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LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

SEAFOOD PAIRINGS THAT’LL GET YOU HOOKED HOW TO EQUIP FOR AN EPIC ROAD TRIP

OUR A-Z GUIDE OF SHOPPING THROUGH SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

THE PICNIC OF YOUR DREAMS

L ANDON DONOVAN GOAL-ORIENTED

THE WANDERLUST IS REAL WHAT TO PACK FOR 3 DIFFERENT ADVENTURES

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editor's note These past few months have felt far from normal. Restaurants require masks, the scent of sanitizer lingers in your car and “six feet apart” is starting to feel like a thousand miles. While our anxieties may be high and our morale low, we look forward to the day we can buy concert tickets again, go see our favorite team play and safely hug our closest friends. But in the midst of this crisis, one thing has become abundantly clear: us SoCal locals are a resilient bunch. From driveby birthday parades to supporting local restaurants with nightly take-out orders, we continue to find ways to make our neighbors smile. With that said, we’ve created a spectacular Shoppe Guide full of inspiring entrepreneurs, nifty gifts and gadgets and warm-weather essentials that will have you swooning. The people and products that grace these pages are not only authentic, but they hold a special place in the San Diego community. Among them is a denim

darling who repurposes an American staple (pg. 75), a local shop owner who is bringing print back in style (pg. 80) and a gal who’s mastered the art of the quintessential picnic (pg. 50). Gracing the cover of this issue is American soccer star Landon Donovan, who was a childhood hero of mine. As fearless on the field as he is behind the camera, Donovan dishes on his World Cup experience along with life as a player, coach and dad (pg. 30). Inspiration is everywhere, my friends— especially in our local communities. I hope these pages ignite a sense of resilience and creativity during these uncertain times. Whether you spot the perfect gift for your bestie, discover a new restaurant to support or find yourself planning the perfect postquarantine getaway, this issue is here to make you smile and look forward to the good days that lie ahead. Happy Reading!

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It was a misty morning at Torero Stadium in San Diego. American soccer star Landon Donovan emerged from the locker room in a black polo, slip-on sneakers and a matte-black stadium jacket ready for a day in front of the camera. Our team of photographers and stylists were eager to capture Donovan’s poise and dedication to the game with a series of shots in a place he’s best acquainted—the pitch.   BLEACHER REPORT • For the first look, stylist Melissa Souza opted for a classic, comfortable fit. “As a retired soccer player and manager of a new team, I wanted to bring a sporty element to his personal style,” says Souza. As he posed amongst the bleachers, jogging up and down the shiny stairs, these first few shots captured Donovan in his new home where his team, Loyal SC, will continue to host their opponents. IN THE BACK OF THE NET • Dressed in a crisp, white quarter-zip sweatshirt, navy sweats and a charcoal blazer, Donovan headed down to the field for some fierce shots taken through the netting of a soccer goal. “Bring back the steely stare. Hold that—that looks great,” says photographer Nick Isabella. With his hands gripping the net, Donovan’s tenacious drive and passion for the sport shined. But in Donovan’s words, this iconic soccer shot was “all about the outfit.” LOCKER ROOM LOOK • To wrap up the day, the crew headed back to the Torero Stadium locker room for a series of casual-cool shots. As Donovan posed confidently in a striped T-shirt, gray collared jacket and a pair of slim pants, Isabella snapped away and got a shot that captured Donovan in a state of levitation, as he jumped straight-legged off of one of the locker room benches! After several hours of trying to capture the star that is Landon Donovan, Isabella looked down at his camera screen and smiled. “That’s a wrap!”

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Spotlight

Inspired By SD Locals A Look at How the San Diego Community Comes Together During Hard Times

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24 Hours

Coves, Coffee and Cones Spend a Day Along the La Jolla Coastline

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East Village Goes Al Fresco East Village Association Creates Unity In the Community Through Their Curbside Dining InitiativeÂ

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5 Pro Tips

Survive the Drive 5 Road Trip Essentials That Will Help You Hit the Road With Confidence

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Spotlight

Blanket Statement With Pop Up Picnic Co., Bites, Beverages and Beauty Are Included

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La Jolla

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La Jolla San Diego

shoppe 67 Shoppe Guide

SHOP, IN THE NAME OF LOVE

Look Good, Feel Good— This Is the Only San Diego Shoppe Guide You’ll Ever Need

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foodie 54

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FARM TO FLAVOR

Cody’s La Jolla Dishes Up a Series of Seafood Favorites

First Bite

Solana Beach’s Ranch 45 Offers up Local Provisions While Staying True to Its Roots

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COMING OUT STRONGER

How Grind and Prosper Hospitality Group Showed Support and Resilience Over the Last Several Months

Two Things We Love

IF YOU SEA FOOD, EAT IT

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For the Fridge

BYOB

Be Your Own Bartender With These 4 Corona Hard Seltzer Recipes

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Profile

LET’S GET FIZZICAL

This Is a Club You Need to Be a Part Of

escape 97 What’s in Stock

WHAT A TRIP

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Turn Your Travel Game up a Notch With These Essentials

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10 Things We Love

TIMELESS CHARM

Modern Elegance Meets Historical Charm at This California Craftsman Resort in La Jolla

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DISCONNECT & RECONNECT

Camp Under the Stars at This Retro Trailer Pond Set on 130 Acres in Paso Robles

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Rise and Grind Creative Director of Grind & Prosper Hospitality Group Shares His Favorite Parts About SD

San Diego NAME: Huy Hoang JOB TITLE: Creative/ Brand Director and Photographer, Grind & Prosper Hospitality Group

3 REASONS I LOVE WORKING AT GRIND & PROSPER:

RESIDENT OF: San Diego

1. We create an awesome experience for people through food and atmosphere. 2. There is always something new and cool happening. 3. We all work hard, but play harder (haha!).

LOCAL LIVING: 38 Years

SHOWING SUPPORT

I love that Grind & Prosper gives back to the community because, at the end of the day, the community looks out for us. The COVID pandemic is living proof of how we’ve all looked out for each other.

A DRINK THAT PACKS A PUNCH

Ò I’m not a beer drinker, so when I’m not drinking tequila or rum, I crack open a JuneShine. Like traditional kombucha, JuneShine contains probiotics, antioxidants and vitamins, and I love that they use sustainable, organic products. When they are open, the brand has a couple of cool intimate tasting rooms and have fun events from time to time. Follow them on social media for updates (@juneshineco).

GRIND & PROSPER HOSPITALITY GROUP 895 Park Blvd, Ste 549 San Diego, CA 92101 www.grindandprosperhospitality.com

www.juneshine.co

TRIP TO THE TROPICS

Ò Head to Leilani’s Cafe in Pacific Beach for the best Loco Moco—a Hawaiian dish layered with rice, hamburger patty and an over easy egg, all smothered with gravy. It’s a candidate for the Cholesterol Hall of Fame, but it’s totally worth the splurge! They have a Polynesian store next door that has all sorts of fun gifts too. www.leilaniscafe.com

BRUNCH AND BEATS

Ò During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have found ways to support some of San Diego’s local DJs. Most of them are our friends who we have built relationships with over the years. We’ve created (socially-distanced) weekend events for the DJs to come and play music such as brunch tunes on the weekends at Miss B’s Coconut Club and DJs and on the roof overlooking the Carlsbad Village. www.missbcoconutclub.com

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NICE TO MEAT YOU

Ò I love to take out-of-town visitors to Cowboy Star; their selection of steaks is amazing. Their 8-ounce Hokkaido Wagyu New York is flown in from Japan and aged for 23 days. They are open for lunch, and they have a $13 tasty burger where the patty is made with all the ground up trimmings from their steaks. www.cowboystarsd.com

FEELING FISHY

Ò TJ Oyster Bar has delicious Baja seafood fare for an affordable price. I typically order the whole fried snapper. The skin is crunchy and seasoned with spices and herbs, and the fish is so soft on the inside. It pairs perfectly with a michelada with tamarindo. I can spend all day here just having drinks with friends; I just need a designated driver! www.tjoyster.com

Photographed By: Chris Devoy | Illustrations By: Vicente Martí Solar

“As much as [I consider myself] a social butterfly, I’m also a low-key introvert and love my alone time with my girlfriend and dogs.” —Huy Hoang


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Fork-Getta About It Sarah Abelsohn Offers a Taste of La Jolla’s Best

La Jolla NAME Sarah Abelsohn JOB TITLE Director of Marketing at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

3 BUSINESSES I LOVE VISITING AND WORKING WITH

RESIDENT OF La Jolla

1. Pigment 2. Shop Good Co. 3. Feeding San Diego

LOCAL LIVING Born and raised in San Diego; 2 years in La Jolla

PLANTING A SEED

Estancia La Jolla has over 75 different succulents and plants on our 10-acre property, and we provide guests with guided garden tours! Upon check out, all guests receive a complimentary basil seed packet, so they can take a piece of Estancia home with them.

Ò One of my favorite restaurants to grab takeout from is Sushi Nekosan, which I just found out existed due to my daily walks around downtown La Jolla during the pandemic. It’s a small place but they have THE best vegan sushi ever; I crave their Sweetie Pie and Taste Like Tuna rolls on a weekly basis. I always take my order to the beach near Marine Street as it’s less crowded and the ocean there specifically reminds me of the beaches in Europe, which gets me dreaming of all the travels I wish to do once this pandemic ends!

ESTANCIA LA JOLLA HOTEL & SPA 9700 N Torrey Pines Rd La Jolla, CA 92037 www.estancialajolla.com

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COMMUNITY COLLABS

Ò The partnership aspect of my role is actually the most fun. The focus of our #SelfCareSunday program, which is a series where we partner with a local fitness studio each month, is to put on a day that includes an outdoor fitness class, complimentary cocktails and snacks from amazing local vendors. Proud studio partners so far have included F45 La Jolla, The Boxing Club, CorePower, Club Pilates and YogaSix.

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THAI THIS!

Ò Bangkok Bay Solana Beach is one of those places that keeps you coming back for more. This hidden and tucked away restaurant in a random strip mall off Highway 101 is home to the best Thai food you will have in all of San Diego! Try the summer rolls with tofu and peanut sauce and cashew chicken! Order extra peanut sauce; trust me on that one. www.bangkok-bay.com

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Ò NINE-TEN Restaurant & Bar at the Grande Colonial Hotel is one of my favorite people-watching spots in La Jolla. Everything from their burgers to their Rueben sandwiches is delicious, and it’s so much fun to take out-of-towners here. Sit outside on their patio and order off their fabulous wine list. What more do you need than a bottle of rosé and your favorite visitors? www.thegrandecolonial.com/nine-ten-lajolla-restaurant

LOCAL LOVE

Ò Marketplace Grille is a local business that I have been ordering to-go meals from on a weekly basis—it’s just one of those small joints that tastes like home. It has been a staple in the La Jolla community and offered amazing family meal deals during the height of the pandemic! The owner knows his customers by name and always throws in an extra hummus, extra soup or an extra side appetizer for the family. www.marketplacegrille.com

Photographed By: Kambria Fischer | Illustrations By: Vicente Martí Solar

“We really want to be a space where locals and the community gather. We hope to continue to bring inspiration and positivity to each person’s day and be a place where guests can relax and escape the tribulations of their daily lives.” —Sarah Abelsohn

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Oui! Oui! Lauren Trickett Shares Her Love for This French Aperitif

Long Beach NAME: Lauren Trickett JOB TITLE: Lillet Brand Ambassador

3 FAVORITE LILLET DRINKS

RESIDENT OF: Long Beach

1. Lillet with soda water, orange and mint 2. French mojito 3. French margarita

LOCAL LIVING: 2 Years

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There are different languages spoken in California. This variety creates a beautiful sound we get to hear when walking down a street or sitting in a restaurant.

LIKE THE FRENCH

Ò When hosting at home, I love surprising guests with a French margarita. Adding this elegant twist to a familiar classic is always a crowd pleaser. You’ll need 2 ounces of Lillet Blanc, 1 ounce of Olmeca Altos blanco tequila, .75 ounces of fresh lime juice and half an ounce of agave or honey syrup. Shake and strain it over ice and garnish with an orange wheel.

HAPPY HOUR AT HOME

Ò After bartending for 12 years, making complicated cocktails at home is something I only do on special occasions. My go-to is usually a Lillet and soda water with a slice of orange and fresh mint from the garden. It’s a simple cocktail that is light and refreshing, which is perfect for winding down after the 405 commute, and before you start the battle of “What’s for dinner?”

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LILLET www.lillet.com

ORANGE YA GLAD

Ò One of the main components of Lillet is the housemade orange liqueur that helps comprise its unique signature flavor. When they first began making this, they would use the peels from thousands of Hattian and Spanish oranges in the liqueur and donate the fruit of the oranges to local schools and hospitals.

ANY WAY YOU WANT IT

Ò Lillet is one of the most versatile spirits I have ever come across—it will really surprise you how many ways it can be used. You can drink it on the rocks or make it into a French mojito; it’s fantastic when using it in the traditional Thanksgiving cranberry sauce or freeze it with lemonade for a summer treat. If you want more beverage inspo, follow @ lillet.usa on Facebook and Instagram!

SEAFOOD SENSATION

Ò Lillet is incredible with seafood. The region of Bordeaux, where Lillet comes from, is known for its vast marine cuisine, so it makes sense that the two would be suited for each other. I love to make a simple panseared halibut with summer veggies and fresh tomatoes. After searing the fish, I use butter and Lillet Blanc to deglaze the pan and sautée the veggies.

Photography Provided By: Eugene Lee | Illustrations By: Vicente Martí Solar

“In the wake of the COVID-19 shut down of the industry, I have been blessed to be in the position to give back and provide care to uplift the service industry community with the full support of Lillet.” —Lauren Trickett


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Saltwater + Suds Aaron Linekin Spills His Favorite Summer Sips

San Diego NAME: Aaron Linekin JOB TITLE: Market Development Manager Beer Division, Constellation Brands

COMPANY CULTURE

I love working for Constellation Brands because of the brands themselves. Each of our brands have individual stories to tell. It is great to see our customers making memories while enjoying one of our beverages.

