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Throngs of chattering tourists, families with children grasping outstretched fingers, a smattering of local school groups on field trip; all an exemplification of The Old Town State Historic Park. Yet, step through the heavy wooden doors of Captain Fitch's Mercantile and all distinguishing factors fade. The air is thick with an intoxicating aroma of sassafras teas, the softly lit room casting delicate shadows across a substantial collection of books as contemplative patrons peruse the glass encased showcases of historical replicas. A quiet respite from the clamor of the parks everyday activities. Visiting Captain Fitch's Mercantile is a welcome rest from the outside world, yet it inexplicably feels as if you have stepped away from all your present concerns towards the embrace of a romanticized past. Employees in long flowing dresses and vintage prints guide patrons to their item of choice, attire looking as if they were shop-keepers in some dusty historical volume. An extensive collection of period tea service sets line the walls throughout the store along with a variety of teas from around the globe. There seems to be no end to the collection of items from the past, authentic replicas, vintage sheriff's badges, and rows upon rows of paper dolls. Yet, what will most certainly wet your bibliophilic palate is a vast collection of historical and educational books for children and adults, and the largest collection of ghost stories in San Diego. Pam Catania, one of the the owners of this family business, seems to personify a historical volume herself. She will enjoy describing to you how she named the store after a popular San Diego merchant, Captain Fitch, who owned several mercantile stores in Old Town for many years during the mid to late 1800's. Pam says that she has access to copies of Captain Fitches manifests and actually carries many of the same items that his mercantile stocked back in the 1800's. She explains that Captain Fitch's stores carried a wide variety of titles and he was in fact the first merchant to bring non-secular books to San Diego. Pam is a self proclaimed "bookaholic" and she regularly holds book signings at her store with a focus on children's authors. She takes great care to stock an assortment of books for the young reader as well as the old, and she literally carries ghost stories set in every single state in the United States. Her attentiveness to detail, love of local history, and passion about books is certainly represented in the products that Pam carries in her store. So in the end, whatever your need, whether it be a book on ghosts or a good sassafras tea, Captain Fitch's Mercantile is a store that will certainly satisfy your every historical desire.
When you walk into Miranda's Courtyard in Old Town, you can almost guess that the store, like Old Town itself has a history. Miranda's Courtyard, a family owned business specializing in home and garden merchandise, was actually renovated and designed by the owners Don and Susie Cash, with the help of their daughter, Monica Putland, and her husband Randy. Don and Susie purchased the spot back in1992, and it took them four years to renovate and reclaim the house that stood there. The building that used to occupy the spot at the corner of Congress and Twigg Street was an adobe house built in the 1940's by a stone mason. The Cash family requested that the San Diego assessor rate the house at zero, and once this was approved Susie began planning a design for the structure. Based off of Susie's design, Don and Randy both worked tirelessly on the reconstruction of the house in which they replaced the walls, roof, deck, and added over 3000 bricks. The house was not just a reconstruction but also a reformation project as an old redwood fence that the family salvaged from their house was used as a wall behind the counter. The kitchen counter and cash register counter were also built using part of the reprocessed floor. Don and Randy also replaced some parts of the old floor with tiles in several of the rooms and refurbished the remaining areas. Finally, with the San Diego Planning Commission and Old Town Planning Commission's approval, Miranda's Courtyard was born and opened her doors to the public in 1996. After four years of hard work, the shop is now one of the most unique and eye catching spots in Old Town. High adobe walls enclose the structure; its outer edifice completely enveloped in striking purple Bougainvillea, a flowering vine native to South America, Peru, and Argentina. Once you step inside you are immediately welcomed to an expansive courtyard which features a large water fountain. Walk along the outer corners of the house, and you encounter the old rooms; the walls tastefully renovated in rustic cedar. Each room is now completely filled with Mexican art, pottery, pots, wind chimes, and the feature item that sets Miranda's apart from the rest of the stores in Old Town; their wide variety of clay and ceramic suns. There are literally hundreds of designs to choose from. Monica manages and stocks the store, and like it's sister store El Centro Artesano also located in Old Town, each room in the house features merchandise that represents a different theme and locale. So whether you would like to purchase a great ceramic sun, pottery, or wind chimes, or would just like to check out a beautifully renovated house, Miranda's Courtyard is a must see stop on your shopping excursion.
First and foremost, VERY clean shop. They use new disposable needles that they open infront of you so you can see that they are clean as well as changing out their medical gloves repeatedly. Atleast 3 times before putting new ones on for my work. Next, customer friendliness and professional manner. I felt welcome and they explained everything the artist was going to do, eventhough i've had 4 tats before this. You never know if you got bad or incomplete information before that. They made me feel right at home. I knew my tat would come out good, and was told by the artist that he would be honored to do it. I had brought in a picture of my dads tat. it was cruddy due to being a cell phone pic. He immediately new it could be found in sailor jerry book and was able to adapt the slight changes need. Also, took me in as a walk in. I was very happy with the work, it looks great and my old man would be impressed as is most of the family that has seen the tattoo. On a last note, he talked to me while he was working on a customer. I've had that happen to me before when getting work done and the artist (in spain) stopped for 45min then started again. I was glad to see, that it only took a minute or so away from his customer. He asked to see the drawing and the photo of my tat, then politely said he would get with me after his current customer. I highly recomend this shop, and i plane on getting next few tats there. My tattooist was Culleton. My friend also got a tattoo there by Lance, which she was very happy with. As for prices, I liked my price. Each artist will negotiate there own there. I've had a couple folks told me it sounded expensive for the tat, ($300) but, due to the meaning and the skillful artwork by Culleton, it was well worth it.
I think this place is bad from hearing so many of the very few number of customers that do go in there and end up having a bad experience or as they say with a happy ending, with the un professional inexperienced female psycho working day time manageing ", its pathetic, ladies if u ever feel like working with a manger that is unapprochable gets high and hangs out on her off days drunk as a scunk at the clubs who not only can not answer your questions or build a special bond with all the girls working this is the place. Forget all work related questions , they won't be answered , she will stomp to the owner and act as if she is tattle tailing, this is a joke, then if u want to feel degrated and told ur nothing or f*** you for showing customer Service and devotion good work ethic go out the window , this is the den of dillusion that feels dumb to have no way back . If the owners whinning women feels threaten by ur beauty or genuine style she will make it impossible for you and if that doesn't work she will pout and cry and force you to feel sick to work along side with such a creep and throw u under the bus. This place uses the girls and customers see it . Ladies this is the last place to work at that is negative and leaves ur stomach in knotts . The only nice thing is unrated and unappretiated unfortunately and that is the cool male managers and waitresses that u see temp. And the true well composed few strippers there. Check out all the other clubs first as a heads up and customers make sure there's air conditioning and a girl on stage before you get taken for a few bucks and pay to walk into dissappointment .
Talk about old! The Ocean Beach Antique Mall not only carries the largest selection of vintage gold and silver state and costume jewelry in San Diego, but it is also the oldest antique mall in Ocean Beach. Owners, Nancy and Ken Freeman have over thirty years of experience in the antique business, and it certainly shows in the couples discriminating collections. They carry the largest selection of hollowware, gold and silver bowls, trays and candlesticks and also have the largest vintage clock collection in San Diego. This expansive antique mall features 12 other dealers whose featured items include tools, primitives, religious items, sports memorabilia, ivory and an extensive collection of contemporary handmade doll houses, and doll house accessories. The Freemans were not always in the antique business. Ken, who used to work as a geography teacher, arbitrarily answered an ad to polish clock weights for a dealer. Through this initial connection he was able to learn the business, eventually become a dealer himself, and started his own antique shop in the heart of what now is the Gaslamp quarter across from The Old Spaghetti Factory. That’s where he met his future wife, Nancy, who was perusing his shop for a vintage find. Together they worked downtown until they moved in 2001 due to rising rent costs. They found their new home in O.B. and have been there ever since. So if you’re looking for a vintage find in the heart of the O.B.’s antique district, check out the Ocean Beach Antique Mall and find that old treasure you’ve been searching for.
Some restaurants don't only speak for themselves, but yell. And you should be caught by Mama Testa, every dish is made from scratch. In an age when fusion is all the rage, Mama Testa is happy to show that going back to the authentic is by no means archaic. Each dish represents a focus on the traditions and techniques responsible for producing complicated flavors and textures. This is all especially true when fish tacos are the topic of conversation. Mama Testa was the first restaurant in San Diego to take on Bobby Flay, as part of Throwdown with Bobby Flay. And although these tacos may not have been the original cause of Mama Testa's good reputation, besting Flay was a great way to prove that it was one fish taco you don't want to miss. What made all this possible is Cesar Gonzalez, owner of Mama Testa, and his passion for Mexican cuisine and culture. He didn't want free range chicken just for the health reasons or because it was the current trend, but because only free range can bring out the flavors realized by the dishes as they are made in Mexico. In fact, all the fresh ingredients are for making Mexican food the way Mexicans do. And Cesar knows that just the food is not enough to give a sense of the culture, so he has made sure that while you dine, you can't help but notice the decor; pieces taken from themes of the golden era of Mexican movies and chairs baring actor's names. The entire idea of Mama Testa Taqueria is to fill your senses with the flavors, smells and sights of Mexico. A goal it has surely achieved.
