coaching. Parents are supported in their endeavors to raise independent children ready to “adult,” while maintaining their own goals, desires, and sense of self. More on this specialized program can be found at

Other services include SAT/ACT test prep and essay editing.

Merrily Medina
Owner, Quest Academy
Credentialed Teacher, Certified Academic/Parenting Coach
2526 Alpine Boulevard
Alpine, CA 91901

Local Business Spotlight: CAMERON BUCHER LLP – Real Estate and Business Law Attorney

January 28, 2020

I am a practicing real estate and business law attorney. I work and reside in Alpine with my wife, Annette and daughter, Hadley. Annette lived in Alpine when we met in 2009. She and I moved a few times since then including to the Imperial Valley and later Mission Valley, but have come full-circle and are now back in Alpine. We’ve lived in Alpine the past few years and love to call this place home. We just broke ground on our home and look forward to putting down permanent roots here.

Cameron Bucher

My practice focuses mostly on real estate and business law matters. I represent a number of land owners and developers engaged in various land use and development-related matters. I assist clients looking to acquire and develop real estate, including due diligence review, purchase and sale agreement preparation and review, land title/title insurance issues as well as land-use and environmental compliance matters. My practice also includes representation of business owners and clients seeking to form and operate new business ventures. I assist clients with business formation issues, corporate governance and general business matters.

I am also a licensed real estate broker and general building contractor (B License), so my practice also includes general real estate transaction issues as well as matters concerning home improvement contracts and other contracting issues. I have represented home buyers and sellers with their purchase and sale issues, including residential, commercial and industrial properties. I have also provided assistance to property owners and contractors in resolving disputes concerning improvements and other legal issues in the contracting relationship.

My partner, Kim Cameron, is located in Los Angeles. The focus of her practice is general business and governance, individual estate planning as well as landlord and tenant eviction matters.

Kim Cameron

Kim Cameron

We focus on providing a client-centric experience in our representation. In my view, too many firms are focused on bringing in clients but don’t always succeed at meeting the needs of the client. They’re too busy for a lot of the clients they have, so when the client calls, it is anyone’s guess whether they get the attorney on the line or when they may hear back. When you call my office, you get me. I want my clients to know they’re going to reach me and that I’m going to give them the time and attention they seek.

We also focus on maintaining low overhead and attorney-driven contacts. This allows our firm to maintain competitive fee structures that ultimately keep client costs down. While not all clients need continuing representation, we find that when fees are reasonable clients will continue to engage.

I am a frequent guest speaker at realtor associations and other organizations where I’ve lectured on subjects concerning real estate and real estate matters. I am available for other speaking engagements to groups or other organizations on real estate or other general business matters.

Bucher & Cameron, LLP, 8880 Rio San Diego Drive, Suite 800, San Diego, CA. 92108.
For more info please call 619-215-5037 or email Visit our website at



Local Business Spotlight: The Housekeepers of Alpine – We Specialize in Deep Cleaning!

October 2019 – The Housekeepers of Alpine! Specializing in Deep Cleaning! My name is Sonia Rivera and I am the owner of The Housekeepers of Alpine. I have worked and lived in the Alpine community for over 20 years. The Housekeepers of Alpine offer cleaning services for special events, move-in and move-out, re-occurring services, and even boats and RVs.  Call us for a FREE quote! (619) 384-5689 or email Visit our website at or our  Facebook Page! Check out our Yelp reviews:

Alpine Business Spotlight: Meet Tabitha of “Brows Eternal” Cosmetic Tattooing

My name is Tabitha and I have been microblading for about 9 months now. I started this business to follow one of my dreams and pursue cosmetic tattooing. I really love what I do and to help individuals feel better about themselves or to save some time every day getting ready in the morning.

I provide cosmetic tattooing in the form of microblading, combo brows, powder brows and faux freckles.

-Microblading is done with a handheld tool to create natural looking hair stroked to add fullness and definition to the eyebrows. This procedure lasts 12-24 months.

-Combo Brows/Blade and shade is microblading with added shading done with either a machine or manual shading tool, this adds more depth than microblading alone.

-Powder Brows/Ombre Brows is the full makeup look that means the start of the brows are lighter and gradually increase to a darker tail giving them a “filled in” look. This procedure is done with a machine.

