Where to Get Dad the Perfect Gift this Father’s Day

Shopping for dad this Father’s Day? Think outside the tie box, and get him something he’ll be totally stoked on. Here’s a few La Jolla Shops we recommend!

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Mitch’s Surf Shop has been offering hand shaped surf boards with the most style and innovation since 1967. Their La Jolla shop is located on Pearl Street, minutes away from the Windansea surf break. Here, customers can find long or short boards in all desired name brands as well as clothing and fins. Daily wetsuit and board rentals are offered on a first come, first serve basis. Stand up paddle boarding supplies and spear fishing gear are also in stock. Come see the water sports specialists at Mitch’s Surf Shop when it comes to all your water adventure needs. They also have a location in Solana Beach at 363 Highway 101 N, Solana Beach, CA 92075
 
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2014 Winner – 1st Place Best Bike Shop San Diego A List

California Bicycle is located on La Jolla Blvd. right off of Pearl Street. The family owned company has been serving La Jolla since 1977. The last three decades have been spent not only providing great customer service, but filling every customer’s bike-related needs. Whether you are looking for a beach cruiser to explore gorgeous beach areas in La Jolla, road bikes to amp up fitness routines, Mountain bikes for some off roading in the mountains or hiking trails, or beginners bikes for children and adults, California Bicycle has everything in stock. They also have a large amount of bike parts and accessories as well as provide in store service and maintenance on bike items. Visit California Bicycle Tuesday through Saturday and get yourself on out on two wheels.

Check out our interview with Jason Millard HERE

Cutom Shirts of La Jolla:

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Custom Shirts of La Jolla has been serving La Jolla since 1977. The men’s and women’s shop is located on Girard Avenue and across from the Athenauem Music Arts and Library. Custom Shirts of La Jolla offers unique American and European customized clothing.
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Sports minded people need the best gear and sometimes that can be hard to find in one place. In 1983 Michael Gotfredson, or chief runner, started Road Runner Sports in a garage space in Del Mar, CA. Over the next 28 years the company grew to have distribution centers in San Diego, CA and Columbus, OH and many neighborhood retail stores throughout the country and are the world’s largest walking and running store. They are proud to be apart of your fitness and provide every item needed to enhance your fitness routine in one place. Whether you are shopping in stores or online, there are hundreds of running shoes and sneakers for men, women, and children. The latest fitness gear, trackers, nutrition bars, drinks, supplements, and men and women’s apparel can all be found here. Not to mention all in the best sporting brands including Nike, Adidas, Reebok, ASICS, and more. Get your fitness gear from the person who knows all there is to know about running and the fitness world and shop at Road Runner Sports.

Where to Spend Your 2018 Cinco de Mayo in La Jolla

There’s always something to see and do in La Jolla and this Cinco de Mayo weekend is no different. Check out these awesome eating establishments! As always, please party responsibly.

Puesto 

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Prior to Puesto, many San Diegans had departed home to pursue other desires in other places. Sure, we found a few hotspots, a few places away from home, but it has always been Chef Luisteen’s tacos that brought us back to our senses and returned us to San Diego. His undying fervor for utterly re-defining the taco brought us back to our hometown of San Diego to begin a family-owned business, a delightful taco stand we’d never even dreamed of. Now that we’re tacoteurs, we have never looked back.

What’s in store? How about handmade maíz azul stone-ground tortillas, sustainable meats and seafood, slow-cooked guisados, and made from scratch, mouth-watering scratch salsas? Puesto is a merriment of fundamental Mexican flavors and an homage to the diverse palate of Mexico City.

Our bar features freshly made margaritas, house made aguas frescas, and wines from the burgeoning Valle de Guadalupe region of Baja.

The Puesto Party Philosophy still maintains that each and every celebration will be large, lively, booming and yet refined. At Puesto’s you’ll observe a bevy of fashionable people from all walks of life consuming great food and enjoying colorful conversations. But don’t fret! Your debutante grandmother is also there drinking her portion of the best tequila. Our parties are dedicated to her as well as anyone else that comes to Puesto for merriment.

