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This is #3 in a series I’ve been doing about Shopping Local.  My hope is that others do this in their home town.  The other two posts are here and here. 
Mission Hills Area
Maison En Provence is a beautiful little store filled with household and other gift items hand picked by the owners from France.   Little lavender sachets to gourmet food items, there’s bound to be a nice gift for someone special. 
The Huddle doesn’t have a website.  What they have is old-fashioned diner style food.  Located at 4023 Goldfinch St, they offer no frills but it’s a great, inexpensive place to eat.  They offer gift certificates and they also sell their homemade jams and during the Holidays, PIES at $7 a PIE.  Did you miss that?  Homemade pie, the granddaughter affirmed she was still traumatized after last years experience, they roll out the dough and make them there.  And when we bought our Holiday pies, it was buy 3 get one free….
Olivetto is a cozy café and wine bar that I’ve been to a couple of times.  A great place for a girls night out, their truffle fries are delicious and I’m assured their wine selection is very tasty. 
Fridays in Mission Hills, there is a small Farmers Market that sells lovely food items for the Foodie on your list. 
Intrepid Shakespeare Company is offering a HUGE 50% off discount on their entire season subscription for 2012.  That’s an incredible deal when you see what it normally is (hint less than the price of movie tickets).  Offer valid 11/25-11/28 (Black Friday through Cyber Monday).  Use Coupon Code: 2012 when checking out online. 
Magazine Subscriptions – who doesn’t like a great magazine?  Just a few suggestions:  For writers or readers who like to take a walk in a different slice of life The Sun, to better living and how to simplify the everyday things Real Simple,  for those trying to incorporate healthy eating options into their lives Vegetarian Times.
Spiritual Cinema Circle sends spiritually uplifting and inspirational movies on a monthly basis and you keep the DVD.  I loved what they would send, often several short films and then a feature length movie on one DVD.  Great for families looking to spend quality time together. 
Here’s a post from a blog I follow instead of buy something, make something, includes suggestions, pictures and instructions. 
Your suggestions, comments and feedback are always important.


The second installation of where to Shop Local (for the first one click here).  Create your own list I’d be happy to repost or tweet your blogpost! 
 Glimpse Living has the motto of Mindful Products for the Home, Gift and Body.  Committed to bringing products that are made by people and for people, they carry hand crafted items, candles made from soy, bags and oh, most importantly, some beautiful one of a kind hand made journals from an artist in Colorado.  Located on Ray Street in North Park, she has an event coming up on November 19th, featuring the edible art created by Jennifer McHugh.  May not be the event to shop at for some of the other items as she moves her store items out but definitely one to attend for a unique experience. 
(Reminder, my friend Cathleene has an artist reception the night before at Mystic Water Kava Bar, you could pop over to Glimpse then!)
San Diego Writers Ink offers a variety of classes and opportunities for writers.  From an ongoing meetup to writers meetup at Lestats (buy the punchcard as your gift) or more intensive workshops from Poetry writing to Novel writing, there’s something for everyone. 
Feng Shui? Offer someone the gift of being able to literally change their life by moving their stuff.  Amanda Collins is a Feng Shui consultant and teacher and offers in home consultations as well as classes. 
Animal Lovers:
*Have a friend with pooches?  How often do you hear them talk about taking them to the groomers?  Take them to South Bark in South Park or buy some goodies online!
*Pet People in La Jolla started their business in San Diego in the 90’s and now have locations across Southern California.  Each time I go, they are helpful, friendly and often give samples of the products they carry.  And their pricing is very competitive compared to other chain stores.
I have it on good authority that Cygnet Theatre is running a Black Friday special and it’s your great opportunity to get tickets at an amazing discount.  This is the last year they are doing their holiday show “It’s a Wonderful Life.” 
Tea anyone?  Try Halcyon Tea in South Park for the tea lover on your list.
Coffee Lovers?  Caffe Calabria  in North Park roasts their own as well as  Bird Rock Coffee Roasters in La Jolla.  Better Buzz coffee has drive through locations throughout San Diego.  Your Mamas Mug in Ocean Beach is another great stop for coffee and goodies. 
Mariposa Ice Cream in Normal Heights is like Ben & Jerry’s only Ben & Jerry just setup shop and never went global. 
Niederfranks in National City is another old fashioned ice creamery locally owned since 1948. 
The Grove in South Park has a selection of yarn, books and other delightful things.
November 26th is SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY and a friend is participating in a Holiday Craft Show from 10 am to 4 pm at 10328 Julio Place, Santee, cash only no credit cards.
Claytime Ceramics in Ocean Beach gives you the opportunity to create your own ceramic sensation or get a gift certificate for someone else to create their own.   

East County Brake & Tire (619) 442-9666 buy a college student a brake job and they will THANK YOU for it!
Places to Shop:
South Park – Listing of businesses and types can be found here
Ocean Beach – Each Wednesday there is a fabulous Farmer’s Market but so many shops to find interesting things.  December 3rd is their annual Christmas Parade, a great time for kids and adults alike.