Independent Bookstore Day: Celebrate Locally on May 2!

independent bookstore dayLast year’s California Bookstore Day has expanded into a nationwide event now called Independent Bookstore Day! As a city where the independent bookstore is still very much alive – San Diego is home to several, check out our independent bookstore guide – it’s safe to say we take our books pretty seriously.
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Day 12 of Great Holiday Gift Ideas

There are only 2 days left until Christmas! Are you done making your shopping lists and checking it twice? If you are last minute shopping or still need to get your shopping done, Day 12 of Great Holiday Gift Ideas features gifts you can pick up right here in La Jolla.

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Warwick’s Coffee with a Bookseller

Do you love to read? Wondering what new books to check out? Then Warwick’s Coffee with a Bookseller is for you! Warwick’s on Girard, the country’s oldest family-owned and operated bookstore, hosts Coffee with a Bookseller on the second Tuesday of every month at 10:00am.

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas and Sales in La Jolla

Looking for a special gift for Father’s Day? You don’t have to look far in La Jolla Village, where you’ll find several great ideas within easy walking distance.

For fathers who enjoy tinkering and working around the house, or in their “man cave,” consider a new tool from Meanley and Son Ace Hardware on Girard Avenue. June is one of the best sale months for tools and Meanley and Son is offering many specials this month on their line of Craftsman tools. The friendly, knowledgeable staff at Meanley and Son will help you pick out the best tools for the fathers in your life. In addition, the local hardware store is a good source of related shop accessories such as storage containers and vacuums and other household items such as barbecues and lawn mowers.

Another great gift idea – especially for those fathers who man the barbecue or mow the lawn – is a gift certificate for a massage. Massage Envy on Girard Avenue offers special spa gift cards. You can select from a variety of massage types, such as Swedish, deep tissue or sports. You can also purchase massages of different lengths, from an hour to an hour and a half, with or without additional products. Massage Envy’s Signature Service is the ultimate in pampering, complete with hot stones.

Does your father or husband like to read? Then stop in at Warwick’s on Girard, the country’s oldest family-owned and operated bookstore. If you need a recommendation, the staff at Warwick’s is happy to help, with a diverse background of reading expertise and interests. The bookstore holds more than 150 author readings per year and stocks many autographed copies of authors’ books for sale. At Warwick’s, you’ll also find a unique assortment of cards and gift items, including office gadgets, desk accessories, pens and stationery.

Several of the men’s clothing stores in La Jolla are offering specials for Father’s Day. You can either ask for ideas in the stores or browse online. Ralph Lauren on Girard has many recommendations for fathers, including their line of Polo cashmere sweaters (crewneck, v-neck or cardigan), polo and custom-fit shirts, fragrance sets, and accessories such as hand-blocked vintage ties, bow ties and pocket squares. Ralph Lauren also offers many personalized gifts. You can add monograms to shirts, bags, robes, bottles of fragrance, pocket squares and silver boxes.

The Ascot Shop on Girard has been keeping La Jolla men well-dressed since 1950 and is a unique combination of traditional elegance and modern taste. The men’s clothing store sells more than 75 brand names, from Agave and Allen Edmonds to Zagiri and Zanella. Consider a gift card if you cannot decide on a specific item. The Ascot Shop also offers complete wardrobe packages and wardrobe consultation.

The well-dressed fathers in your family might also enjoy a gift card or item from Brooks Brothers on Herschel Avenue. With a reputation for quality and excellent service, Brooks Brothers has fathers covered, from hats, scarves and sunglasses to slippers, socks and shoes. The friendly staff will help you pick out the right Father’s Day gift. Currently the store is featuring their Legends seersucker shirts, button down shirts, madras pants, navy blazers, polo shirts, suits, sleepwear, swimwear and shorts. In addition to their high-quality clothing, Brooks Brothers also offers fragrance, pens and stationery, cuff links, watches, ties, luggage, wallets, belts, umbrellas, sunglasses, books and golf clothes.

Small Business Saturday

Small businesses make up more than 99.7% of all employers in the U.S, no wonder they are often referred to as “the heart of the American economy.” Last year, American Express® introduced Small Business Saturday and this year it continues on Saturday November 26th.

Ditch the long lines at the big box stores and join us on Small Business Saturday by shopping in La Jolla Village, a great way to show support and get some of your holiday shopping done. The village is made up of many small businesses such as Bowers Jewelers, the oldest home-owned and operated business in La Jolla or Warwick’s, the oldest family-owned and operated book store in the United States. Walk into any of these businesses and chances are you will be greeted by the owner.

To help you celebrate Small Business Saturday American Express® is offering a one-time $25 statement credit when you use your registered or linked American Express® Card on Small Business Saturday with a purchase of $25 or more at a small business.

So whether you are looking to finish your holiday shopping or treat yourself to something special, La Jolla small businesses have a lot to offer. Let us know you’ll be participating by posting this message, “I Pledge To Shop Small” and/or “Like” your local small businesses. Together we can make a difference.