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Holiday Gift Ideas for Her

The holiday season has officially arrived, and gift shopping crunch-time will be upon us before we know it. Most agree that finding the right gift for a lady can be a challenge — but we can’t forget that thought and effort truly go a long way. After all, you know your beloved lady best, so trust your gut and her appreciation will shine brightly. Whether you’ve got something in mind or you’re on the lookout for some holiday shopping inspiration, these great gift ideas will guide you towards making a purchase you and your special lady will be very happy about.

For the Fashionista

You may argue that fashion is not your forte, but a little research in this area won’t hurt. Find out if there’s a trending new piece of apparel or jewelry that you know would fit in with your lady’s wardrobe. If she ever points out an item she especially adores, take note! Ultimately, you’ll be surprised with how easily you’ll notice when an accessory or clothing item screams her name. Cedros spots for the fashionista: Jill Courtemanche Millinery and Visions of gold

wade-koniakowsky-pieceFor the Artist

There are a few directions you can go when finding the perfect gift for an artist. These options may also work well for an art enthusiast or collector. Those who appreciate any type of masterpiece would love a personalized piece that will look nice in their home. If you want to share an experience instead, consider buying tickets to a local gallery. If your lady loves to create her own work, provide frames that will bring her art to life.

Cedros spots for the artist: Koniakowsky Ocean Art and Solana Beach Art and Frame

For the Beauty Expert

It’s pretty easy to know whether or not your special lady is a beauty aficionado. If that’s who you’re working with, you may want to visit a local beauty shop to get some expertise on the latest must-haves in that department. Another great option is to purchase a salon package to her favorite place of pampering where she can have a relaxing day to herself. If you’re really on top of things, you may already have an idea of what she has been wanting on her makeup counter, which will make the gift shopping a little easier.

Cedros spots for the beauty expert: Alexis K and Honey Comb Salon

kitchen-wear-and-giftsFor the Cook

Most may agree that both aspiring and professional cooks can always add something to their kitchen. Maybe they’ve been needing to replace a few cooking essentials or are hoping to score a new and improved version of their most frequently used cookware. All cooks will appreciate a personalized or unique cookbook for inspiration. Maybe your cook loves a good wine pairing. If you know their favorite pairings, provide their desired beverages.

Cedros spots for the cook: Brick Lane

For the Outdoorsy Type

There are so many nifty goods out there that travelers and outdoorsy individuals would love to receive as a gift. Try to find an essential piece of equipment for their type of adventure or accessories and clothing items they’ve been dying to add to their travel pack. Outerwear, footwear, water containers and camping gear are all great options for your outdoor enthusiast.

Cedros spots for the traveler: A16

beachy-home-decorFor the Home Designer

Picking a piece of furniture or decor for a lady who loves designing her home may be tough. However, with the right approach, you won’t disappoint. By sticking to small accent pieces that you know fit her taste and style, your gift won’t risk the chance of being too bold.

Cedros spots for the home designer: Sea Breeze Mercantile and Solo

Keep in mind, there’s nothing wrong with asking for simple hints on what your loved one may be hoping for this holiday season. Just be sure to leave room for an element of surprise! It’s also not a bad idea to consider adding a stocking stuffer or two. Gift cards or small pieces of jewelry in her stocking can be a nice addition to whatever else you have wrapped up and under the tree.

Cedros Avenue is the perfect shopping street for the season of gift-giving. The shops mentioned above are only a few of the best local holiday shopping picks from the design district. Stroll down the street to find out what individual stores may have to offer for the holiday season. You may stumble across some great deals and packages that you can’t pass up when shopping for your loved ones.

If you enjoyed this post you might also want to read, “Gift Giving Guide For Mom on Cedros Avenue.

It’s Never Too Early for Local Holiday Shopping!

When it comes to shopping for the holidays, there are certain factors that contribute to how special a gift truly is. Personalized, unique and sentimental items tend to be the favorites — and there are so many different directions you can go with that. With endless types of gifts out there, it can prove difficult to come up with the perfect present for a loved one. It’s all about finding something that screams their name the loudest — and this may take a bit of browsing around. In the end, your loved one’s happiness, excitement and gratitude make it worth any extra time and effort you put in.