– Faux Freckles are done with a machine to mimic the look of natural freckles.

I thrive to give clients their dream brows and provide the most personal and professional services possible. I have a private studio located at Head East Salon in a very quiet, laid back and calming atmosphere.


Get $100 off any Brow Service by just mentioning the Alpine Community network!



Brows Eternal – Tabitha Sinram
Located in the Head East Salon
1981 Arnold Way, Alpine, CA. 91901

(619) 772 3251



Local Business Spotlight: LITTLE PIONEER’S PRESCHOOL

On March 3, 1997 Little Pioneers Preschool opened their doors. We are family owned and operated and have been offering Alpine and it’s surrounding communities the highest quality Preschool for over 22 years! My name is Lori Harding and I own Little Pioneers Preschool. It was always a dream of mine to open a Preschool and opening one in Alpine came naturally to me since I have lived here for over 40 years.

I consider myself lucky to own this school and to have such a supportive staff that loves working with children. Our Teachers bring new ideas and a fresh outlook to our Preschool curriculum.

With age appropriate curriculum, kindergarten readiness, daily art, storytime and songs, we encourage children to develop their natural potential, to feel good about themselves and to regard school as a rewarding experience.

Our teachers are highly qualified, loving and enjoy teaching children.

We are open Monday through Friday from 7am to 5pm – offering 1/2 day and full day programs. Call now for more information. Limited space is available.

Little Pioneers Preschool, Inc.
2225 W. Victoria Drive
Alpine, Ca. 91901

Owner – Lori Harding
Director – Alicia Hoskins





Marieta’s Mexican Restaurant Opens in Alpine – Resident Mary Davis Gives a Review

Valentine’s Day came early to Alpine with the opening of Marieta’s Restaurant on Monday, February 11, 2019. Located at the old Alpine Inn Restaurant, the popular chain of restaurants now proudly adds an Alpine destination to its string of successful restaurants. Wanting to check the new place out, my husband and I popped in for a late lunch on February 14th, and were greeted by the friendly staff member who held the door for us during the torrential downpour that day.

Entering through the back of the restaurant (where parking is closest), we immediately noticed the previously dark hallway was now light and airy. The whole restaurant has been redone with festive and thoughtful décor. Featuring paintings depicting Mexican heritage and themed vignettes, the ambience exudes a warm and welcoming atmosphere that beckons patrons to sit and savor the culinary delights that are in store for them.

Our server, Herman, gave us a quick tour of the revamped restaurant, including the new cantina, as well as a back room that seems perfect for groups and banquets. My husband and I settled into a booth that was large and comfortable. Adorned with pink and red Mylar heart balloons, the restaurant looked ready for Cupid’s arrows to fly during the busy night ahead.

We started out with libations – margaritas, of course – as we looked through the menu, while our busboy Isaac brought us salsa, chips, and Mexican carrots. Featuring classics such as a variety of fajitas, Enchiladas Suizas, and Camarones Tequila, there was something to please every palate (and even a Hamburguesa California for those craving a more mainstream option.)

My husband opted for the two-burrito combination meal, while I went with a “Special Burrito” featuring steak fajitas. The meat was tender, juicy, and savory, with a true fajita flavor. The onions and green peppers were cooked to perfection – tender, but with just enough crispness to give a palatable texture and crunch. The combination-plate burritos were full of flavorful beef covered in a delicious sauce and accompanied by rice and beans. My burrito plate came with pinto beans in a liquid soup-type sauce that was hearty and delicious (and would be an ample meal itself for a light eater.)

With no room for dessert, we passed on the temptations offered us, and instead reminisced on how the restaurant had changed over the years. From the dark interior and deep-red vinyl booths of the original Alpine Inn, the restaurant now features not only lightened colors, but also details such as stenciling, colorful textiles, and rainbow-hued paper flowers to add color and vibrancy to what was previously a pretty dark and drab interior.

One thing we were pleased to see was that the new owners kept many of the old elements, like the stained glass panels, the casks and cask-themed wall art, as well as the old fireplace and beamed interior. Instead of removing or replacing them, they instead reinvented them in a way that gives freshness and vibrancy while still maintaining an Old-World feel (one of a historic hacienda however, and no longer a drab Tudor-inspired castle.)

