Oct. 4 2012 12:00 AM

Save Our Heritage Organisation restores historic shop

santa ysabel gen store
The Santa Ysabel General Store is back and stocked with quaint goods.
Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO)
Things were a lot simpler in 1884. When you went shopping, there weren't 80 different types of toothpaste to choose from. Hell, I don't think there were even two types of toothpaste to choose from. But for those who enjoy old-timey charm minus old-timey hygiene standards, the historic Santa Ysabel General Store is opening up for business after undergoing a much needed restoration.

Starting this weekend (Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6-7), the small store, located at 30275 Highway 78 in Santa Ysabel, will turn into a mini emporium thanks to its new owners, the Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO), a group devoted to restoring and preserving San Diego's history. ---

According to SOHO's Alana Coons, the popularity of DIY, crafts, organic gardening and handmade goods make re-opening the shop a sure bet-they'll be stocking it with items that have that new / old aesthetic and quaintness. That includes artisanal foodstuff, "back to nature" gifts, home and garden wares, heirlooms, books and more.

The general store will also double as the Backcountry Visitor Center for those looking for information on nature trails, local birds and wildlife, historic sites and recreational activities. It will also have items for sale to help visitors get to know the area, like maps, binoculars for bird watching, guide books and other supplies.

The store's opening coincides with Julian Apple Days Festival, which features an antique tractor display, children's games and activities, gold-panning demos, a beer and wine garden, food and tons of apple pie. Make a weekend out of it.

Calendar

  • Visit one of the 70 participating restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and nightclubs in town on this night and 25 to 50 percent of sales will go to local HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs. 
  • Anthony Bernal and Chris Ward, who are vying to replace Todd Gloria on the San Diego City Council, will discuss urban issues, such as parking, homelessness and new developments
  • The new exhibition designed by Dave Ghilarducci is made from hundreds of rolls of packing tape and bound together by layers of plastic shrink-wrap. Visitors can navigate their way through cocoon-like passageways...
  • 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...
  • The San Diego County Bike Coalition hosts this monthly bike-in happy hour event to get biking residents involved in their communities and discuss bike projects planned for that specific community
  • 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...
  • So Say We All's monthly storytelling night features stories about those jobs we took because we had to take a job. Featured readers include Allison Gauss, Annmarie Houghtailing, Cecile Estelle, and more
  • Artists from the all-abstracts group show will talk about their work and techniques. Artists include Edwin Nutting, Danielle Nelisse, Leah Pantea, Lenore Simon, and more
See all events on Thursday, Apr 28