Shopping local is a wonderful way to browse for gifts as the holiday season comes near. On Cedros Avenue, we are all about personalization and one-of-a-kind goods. Among the number of unique shops found along the street, holiday shoppers are bound to find the special gift they’re looking for. Not to mention, local holiday shopping is the best way to support your community during the season of cheer and joy!

We all know holiday shopping can be a bit stressful. With that being said, we’d like to encourage you to get out there, start early, and beat the rush to minimize any worries! To further inspire your local holiday shopping needs, here are some of our favorite easily-personalized gift ideas from our very own Cedros Avenue shops:

At Chicweed Patio & Garden you have the ability to create a unique display piece or have the experts create one for you. These bouquets are a lovely gift for those who enjoy adding greens, life and beauty to their home.

rustic-succulents

If you’re looking for the perfect piece of jewelry that will steal your loved one’s heart, Passion Fine Jewelry creates extraordinary jewels, gemstones, and diamonds as well as luxurious specially-made watches — the true heart string pullers!

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Sometimes, a classy designer purse or accessory are just what you’re looking for. Gerhard Del Mar on Cedros has a decorative display of handbags and accessories along with menswear and sunglasses. You may even walk out of this spot with a little something for yourself!

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Image Via: Gerhard on Cedros

For art lovers, Solana Beach Art and Frame is your spot. It’s a great option for customizing gifts, as you have the option to choose from art catalogs, work with a local artist, or buy directly off the walls from the gallery. From custom frames to art masterpieces, this is as personalized as it gets.

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Image Via: Solana Beach Art and Frame

Cokas Diko appeals greatly to fresh and vibrant styles — if this describes your loved one or friend, you may not have to look further. In this unique shop, you can browse for items ranging from furniture, custom upholstery, one-of-a-kind pieces, Cokas Diko Home exclusively designed collections, lighting, rugs, pillows, bedding and artwork.

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Image Via Cokas Diko

Most importantly, don’t be afraid to speak with the local store employees and experts if you need help finding or creating the perfect gift — even if you have something in mind already. They will know all the ropes of exactly what they can provide, and they can even send you in the right direction if a neighboring shop may better meet your needs. It doesn’t hurt to ask questions and compare your options. After all, keeping your friends and loved ones happy with the perfect holiday gift makes it all worth it in the end. And remember: It’s never too early to shop locally for the holiday season! We’ll see you out there!

If you enjoyed this post you might also want to read, “Take a Mental Health Day: Plan a Day to Shop, Dine and Pamper Yourself!

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 (S through Z)

Collage of 3 businesses located on Cedros Ave. in Solana Beach

And we’re on to part three of our “A to Z Things to Do on Cedros Avenue.” This final segment will focus on letters S through Z. We’re not going to lie, some of these letters were tough! If you’ve ever played the alphabet game or Scattergories, you know what we’re talking about.

Summertime is officially here and we couldn’t be more excited! To live in this gorgeous community is such a privilege and there’s no time like summer to showcase exactly why. Long sunny days with warm beach sunsets (after 8pm) are so lovely here in San Diego. The extended daylight hours simply beg for us to take in more sights, more activities, and more quality time with friends and family. So take-in this final list of fun to-do’s on Cedros Ave.

S –  Stroll into Solo if you’re looking for a truly unique gift, an off-beat greeting card or stationery, funky-chic housewares, a great art or travel book, or simply to simply take in the artistic splendor of what’s on display in this extraordinary warehouse shopping space.

T – Transcendent style can be easily found and marvelled in Tucci Boutique. Owner and fashion cognoscente, Jessica Agatucci, brings a clean and timeless sense of vogue to the clothing and accessory collection housed within her special boutiques.

U – Unique finds of the rustic-chic kind can be found in a sweet little shop located at the south end of Cedros called, Brick Lane. Think luxurious, yet non-fussy Anthropologie-esque fabrics juxtaposed with a collection of handmade local jewelry, antique wooden spools, and housewares that boast a homespun European vibe.

