Community Spotlight: La Jolla’s Oldest Nail Salon

Celebrating 30+ years in La Jolla and for the holidays as well as into January, Girard Nail & Skin Care is offering $5 off her already very low prices for all of her mani-pedi packages and skincare facial services.

Girard Nail & Skin Care, located at 7454 Girard Avenue, has been a part of the La Jolla community since 1988, the longest of any nail salon in the Village – up to four generations of women (and men) have been going to the salon! Hah Nguyen, current owner, loves the relationships she’s developed with each of her clients and only hopes to continue the salon’s family-run legacy.

A Family Affair

Hah was born and grew up in Vietnam, where she studied home economics and had a career as a TV anchor briefly. She moved to the US in 1992, and has been involved in some way with the salon for many years. One of her favorite parts about the business is simply being with people – she says many of her customers have taught her new things, from new words in English to the best places to shop in the Village.

A rare feat nowadays, Girard Nail is an extremely family-oriented operation. Hah’s sister-in-law helps with the day-to-day operations, and even those who aren’t technically family at the shop are still treated like so. They eat together, work together, and essentially do everything together; that incredible relationship is evident from the moment a client walks in and makes for an intimate, comfortable, and relaxed atmosphere.

An interesting fact about the salon (and just one of many that makes it so unique): there’s a small piano in the back of the shop that customers wouldn’t necessarily take notice of. The piano is actually Nguyen’s and was gifted to her by a family member many years ago. It’s one of her favorite ways to pass the time, and if the store is ever slow, you’ll find her sitting down playing some tunes.

A Full Salon Experience

Girard Nail remains a full-service salon, and provide everything from manicures to waxing and pedicures. Their hand, feet, and scalp massages are some of the best in La Jolla; just ask one of their long-time clients! As an added bonus, the salon also offer facials – and at much more reasonable prices than spas. If you’re looking for a place to relax and take a break from your busy day, this is a great little tucked-away sanctuary right in the heart of the Village.

Girard Nail is located at 7454 Girard Avenue. Give them a call at (858) 459-4740 today to schedule your next appointment!

San Diego and La Jolla Weekend Events: December 14th & 15th

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The holiday season is upon us, and this weekend is packed with events. So what are you waiting for? Make your plans now! There’s something for everyone!

Saturday, Dec. 14

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!’
11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. The Old Globe
A longstanding tradition at The Old Globe, ‘Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!’ is running at the venue at Balboa Park through Dec. 29. This Saturday, there are three performances: 11 a.m.; 2 p.m.; 5 p.m. This sweet adaption of the story of Cindy Lou Who, Whoville, and how the little girl and the happy town helped the Grinch’s heart grow, is known for its colorful sets and whimsical music.

‘Elf’
6 p.m., Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
Catch a jolly screening of the 2003 Will Ferrell flick about Buddy the Elf on the scenic rooftop at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. The screening is part of the hotel’s ongoing Rooftop Cinema Club – movies shown under the stars, set alongside stunning views of the San Diego skyline. Tickets start at $17 per movie; you can self-park in the hotel’s garage for four hours for free if you buy food (other than popcorn or candy) or drinks at the Rooftop Cinema Club.

Sunday, Dec. 15th

Guided Nature Walk
9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park
Start your Sunday with a little nature walk at Mission Trails Regional Park. A trail guide will take visitors through one of three trails – the Oak Grove Loop, the Visitor Center Loop, or the Riverside Grinding Rocks – while talking about the plants, animals, geology, history, and ecology of the park. These weekly guided walks are free and open to the public and begin at the Visitor Center. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water, a hat, and sunscreen. Rain cancels the walk.

Gaslamp Artisan Market
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Gaslamp Quarter (Fifth Avenue)
Peruse more than 30 local artisans offering carefully-curated, handmade products at this weekly outdoor market in the Gaslamp Quarter. The Gaslamp Artisan Market sets up shop every Sunday on Fifth Avenue, between Market Street and Island Avenue.

