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Take a Mental Health Day: Plan a Day to Shop, Dine and Pamper Yourself!

At one time or another, we’ve all experienced that feeling of burnout. You continuously work hard, and it’s important to give yourself time to bounce back. Studies have shown that taking a mental health day away from work can increase productivity and creativity. Your career should be treated like a marathon rather than a sprint, so take the time to care for yourself and establish that work-life balance.

If you are going to take a mental health day (and happen to live in San Diego!), keep the Cedros Ave. Design District in mind. Our unique street offers a variety of unique shops, boutiques, eateries, and little pampering havens perfect for that much needed mental health day!

Here are some suggestions to help you get the most out of your day of relaxation:

Pamper Yourself

It’s difficult to work some self-indulgence into your morning routine, and when you’re rushing out the door to the office, the thought of pampering yourself falls by the wayside to make room for the day’s upcoming meetings. On your next day off, head over to Do’s & Lipstick to give your hair some TLC. Offering styling, color, and treatments to nourish those beautiful locks Do’s and Lipstick offers everything you need to rejuvenate your hair. To step up your pampering appointment, they also offer makeup application and brow services to keep you looking and feeling your best!

Do's & Lipstick store

Retail Therapy – Good For the Soul

Nothing cures an “off” mood better than shopping- and the Cedros Design District has quite the assortment of specialty shops to peruse. The famous Bette Midler said “I firmly believe that with the right footwear one can rule the world.” Find your dream shoes to embody your ambition at Cedros Soles, a boutique offering a wide selection of shoes and clothing. They cater to the overall shopping experience of the customer, and also carry fashionable pieces to complete your fresh look from head to toe. Both women AND men will appreciate the carefully selected fashion options they offer.

Womens shoes and clothes at Cedros Soles in Solana Beach

Image credit: Cedros Soles Facebook Page

Shopping for your home or need a special occasion gift? Leaping Lotus and SoLo both offer a wide array of decor, art, furniture, accessories and gifts to explore.

The store front of Leaping Lotus opens up to a shopper’s heaven with two floors full of unique items. Sourcing their items from over 120 different merchants and artists from around the world, there is something (or many somethings!) for everyone.

Leaping Lotus staircase

SoLo is another treasure housed in a beautifully reconfigured open warehouse space at the southern end of the shopping block. Their selection of unique home goods and decor, as well as gorgeous books and other gifts is a stand-out that one must see to truly appreciate.


Enjoy Your Food, Enjoy Your Life

We’ve all had those sad desk lunches in front of our computers, simultaneously trying to scarf down leftovers and respond to those pressing emails. When you’re away from work, take the time to sit down and enjoy a meal (or even better, a glass of wine!). The Lockwood Table Café is a tranquilly ambient and quaint little cafe serving up a savory selection of artisan-style meals and sweet treats. Many of their accompaniments such as dressings, and sauces are housemade – which locals LOVE! As a favorite among many Cedros Merchants, this cafe offers more than an amazing meal; their patio seating is perfect for soaking up that California Sun while you enjoy their highly recommended breakfast and lunch specials.

Lockwood Table Cafe

After scouting the shops and taking the time to enjoy the slower pace of the beachside community, Carruth Wine Cellars serves as a perfect end to your day away from the office. This urban winery offers a variety of specials and events, with a tasting room that’s open seven days a week. Join their wine club, and receive free tastings and discounts on wine purchases!

Wine barrels at Carruth Wine Cellars in Solana Beach

Take the time to care for yourself, and enjoy your mental health day at the Cedros Design District. For more information and a full list of vendors on Cedros, visit our Business Directory.

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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.