V – Visions of Gold Fine Jewelry is a must for anyone who appreciates elegance and glimmer. The collection of jewelry is curated beautifully and presents an enticing display of sophistication. If you’re in need of someone to design that special…ehem…ring, the owner and designer, Scott, is your guy!

W – Weeds is another one of our favorite clothing stores on the street. They specialize in comfortable, casual clothing that helps each woman create her own style.  We love them because they carry natural fiber clothing made in the U.S. and Europe. If you are looking for clothing with great quality and even better style, look no further!

X – Xenial is the word that comes to mind when we think of our friends at Lofty Coffee Company. Not only is their selection of fine coffee, teas, food and pastries exquisite (yes we said exquisite when referring to coffee – it’s THAT good!) but their staff is a vibrant and happy bunch that show all of their customers the utmost when it comes to friendliness and hospitality. If you become a regular, trust us, they’ll start greeting you by name.

Y – Yummy breakfast and lunch anyone? Head on over to Lockwood Table Cafe! Tucked into the back corner one of our tiny strip of shops at the south end, you’ll find this sweet little neighborhood eatery offering a satiating menu of savory and sweet bites. It’s the perfect little spot to meet up with with friends.

Z – Zigzagging about Cedros is an easy thing to do. Yes, we were reaching a bit with that one – haha! But seriously, it is! Many of our visitors will randomly hop from one shop or cafe to the next, then loop back and forth again and again. It happens when you’re surrounded by such a unique collection of local storefronts and eateries that Cedros Ave. has to offer.

So come on over and visit us for some retail therapy, gift shopping, or just to stroll the street and be inspired!

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. 

Gift Giving Guide for Mom from Cedros Avenue

Everybody loves their momma and we want to make sure that she feels the love from you this coming Mother’s Day. I mean seriously, let’s think about it, none of us would even be where we are today if it weren’t for her. She’s been there through the ups and downs, happy day’s and sad ones too, she’s been by your side since day one. To help make this Mother’s Day special, we thought we would share some potential gifts to give the woman who means so much to you. We selected a few stores and our favorite items from each on Cedros Avenue that we thought mom would love.

Fun Candles and Cards

These adorable trinkets from Solo on Cedros that would make the perfect shelf decoration, or just a little something for mom to put on her bedside table. Remember, the littlest things go the longest way.

Gifts for mom from Solo

Brightly Colored Socks

Pick up a colorful pair of Stance socks from Cedros Soles. Who doesn’t love a great pair of statement socks? Mom will love all of the color options and combinations of these funky little socks. Fun fact- there will be a Stance trunk show on May 7, 2016, at the storefront of Cedros Soles where there will be even more adorable socks available for purchase.

Colorful Stance Socks

Handmade Soaps

Stop by Leaping Lotus for these unique handmade soaps. Whether mom wants to use them as bathroom sink decoration or for herself, these unique soaps will surely make her smile. Who wouldn’t smile at a bar of soap that looks like a piece of cake!

Homemade Soaps

Accent Throws

You can ever have too many throw blankets. Get mom one of these spring colored, cozy throws from Bixby and Ball. These throws will make the perfect accent on any couch, chair or bed!

BixbyandBallThrows

Jewelry

Jewelry always makes a woman feel fabulous. Mom would be delighted with the beautiful jewelry options at Mabel’s on Cedros Avenue. Whether she is into chunky gold necklaces or simple, dainty chains, you will surely find a piece that looks just like her.

Jewelry Mabel's Wall

Adorable Pet Supplies

This one is for all of the fur baby mommas’ out there! Whether you have a kitten or a pup, Muttropolis offers cute gift like this one for the special fur baby mom in your life.

Meow Kitty Bowls

 

Mother’s Day is about showing your mom how much she really means to you. The gift you give her or the day you have planned will make her happier than you can imagine, just make sure you do something for her. After everything she has done for you, it really is the least you can do. Always remember, the littlest things go the longest way and it is simply the thought that counts. We hope this blog has given you inspiration and ideas on what to get your special mother. See you on Cedros Avenue! Happy shopping!

