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Why Cedros Avenue is the Perfect Date Night Pick!

If you’re in charge of organizing a fun and exciting date outing, we are here to send you in the right direction! It doesn’t get much better than having a variety of activities on one street — which is why you can’t go wrong on Cedros Avenue. So whether you’re wondering what to do for a first date, planning the weekly date night with your spouse, or bringing the girls or guys together for some bonding, we’ve laid out some great ideas to help you out.
The best part is that Cedros has you covered all day — so don’t worry about having to commit to a date night if you would rather have some midday fun instead. A number of these options  can be combined in different ways in creating your perfect date!

cedros-gallery-051Drinks

When it comes down to it, most can agree that getting together around our favorite beverages is one of the easiest options for a date or time with friends. On Cedros, both Culture Brewing Co. and Carruth Cellars provide a cool and casual environment, which is just what you’ll want with a pint of beer or a glass of wine and great conversation. Not to mention, the tasting rooms are perfect options during the day or at night!

If meeting over a cup of coffee is more down your alley, Lofty Coffee is a hip and popular coffee spot with tasty beverages and food. For those of you planning to have your outing during the morning or afternoon, mingling over an iced tea or a cafe americano is a nice way to go.

Eats

Brunch and lunch planners will find some incredibly tasty breakfast and lunch options at Lockwood Table Cafe. From baked egg souffles to specialty sandwiches to choose from, the only thing you’ll need to worry about is the silence that may occur once the food comes out! Wild Note Cafe is another lunch option as well as the perfect spot to eat before a Belly Up show — you can even walk through back doors that will take you right into the venue.

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Entertainment

One of the most well-known and popular sources of entertainment in Solana Beach is the Belly Up Tavern on our very own Cedros Ave. Keep an eye on their schedule of performers as you plan your date nights because a great show can be the main event for your perfect night.

Cedros also offers some incredible art and photography galleries for admirers and enthusiasts alike. Since these options aren’t open later at night, they are perfect entertainment for before a dinner reservation, a show at the Belly Up, or before catching the sunset on the beach.

Shopping

After grabbing a bite to eat or something to drink, walking around the shops of Cedros is another source of entertainment in itself. Even if you don’t plan on big spending, simply walking through the unique stores and boutiques can provide for some fun with a significant other or a group of friends.

It’s safe to say that you’ll find something to please everyone on Cedros! Now all you have to do is pick and choose your favorite Cedros activities to combine for the perfect date or outing with friends. If there are just too many options and varieties to choose from, keep some ideas for your next time out! Here are a few of our favorite date combos:

If you enjoyed this post you might also want to read, “A to Z Things to Do on Cedros Avenue (S through Z).

The Cedros Ave. Merchants Association supports all of the vendors and businesses on Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach. The Avenue covers two and a half enchanting blocks of more than 85 boutiques, shops, cafes, salons, day spas, art galleries and more! Located just 20 miles north of downtown San Diego, Cedros Ave. has been a point of interest for over three decades and is the only shopping district in San Diego solely populated by independent boutiques and businesses. 

A to Z Things to Do on Cedros Avenue (A through K)

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The weather is warmer, days are longer and happy hours abound. Ah, spring! We’re celebrating by sharing our favorite things to do on Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach. As there are a number of fabulous stores, restaurants, art galleries and design shops to visit, we’ve created a three-part blog series to pay homage to the fun that can be had on Cedros Avenue, from A-Z. The first series will focus on activities from A-K.

Whether you’re looking for some new ways to spice up your home decor, your closet or your garden, Cedros Avenue has it all. Grab your friends, kids, special someone or your furry friend and head to Cedros Avenue in the Design District. Here are a few of the cool things you’ll find:

A– Accessorize your upcoming summer trip with new gear from Adventure 16 at 143 S. Cedros Ave. Suite M.

B– Buzz over to the historic Belly Up Tavern for live music at 143 S. Cedros Ave. Suite R.

C– Create a colorful garden for your backyard at Courtyard Pottery at 142 S. Cedros Ave. Suite A.

D– Don’t be afraid to try a new look at Do’s & Lipstick at 143 S. Cedros Ave. Suite V101.

E– Enhance your home decor with elegant designs from European Bath, Kitchen & Stone at 143 S. Cedros Ave. Suite G.

F– Fall in love with the fabulous rustic and modern charm of Form & Function at 414 S. Cedros Ave.

G– Get your glamor on at Gerhard at 143 S. Cedros Ave. Suite J.

H– Head into the heartwarming and homey House Vintage at 315 S. Cedros Ave.

