March 30 2015
To describe Makers Arcade as a "craft fair" would be an undersell
Dec. 15 2014
As I'm writing this, there are 10 shopping days left before Dec. 25. And you're probably reading it with fewer than that. Stop panicking! That's tons of time, and here are a dozen ideas
Nov. 3 2014
When I travel, I make it a point to hit up museum gift shops-sometimes without visiting the museum itself. Am I missing out on a significant cultural experience and falling victim to consumerism?
Oct. 13 2014
Here are five cool shops, all in the Uptown-ish part of San Diego (we'll get to you, next, North County) that are worth some of your coin
Sept. 22 2014
Instagram is a glorious tool for stalking other people's cute baby and cat pics, and it's also really addictive if you like food and food porn
Sept. 2 2014
I'm totally hooked on Stoneywear Designs, the handmade jewelry line by Heather Barnes, whose skills in silversmithing and spotting the next big trend make her a go-to for great jewelry.
Aug. 11 2014
I'm always advocating for buying goods and services from the people who live and work in your community. Food is no different.
July 21 2014
I really enjoyed my early evening stroll down Carlsbad Village Drive and environs last week. OK, maybe that was the freedom talking
June 27 2014
With real estate what it is these days, pop-up shops are becoming more and more attractive to small, local retailers
June 9 2014
Owner of Blue Dot Refill (4799 1/2 Voltaire St. in Ocean Beach)-a small, no-frills refill shop for all your laundry, bathing and general cleaning needs-has made it her mission to reduce plastics...
May 19 2014
Whether you're going camping or shipping off (or getting shipped off) to camp, summer's the time to sit back, relax and stop complaining about these things I keep hearing about called "May gray" and "June...
April 28 2014
These days, Cat Ellis spends a lot of time cutting large quantities of tulle at her home office in Poway. She's perfectly content doing it, because after years of toiling away in the corporate world, Ellis...
April 7 2014
A Whole Foods on one end, a Chipotle on the other. But a strip mall (albeit high-end) this is not. Because right smack in the center is, as they say, where the magic happens. I'm talking about the Flower...
March 17 2014
Luckily for all of us (even for those of us who love the '80s), what's trending closer to home is far less-er, bright
Feb. 24 2014
It's really that easy to fall in love with everything at Simply Local, where about 85 percent of the products are locally made and represent the best and brightest of San Diego's creative workforce
Feb. 3 2014
Somewhere in a North Park studio, Kristen Saylor is sewing together random pieces of bandanas and cutting up vintage Western shirts she's found along her travels through San Diego's second-hand stores
Jan. 13 2014
In the spirit of buying, being and living local, and with this being our Design Issue, here are a few locally made items you'll never, ever find at Target. We should all be happy about that
Dec. 23 2013
Not all bubbles are overly sweet and headache-inducing-and they're also not as expensive as you might think
Dec. 2 2013
It doesn't matter if you feed a child, help someone to learn how to read or provide comfort to a struggling military family. It doesn't matter what the dollar amount is. What matters is that we find causes...
Nov. 18 2013
With more than 20 years in the business, Home Brew Mart (5401 Linda Vista Road) is a go-to store for supplies, books, merchandise, advice-and delicious Ballast Point beer


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