September 1, 2013
As summer turns to fall here in our fair community, business continues to brew in Vista. As you may have heard, Vista has become the microbrewery capital of the United States on a per-capita basis. And this distinction is continuing to grow as three new breweries have pulled permits to set up shop in Vista. Those new breweries are Barrel Harbor (opening in October, 2013 in the Vista Business Park); Booze Brothers (opening in late 2013 or early 2014 in the Vista Business Park), and Urge (a Gastropub that will be moving into the old Bally’s building on Hacienda and opening near the end of the first quarter of 2014). This industry is becoming a mini-tourist attraction here locally as microbrew aficionados seek out new and thriving craft brews.
The majority of these brewers have set up their craft beer manufacturing operations in our Business Park. This has helped drive down the vacancy rate in our business park to historic lows. Currently the Vista Business Park has a 7% vacancy rate for our nearly 14M square feet of industrial space. To show you how great that is, compare our numbers to our neighbors to the west. Carlsbad has slightly more industrial space than Vista does but they have a vacancy rate of approximately 15%. Our only neighbors with a similar or lower vacancy rate have significantly less industrial space than we do (San Marcos and Escondido have about half the space Vista does). With over 800 businesses that employee between 20,000 and 23,000 employees daily, the Vista Business Park has definitely become the economic lifeblood of our community. Long gone are the days of North County being synonymous with a bedroom commuter community. Instead, Vista, and our North County neighbors, are now thriving centers of global commerce.
To celebrate and promote this great aspect of our community, the Vista Chamber is holding is 10th Annual Vista Business Expo on Wednesday October 9, 2013 from 2:00pm to 7:00pm. Our event will be held in the Vista Business Park (assuming we can find an open spot). Our theme is “Business is Brewing” as we will have between 10 and 15 north county microbreweries there providing “tastes” of their craft beers. Overall we will have over 100 vendors displaying their products and services, along with gourmet food trucks offering great food. To get a free entrance ticket, simply go online to www.VistaBizExpo.com and register to come. You will be sent a free e-Ticket. Beer tastes are $10 for 5 tastes with proceeds benefiting Wounded Warrior Homes in Vista. Don’t miss out. Business is truly Brewing here in Vista and the best is yet to come!
Vista Chamber of Commerce