March 30 2015
To describe Makers Arcade as a "craft fair" would be an undersell
wearable candle
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
Turquoise bracelet
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.
Salty Sisters toffee
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.
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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
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June 27 2014
With real estate what it is these days, pop-up shops are becoming more and more attractive to small, local retailers
Deidre Prozinski keeps track of how many plastic
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...
The Wilder bag by Bradley Mountain
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...
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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...
3-19 scout-1
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


  • The renowned Mexican black and white photographer presents an exhibition exploring the principal themes within three groups: "Bestiarium"," Fantastic Women" and "Silent Natures."
  • Presented by Pacific Arts Movement, the sixth annual mini film fest features 14 film programs from 10 countries that includes everything from docs to romantic tearjerkers. See website for full lineup and...
  • Debunk some of the stereotypes surrounding cannibalism at this new exhibition that takes a hands-on approach to the subject. Includes video games and interactive activities where patrons will have to decide...
  • The former local boy and creator of the highly influential blog, Advanced Style, will be signing and discussing his third book, Advanced Style: Older and Wiser, which features inspiring pictures and stories...
  • C.J. Chenier and Bonsoir Catin headline this annual Cajun inspired festival. Also enjoy 10,000 pounds of crawfish, dancing and cooking demonstrations. Held at Spanish Landing Park, across from the...
  • A Cinco de Mayo party featuring $2 tacos, cocktails and live music from Bostich+Fussible, Javiera Mena and Gepe
  • A spoken word showcase hosted by English instructor Karla Cordero and her City College students. There will also be a special reading from poet Mercedez Holtry, as well as an art and photography show....
  • Widely known as host of "Weekend Update" on Saturday Night Live and for his role in the Showtime dramedy Weeds, Kevin Nealon brings his unique humor back to the stand-up stage
  • New works from over a dozen UCSD undergraduate students. Participating artists include Charity Algarme, Richard Lin, Joseph Maas, Ignatius Nguyen, and more
  • This video art exhibition from UCSD MFA candidate Stefani Byrd features two installations that explore the themes of breath, mediation, and the nature of time. Takes place in the VAF Performance Space,...
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