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Meet David Rykowski

Today we’d like to introduce you to David Rykowski.

Thanks for sharing your story with us David. So, let’s start at the beginning, and we can move on from there.
I worked in sales management for 26 years before I was recruited by Yvonne Bell.

Our company’s President/CEO, to be the General Manager of Seek + Gather. Yvonne liked my passion and dedication to helping others around me. Growing up in a military family, I traveled around the world, and I learned to adapt to different environments, customs, and people.

Seeking out world-class surf has taught me humility, perseverance, flexibility, and passion. Working with customers and being able to help them is one of my biggest characteristics, and I love to share that with everyone around me.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
We seek and gather to bring new and exciting finds to the store on a weekly/daily basis. Constantly sourcing different and unique finds is a challenge, but the discovery process is part of the fun for our team and our customers!

We’d love to hear more about your organization.
Seek + Gather is a subsidiary of a non-profit healthcare organization established in 1970 where it is a pioneer in targeting health care services for special and vulnerable populations. Proceeds from purchases at Seek + Gather support much needed health, social and community services within San Diego, Imperial, and Riverside Counties.

At Seek + Gather, we strive to offer the very best shopping experience to our visitors. Our merchandise selection changes daily, with many unique finds to make us an Alpine shopping destination. The store is set up under the direction of Dolores Martinez, the company’s Chief Operations Officer, who volunteers her time to ensure that the sales floor is set in a visually appealing manner.

Our spacious store environment and open patio allow customers to freely move about and discover our ever-changing and wide-ranging product selection. It’s easy to find something for everyone, from individual and household clothing and decorative needs to gift ideas to truly unique items. Seek + Gather for a cause!

If you had to start over, what would you have done differently?
Every day is a new lesson learned to sustain growth for our store.


  • Our prices are always competitive and affordable. In addition, we offer a 10% discount to seniors and military members to thank them for their service to our country.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 1730 Alpine Blvd, Suite 120, Alpine, CA 91901
  • Phone: (858) 435-4596
  • Email:

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