RESIDENT OF: San Diego LOCAL LIVING: 50 Years

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

The things I love the most about living in San Diego are the sunnyand-75 weather and endless surf. Where else can you surf in the morning and go to the snow in the afternoon? It’s pure paradise.

CONSTELLATION GIVES BACK

Ò Constellation encourages each employee to get involved in their local community. We are prompted to engage in and give back to a cause that is personal to each of us. Twice a year, I organize a beach clean up with our wholesale partner and the Surfrider Foundation.

FIRE UP THE GRILL

Ò My favorite drink to make at home is a Corona mango seltzer with a chamoy or Tajin rim. The light mango flavor and spicy Tajin makes for the ultimate summer beverage—best enjoyed with friends, of course!

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ONE WITH THE WAVES

Ò During the height of the COVID-19 shutdown, I did a lot of surfing. I grew up surfing in Point Loma and try to get in the water as much as I can. Surfing with friends brings calm to the current situation—nothing like a little salt water therapy to clear the mind!

CHEERS TO THAT

Ò Lately, I have been sipping on Corona Hard Seltzers. The flavors are light and not overwhelming, and each can only has 90 calories! If I am able to crack open a few on a sunny day by the pool, I know it’s going to be a good day.

#TBT

Ò If I am pairing my drink with a meal, I opt for a cold Pacifico, which goes perfectly with smoked BBQ tri-tip and horseradish sauce. I love this meal because it reminds me of summers growing up, spent surfing in Northern Baja.

Photographed By: Kambria Fischer | Illustrations By: Vicente Martí Solar

“In light of everything going on in the world today, do not judge anyone for their personal beliefs. If you do not understand, listen. You may learn something!”


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LANDON DO “HIGHLIGHT

GLORY, GOALS FOR THE BEA

LANDON DONOVAN @landondonovan10 Photoshoot Location: TORERO STADIUM 5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110 619.260.7550 usdtoreros.com

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NOVAN GETS REAL” ABOUT “My number one core value is compassion, and I think the majority of that comes from this sport.” —LANDON DONOVAN

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THE LEGEND THAT IS LANDON DONOVAN THE LEGEND THAT IS LANDON DONOVAN THE LEGEND THAT IS LANDON DONOVAN THE LEGEND THAT IS LANDON DONOVAN THE LEGEND THAT IS LANDON DONOVAN THE LEGEND THAT IS LANDON DONOVAN THE LEGEND THAT IS “I am crazy driven and crazy ambitious. So how I do anything is how I do everything—I commit myself.” —LANDON DONOVAN

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THREE WORLD CUP APPEARANCES, SIX MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS AND 213 PROFESSIONAL GOALS ONLY BEGINS TO DEFINE THE LEGEND THAT IS LANDON DONOVAN. As a player who put US soccer on the map, Donovan continues to take the game to the next level. But instead of lacing up his own cleats, players from around the world have come to play for him at San Diego’s newest professional club, Loyal SC. And within 30 minutes of talking to the seasoned soccer star, one thing became crystal clear: Donovan’s passion for the game lies far beyond the goals, the wins and the fame. For Donovan, soccer is the ultimate equalizer—a game that unites and ignites people from around the world. “It’s the only sport where you can step into a bar—there’s a game on—and you find yourself sitting next to someone born in Kenya, who’s sitting next to someone born in Argentina, who is sitting next to someone born in Kansas. They have a mutual love and respect for the game, and they care about each other just because of what this game is. I’ve never seen that in any other sport, nothing even close,” says Donovan as he slips on his sneakers.

Development Program), and he successfully made the team. After moving from the state and regional teams to the national team for youth players in the same year, Donovan was approached by a scout for a club in Germany. “Until that point, it hadn’t occurred to me that this could be something serious,” says Donovan. But after a few short years in Europe, he made a decision that would change the scope of US soccer forever—he returned stateside to play Major League Soccer.

“And that right there is very special.”

His move to the states lit a fire in the hearts of Eurocentric American fans—fans who had faith that Donovan would raise the game to new heights in this country—and that he did. After 32 goals and three years with the San Jose Earthquakes, Donovan made a move to the Los Angeles Galaxy to be closer to his family. “I’m an LA boy at heart,” admits Donovan. “It was home for me. Having my friends and family—and eventually my wife and my kids—come and watch was really special.” His success with the LA Galaxy sparked a movement among young players. “I think by playing in my home city, it gave other American players who thought they were ‘supposed to be playing on the bigger stage,’ permission to come back and help build something here.”

Before “Landon Donovan’’ became an American soccer household name, there was a humble beginning for the young footballer. As his mom puts it, from the time Donovan could walk, his older brother eagerly awaited a playmate. “If we had a chance to go outside and play soccer, or basketball, or tennis, we would do it,” says Donovan. “I got an initiation into the sport really early.” His relationship with soccer was unique, however. Growing up, Donovan and his brother weren’t allowed to watch TV in the house. “Because of that, I had no knowledge of the bigger soccer world. I literally just liked to play,” says Donovan. At the ripe age of 14, Donovan had the opportunity to try out for ODP (Olympic

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•Growing up, Donovan recalls going to watch his dad play senior hockey. “He had this ability to see plays on the ice. As a player I was able to see the field in a way that other players couldn’t—I think that came from watching my dad.”

RECORD-BREAKING •His three goals in the 2010 World Cup made Donovan the highest-scoring male American player with a grand total of 57 goals in international play.

THE FINAL WHISTLE •After beating the New England Revolution 2-1 in the 2014 MLS Cup Final, Donovan hung up his jersey and retired an MLS Cup champion.

BACK ON THE PITCH •San Diego Loyal SC’s 2020 season was put on hold due to COVID-19, but resumed play in early July to play a 16game regular season followed by a singleelimination playoff.

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“I want to help these young players make better lives for themselves… It’s what gives me the greatest pleasure.” —LANDON DONOVAN


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“I remember walking down the tunnel to the stadium...and realizing how lucky I was to play in a World Cup. It sticks with me to this day.” —LANDON DONOVAN

For Donovan, there’s no place like home, but when it came to stepping onto the South Korea World Cup stage at the mere age of 20, it wasn’t something he shied away from. “I remember walking down the tunnel to the stadium and looking over at one of my teammates (Demarcus Beasley, who I had played with since I was 16) and realizing how lucky I was to play in a World Cup. It sticks with me to this day.” While his World Cup debut in the moment seemed to be a nod toward his rising stardom and tremendous talent, he quickly found it meant something so much more. “Not everyone lives like we do,” says Donovan, with an emotional pause. “Being able to see the world really helped me as a human being. It gave me a level of compassion. And if you don’t travel, you never know that—you can’t understand it,” he explains. Admittedly, Donovan has dealt with a series of tumultuous ups and downs in his personal life. “I am crazy driven and crazy ambitious,” he says, “so how I do anything is how I do everything—I commit myself. But that’s exhausting.” As someone who comes from a family with a history of mental health issues, he’s learned how to understand and manage his own. “Seeing a therapist has positively impacted my life as much or more than anything else I’ve ever done,” says Donovan. These challenges, paired with resilient dedication and love for the game, have granted him the ability to understand people and their own struggles. “My number one core value is compassion, and I think the majority of that comes from this sport.”

San Diego to play for Donovan and his team of coaches, his perspective remained the same. “I want to help these young players make better lives for themselves. It’s selfish, honestly, because it’s what gives me the greatest pleasure,” he smiles. In order to do what he does best, Donovan brought in assistant coaches Carrie Taylor and Nate Miller to work with the team from a tactical and organizational standpoint. “These are two really driven, hard-working people who have earned it every step of the way,” expresses Donovan. After several months of time off due to the COVID-19 crisis, Loyal SC resumed play in early July with an updated season structure. The team will continue their 16-game regular season with hopes of qualifying for the 2020 USL Championship Playoffs. “It was certainly challenging to have COVID hit right as our season started,” admits Donovan. “But our organization handled it extremely well. I feel very fortunate to be part of such an incredible club.” Loyal SC continues to work closely with San Diego’s Rady Children’s Hospital to get each player tested. Despite his strong leadership and playoff ambitions, Donovan surprisingly dials back when it comes to raising his two sons. “I don’t want my kids to be forced into anything,” he says. His wife points out, “He won’t even kick the ball around with them.” With a strong belief in allowing his kids to be who they want to be, he adopts a hands-off approach when it comes to parenting. “When they’re born, I want to open the present and see what I got,” he explains with a smile.

His heart for the game and passion for people will provide the foundation for his next venture. “When you’re in a team environment, you’re not successful by accident. You learn how to impact games, impact seasons and impact people.” And Donovan will continue to do just that. This time, however, it will be from the sideline as coach of San Diego’s Loyal SC.

Donovan’s accomplishments feel less like trophies on a shelf and more like experiences that have shaped the man. He continues to impact the game of soccer and its people with humility, grace and a competitive spirit. And when it’s all said and done, and people hear the name “Landon Donovan,” he hopes they say one thing:

As players from Africa, Jamaica, Panama, Great Britain and other countries filtered into sunny

“He cared.”

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Escondido

Inspired By SD Locals

Food for Thought

Ú Nonprofit organization San Diego Craft Collective started a campaign selling handmade, reusable cloth masks. “Part of our mission as a nonprofit is to support local craftspeople, so we came up with the Mask 2Gether project where people in the community buy a mask, and we donate a second mask,” says Steffi Dotson, president and founder of San Diego Craft Collective. Dotson and her team have donated twice to Rady Children’s Hospital and to the City of San Diego’s Convention Center; they also plan on launching Craft 2Gether, a new project where they will sell craft kits, and for each kit purchased, they’ll donate a kit to a child in need.

Ú Highland Valley Vineyards donated 20% of all wine sales from early March to May 15 to the San Diego County Food Bank. Their generous donation was matched by another food bank donor, making the final contribution equivalent to over 18,000 meals. “With so many of our customers coming in to purchase wine, we felt it would be nice to extend this appreciation to those less fortunate during this particularly difficult time,” says Ray Schnorr, co-owner and co-winemaker at Highland Valley Vineyards. The winery continues to support a variety of important initiatives in San Diego, including the Rotary, Poway Arts and the YMCA. “We are proud to give back to our community,” says Schnorr.

SAN DIEGO CRAFT COLLECTIVE 2590 Truxtun Rd, Ste 106 San Diego, CA 92106 619.273.3235 www.sandiegocraft.org

HIGHLAND VALLEY VINEYARDS 15412 Bandy Canyon Rd Escondido, CA 92025 858.531.6589 www.highlandvalleyvineyards.com

Liberty Station

A LOOK AT HOW THE SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER DURING HARD TIMES WRITTEN BY: KAYLIN WAIZINGER ILLUSTRATIONS BY: VICENTE MARTÍ SOLAR

Ú Inspiration is everywhere—especially in our local communities. During the height of the COVID-19 crisis, San Diego business owners took big steps to ensure the love and support of our healthcare workers, the unemployed and those most at risk. From crafting protective face masks to generously donating meals, these five companies (and the teams behind them) are nothing short of inspirational.

Getting Crafty

East Village

In It Together Ú In the month of May, East Village Association launched their EV Ambassador Program—a project designed to create a centralized communication between the business and residential communities during the COVID-19 crisis. Volunteers were assigned to 10 neighborhoods to serve as the main point of communication between business owners, residents, property managers and the East Village Association. Their duties included the circulation of important information like providing updates on current business offerings, homelessness and cleanliness, as well as performing routine checkins. Through this program, East Village Association worked to ignite a sense of togetherness, preserve the spirit of community and keep communication alive in the neighborhood. EAST VILLAGE ASSOCIATION 1041 Market St San Diego, CA 92101 619.546.5636 www.eastvillagesandiego.com

Sanity Through Sanitizer Miramar

Ú Since the beginning of the crisis, Seven Caves Spirits and Liberty Call Distilling have partnered to manufacture, donate and sell WHO formulation hand sanitizer using their ethanol. “We saw the shortage of hand sanitizer and how it was negatively affecting our hospitals, friends and businesses,” says Geoff Longenecker, founder of Seven Caves Spirits. Since starting this campaign, Longenecker and his team have received significant support and many thanks from the local community. SEVEN CAVES DISTILLERY 7950 Stromesa Ct, San Diego, CA 92126 | 619.300.1624 | www.the7caves.com

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Wingin’ It Ú Dirty Birds, a local San Diego sports bar, began their Wing it Forward Campaign where they matched every 20-piece wings for every 20-piece bought to feed frontline workers. To date, they have matched and distributed the equivalent of over 150,000 wings! “Our community is who built our brand and supported us since day one...It’s important to never lose sight of the community that stands behind your vision,” says Managing Partner Adam Jacoby. His team plans to continue supporting frontline workers and sponsoring the many organizations they have been involved with over the years, such as youth sports, SOMBFAB (Some of My Best Friends Are Bald) and Big Josh Foundation. DIRTY BIRDS 2970 Truxtun Rd, Ste 9 San Diego, CA 92106 619.756.7576 www.dirtybirdsbarandgrill.com


alive /// 24 hours

Coves, Coffee and Cones SPEND A DAY ALONG THE LA JOLLA COASTLINE

La Jolla

10:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

Big Brunch at Cody’s La Jolla Ú Cody’s has relocated to a secondfloor unit where the view of the Pacific Ocean is even more spectacular. Combine this new waterfront location with the Awesome French Toast, and brunch couldn’t get any sweeter.

