Best of San Diego: Shopping
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Baby Booty / Scout at Quarters D
Get ready to “ooo” and “aww.” Interior designer Paul Scott Silvera’s latest project is so cute that if you don’t already have a baby, you’ll want to spawn an entire von Trapp family. It’s the anti-birth control. Housed inside his showroom at NTC Liberty Station, the new baby collection includes eco-cribs and furniture by Oeuf NYC, hand-embroidered pillows and quilts by Coral & Tusk, and nostalgic wooden blocks by Uncle Goose. Did we mention: Aww!
2675 Rosecrans Street, Point Loma
Planet-friendly Outpost / Blue Dot Refill
When it comes to being earth-conscious, recycling is good but refilling is better. This new OB shop offers eco-friendly laundry, personal care, and general cleaning products in bulk, so you can bring in any container (seriously, any container) and fill it with products from EO, Shikai, Griffin Remedy, Biokleen, and more.
4799½ Voltaire Street, Ocean Beach, bluedotrefill.com
Florist / L&S Design Co.
Tucked on a quiet corner in La Mesa, this mother-daughter-owned boutique arranges edgy, elegant works of floral and succulent art. The duo is planning to relocate by year’s end to a nearby industrial-chic warehouse they’ve dubbed Brick & Laurel, which will also host workshops, photo shoots, and small events.
Local Goods / Simply Local
Every single product at this Headquarters boutique is sourced from a local company or artisan, from bestseller Love Tatum jewelry to the San Diego Honey Company.
789 West Harbor Drive, The Headquarters at Seaport District, facebook.com/simplylocalsd
Literati Boutique / The Library Shop
With a mix of popular local and national brands, the Central Library’s gift shop has design-minded, cute, and quirky books and products for men, women, kids, and even your four-legged friends.
330 Park Boulevard, East Village
Table Dressings / Hostess Haven
Farra Miron knows how to throw a good party, and is happy to share the wealth—er, gilded plates. Her arsenal is available for rent, with everything an aspiring Martha Stewart could dream of, from fancy lace napkins to colored vintage coupes. Feeling overwhelmed? She’ll style your whole table, if needed. Happy hostessing!
Faucets and Fixtures / Pirch
This place has everything—and the kitchen sink. From in-home wine taps to bath faucets that you can actually test out, Pirch’s UTC showroom creates a dream shopping experience for the new homebuyer or renovator. Find the latest, greatest, and slickest appliances, and browse the Live Joyfully boutique for unique gifts and home décor.
4545 La Jolla Village Drive, Westfield UTC
Mobile Boutique / Stop, Shop, and Roll
If you’re the kind of shopper who loves farmers markets and prefers her street tacos via food truck, then this trendy mobile boutique idea is for you. Browse the selection of cute tops, local jewelry, festival-perfect feather clips, and more. It’s the kind of fire drill we’d be happy to practice over and over again. (Available for private parties and on Fridays during the Urban Mobile Market at the Headquarters from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Sundays during the Hillcrest Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Handbags / Rais Case
If anyone can make the fanny pack cool again, it’s Julie Ellis and her burgeoning line of Navajo-chic Pendleton-fabric bags. We’ve watched her grow from making clutches out of old burlap coffee sacs to opening a hip storefront in Flower Hill Promenade to getting picked up by national brands like West Elm and Free People. On our wish list: The Vida Mega Tote.
Home Goods and Gifts
If San Diego does one thing well, it’s the I-never-knew-I-needed-it shop. A $75 candle with hand-poured vegan wax? Why not. A $10 letterpress note card that says “thank you” in ten different languages? Gotta have it. A crocheted skull-and-crossbones throw pillow? Yep. We want that, too. Our current list of swoon-worthy curators includes: Establish (1029 University Avenue, Hillcrest) VI Star (2355 India Street, Little Italy), and Love and Aesthetics (621 West Fir Street, Little Italy).
Still the Best
Home and Gifts
3801 30th Street, North Park
Hillside Artisans Children’s Boutique
827 Washington Street, Mission Hills; 7874 Girard Avenue, La Jolla
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