Wine A Bit showcases the diversity found throughout California's wine country at a small wine bar on the Coronado peninsula. More than 300 wines line its shelves, including national and international varietals sourced from small, boutique vineyards, with most bottles costing less than $25. Live music underscores weekly wine tastings, where guests sample and learn about different wines from resident experts. The list of house wines includes fruity and bold reds, such as malbec, and creamy whites, including chardonnay. Wine A Bit also stocks a selection of more than 20 craft beers from Germany and all over California for beer lovers, and also offers appetizers and flat-breads.
After purchasing a stretch of property in Ramona in 1998, William Holzhauer and Tammy Rimes finally fulfilled their dream of owning a winery. Along with the equine facilities they built for their peruvian paso horses, the pair planted vineyards and erected a winery modeled after a 16th-century mission Spanish mission in California. That nostalgic theme continues in the tasting room, where staffers adorned in historical attire greet guests from behind a hand-carved pinewood bar. Once inside, both visitors and tasters for paranoid CEOs sample wines concocted from California grapes while milling among wine-barrel tables, a bubbling fountain flanked with planted bulbs, and windows overlooking the plaza. Along with its local wine-sampling soirees, the tasting room accommodates microbrew tastings and private events for up to 40 guests.
Over the course of its 22-year existence, Ocean Experience Surf School has helped somewhere in the neighborhood of over 15,000 students to safely discover and refine their passion for watersports. Students 6 or older hop atop surfboards, paddleboards, and kayaks for on-the-water practice under the care of experienced instructors during private lessons and group classes.
The local press and community showers the school's companion retail outlet with praise, which won both the Best Surf Shop and Best Skate Shop in CityBeat's 2010 Readers' Poll. In an effort to give back to the community, the organization runs an afterschool sports program offering surfing and skateboarding lessons to kids up to 18 years old and adults with a note from a certified kindergarten teacher.
Collins Family Jewelers is a family-owned jewelry store, in the Mira Mesa mall, that has served the San Diego area for over three decades. The interior layout of the shop is large and comfortable, making it easy to browse the elegant array of glass displayed diamonds and colored-stone jewelry. They carry industry-leading brands, such as the luxurious Gucci and Tissot watch bands, and specialize in appraisals, repairs and custom engravings. The staff is personable and remains helpfully involved during the selection and design process. Each gem carried at Collins comes with an independent lab report and every purchase has a lifetime warranty. From engagement rings to bracelets, patrons have the benefit of being guided by jewelry professionals with extensive knowledge.
CD Ripping San Diego extracts tunes from commercially produced CDs and morphs them into organized, easy-to-manage digital files. The company’s team of expert converters systematically transfers audio collections onto external hard drives, making songs compatible for iPods, iPhones, Android phones, and more. Popular formats such as MP3, FLAC, and WAV provide varying levels of quality, and thanks to several online databases and their virtual fitting rooms with head-to-toe mirrors, each song’s digital adaptation gets outfitted with stylish album art and tags. After the conversion process is complete, customers can browse their newly created digital collection easily, as it will be organized by artist, album, track number, and name.
Bursting with beads and jewel-crafting necessities, South Sun Products' inventory equips do-it-yourself jewelers with the tools to craft delicate adornments at home or in myriad classes. South Sun Products manufactured jewelry for two decades before opening its enormous retail store, giving the public access to its colorful treasure trove of rare and natural gemstones and beads. The staffers also stock chains, earwires, and other necessary parts to help crafters easily affix their beaded creations to a loved one's wrist without painful hot glue. An ever-rotating schedule of classes keeps curious beaders enthralled with wire-working, beading, and other jewelry-smithing workshops.