Shopping at Hi Sweetheart Gift Boutique Ú There’s odds and ends for anyone and every occasion in this colorful shop. An eclectic curation of books, accessories, stationery, candles and more are waiting to be discovered.

www.codyslj.com

WRITTEN BY: NADINE BLANCO

www.hi-sweets.com

CODY’S LA JOLLA

Beyond the prime real estate and top-ranked educational institutions like UCSD and Scripps Research Institute, there’s a lot to explore on a day trip to La Jolla. Flanked on both ends by breathtaking ocean bluffs and popular beaches, this seven-mile stretch of curvy coastline boasts world-renowned golf courses, an understated entertainment scene, boutique shopping and mouthwatering cuisine. With hidden gems to be found on every corner, it’s no surprise that La Jolla’s nickname is “Jewel City.”

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Noon Light Lunch at Galaxy Taco Ú For an out-of-thisworld taco experience, look no further than Galaxy Taco, where the mushroom taco and the grilled avocado taco are unique menu items you can’t get anywhere else. Pro tip: you’ll definitely want to inquire about the $7 taco special! www.galaxytaco.com

1:30 p.m. Stroll Through the La Jolla Caves Ú The seven sea caves within La Jolla Cove were used to smuggle in booze during the Prohibition era. The best way to see them is by kayak, but if you’re pressed for time, the Cave Store has an accessible footpath into the second42 LOCALE MAGAZINE

largest cave, Sunny Jim, for a nominal fee. www.cavestore.com

see even if you’re not a fan of golf! Tee up while overlooking the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean on two exciting and challenging courses that are nestled atop the coastal cliffs.

3:00 p.m. Grab a Cup o’ Joe at Parakeet Café Ú Their selection of “Elixir Lattes” like Moon Milk, Magic Mushroom Matcha and Immortality Latte are made with superfood ingredients for a pick-me-up you can feel good about. Take a break to enjoy organic food, housemade pastries and Parakeet-exclusive local roasts on the patio of this lush and adorably pink café.

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3:30 p.m. Play a Round at Torrey Pines Golf Course Ú This legendary premier municipal golf course is a must-

HERRINGBONE LA JOLLA

Enjoy a Sunset Dinner at Herringbone La Jolla Ú As the sun starts to set, head over for happy hour from 4-6 p.m. (and all night on Mondays). Come for the fresh seafood and handcrafted cocktails, but you’ll end up staying for the beautiful California coastal ambiance alone.

www.herringboneeats.com

ESTANCIA LA JOLLA HOTEL & SPA

7:00 p.m. Grab a Sweet Treat at Bobboi Natural Gelato Ú This quaint creamery is a 5-minute walk from Herringbone and serves up the best Italian gelato in town made with local and seasonal ingredients. Choose from a rotating menu of 18 flavors, including charcoal vanilla and salted caramel, or opt for one of their six vegan options like their classic vegan pistachio! www.bobboi.com

9:00 p.m. Stay the Night at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa From a full-service spa to a saltwater pool and jacuzzi, there’s no better place to wind down next to the ocean. Estancia is completely pet-friendly, offering dog-walking and sitting services, comfy in-room dog beds and locally made peanut butter treats. www.meritagecollection. com/estancia-la-jolla

Photos: Hi Sweetheart Gift Boutique: Kambria Fischer | Cody’s La Jolla: Danielle Jackson | Herringbone La Jolla | Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

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EAST VILLAGE GOES AL FRESCO East Village Association Creates Unity In the Community Through Their Curbside Dining Initiative

East Village

EAST VILLAGE ASSOCIATION 1041 Market St San Diego, CA 92101 619.546.5636 www.eastvillagesandiego.com

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N Located at 13th and Market, Quartyard is an urban park constructed from repurposed shipping containers with a music venue, dog run, coffee shop, full-service beer garden, burger place and tons of public art. “Usually they have concerts going on, but they shifted to doing these really cool interactive virtual concerts,” says Straw. “They have since reopened and are getting back into the swing of things, so it will be interesting to see what they do next!”

Joining Forces N “Everybody that we work with at East Village Association is a really cool partner organization, a small business or a volunteer. It’s really fun to see the way everybody comes together and works to make our community better,” says Straw.

BASIC

WATER GRILL

N Nothing says hip and vibrant quite like

BASIC

What was once predominantly occupied by commercial

warehouses, vacant lots and a smattering of residential properties, is now a thriving urban enclave with a bustling restaurant and

bar scene, chic hotels, art galleries and an assortment of unique shops. The neighborhood encompasses 130 blocks of San

Diego’s Downtown District and has an eclectic mix of sleek highrises alongside former warehouses and Victorian homes. The

construction of Petco Park, the Padres’ stadium, in 2004 sparked

the start of the East Village evolution—a community that has now been likened to Manhattan’s trendy SoHo district.

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Village Art N East Village Association has a strong partnership with local artists. “We commission them for murals and for painting electrical boxes around the neighborhood,” says Straw. Two boxes were recently painted at Park and Market that feature a handful of heroes in music and sports, including a portrait of San Diego Padres legend Tony Gwynn.

Photos Provided By: Amari Dixon, @amarimdixon | Water Grill | Monzu

San Diego’s East Village.

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help our businesses get through this pandemic and that has been through education and connecting them with resources and local elected officials that can help them.”

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Within the past six months, like other SoCal communities, East Village endured a difficult economic crisis that included the shutdown of restaurants and bars and the closure of shops, museums, venues (including Petco Park) and other small businesses. In efforts to comply with safety regulations and keep the community connected, the East Village Association stepped up to the plate with a game plan to help keep local businesses afloat. “We started talking about the idea of a curbside dining program back in early April and got the city involved to figure out how it could work logistically,” explains Diane Peabody Straw, executive director of East Village Association. “The goal is to allow restaurants to expand their space so that they can serve more people while maintaining social distancing.”

The curbside dining initiative began in late June with the expansion of additional patio seating onto the sidewalk in front of each participating restaurant. “This allows restaurants to have more square footage to work with to make sure tables can be properly spaced,” says Straw. J St, which is normally filled with cars, was shut down for pedestrians to walk, providing more room to pass one another and maintain distance. “We hope to reignite a sense of confidence in people so they feel comfortable enough to engage with the local businesses, recognizing that the proper safety measures are in place.” As of now, EVA plans to continue the program through the end of the year, depending on its overall effectiveness and California’s state of emergency. According to Straw, the East Village community is young, vibrant and very diverse. “We see a huge range of working professionals from tech to art to everything in between,” she explains. At one point, it was estimated that East Village was home to over 15,000 dogs, and the majority of residents live in apartments. “This speaks to a very active community,” says Straw. “We wanted to create a place where people can come down out of their apartment buildings, walk their dogs and enjoy East Village again.” As EVA works to unite the community, the association’s larger-scale events have been put on hold, such as the 10th annual East Village Opening Day Block Party and placemaking programs that include the display of public art. “Since March, we have consistently used the word ‘pivot,’” says Straw. “We have pivoted our focus to find ways to

Restaurants have been potentially hit the hardest during the pandemic, but despite the trying circumstances they face, many have stepped up in unique and selfless ways to give back to the community. “It’s been really inspiring to see,” says Straw. MAKE pizza+salad pledged for every pizza purchased, they would give one to a first responder, police officer or Clean and Safe worker in East Village. “Anytime someone wanted to stop in for a pizza, they were taken care of. Seeing things like that are really cool,” Straw says. Social Tap and a few other restaurants worked to provide affordable, large family meals for takeout and reasonably priced meals for those who were laid off, while the owners of Breakfast Republic dedicated one of their locations entirely to serving free meals to anyone who had been laid off—no questions asked! “We are seeing so much generosity. And in a time of such uncertainty, that is really powerful,” says Straw. “As the largest neighborhood in Downtown San Diego, we are dedicated to making sure we pay attention to all corners of East Village, providing programs that are beneficial to everybody in our community.” As the people and businesses of East Village press on and look toward a vibrant future, EVA continues to provide support to those who need it most.

“We wanted to create a place where people can come down out of their apartment buildings, walk their dogs and enjoy East Village again.” —Diane Peabody Straw BASIC

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alive /// 5 pro tips

“Being prepared will have you focused on the trip and destination. Spend more time exploring and less time worrying.” —Ruben Piña

al Manager at KG

RUBEN PIÑA, Gener

Custom

1

DON’T SKIP THE MAINTENANCE • “Fluids are the lifeblood of any car. Service intervals depend on mileage, so consider how far you’ve driven since your last service and how far you plan on driving on your trip. Then, decide what needs attention.” 2

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED • “You’ll definitely want to pack a first aid kit to ensure your safety. You can buy one or make your own DIY kit—either way, it’s a must.”

Carlsbad

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TOOLS TO SURVIVE • “Never take any long drive without a car emergency kit. You never know what can happen on the road, and things like roadside flares, jumper cables or an emergency hammer can really save you some trouble or even save your life if it comes down to it!”

Survive the Drive 5 ROAD TRIP ESSENTIALS THAT WILL HELP YOU HIT THE ROAD WITH CONFIDENCE

WRITTEN BY: KAYLIN WAIZINGER PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: KG CUSTOM

After months of sitting at home, we’re all itchin’ for some adventure. Whether it’s a trip to Joshua Tree or a simple cruise up the coast, the team at Ken Grody Ford is here to offer some tips to make sure you’re fully equipped for your next road trip. Here is an essential checklist for your next escapade—wherever it may be!

“The No. 1 goal is safety—making sure you reach your destination without having issues you could have prevented.” —Ruben Piña

Versatility Is Key • Ken Grody Ford customizations are perfect for any lifestyle. From feel-good driving to dressing in a suit, a Ford Raptor caters to both your laid-back road-trippin’ days and higher-end nights.

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Functional Style • The Ford Raptor is great for a spontaneous trip or even a weekend getaway. There are no limits to where the Ford Raptor can take you—cross country, off-road or even camping. This truck does it all.

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CHILL OUT • “Everyone who’s done a road trip knows that your food options are limited mainly to fast food. A cooler is perfect for keeping healthier options, snacks and drinks cold during the ride.”

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BOTTLE IT UP • “Staying hydrated is always very important while traveling. With a reusable water bottle, you can get refills at gas stations and restaurants for free and save yourself some money.”

“From cold-air intakes to customizable brakes, the Ken Grody design brings its clients the ultimate horsepower.” —Ruben Piña

KEN GRODY FORD 5555 Paseo Del Norte Carlsbad, CA 92008 866.376.9821 www.kengrodyfordsandiego.com


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Blanket Statement

San Diego

WITH POP UP PICNIC CO., BITES, BEVERAGES AND BEAUTY ARE INCLUDED BY THE SEA

Kimmons’ favorite spot to set up a picnic is the green huts at La Jolla Cove. “Our tables are a good height, so you can sit overlooking the water.”

WRITTEN BY: NADINE BLANCO PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: JUSTIN CRITZ PHOTOGRAPHY When Lauren Kimmons staged a Valentine’s Day picnic to promote her vintage rental company in 2011, she didn’t think it’d be the inception of what would later become Pop Up Picnic Co. In fact, she recalls not giving the idea much attention at all until people outwardly expressed their love for her work. “We kind of just kept getting requests for it, so I just kept doing them and offhandedly called it a ‘pop up picnic.’’’ Having started her career in the wedding industry by renting out vintage furniture and designing events, curating a beautiful picnic came naturally to Kimmons. In 2016, the stress of the rental company led her to sell the business, but at that point, buzz around her “pop up picnics” grew even stronger. Eventually, with her innate creativity and entrepreneurial

THRILL OF THE HUNT

POP UP PICNIC CO. www.popuppicnic.co @popuppicnic.co

“ONE OF THE THINGS THAT’S SO NICE ABOUT LIVING IN SAN DIEGO IS HAVING THESE BEAUTIFUL SCENERIES AND PLACES TO SET UP PICNICS.” —LAUREN KIMMONS

spirit, Kimmons officially launched Pop Up Picnic Co. in 2018. When revamping the concept for this new business, she drew from her wedding industry background. “So often, you do these magnificent events, but it’d be cool to have a micro-event that feels just as special—that you can do for everyday stuff—and that’s how the picnic aspect came up,” she says. “One of the things that’s so nice about living in San Diego is having these beautiful sceneries and places to set up picnics.” Today, Kimmons creates immersive picnic experiences where the locations speak for themselves, needing only to add finishing touches like fresh flowers, unique decor and fresh charcuteries sourced from Mona Lisa Italian Deli and Venissimo Cheese. Even more thrilling than the process of organizing

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“I used to go thrifting for fun, and then I had a little Etsy store.” The side-hustle led to Kimmons’ vintage

rental company, which later led to Pop Up Picnic Co.!

GIVING BACK

Not only does her company help promote the Salvation Army’s “Thrifty Thursdays,” but Kimmons is also finding new ways for her picnic’s proceeds to benefit charities.

everything, getting to see the looks on clients’ faces when they finally see the picnics in person is her most satisfying moment. “It’s such a fun thing to do because people get so excited,” she says, explaining that most clients use Pop Up Picnic Co. to surprise their partners for a date night. “You see this moment of like, ‘Oh wow, that’s cool,’ and then they’re like, ‘Oh wait, that’s for me?’ and then there’s a third level of ‘Oh my god, I feel so special right now!’ You see that happening, and it’s such a cool feeling.” Kimmons is fortunate to have found success making people happy by doing something she loves. “Your business offering is often sparked by your natural talent, and the way you deliver your product is often guided by your values and principles. When those two things come together, that’s darn near perfection.”


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Two Things We Love

If You Sea Food, Eat It Cody’s La Jolla Dishes Up a Series of Seafood Favorites

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Farm to Flavor

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SOLANA BEACH’S RANCH 45 OFFERS UP LOCAL PROVISIONS WHILE STAYING TRUE TO ITS ROOTS

PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: MARAELIA ROMAINE AND MIKE SMITH

Built on the farm-to-fork approach, Solana Beach’s Ranch 45 prides itself in letting the rancher, fisherman and farmer shine on each plate. “It’s a subconscious approach...It’s who we are,” says Pam Schwartz, co-founder of Ranch 45.