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

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. 

Take Your Senses on a Little Trip To France

Mistral Solana Beach storefront

The French have so many of the finer things in life down to a natural science, from fine art to opulent fashion, exquisite cuisine and picturesque landscape that offers what might be one of the most inspirational backdrops known throughout history — France embodies all that is just lovely in the world.

While we may live in another desirable little corner of this planet (Solana Beach), traveling outside of our backyard allows us to experience different cultures, see new ways of life, and just take in the incredible panorama of the world around us. We take these moments in with our senses; sight, touch, smell, taste. All of which can register a memorable moment in our lives that we somehow never forget.

Focus for a moment on your sense of smell.

Think of a scent that makes you smile, brings you a sense of calm, or perhaps reminds you of a moment or person that fills your heart with nostalgia and happiness. Today we’re inviting you to take your senses on a little trip to France right here on Cedros Avenue to an elegantly charming little store that can do just that, called Mistral.

Whether you’ve had the opportunity to travel to France, the Mistral boutique aims to transport your senses in the most whimsical way with an elegant selection of sensory-driven items. The tiny store is stocked with a fine collection of authentic French soaps, lotions, candles, perfumes, body and beauty care items, teas, confections, books, and other unique gift items, including artfully crafted kitchen towels and table cloths.

The owner and founder of Mistral, Matthew Tilker, [actually] opened his first location in his mother’s home (as she lovingly likes to remind him), then later opened an official storefront here on Cedros Avenue. While their products are carried in various locations throughout the U.S. and Canada, including a second Mistral boutique in Del Mar, the original boutique in Solana Beach remains the flagship location for the brand.

The store may be quaint, but what it delivers to your senses is anything but diminutive. Mistral boasts its very own line of ambrosial soaps, lotions, fragrances and a precious host of other sensory items for the body and home — these in and of itself could be reason enough to visit the store. Their line of fragrant soaps offers so many scents it makes it hard to choose which one to take home.

Mistral French soap line

Let this descriptor from their website entice you, “The Mistral Soaps are crafted according to a time-honored French soap tradition. Made with a special mélange of natural and organic ingredients and original perfumes from Grasse, France, these quadruple milled bar soaps are super dense, long-lasting, luxurious, gentle and exquisitely fragrant.” But don’t worry, if you simply can’t make a choice you can join their Soap Club, where buying 10 soaps earns you an 11th soap free!

Mistral Soap Club sign

Another line we simply have to mention is their unique line of fragrant items based off of a well-known sensory trip in which travelers are transported to specific regions of France called, “Sur la Route {Provence Roadtrip}.” They even have a special book to compliment this line of products titled, “Le Road Trip”, by Vivian Swift. The exclusive line includes signature Mistral soaps and candles that resonate with a certain region referenced in the trip.

Sur la route Mistral Soaps

Le Road Trip Book

We could honestly go on and on about Mistral, but we hope you’ll make time to visit this special shop for yourself. If you’re not able to visit the Solana Beach location in the Cedros Ave. Design District, you can find them online or check out their other boutique location in Del Mar.

Below are some photo’s of some signature items carried in the store to allure you.

From their signature line, hand creams, body lotions, foaming bath soaps, and more.

Mistral Almond soap, lotion and shower/bath gel

 

Mistral even has a line of men’s fragrances and body care items.

Mistral Mens Soaps and Cologne

 

Looking to give a gift? Let these Les Sentiments soaps deliver a perfectly aromatic message.

Le Sentiments Mistral Soaps

 

Mistral carries a variety of classic French body sprays and perfumes, including several from the famous Fragonard line.

Fragonard Parfume at Mistral Boutique

 

This tea shop in France is known to have a line out the door. But you can pick them up right there on Cedros Ave.!

Mariage Freres Tea Casablanca

 

These beautiful French confection tins of varying French flavors are perfect for a gift, or as a little sweet treat just for you.

Flavigny Confection Tins

 Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Mistral has the perfect array of gifts for friends, family, and that special someone!

