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Saturday, June 1, 2013


Inside the newly expanded Pigment, a decor/gift shop at 30th & North Park Way
Pillar to Post photograph
On the Move.
Departing North Park for Encinitas
Grace-Ful Living, the mid-to-upscale furniture retailer announced it is moving from its University and Utah Sts. location to Encinitas, according to owner Mark Matheson.  It’s a shame to lose such a solid retailer, but it is to Matheson’s credit, he did actively promote the store via generous magazine and newspaper advertising and had a very active social media campaign. Encinitas offers a larger home/décor design district from which to draw customers: my words not his.

Down the Street.
Pigment, the eclectic and creative gift store on 30th Street is moving a few doors south to larger space at North Park Way.  Pacific Drapery vacated the street front portion of its huge building space and will now operate from the rear of the property with its main entrance now on North Park Way.  Both businesses are doing well.


North Park-based Publication Expands Coverage.
Mike Shess and Ryan Lamb, who graduated from St. Augustine High in 2005, have announced the 2.5 year old magazine they founded and own, West Coaster Magazine in San Diego, will expand its coverage to the Los Angeles craft beer market by mid-summer.  The new magazine will cover beer and brewery Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside Counties.  The San Diego West Coaster continues to thrive as a monthly (, while the new publication will begin as a quarterly.  The publishers are looking to hire LA-area sales staff.

Save the Date:
The Old House Fair is set for Saturday, June 15 at the corner of 30th and Beech Sts. in South Park.  It is a splendid way to celebrate older homes, especially the home tours.
For more info see web address on photo attached to this blog.   Photo shows work on the North Parker condo/commercial project as of last week.

Food Reviewer Likes North Park.
Steve Silverman, one of the best dining reviewers in town, will be in North Park this week.  I’ll join him at Piacere Mio, the hot new sandwich and coffee lounge at Fern and Grape Sts., and both will shake our head in mock disbelieve that Silverman has been reviewing restaurants for 35 years—all of them at San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles magazine.
            In the May and June 2013 issues of SDHGL Steve has reviewed nearby neighborhood restaurants: Hillcrest’s Great Maple, North Park’s Swine and Soda, University Heights Heat and South Park’s Buona Forchetta.

Speaking of Heat.
For a quality blog effort on Heat Restaurant from the 2013 Orchids and Onion team go to:

Jacaranda in
Balboa Park
Memo to My Jacaranda.
Less impressive growth
on 28th Street
Used to be May Day was the usual arrival of the lavender blooms of our stately Jacaranda tree.  Lately, with emphasis on late, the arbor cornerstone of our front yard has been slow in blooming.  Now into June other Jacks in town are in full regalia.  Over the years, I’ve done tried different maintenance techniques, ranging from overwatering to total disregard all in an attempt to get the blooming in order. But to no avail.
            I just want to remind you, I’m the guy that saved you when the landscape architect found you over-the-hill and untrendy, plus the fact you’re the only front yard Jacaranda on North of Upas 28th Street--so shape up you have a legacy to maintain.

All Grads to College.

James Horne, Principal at St. Augustine High, which has been in North Park (Nutmeg and 32nd St.), proudly announced all 156 of its Class of 2013 graduates qualified to attend a college or university.  The 100% accomplishment marks the sixth year in a row all of its grads were eligible for higher ed.

For the fifth year in a row,  100% of the senior class at St. Augustine High will move on to college in the fall.  FYI: Gold wrap indicates honors at graduation.
Jack Redux.
The Jack in the Box at 30th and Upas will be remodeled, says the burger chain spokes team.  The same building footprint and driveways will remain with most of the changes being made on décor.  Completion date in ten weeks.   See yesterday’s post for more info.

And, for the proverbial: this just in:
North Park’s popular Bird Park concert series is back.  For the entire list of performers check out:

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