Four times a year South Park hosts a sort of business open house, where you can learn about all the restaurants and shops in the neighborhood, enjoy free samples, buy unique hand crafted items and have a nice time. This walkabout had a Wild West theme, so I put on my cowboy hat and off I went!
I frequent several restaurants in the area, but this time I made it a point to check out businesses I normally wouldn't go to and was pleasantly surprised. These are just a few of them:
Graffiti Beach (2220 Fern Street)
Brand new store! Graffiti Beach showcases Indie Designers, the items are so amazingly cool and they will have their official Grand Opening on April 7th with a Runway show. RSVP for free at their site www.graffitibeach.org
Space Travelers Emporium (1947 30th Street)
The perfect place for children and adults who are all into Science and Space, it was pretty neat to go inside, I immediately felt all geeky and smart! They offer Math and Science Tutoring for grade levels K - 8 with tutors from the San Diego Space Society.
Jorge's Barber Shop & Beauty Salon (1927 30th Street)
Jorge's celebrated their 10th year anniversary, a family business they offer women, men and children's hair cuts as well as up dos, colors, flat iron, beard trim, fades and tapers. It was great to see the whole family in the celebration serving cake, giving out fliers and taking to people....may they have 10 more years!!
Halcyon Tea (3009 Beech Street)
I read about this tea shop from AAA's Westways magazine, but I didn't know where it was...until now. This is a very cool shop for tea lovers, they have everything you want in tea related items in a very relaxing environment.
Fern St. Cafe (1947 Fern Street)
Previously known as Urban Gourmet Food & Market, they offer coffees, smoothies, organic raw juices, sandwiches and various food items (vegan options available). This is a nice place to have lunch or go with friends and have a chat. They were giving samples and I tried a juice made with cucumber, celery, something, something and lemon, also a mini pizza slice with portobello mushroom, I think - I've had some wine and beer by then, don't remember all the details - but the samples were very good!
A swap-meet on Fern Street, it was full of local artists and I was very glad to see my favorite Mexican folk art artist: Wink Artisans.
Full Circle Tattoo Studio (2310 30th street)
I've found my new tattoo artist!! I walked in the shop and browsed through the different portfolios and fell in love with the art by Gemma Pariente. Her designs are so beautiful and feminine, I'm so getting a tattoo from her!! The following are a few images taken from her website.
Full Circle Tattoo brought in Murrugun the Mystic, a very entertaining performer who did some flame throwing and sword swallowing....and he's based in San Diego, available for your parties!!