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Find a Unique Holiday Gift While Shopping in Charming Coronado!

Orange Avenue on Coronado
Orange Avenue on Coronado

Coronado’s Orange Avenue, a shopper’s delight!

What, you haven’t finished your holiday shopping?! No worries…Santa’s elves in Coronado, across the bridge from downtown San Diego, have a stocking full of gift ideas you won’t find anywhere else.

Skip the crowded malls and head to Coronado’s charming Christmas tree-lined main street, Orange Avenue, to discover delightful boutique shops and galleries selling all sorts of unique gifts. Following are some of my favorites:

Shorelines Gallery

Shorelines Gallery on Coronado

Shorelines’ one-of-a-kind gifts include colorful Spiritiles.

The new Shorelines Gallery sells handcrafted jewelry, glass art, chic home decor and exclusive art collectibles like the colorfully playful Spiritiles (as in “Spirit” – “tiles”).

Location: 918 Orange Ave (map)
Website: www.slsdgallery.com

Art and Frames by Wood Gallery

Populous Hotel Del by Craig Alan

Craig Alan’s people-pleasing Hotel del Coronado painting.

Art and Frames by Wood Gallery features paintings and sculptures by local and world-renowned artists. I especially love Craig Alan’s fantastical people paintings. His depiction of The Del (see above) is brilliant!

Location: 936 Orange Avenue (map)
Website: www.artcoronado.com

Coronado Taste of Oils

Coronado Taste of Oils

Coronado Taste of Oils – yum!

For the foodie, Coronado Taste of Oils sells delicious gourmet olive oils and fine aged vinegars. Tastings are Free. The Red Apple Balsamic is off the charts!

Location: 954 Orange Avenue (map)
Website: www.coronadotasteofoils.com

Emerald City

Hang ten at Emerald City surf shop. Next Monday, Dec. 17 through Friday, Dec. 21, the entire store is 20% off. Cowabunga!

Location: 1118 Orange Avenue (map)
Website: www.emeraldcitysurf.com

The Latests in Fashion

La Mer Boutique

Lovely La Mer for women’s fashions.

For fashionistas, there’s the hip new Studio 12-20, Pretty Please Fashion and upscale women’s boutique, La Mer.

Jackrabbits

Hop to the new Jackrabbits for home & garden décor, vintage handbags, antique toys and beach-themed items.

Location: 1017 Isabella Avenue (map)
Website: www.coronadofurnitureconsignments.com

Coronado Holiday Guide

2012 Coronado Holiday Guide

While shopping, be sure to pick up the new Coronado Holiday Guide, chock full of gift ideas, holiday happenings, happy hours and more. You can also download it off the Chamber of Commerce’s homepage.

Oh, and I forgot to mention the greatest gift of all: free two-hour metered parking through Dec. 28!

Now that’s the holiday spirit!

Sandra

The Haute Shopping Hub of Downtown San Diego…Gaslamp Quarter!

Bubbles Boutique
Bubbles Boutique

Bubbles Boutique

San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter is an uber-popular destination within itself covering a 16-block historic district packed with restaurants, wine bars, nightclubs, coffee houses, theatres, and my favorite…shopping! Whether you consider yourself uptown-chic or downtown-cool, the versatile clothing of the Gaslamp Quarter boutiques will serve every purpose to make sure you have the San Diego standout style.

Here are a few of my top picks every time I head downtown:

  • One of my favorite places to stop by is Bubbles Boutique. Known for carrying local jewelry designers, novelty pj’s, and fun accessories it is a must to see.
  • If jeans are your vice then be sure to browse through G-Star Raw. Here you will experience a wide range of every jean style imaginable for both men and women.  The employees will educate you in the art of denim and find the best jean to suit your silhouette and lifestyle.
  • Carolyn’s Designer Resale Boutiquefeatures high-end designer clothing, accessories, and shoes at fabulous prices. They pride themselves in offering coveted designer labels that are in great condition.
Bettie Page Boutique

Bettie Page Boutique

  • Bettie Page Boutique takes you back to the timeless fashions of the 1950’s pinup girl of Betti Page herself. If you love indie-style, retro, or rockabilly clothing be sure to stop by and pick up the latest inspiration.
  • Goga Boutiqueis home of Project Runway’s alumni Gordana Gehlhausen. Since the boutique also features the designer’s studio, you truly feel like part of the design experience while shopping for custom-made clothing in addition to featuring other unique brands. Gordana is known for her evening dresses and gorgeous jewelry!
Eden Boutique

Eden Boutique

  • Eden Boutiqueoffers a wide variety of urban-cool styles. This boutique is easy to navigate through and offers ultra-fresh effortless combinations of great fashions for women and at great price points!
Dolcetti Boutique

Dolcetti Boutique

  • Dolcetti Boutique features fashions for both men and women. The uptown-smart styles for women and the downtown-cool styles for men makes this boutique a great option to shop together! Since they also feature a full salon upstairs you both could accomplish a one-stop-shop before your date night that evening!
Haven Boutique

Haven Boutique

  • Haven Boutique makes you feel like you might be shopping in an ultra-chic hipster’s closet! A very quaint location offering everything from “beach-chic to street-chic” looks that won’t break the bank. The jewelry is also a must-see to make sure you complete your entire ensemble.
  • I can’t forget to mention the specialty stores of Urban Outfitters and Lucky Brand offering boho-laid-back-chic looks for both men and women. These are my go-to stores for the comfortable laid-back coveted styles.
  • Make sure you keep your energy to explore the centrally located Horton Plaza Shopping Center. This shopping center offers 130 specialty stores with anchors such as Nordstrom and Macy’s.