Don Carlos Taco Shop

Screen Shot 2017-05-05 at 2.30.26 PMFor numerous decades Don Carlos Taco Shop has offered fine catering services to the greater San Diego community. Whether your group consists of 10 people or 200 individuals, Don Carlos has the capacity to prepare a delightful spread that will be sure to satisfy all sorts of tastes and cravings.

Verdes el Ranchero

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Opened in 1945 by Buzzy Martinez and affectionately nicknamed “The Ranch” by La Jolla residents, Verdes El Ranchero is one of the few restaurants to have outlived La Jolla’s ever changing tide from an old-fashioned seaside community to one of international acclaim. Since 2009, it is has been owned and operated by the Green family who have called the Barber Tract home for three decades. Gloria and her daughter Megan tirelessly work to preserve the cordiality and warmth that keep “The Ranch” an establishment where it is not unusual to observe four generations of families enjoying the finest Mexican cuisine La Jolla has to offer.

Verdes El Ranchero offers a full bar featuring a wide array of Tequilas, handmade Margaritas, and, of course, Mexican beers. The menu offers a range of Mexican dishes from chile rellenos, carnitas, enchiladas, burritos, and scrumptious tamales. Of course, fresh salads, tostadas and soups are also available as well as much more!

Visitors to Verdes El Ranchero will find themselves bounded by the cheerful colors of Mexico that ever exude warmth and relaxation. Enjoy rich wood accents and hand painted murals, as well, some of which date back to the early 1960’s, and of course, local artwork for sale.

Shopping Till You Drop in La Jolla

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Photo: Shutterstock/MJTH

If you love to shop and you love the sun, La Jolla is for you. 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.
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Spotlight Feature: An Interview with YURU

 

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YURU Studio is a photo studio located in La Jolla which captures the wisdom and image of seniors through videos and portraits.

Their mission is to record video and create portraits of senior citizens to memorialize their life’s story and beautiful image. YURU’s foundation is family, and their efforts to create a lasting memory of their loved one(s) for families to share and keep forever is admirable.

The YURU process honors and celebrates elders’ lives as they thoroughly interview and photograph them to capture their essence.

We had the pleasure of talking with Marci Adams of YURU.

I understand that Eric is a fourth generation photographer, going back to his great-grandfather! Were they all portrait photographers?

Yes, his great grandfather, grandfather, father and himself were/are all portrait photographers. His great grandfather used to call himself “the best second-rate photographer in the country.” His grandfather was known as “The Chicken Man” because he used a rubber chicken to get kids to have an authentic smile and laugh for their portraits. His father started and co-owned Kiddie Kandids. Eric opened, hired and trained the staff at every Kiddie Kandids location. He’s trained literally thousands of photographers.

What made you decide to open up a studio for senior citizens?

I LOVE the elderly! So I told Eric that I thought we should make a shift and focus on senior citizens. I could spend hours listening to people’s interesting stories. We need to memorialize the elderly! Celebrate them! Document their legacy and their legends! So YURU (“Why You Are You”) Studio was born. We want to know why people are who they are – and the elderly know this. They’ve had the years to figure it out. They don’t care what others think about them anymore. They are authentic – REAL. They have so many amazing stories to tell, history to leave with us! Our society doesn’t listen to and respect their elders as in the past, and this is a shame. We want to allow those who have wisdom the opportunity to pass it on. Stories to be shared generation to generation, to learn from our past, our ancestors.

 

In addition to photos, you also offer video interviews. Can you tell us a little about this?

The video interview idea came because we knew a picture wasn’t enough to capture these stories, wisdom, and legacy. I would have loved to have had a video of my ancestors. We have journals, and some letters, but their voices and their expression are missing. This has been so precious for families. We have had a couple of families bring parents to us for a session because their parents are in the beginning stages of Alzheimers and we’ve been able to capture them when they are in their “aware” state, as well as their “forgotten” state. These moments are so cherished by the kids and grandkids.

Eric and I have also conducted Yuru sessions with our parents. I cry every time I watch my dad’s video! He chokes up when he talks about his kids and how important they are to him… and his “little girl” (I’m the only girl of 3 brothers). It’s so precious, because my dad is this big, strong, important, intimidating guy and to see him get emotional about his kids and hear his voice crack- wow!

