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San Diego Fermentation Festival Feb 01, 2015 This fest features artisanal foodmakers and brewers, keynote speaker Sandor Ellix Katz, workshops and presentations from fermentation experts, do-it-yourself stations, and a fermented beverages garden. 68 other events on Sunday, February 1
 
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The World Fare
Dumplings, borscht and Stroganoff highlight the La Mesa eatery’s menu
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MLK biopic starring David Oyelowo tops our coverage of movies screening around town

 

 
 
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Monday, December 15,2014
Urban Scout

Last-minute holiday gifts

A dozen ideas for the perfect present

By Hannah More
As I'm writing this, there are 10 shopping days left before Dec. 25. And you're probably reading it with fewer than that. Stop panicking! That's tons of time, and here are a dozen ideas.
Monday, November 3,2014
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Making San Diego museum stores part of your retail world

Design-minded goods from The Library Shop, Low Gallery, Mingei and MCASD's X Store

By Hannah More
When I travel, I make it a point to hit up museum gift shops—sometimes without visiting the museum itself. Am I missing out on a significant cultural experience and falling victim to consumerism?
Monday, October 13,2014
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Newish places in San Diego to drop some cash

A survey of fresh independent shops in Hillcrest, North Park, University Heights and Mission Hills

By Hannah More
Here are five cool shops, all in the Uptown-ish part of San Diego (we'll get to you, next, North County) that are worth some of your coin.
Monday, September 22,2014
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San Diego County retailers to follow on Instagram

Four businesses that show their stuff with lovely images

By Nina Sachdev Hoffmann
Instagram is a glorious tool for stalking other people's cute baby and cat pics, and it's also really addictive if you like food and food porn.
Tuesday, September 2,2014
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Designer spotlight: Heather Barnes, Stoneywear Designs

One-time interior-design student’s become an accomplished silversmith and jewelry maker

By Nina Sachdev Hoffmann
I'm totally hooked on Stoneywear Designs, the handmade jewelry line by Heather Barnes, whose skills in silversmithing and spotting the next big trend make her a go-to for great jewelry. 
Monday, August 11,2014
Urban Scout

Snackavore’s delight

Vegan cookies, addictive toffee and more treats by SoCal companies

By Nina Sachdev Hoffmann
I'm always advocating for buying goods and services from the people who live and work in your community. Food is no different. 
Monday, July 21,2014
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Shopping in Carlsbad Village

An evening stroll yields some retail scores

By Nina Sachdev Hoffmann
I really enjoyed my early evening stroll down Carlsbad Village Drive and environs last week. OK, maybe that was the freedom talking.
Friday, June 27,2014
Urban Scout

Found! pop-up shop's ‘miscellaneous whatchamacallits’

Barry Bell and Mark Quint peddle strange and wonderful stuff at their occasional sales

By Nina Sachdev Hoffmann
With real estate what it is these days, pop-up shops are becoming more and more attractive to small, local retailers.
Monday, June 9,2014
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Blue Dot offers an eco-friendly way to get clean

Ocean Beach refill shop helps you keep plastics out of landfills

By Nina Sachdev Hoffmann
Owner of Blue Dot Refill (4799 1/2 Voltaire St. in Ocean Beach)—a small, no-frills refill shop for all your laundry, bathing and general cleaning needs—has made it her mission to reduce plastics pollution, one bottle at a time.
Monday, May 19,2014
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Enamelware, canvas day packs and gourmet jerky

Summer essentials for road trips, camping trips or trips to the beach

By Nina Sachdev Hoffmann
Whether you're going camping or shipping off (or getting shipped off) to camp, summer's the time to sit back, relax and stop complaining about these things I keep hearing about called "May gray" and "June gloom." 
 
 
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