You could plan on one day of shopping in the Gaslamp Quarter but as you can see, you just might want to make it two! Tell us, where do you head first when headed to the Gaslamp Quarter for an afternoon of shopping?

Suzzanne

Poppy Boutique Pops Up In Rancho Santa Fe

Poppy Boutique

I recently had the pleasure of doing some “research” at Poppy Boutique, in Rancho Santa Fe. The name alone was reason to entice me through the door. The decor is fun and vibrant with clean white walls accented with pink and orange details. From the over-sized hot pink and white tic-tac-toe board to the custom upholstered furnishings, Poppy is a comfortable, energetic and welcoming place to shop.

The boutique offers a collection of stylish merchandise consisting of timeless, refined and ultra-feminine pieces each personally picked by owner Heather Hunter. After perusing the racks, we became enthralled with a Diane Von Furstenberg dress and decided I had to try it on. The dressing rooms are roomy and the staff very accommodating (I think we could have stayed for hours trying on the great selection of dresses and separates!) After much deliberation, I decided on a super fun black belt and scarf. But I may have to go back for that dress and to see what’s new.

Sandra

Shopping News in San Diego

Mog & Rue Boutique

I am excited to report that Mog & Rue, a California-Chic boutique located in the quaint beach community of Encinitas, has just recently been acquired by a new owner, Christianna Ablahad. Christianna is a well known fashion and beauty writer in San Diego and New York. Recently, the boutique celebrated the new ownership in style with a little soirée featuring some of the new fashions that Christianna will be carrying. The boutique will feature regular “shopping happy hours,” carry more independent designers and continue the personalized service for every customer. Mog & Rue is named for the British slang word for cat “mog” and the French word for street or walk “rue,” translating to “Catwalk.” This chic boutique is located in the Lumberyard in Encinitas at 937 South Coast Highway 101, suite C102.

Tootsie's

If you have not visited Tootsie’s, the shoe boutique located in La Jolla, you certainly need to soon! This charming boutique has such a warm and inviting atmosphere to shop for shoes in. It is owned by two San Diego born and bred sisters, Joan Lofgren and MT Zaninovich, who have an eye for fashionable shoes at wonderful price points. Being locals, they know what the necessity is for being comfortable yet glamorous when it comes to “Shoe Candy.” You will be able to find every kind of must-have shoes that won’t break the piggy bank. They also go over and above when it comes to customer service offering to track down your size and getting the dream footwear to you as soon as possible. Tootsie’s is located at 7458 Girard Ave, La Jolla.

Sandra

Chicest Shopping Streets in San Diego

My ideal shopping day is being able to park and step outside to an array of unique shopping choices. San Diego has many chic shopping streets and these are just a few of my fav’s!

Mission Hills

West Lewis Street in Mission Hills

The 1600 block of West Lewis Street and the 900 block of Fort Stockton Dr. are located in the quaint neighborhood of Mission Hills. Whether you are shopping for cards, home goods, women’s fashions, jewelry, accessories, or salon services, the following will accomplish it all: “With Love” Boutique (gifts, books and paperie), LeBelAge Boutique (women’s fashions, jewelry and accessories), Salon Bella (Rock Star pedicures), Taboo Studio (jewelry). Just a few blocks away you will come to Cecilia Boutique (women’s fashions, shoes, jewelry and accessories), Maison en Provence (French home goods) and California Flourish (perfume, jewelry and home goods).

 

Little Italy

Fir and India in Little Italy

Fir and India Street and the 400 block of Cedar Street, located in the electric neighborhood Little Italy, are two more bona fide chic streets. Shopping goals will be met for women’s, men’s, children’s fashions; jewelry; accessories; home goods and salon services. The shops include: Melero Boutique (women’s fashions, jewelry, and accessories), Be Beauty (women’s fashions, children’s, local jewelry, accessories, and salon), Vitreum (Imported Japanese home goods and jewelry), Rosa Mariposa (Imported jewelry) and Carol Gardyne Boutique (women’s fashions, scarves, and jewelry).  Walk a couple blocks to Cedar Street and visit Vocabulary Boutique (women’s and men’s fashions, jewelry, accessories, and children).

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Sandra

Fashion Features in San Diego

Celine Trunk Show

San Diego is abuzz with a variety of fashion outings! Just this month, Nordstrom at Fashion Valley showcased a Spring/Summer Trunk Show featuring the designs from Celine. After a delicious lunch accompanied with a strolling fashion show they proceeded with having live models stand as mannequins catching every shopper’s attention! Celine showcased beautifully tailored relaxed yet uptown-smart pieces that could be worn just about anywhere around San Diego. Some of my favorite pieces included the black & white ensembles, the pop-of-color Maxi and the wood platform shoes. Nordstrom is always spot on!

Celine Trunk Show

Celine Trunk Show

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