La Mesa Chamber will host ribbon cutting at What A Dish! on Sept. 12 – East County Business News by Rick Griffin

June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.

by Rick Griffin

The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will welcome What A Dish!, a new dinnerware store at 8209 La Mesa Blvd., with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 12. All Chamber members are invited to attend. Owned by Frank Dittmer, What A Dish!, located just west of the trolley line, offers a unique mix of classic Fiestaware, Dansk, Rosenthal and Denby dinnerware products, along with a collection of gourmet foods and specialty products, including GoVino wine and champagne flutes. The story also features a line of casual stoneware from England and also Casa Fina dinnerware from Portugal. The often-collected Fiestaware, made in the U.S., is a popular brand that Dittmer also sells online. Dittmer can be reached at For more information on the La Mesa Chamber, call (619) 465-7700 or visit