Solana Beach

FOOD

The vision for the eatery extends back to its original roots, while the name, Ranch 45, is a tribute to the restaurant’s inherent values of ethical farming and sustainability. In an effort to uphold these values, Ranch 45 sells and serves Brandt Beef products in their restaurant and butcher shop.

• From fresh cuts of meat to hearty breakfast options, Ranch 45’s farmto-table approach goes beyond the traditional.

The Brandt family established their cattle business in 1945 and became one of the first ranchers in Southern California to go all-natural––no hormones and no antibiotics. Famous for their beef and sustainable practices, the family grows and harvests all of the grass and grains that the cattle are fed and recycles all of the water that goes through their plant. “They work hard to reduce waste by using each part of the cow instead of dumping unwanted parts into a landfill. It’s really cool what they do,” says Schwartz.

DECOR • Wood furniture and industrial accents give the space a cozy, rustic feel.

Scattered throughout the Ranch 45 menu, you’ll find various dishes featuring the famous Brandt Beef, such as the mouthwatering Brandt Burger, the corned beef Reuben sandwich and the savory shaved ribeye taco. While Ranch 45 boasts an extensive menu of locally sourced ingredients and responsibly raised meats, the restaurant houses a butcher shop and offers live cooking classes. “We are so many things in such a little space,” Schwartz explains. From grilling and smoking to salad-making and children’s baking, guests can learn

PRICE • Breakfast options hover around $12, while lunch dishes range from $10 to $15—affordable prices for locally sourced ingredients!

the origins of their food and how to best prepare the meats sold at the restaurant’s butcher shop. Through these offerings, Ranch 45 has established itself in the local community and continues to educate its patrons on the value of sustainability. For Schwartz, Ranch 45 has allowed her to put her skills to use in restaurant management, wine service, education and sourcing local ingredients. “I grew up in the farming community, in a small town in northern Florida; we just ate what was available,” she says. As a graduate from the Culinary Institute of America, Schwartz’s career has been focused around fine dining, her passion for hospitality and making sure that people are well-fed and happy. “The best is seeing somebody who’s not necessarily having the best day, come in and walk out with a smile on their face. That’s what it’s all about.”

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VERDICT • Ranch 45 brings a homestyle approach to the fare they serve. It feels good to know where your food comes from!

RANCH 45 512 Via De La Valle, Ste 102 Solana Beach, CA 92075 858.461.0092 www.ranch45.com


RUNS IN THE FAMILY • Schwartz’s husband, Aaron Schwartz, is also a prominent player in the San Diego foodie scene, serving as executive chef at Marina Kitchen at the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina since 2006. SAUCE IT UP! • When ordering your meats, be sure to snag the housemade sauces and sides to perfect your meal at home.

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COMIN G OU T OUT ST RON TR ONGER Our country has had a long-awaited wakeSan Diego

up call in 2020—to say the least. Restaurants, businesses and

organizations realize

they aren’t just serving food or making

transactions, but they are representing

their community in a broader sense.

Once the COVID-19

pandemic emerged, Grind & Prosper

Hospitality realized

they needed to step up

and help the San Diego community; as a result, both large and small

actions were taken by GPH to show support to their community.

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PROTECTIVE MEASURES •When reopening, all health and safety precautions are taken into account to ensure guests’ confidence in dining out.

“WE WANTED TO DO OUR PART TO GIVE BACK TO ALL THE FIRST RESPONDERS out there

working long hours and putting themselves at risk. It was about supporting them in whatever way we could, and

the best and most obvious way we saw was through meal donations,” says Natasha Ross-Prickett, GPH’s regional

manager/partner. After their first large donation, other

departments and hospitals reached out, and deliveries to

local law enforcement agencies were made. A partnership with local nonprofit Frontline Foods was born shortly

thereafter, and they ended up delivering 2,000 meals to frontline workers in San Diego. Recognizing that children and families were also going to be impacted by the pandemic, the charitable efforts didn’t stop there. A longstanding relationship exists between GPH and It’s All About the Kids—a local nonprofit that assists families struggling to feed their children. By volunteering weekly, supplying PPE, donating over 150 meals to volunteers and donating funds to provide over 20,000 pounds of groceries for children and families in need, GPH contributed to those hit hard by the pandemic. GPH employees took action of their own, starting GoFundMe fundraisers and supporting their colleagues in various ways. “We told our staff from each venue, as well as the staff at all our sister restaurants, that we would supply 58 LOCALE MAGAZINE

meals, groceries and dry goods for them whenever needed. We also bought meals for other displaced hospitality workers in our extended industry ‘family,’” says Ross-Prickett. Grocery pick-ups and staff dinners were held with other San Diego restaurants. “So often people think of San Diego’s dynamic bar and restaurant scene and see it as a huge cutthroat competition with everyone vying to be the best and most popular place; however, at times like these, you really see the true heart of the industry and the sense of community that unites them. The overwhelming support we received from everyone during the closure definitely inspired us to keep moving forward with our donations and support to others,” explains

IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS •“They’re all microactions that contribute to a larger goal, which is raising the spirits of those around us in our community. Offering small things like a warm meal, strong cocktail or a fun virtual game night, keeps people in touch and brings some joy to an otherwise awful time,” says Ross-Prickett.


“The overwhelming support we received from everyone during the closure definitely inspired us to keep moving forward with our donations and support to others.” —Natasha Ross-Prickett

Ross-Prickett. Other initiatives taken were offering $5.04 (based off the 504 area code of New Orleans) meals at Louisiana Purchase, live streams with local DJs and live-stream trivia nights for locals and hospitality workers. GPH was able to still show genuine support for those struggling.

LOUISIANA PURCHASE 2305 University Ave San Diego, CA 92104 619.255.8278 www.louisianapurchasesd.com MISS B’S COCONUT CLUB 3704 Mission Blvd San Diego, CA 92109 858.381.0855 www.missbcoconutclub.com PARK 101 3040 Carlsbad Blvd Carlsbad, CA 92008 760.434.2217 www.park101carlsbad.com PB SHORE CLUB 4343 Ocean Blvd San Diego, CA 92109 858.272.7873 www.pbshoreclub.com

“We wanted to do our part to give back to all the first responders out there working long hours and putting themselves at risk. It was about supporting them in whatever way we could, and the best and most obvious way we saw was through meal donations.” —Natasha RossPrickett

In these hard and unexpected times, the support and love the San Diego community has for each other shined through. Everybody was going through these hard times together while supporting each other. “In many ways it was confirmation that we [GPH] have been doing it right. We were reminded that cultivating relationships and creating a good company culture with an amazing staff is extremely valuable. In this business, you often get caught up in the day-to-day hustle and bustle; quarantine and the shutdown actually gave us time to stop and appreciate these things,” says Pete Cich, owner and founder of GPH. Implementing the

necessary changes while having to constantly adapt throughout this year has shown the strength and resilience of the San Diego hospitality industry as a whole. In addition, each GPH restaurant supported a different nonprofit organization on Juneteenth, donating percentages of sales to the NAACP, The San Diego Urban League, The Bail Project and YoPace. A culinary expo called “Bad Boyz of Culinary” has been planned to showcase several San Diego Black chefs. Ross-Prickett says that Grind and Prosper Hospitality will continue to work with the Black community of San Diego by supporting and partnering with small Black-owned businesses. GPH is hopeful for brighter days and good things ahead. Cultivating community relationships and giving back when possible is at the forefront of the GPH beliefs. “We hope to come out of it better than we went in,” says Ross-Prickett.

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If You Sea Food, Eat It CODY’S LA JOLLA DISHES UP A SERIES OF SEAFOOD FAVORITES WRITTEN BY: KAYLIN WAIZINGER PHOTOGRAPHED BY: KAMBRIA FISCHER

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N AT I V E KNOWLEDGE

• Looking for a tasty bargain? Cody’s hosts an unbeatable happy hour from 4-7 p.m. with $5 beer and wine, $9 food options and $1.50 oysters!

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CEVICHE

• Cody’s ceviche makes for the perfect warm-weather bite. This south-of-theborder starter combines local seafood, tomatoes, onions, cilantro and citrus for a zesty, shareable snack. Topped off with a layer of sliced avocado and tortilla chips on the side, this little seafood cocktail will make your happy hour a whole lot happier.

Ceviche Ingredients: • Local Seafood • Citrus • Tomatoes • Onions • Cilantro • Sliced Avocado • Tortilla Chips


N AT I V E KNOWLEDGE LO B ST E R ROLL

• A take on an east coast classic, the lobster roll unites a rich combination of flavors stuffed in a buttery, griddled brioche. Maine lobster and green onions lightly tossed in butter and aioli, served with sides of crispy fries and creamy coleslaw, make this lunch staple worth the splurge.

• Cody’s offers a selection of several locally brewed beers. Pair your lobster roll with one of these hops and you may never look back.

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Located in the heart of La Jolla, Cody’s serves up fresh seafood favorites, a buzzing atmosphere and airy ocean views. Whether you’re craving a homestyle brunch or you’re in the mood for a sunset happy hour, this seaside eatery is the place to be. The decadent, east coastinspired lobster roll and zesty ceviche pair perfectly with an offshore breeze. So, roll up your sleeves and dig in!

SAME FOOD, BETTER VIEW • Once located in a small cottage-like space near La Jolla Cove, Cody’s decided to gift its patrons a better view and move to Prospect St. The new space boasts a large outdoor dining scene and a breathtaking view of the big blue.

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LET’S CELEBRATE • Looking for a spot to host a private event? Cody’s La Jolla offers a trendy space that captures the essence of vintage coastal dining. Natural wood accents, succulents and pops of blues and greens create a welcoming atmosphere for you and your guests.

BRUNCH ABOUT IT

Lobster Roll Ingredients: • Maine Lobster • Green Onions • Griddled Brioche • Butter • Aioli • Hand-cut French Fries • Coleslaw

• Not only does this seaside restaurant serve up some of the best seafood around, but they have a bangin’ brunch as well! Enjoy local favorites like The Awesome French Toast, Traditional Eggs Benedict or the Chilaquiles, which is a staff favorite.

CODY’S LA JOLLA 1025 Prospect St, Ste 210 La Jolla, CA 92037 858.459.0040 www.codyslj.com LOCALE MAGAZINE 61


foodie /// for the fridge

BYOB

BE YOUR OWN BARTENDER WITH THESE CORONA HARD SELTZER RECIPES

WRITTEN BY: JORDAN NISHKIAN • ILLUSTRATIONS BY: VICENTE MARTÍ SOLAR

Drink Name:

Drink Name:

Cherry the Moment

It’s official— you can’t have warm weather without something that’s a little bubbly, and with Corona’s new Hard Seltzers, getting that “just whisked off to summer vacay” feeling has never been easier. With four delicious flavors, these sparkling sips are the secret ingredients your bar cart has been begging for. Cheers!

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Back in Blackberry

Ingredients:

Ingredients:

• 1 part Cherry Corona Hard Seltzer • ½ part Lime Juice • Maraschino Cherries • Ice • Slice of Lime (Garnish)

Recipe:

• In a stemless wine glass, add ice, maraschino cherries and lime juice. Top off with Cherry Corona Hard Seltzer and garnish with a slice of lime.

Drink Name:

• 1 part Blackberry Lime Corona Hard Seltzer • 1 part Limeade • Ice • Slice of Lime (Garnish)

Recipe:

• In a Collins glass, pour in ice and limeade, then top off with Blackberry Lime Corona Hard Seltzer. Garnish with a slice of lime.

Drink Name:

Mule It Over

Mango Mojo

Ingredients:

Ingredients:

• 1 part Mango Corona Hard Seltzer • ½ part Mango Juice • ¼ part White Rum • Simple Syrup (to taste) • Ice • Mint Leaves (Garnish)

• 1 part Lime Corona Hard Seltzer • 1 part Ginger Beer • ¼ part Vodka • Simple Syrup (to Taste) • Ice • Lime Twist (Garnish)

Recipe: CORONA HARD SELTZER www.coronausa.com

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• Pour ice, simple syrup and vodka into a mason jar, then top with ginger beer and Lime Corona Hard Seltzer. Garnish with a lime twist.

Recipe:

• Pour mango juice, white rum, simple syrup, torn mint leaves and ice into a hurricane glass. Top off with Mango Corona Hard Seltzer and garnish with a sprig of mint.


shoppe August 2020 /// makers. markets. materials.

San Diego

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Shoppe Guide

PHOTO BY: Kambria Fischer • CAGE & LANTERN www.cageandlantern.com | @cageandlantern

Shop, in the Name of Love Look Good, Feel Good—This Is the Only San Diego Shoppe Guide You’ll Ever Need

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Look Good, Feel Good— This Is the Only San Diego Shoppe Guide You’ll Ever Need

IN THE NAME

OF LOVE

> There’s something so exhilarating about embarking on a shopping spree. Whether you’re “just browsing” or on a mission to find the perfect gift or gadget, there is an abundance of creatives, collectors and stylists that are eager to make your outing an amazing adventure. But before you whip out your credit card and start filling your online cart, thumb through our A-Z Shoppe Guide, featuring everything from the best of beauty and custom ceramics to spring swimwear and today’s top tech.

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RTISAN

There’s Nothing Like Handmade

• Woodworker • Woodworking for: 1.5 Years

Kristen Pumphrey and Thomas Neuberger

“I love the design process. Placing and replacing different designs until I’m happy with the final pattern takes hours and is so much fun. My absolute favorite part, though, is adding finish to the final product and seeing all of the grain come to life beneath the different finishes. My Patriarchy Portrait illustration and my Sunburst Mosaic are my favorites—I never tire of looking at them.”