Mistral Valentine's Day Gift table

If you enjoyed this post you might also want to read, “Retail Therapy: Time to Do a Little Shopping for You.”

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. 

Pet Approved Holiday Gifts: Furball Treats and More!

Muttropolis Pet Holiday Display

You’ve made your holiday gift giving list and you’ve got everyone down from parents, to grandparents, the kids, nieces, nephews, good friends…OH and of course Bowser, Fido, and Kiki the cat, right?!

We can’t forget about those furry family members who are there to greet us every day with a love and affection like no other. Pets are family, and the joy they bring to our lives is truly immeasurable. Below is a holiday gift giving guide from our friends at Muttropolis for the furball in your life that brings a smile to your heart, everyday. And if you’re reading this blog from afar and can’t get to their fun little store here on Cedros Ave. in Solana Beach, not to worry, you can shop their store online at Muttropolis.com.

Dog Approved Puptastic Gifts

‘Pupalicious’ Holiday Treat Time

It’s the time of year when we all indulge just a little more than usual on the yummy holiday treats. Extend the festive deliciousness to your pet with a little pet-friendly treat to let them join in the spirit of the holidays with you. And just because it’s a treat, doesn’t mean it can’t be healthy. In fact, all food and treats you feed your pet should be uber clean.

Right now, Muttropolis is having a 20% OFF sale on ALL treats. Their signature Mutt Munchers are the seasonal treat of month, available in limited edition flavors for the holidays, Pumpkin Pie, and Crown Roast. Made locally here in Southern California (with lots of love for your pup) these treats are grain-free and made with garbanzo beans, which is a fantastic source of protein and dietary fiber. Ingredients are all natural, human-grade, and above all super delish to keep tails wagging with happiness. And while you’re at it, why not pick up a Christmas red ‘jingle bell’ collar? Hint, hint…they’re also having a limited time 20% off sale on all collars online until 12/14/15. Use discount code Collar20 at checkout.

Muttropolis Pumpkin Dog Treats

For the Hanukkah Celebratin’ Pooches

Does your pup celebrate Hanukkah with you? There’s a lovely little selection of items they can sport and enjoy during those 8 special nights of celebration including fun collars, scarves, and toys.

Hanukkah Pet Gifts

Chew on THIS!

What pooch doesn’t love a little something to chew on for a while? Muttropolis has quite a selection of raw hide bones, and chew toys to choose from. Om-nom-nom!

Muttropolis dog bones and chew toys

Pet Toy Fountain Tower

Purrfect Presents for Your ‘Soft Kitty’

Cats are yes, a little more finicky, and likely just as happy frolicking about in mounds of wrapping paper on Christmas morning… but here are some toys and treats that will tickle their whiskers with just a little more holiday excitement.

Ignite Your Kitty’s Senses with Some Serious Catnip

If your kitty loves catnip, get ready to kick up it up a notch with these ‘Stinkies’ Catnip Sardines. These are guaranteed to send your cat into sensory overload!

Stinkies Cat Nip Sardines

High-rise Cat Naps, Anyone?

Chic kitty cat real estate is all the rage this season, and worthy of the investment to keep your purrball happy. This modern cat condo is a perfect addition for the mid-century decorators home.

Mid-century modern cat climb condo

This cat scratch tower is sleek and simple, and will fit nicely into any home. But more importantly, it will give your little ‘Cheshire Cat’ a place to rest, scratch, grin, and purr to their hearts content.

Modern Cat Tree at Muttropolis

Still Unsure What Pet Gift to Choose?

If you’re purchasing a pet gift for a family member or friend, but aren’t sure what is on the ‘ok’ list for their cat or dog, a gift card is always a safe bet. Muttropolis offers these full little gift cards, perfectly designed as a ready made gift for the pet lover in your world.

Muttropolis Gift Card

Let’s make sure to remember giving our furry loved ones a little something for the holidays in appreciation for being such a happy, fun, and positive part of our lives.

If you enjoyed this post you might also want to read, “Discover Antique Holiday Shopping in Solana Beach.”

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. 

