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.