After Eric interviewed his mom, he realized things about her that he hadn’t before. He saw her in a different light. She became less of a mom and more of a person to him. I also think so many people were really important in their younger days and then when they retire, they aren’t recognized anymore. My uncle was a very prestigious judge and when he talks in his video about his working years, the awards and recognition he was given, how important his position was, his eyes light up. These sessions bring families closer together and nourish family relationships!

I imagine in these video interviews you hear some pretty great stories. Do you have a favorite that stands out?

Oh boy, that is difficult. There are favorite stories in every session. We are currently weaving clips of our favorite stories together into a compilation video. We will add these compilation videos to our website as our business continues to develop.

We understand that you have two other photo businesses – FotoFly, FotoFly Santa, in addition to the FotoFly Academy. Can you tell us a little more about these?

For FotoFly, we have four studios in Utah that focus on children and families. FotoFly Santa is unique in that we have a ‘real’ Santa at the location we are shooting pictures but we have the parent of the child dress up like Santa so that the interaction between the child and Santa is more authentic. It’s a brilliant idea and we see around 5500 families every year. It’s become a family tradition.

Eric and I both have backgrounds in training. Eric has trained thousands of photographers. I was the training director for big beauty companies like Aveda and Wella, as well as my own company M2Beauté. We have a passion for sharing information and watching people learn and grow. So our Academy fulfills our dream of giving people knowledge to become better at the skill of photography. Eric teaches local seminars once a month. Some are free, some are for a small fee – but we want people to feel comfortable with their photography skills.

Our Academy is a four month program that is very intense. It is selection based, which means we interview and accept only a few students. In those four months we take people from not knowing anything or little about photography to being really good professional photographers.

I have used the 4Mat methodology of training for years and we have incorporated that into our curriculum. We develop our trainers to be very good at training others. We will offer online training this year – including a subscription based model that allows people to learn at their own pace. We will also have a very humorous “what not to do” YouTube channel for people to watch photographers make mistakes and learn tips on correcting bad habits.

What is the most rewarding part of what you do at YURU? I’d imagine it’s very rewarding!

The most rewarding part of YURU is getting to know people in a deep and meaningful way. They are so vulnerable which makes them so real and there is so much love felt after you learn about each and every one of them! I feel every emotion during the interview – I laugh, cry, feel concern, I feel their regrets, their pride. I feel with them. Eric said, as he was taking his mother’s picture, that he had never seen her in that way – she was so beautiful. She wasn’t just his mom, but this amazing, loving, funny, charismatic, sweet, beautiful women. It strengthened their relationship.

What is the best part of having a location in La Jolla?

We love La Jolla and think their are so many amazing people here with grand stories to tell. The senior demographic is here. We also have a studio in Utah that we will be taking Yuru sessions at, and we definitely want people to known that we are available to travel also. We can go anywhere in the world to capture someone’s story. La Jolla is special and we know the customers here will appreciate the opportunity to document their stories that will talk to their posterity.

Are there any exciting events or specials coming up that you’d like to tell us about?

If people join our Yurustudio MeetUp site and Facebook Page, we regularly post photography classes that we teach, activities we are doing, and models we may need. We try to interact with our audience and keep the public informed on social media and invite people to our training courses.

What is one piece of advice you’d like to give to aspiring photographers?

Discover and stay true to your style. There are a lot of photographers. It’s very hard for customers to choose. It’s much better to be known for something – even if it eliminates 90% of your potential customers. It’s worth it to be known as the best at that one thing than to be all things to all people.

We are first and foremost here to know YURU!

To learn more about YURU, visit www.yurustudio.com


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Welcome to 2018! Achieve Your Cycling Goals with California Bicycle!

The following is from our friends at California Bicycle. We hope you can join them for some great rides!

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California Bicycle Store Rides are Back! For 2018 we will be rotating from 4 routes with increasing speed and elevation as the month progresses. Not to fear, all of our rides will be a no drop policy. The idea is to build fitness, confidence and comradery over a 4 week build period and help you achieve your 2018 cycling goals!