4 Perks to Shopping on Small Business Saturday

Shoes and clothes on shelves at Cedros Soles in Solana Beach

The biggest shopping weekend of the year is only days/hours away. We’re all familiar with Black Friday and Cyber Monday where the inventory is sky high and the deals are a plenty. As you know, Cedros Avenue is filled with small, local businesses, so the shopping holiday we like to celebrate is Small Business Saturday. Brought about by American Express, the idea behind Small Business Saturday fares well among those who prefer to shop local and support smaller businesses. This concept has been gaining popularity over the years, and it is one that we’re grateful for.

Here are 4 perks to feel good about when shopping on Small Business Saturday:

1. You’re Supporting Local

While you can certainly shop small local businesses anytime and any day you like, Small Business Saturday brings them to the forefront of people’s minds — reminding them to keep their local shopkeepers top of mind when shopping for the holidays. Local shop owners work extra hard to keep their business open because they’re passionate about it. It’s a given that they wear a lot of hats, and deal with the rollercoastering ups and downs of owning a business. But they’re here, working extra hard and helping to maintain a balance of local shops in your town that is likely filled with a sea of major marketplaces. Supporting local businesses gives most of us the warm fuzzies, as supporting local is something to feel truly good about.

2. Avoid a Mass of Crowds

This is a big one. Shopping malls this weekend, and this season for that matter, will be crowded! The parking lots alone can be a ‘not-so-cheery’ debacle to deal with. Local shops are usually in smaller, less crowded areas. The coastal beach towns in North San Diego County alone have a host of quaint little shops to peruse in addition to Cedros Avenue. Even if the areas are a little more crowded than usual during the holiday season, the local vibe is in the air and strolling about town while shopping can feel nostalgic, and perhaps, more festive.

3. Truly Unique Finds

This one is our favorite reason to shop Small Business Saturday! If you’re looking to find some truly unique gifts, shopping small local businesses is the way to go. Smaller businesses pride themselves on selling items that resonate with their brand in a very specific way, and as such a majority of the items they sell are much more rare than what you might find at a larger retailer. At our very own Leaping Lotus and Solo, you’ll find a majority of their items are in fact one-of-a-kind. The extra thought and care you put into the gifts you give can go a long way with the person you’re giving them to.

4. Potential Amex Benefits

For the record, we’re not writing this post as a plug for American Express, but they are the driving force behind the PR and marketing for Small Business Saturday so there are some potential benefits worth mentioning if you have an Amex card and shop with participating local retailers. If you’re an American Express card holder and would like to know which retailers are participating in Small Business Saturday, you can find that information and more here.

Here’s a list of Cedros Avenue retailers that we know, for certain, are participating in Small Business Saturday:

Muttropolis

Jill Courtemanche Millinery

La Femme Chic

There may be others, so be sure to ask the retailer when shopping on Small Business Saturday.

In closing, Cedros Avenue would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! We’re so grateful to our local community and to all those that shop with our local retailers — you keep our town of Solana Beach authentic, small, and true to the friendly beach vibe we hope to maintain for many years to come.

If you enjoyed this post you might also want to read, “Cafes You Must Visit on Cedros Ave.

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.

Discover Antique Holiday Shopping in Solana Beach

Antique Warehouse Cedros Ave

If you love all things antiquated, then add a regular trip the The Antique Warehouse in Solana Beach to your list of antique shops.

From the street their warehouse seems fairly sizable, with ample parking to boot. Then you step inside and take a moment to wonder at the rows upon rows of vintage treasures that would give any antique lover a rush of excitement. From jewelry, to postcards, furniture, paintings, vinyl records, books, kitchen gadgets, pottery, and more than we could ever list here, they’ve got it all.

Antique Warehouse Solana Beach

Antique Warehouse Solana Beach Inside

What we love about The Antique Warehouse is how well merchandised it is. This is what really sets it apart in the antique shopping world. The vendors and dealers who showcase their found treasures take pride in the display of the items they have for sale. This makes it so much easier to shop, because the sea of treasures is vast and easy to get lost in. Their staff is extremely friendly and always willing to help you find what you’re looking for. Another perk, certain vendors often have little sales. All the more reason to add this antique shop to the regular visit list.

