LJ Crafted Wines: Bird Rock’s First Contemporary Winery

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Bird Rock’s LJ Crafted Wines is changing the wine game for the better. Their signature move: a novel process that allows their 11 wines to be served directly from the barrel. Stop by their packed tasting room any day of the week to learn more and try amazing contemporary wines!

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Community Spotlight: Sherry Ahern and the La Jolla Art and Wine Festival

There are certain individuals in this world who exude more energy than regular human beings. You know the sort? The kinds of people who manage to squeeze a week’s worth of tasks into a single day and still find time to volunteer, catch the news and socialize. Sherry Ahern, one of La Jolla’s torch-bearers for public service and a glowing example of what it means to give back to the community, is part of that club. In her case, she probably has at least four times the regular quota of enthusiasm and energy than others.

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Catching Up with Lauren Coles – The New Face Of Coles Fine Flooring

Coles Fine Flooring has been part of San Diego’s business community since 1947, when the late Hubert Coles opened up ‘Coles of La Jolla’. In those days their inventory included furniture, draperies, silver, crystal, gifts and appliances, and they operated from a single location here in La Jolla. Since then the business has stream-lined its focus and now leads the field by offering the finest hardwood, carpeting, laminate, vinyl and window treatments at old-school prices through eight stores across the county.

Original Coleas Of La Jolla Advert

The Original Coles of La Jolla Ad in the Blue Book, circa 1949

Last week we were lucky enough to catch up with Lauren Coles, daughter of the company president, Steve Coles, and the newest member of the Coles Fine Flooring clan to lead this San Diegan family institution into the twenty-first century. She has taken a position at the Morena Boulevard store, where she will continue to learn, grow and gradually make her own mark on the family business.

Blue Book Publishers: Your Uncle George recently retired (after more than forty years), handing the mantle over to your father. And now you’ve stepped up to the plate at the Morena Coles Fine Flooring. Did you always know you were going to join the family business, or was this something that only clicked later on in life?

Lauren Coles: I would say it happened more organically. My uncle and my father never really pushed this on me. They wanted me to make my own decisions and get through school first (which is a main priority). I started out as a Psych major and realized I didn’t really like it. So I started taking business classes and as I worked more during summers and school breaks, I realized the company was something I wanted to go into. Once I took that initiative and started learning about what my dad did and got a foundation in the company, I found it was something I’m really passionate about.

Blue Book Publishers: What have you been up to prior to going into the family business? You’re a proper San Diego girl, aren’t you?

Lauren Coles: I was born in La Jolla and went to La Jolla High. I’m currently half-way done with college at the University of San Diego.

Blue Book Publishers: Your family started Coles Fine Flooring in 1947 and it has remained a family-owned, family-run company for over 65 years.  How does Coles Fine Flooring maintain its community-focused principles in today’s world of online shopping and discount super-stores? What makes the shopping experience better than picking out a product from a mega-mall catalog?

Lauren Coles: Being a family-owned company nowadays is a rarity and people gravitate towards us because they know our family name. We really care about customer service and cater to our clients by making things as comfortable as possible for them. We do a lot of in-home appointments and make that extra effort to stay involved with the community. We’re a member of the Better Business Bureau, which is a strong community based organization. As for philanthropy, we stay involved with a lot of organizations, especially through my uncle who is big on San Diego Humane Society. Across the board, we love San Diego.

Blue Book Publishers: In addition to maintaining core community values, you’ve embraced the modern world at the same time by using Twitter, Facebook, an active blog and other social media platforms not only to offer deals and products, but to give advice and tips. Is that something Coles Fine Flooring is using to connect with the next generation of shoppers?

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Lauren Coles: I think so, just because now our generation is so technology dependent. Having a good website and social media game lets consumers see what kind of company we are, so it helps us and it helps our clients.

Blue Book Publishers: Last year Coles won the Better Business Bureau Torch Award for the sixth time – if I’m not mistaken? What does this award, as well as the company’s affiliation with BBB, mean to Coles Fine Flooring?

Lauren Coles: Yes, it reflects on the trust we have with the community and other business around us. The Better Business Bureau accredits companies based on the fact that they live up to certain standards – their customer service, how they handle their company and so forth. It just shows that we are a quality company who care for customers and have a strong reputation in the community.