Rides will be lead by our wonderful team of ambassadors who will be there to guide you. Helmets are required and we highly recommend lights front and rear. Riders of all abilities are welcome.

The first ride of the month (this Saturday) will head to Harbor and Shelter Island. This route is very flat and will is perfect for anyone trying to ease back into cycling. Pace is social, views are amazing, times are good! Check out the route here: Strava Route

For the second Saturday we will do our well known ride to Cabrillo Monument. After and nice jaunt over the park entrance we will regroup and decide if we want to do ride down to the tide pools for a couple extra miles and a bit more elevation. Check out the route here: Strava Route

The third Saturday will go around Mission Bay and head up towards UCSD before dropping back down to La Jolla. We will ride at a casual pace over to Fiesta Island were we will regroup and do a hot lap around the island and regroup at the end. We will keep riding around the bay to Rose Canyon bike path. We can climb Gilman Avenue at a more spirited pace and ride back to La Jolla at a more casual pace. Check out the route here: Strava Route

Our Soledad and Torrey Pines route will be the last route of the month. This route has the most elevation with just over 2000ft over 28 miles. We start out by riding down La Jolla Blvd and hit the first climb up La Jolla Mesa as a good warm up. After riding around the campus we ride down to Torrey Pines. Once at the bottom we will turn around and right back up. You have the option of riding the inside (steeper) or the outside (longer) and we regroup at the top before heading back to the store. Check out the route here: Strava Route

Interested in being a cycling advocate? What inspires you to ride a bike? Want to promote bicycling as a way of life? Looking to train with individuals who will take you to the next level? Join our California Bicycle Squad! We are a group of like minded cyclist from commuters, mountain bikers, road cyclist and top level racers who want to make cycling accessible for all. Please stop by or send inquiries to info@calbike.com.

An Interview with Gladys Collins of The Dinosaur Gallery

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If you haven’t been to The Dinosaur Gallery in Del Mar, you’re in for a real treat. This shop owned by Gladys Collins sells and showcases minerals, dinosaurs, shark teeth, artwork, and more!

The Dinosaur Gallery isn’t just a store- it’s an an eye opener and an educational experience. Collins says it’s a little bit like a museum- but as an added bonus, you can buy these incredible pieces and take them home with you.

We had the pleasure of talking with Gladys Collins about her fascinating store.

La Jolla Blue Book: This store is so unique. What made you want to get involved with The Dinosaur Gallery?

Gladys Collins: I liked the product. It’s like a museum type product, so it’s very interesting. It was one of the fossils that blew me away

LJBB:  Wow, which fossil?

GC: It was the Orthocera. It had lived 500 million years ago, and I found that fascinating.

LJBB: How do you collect your products that are in the store?

GC: Well, I meet the people who mine them at Tucson. Tucson has the best presentation of people who mine fossil and minerals from all over the world, and they come from all over the word to buy there, so Tucson has quite a show- it’s usually every February. We’re fortunate in that we can drive there and bring the things back in our car, whereas other people who come from all over the world have to ship them.

LJBB: Has film and television industry affected your business? I’d imagine that it’s sparked some interest.

GC: These things aren’t widely known, but I think they’re more widely known now because of the film industry. Movies like “Jurassic Park” have definitely sparked an interest.

I know Christine Capanelli who did models for “Jurassic Park.” We sold her models when they were through with them. She lives here, so she does many of the models for me now, like the T-Rex head and the Pterosaur flying dinosaur. She’s done many other things- her talents are quite diverse.

We’re fortunate in that little children really love dinosaurs because they do have some TV programs with them in them. Then when they get older, they sometimes really get into the digging and finding of it all.

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LJBB: What’s your favorite item that you sell ?

GC: I like the crystals, but it’s hard to pinpoint what would be my favorite. I hand pick everything. I hand pick every fossil and every piece of mineral I have in the store. I can’t say that I love one over the other.

LJBB:  It’s like your children picking your favorite child.

