November 2, 2001

San Diego Landmark Toasts 30th Birthday With Free Fiesta Nov. 4

The public can celebrate a San Diego landmark's milestone when Old Town's Bazaar del Mundo throws a free, public fiesta to mark its 30th anniversary on Sunday, Nov. 4.

Festivities will include marimba, mariachi and salsa steel bands, breathtaking Mexican and Spanish dance, a specially constructed giant 30th anniversary cake and VIP guests. Bazaar del Mundo owner Diane Powers' recent winning of the San Diego Convention & Visitors' Bureau's prestigious "Hall of Fame" award, will also be feted.

Throughout the day, celebrants will also enjoy 10 percent off all purchases in Bazaar del Mundo stores and restaurants. Shoppers who have completed their shopping and/or dining "passport" have a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree and a year of dinners during a 4 p.m. drawing.

Since leasing an abandoned, dilapidated property in 1971, owner and operator Diane Powers has transformed the northwestcorner of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park into a premier visitor destination. Bazaar del Mundo, with its 16 specially boutiques, five international restaurants and year-round cultural activities, currently ranks as the most successful concession in the California State Park System and the second largest woman-owned business in San Diego.

"The success of the businesses is a source of pride, of course," said Powers. "But the special joys over the years are the customers who return year after year and the many new friends we've made around the world."

Over the years, countless San Diego residents and visitors have flocked to the Bazaar to celebrate special occasions, or locate hard-to-find international art and merchandise. Meanwhile, the business has won awards for its superior service, design, cuisine and contributions to culture and tourism. Bazaar del Mundo's success has helped Old Town San Diego State Historic Park consistently rank as one of the most attended parks in the California State Park system.

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