This small jewelry shop that is right off of Wall street has been around for 35 years. Karl, the owner, explains that he originally started as a potter and sculpture, but two of his friends asked him to make them their wedding rings, so he did. Then two more asked him for wedding rings, and then the president of the University he worked at asked him to make jewelry for his wife. After that was when Karl began to get into the jewelry business. He went to and graduated from the gemological institute. After that he moved back to San Diego, where he was originally from, because out of everywhere he has been, he loves San Diego the most. ??I do all the work myself, I don't send it to anyone.? Karl explains that when you give him your jewelry, you can rest assured that he is the only one handling it. Being a full-service jewelry store, Karl says that there is nothing he can't do. Karl is very sweet and has some incredible stories, so if you need anything related to jewlery, check out Winchell's Jewelry Designs
?? There is nothing with regard to jewelry that we cannot do ?? says Karl..
This adorable two story cafe is open from 6am to 2am, making it one of the best places to go at any time of the day. Since it is in the heart of La Jolla, it is one of the best places to go to late at night. Besides having a gorgeous view of the ocean, The Living Room Coffee House has pretty much anything you could ever want when it comes to food and drink. Some of the most popular cafe drinks include the Milky Way Mocha, the California Mocha, and even their standard brewed coffee. The manager, Rita, explains that they brew their coffee, which is a European blend, every 10 minutes, and it is always fresh and delicious. In addition to their cafe drinks, they offer a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu as well as smoothies, wine and beer. If that weren't enough, they also have an array of desserts made by a Swiss chef, and also a full bar. Upstairs there is a hookah lounge, ocean room, and cigar room. So whether you want an early morning coffee or a late night cocktail, The Living Room has quality beverages and food that will satisfy any craving.
The Living Room Coffee House offers :
Fresh salads, sandwiches & entrees
Fine coffees and pastries
Full liquor and wine bar
Happy Hours everyday 12 noon until 6pm
$3 beer and wine
$5 Well drinks and margheritas
November Special $5 off any bottle of wine
The Living Room Coffee House is La Jolla??s Dessert Headquarters !
Shimaki is a family run tailoring shop, located in the heart of Chula Vista on 3rd Ave. The shop is equipped with everything a seamstress might need to do some alterations. My first observation that that this small shop was full of stuff; and there were clothes hanging from every corner.
There were about six sewing stations, with machines, spools of thread, measuring tape, pincushions, and other necessary equipment needed to properly alter clothing. Shimaki offers alterations and even dress making. As long as they??re not busy, they can even alter something for you right when you walk in unless, of course, it??s something that will take more than a few minutes to fix. When I arrived, there was a man who was being measured for pant alterations. He was quoted 5-8 minutes for completion.
The Seamstresses at Shimaki have been awarded with plaques for a job well done on the creation uniforms, costumes, and dresses for different organizations.
There are dressing rooms so you can try your outfit throughout the alteration process. There is a platform that the seamstresses have you stand on, while they measure you for the alterations they make to your own personal clothing items, and also for the dress that you have asked them to make.
If you have clothing you need altered to fit better, or have been creating a clothing line and need someone to help with the production of the clothing. The ladies at Shimaki will help you fit into whatever clothes you bring them.
Article and Photos by: Jacqueline Smith.
The Seabreeze Nautical bookstore near Shelter Island has been owned and operated by seasoned mariners for over thirty years. The store provides boaters with important items such as navigational tools, navigational charts, cruising guides and tutorials on some possible hazards while at sea. In fact, they carry more guides and reference books for mariners than any other bookstore in the county.
Captain Ann Kinner, the store??s owner, helps sailors on a day-to-day basis with their seamanship as well as teaching them how to do things properly on their boats to prevent injuries and accidents.
??A lot can go wrong out there,? Ann says. ??So we try to provide as much information as possible to our customers and make sure they do things safely and effectively.?
The store is currently preparing for a busy fall season when the hurricanes die down and people head south. During the month of November, many cruisers will be heading towards Baja, Mexico and Central America, so the store is stocking up and helping these sailors plan their journey. They can provide you with all the necessary tools for your boat including official publications necessary to be a licensed captain.
By Kate Auda
This mechanics shop was one of the largest I have seen. When you first walk in, there is a comfortable waiting room with seating and magazines. Then beyond that room there are two more large rooms where the mechanics at ??Colonial Garage? work their magic. Erick, the manager, laughed and joked with me as he explained that this place has been around for roughly five years, and people hear about them by only word of mouth. ??Experience-wise, we've got it? Erick says, and tells me that he has been doing this for 35 years, and the other two men have 25 and 30 years experience. Erick says he likes working in La Jolla because ??once you live here you can't leave?. ??I am one of those people who can't get away from the beach? he says. So if you are looking for somewhere to do any kind of automotive repair other than changing engines, (the only thing they do not do) Colonial Garage seems like a great place to check out. Everyone who works there are very friendly and are easy going.
