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Malia Campanella, a Mas- ter of City Planning student at San Diego State University, is conducting a brief survey about sense of place and community attachment. She is seeking 250 participants from Uptown com- munities. All survey participants will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Starbucks gift card. The link for the survey is https:// sop_survey_uptown.

NATIONAL THEATER ANNOUNCES THIRD SEASON LINEUP The National Theatre has announced show titles for the third season of National The- atre Live, an initiative to broad- cast live performances from the National’s stages to cinemas worldwide. Since its first sea- son, which began in June 2009 with the production of Phédre starring Helen Mirren, over half a million people have now experienced the National’s ac- claimed work on movie screens around the world.

David Sabel, the National

Theatre’s Head of Digital Me- dia, says: “It is thrilling to think that over half a million people worldwide have now seen a National Theatre Live broad- cast. The program has grown significantly, giving an ever- widening audience an unprec- edented opportunity to engage with our work.” Season three titles include: One Man, Two Guvnors; The Kitchen; Collaborators; and The Comedy of Errors. The live per- formances will be captured in HD and continue to show at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15. Additional titles for 2012 will be announced soon.

RAPE REPORTED IN HILLCREST A woman reported being raped in a Hillcrest parking lot early Tuesday. Around 1 a.m., the woman called her parents who then called the police to report the attack. After finding her at a 7-Eleven store, police escorted her to a hospital. The suspect is described as Latino, approximately 40 years old, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 180 pounds and heavily tattooed. San Diego police are still pursuing the suspect.u


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By Frank Sabatini Jr. SDUN Reporter

The new Shell gas station and car wash that reopened ear- lier this month at 330 Washing- ton St. in Hillcrest is anything but typical. Fronted by standard gas pumps is a rebuilt, three- aisle mini mart strewn with unexpected gourmet foods. A drive-through car wash in the back appears like a funhouse, given its colorful micro-fiber brushes and spacey ceiling dryers.

The station brings in daily deliveries of rolls from Sushi Hut and gourmet cookies from The Cravory, which you’d find mostly at farmers markets.

Even the sandwiches ex- ceed in quality the typical ham and American cheese seen at other gasoline marts. Here, they’re made with fresher, leaner meats by DaVinci Fine Foods in the form of wraps and submarines. A couple shelves above lay an assort- ment of hummus by Evolution; spicy walnut, pine nuts with garlic and other flavors more common to Trader Joe’s than a fueling station. “We wanted to make this unique and for the commu- nity,” says Nancy Bell-Younan, who co-owns the business with her husband and brother- in-law. Since demolishing the original structure six months ago, they’ve invested nearly $2 million into the rebuild.

The store’s interior shows off ceramic tile flooring, stone composite counters and an eye-catching photographic collage of an old gas station incorporating the Hillcrest sign and San Diego skyline. The piece was created locally by 858 Graphics.

“A lot of customers have been surprised that we have so many great things to offer them,” Bell-Younan said, refer- ring also to the fresh parfaits and pastries delivered every morning by Bread & Cie. In addition, the front racks flaunt chocolates from Lindt, Ritter Sport and Godiva as well as imported licorice and candies. Next year, the candies you get for Valentine’s Day may actu- ally come from a gas station, and so might the greeting card, as the store sells a line of them from Papyrus.

The car wash, she adds, has been in sudsy motion since it opened, with about 65 vehicles passing through each day. For the next few months, customers can opt for an “express wash” priced at $5. The more deluxe treatments cost $8, $9 and $10. Outside of the station,

Bell-Younan serves on a couple of committees for the Hillcrest Business Associa- tion, of which her husband Dalour is a board member. Together the couple have volunteered for various neigh- borhood events, including the annual CityFest Street Fair.u

San Diego Uptown News | Sept. 30–Oct.13, 2011

5 Gourmet Chow at the Gas Pumps

Co-owner, Nancy Bell-Younan, admits that fresh parfaits aren’t what you’d expect to find at a gas station. (Courtesy Frank Sabatini Jr.)

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