Blue Book Publishers: A lot has changed over the years. We’re looking at one of the original Coles ads from 1949, when the business still sold china, gifts, silver and other products. Are there any plans to evolve onto something else or do you ever see the business going down any other road again?

Lauren Coles: When it was ‘Coles of La Jolla’ it was more furniture-based and now we’re strictly flooring and window treatments. I think we’re going to stick with that. But as far as I can see we are a strong business – we just opened our eighth store in Chula Vista – so definitely in the future I can see us opening more stores. We’re willing to branch out, as far as I’m concerned.

Blue Book Publishers: To finish, there’s a lot of family history to the business and I’m sure you are immensely proud of this. What kind of legacy or mark are you hoping to make on the business?

Lauren Coles: I feel like going into this company is not just like graduating from college, finding a new job and having a new boss. This is all part of who I am. I grew up with this, watching my grandpa retire, then how hard my uncle, my father and my whole entire family has worked. This a sense of pride for me – that I have this legacy to carry on. And I just love the fact that I can help it grow and bring something different. Not necessarily different, but just to help it excel for more generations.

 

La Jolla Dentist Grey Cunningham DDS

La Jolla Blue Book presents our latest “Quiet on the Set” video featuring Dentist Grey Cunningham DDS.

Located in La Jolla village across from La Jolla Elementary on Girard Avenue, Dr. Grey Cunningham is a 3rd generation dentist who has been practicing dentistry for 23 years.

Dr. Cunningham is a USC dental school graduate and specializes in cleanings, orthodontics, Invisalign and implants. He takes great pride in his office staff and providing great quality work for all of his patients.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit Dr. Grey Cunningham DDS online or contact them at

7300 Girard Ave Ste 206
La Jolla CA 92037
858-454-4114

For more information on area dentists, browse our La Jolla Dentist Guide.

La Jolla A-1 Hearing Aid Centers

La Jolla Blue Book presents our latest “Quiet on the Set” La Jolla video featuring A-1 Hearing Aid Centers in La Jolla California.

Located in the Crosby Center in La Jolla, A-1 Hearing Aid Centers is a family-owned and operated hearing aid center serving San Diego since 1935.

A-1 Hearing Aid works with each patient’s individual needs and lifestyle to address their hearing needs as well as service and repair all brands of hearing instruments.

With State-of-the-art audio logical equipment and educated, licensed factory trained and certified practitioners you can rest assure you’ll receive a thorough hearing test.

For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation, visit A-1 Hearing Aid Centers La Jolla online or contact them at

7730 Herschel Avenue Ste AA
La Jolla California 92037
858-454-4600

A Guide to the Best Alterations and Tailors in La Jolla, CA

With so many different body types, it’s no wonder that finding the perfect fit in clothing can often times prove to be difficult. Even the priciest designer labels can look less than desirable if they don’t fit well. A good tailor can transform any outfit from so-so to sharp! Feel confident that you look your absolute best with clothes that look like they were custom made for you. You will also get much more use out of a garment that fits well.

Tailoring requires tremendous attention to detail. Don’t trust anyone but the best. Whether it’s simply replacing a few buttons or more detailed work like hemming pants or altering a bridal gown, let the La Jolla Blue Book be your guide in selecting the perfect tailor for all of your alteration needs!

Alterations by Kiki


Looking for an expert La Jolla tailor that offers same day service and reasonable prices? Look no further than Alterations by Kiki. Kiki offers tailoring for men, women and children as well as bridal gown alterations.

For more detailed information, visit them online or call 858-456-7865

Arturo’s Tailor Shop


Arturo’s Tailor Shop in La Jolla guarantees all of their work. They are experts in men and women’s alterations with hems done while you wait.

For more detailed information, visit them online or call 858-729-0146

The Ascot Shop


The Ascot Shop, one of La Jolla’s premiere clothing stores, offers a tailor on site! They offer alterations to any garments so you can be sure you look your very best. Come see why The Ascot Shop is one of La Jolla’s favorite stores!