“For us, making things provides a break from our hectic world. It’s an opportunity to unplug and truly enjoy the process— not just the end result. That’s what we’re really into; it’s not just going through the motions of making something, it’s experiencing each step of the process, both as an effort to improve your skills and to just zone out.”

Kalah Bernardo

Woodn’t You Like to Know

P.F. CANDLE CO. www.pfcandleco.com @pfcandleco

Coachella Valley

No Place Like the Present Santa Ana

Culver City

Oceanside

Los Angeles

Knotting Much

Rachel Breuklander • Fiber Artist, Owner of The Lark’s Head • Fiber Artist for: 3 Years

“Creating an intricate wall hanging often starts at my sketchbook. Once I have a design, I spend hours or days just tying knots. Finally, I meticulously trim until each piece is complete. My favorite part is stepping back to see the piece right before the final trim. I love seeing how a sketch can evolve into something completely new as I progress.”

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THE LARK’S HEAD www.thelarksheadshop.com @thelarksheadshop

Gusta MUCHO

Sofia Enriquez • Artist • Artist for: 10 Years

“One of my favorite moments was displaying my summer MUCHO collection as a performance piece with several models that interacted with my large-scale art installation of six paisley sculptures at Coachella 2019. It’s surreal to see my work living outside of my studio, [not to mention] outside of my head. Seeing my work outside for people to experience is incredibly motivating.”

SOFIA ENRIQUEZ www.sofiaenriquez.com @sofiaenriquez

Photos - Ash + Iron: Kalah Bernando & Brandon Bernardo | The Lark’s Head: Chelsea Maras Photography & Rachel Breuklander | P.F. Candle Co.: Grant Puckett | Sofia Enriquez: Ed Zabel & Jane Chouteau

ASH + IRON www.ashandironco.com @ashandiron

• Co-owner and CEO; Co-owner and COO, P.F. Candle Co. • Candlemakers for: 13 and 7 Years


WRITTEN BY: JORDAN NISHKIAN

Kelly Keane McCullough

A.J. Woodruff

“Seek inspiration, visualize, sketch ideas, convert sketches to designs, communicate designs to weavers, await the magic. [The best parts of designing are] experimenting with colorways and shapes, awaiting the final product and unveiling what a drawn design becomes as a woven piece of art. Creativity is the manifestation of my thoughts and vision into reality—it is my freedom.”

“I work a little backwards. I create an item first, and from that item I formulate a mood and story. Production... is almost always challenging and oftentimes painful but a necessary evil. It looks a lot like Band-Aids and broken nails—I’ve worked with my hands for years now, which basically means never having a decent manicure, but it comes with the territory.”

• Owner and Designer, Tribe + True • Curating Artisan Goods for: 5 Years

TRIBE + TRUE www.tribetrue.com @tribeandtrue

Trust the Process

• Designer and Owner, Respect the Chief • Designer for: 10 Years in Fashion, 4 Years in Jewelry

RESPECT THE CHIEF www.respectthechief.com @respectthechief

Tool and Nail San Diego

Los Angeles

Photos - Tribe + True | Made Solid: Charlie Chipman | Respect the Chief: Laura Perkins | Cage & Lantern: Kambria Fischer

Costa Mesa

Palm Springs

Hide and Seek

Peter Maxwell

• Owner and Designer, Made Solid • Leatherworker for: 40 Years

“[I love] finding unexpected elements in the character of a hide and using those in our pieces. The life is in the use of my work— the patina, after years of love—so seeing anything that has transformed from light leather to a deep dark creates an instant connection for me. Everyone that uses Made Solid anything is a friend.”

MADE SOLID www.madesolidinla.com @madesolidinla

Sew It Goes

Teddy and Marissa Kovach

• Creators and Designers, Cage & Lantern • Artisans for: 7 Years

CAGE & LANTERN www.cageandlantern.com @cageandlantern

“It’s fun to start with a product idea and piece it all together. I personally love making our baby shoes, which were one of the first products I designed, and because all of my children have worn them. Teddy, on the other hand, is excellent with hand stitching, so he loves making wallets, briefcases and basically anything that requires hand stitching.”

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Liquid Eyeliner $9.99 HONEST BEAUTY www.honest.com

Agave+ Daytime Lip Balm $14

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BITE BEAUTY www.bitebeauty.com

Dandelion Brightening Finishing Powder $30

BENEFIT COSMETICS benefitcosmetics.com

4 FENTY BEAUTY www.fentybeauty.com

5 Holographic Stick $20 MILK MAKEUP www.milkmakeup.com

ROWS, BLUSH & BALM

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Boy Brow $16

GLOSSIER www.glossier.com

Because We Don’t Always Wake up Like This WRITTEN BY: LIZ ROMERO • PHOTOGRAPHED BY: JOHN GLOVER • HAIR AND MAKEUP BY: HEATHER BALAAM MODEL: CHELSEA RASHOFF OF BRAND MODEL & TALENT AGENCY, www.brandtalent.net

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The “no-makeup makeup” trend is still in full force, and we have the iconic beauty products to create the look. One swipe of Glossier’s Boy Brow creates super full and feathery brows. Fake false lashes with Fenty’s Full Frontal Mascara that delivers with volume, and add a pop of pink to your cheeks with Benefit’s Dandelion Blush. These one-swipe products are meant for easy application and long-lasting wear for a fresh face of no-makeup makeup. 70 LOCALE MAGAZINE

7 Diamond Sharts Liquid Eyeshadow $9 KIMCHI CHIC BEAUTY www.kimchichicbeauty.com

Product Photos - KimChi: Natasha Nielsen | Glossier: Colin Voigt | Benefit Cosmetics | BITE Beauty | Milk Makeup | Honest Beauty | Fenty Beauty By Rihanna

Full Frontal Volume Lift & Curl Mascara $24


Stein $45

Lumpy Vase $50

Sm Raw Planter $45

Feminine Flair Creative Creations

Orange County

Photos - Costa Mesa Ceramics: Jach McKeown | Rex Design Co.: Catherine Rex | Alyssa M Julian | Prelude & Dawn: Sara Winkle | Dust Ceramics: Artur Tarkowski | One Bright Morning: Colin Voigt | Shop Isiko

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ERAMICS

Painted Faces Travel Mugs $50

Glazed and Amused

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Handmade and created with love, these local ceramic pieces are sure to brighten up your space. Drawing inspiration from everyday life, earth and adventures, these creations are made to serve a purpose in your home, at the office or even on the go.

COSTA MESA CERAMICS www.costamesaceramics.com

REX DESIGN CO. www.rexdesign.co

Full Bloom

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Tall Muse Vase by Sara Winkle $70 PRELUDE & DAWN Los Angeles www.preludeanddawn.com

It’s the Little Things

WRITTEN BY: TAYLOR GORSKI

Global Goods

Los Angeles

Dip and Drip Mugs $32 SHOP ISIKO San Diego shopisiko.com

San Diego

Earth Tones

Marble Lidded Vessel I $70 ALYSSA M JULIAN www.alyssamjulian.com

Taste of Minimalism

Palo Santo Burner $40

ONE BRIGHT MORNING www.onebrightmorning.com

Blue Ocean Black Sand Ceramic Cup $30

DUST CERAMICS Greater Palm Springs www.etsy.com/shop/dustceramics LOCALE MAGAZINE 71


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CO-FRIENDLY

Then and Now: How to Take Your Tresses from Throwback to Trendy

The Nada Shop Founder Shares Practical Tips on Sustainability

FASHIONISTA Find the Perfect Outfit at This Little Italy Boutique

Then: Pompadour

Grunge Waves

Circa: 1950 Worn by: Elvis Presley Get the Look With: Matte Pomade

Circa: 1990 Worn by: Drew Barrymore Get the Look With: Texturizing Surfspray

Samantha Simone

Marla Ivanna Encinas and Valentina Sicoli

Owner and Founder, The Nada Shop

Owners, Valmare Boutique

> Little Italy’s Valmare Boutique offers stylish looks for an amazing price. From high end Italian resort wear to on-trend accessories, their collection is sure to have you swooning. “We pay special attention to the fashion week runways with a focus on the evolving wants and needs of the consumer,” says Marla Ivanna Encinas and Valentina Sicoli, owners of Valmare Boutique. After all, curating the perfect outfit is no chore— it’s an art form.

Now: Fade Circa: 2020 Worn by: Cristiano Ronaldo Get the Look With: Classic Pomade

Slicked-Back Ponytail

Encinitas

Circa: 2020 Worn by: Zendaya Get the Look With: Light Pomade

1. “Silk cover-ups and kimonos are the signature items of our collection. They’re one of our favorites because the original designs make you feel like you’re wearing a piece of art.” 2. “All-natural, non-chemical, cruelty-free face toner is the perfect carry-on item for spontaneous hydration. This toner refreshes and cleanses all at once.”

BYRD HAIRDO PRODUCTS byrdhair.com | @byrdhair

3. “At Valmare Boutique, you will find a great variety of gold-plated jewelry that can be worn without the scare of tarnishing. We focus on having the best quality at the best prices.”

THE NADA SHOP 937 S Coast Hwy 101 Encinitas, CA 92024 760.560.6072 www.thenadashop.com | @thenadashop WRITTEN BY: CARMEN VARNER PHOTOGRAPHED BY: KAMBRIA FISCHER 72 LOCALE MAGAZINE

Simone is a coffee connoisseur, a sunshine soaker and (undeniably) a sustainable savage. She opened The Nada Shop one year ago in the heart of Encinitas, right off the buzzing Highway 101. Customers can bring in containers from home or buy them at the store. “We have the ability here to plant the seed,” says Simone. “They might

think twice about getting that plastic water bottle or bringing their own cup to get coffee.” It’s these gentle micromoments that have the greatest ripple effect. “Little things you can do here and there add up to make a really big impact,” says Simone. “It doesn’t have to be an absolute mentality.” People can make small switches to their daily habits to live more sustainably. Walk to the cafe or ride a bike. Keep a Zero Waste Kit in your car, which is one of The Nada Shop’s essentials. “If you go get coffee and don’t have your reusable cup, just get a coffee and don’t get a lid with it,” Simone says. Even those seemingly minuscule actions add up to a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

4. “It only makes sense that being in Little Italy, we carry the best items from Italy! We are one of the few boutiques in the US that carries one of the biggest Italian resort wear brands. One of our Italian dresses, From Positano with Love is the perfect piece to make a statement in.” 5. “Inspired by the crystalline views of Capri, our Italian handmade leather sandals can be customized with intricate Swarovski designs and the Tuscan leather colorway of your choice.”

VALMARE BOUTIQUE 1840 Columbia St San Diego, CA 92101 619.230.5116 | valmareboutique.com WRITTEN BY: KAYLIN WAIZINGER PHOTOGRAPHED BY: MANNY MENDEZ

D Written By: Jordan Nishkian | Photography Provided By: BYRD Hairdo Products

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The Nada Shop is home to a range of refillable household, body care and beauty goods. Think hand soap, reusable paper towels, sunscreen and toothpaste. “I wanted a place where people could refill their everyday items with the goal to make low-waste living easier and more accessible to everyone,” says Owner and Founder Samantha Simone.


ADGETS + GIZMOS These Toys Are Every Techie’s Dream

> Technology is everywhere. It’s a part of our morning routines, our daily commutes, our workdays and our days off. It’s a part of how we cook, how we clean and how we keep ourselves entertained. Let’s face it, to deny technology would be to deny yourself of a lot of today’s conveniences—but for some, the tech world has lost its luster. Don’t worry though; these eight products may sound like they’re just for kicks and gigabytes, but we think your love for gadgets and gizmos is about to feel fully charged.

Photos - Tontion Lux Video Projector and iClever Keyboard: Colin Grey Voigt | Elago | XY Find It: XY The Persistant Company | Breville | quip | Stagg EKG Electric Kettle: Fellow Products | Polaroid

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For the cinephile who always wants their favorite flicks onhand:

“Let’s face it, to deny technology would be to deny yourself of a lot of today’s conveniences…”

For the barista who’s more DIY than goand-buy:

Stagg EKG Electric Kettle $149

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For the home chef with a 9-5 who’s tired of the slow cooker:

Joule Sous Vide $210

For the memorymaker whose phone storage is packed with photos:

The Polaroid Lab $129.99

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2400 Lux Video Projector $69.99

For the good listener who has a playlist for every occasion:

For the on-the-go professional who can make any place a workspace:

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For that person who’s always losing their keys (you know who you are):

BK03 Bluetooth Portable Keyboard $36.99

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AirPods Wireless Charging Case $11.99

XY Find It $39.99

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For that smiley someone who’s always keepin’ it fresh:

Electric Toothbrush - $40

1. FELLOW PRODUCTS www.fellowproducts.com 2. TONTION www.amazon.com 3. XY FIND IT www.xyfindit.com 4. QUIP www.getquip.com 5 POLAROID www.polaroid.com 6. BREVILLE www.breville.com 7. ICLEVER www.iclever.com 8. ELAGO www.elago.com WRITTEN BY: JORDAN NISHKIAN LOCALE MAGAZINE 73


OLISTIC Saffron & Sage Is the Holistic Health Club You’ve Been Searching For WRITTEN BY: KERI BRIDGWATER PHOTOGRAPHED BY: YOLANDA DIAZ

NSIDE L’Atelier Offers Creative, Custom Art Pieces WRITTEN BY: ALYSSA BURLINGAME PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: VALENTINE VIANNAY

SAFFRON & SAGE 2555 State St San Diego, CA 92101 619.933.2340 www.saffronsageliving.com

> Located in the business district of Mission Hills, L’Atelier is an art studio and gallery. Walking in, you can expect to be greeted by original fine art in all mediums. With a Parisian aesthetic, this intimate shop provides space for people to connect through art.