San Diego and La Jolla Open Houses: December 14th & 15th

Move into your dream home with our La Jolla Open House weekend guide. Happy house hunting!


Corrigan | Cohen Group | Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices California Properties

MLS#190031878
6111 La Pintura Drive, La Jolla
$1,895,000
5BR/4.5BA
-Open house Sunday, 12/15 10:00 a.m.
-1:00 p.m. – Patty Cohen 858-414-4555

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MLS#190054364
101 Coast Blvd., #3A, La Jolla
$2,580,000
3BR/2.5BA
-Open house Saturday 12/14 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. – Patty Cohen 858-414-4555
-Open house Sunday 12/15 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. – Patty Cohen 858-414-4555

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Maxine and Marti Gellens | Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties:

When: Saturday and Sunday 1-5PM
Where: 1267 Olivet Street

Details: $1,895,000. 3BR+Bonus/3BA.

Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

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When: Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 3815 Trieste Drive

Details: $899,000. 4BR/3BA. Great Opportunity in Del Cerro with Views!!!!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties
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When: Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 7580 Caminito Avola
Details: $2,180,000. 3BR + Bonus/3BA. Spectacular views of the ocean, North Shore and evening lights are yours to enjoy from this meticulously updated and enlarged Colony Hill home!!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

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Shopping In La Jolla This Holiday Season

Screen Shot 2019-12-07 at 3.09.40 PMThis holiday season, skip the busy malls and do your shopping in beautiful La Jolla. From trendy fashions to sparkling jewelry, from art galleries to children’s clothing boutiques, La Jolla has something for all tastes and budgets – and meandering down our boutique-lined streets under the warm sun makes the experience all the more pleasurable. La Jolla is a great year-round shopping destination featuring unique stores and friendly vendors.

With ideal weather year round and the beautiful coastline nearby, La Jolla Village offers a wonderful setting for a day full of shopping. There are few better places to stroll through shops, get a bite to eat and take in the sights, than in La Jolla. From eclectic boutiques and antique stores, to florists and popular retailers, La Jolla shopping has it all.

Shoppers, who are seeking one-of-a-kind home décor, can browse through a variety of art galleries, antique shops or furnishing stores. The La Jolla Village is also home to world class jewelers and specialty shops featuring high-end merchandise including pianos, formal wear and chandeliers. If you are attending a special event and need the perfect gift for a friend or family member, you will find just what you need at the unique gift shops in La Jolla.

Many stores in The Village have been open for decades and are family owned, such as the local book store and hardware store. While shopping in La Jolla, check out the local clothing stores for men, women and children, including several consignment stores with designer labels. La Jolla Village offers a great alternative to crowed shopping malls in San Diego. With hundreds of stores within walking distance of the beach and local hotels, residents and visitors who are shopping in La Jolla can have a unique and enjoyable experience.

In addition to La Jolla Village, you can find more La Jolla Shopping in Bird Rock, the La Jolla Village Square and University Towne Center malls.

To learn more about La Jolla’s shopping, click HERE

San Diego and La Jolla Weekend Events: December 7th & 8th

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The holiday season is upon us, and this weekend is packed with events. So what are you waiting for? Make your plans now! There’s something for everyone!


Saturday, Dec. 7th

December Nights: Day 2
12 p.m. to 11 p.m., Balboa Park
The second – and busiest – round of December Nights fills Balboa Park Saturday with music, food, entertainment, light displays, and just all-around merriment. The event is free; it’s expected to draw more 350,000 visitors, so be prepared for crowds.

Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village
4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Piazza della Famiglia
Little Italy celebrates the holidays with its very own 21st annual Tree Lighting and Christmas Village celebration. The tree lighting ceremony goes down at Piazza della Famiglia in the heart of Little Italy; the rest of the free, festive event includes live music, horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday treats and a visit from Santa. And, if you stroll down India Street, you’ll see sparkling lights everywhere, plus 10-foot-tall nutcrackers and other seasonal décor.