For more detailed information, visit the Ascot Shop online or call 858-454-4222

Castelli Custom Tailor


Castelli Custom Tailor is an expert tailor that has been in La Jolla for 30 years. Castelli offers alterations for both men and women.

For more detailed information, visit them online or call 858-456-1333

Golden Needle Tailor Del Mar


Golden Needle Tailor in Del Mar specializes in bridal gowns, evening gowns and alterations. They also offer women and children’s accessories.

For more detailed information, call 858-755-1312

John’s Tailor Shop


John’s Tailor Shop has been serving La Jolla for 39 years and was voted best tailor! Your garments will never look better.

For more detailed information, call 858-456-511

Lele’s Tailoring & Cleaning


Lele’s in La Jolla offers both dry cleaning and alterations with same day service available. They also offer custom designs for both men and women with free estimates.

For more detailed information, call 858-551-1130

Great Interior Design Tips From RED Interior Design La Jolla

Ever thought of making a small design change? If you hire a pro, even something small can have a great impact on the beauty and functionality of your La Jolla home. Rebecca of RED Interior Design in La Jolla shares an example below of how a small change can have a dramatic difference.

BEFORE

Take this contemporary home, it had a non-descript fireplace surround that couldn’t have been more mundane or predictable. While travertine is a nice stone, it can be found everywhere and therefore has lost its uniqueness, especially in this application. The owners of this custom Solana Beach home approached RED interior and together we identified the items they wanted addressed in the remodel. They wanted

1. A sleek contemporary fireplace that fit their furnishings and art collection

2. To maintain their minimalist look but, they realized that they really used the hearth for seating when they had company

3. The new fireplace to fit the scale of the room (the old one didn’t)

4. To use the existing structure to incorporate the new fireplace (no exterior construction!)

5. To make it kid friendly

I took all of these challenges into consideration while designing this low line, asymmetrical fireplace solution. The owner is very into design and we discussed the use of the golden mean. I incorporate it intuitively into my designs, but it was fun to discuss this with these savvy clients. Mr. Client did the research on the firebox and selected the brand he wanted to use, but asked me for input on the size. We were able to enlarge the firebox from the original without modifying the exterior. Together we reviewed 4 design options which I presented in perspective drawings and decided on the one you see. While designing this, I knew we had to go asymmetrical and incorporate more of the wall space than the existing fireplace; part of this was done by visually enlarging the firebox with the addition of a metal surround. This design addresses all of the concerns these owners had. The fireplace is now incorporated into the design of the room rather than being an awkward element. We incorporated eased edges on the quartzite hearth and mantle to make it more suitable for little ones. The fireplace is contemporary, sleek and minimal while providing more than double the seating on the bench hearth than what the original fireplace did.

Working hand in hand with the home owners, I was able to help them with just a few hours of my time to design the surround and select the finishes. After that, the owner wanted to work directly with the contractors to make the vision a reality. This is a great example of how a designer can help any homeowner, whether with one corner of the house or building new from the ground up.

The gorgeous “AFTER”!

To learn more about how a small change can beautify and enhance the value of your La Jolla San Diego home, contact Rebecca of RED Interior, a La Jolla interior design studio in the heart of the Village of La Jolla.

Contact RED Interior online or contact RED Interior design La Jolla at:

7527 Girard Avenue (steps from Harry’s Coffee Shop)
La Jolla CA 92037
858-752-1456

Warwick’s La Jolla Bookstore

La Jolla Blue Book presents our latest “Quiet on the Set” La Jolla video featuring Warwick’s in La Jolla California.

Located in the La Jolla Village on Girard Ave., this quaint fourth-generation family-owned book store is part of La Jolla’s unique character of small shops and boutiques. Established in 1896, this La Jolla bookstore is the oldest family-owned, and operated bookstore in the nation.

At Warwick’s, La Jolla shoppers will find a great selection of gift items for every occasion. Warwick’s La Jolla offers a wide array of books, gifts, fine stationery, beautiful pens not found elsewhere and quality office supplies. Warwick’s also hosts very popular special events and author signings which attract the most in-demand personalities of the day.

Warwick’s is located at 7812 Girard Avenue, La Jolla California 92037, and is open 7 days a week.