> Saffron & Sage is a one-of-a-kind holistic health club, clean beauty boutique and pharmacy rolled into one. Peaceful energy radiates throughout the space where members and visitors can shop a range of gifts and goodies for home and body; in addition, you can try reiki, a moon circle or sound bath, among many other modalities.

MISSION

> Saffron & Sage helps people restore wellness of the mind, body and spirit through integrated and holistic resources— from homeopathically prepared remedies and plant-based prescriptions to complimentary skincare consultations.

WHAT YOU’LL FIND

> Alongside best-selling custom blend Flower Essences, the vegan and cruelty-free Saffron & Sage Skincare Line is new for 2020 and a must-try. Check out their Leef CBD balm, Sun 74 LOCALE MAGAZINE

Potion supplements and allnatural beauty products.

MISSION

PRICE POINT

> Valentine Viannay opened the shop after working in-home for 15 years. She decided it was time to go public with her work, providing a space for other San Diego artists to showcase their work as well.

> The skincare line runs from $38 to $150. Spela Liquid Lipsticks are $18, Gua Sha Stones are $25 and BKIND Bath Mix is $35.

WHY

> Stock up on a range of non-competing brands thoughtfully selected by Owner and Founder Cristin Smith and her team—it’s everything you need to integrate wellness and beauty regimens at home.

WHAT YOU’LL FIND

L’ATELIER 2655 Reynard Way San Diego, CA 92103 858.336.6332 www.lateliersd.com

> You can expect to find traditional wall finishes, T-shirts, scarves, totes, jewelry, ceramics and traditional paintings—all made by Viannay and other local artists.

PRICE POINT

> Art at L’Atelier starts at $5 and ranges up to $5,000, depending on the product or art piece.

WHY

> “I think the experience of interacting with any artist inspires and excites people,” says Viannay. “To come to a place that is in constant flow and growth and see an item you might buy being made right here—it’s something you cannot buy on the internet.”


EAN GENIE DENIM

It’s All About the Perfect Fit

> Jean Genie Denim offers personalized custom fittings for denim, specializing in vintage Levi’s, transforming each pair into new silhouettes based on each client’s specific needs. Co-Founder Cassidy Michelle shares that each pair of jeans is unique, just like our bodies, so they are always fitted with that in mind. MISSION

> Michelle’s goal is to encourage people to move away from the trend of disposable, cheaply made clothing and reinvent an American classic staple by forming an impeccable custom fit, all while contributing zero waste.

WHAT YOU’LL FIND

> Jean Genie Denim specifically only carries “true vintage,” made-in-the-USA Levi’s in their denim studio. “The weight of the denim, the way it ages and how they were originally constructed is something very special,” Michelle says.

PRICE POINT

> Jeans range from $75-$225 per pair. Tailor fitting and original hem is $35. Distressing ranges from $15 to $55. Mending and patchwork start at $15.

WHY

> Michelle believes what we invest in wearing should enhance how we look and feel about ourselves, not detract from it. One of her specialties is mending and patching even the most destroyed favorite old pairs, giving them new life.

JEAN GENIE DENIM www.jeangeniedenim.com @jeangeniedenim WRITTEN BY: BIANCA KASAWDISH PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: BROOKE FREDERICK LOCALE MAGAZINE 75


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KIDDOS

Julia Wheeler Creative Director

> Seaesta Surf is a local brand dedicated to letting kids be kids—long days in the waves, snacks on the beach and naps in a hammock. “We work with independent artists to create all of our exclusive prints, and all of our swimwear is partially recycled,” says Creative Director Julia Wheeler. From patterned one-pieces and comfy boardshorts to beachy button-ups and custom rashguards, Seaesta Surf is a sunny San Diego brand perfect for any kiddo that loves to surf, eat and nap! 1. “The Pommes Button-Up Shirt in Tan Camo is the easiest way for your kiddo to dress up and still look casually cool. Pair this with a matching pair of boardshorts and they’ll be extra styling.” 2. “The Surf Eat Nap Snapback Hat has our motto (and basically everyone’s goal) printed on a hat. Your little can wear this accessory year-round to keep the sun off of their face while they surf, eat or nap.”

ADY KILLAS

Your Kiddo Can Surf, Eat and Nap in These Adorable Pieces From Seaesta Surf

San Diego

This FemaleOwned Business Channels Creativity Into Edgy and Empowering Designs

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With some sass, a bit of tongue-in-cheek humor and a hell of a lot of drive, Courtney Wall, the founder and creative director of Lady Killas, has created a brand that is all about embracing your badass side. The online-based clothing and merchandise line and the female empowerment group have been Wall’s passion projects and creative outlets since 2017.

3. “In the Sea Ripple Tie Dye Boardshorts, your kid will be the coolest one on the beach! Bonus: they are 50% recycled and 50% organic.” 4. “We collaborated with San Diego artist Denisse Wolf to create the Tigres Sorbet Swimsuit. She hand-painted these tigers to create a grr-ific wearable art piece!” 5. “Rashguards don’t have to be covered in cartoon characters to be cool to kids. Keep them protected from the sun in the Calico Crab Rashguard with UPF 50+.”

Lady Killas is essentially a onewoman shop, but as Wall puts it, “The brand is made by many. I couldn’t run the business without my crew of die-hard friends… Simply put, we’re a group of badasses who believe in equality and the hustle.”

SEAESTA SURF www.seaestasurf.com @seaestasurf WRITTEN BY: KAYLIN WAIZINGER PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: TARYN KENT PHOTO 76 LOCALE MAGAZINE

LADY KILLAS www.ladykillas.com @ladykillas_sd @shopladykillas

Courtney Wall

Founder and Creative Director, Lady Killas

The brand is not only a line of merchandise, but also an organization whose purpose is to grow and empower women in leadership. Wall wanted a way to bring together women in the design

industry, so in 2017, she started a meetup group that eventually grew into a network of artists, designers and leaders. Wall then put her empowerment-inspired products online that same year. She says that the black-and-white designs make her pieces simple, but fun and easy to wear. Ranging in price from $10 to $30, the shop’s items are also accessible and affordable to badasses of any income bracket. The sayings on the shirts are relatable too, as they are pulled from pop culture, hip-hop lyrics and Wall’s own life experiences. “The brand doesn’t take itself too seriously,” she says. “The voice mirrors my own after a glass of wine. It’s casual, sarcastic and empowered.”

WRITTEN BY: JESSICA YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: LESLIE COLON PHOTO & SYDNEY CISCO


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Magnolia & Sea Salt Apothec Candle - 6oz - $20; 12oz - $28 Often Wander > “I love our candles because they burn beautifully, they’re refillable and the Magnolia and Sea Salt is such a gorgeous combination of scents.”

Essential Candle Collection 6oz - $28; 12oz - $36 Often Wander > “This collection is made with 100% therapeutic-grade essential oils. I love this line of candles because they are perfect for selfcare and reflective moments.”

Sarah Larson

Owner and Designer, Often Wander

Mind and Body Wash - $20 Bathing Culture > “I am obsessed with this body wash, and it’s refillable. We offer refills on their beautiful soap in both shops for $1.75 a pump! Bring us whatever you’ve got, and we’ll fill it!” Hair Oil - $24 Often Wander > “I always feel like my hair needs a little extra moisture, so a little drop rubbed into the ends of my hair gives it the nourishment it loves. Plus, the scent is intoxicating.”

Golden Goddess Earrings - $68 Often Wander > “These gorgeous golden goddesses are one of my favorite products to date! They are empowered and expressive, and I like to think they’re whispering words of encouragement while wearing them.” Baule Printed Textile - $66 Often Wander > “These textiles are not only gorgeous, but they can be used in so many different ways: scarf, shawl, tablecloth, tapestry, thrown over any piece of furniture, beach blanket, park blanket, etc. The possibilities are endless.”

OFTEN WANDER 2355 India St San Diego, CA 92101 619.537.6872 www.oftenwander.com

Y STYLE Get Lost in Little Italy’s Often Wander Little Italy’s Often Wander is a boutique full of shimmery jewelry, adorable decor, lush greens and good vibes. Whether you’re shopping for a gift, a new home accessory or simply want to see some serious eye candy, pop in and witness the authentic beauty that is Often Wander. It doesn’t get cuter than this, my friends. WRITTEN BY: KAYLIN WAIZINGER | PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: DELVIN SHAND AND ERIN HANTHORN & CLAIRE HALCHAK

Incense Rope - $24 UnitedOther > “My dear friend Ellen makes these intention-based incense ropes by hand, and they’ve got magic in them. They smell divine and are a helpful tool in ritual practices, manifesting or self-care moments.” LOCALE MAGAZINE 77


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EW YOU Achieve That Post-Workday Glow at Girl on the Go WRITTEN BY: KAYLIN WAIZINGER PHOTOGRAPHED BY: KAMBRIA FISCHER

MUST-TRY TREATMENTS Ocean Prelude THE SPA AT TERRANEA Rancho Palos Verde www.terranea.com

Caviar Lifting and Firming Facial

San Diego

LA PRAIRIE SPA AT WALDORF ASTORIA BEVERLY HILLS Beverly Hills www.waldorfastoriabeverlyhills.com

Himalayan Salt Stone

WELL SPA AT MIRAMONTE INDIAN WELLS RESORT & SPA Indian Wells www.miramonteresort.com

Happy Couple

WHISPERS SPA AT LA SERENA VILLAS Palm Springs www.laserenavillas.com

California Citrus Scrub THE RITZ-CARLTON, LAGUNA NIGUEL Laguna Niguel www.ritzcarlton.com

GIRL ON THE GO WELLNESS SPA 830 25th St, Ste 103 San Diego, CA 92102 619.269.3693 www.girlonthego.net

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Situated in the quaint neighborhood of Golden Hill, Girl on the Go opened its doors with the unique idea of offering luxury, affordable skincare services during the evening hours for working professionals. Unlike most spas, Girl on the Go is open until 10 p.m., Monday through Friday. “I wanted to find a way to help men and women who work hard be able to still treat themselves,” says Dana Battaglia, owner and head esthetician of Girl on the Go. The late-night notion quickly caught on, and over the years, Girl on the Go has evolved into a full-service wellness spa, offering massages, event makeup services, airbrush tanning, waxing and all-natural skincare treatments. One of the salon’s most popular treatments is the Pure Bliss spa experience—a 2.5-hour facial and 78 LOCALE MAGAZINE

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body treatment that’s designed to put you into a deep state of relaxation and leave your skin feeling silky smooth. The experience begins with a dry brushing and body scrub and finishes with a hydrating hair treatment, scalp massage and foot massage. With 15-plus years of experience in the beauty industry and an innate passion for wellness, Battaglia takes pride in the all-natural approach. Girl on the Go sells four different skincare brands; among them is best-seller Ilike Organic Skin Care, a Hungarian brand that uses solely cold-pressed pulp instead of essential oils. “With Ilike, you get all of those natural essences from the plant,” says Battaglia. Using products with the highest level of active ingredients, Girl on the Go is here to help you reach your wellness goals—no matter your schedule.

THE SPA AT LAGUNA CLIFFS MARRIOTT RESORT & SPA Dana Point www.marriott.com

Herbal Reflexology

THE CENTER FOR WELLBEING AT FAIRMONT GRAND DEL MAR Del Mar www.fairmont.com/san-diego

Fire & Ice Signature Body Wrap

Dana Battaglia

Owner and Head Esthetician, Girl on the Go

WILLOWS HOTEL & SPA AT VIEJAS AT VIEJAS CASINO & RESORT Alpine www.viejas.com/willows-hotel-spaat-viejas


Photos - Vase: Zense Home | Popsicle: Elena Bulatova | Banana Lamp: Seletti | Magnetic Levitation Turntable: Touch of Modern | Chanel Basketball: The RealReal | Bottle: LOUIS XIII COGNAC | Star Wars Cufflinks: Neiman Marcus | D&G Toaster: Dolce & Gabbana

MG I Want It All > There’s cool. And then there’s really cool. And while money doesn’t grow on trees, if it did, we would absolutely spend it on these ridiculously expensive items. From limited edition champagne to magnetic levitation turntables, these products steal the spotlight in the dual categories of outrageous and sensational.

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Banana Lamp Phooey $330

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Magnetic Levitation Turntable $3,599-$3,899

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1. CHANEL www.therealreal.com 2. CUFFLINKS.INC www.neimanmarcus.com 3. ZENSE HOME www.zensehomecollection.com 4. LOVE & AESTHETICS www.loveandaesthetics.com 5. TOUCH OF MODERN www.touchofmodern.com 6. SMEG X DOLCE & GABBANA www.neimanmarcus.com 7. ELENA BULATOVA FINE ART www.elenabulatovafineart.com 8. LOUIS XIII COGNAC www.louisxiii-cognac.com WRITTEN BY: KAYLIN WAIZINGER LOCALE MAGAZINE 79


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RINTS + PAPER

Seaside Papery Is Anything but Two-Dimensional

> Print isn’t dead! While we may live in the digital age, Seaside Papery has been alive and kicking since its establishment in 2004. Owner Jori Fentiman first opened her shop in Coronado as a way for people to find personalized stationery and invitations locally rather than opting for mass-produced chain store products. While the store still receives a significant amount of customers purchasing stationery, they’ve introduced a range of products that also relates to our tech-driven society. “In this digital world we live in, it’s really great to witness people enjoying what may seem like mundane items,” says Fentiman. Many of the technological products they sell are created by stationery designers. Seaside Papery often works with local artists and companies, as well as craftsmen across the country, to design locally themed products. “This way, we are able to combine our ideas with their talent,” Fentiman explains. Her background in graphic communications paired with her buying experience from retail stores went hand-inhand when finalizing the concept of her shop. Seaside Papery’s aesthetic appeals to an array of ages, genders and demographics. “We have something for everyone, whether it be a unique fountain pen from Germany or a handmade alpaca from a small family in Tijuana,” notes Fentiman. The colorful shop aims to be a creative haven for patrons; the longer they stay, the more there is to discover. SEASIDE PAPERY 1162 Orange Ave Coronado, CA 92118 619.435.5565 www.seasidepapery.com WRITTEN BY: CARMEN VARNER PHOTOGRAPHED BY: KAMBRIA FISCHER 80 LOCALE MAGAZINE

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UARTZ Our Love for This Trendy Stone Is Crystal-Clear > From lighting fixtures to kitchen essentials, this crystalline mineral has found its way into our homes and hearts. Quartz is believed to have a calming and soothing energy that helps promote peaceful sleep, healing and harmony! Here are four products that will get you started on how to incorporate the benefits of this trendy crystal into your everyday life. WRITTEN BY: KAYLIN WAIZINGER

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Photos - Q Massage Wand: Colin Voigt | Quartz Rough Lamp: Rock Paradise | Salt & Pepper Shakers: KelsiKitchen | Quartz Serving Board: BHF Home

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GATHERED HOME www.gatheredhome.com

BHF HOME www.bhfhome.com

Quartz Rough Lamp $58 ROCK PARADISE www.rockparadise.com

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> It’s a dream for women: wearing comfortable clothing all day, every day. Born out of a combination of soft and cozy, Live Sozy was made to provide comfort for women all day long. Founder Lanai Moliterno believes comfort and style should go hand-in-hand. MISSION > The mission of Live Sozy is to support women in need, giving 10 percent of profits back to survivors of sexual violence. The company partners with RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization.

Quartz Salt & Pepper Shakers $148

Quartz Serving Board $64.99

Lounge in Cozy Clothes All Day, Every Day

WHAT YOU’LL FIND > Soft, cozy and simple! Live Sozy gives you pieces that are easy to style, whether sexy or comfy. Most popular are the Camila Skirt, the Willow Skirt and the Kendall Tops. PRICE POINT > Live Sozy’s clothing is priced a bit higher than normal clothing stores; aside from donating 10 percent, their products are ethically made in the U.S. WHY > “We are a ‘do the right thing company,’” says customer service representative Sam. “We want to be proud of the products and brand we’ve created and know our presence makes the world a better place.” LIVE SOZY www.livesozy.com | @livesozy

Massage Wand $14-$28 THE CHAKRA SHACK www.thechakrashack.com

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Dress It up or Dress It Down—Here’s 4 Ways to Wear a Denim Jacket

> Create four looks using the same denim jacket for each look? Challenge accepted! The iconic denim jacket can be dressed up or down for four stylish looks—from running errands, enjoying bottomless mimosas with the crew, celebrating a casual Friday or dolling up for date night.

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LUXE BY IVY Shopluxebyivy.com

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APIECE APART, ALCHEMY WORKS www.alchemyworks.us

LEVI’S, PRISM BOUTIQUE www.prismboutique.com

Jacket

LEVI’S, PRISM BOUTIQUE www.prismboutique.com

Jeans

AMUSE SOCIETY, STITCH AND FEATHER stitchandfeather.com

Shoes

CARIUMA Cariuma.com

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SAM EDELMAN www.samedelman.com

Earrings

PRISM BOUTIQUE www.prismboutique.com

Running Errands

Date Night

> Create an effortlessly casual look to run your errands in. Dress it down with an on-trend sweatsuit, sneakers, a messy bun and top it off with your go-to denim jacket.

> Feel like your best self in black denim, heels and a fits-in-all-theright-places bustier, topped with your denim jacket for the ultimate date-night fit. Now, the only thing missing is your arm candy!

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PHOTOGRAPHED BY: JOHN GLOVER

STYLED BY: JANELLE ARREOLA

HAIR AND MAKEUP BY: HEATHER BALAAM

MODEL: CHELSEA RASHOFF OF BRAND MODEL & TALENT AGENCY, www.brandtalent.net

“When in doubt, wear denim.”

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LACK OF COLOR, PRISM BOUTIQUE www.prismboutique.com

Dress

FAITHFULL THE BRAND, PRISM BOUTIQUE www.prismboutique.com

TRÈS BIEN, STITCH AND FEATHER stitchandfeather.com

Jacket

LEVI’S PRISM BOUTIQUE www.prismboutique.com

Pants

STITCH AND FEATHER stitchandfeather.com

Shoes

CARIUMA cariuma.com

Jacket

LEVI’S PRISM BOUTIQUE www.prismboutique.com

Shoes

BLONDE CLOTHING blondeclothingboutique. com/store

Earrings

PRISM BOUTIQUE www.prismboutique.com

Sunday Brunch

Casual Friday

> Celebrate Sunday Funday with endless mimosas, your crew and the cutest brunch look. Start with a chic but comfy sundress, sandals, the shadiest hat you can find and hang your denim jacket over your shoulders (or tie it around your waist) for the ultimate ready-to-brunch look.

> Finally! It’s Friday! Show up to the office with the casual Friday look in your vintage band tee, comfy wide-leg pants, sneakers and your vintage denim jacket.

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RENDING Hemlock Hat Co. Is Here to Help You Experience Life Under the Brim > Stay shady and channel your inner adventurer with one of these FUNctional hats from San Diego’s Hemlock Hat Co. Whether you’re trekking to the beach, lounging poolside or navigating your way through Joshua Tree National Park, Hemlock Hat Co. is here to help you embrace an outdoor lifestyle, one funky pattern at a time.

Ashbury $34

Azul $34

Dundee $34

Hi Tide $34

Wildcat $34

Samba $34

Jungle Dream $34

Oasis $34

Pink Dragon $34

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NDERWATER Take a Dip in One of These Fresh and Fun Suits

310 Board Shorts $79.95

BIRDWELL BEACH BRITCHES www.birdwell.com

The Reversible Deep Jungle Top & Bottom $77 & $73

Sydney One Piece $148

Photos - Beach Riot, San Onofre Surf Company, Rhythm. & Vissla: Colin Voigt | L Space | Vitamin A | Birdwell Beach Britches | Indigo Swimwear

BEACH RIOT www.beachriot.com

Cuba Stripe Beach Short Vintage Gold $62

INDIGO SWIMWEAR www.indigoswim.com

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Bedette Bodysuit $198

VITAMIN A www.vitaminaswim.com

RHYTHM. www.rhythmlivin.com

Pointelle Rib Cha Cha One Piece Swimsuit $187 LSPACE www.lspace.com

Trestles Boardshort $65

SAN ONOFRE SURF COMPANY www.sanonofresurfco.com

Radical Roots 18.5� Boardshort $59.95 VISSLA www.vissla.com

The Reversible Traveler Swimsuit $149 INDIGO SWIMWEAR www.indigoswim.com

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ALMONT This Luxurious Line Will Give Your Skin the VIP Treatment

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Valmont Eye C-Gel $110

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1. The Medium Suitcase $275

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KARDO seedpeoplesmarket.com

HERE YA OFF TO?

AWAY www.awaytravel.com

2. Adirondack Blanket $128 FAHERTY www.fahertybrand.com

3. Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 $399.95

8. Collapsible Water Bottle $24.95 QUE BOTTLE www.quebottle.com

9. Est. 1960 Cap $35

FJÄLLRÄVEN fjallraven.com/us/en-us

10. Dodson - Sunglasses $140

Enjoy the Ride With These Top-Notch Travel Essentials

BOSE www.bose.com

RAEN raen.com

WRITTEN BY: KAYLIN WAIZINGER PHOTOGRAPHED BY: COLIN VOIGT

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W&P www.wandpdesign.com

5. The Manhattan Soap In a Tin $12

THE SCOTTISH FINE SOAPS COMPANY seedpeoplesmarket.com

6. Passport Sleeve $99

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> There’s nothing more exciting than packing your bags for a much-needed getaway. But for most vacationers, travel plans came to a screeching halt over the past few months. However, when you feel comfortable enough to fly again, these topof-the-line products will make your ride in the sky that much easier. From luxury noise-cancelling headphones to a nifty carry-on cocktail kit for mile-high sippin’, these travel essentials are a must when it comes to planning your next vacation. LOCALE MAGAZINE 87


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TechSweat Crop $45

YOGI FAVES

Ooh La Shavasanaaaah

OUTDOOR VOICES www.outdoorvoices.com

Break a Sweat in Style and Comfort > Empowered, strong and confident—this is how you’ll feel while working out in an outfit that’s functional and fitting. Power through your sweat wearing brands that know you’re going to push yourself and conquer your next workout class. Trust us, you’ll even look forward to your next sweat sesh!

Xenia Guido

Owner, Pura Vida Yoga WRITTEN BY: TAYLOR GORSKI PHOTOGRAPHED BY: JOHN GLOVER AND COLIN VOIGT STYLED BY: JANELLE ARREOLA HAIR & MAKEUP BY: HEATHER BALAAM MODEL: CHELSEA RASHOFF OF BRAND MODEL & TALENT AGENCY, www.brandtalent.net

4 FINCH Shoes $280 BLONDE blondeclothingboutique.com

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Tribeca Blue Strap $18

ALO YOGA www.aloyoga.com

5 Electra Long & Lean Legging $128 KIRAGRACE www.kiragrace.com

YOGA DESIGN LAB yogadesignlab.com

6 Combo Mat Geo Night $78

YOGA DESIGN LAB yogadesignlab.com

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> For a true yogi, your practice is more than a workout—it’s a holistic experience. “Yoga is a lifestyle… It has a lot of depth and history,” says Xenia Guido, owner of Pura Vida Yoga. Whether you’re just starting your yoga adventure or can completely nail a handstand scorpion, these five yoga products are sure to enhance your overall experience. 1. “I practice on a Manduka. The PROlite has been my favorite yoga mat for many years. I like the grip, it’s easy to clean and it is light enough to walk around with.” www.manduka.com 2. “My favorite leggings are from Athleta. I like their fabrics and colors, and the fit is always perfect. I also like that their marketing is all-inclusive.” athleta.gap.com 3. “Cork blocks are great for so many poses. Cork is firm and dense but still soft. Lululemon and Manduka have a great selection!” lululemon.com | manduka.com 4. “A strap makes it easier to practice deep stretches and full binds. I have a 10-foot strap that I use all the time! Yoga Outlet has a large selection and great prices.” www.yogaoutlet.com 5. “Mexican blankets are perfect for sitting in meditation or for extra padding for the knees in table position or low lunge. A blanket can also be used in the absence of a bolster for some yin poses.” www.sunshineyoga.com

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Think ROYLN $358

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Haze Favorite Tee $70 AVOCADO www.shopavocado.com

AvoMuse Boxy Tee $65 AVOCADO www.shopavocado.com

Think ROYLN $358

RANCHO RELAXO www.ranchorelaxoca.com

PURA VIDA YOGA 302 Island Ave, Ste 101 San Diego, CA 92101 619.338.9090 www.puravidayogacenter.com


Silk Sleep Mask $50

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Dream Dust Sachet Box $35

Lights Out, It’s Time for Bed > Ah, the best time of the day. Take off those stiff workday clothes and jump into something comfy and cozy. Dim your lights, pour a cup of tea and forget all the worries of the day. It’s what you’ve been waiting for since you woke up—that’s right—it’s bedtime. WRITTEN BY: TAYLOR GORSKI PHOTOGRAPHED BY: JOHN GLOVER

MOON JUICE www.cosbar.com

4 Washable Silk Pillowcase $74 LUNYA www.lunya.co

Sleep Plus+ Pillow Spray $46

THIS WORKS www.cosbar.com

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Nautico The Woven Cami $64

EBERJEY www.eberjey.com

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Nautico The Woven Short $60

Aldon Two-Tone Luxe Fleece Pullover $139

VELVET BY GRAHAM & SPENCER www.velvet-tees.com

EBERJEY www.eberjey.com

Nautico The Woven Pant $84

EBERJEY www.eberjey.com

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Fizzical “

“When you have a product that you’re passionate about and you know is good, sharing it is really easy.”

THIS IS A CLUB YOU NEED TO BE A PART OF WRITTEN BY: KAYLIN WAIZINGER PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: BRANDI SCHUTT

—Shiloh Caffrey

WE DRINK BUBBLES www.wedrinkbubbles.com @wedrinkbubbles

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Shiloh Caffrey Owner and Founder, We Drink Bubbles

“Champagne is one of the easier things to convince people to try.” —Shiloh Caffrey

Beach Babe •“I love the ocean—sometimes I’ll even work from the beach. If I won the lottery, I would keep my company, travel and spend most of my time seaside,” says Caffrey.

Four years ago, Shiloh Caffrey and her family left behind their fast-paced SoCal lifestyle and moved to the tiny medieval village of Montone, Italy. Afterschool sports practices and morning commutes were swiftly replaced with afternoon wine tastings, kickball games in the backyard and a cherished sense of togetherness. With just three restaurants, a handful of houses and a couple hundred residents, Montone offered Caffrey and her family of four an opportunity to experience the purest form of Italian living. “Southern California is so fast-paced,” says Caffrey. “It’s not LA or New York City, but there is such an importance placed on being productive and efficient. Living in Montone was a huge contrast—it kind of felt like quarantine!”

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Words to Live By •The company’s motto, Life’s Worth Celebrating, means “pausing in whatever moment it is… and celebrating both the big and the little things,” explains Caffrey. Fully Stocked •“My husband and I always laugh about how if we had to close the company tomorrow, we would be left with hundreds of bottles of wine we are obsessed with,” jokes Caffrey.


3 Favorite Styles of Bubbles:

1 Brut Nature Zero residual sugar, dry, pairs well with food

2 Rosé Always in my fridge, great for hosting

3 Vintage Champagne Pricier, aged longer, perfect for a special occasion

After 12 months of cherishing local Italian culture and exploring a number of family-run vineyards and wineries, they decided to move back to California, spending the next six months in Napa Valley. “There is so much knowledge of the industry [in Napa] so I started studying wine. People are so versed in it that even the local liquor stores carry such amazing wines!” says Caffrey.