GC: Yeah, exactly. I have some wonderful fossils though. I have a full crab from Italy that’s 50 million years old, and I have stingray from the green river formation that is absolutely beautiful. I also have a piece of stomata light that is some of the oldest fossil. The piece I have goes back 2.7 billion years

LJBB:  Well you’re so smart and knowledgeable, going into your store is probably more like a science class.

GC:  It’s a little bit like a museum, but everything is for sale. That’s the beauty. If you go to a museum, you can’t buy the big fossils and minerals.

LJBB: Tell us a little about the jewelry you sell.

GC: I have the semi-precious jewelry. They’re nice pieces that you don’t necessarily find in other stores. I have little bracelets of nearly every mineral you can think of. People buy them for the metaphysical aspect. That’s now a big part of my business, as people have become interested in metaphysics. They tell me I have the best collection. I have pieces that are nice polished pieces- not just little tiny ones. They’re nice sized ones that they can hold in their hands, or carry in their pockets, or use to meditate with.

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LJBB: What’s your most favorite part about being located in Del Mar?

GC: Well it’s a tourist area, so I get people from all over the world. They come back year after year just to just visit the store and pick up new things.

LJBB: What a great gift to bring back home – it sure beats a keychain.

GC: Yeah, they like it. Del Mar does have quite a few other stores, but it’s not rampant with shops. One another thing I keep that is quite sought after are our coral and shells. It wasn’t part of the original store, but I put those in and people love them because we’re right off the ocean.

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LJBB: For folks have never been to the Dinosaur Gallery before, what’s one thing you think they should know before they come in?

GC: Not enough people realize that our earth is full of all these beautiful crystals- they think our earth is just made up of dirt. Come and experience some of the beautiful and amazing crystals that are found in our earth. It was an eye opener for me seeing that first fossil. It made me want to find more of these things, and it would really great if people just appreciated what’s in the earth.


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An Interview with Richard Walker Jr. of Richard Walker’s Pancake House in La Jolla

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Richard Walker Sr. and Richard Walker Jr.

If you’re familiar with the San Diego area or Chicagoland, you probably know about Richard Walkers. Since 1948, the Walker name has become synonymous with quality family dining. Since then, the family has perfected its reputation for outstanding gourmet pancakes and breakfasts.

Their story begins when Victor and Everett Walker began opening snack shops in Evanston, IL. In 1960, they opened Walker Bros. Original Pancake House in Wilmette, IL.  In 1981, Ray Walker and Richard Walker Sr., sons of Victor, opened Walker Bros Original Pancake House in Glenview, IL.

Cut to 7 years later, when Richard Walker Sr. ventured out on his own and opened Richard Walker’s Pancake House in Schaumburg, IL.. Then in 1996, Richard Sr. opened a second location in Crystal Lake, IL.

In 2006, Richard Sr. made the wonderful decision to relocate to San Diego and open the third location in downtown San Diego, CA

In 2014, the San Diego area got even luckier when Richard Walker Jr. joined the family business and opened the fourth Richard Walker’s Pancake House in La Jolla, CA.

The Walker’s family history and business reputation is admirable, to say the least.

We had the distinct pleasure of talking with Richard Walker of Richard Walker’s Pancake House in La Jolla about his family and his business.

La Jolla Blue Book: I understand that Richard Walker’s Restaurant history goes back to 1948, nearly 70 years starting with your granddad. I took a brief look at your restaurant “family tree” history. Seems it all began with brothers Everett and Victor, then onto brothers Ray and Richard Sr. and then finally onto you, Richard Jr, is that correct?

Richard Walker: That’s correct. It all started with Snack Shops in Chicagoland. Shortly after, the Walker family got involved in serving the best breakfasts in the area. With the family name on 11 restaurants to date between Chicago and San Diego County, it’s been quite the road.

LJBB: There’s two Richard Walker’s Pancake Houses (RWPH) in Chicagoland and two in San Diego County. Have you found a difference between Chicago foodies and California foodies?

Richard Walker: In California, is it far easier to procure our produce, dairy and meats locally year-round. This is a commitment we have to our customers in Chicago but at times it’s impossible. In California, we’re proud to offer the overwhelming majority of products locally and sustainably. And people in California really appreciate that hallmark of our commitment to locally producing our cuisine. In decades past, customers knew our product was superior but local vendors were not the “thing” they are now. The Walker Family has been doing this for over half a century and will continue to operate this way as long as RWPH exists.

