There isn't anywhere to sit at Stardust Donut Shop in Imperial Beach. From inside, 69-year-old Cliff Arnold waits on customers as they walk up to the little stand's window and choose what they want from the modest selection of cult favorites like cinnamon rolls topped with peanuts.
Traversing the doorway of Fred Longworth's Classic Audio Repair is like entering the Lost World. A Balinese mask hangs on the wall next to a display case where two dead lizards—one fully skeletal—are displayed beside an assortment of turntable cartridges.
Stephen Rey's house looks like something out of a Wild West movie. Fronted by a bulky wooden gate, it's 102 years old and designed like an old saloon, with sun-bleached blue paint on the exterior and hand-crafted woodwork inside.
“I look like this every single day. It’s mostly about feeling classy and good about yourself,” says Mia Alvarado-Ruffier, a 32-year-old Chicana sitting at South Park’s Whistle Stop Bar for “Sleepwalking,” a lowrider oldies night.