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Local Holiday Shopping 101

Tips from our 'shop local' expert on the best boutique bargains

 I love the mall as much as the next girl, but during the holidays I always feel an extra incentive to shop at San Diego’s small, locally owned and independently operated boutiques, too. Not only do these small shops offer great prices on unique gifts and services, but the shop owners are also offering great deals and very creative incentives to keep you coming back in the New Year.

Here are a few special holiday boutique events going on around town during the next few weeks:
It’s a Luv Thing- Located in Lucadia, this cute shop (pictured at right) will have Oprah’s former chef Rosie Daley every Wednesday night from 6 to 8pm during the month of December providing food, while owner Kamie Archinal offers a trunk show series featuring local designers.
Kerut- Located in La Jolla, Kerut is offering a 12 Days of Christmas event.  From 12/1 to 12/12, the store will offer 30% off of a variety of items: shoes, jewelry, and cashmere scarves. Everyday offers a new deal.
Melero Boutique and Gallery- In Little Italy, Melero will present a holiday fashion show on 12/15 from 6 to 9 p.m. at 2136 Kettner Blvd. The show is in collaboration with TOKE and MODUL STUDIO.  The store also has some very strong promotions, with 30-50% off Bloch shoes, Paula and Joe clothing, and handmade Italian handbags.
Noon Designs: This wonderful jewelry and stationary store recently opened a second location in Solana Beach (349 n. hwy 101...next to Mitch's surf shop). In addition to the regular one-of-a-kind jewelry and paper goods, the store is now carrying handmade organic underwear from Brooklyn, embroidered clutches and hand-poured soy candles.
Noon also recently began a 12xnoon program—it’s like an earring of the month club. Customers sign up to receive an exclusive pair of earrings (that only 12xnoon members can get) on the 12th of each month for a year. The cost is $200 for twelve sterling silver pairs, $250 for twelve 14k gold fills pairs, or you can do a combo of silver and gold for $225.
Armonia Skincare: This very cool sister-run spa in Birdrock is participating in the "Birdrock Holiday Shopping Event" on Sunday, December 19th, 10am-4pm--20% off all products and a $45 Go and Glow Treatment. Armonia's Go and Glow Treatment is an enzyme and acid facial that leaves the skin glowing for days with no downtime; perfect for this festive season of parties. This facial is only offered for the day of the event. Limited appointments available.



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