Sunday, Dec. 8th

Breakfast With Santa
9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Enjoy breakfast with the man himself – Santa Claus – as well as a stellar view at this Holiday By the Bay event at the Hilton Bayfront. The full breakfast buffet costs $31.99; kids age 5 and under are free.

Holiday Makers Bazaar
11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Latchkey Brewing
Latchkey Brewing will host a holiday market Sunday featuring all kinds of goods made by local artisans. Grab a pint and some food from a local food truck as you peruse and shop; there will also be live music from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

La Jolla Weekend Open Houses: December 7th & 8th

Move into your dream home with our La Jolla Open House weekend guide. Happy house hunting!


Corrigan | Cohen Group | Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices California Properties

MLS#190031878
6111 La Pintura Drive, La Jolla
$1,895,000
5BR/4.5BA
-Open house Friday, 12/6 11:00-2:00, Saturday, 12/7 10:00-12:30 & Sunday, 12/08 10:00-12:30 p.m.
– Patty Cohen 858-414-4555

1MLS#190054364
101 Coast Blvd., #3A, La Jolla
$2,580,000
3BR/2.5BA
-Open house Saturday 12/07 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
-Daniel Albrecht 858-926-8779

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San Diego and La Jolla Weekend Events: November 30th & December 1st

 

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The holiday season is upon us, and this weekend is packed with events. So what are you waiting for? Make your plans now! There’s something for everyone!


Saturday, Nov. 30th

Small Business Saturday
All Day, Across San Diego County

This Saturday, it’s all about shopping small. Communities like La Jolla, North Park, South Park, Little Italy, Liberty Station and more will celebrate Small Business Saturday, a nationwide day to support the local, independent businesses that make our neighborhoods unique. Happy browsing and buying, San Diego!

Surfin’ Santa
1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Seaport Village
Surfs up in the North Pole! Only in San Diego. Surfin’ Santa – sporting boardshorts and a Hawaiian shirt – cruises into the bayfront by watercraft for the 13th annual Surfin’ Santa celebration at Seaport Village. Santa’s grand entrance goes down at the boardwalk. After he’s on dry land, he will post for photos and lead a festive parade along the scenic landmark. The event is free.

Sunday, Dec. 1st

Yoga at Sunset Cliffs
11 a.m. to 12 p.m. (every Sunday), Sunset Cliffs Natural Park
Enjoy a free, outdoor yoga session on Sunset Cliffs Sunday morning, overlooking the ocean. Bring your mat (and a towel or blanket to put underneath it), water, and sweater in case it gets chilly. You’ll be saying “namaste right here…”

Guided Nature Walk
9:30 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center
It’s going to be a beautiful weekend to get outside! Take a free guided 1.5 hour nature walk from Mission Trails Regional Park. Along the way you’ll learn about animals, plants, and history of this park in San Diego.

La Jolla Weekend Open Houses: November 30th & December 1st

Move into your dream home with our La Jolla Open House weekend guide. Happy house hunting!


Corrigan | Cohen Group | Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices California Properties

MLS#190031878
6111 La Pintura Drive, La Jolla
$1,895,000
5BR/4.5BA

-Open house Sunday, 12/01 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Patty Cohen 858-414-4555

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MLS#190054364
101 Coast Blvd., #3A, La Jolla
$2,580,000
3BR/2.5BA

-Open house Saturday 11/30 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Daniel Albrecht 858-926-8779
-Open house Sunday, 12/01 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. – Patty Cohen 858-414-4555

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Maxine and Marti Gellens | Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties:

When: Saturday and Sunday 1-5PM
Where: 1267 Olivet Street

Details: $1,895,000. 3BR+Bonus/3BA.

Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

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When: Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 13788 Ruette Le Parc, Unit D (Del Mar)

Details: $399,000. 1BR/1BA. Charming, top-floor condominium boasting a large living room with vaulted ceilings, a private covered deck, a remodeled cook’s kitchen with quartz countertops & stainless steel appliances!!!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties