North Park is home to some of the most unique retailers in San Diego. Check out vintage clothing stores, high-end boutiques, bookstores, flower shops, record stores, skate shops and more! Continue reading to find out all the shopping options North Park has to offer, then head out into the neighborhood and #supportlocal!
The Girl Can’t Help It
The Girl Can’t Help It is a vintage store which specializes in the Golden Age of Hollywood, but their unique finds stretch from the 20’s to the 80’s. After 25 years of business in London, The Girl Can’t Help It relocated to North Park in 2012. Their customers have included celebrities, designers, collectors, and vintage aficionados! Their items have been featured in magazines, movies, ad campaigns and catwalks over the many years they have been in business.
📍3806 Grim Ave, San Diego, CA 92104
Day to Day Vintage
After two years of curating and merchandising second-hand fashion, David Chun opened a brick and mortar store in North Park called Day to Day Creative Studios. The store specializes in pieces from the ‘90s and early ‘00s, but will be broadening its selection to vintage items dating back to the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s. Everything in the store is hand-picked and specially curated.
📍3063 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104
Pigment began as an idea between husband-and-wife duo Chad Anglin and Amy Paul. Longtime residents of San Diego’s North Park neighborhood, the two decided to open up shop in 2007, initially as a way to showcase Amy’s artwork. Though the space was originally envisioned as more of a gallery, they began to stock a carefully curated selection of design-conscious goods. It wasn’t long until the 1,500 square foot space flourished into a full-scale concept shop with an organic modern aesthetic. Inspired heavily by nature and their love of good design, Chad and Amy have grown Pigment into a one-stop shop for art, flora and thoughtful gifts, including plenty of locally made goods alongside globally recognized brands.
📍3801 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104
Hunt & Gather
Hunt & Gather is an eclectic retailer carrying unique vintage, new, and original clothing plus handmade jewelry, art, accessories and vinyl records. They have amazing statement pieces, clothing for everyday wear and accessories that could spice up any costume! After 10 years on University Avenue, Hunt & Gather is relocating to a new location on Ray Street.
📍Coming soon to Ray St.
From its initial stalls at the La Jolla Farmers’ Market, to its first brick-n-mortar retail space in Little Italy, and now located in the culturally artistic North Park neighborhood, Artelexia has thrived to what it is today: a vibrant retail shop and event space with a growing online and social media presence, specializing in Mexican gifts, art, home décor, and gourmet foods. They also hosting cultural workshops and community events, including the First-ever Day of the Dead Festival in North Park, and prioritize fundraising via Hola Bitches—Modern-day Fairy Godmothers—for an array of non-profits
📍3803 Ray St, San Diego, CA 92104
Sage Sisters is a San Diego based flower shop that strives to provide our patrons with the ability to buy beautiful flowers while helping a good cause. At Sage Sisters, they know the healing power an arrangement of flowers can have! They know that they can bring beauty into a space but also provide a gesture of care and understanding. That is why instead of throwing all of their day-old flowers out, like most florists do, they put them to good use. They donate our buckets of blooms, where they are then prepared into flower arrangements and delivered by organizations like the Radiant Hospice.
📍3013 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104
Connect San Diego
Connect San Diego is a place for artists of multiple disciplines to create, practice, sell their products, host events and connect with each other. The walls are lined with paintings, clothes and other merchandise artists are selling. The space is free to enter for non-members 11 a.m.-8 p.m. but costs money after hours. For members, it is always free to enter the space.
📍3784 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104
Home + Hound
Home + Hound is a boutique that embraces a lifestyle in which dogs + design dwell together harmoniously. Blending textiles, accent furniture, decor and tabletop items, elevated dog accessories and more, achieving inspired design is easier than ever to do at HOME + HOUND. The boutique thoughtfully curates well-made, unique, artisan goods so you can create a lifestyle in which dogs and design dwell together harmoniously. After all, home is where your hound is!
📍3768 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104
Overload is an easygoing retailer that proudly features select brands in footwear, skateboarding, streetwear, plus sunglasses and hats. Overload was founded in 2000 and is located in the heart of North Park. The location serves as a retail store, event space and art gallery that features a well curated stock list of like-minded brands as well as a place to host events to coincide with special projects exclusive to Overload.
📍3827 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104
Red Brontosaurus Records
Red Brontosaurus Records started out a student run co-op where the main goal was to give fair prices on quality products for students and staff – mostly records, video games and movies. Now, they own a brick and mortar store in North Park where they do the same thing. They specialize in new Punk, Pop-Punk, Hardcore and Indie, but also carries a selection of New Blues, Country, Folk, Metal, Pop, Soul, Reggae, and Rock n Roll.
📍3044 North Park Way, San Diego, CA 92104
Mila is a partnership between Michele Gonzalez and Laura Weiss. Michele was the Founder of Ms. Vintage boutique in San Diego, and Laura was previously a Fashion Executive in Los Angeles. The two combined their first names to create MILA. They joined forces to create a boutique that offers designer vintage, contemporary clothing, handbags, jewelry, gifts, and decor. This is the perfect place to go to find trendy pieces and stylish classics.
📍2879 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104
Dexter’s Deli is your neighborhood pet health food store. Their staff is focused on providing education on nutritional options and giving excellent customer service. Dexter’s also sells a wide array of pet accessories, treats, and even pup-cakes. They have multiple locations serving San Diego – Del Mar, Carlsbad and, of course, North Park.
📍3773 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104
Gold Dust Collective
The Gold Dust Collective is a group of local San Diego artists and brands, creating high quality adornments that are as special as they are unique. Specializing in hand made and custom hats, boots, jewelry and leather goods. They also sell unique gifts, vintage clothing, crystals, incense and more. They believe in the art of hand making quality items made to last for decades.
📍3824 Ray St, San Diego, CA 92104
VISUAL is an independent and locally owned business established in 2009. VISUAL gallery+design is a contemporary art gallery that exhibits emerging and established artists. It also serves as a formal office for art and design projects. They offer customized artwork and murals, interior design and event entertainment like live art or interactive murals. VISUAL art+supply is a retail shop for art material and showcases local underground urban contemporary artists. They specialize in core supplies for every artist.
📍3776 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104
Shop Good is a cool, modern shop offering cosmetics & beauty products made with natural ingredients, plus facials. Every ingredient on their shelves is carefully vetted and selected for its safety + results. No Artificial Fragrance. No Oxybenzone. Healthy Beauty. Cruelty-Free. Ethical. No Phthalates. No Parabens. Organic.
📍3030 North Park Way, San Diego, CA 92104
AKA is a combination custom screen-printing shop and clothing boutique run by business partners Javi Nunez and Jason Feather. Together they’ve been in business since 2011, printing tees and selling apparel both in-store and online. The shop serves the needs of many local neighborhood businesses in addition to online distribution to a wider customer base. Javi and Jason focus on carrying products and apparel that isn’t available elsewhere in San Diego. They also sell urban art supplies at competitive prices, catering to the needs of many local artists.
📍3120 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104
Presley & Co Fine Jewelers
Presley & Co. Fine Jewelers showcases designer bridal rings and unique fashion jewelry created by talented edgy women designers from around the world. They have an array of quality Swiss watches, and trendy gift ideas. In addition, they offer onsite specialized services including custom jewelry design, jewelry and watch repair.
📍3392 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104
Verbatim Books is a used and rare bookstore with an eclectic range of gently-loved and antiquarian books. Their stock is extremely curated to help you find quality editions of classics, favorites, and new discoveries. They also carry titles from over 200 local authors. Their zine corner is full of stuff made by local zine and chapbook creators, as well as some of the best from micro-distributors such as Burn All Books, Tan & Loose Press, Pioneers Press, Microcosm Publishing, Tiny Splendor, and more. Their walls are covered with work by San Diego artists and photographers to enhance your browsing and reading experience.
📍3793 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104
The Original Paw Pleasers
The Original Paw Pleasers started over 28 years ago as one of San Diego’s first pet sitting businesses. They began baking cookies and leaving them for their four-legged clients, and the bakery was born! Their first storefront was in the heart of Hillcrest and were there for seven years. Although they loved their previous location, when Wells Fargo Bank expanded, they found themselves looking for a new place to call home. That’s when they fell in love with North Park and have been here ever since! They specialize in fresh-baked cakes, cookies, and homemade ice cream for your dogs and cats! All their cakes and cookies are baked and decorated on site in their North Park Bakery. Whether you are having a birthday, a special occasion, or just because, they have fresh-baked treats for pampered pets.
📍2818 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104
The Fresh Yard
Founded in 2010, The Fresh Yard also known as FY, is an independent brand and boutique based out of San Diego, CA. What started out as a small shop that carried some of the dopest upcoming brands in streetwear, FY has grown to become a lifestyle brand itself. Rooted in California, FY is influenced by many things but Hip-Hop and street culture are the driving force behind the brand. Moving forward, the shop will continue to carry brands that reflect the same lifestyle, values, and aesthetic as FY. But as a brand expect more of an extensive apparel range, collaborative projects and an emphasis on social justice issues.
📍3774 30th St a, San Diego, CA 92104
ACD Gallery is a sleek, minimalist boutique carrying cool, eclectic streetwear, art and curated gifts. Established 2014, ACD Gallery opened to provide exclusive international fashion and lifestyle products to the city of San Diego. Heavily influenced by underground music, art and skateboarding, ACD Gallery is an intimate retail experience that focuses on creating a platform to cultivate and highlight emerging brands, artists and designers.
📍2923 Upas St, San Diego, CA 92104
Fivespace is a black owned record shop with a deep Hip Hop selection. In the store you’ll find a variety of vinyl, cassettes, and select vintage clothing. Book a personal shopping appointment or shop online at fivespaceshop.com. Special Orders are available upon request – just email [email protected]
📍2305 University Ave #101, San Diego, CA 92104
For over a decade, Rufskin Denim has become more of a lifestyle for its wearers, rather than being just another pair of jeans for them to put on. The Southern California-based brand, which also includes underwear, swimwear, sportswear and accessories, was created to enhance the individuality of the male form, while at the same time, it has redefined the concept of what sexy can look like.
📍3944 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104
Reggae World is a funky shop packed with reggae-inspired clothing & accessories, including bags, patches & jewelry. Reggae World has been providing Reggae Music and excellent customer service for over 15 years in San Diego. Known for its wide range of music and unique line of products such as body oils, clothing, 100% natural and eco-friendly cleansing products for the home, reggae fans and customers can not get enough of Reggae World.
📍2540 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104
Stubborn Goat Bike Shop & Ski Service
Love to bike? Snowboard? Ski? Head over to Stubborn Goat Bike Shop to purchase a high quality bike for under $500, rent skis or snowboards at reasonable rates, or have your existing equipment and bicycles repaired by certified master techs. With over a decade of experience, Stubborn Goat is trained to repair your bike or tune your skis & snowboard correctly the first time.
📍3388 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104
Communal Coffee is known for being a coffee shop; however, it also acts as a retail space, featuring local artisans, lifestyle goods, and gifts for all ages. Their products include apparel, books, mugs, jewelry and other specially curated accessories.
📍2335 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104