“The bottles I curate are meant to represent a particular season, year and plot of land; I love that they tell a story.” —Shiloh Caffrey

The slow-paced life of Italy and the traditional wine-making techniques they use, paired with her education from Napa sparked a creative passion for authentically made champagne. “But San Diego is home for us,” she explains. So her family returned to Encinitas, but Caffrey found herself in a predicament. She noticed that the bottles available in San Diego are essentially all over-priced, mass-produced, label-driven champagnes and sparkling wines. “I had to do something about it,” says Caffrey. With a dose of encouragement from her husband and a love for clean-farmed, boutique bubbles, Caffrey launched We Drink Bubbles––a champagne club that delivers premium, hand-crafted, smallbatch sparkling wines from around the globe right to your doorstep. Caffrey obtained the licensing to sell alcohol online, and by the time her family had resettled in San Diego County, she had formed relationships with wine reps and put together her first club shipment. “At the time, most people I knew were buying champagne by the case at Costco anyway,” says Caffrey. “So, I sent an email out to all of my best friends and acquaintances who I know like champagne, and that kind of got the ball rolling. Champagne is one of the easier things to convince people to try, and when you have a product that you’re passionate about and you know is good, sharing it is really easy.”

an all-natural process. From planting the vineyard to putting the cork in the bottle, each wine comes from one specific family-owned vineyard and is made in a much smaller batch. “The bottles I curate are meant to represent a particular season, year and plot of land; I love that they tell a story. It’s a farmers market product as opposed to a mass-produced bottle,” she says. And while her selections rotate frequently, each wine contains no added sugars or chemicals. “The difference you feel when you’re drinking cleaner, non-chemically farmed wine is huge––it becomes a no-brainer!” Ready to join the club? Us too! Here’s how it works: the idea is that you can get as many bottles as you want, when you want them. Whether you’re a bubbles fanatic and can’t wait to try a variety of vintage champagnes or you just want to dip your toes in the water, We Drink Bubbles lets you customize your membership without any fees––you just pay for the wine! The bottles rotate, so you recieve new selections every month and you can pause, skip or gift whenever you like. “I wanted to cater to older and maybe wealthier people who want high-end champagne on hand and also those who are in their 20s [and] just want to try it,” says Caffrey. During the past few months, it’s been difficult to find ways to celebrate with cancelled graduation ceremonies, restaurant closures, birthdays spent at home and a plethora of safety regulations in place. But for Caffrey, aside from sharing her passion with others, she believes that life is worth celebrating, which is her company’s motto. “It means pausing in whatever moment it is…and celebrating both the big and the little things,” she says. So whether you just finished a tumultuous work week or you’re having the gals over for a birthday brunch, there is always a time and a place for a pop, fizz and clink!

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escape August 2020 /// vacations. ventures. vineyards.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY: The Lodge at Torrey Pines • THE LODGE AT TORREY PINES 11480 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037 | 858.453.4420 | www.lodgetorreypines.com

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Timeless Charm Modern Elegance Meets Historical Charm at This California Craftsman Resort in La Jolla

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What a

TRIP

Now, more than ever, we could all use a little escape. Whether you’re planning a weekend trip for when the time is right, or dreaming of a two week getaway on an island far away, it’s never too early to start preparing. Aside from your standard hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes, pack your bags with these travel essentials—for every kind of adventure.

Suitcase Photo By: Krizia Loechle

Turn Your Travel Game up a Notch With These Essentials

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$64 LANDER’S SUPPLY HOUSE www.landerssupplyhouse.com

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Igloo Recool $9.99 IGLOO COOLERS www.igloocoolers.com

Nanopresso $64.90 WACACO www.wacaco.com

Human Repair Kit $8.99 WELLY www.getwelly.com

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FS Objects Cress Bottle Opener $84.99 CHAR-BROIL www.charbroil.com

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VSSL First Aid $125 VSSL www.vsslgear.com

Men’s Seagrass Gambler $39 SAN DIEGO HAT COMPANY www.sandiegohat.com

Men’s Trailhead V2 ADVENTURE 1

Outdoor Adventure Camping, hiking or fishing? Nature is calling, and it’s time to take to the great outdoors. Nothing beats the feeling of breathing in fresh air all weekend long and waking up beneath the tall redwood trees. Disconnect, while reconnecting with yourself and the world around you as you enjoy good company and the beauty of Mother Earth. Pack the essentials and always be (more than) prepared when planning an epic, outdoor adventure. 98 LOCALE MAGAZINE

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$130 LEMS SHOES www.lemsshoes.com

Photos - Lander’s Stock | Igloo | Welly | Wacaco | VSSL | FS Objects | San Diego Hat Company | Lems Shoes | Char-Broil

$44 NORDEN GOODS www.nordengoods.com

Portable Gas Grill


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The Jaunt $495 ROAM www.roamluggage.com

Lucuma Bright Face Mask $34 GOLDE www.golde.co

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3 Infinity Pillow - Travel Pillow $39 INFINITY PILLOW www.infinitypillow.co

4 $125 CUYANA www.cuyana.com

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The Five Minute Journal $24.95 PAPER SOURCE www.papersource.com

Swig Insulated Mug $39.95 WHERE’S THE PARTY? wheresthepartyoc.com

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Box Officer Frame $1,090 CHROME HEARTS EYEWEAR www.chromehearts.com

ADVENTURE 2

City Escape Rooftop happy hours, exploring museums and a shopping extravaganza await you on your chic city getaway. Have you been missing the hustle and bustle or simply want a change of scenery? Escape to a metropolitan city and splurge on your dream handbag or maybe a stylish pair of sneakers. Make a reservation for brunch and get lost exploring a new part of town. Throw on your Chrome Hearts shades and have a little fun in the big city. 100 LOCALE MAGAZINE

Superga x LoveShackFancy Women’s Classic Sneaker

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$119 LOVESHACKFANCY www.loveshackfancy.com

Photos - Chrome Hearts | Cuyana | Infinity Pillow | ROAM Luggage: Courtesy of ROAM Luggage. Photo by Julia Comita | Issey Kobori | Paper Source | Swig Life | LoveShackFancy

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Brixton Joanna Straw Hat

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$52 THE SHOP LAGUNA BEACH www.theshoplaguna.com

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$59 FUNBOY www.funboy.com

Carezz Yunizon Sunglasses $159 RANCHO RELAXO www.ranchorelaxoca.com

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Le Funboy Beach Towel

Charmo UPF50+ One Piece Long Sleeve Surfing Wetsuit

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$29.99 CHARMO www.mycharmo.com

5 Hydrating Facial Lotion

After Sun Soothing Aloe Mist by Herbivore Botanicals

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$20 GRAFFITI BEACH www.shopgraffitibeach.com

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Glowscreen SPF 40 $36 SUPERGOOP! www.supergoop.com

ADVENTURE 3

Island Relaxation Soak up the warm, golden sun as you float in the sea without a worry in the world. With a piña colada in hand, you’ll be on island time and enjoying every second of your tropical vacay. Maybe you’ll swim with dolphins or just relax in a hammock with a book in hand. Whatever it is, turn on your OOO notification and take some much needed me-time. Don’t forget to pack sunscreen and a shady hat for maximum sun protection! 102 LOCALE MAGAZINE

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Petite Sandy $105 CLARE V. www.clarev.com

Photos - Supergoop! | Funboy, Brixton | Herbivore Botanicals | Clare V. | COFI + Yunizon | Product 5233’s Pictures | SALT + STONE

$32 SALT & STONE www.saltandstone.com


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The interior wood used to craft The Lodge is violin grade.

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How Suite It Is Ú If you’re looking

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Tee Time

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Timeless Charm MODERN ELEGANCE MEETS HISTORICAL CHARM AT THIS CALIFORNIA CRAFTSMAN RESORT IN LA JOLLA WRITTEN BY: ALYSHA HARAN PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: THE LODGE AT TORREY PINES

This stunning craftsman hotel, modeled after Greene and Greene’s famous Gamble and Blacker Houses in Pasadena, boasts an impressive 170 rooms and sits along some of California’s most breathtaking coastline. The resort and spa is packed with exquisite design details from the turn of the century and offers visitors an experience as spectacular as the view.

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Farm-to-Fork

Ú Credited with being a

leader of the farm-to-table movement, Executive Chef Jeff Jackson designed The Lodge’s signature menu at A.R. Valentien around locally sourced ingredients. The concept is rustic and simple, but the dishes are packed with flavor and rotate with the seasons. The decor reflects elements of restaurant namesake Albert Robert Valentien, who was an American artist known for his botanical watercolor paintings and ceramic works.

Ú A major feature of The Lodge is its proximity to the Torrey Pines Golf Course. Overhauled in 2008 for the U.S. Open, it consists of two courses, which are both over 7,000 acres and par 72. The Lodge offers numerous packages sure to impress any golf lover! When you’re done with your round, catch a quick bite at The Grill, a popular hangout for golf enthusiasts.

to splurge, consider booking one of The Lodge’s five premier suites. In addition to private balconies and fireplaces, the Gamble and Blacker Suites come with their own full kitchens. Don’t be alarmed if your private chef suddenly disappears; they probably just slipped out through their separate entrance! 4

The Finishing Touches

Ú Look for unique design elements scattered throughout the property, from the impressive Torrey Pines stainedglass front doors and the Tiffany glass lamps throughout the lobby to the handcrafted fixtures, pinecone motifs and kilts worn by the bellmen. Another impressive detail: the interior wood used to craft The Lodge is violin grade.

THE LODGE AT TORREY PINES 11480 N Torrey Pines Rd La Jolla, CA 92037 858.453.4420 www.lodgetorreypines.com

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Underwater Tunes

Ú The pool’s underwater speakers allow swimmers to enjoy classical music while doing laps. 6

R & R

Ú From detoxifying

body wraps to nourishing skin and nail treatments, The Spa at Torrey Pines is now open, offering a curated treatment menu in accordance with city safety regulations. 7

Fireside Coziness

Ú The homey atmosphere is due in part to the white cedar logs always burning in the lobby fireplace. 8

On Cloud Wine

Ú The Lodge features a wine menu exclusively made up of California vintages. 9

Craftsman Charm

Ú In keeping with

craftsman-style architecture, no nails were used in the construction of The Lodge. 10

Natural Elements

Ú In order to leave

the Torrey pines standing in place, the architectural team designed The Lodge around the trees located on the property.


Look for unique design elements scattered throughout the property…

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Disconnect & Reconnect CAMP UNDER THE STARS AT THIS RETRO TRAILER POND SET ON 130 ACRES IN PASO ROBLES

WRITTEN BY: TAYLOR GORSKI

Call up your girlfriends, your SO or a group of your wine-loving friends and road trip up to The Trailer Pond located on the California Central Coast. Situated in Paso Robles (about 200 miles north of Los Angeles), The Trailer Pond is where camping meets wine tasting. Not just sleepin-a-tent kind of camping, but one-of-a-kind camping in vintage trailers (that are oh, so Insta-worthy).

Paso Robles

The Trailer Pond is tucked away on 130 acres of the organically farmed, boutique Alta Colina winery.

Upgraded Camping

Do Not Disturb

• Five bright, retro trailers surround the property’s pond, each with their own little front porch. Each trailer sleeps one to three adults. While you sleep in comfort— and style—it’s still a camping experience. “There is a communal outdoor camp kitchen that includes all pots and pans, communal bathrooms, hot outdoor showers and an amazing dock for lounging under the night sky with perfect visibility of the stars!” explains Holm.

• Spend a weekend unplugged, outside in the sunshine and with a glass of vino in hand. Private wine tastings are available on the Sundowner Deck, and catered farm-to-table dinners are available for groups. Hike through the bright green vineyards, take a relaxing private yoga class and relax with sunset movie nights in the magical vineyard. Don’t forget your film or disposable camera!

Travel With Friends • Individual trailers are available for booking, as well as group offerings and packages. Whether it’s a bachelorette party, a work retreat or a romantic weekend away, The Trailer Pond awaits your next weekend adventure.

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The Trailer Pond is tucked away on 130 acres of the organically farmed, boutique Alta Colina winery. “The way Alta Colina cares for their land, the vines and their business was very much in line—so our partnership was formed,

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and the rest is history!” Holm beams. Exclusive access to Alta Colina wine is offered to guests staying at The Trailer Pond. “When you’re drinking Alta Colina wine at The Trailer Pond, you’re drinking wine made from grapes grown in the vineyard you’re camping in.”

THE TRAILER POND 2825 Adelaida Rd Paso Robles, CA 93446 805.458.8010 www.thetrailerpond.com

Photos - Alicia Sessler, Anna Delores & Kelsea Holder

Book in Advance • Launched by the company Tinker Tin in 2016, founder and owner Jaime Holm explains that they always dreamt of expanding and adding a permanent camp to their business. Four years later, the company is a huge success—you typically have to book your stay at The Trailer Pond months in advance.


Spend a weekend unplugged, outside in the sunshine and with a glass of vino in hand.

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thank you to our partners Andaz San Diego ARCHPOT Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa Classic Club Cody’s La Jolla Constellation Brands Del Mar Highlands Town Center East Village Association ELE COLLECTIVE Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa JONES AGENCY, PALM SPRINGS Karma Automotive LLC Ken Grody Ford Grind & Prosper Hospitality Group | Louisiana Purchase SD, Miss B’s Coconut Club, Park 101 Carlsbad, PB Shore Club Medterra CBD Park Hyatt Aviara Resort Golf Club & Spa Lillet Ranch 45 The Cassara Carlsbad, Tapestry Collection by Hilton The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows William Grant & Sons

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San Diego August 2020  

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Alive Edition