Marieta’s Alpine location is definitely worth a visit (or two!), both to check out the renovation of an Alpine landmark, as well as to enjoy a quality meal that is sure to please. Having eaten at various Marieta’s locations in East County, we were very happy that our experience in Alpine lived up to the quality and value we have come to expect from this family-favorite chain of restaurants. The food is fantastic and the service attentive. What was old is now new again, with the latest addition to our local food scene, Marieta’s in Alpine.

Marieta’s is located at 2225 Alpine Blvd. and offers a full bar and cantina. The menu features its standard items offered at its other three locations. Hours are:  Mon-Thur 11am to 10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm, and Sun 9am-10pm, and the phone number is (619)-722-4232.

Submitted By: Mary Davis, Alpine Resident



There’s a NEW Barber Shop in Town! ROBERT’S HAIRCUTS & SHAVES Now Open in Alpine!

August 2018 – Robert’s Haircuts & Shaves NOW OPEN IN ALPINE! Come check us out at 1730 Alpine Blvd, Suite 118 (In the Ayres Center)! We offer many great services at even better prices! Haircuts and Color, Hot Towel Shaves, Hot Towel Head Shaves, Beard Trims, Eyebrow Threading, Eyebrow Waxing, Ear & Nose Waxing, Face Waxing and Hair Relaxing. Military Discounts offered!



Come on in and see us today!

Robert’s Haircuts & Shaves
1730 Alpine Blvd., Suite 118
Alpine Ca 91901


HOURS: Monday – Saturday 9am-6:30pm and Sunday 10am-2pm



Come Into Native Dreams FULL SERVICE Day Spa for Some “YOU” Time!

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Holidays Got You Feeling Stressed? Let Us Pamper You! Come Into Native Dreams Days Spa in the Viejas Outlets for Some “YOU”  Time.

We are offering a relaxing 50 Minute Massage & Express Pedicure for only $75! (Bring a Friend and You BOTH will receive Hot Stones in Your Massage!)

Remember, we are open 7 days a week, and would LOVE to book this Special Offer just for you! Starting December 26, 2017 until January 31, 2018 No Additional Discounts , No Spa Finder Cards, No Hotel Vouchers

ALSO – Enjoy 30% Off Hair Products in 2018! Mention the Alpine Community network and receive 20% off any service.


We are a FULL SERVICE SALON! Spa, Hair, Nails, Skin Care & Hair Removal

Native Dreams Day Spa is committed to providing the highest quality spa and salon services at affordable prices for the entire family. Our highly trained staff wishes to provide every client with outstanding service in order to obtain high client retention and satisfaction. Our company is based on the belief that our customers’ needs are of the utmost importance.

A high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals. We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry.

We also are partners with BSO which allows us to wholesale salon beauty products to licensed hairdressers. So local stylists can essentially get 50% off with a valid license.


Some of our services include….


Moroccan Manicure
Treat your hands and arms to a Body Buff of crushed orange peels for exfoliation, add in hydration with our mask and heated towels and encourage circulation with a relaxing hand and arm massage. Includes cuticle treatment and polish or high shine buff.

Shellac Polish with Manicure
Shaping of nails and 2 week chip resistant high shine polish.

Basic Pedicure
For those on the go! Enjoy a foot soak, callus treatment, sugar scrub and perfect polish!

Moroccan Pedicure
Treat yourself to our Moroccan pedicure which includes a highly effective callus treatment, Body Buff, Intense Hydration Treatment, and Body Soufflé to give your legs and feet some intense hydration with heated towels and a heated neck wrap with lavender aromatherapy during your leg and foot massage. Can you say aaaaaaah….?

Signature Pueblo Pedicure
Includes callus treatment, sugar scrub,Clay Mask intensified with heated towels and aromatherapy. Heavenly…



Native Dreams_massage-room-2Swedish Massage:
Swedish massage focuses on relaxation by warming up and working the muscle tissue releasing tension and breaking up the “knots”. Most book for 50 minutes, but 80 minutes gives the therapist more time to warm up and work the muscle tissue to achieve maximum results.

Deep Tissue:
Deep Tissue massage is a form of Swedish Massage with deeper pressure, though it may cause momentary discomfort. It is suggested for clients who struggle from muscle pain. 80 minutes is strongly suggested to achieve the desired results.