But let’s get down to our focus for this blog…holiday shopping! Whether you’re getting ready to shop for the upcoming holidays for old-timey gifts that your loved ones might appreciate, or even hoping to add to your collection of fall and winter holiday decor, The Antique Warehouse will deliver, especially as we get deeper into the coming seasons.

Halloween Ornaments and Perhaps Even a Costume

How could you not love Halloween? And what’s Halloween without a dose of vintage? As time goes on, our memories of this holiday accumulate with days of when…when we were young, when we went trick-or-treating, when we won that costume contest. We look back in time, back to the old and perhaps even the spooky. The Antique Warehouse has started showcasing their Hallowe’en spirit with some fun displays that meld old with the new. The merchandise below can be found toward the back of the warehouse.

Vintage Halloween Deocrations

And don’t forget your Halloween costume! Go vintage for a truly unique flare to your disguise. There are several booths that house a treasure of throwback apparel, from the dapper to a dazzling retro.

Fun Witch Hats

Vintage Clothing Store

Decorate with Vintage Christmas Trimmings

The Antique Warehouse vendors have also started sprinkling in their Christmas accoutrement. Many of these finds truly are intrinsic gems of yesteryear. Aged glass ornaments might be some of our favorites. The colors are still so vibrant but with cracks and imperfections that make you wonder how far they’ve traveled and how many holidays they’ve seen. There are old holiday children’s books, Bing Crosby records, and vintage ceramic trees. All makings of the perfect back in the day holiday!

Vintage Christmas Ornaments

Vintage Ceramic Christmas Tree

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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.

Fall Gardening: Tips and Plants for the Season from Cedros Gardens

Cedros Gardens entrance in Solana Beach

Is your garden looking a bit worn out by the sun? Hot weather during the summer can take a toll on anyone’s garden. Thankfully, Cedros Gardens is a beautiful local nursery, and they have shared some tips to help you get the most out of your gardening for the upcoming season. We asked the owner, Mia, about her recommendations for fall gardening, and she was kind enough to offer some quick insight for this season’s best gardening practices.

Keep Your Garden Lush & Colorful

You can continue to plant tropical and semi-tropical plants during the fall. With the warm southern California climate, these easy-growing plants are a great option to feel like a gardening expert. Plants such as Citrus Trees, Bougainvillea, Bird of Paradise and Passion Fruits grow very quickly, so you can enjoy the fruits of your minimal labor.

Plant early blooming Sweetpea seeds near the end of September, and they will bloom right around Christmas time. These colorful flowers will brighten up your garden as you entertain visitors during the holiday season.

Grow Your Own Vegetables

For those who enjoy growing your own vegetables, the first month of fall is a great opportunity to plant from the Brasicca family. This includes cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and kale from seeds. This time of year is also an excellent time to plant onions and sugar snap peas. Growing your own vegetables can save you both time and money, plus the added satisfaction of cultivating your own delicious food.

Healthy Plants Are Happy Plants

Fall is a perfect opportunity to plant some drought tolerant plants, and get rid of those thirsty plants! Consider planting California native plants, like Flannelbush or the signature California Poppy. Plants native to Australia, South Africa, and the Mediterranean also do well when planted in the early fall. Additionally, if you remove the lawn from your home, you might be eligible for some rebates through San Diego County’s incentive program, designed to combat the drought.

Mia also points out that for all of your gardening, amending the soil is a must. Healthy soil will stay moist with less water (believe it or not!), helping your plants to thrive with less water. You can add finished compost, raw organic matter, and organic nutrients to your soil to help it retain the water and nutrients.

If you need some expert advice or some new additions for your garden, come by Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach. Stop by on a Sunday to catch the Solana Beach Farmer’s Market as well! Cedros Gardens is located at 330 S Cedros Ave Solana Beach, CA 92075 (Corner of Cedros & Rosa), open Monday – Saturday 9:00 – 5:00 p.m. &  Sunday 10:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Cedros Gardens hours on wooden sign

 

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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.