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Richard Walkers Pancake House La Jolla.

LJBB: I read that your father trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in classical piano, but then detoured into the food service industry during his studies. That’s quite a transition! You pretty much did the same thing. You were with Ernst and Young for 12 years, then in 2014 you joined the family restaurant business and opened the La Jolla location. Did you always sense that you would eventually join the family business?

RW: Working for Ernst and Young (EY) all those years was an incredible experience. I traveled to 47 states and over 60 countries during that period. I worked in EY’s Advisory Practice (as opposed to Accounting and/or Tax). I had the opportunity to work with some of the best and brightest – not only my fellow management consultants, but also the clients we served. So many of the lessons I learned at EY have been applied to running a successful business here and now.

As far as a sense of ultimately being involved in the family business. . . I’d say that it was always in the back of my mind. My passion is for hard work, efficiency, human interaction, responsible procurement, customer service, and team building. Having the opportunity to serve the best breakfast in the world creates a perfect vehicle for me to live my passion.

LJBB: Your San Diego restaurants have been described as elegant, with the vibe of an upscale dinner house. Seeing how your father was a classical pianist, do you think there’s a possibility that we’ll ever be listening to classical music while dining at one of them?

RW: We solely play Classical and Baroque music overhead at the restaurant via satellite. You won’t hear the same track twice over the course of an entire week. You’d be surprised how many people really appreciate it! Even our staff has pep in their step when listening subconsciously to the soothing melodies.

LJBB: Tell us about the decor of Richard Walker’s.  I read where you talked about things like the stained glass in your La Jolla location, and I watched your dad talk about the elegant vibe at the downtown location. I also understand that there’s a Frank Lloyd Wright influence that goes back a long ways. Is that where idea for a distinctive type of a decor for the pancake house began?

RW: Both the Downtown and La Jolla locations are similarly decorated and efficiently laid out. Mahogany millwork and high ceilings fill both spaces and an abundance of booths cradle our guests. Mid-Century clean lines and the influence of Frank Lloyd Wright can easily be sensed. However, it’s the original hand-made stained glass masterpieces created by Architecture Magazine’s “Tiffany of this century,” Jeff Smith, which steal the show.   A lifelong Texan, Jeff has become a personal friend to both Sr. and Jr. He actually transports the installations nearly 2,000 miles and does the installations personally. At both locations, challenge yourself to find our iconic Rabbit scampering from one end of the restaurant to the other depicted in the stained glass.

Richard Walker's Pancake House stained glass windows.

Richard Walker’s Pancake House stained glass windows.

LJBB: There can certainly be some interesting dynamics when working with family members. What’s your experience been like working as father and son?

RW: I saved nearly every penny I made when I worked all those years for EY. I sold my Chicago condo and plowed everything I had into the La Jolla location. As a result, I own 100% of the location and all the good and bad that come with it. Richard Sr. owns 100% of his locations. This has kept Father and Son in a great place emotionally. We help each other because we want to. We want to see the other succeed. Sometimes our ideas work, sometimes they don’t. Financial shortcomings and windfalls are all a result of the decisions we ultimately make for ourselves. As a result, our relationship only strengthens with every passing day.

LJBB: What’s the strongest attribute you bring to the table or team?

RW: I think that my staff is happier when I’m around. I am physically present at the La Jolla location about 350 days per year. And every time I’m away for a day or two, I get back to a greater sense of calm when I’m there throughout the staff. And to have your staff appreciate you like that is not an easy culture to establish. The staff knows that everything will be better if the boss is around. I also know exactly what I don’t know. And the staff knows how crucial and how appreciated they truly are.

LJBB: Richard Walker’s has been honored and awarded with some impressive titles, including best breakfast, best new restaurant, best omelette, best coffee, the pinnacle of pancakes, and more! Out of all of these, which one are you the most proud of?