Maternity Massage:
Designed to release tension, relax muscles and improve circulation.

Hot Stone Massage:
An ancient form used by Native Americans to treat aching muscles: This massage technique involves the use of warm stones placed throughout the body and incorporated into the massage to promote relaxation and relief of muscle pain.


Native Dreams Hair StationHAIR:
We are a full service hair salon! Women, Men, Kids, Cut, Color, Highlights, Updo’s and more!

Women’s Cut and Style Includes a shampoo, scalp massage & blow-dry. Men’s Cut Includes a hot towel and scalp massage.

Try our Awapuhi Keratin Treatment for Damaged or Dry Hair! Strengthen, repair and restore moisture back into damaged or dry hair!

Botanical Scalp Treatment: Dry & flaky scalp beware! Our blend of pure organic ingredients will detox the scalp and remove build up. We also have a treatment for oily scalp and red & inflamed scalp.


Native Dreams Anti-Aging Facial:
Enjoy our result driven 50 minute age reversing facial which includes cleansing, custom anti-aging mask, collagen natural infusion and hydration.


Native Dreams Calming Facial:
Soothing and gentle, this facial is designed for clients who suffer from Rosacea or Red, Irritated Skin. Includes custom herbal mask to soothe and a natural infusion to boost skin repair and calm inflammation.

Native Dreams Clarifying Facial:
Recommended for oily or acneic skin, this custom facial includes citrus cleanser, a custom Willow Herb & Tea Tree mask to clear away stubborn bacteria. This facial will promote scar tissue remodeling and help reduce break outs. Includes extractions.


Native Dreams Cleansing Facial:
Keep your facial regimen on the right track with a custom cleansing and our all-natural facial Infusion. 25 Minutes

Facial & Massage Combo:
Experience a relaxing Cleansing Facial and a 25 Minute Swedish Massage with your choice of 1 massage enhancement to heighten relaxation.

*Add Heated Stones, Citrus Moroccan Scrub or Moroccan Oil


Book Your Next Party Here!

Spend that Special Day with 1-9 of Your Closest Friends, Family or Co-Workers!

  • Baby or Wedding Showers
  • Birthdays
  • Company Parties

Rates as Low as $38 per person! Call and ask for more details!


Native Dreams Day Spa
Viejas Outlet Center
5001 Willows Road #201
Alpine, CA 91901

Owner: Tangerine Risberg

Book Online at:

Mon – Sun 10:30am-6pm

Last appointment one hour before closing.

WE ARE OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK! Call us today to schedule an appointment! We are located in the Viejas Outlet Center – 5001 Willows Rd., Alpine, Ca. 91901.

Visit our website at

Alpine Chill Frozen Yogurt New Springtime Hours – March 12, 2017

new hours_more chill alpine chillWe are changing our hours at Alpine Chill Frozen Yogurt with daylight savings time on 3/12/17. The new hours will be Sunday-Thursday: 11am- 9pm / Friday-Saturday:  11am- 10pm. More daylight means More CHILL!! Alpine Chill is located at 2963 Alpine Blvd., Suite #106 Alpine, Ca. 91901. (619) 445-7410. Visit our website at

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Need Computer Help? Call Alpine Owned MY COMPUTER DOC OF SAN DIEGO

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dennis harris My computer DocMy Computer Doc of San Diego is a Alpine Resident Veteran Owned Business. My Computer Doc of San Diego offers the highest quality of Products and Services on the market today. Founded by Dennis “Doc” Harris in March 2008, we have provided superior service to our customers and have assisted them in achieving their goals. Our experience and commitment to excellence have earned us that reputation and as Voted #1 “Computer Support” and “Service and Repair” in the 2014 MoJoPages  Awards in San Diego Area!!


Get a FREE Month when you purchase a New “Basic” Remote Support Plan or….
Get $50 or $100 Labor Credit when you purchase a New “Pro” or “Business Class” Remote Support Plan. Click HERE!


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Need Help or Have a Question? Give us a call or text during our normal business hours

Or CLICK HERE to BOOK an Appointment with us 24/7!


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My Computer Doc of San Diego – Affordable IT Support You Can Trust
619-861-9370 Voice or Text

Normal Business Hours
8am to 4pm (Pacific) Monday – Friday
Closed most holidays

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