Sara Elizabeth Skincare


Best Way to Fake a Good Night’s Sleep

Sara Elizabeth Skincare
Mission Hills


This veteran facialist honed her skills performing extractions on supermodels in NYC. She’s constantly perfecting her craft. Her less-is-more philosophy will inspire you to ditch those prescription creams (buh-bye, Retin-A!). As for the latest fountain of youth? It’s all about coffee berry. She sells a product line with the miracle ingredient, and offers a coffee berry facial. But after all these years, we still think her signature facial is the best. It includes a super-relaxing Japanese massage, and won’t leave you blotchy or red—just effortlessly dewy.

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

Best Spa Day

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
Rancho Santa Fe

The best way to enjoy this spa is to make a day of it. When you book a treatment, you also get access to the gym and free fitness classes in the stunning new indoor/outdoor yoga pavilion. Post-workout, enjoy a light lunch poolside. The whole experience is a slice of NoCo heaven.

Best Hyper-Achieving Local Fashion Designer

Rebecca Minkoff

Every now and then we have to claim what’s rightfully ours, and SD-native Minkoff fits under that umbrella. She recently launched a charitable denim line. This month she’s releasing a new handbag called the Elle, after superblogger Bryan Boy’s grandmother, Eleanora (available at Neiman Marcus). And in May, she spoke at FIT’s commencement.

Root 75

Best Local Flower Shop

Root 75


Its moniker is a clever play on State Route 75, which runs along the Coronado Bridge, Orange Avenue, and the Silver Strand. Started by two local gals with great taste, this store has fresh floral arrangements and cool home accents like driftwood wreaths, chevron planters, and artwork by fellow ’Nado company Orange & Park. Get your kicks on Root… 75!

Best Old-School Barber

Jasper’s at the Westgate Hotel


San Diego Magazine’s CEO and publisher, Jim Fitzpatrick, pivots from new school to old school daily. One moment he’s tweeting and instagramming his PRs from the Crossfit gym in P.B., and the next he’s hobnobbing with judges and executives on the golf course. And when it’s time for a haircut, it’s a decidedly old-school endeavor, at Jasper’s in the basement of the Westgate Hotel. Jasper’s been cutting hair and shooting the breeze since 1955. Of course he has stories for days, but of all the many local power players he’s snipped, he remembers Phil Mickelson more than most: He gave him his first cut as a toddler.

Progress South Park

Best Boutique for Housewarming Gifts

Progress South Park


Be it hostess, host, or host-spawn, this shop’s got something for everyone, like Lotus Love Beauty bath salts by SD cooperative The Shanti Project (Julia Roberts is a fan!), luchador bottle openers, and wood-block robot action figures called Cubebots.

Best Way to Get Hubby Out of the House

Morena District


Think of it as a dream man cave where aspiring Tim Taylors can get unlimited use of super-expensive power tools, laser cutters, 3D printers, and all kinds of other gizmos to build, design, or fix anything their hearts desire. The shop even has a spray paint booth to customize motorcycles, ATVs, and other man toys. Bonus: The loud, dangerous chainsaws stay out of your garage, out of the hands of little ones, and out of earshot. You’re welcome!

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