This “Plant-Based” Shop in Normal Heights Is an Island Escape

For This Normal Heights Shop, Atmosphere and Adventure Are Second Nature

Written By: Anna Gabriele 
Photographed By: Nick Isabella Wild Island Collective

Experts: January Newland & James Gaulke
Credentials: Owners of Wild Island Collective

Meet January Newland, her life and business partner, James Gaulke, and blue-eyed baby boy, Jack. This beautiful ensemble owns and operates Wild Island Collective, a small plant shop (and more) that’s rooted in Normal Heights. Since launching the business, the family has created a visibly adored ambiance for visitors who desire to spend extended time amidst their indoor jungle oasis. 



“Plants are our No. 1 seller… We are first and foremost a plant shop,” says Newland.  Plants may be matched with pots and wooden stands “like an installation or beautiful piece of art.”

Wild Island Collective
Starting at $5

EXP 6/22


Burgon & Ball Little Watering Can

According to Newland, this watering can offers a “meditative experience to slow down and pay attention.”

Burgon & Ball 


Good Dirt Indoor/Outdoor Plant Food

Newland recommends this natural, non-synthetically sourced plant food “to give plants a boost to grow better, happier and healthier.”

Good Dirt 


Stomping Ground Herbals Farm Armor Deodorant

Newland, who is passionate about clean beauty products, loves this lavender sage deodorant. “The method of sourcing is part of our ethos,” she says.

Stomping Ground Herbals Farm Armor


Raaka Vegan Chocolate

Raaka is vegan, gluten-free, organic chocolate made from transparent trade practices—“all the way down to where the beans come from.”



Collective 108 CBD Oil

“I was looking for a CBD product for postpartum anxiety,” says Newland, who uses her shop to host a weekly breastfeeding support group.

Collective 108


Woven Finds Hanging Palm Basket

“[This is] a really cool decor piece for a very jungle, tropical style,” Newland notes.

Woven Finds


Wild Island Collective
3504 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116

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