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Inspiring Conversations with Rebecca Saldivar of The Hop Stop

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rebecca Saldivar.

Hi Rebecca, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
My husband Mark and I went to the Great American Beer Festival in 2017 and we were very inspired to open our own craft beer bar, given our history in the Craft beer industry. My husband worked for San Diego Brewery for 18 years. I started my career at Callahan’s (same owners as SDBC) in 2010. Then moved on to help open The Cork and Craft at Abnormal Beer Co. From there, I moved on to work at Second Chance Brewery, Urge Gastropub in Rancho Bernardo and Ballast Point Brewing in Miramar.

Our original vision was a small tasting room with 20 taps and food trucks. The property owners however, wanted us to run a kitchen so hence why we have a full restaurant. In hindsight, we are so thankful to have a kitchen. We opened during Covid, September 11th, 2020 and we wouldn’t have been able to open without food available to our guests.

We are so lucky and humbled to be so profitable through such weird times. Our community has rallied for us and continues to support our business. We are also seeing a lot more San Diego communities coming through our doors and still after a year of opening, we continue to get new guests daily.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Covid rules really took a toll on us as owners and the employees. The rules changed constantly and trying to stay open and continuously maintain the standards that were put upon us was definitely challenging.

So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
I do live music every Sunday from 4:00-7:00 and Trivia Mondays from 6:00-8:00. I also do fundraisers for schools and sports teams once a month. I have also run a fundraiser for National Autism Foundation Research as our 12 years old son has autism. We will also be doing a fundraiser in the near future for Mental Health (we ran a small fundraiser during our one year anniversary party).

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