by LIZ ONUFER | photo by Alan Smith Photography

Returning Home


The choice to move to Poway was a natural one for Carly and Peter Wheeler. Carly grew up in Poway, and when the couple began to think about starting
a family, she and Peter knew it would be the best place. “It’s the perfect community to enjoy the outdoors, make close friends (or reunite with the many that have moved back) and just a truly fantastic place to raise kids,” Carly acknowledged.

Peter and Carly met when they were attending SDSU. Carly graduated with a degree in business/marketing and Peter with a BA in kinesiology. The young couple then made a move across the country to work and live in New York City. Carly obtained a human resources position for MTV Networks while Peter worked on Wall Street. After five years in NYC, the couple decided it was time to return home to the West Coast.

Professionally, Carly has continued her career in HR as an executive at Kantar, a global insights and consulting firm. Peter is a project manager at Harper Construction Company. In addition to their careers, they also own three Golden Spoon stores in the area – Poway, Rancho Bernardo, and Rancho Peñasquitos. As business owners, they are committed to supporting the community. “In 2016, we donated $8,000 back into the community through product donations, sponsorships, and hosting fundraising events,” Carly explained. In 2017, they doubled the amount, donating $16,000 back to the community.


Parents: Peter and Carly Wheeler
Children: Madison (11), Hayden (8), and Dylan (4)
Community: Bridlewood since 2009
Parents’ Hometowns: Carly – Poway, Peter – Redlands
Parents’ Occupations: Carly – Golden Spoon Owner & HR Executive; Peter – Golden Spoon Owner & General Contractor Project Manager
Pets: Macy – English Mastiff; Mr. Lewis – Tabby cat
Favorite Local Spots: Lake Poway, The Dailey Method Poway

Today, the family is five strong with three daughters – Madison, 11, Hayden, 8, and Dylan, 4. The children attend school at Painted Rock Elementary School and Montessori Child Development Center. All three girls are active in sports, including soccer, swimming, lacrosse, and gymnastics, as well as music and dance. Together, the family enjoys soccer, the Dailey Method, Crossfit Barracks, road trips, and the beach.

The family’s home in the Bridlewood community next to Lake Poway brings back memories of Carly’s childhood. “I used to hike around the lake with my mom often as a kid,” she said. In fact, her parents still live in the house Carly was raised in, and her brother and his family have returned to Poway as well. “It’s really special to be raising our kids in the same area that I grew up in,” Carly shared.