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4.25.2010

south park.

hidden from the main streets, and haven to hip college students, and shop owners who love what they do, south park in san diego, california, is a great choice for enjoying a beautiful sunny afternoon (which, we get so many of here). if you're looking to sit and enjoy some tea or coffee, find the perfect gift for that special someone, or get pampered, this quaint little neighborhood has it all; and everything is within walking distance. i say this because, well, i used to live there, and now i work at a little boutique there, and i just love being a part of the community.


LULU'S BY TRAVIS PARKER


lulu's is by far the best nail salon in all of san diego, providing an enchanting atmosphere as well as attention to detail. nestles in a small corner shop, the service is very personal, and altered to fit your every need. from entering through the door, the beautiful decor catches your eye, as you are greeted with an offer for any beverage of your choice. they offer pedicures, and manicures, and usually have fun specials ever month or so that you wont want to miss. for example, in the fall they had the pumpkin pie pedicure, and in the spring the ice cream pedicure. each service includes a wonderful massage. be sure to book in advance, as only five seats are available at a time, and every service lasts around an hour.



MAEVE RILEY

maeve riley is one of the most lovely boutiques in san diego. i love to frequent it because it's entirely centered around local designers. it's wonderful seeing a boutique support creative individuals in san diego in such a way. the interior is wonderful, from the dainty chandeliers, to the forest wallpaper, and wooden deer heads - damask curtains. the boutique is entirely well pulled together, and also offers great threads for men. the prices are great as well, with steals on the sale rack. i'm also very proud to feature some of my jewelry pieces at this shop! so if you're in south park, be sure to swing by and say hello. all the lovely ladies at the shop are super friendly. 




VAGABOND

since its opening a few years ago, the eclectic restaurant has had a loyal fan base. offering an atmosphere resmbeling an escape to the mediterranean, vagabond kitchen is exotic, rustic, and delicious. almost exactly on the corner of 30th and juniper (in the heart of all the artistic shops in south park), it's location makes it a must stop for lunch or dinner.

image by amos smith

their menu is filled with meals from around the world. for a unique and dazzling dining experience park your bike right up front and stroll on in. they also have brunch on the weekends, and their lavender mimosa screams springtime.


THE DAILY SCOOP


this ice cream parlor always offers an array of flavors in both cream, and sorbet variations. from belgian chocolate ice cream, to passion fruit or champagne sorbet, and soft red velvet cupcakes, you can't help but indulge. some flavors are classics, others change constantly, so once you visit you'll most likely be checking back for more. the daily scoop does not currently have a website, but you can visit them at the corner of juniper street and 30th street.


THE WHISTLE STOP


the local neighborhood bar, opens at 9:00PM, and there is never any cover charge (unless otherwise noted). home of local djs, as well as knitting events, and sunday movies, the whistle stop is the choice for the after hour mingling of many college students and scenesters. colorful, and embedded with the community, you might just have to drop in. for a list of special events visit their site. my favorite is when they have craft events!


REBECCA'S COFFEEHOUSE
when you're craving a pretty decent espresso, or delicious pastry, or tasty quiche... rebecca's is the perfect place to sit down, snuggle into the sofa, sip your beverage, and play with the in house cat. offering an extensive menu of beverages, as well as sandwiches and salads, this coffeehouse is cozy, and open twenty-four hours a day on the weekends. with free wi-fi, it's no wonder people can sit in there for hours. every thursday there is open mic night, and sundays they offer poetry, fiction, and alternate verse. art and culture is abundant in every corner, everyone and anyone can feel at home.



JUNC


formerly known as "magpie", this boutique is now under new ownership and better than ever. junc is a boutique and art gallery that offers new, vintage, and recycled fashions for those individuals who love to stand out. this shop is just across the street from the whistle stop. the fashion is unique, and reasonably priced for a boutique (in fashion terms, one of a kind, locally designed items). they usually have art shows once a month, and support local artists. if you're looking for fun vintage accessories, or eye catching dress, take a peek inside.


STATION


the exterior and interior design for station tavern is fantastic. very modern and self efficient - this place is also known for having an excellent assortment of beers on tap. their tater tots and cheeseburgers are a neighborhood favorite. owned by the same people who run the whistle stop, the train theme is carried throughout the location. this restaurant also has a very kid-friendly area outdoors, with a little trolly car to keep them entertained while you chow down on your main dish. laced with a bit of cajun flavor, their burgers are on the must list for locals, and visitors alike.


VELO CULT

one of the most passionate, and best designed bike shops in san diego - hands down - is velo cult. this bike shop loves attention to detail, from carrying brooks saddles, to hammered fenders, you can customize your bike to your liking while getting great customer service. velo cult is very tied with the community, as they host tweed rides, barbecues, and movie showings at their venue. check out their blog for some lovely photos of all the customized bikes they've created. if you're on of those fixie fanatics, you'll probably pass out from excitement, or stroke your mustache in an attempt to remain calm.


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