Tecolote Canyon Golf Course is not well maintained by any means -- lots of burned out patches of grass. But management is pretty lax about the players on the course and pretty much anything goes within reason. It is a non-confrontational stepping stone for a beginning golfer. The pro shop is decent but kind of small, and they have golf carts for rent as well. Prices are pretty cheap all day and even less expensive at the moonlight tee times.
The Whaley House is a historical house in Old Town San Diego. Its supposed to be haunted, but I dont believe in ghosts. They do have a book with recordings of ghost sightings in the house. The house has small bedrooms and a tight staircase, but it also houses a miniature theater, a courthouse, and a general store. Its a fun tourist sight, but its a place youll only visit once.
I don't usually shop for gifts for birthdays, but, when I am desperate I go to Laguna Trends. They have a large assortment of gifts from jewelry, picture frames, tons of candles, stationary, journals, wrapping paper, pre-built bows, decorated gift bags, little trinkets at the counter, holiday stuff when it's the holidays, and an endless supply of greeting cards. The employees are helpful when you need help choosing and are quick at the register. The gift shop also has a free gift wrapping service for when you are a poor gift wrapper.
The only downfall of this delightful shop is that it is located in a very busy shopping plaza. There is underground parking, however, that can be a nuisance.
Champagne Taste is on the edge of one of the burgeoning intersections of South Park. It is a small shop filled to the brim with cute items for moms, infants, as well as general gifts. Among the unique things they offer, they also host a "new moms" night, where moms can bring their newborns (or not) to browse, nibble on some goodies and chat (I discovered this accidentally one evening as I walked into the store -- they graciously allowed me to browse even though I am sans enfant).
I had not seen many of their products before in other stores. They had a super comfy, plush robe that was silky/ satiny on one side, and fluffy on the other. It felt heavenly to touch -- if only I knew someone who was in need of a robe! They also have styling diaper bags, which I am sure are hard to come by.
There are lots of things to browse here even if you are not in need of infant - related items: small coffee table type books, cool jewelry, and stationery. Champagne Taste is one of the participants of the quarterly South Park walkabout, so you can even shop there in the evening sometimes.
I have been drug to many scrapbook stores by my girlfriend. This one struck me as one of the worst. Not only are they quite a bit pricier than the other scrapbook stores I've seen,but the entire atmosphere is a bit shetchy. When you walk in they have a sign that tells you to "not open your purse". They should just have a giant neon sign calling everyone a thief. I found it quite disrespectful (this is after they make you check any of your bags at the front). If you need scrapbook supplies, take your business elsewhere.
The Freak Factory carries gifts for all types of people. It sort of reminds me of Haight Street in San Francisco. They have lots of Grateful Dead items, candles, incense and cds. Basically, if you can think of it, they probably have it. They have an interesting collection of tie-dyed shirts...yuck! I like their selection of purses and they have nice aromatherapy candles. I would recommend stopping into the store just because there are so many things to look at, even if the store is not your style.
This is a great florist with fresh beautiful radiant flowers. The staff are extremely nice and creative, and will work with you (not against you) to come up with just the right foral arrangement for whatever occasion you have in mind. The prices are very competitive relative to the quality and freshness of the flowers and they do not jack up their prices during peak seasons like valentine's day, and that is why I have ordered my sweetheart's flowers from them for the past few years. Overall, I give Sweet Floral a big thumbs up for great selection and service.
Blowout Video is a good alternative to the large video rental chains. They have a ton of independent, and classic movies. A drawback is half of their business comes from their adult section, so there are some shady characters lurking about. Usually once a month they have their used video sidewalk sale and they have DVDs for around $5. Their regular rental prices are cheaper than Blockbuster but they are only per a single night.
Avalon is revered the nation over and is well-known for their stellar work and world-class artists. Although they are most expensive than other less known tattoo shops, their work stands for itself. Avalon is particularly known for their retro tattoos which include the Sailor Jerry-type. I'd highly recommend anyone consider this shop if they are thinking about getting their first tattoo or adding another one to the collection.
I'm a beginner but I really like this yarn shop and have been there a few times---I went there not too long ago looking for a very hard to find yarn for an out-of-state friend, and I needed a lot of it too. Went to a couple of places, and no luck until I came here. They had it and 10 skeins of it as well! I think they have a great selection, I even found wool stuffing here for stuffed yarn animals. The one thing I don't like is the maze like cramped feel of the store. I also don't like how they display the yarns by color rather than type of yarn. So anything with green in it is on one wall, black in an entire different area, etc. I prefer having the wools together, the novelty yarns together and the ability to choose various colors of the same yarn.
Otherwise, a great place.