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San Diego’s Passion for Fashion: THREAD

New York, Los Angeles and…San Diego? Yup, you can add America’s Finest City to the list of top fashion destinations thanks to THREAD. The multi-city shopping event promoting emerging designers and artists comes to San Diego this Sunday, Oct. 9 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Horton Event Space in Horton Plaza shopping center. Those who know me know that I have been known to lose all sense of budgetary wisdom when it comes to fashion, so I can’t wait to stock up on clothing and accessories from our many talented local designers that will be showcasing their wares. And the best part is that in addition to the lively party atmosphere that makes the event so fun, the designers participating will be offering below retail pricing.

So much more than just a fashion trunk show, THREAD includes a slew of activities to keep you entertained all afternoon, including live music, a pop-up local art gallery, the Style Lounge, manicure and pedicure station, a photo booth, live screen printing stations, a special “man cave” for the guys and so much more. Plus, designers will be offering a variety of giveaways all day long.

Interested in attending THREAD? We’re giving away 3 sets of tickets for you and a guest to enjoy the celebration of all things fabulous this Sunday. Just leave a comment on this post before 10:00 am on Wednesday, Oct. 5 to be entered to win, and we’ll select three winners at random to receive THREAD tickets for you and a guest. See you at the show!

Alison

Shhhhh…Gaslamp Has a Secret Speakeasy

Law Office of Eddie O'Hare or is it?

A girlfriend and I were recently on Fifth Avenue in the heart of Gaslamp Quarter looking for a bar. Actually, we were surrounded by bars – throbbing music, dancing disco lights and crowds of pretty party people.

But we were looking for a secret place, a prohibition-style underground speakeasy. We had an address. Finally, we found it above a nondescript door that read “Law Office – Eddie O‘Hare Esq.” We rang the buzzer.

A beefy dark-haired guy in a black jacket opened the door a crack. “Can I help you?” he asked.

My friend flashed the personalized e-tickets we’d printed out earlier in the day. “We’re on the guest list,” she added. Beefy nodded, opened the door a few inches wider and motioned us inside.

Feeling bootlegger cool, we headed down red carpeted stairs, banked by red walls, to the basement-level Prohibition lounge. Red lighting infused the scene with an edgy risqué feel. Steamboat Willie and other late ’20s era cartoon characters silently cavorted on flatscreen TVs. A slick jazz trio performed prohibition era tunes on a small stage; nobody danced. Music was loud enough to evoke vibe, but not so loud it competed with conversation.

There were maybe 40 people inside – in a wide range of ages. No scruffy t-shirts or running shoes – but few designer labels, either. Men behaved, per house rules that prohibit “unsolicited advances on female patrons.” The setting was comfortable, conducive to easy mingling.

Prohibition is about rediscovering (and reinventing) premium hand-made cocktails. Patrons crowded around the bar for a ringside show. Mixologist Levi Walker had the finesse of a 5-star chef as he constructed my pisco sour. There’s not a blender in sight here. When Walker finished hand shaking my cocktail, he added a dash of Amargo Chuncho to the foamy top. “Real Peruvian bitters,” he explained. “It’s made from barks, roots and flowers that grow in the Amazon. You can’t make a real pisco sour without it.”

Next, Walker dropped a straw into the concoction, keeping a finger over the sipping end to withdraw a taste of the drink. He took the taste, nodded approval, then served me his masterpiece. Exquisite. The straw-tasting was a routine repeated after each cocktail he mixed.

OK, so service may be a little slower here than in most Gaslamp bars – but fine art takes time. Most cocktails run around $12.

Prohibition is open from 7:00 pm  until 2:00 am Thursdays through Saturdays. Find it at 548 Fifth Ave. Before you can get in, you’ll have to get on the speakeasy’s guest list. To do that, go to the bar’s Website: www.ProhibitionSD.com. Click on “Guest List” and register. Occupancy is limited, so it’s wise to reserve in advance. Admission is free.

 

Stairwell to the 1920s

Real Drinks Take Time

Music