RW: Since opening in La Jolla, we have won the La Jolla Village News “Best Breakfast” and Best Omelette” award every year, along with “Best New Restaurant” the year we opened. However, the crown jewel of RWPH was winning the USA Today’s 5 Best award several years ago. This puts you on the map on a national (an even global) scale.

Richard Walker's Pancake House Strawberry Waffle.

Richard Walker’s Pancake House Strawberry Waffle.

LJBB: What’s your personal favorite item on the menu?

RW: That’s an easy one: Egg White Vegetarian Omelette, add Spinach, Ham and no Cheese. You won’t believe how flavorful this can be! The dish is packed with protein and veggies while being almost void of fat. And for a special change of pace, I love our in-house ground Corned Beef Hash with Scrambled Egg Whites. With a group, you MUST order and Apple Pancake for the table.

Richard Walker's Apple Pancake

Richard Walker’s Pancake House Apple Pancake.

LJBB: What sets Richard Walker’s apart from other pancake houses?

RW: Our diverse menu, local procurement, cleanliness, beautiful decor, happy employee culture – and the feeling that you’re in a classy operation. This is not a snack shop, not a diner, not a café. We’re elegant without being stuffy.

Richard Walker's Pancake House raspberry crepes.

Richard Walker’s Pancake House raspberry crepes.

LJBB: What’s the best part of having a restaurant located in La Jolla?

RW: The best part of being located in La Jolla is the unique opportunity a business owner has to immediately serve the community. I was elected to the La Jolla Merchants Board and served for 2 years between 2014-2016. I also volunteered my time on the Traffic and Transportation Board and assisted with establishing the La Jolla Maintenance Assessment District (MAD). Those efforts quickly bear fruit in a community like La Jolla. The second best part of being located in La Jolla is the general public that our beautiful village contains. They know what good looks like and appreciate all the great things we’re trying to do to earn and keep their business.

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Richard Walkers Pancake House in La Jolla.

LJBB: Before people enjoy a dining experience at Richard Walker’s Pancake House, is there anything particular that you wish you could tell them?

RW: Order an oven baked pancake or oven baked omelette. You’ll be enjoying something you can’t get anywhere else.

Richard Walker's Pancake House Omelette.

Richard Walker’s Pancake House Omelette.

LJBB: The restaurant business is not easy, but you and your family seem to have found a way to make it seem fun and easy. What’s your secret? What piece of advice would you like to give to budding restaurant owners?

RW: First, YES, the restaurant business is not easy! However, if you do everything right by your staff, you will ultimately do right by your customers – and ultimately be successful. And to do right by your staff, you need to give them everything they need. The definition of “everything they need” is always changing and it’s your job to know what that definition is every single day. Work hard, be patient, be supportive and follow through on what you say you will do.


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An Interview with Suzanne Deeb Naboulsi of Timeless Treasures.

With over 20 years of experience, Timeless Treasures has produced and sold beautiful custom jewelry for every occasion. From Wedding Bands, Custom Pieces, or Designer Collections, their jewelry experts have the knowledge and skill set to find the perfect piece.

They pride themselves in their carefully and tastefully curated collection of genuine diamond rings, bracelets and necklaces.

We had the absolute pleasure of speaking with Suzanne Deeb Naboulsi of Timeless Treasures.

La Jolla Blue Book: I understand that you were a certified assessor in the environmental protection department of Saudi Aramco, the state-owned oil company of Saudi Arabia. What made you decide to make such a shift and go into the jewelry business?

Suzanne Deeb Naboulsi : Art and design have been passions of mine since I was a young kid. These passions grew with me, nurtured by my environment and family of jewelers, designers, and jewelry showroom owners.  Once I began pursuing higher education (earning a Bachelor’s degree followed by a Master’s degree) and working in Aramco (the world’s largest oil company), I had no choice but to put my creative passions on hold.

Nevertheless, I took every opportunity life allowed me to send my family some of the infinite designs swimming in my head. Every time they’d hand me the materialized form—whether it be a necklace, ring, or earring—I would be reminded of the sentimental beauty this art form can hold.