Walking past El Vitral along the open stadium of Petco Park, shelves of premium tequila glisten in the restaurant window. Walking into the establishment, it becomes evident that tequila is definitely a theme. And why not? It is a quality product from Mexico, which falls in line with Chef/Owner Pablo Becker’s whole vision. His vision is to introduce all things good from fine Mexican cuisine and changing the way San Diego views Mexican food. If that isn’t the best first impression, wait until you walk into the main attraction, the open kitchen. Floor to ceiling stainless steel wrapped in glass pane, the kitchen is the ultimate centerpiece. Chef Becker compares the development of a restaurant is like fitting together pieces of the puzzle. He knows because he speaks from experience. When he first started in the restaurant business his mentor asked him to start like any other employee with no prior experience; by washing dishes. From there, he went through every step of the business from the bottom up. Today, as a restaurateur, he knows a restaurant inside and out and top to bottom. In fact from the hostess to the bartender, all are trained to answer any questions a patron might have about the décor, the various brands of tequila and most importantly, the food. Also on his team is Chef de Cuisine Norma Martinez. She heads the concept menu and blends items in like grandma’s mole recipe. With Chef Becker’s depth of culinary skills, extensive restaurant experience, and love for the restaurant industry, El Vitral is a definite home run.
In my line of work, tattoos are not quick sketches randomly placed on your body to take up space. They are much more, it becomes a representation of who you are and what you stand for. I like to refer to it as my war paint! I am surrounded everyday by men covered in ink with an eye for quality, So there is no room for flaws. i have had poor experiences in the past with a chest and fore armor tattoo, so i set out to find a place that could live up to my exceptions and could give me something that would last me the rest of my life that i could take pride in. That search ended at CHURCH OF STEEL. It is a very CLEAN and STRESS FREE environment where i have gotten to know most of artist/piercer on personal level. Lance specifically has made my ideas his priority. He has invested around 40+ hours into my back piece and full sleeve. His work is deliberate and effective. He improved and incorporated my previous fore arm tattoo into his sleeve and it looks amazing. I have limited windows where i can get into the shop and he does an awesome job at working me into his scheduled. I get complements all the time on his work and i am quick to recommend CHURCH OF STEEL.In fact my girlfriend is starting her sleeve next week!!! I will remain a loyal customer and friend at CHURCH OF STEEL, due to the fact that they are clean, professional and have earned my trust and respect. THANK YOU LANCE AND EVERYONE AT CHURCH OF STEEL!
AMAZING! In a brief review I cannot describe how truly wonderful Seaport Oil and Vinegars is. The store is simple yet elegant and immediately “wows” you upon walking in. The staff members are incredibly kind, knowledgeable and helpful with any questions, especially concerning gift pack options and shipping! The oils and vinegars…. Delicious! Aromatic, diverse, tantalizing flavors and colors inspired from around the world, all in one modestly sized store. It’s an unbelievable variety yet in no way is it overwhelming. They encourage you to try samples of whatever you might be interested in, and suggest which oils/vinegars mix well together. I tried at least 15 different oils/vinegars on my visit- my only negative/sad emotion concerning this place is that I wanted them all so badly! I left without buying anything (as I was biking and couldn’t transport them home), but called the next morning to have 9 different oils/vinegars shipped to my home back in Texas. I LOVE this place and will be calling on them for unique gifts (and to spoil myself on occasion)! *I have now tried/used all of the oils I bought. The white truffle oil is amazing, the best truffle oil I’ve found to date. The blackberry is delicious on grilled veggies and the citrus oils are amazing on fish. Enjoy!!! If they have gift certificates (I think they do) this is a great idea for "foodies" on your christmas list
You guys are the best! You don't even remotely feel like a pawn shop or something, seriously LOL You seem far more like a normal music store, except with decently priced merchandise and high quality items at that!!! Always very helpful, willing to let you take your time, no rushing you or anything like that at all, and you let the customer test things out and play with the instruments long enough to really decide if that is what they truly want, how cool are you guys, THAT cool, that's how cool hehehe You will always from now on be my regular place to buy great used, anything musical related items, from the first thing I ever bought there, a capo, to the Yamaha KB I just bought that obviously completely rocks! And then I find out you have a 30 day thingy, wow!. You all are the best, keep it up, and this is why I just had to post my comments to spread the word about my new favorite little music store, it's not a pawn shop, no matter what you may want to call it hehehe thanx guys.................from a very satisfied customer......md ;)