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Support San Diego Brands and Shop Local on Small Business Saturday

Written By: Keri Bridgwater Small Business Saturday San Diego

America’s Finest City is home to a ton of creative movers, shakers and makers. And what better way to celebrate homegrown brands and indie boutiques than by shopping on Small Business Saturday? On Saturday, Nov. 24, shop holiday gifts for friends and family that not only support the local economy, but were designed or created here in sunny San Diego as well.

Small Business Saturday San Diego

Got This in the Bag

Rais Case

 

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Made with the softest hand-dyed leathers, Julie Rais Ellis’ beautiful bags rock the perfect well-loved, lived-in look. Ideal for Sunday brunch dates or festival days, the signature Vida style can be used as a crossbody, clutch or fanny pack. Top picks include the Chaser Vida in specialty gold-washed leather, the Pendleton wool Vida Luna Saddle and the new Moe Shia tote.
Rais Case
1834 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054

Small Business Saturday San Diego

Waste Not, Want Not

Mizu

 

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Headquartered in Carlsbad, pro-snowboarder Jussi Oksanen’s line of action sports water bottles not only look good they’re helping reduce the number of single-use plastic bottles and cups in the world (yay, sea turtles!). Sleek and stylish Mizu products now cover vacuum flasks, coffee mugs, wine cups and shot glasses so you can keep things classy around the campfire.

Mizu
2225 Faraday Ave, Ste E
Carlsbad, CA 92008
866.939.6498

Small Business Saturday San Diego

Look Good and Feel Good

Vuori

 

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This Encinitas-born label designs and creates some seriously good-looking joggers, hoodies and tech tees for the boys, while ladies get a luxe performance line and sophisticated yoga and running apparel. All garments are made using Seacell, a new sustainable seaweed fiber nicknamed “angel fabric” for its heavenly, downy-soft feel.
Vuori
625 S Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024
760.230.1577


Looking F-Lawless

Lawless

 

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San Diego entrepreneur Annie Lawless co-conquered the juice world then set her sights on the beauty industry, launching her namesake natural cosmetics line just over a year ago. Customers love her talc-free, Seal The Deal setting powder, but the soft matte liquid lipsticks are stocking-stuffer gold and come in 11 shades ranging from a peachy nude to a rich plum.
Lawless
San Diego, CA

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Minimalistic Must-Haves

Norden

 

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Scandi-inspired home goods brand just opened their very first brick and mortar in the Univ x Lone Flag space in Encinitas. Here you can shop the complete line of hand soaps, candles and incense––named after California locales like Idyllwild and Joshua Tree––contemporary ceramics and stylish textiles by Norden’s husband and wife design team, Erika and Pete Panciera.

Norden
1053 S Coast Highway 101, Suite A
Encinitas, CA 92024
760.271.1303

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Sea the Difference

Matuse

 

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Founded in 2005 by Cali natives John Campbell and Matthew Larson, Matuse has earned a respectable place in the global surfing market for their high-end wetsuits made with a titanium-coated, limestone-based Geoprene rubber developed with the Yamamoto Corporation in Japan. The low-key apparel line features branded snapbacks, hoodies and t-shirts with cool graphics, including their Respect The Food Chain and Ichiban Kanji designs.
Matuse
1155 Camino Del Mar, Ste 196
Del Mar, CA 92014
619.318.0938


Wanderlust

Often Wander

 

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Sarah Larson’s hand-poured soy wax candles and beaded bracelets in turquoise and coral jade (among other stones) have been an instant hit since she opened her bohemian Ocean Beach boutique in 2014. Great gift ideas for the girl squad include tassel earrings, essential oil bath crystals, smudge sticks and malas. All Often Wander candles can be refilled for half price if you bring back empty containers.

Often Wander
4993 Niagara Ave, Ste 105
San Diego, CA 92107
619.523.1744

 

It’s OK to Be Shady

Blenders Eyewear

 

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SDSU grad Chase Fisher’s Pacific Beach-based sunglass brand was “founded on fun, designed for adventure and priced to party”. From humble beginnings in 2012, today Blenders boasts more than 260K followers on Insta and has added snowboard goggles to its line. With sunnies ringing in under $50 a pair, best sellers include retro-style tortoiseshell frames, Sahara Dust and mirrored teardrop aviators, High Class Jes.

Blenders Eyewear
4683 Cass St
San Diego, CA 92109
858.999.7782

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Think Ink

Daniella Manini

 

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Peruvian-born, SoCal-based graphic artist Daniella Manini celebrates beloved neighborhoods like Leucadia and Cardiff and their beaches, including Beacons and Swamis, in her eye-catchingly colorful, retro-style prints. North County locals––or folks who have a special place in their heart for a certain stretch of sea and sand––would no doubt be thrilled to get one of these beauties for their wall.

Daniella Manini
Leucadia Art Gallery
1038 N Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024
760.753.8829

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Make a New Habit

Wild Habit

 

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Designers Sue Fan and Danielle Quigley (who met on a study-abroad program in Antarctica!) create gorgeous necklaces and ‘wall gems’ with raw turquoise, druzy crystals and other stones, plus delicate earrings crafted from foraged porcupine quills and duck feathers. Tucked in hip 101 South Oceanside, their Work / Shop Collective is home to other talented North County-based makers, including Mr. B’s Necessities plant-based bath and body products.

Wild Habit
1834 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054

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But First…Coffee

James At Home

 

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Nestled inside the James Coffee Co. Little Italy flagship, James At Home carries the full line of signature owl-branded merch and more––from mugs and cool cortado glassware to apparel including a guy’s plaid flannel button-up, ladies fitted ringer tee, and bodysuit for little ones. For comestible gifts, think bags of whole beans (freshly roasted in San Diego) and loose-leaf blended teas.

James At Home
2355 India St
San Diego, CA 92101
619.756.7770


One-Stop Shop

Moniker General

 

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From fixies to houseplants, San Diego design collective Moniker General’s Liberty Station store is packed with gorgeous home and lifestyle goodies. For hyperlocal gifts, their Point Loma Market Bag (by sustainable fashion and lifestyle brand Apolis) and eponymous Scent 01 candle with notes of pine, geranium, and sequoia wood—the result of a collaboration with Oceanside-based candlemakers Craft + Foster—are two solid options.

Moniker General
2860 Sims Rd
San Diego, CA 92106
619.255.8772


In the Deep, Deep Blue

Indigo Swimwear

 

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Designed in Encinitas and manufactured in Bali, this North County swimwear label is not only styling AF, it also supports ocean conservation efforts by using 100 percent regenerated nylon from old fishing nets and donating a percentage of proceeds to beach cleanups in California and Indonesia. Hot ticket items from the current collection include The Baja separates in ‘Fierce Canary’ and The Kauai one-piece in ‘Wild Indigo’ prints.

Indigo Swimwear
Salt Culture
930 S Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024


NATIVE KNOWLEDGE: Hosting over 100 vendors, including local artisans Garden Study Ceramics and Acute Designs, more seasonal gift shopping opportunities await at the San Diego Queen Bee Holiday Market, which runs Friday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds this year.

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