When I moved to La Jolla, I had two options: continue with the career I’ve been a part of for 20 years, or tap into the artistic half of me that’s been aching for some sunlight. I chose to unfreeze the hungry passion and reunite with it. That’s the story of how I came to open Timeless Treasures, my jewelry store!

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LJBB: You come from a family of jewelers. Is jewelry something that’s always been an interest for you? Does your environmental science background ever factor into your business today?

SDN: Surprisingly, I’ve noticed many shared elements between my scientific and artistic experiences. I’ll limit my answer to a few:

Firstly, learning about the importance of specific environmental conditions (temperature, pressure, location, etc.) that allow for the creation of genuine gemstones and diamonds is endlessly fascinating. This in itself is environmental science!

In addition, as a certified Operational Excellence assessor, I promoted excellence and high-standard performance in the organizations I worked for. This really influenced my approach to the field of jewelry and gemstones and allowed my business to succeed and be recognized in a very short period of time. I try to apply the basics of pursuing excellence in every aspect of my life.

Finally, I have acquired an important factor in my highly interactive environmental science background: overcoming barriers of effective communication. The jewelry business requires social interaction and communication with people of various backgrounds, with different languages, cultures—even emotions!

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LJBB: For people who may not know, can you tell us a little about Timeless Treasures and what makes it so unique?

SDN: Although Timeless Treasures has existed for many years, 7 months ago, I brought my eye for cutting-edge designs and fine jewelry that embrace unique and enduring styles. I totally reimagined, revitalized, and reopened the store. Now, we house jewelry, especially diamond and precious gems, and high-end watches of all kinds.

We personally supervise the setting and polishing of all our gemstones to ensure the greatest quality. In addition, we house exclusive collections from acclaimed designers, only found in our store. Nina Nguyen, for example, is one of the first designers I had the pleasure of showcasing. Her collection offers a large variety of exquisite designs with precious stones in their natural habitats—a one-of-a kind jewelry line!

Even better, to meet all tastes, we also provide the option to custom make designs, no matter how crazy! We recognize the importance of individuality so we spare no effort to bring everyone’s dream engagement ring, wedding band, fashion accessory, whatever it may be, to life!

LJBB: How do you go about collecting your inventory? Where do you find it? 

SDN: I travel to different countries, including those in Europe and the Middle East, personally choosing items with unique designs as well as precious stones to incorporate into my own creations. Of course, I also attend all the international jewelry shows and events that take place all over the world.

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LJBB: Do you have a personal favorite item or favorite collection that you carry? 

SDN: I’m a personal fan of the hand-made collection and Nina Nguyen collection.

LJBB: In addition to selling pieces from your great collections, what other services do you offer?

SDN: We do all kind of repairs for jewelry: stone resetting, stone matching, pearl resetting, beading, gold plating, rhodium plating, ring resizing, and more.

We also repair high-end watches and change batteries. Cleaning is always free at Timeless Treasures.

LJBB: How long has Timeless Treasures been a part of La Jolla?

SDN: Only 7 months.

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LJBB: What is the best part of having a store located in La Jolla? 

SDN: The absolute best part of La Jolla is, hands down, the amazing locals and tourists.  Everyone is extremely welcoming, friendly, and appreciative of the hard work put into Timeless Treasures and its unique designs. In fact, I’ve had customers from other states visit repeatedly, letting me know that stopping by Timeless Treasures was the first activity on their San Diego action list!  Hearing this was the greatest accolade I have earned being here.

It is sincerely an honor being a part of the La Jolla business family. I wake up with a smile on my face, every day.

LJBB: What’s one thing you would like for people to know before they visit your store?

SDN: I appreciate every one of you. You make this city the little paradise it is.


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We would like to offer our diverse annual print, web, app and social media marketing/advertising platform to your local business as a way to help you generate new clients and customers to increase your revenue. If you or someone you know would like to see a true increase in their business, customer base or sales, please reach out to us by phone at 858-459-7939. We look forward to sharing information on our successful established diverse advertising resources with you.

We are thankful to have so many local businesses who have been advertising with us successfully every year since the 1940’s. We would like to be able to bring you the same huge ROI we have brought other local businesses each year due to their advertising with us.

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