A breathtaking store, walking into the large space, natural light fills the room with an ambient warm glow from the large skylights above. Catching the flags and banners, which gently wave overhead, the sunlight filers down, kissing the large Buddhist and Asian statues which are dotted throughout. Walking into the clothing sections, all the items are of high quality and sturdy soft fabrics, rich in color, and each piece is authentic. In some of the smaller statues, depicting various Hindu stylized deities, you can easily become lost in the amazingly intricate details of each. The intricate patterns which adorn many of the wall pieces look they could have been painstakingly carved from a temple wall. The meditation room upstairs hosts classes several times a week through Narayan's close work with the Tibetan Healing center nearby. This location has been a staple for practitioners and admirers of eastern culture alike. When it had been Buddha Head, Narayan rented one of the small rooms in the back, however when the previous owner decided not to renew his lease, Narayan saw an opportunity and jumped. Keeping the theme the same, he brought in higher quality authentic merchandise from his home country as well as others, and has enjoyed a thriving business ever since. Unique in San Diego, Eye of Buddha is one of the largest southeast Asia import stores in the entire county. Most of his customers are lifelong fans, though as new generations fall in love with and discover the wonders of Eastern though, new customers come in all the time. Previously an engineer, he decided to give that career up over a decade ago and pursue his passion, using the art from his home country of Nepal to promote his native culture as well as those of others. You will be hard pressed to find a kinder or more knowledgeable business owner. He works long hard hours, but the satisfaction he feels when the right person find that special object or gift makes it all worthwhile. Whether you have long held a candle for eastern culture and philosophy, or a dilettante just looking to explore, everyone who visits Eye of Buddha feels the spiritual atmosphere and the relaxed nature of the store. Make sure to visit Eye of Buddha's other location at Pangea Outpost in Pacific Beach.
Serving the San Diego Area.
From Business: Owner David was introduced to the furniture refinishing business from Angelo DiSpoldo who owned and operated the business for over 50 years. Dave began working fo…
8220 Arjons DrSan Diego, CA 92126
Not many small business owners can say “My business is my Art,” but Lisa Davis sure can. Located right off Adams Ave. for 15 years, Lisa's upholstery shop is a work of art in itself. With a background in fine arts and years of experience, she designs her own upholstery, manufactures frames, and does custom furniture upon request. It was really nice to walk through her shop and see countless books of fabric, furniture and equipment knowing all her work is done under one roof. This shop specializes in antique and modern furniture, so everyone is welcome to stop by with any upholstery needs. Lisa's business has received repeat notoriety from San Diego Home &amp; Garden Magazine. You can find her work on the cover of the October 2010 issue, which featured a “Reuse” line of furniture. There's one thing about this upholstery shop you might not find anywhere else, they specialize in pattern matching. Whether it be chairs, pillows, couches, etc., they will match patterns throughout the entire piece of furniture. Lisa has an extensive art background which also separates this shop from the rest. She describes her work as “Functional Sculpture” and I have to say this is an understatement.
Bloom Designs built some furniture for my mother, and we were so impressed with the impeccable job that they did. The finish choices were amazing because he could make them look like anything you wanted, from tortoise shell to lapiz lazuli, malachite, antique, even gold flake, and more... The piece mother ordered perfectly fit the space and the proportions and finish were better than we anticipated. I highly reccommend Bloom Designs for furniture finishing and having furniture built, and upholstered.
I commissioned a reclaimed teak bench for the waiting room of my law office. I was so pleased with the end product. It looked rustic and sheik somehow at the same time. Well worth the top dollar amount I spent on it. I may get a couple of the end tables that the owner was showing me next. They will handle free local delivery if you ask. That's a nice touch compared to some of the other custom furniture makers I've gone to in the past. A+ job.