Contrary to the name, Harry's Coffee shop actually serves full meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner. With the classic diner feel, Harry's is a great place for a comfortable environment and a great food. The manager, John, explains hat his parents started the restaurant 51 years ago, and it is a family run business. All of his 8 siblings have worked there at some point.
Some of the most popular items off the menu include: eggs benedict, chicken fried steak and eggs, fresh fruits and juices. One of the things that sounded the best to me was the vast array of milkshakes: root beer, Oreo, and espresso being a few of the flavors. John tells me that one thing that most people say is that ??the atmosphere is like being at home, but better service than home.?
Fish! That is the first thing you notice when you walk into El Pescador: so much fresh fish. I found it interesting however, that not only is this place a fish market, but they also serve lunch and dinner. From 11-8 they serve items from their menu such as grilled fish sandwiches, salmon burgers, and clam chowder. They use the same fish that they are selling in their glass cases that costumers can buy from. So what you see is what you are going to be eating.
The manager, John, has been managing for 6 years, and says that the quality of the fish and how it is cared for is one of their priorities. Instead of getting pre-cut fish, they start with fresh fish, and they cut it as needed. John compared it to the fact that it is always better to use a freshly cut apple, because after a while it will turn brown. For a fresh fish and seafood, either for your own use or for a meal made for you, I would suggest checking out El Pescador.
I remember the first time I walked into a smoke shop. It was dark, the clerk freaked me out, and I always had the feeling I wasn??t suppose to be there at all. But lately I??ve been noticing how some shops are cleaning up the image. A newer shop to appear has joined the movement, and doing it with a goal of giving back at the same time.
PB Vibes Smoke Shop, found centrally on Garnet Ave, has been open for nearly a year. Its goal has been to create a place with a friendly atmosphere where everyone is welcome. The store is well stocked with all shapes and sizes of tobacco products, hand pipes, water pipes, other tobacco smoking accessories as well as a huge selection of "Seedless" brand clothing and stickers. The inventory isn??t your generic, mass produced fare though. Every item available has been methodically hand picked from specific glass manufacturers, artists and brands. There is even a line of hand pipes that are part of a charity deal for cancer research: buy one of them and one dollar of your purchase goes to cancer linked to the pipe; breast, testicular, or others. With the purchase, the owner will also put in another ten dollars from the register!
Since being friendly is a big part of PB Vibes?? attitude, there??s also a little lounge area set up near the front where people can hang out, look at the beautiful hand blown glass, read a magazine or talk with some friends. The staff also like to take the time to explain the products to customers and build a relationship, rather than make a hard, fast sale. All the products are high quality, but at fair prices. Truly a neighborhood friendly place.
Karen??s Consignment Gallery, located on the cusp of Point Loma and Ocean Beach, has been servicing San Diego for over 20 years. While the store changed ownership a year ago, little has changed for this ever so popular consignment store. The shop has built up a great reputation as a fair place to buy used, but high-end, beautiful furniture.
To many customers that walk the floor, the store is like a treasure chest. Each room has been carefully sectioned into smaller vignettes of matching furniture to help the flow of the store, and it??s easy to see how each piece of furniture can be used in your own home.
??Some consignment stores just throw everything together in the same room,? says owner Rob Murray. ??We try and keep matching furniture together so people can really see how things can work together in one room.?
The furniture within the store is everything from antique to contemporary with one common trait: everything is of great quality, made from great materials. You can find handcrafted home goods, bedroom sets, couches, antique chests and china cabinets. They also sell art, dish sets and patio furniture.
Karen??s Consignment Gallery is very particular when it comes to what they accept into the store. They take great care in making sure everything is of a certain standard and they price their items fairly. When shopping at the gallery, the customer service is exceptionally friendly and knowledgeable about the items and extremely helpful when looking for something particular. Overall, it??s a wonderful place to purchase furnishings and a fun place to hunt for hidden treasures.
F-Max Fitness offers personal training as well as a variety of classes suited for all kinds of fitness levels. Personal trainer, Donato Malavarcia, has been running the gym for over eight years in Point Loma. He says his biggest success has been due to the trainers that work along side him at the gym. They bring a consistent positive attitude to the environment and really focus their attention on the client.
??The trainers that work here do personal training full time, so they take it very seriously,? says Malavarcia. ??They train their client the way the client should exercise. Not the way they themselves would exercise. There??s a real difference there.?
He keeps his clients motivated by continually changing their routine and building upon the work they??ve already done. He believes in starting his clients out slowly, then increasing their regiment on a weekly basis.
The gym is separated into two different rooms. One room has a complete gym set-up with cardio machines, free weights, and machine weights. They also have a Gravity machine, which is used quite frequently in their gym. The other room is open for group classes. They have a full weekly schedule of classes that are offered, including yoga, cycling, as well as "Ride and Glide". "Ride and Glide" is a trademarked class only offered at this gym. The class is a combination of strength training and cardio, alternating between a Gravity machine and spin bikes. These classes are particularly popular and worth seeking out!
By Kate Auda