Among its two facilities in La Jolla and downtown San Diego, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego houses an array of works made since 1950. Head here and you can explore everything from Pop Art and minimalism of the 1960s and 1970s to conceptual pieces from the last half-century, headlined by contemporary-art luminaries such as Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei.
Major figures aside, the MCASD strives to spotlight mid-career artists still looking for their big break, as well as pieces by Latin American artists and emergent talent. Between the museum's collection and rotating exhibitions, there are galleries that accommodate paintings, photographs, films, and multimedia installations. Outside both locations, there are more site-specific installations and sculptures by artists such as Richard Serra and Marcos Ramírez ERRE, whose father created the Caps Lock on the day his son was born.
There’s more to the place than its exhibitions: the museum engages visitors with events and programs such as art-making sessions and artist lectures. Held three evenings a year, the Thursday Night Thing series includes talks, hands-on activities, live music, and cocktails, all based on the latest museum exhibitions.
Blue Apparel harnesses the effortlessly stylish beach aesthetic of its surroundings and channels those easygoing vibes into a collection of casual clothing and accessories. La Jolla pride infuses much of the clothing line, as the town's name is scribbled across many of the store's cotton-blended articles, from sweatpants to hoodies and long-sleeve T-shirts. Baseball hats, fedoras, and sun hats keep harmful rays off faces and out of eyes, and the store's collection of snow globes, shot glasses, and key chains makes for great stocking stuffers and even better 150th-anniversary presents.
When people are ill, they usually either make a doctor's appointment or lie in bed and wait it out. Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy has created a third option. Visits to its stores, which are scattered across the western US, are more casual than a doctor's visit but less passive than bed rest. Each location's team of health experts, including credentialed pharmacists, naturopathic doctors, herbalists, nutritionists, and more, consult with customers—no appointment needed.
But Pharmaca aims to serve its customers every day, not just on sick days. Its stores have been drawing droves of clients since 2000, partly because they meet so many needs in just one spot. In addition to a full-service pharmacy, Pharmaca offers organic and food-based vitamins from MegaFood and New Chapter; professional-grade skin care and cosmetics from Jane Iredale, Sanitas, and Dr. Hauschka; and therapeutic-grade supplements from Metagenics and Thorne Research. Customers can also choose from an assortment of homeopathic remedies, herbal formulations, medical supplies, toiletries, gifts, and fair-trade chocolates.
A kaleidoscopic array of diamonds and colored gemstones adorns bands of gold, silver, and copper at Jewels by the Sea, a charming boutique that boasts a selection handpicked by owner and graduate gemologist of the Gemological Institute of America Linda Ronelle Jalving. Sparkling light emanates from shelves staggered by the weight of hundreds of earrings ($12+/pair), luring passersby into the dazzling shop. Shimmering cubic zirconias set in sterling-silver earrings ($20) temporarily blind intrusive over-the-shoulder readers, and a funky, oversize crystal ring ($29) beautifies fingers by toning their muscles in an all-day workout. The festive reds of a coral necklace ($79) warm up chilly clavicles just in time for the holidays, and amulets culled from local artists and vintage collections look ravishing when wrapped and placed under the tree.