I– Indulge in award-winning interior design at Intimate Living Interiors at 143 S. Cedros Ave. Suite C203.

J– Jazz up your hat collection at Jill Courtemanche Millinery at 410 S. Cedros Ave.

K– Keep the ocean alive in your own home with beautiful Koniakowsky Ocean Art at 312 S. Cedros Ave. Ste. 130!

Stay tuned for future posts in this series on fun things to do on Cedros Avenue from A to Z.

What fun things do you like to do on Cedros? Share them with us on our Facebook page!

If you enjoyed this post you might also want to read, “A to Z Things to Do on Cedros Avenue (L through R).

The Cedros Ave. Merchants Association supports all of the vendors and businesses on Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach. The Avenue covers two and a half enchanting blocks of more than 85 boutiques, shops, cafes, salons, day spas, art galleries and more! Located just 20 miles north of downtown San Diego, Cedros Ave. has been a point of interest for over three decades and is the only shopping district in San Diego solely populated by independent boutiques and businesses. 

Buying Art: For Love, Investment, or Both?

Thinking about investing in some artwork? Be it a painting or some sort of media art (i.e. sculpture), there are several reasons people purchase art. If you have your eye on a piece, are you planning to buy for love, investment, or both?

Art is subjective first and foremost. Even those who choose to invest have to be inspired or moved by the artworks they purchase, and perhaps even the artists themselves. But, when we purchase artwork that moves us in any way, we often wonder whether or not the value will extend beyond intrinsic — especially if the artwork is original and the price tag is high. As we have several art shops here on Cedros Ave., we thought we’d weigh in and provide some insight on this topic.

Buying Art as an Investment

If you’re curious about the investment aspect of art buying here are some interesting facts to note about art sales. In 2014, patrons spent more than $60 billion on art. This is up 67% from 2009, showing that art lovers are becoming more and more interested in making purchases. The 2014 Deloitte Art & Finance Report notes that 75% of those art buyers said they were purchasing their pieces as an investment.

If you are considering becoming one of those art buyers, think about why you are planning to buy. Are you in love with the piece, or are you planning this purchase as an investment? As you ponder this question, factor in these four things:

1. Avoid the hype: Only works by a few artists in any period will generate big profits when you try to sell. If you get caught up in the hype, you could fall into a dangerous pattern, hoping to purchase artwork before an artist is ‘discovered’ and then sell it once he or she becomes a hit. These situations are actually very rare.

2. Do your homework: Before you purchase, make sure to determine the fair market value of the art. Work with a reputable art advisor to find the sale prices of similar works, or check the prices at auction houses. You also want to learn about the artist. The information can help provide you with context when, or if, you decide to invest.

3. Don’t believe in myths: Just because an artist is selling a number of pieces, this does not automatically mean that they are valuable. Don’t assume that since you are buying from an up and coming artist, you are headed for a windfall.

4. Value your collection: If you do acquire a collection, remember to have the collection appraised. This is an especially good idea if you are making a will or planning to give to charity.

Buying Art for the Love of It

We’ll just state for the record, that we’re not advocating one reason over the other for purchasing art. After all, art is subjective and is ultimately meant to inspire. Regardless of your motivation, you should buy art that you do in fact, love. If it just so happens that you also support the artist themselves in their endeavors, even better. If you are purchasing art for the mere love of it, we will say there is less pressure in regards to whether or not it will increase in dollar value. You will, however, be gaining a piece that has intrinsic value, which can be equally as important depending on what motivates you and your lifestyle.

If you’re in the North San Diego area please come visit us on Cedros Avenue. We have several art-centric shops for you to check out. 

If you fancy impressionist art and love the ocean/beach life, Wade Koniakowsky‘s gallery is a must-see.

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If you have a special love of antiquities, the Antique Warehouse is a treasure trove of vintage art pieces.

Antique Warehouse Cedros Ave

Solana Beach Art & Frame offers a unique collection of fine art prints, in addition to a wide selection framing options.

Solana Beach Art and Frame on Cedros Ave

If you enjoyed this post you might also want to read, “2 Little Secrets About Our Local Coffee Shops on Cedros.”

The Cedros Ave. Merchants Association supports all of the vendors and businesses on Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach. The Avenue covers two and a half enchanting blocks of more than 85 boutiques, shops, cafes, salons, day spas, art galleries and more! Located just 20 miles north of downtown San Diego, Cedros Ave. has been a point of interest for over three decades and is the only shopping district in San Diego solely populated by independent boutiques and businesses.