Small Town to Small City: Developing Escondido

Downtown Escondido is a quaint town, embracing the culture of a small city. Whether it be the fresh and friendly farmers market on Tuesday, or the nostalgic rustle and bustle of Cruisin’ on Grand, Escondido is a “blast from the past”, but is also taking steps in the direction of further developing the city.

The new Synergy Centre, located on the North Escondido Blvd, used to be the Warren Building. It is now an incubator for new ideas, businesses, and concepts. They provide rental spaces for private offices, podcast rooms, and conference rooms, and also hold weekly community networking and mixer events. The Synergy Centre recently hosted Escondido’s Downtown Business Association’s monthly meeting to discuss updates on the city, promoting small businesses, and developing the city’s unique character.

Alex MacLachlan, President of the Downtown Business Association, was thrilled to have the meeting there. He believes that small businesses have a responsibility to keep the community tight-knit and camaraderie alive, which the DBA demonstrates.

The move of John Paul The Great Catholic University’s campus onto Grand Ave in 2011 is an example of the small business owners working towards the common good of the town. The students would ultimately better Grand Avenue by being customers of the small businesses and bringing an urban touch. MacLachlan said, “There was a handful of business [to get the university’s move approved], and I was one of them that pushed for exemptions to be lifted in order to keep the school.” The addition of the Synergy Centre to the family of Downtown Escondido is another yet another step into developing this cities’ nostalgic, creative, and inviting atmosphere.