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When Dr. Barry Katzman opened West Coast Eye Care & Med Spa, he envisioned the space as a small practice that would help locals better enjoy the city’s famous sunsets and beaches. With his expertise—he’s participated in hundreds of studies for advanced treatments—the business quickly took on enough customers to sustain seven offices, a staff of a dozen doctors, and its own language, which outsiders describe as Latin spoken in pig Latin. After outfitting eyes with prescriptions and preventive care, staffers can help them navigate an optical boutique stocked with more than 10,000 designer frames by Dior, Bvlgari, and Tom Ford. Regular performances of more advanced surgeries, such as LASIK, cataract laser procedures, and eyelid lifts, made the staff intrigued about similar aesthetic procedures. As a result, they opened a med spa, where they tighten and brighten skin with injections, rejuvenating laser treatments, and even plastic surgery.

6945 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego,
CA
US

At University Foot and Ankle Specialists, Dr. Richard Tu draws upon his training at notable institutions including St. Mary's Medical Center, UCSF, Yale-New Haven Hospital, and Cambridge Hospital at Harvard. Armed with years of experience?as well as the ability to speak English, Vietnamese, and conversational Spanish?, Dr. Tu specializes in repairing flat feet, performing laser toenail treatments, and fixing failed foot and ankle surgeries. In addition, he treats calluses and plantar fasciitis.

4475 University Ave
San Diego,
CA
US

An icon in the Fashion Valley, Anthropologie is a magnet to savvy shoppers who gravitate to this lifestyle boutique for its eclectic and stylish wares. The sales team takes pride in the artistic displays that wow people passing by the storefront window, whether it’s cutting-edge clothing or dreamy home décor. This spacious store explodes with color and charisma at reasonable prices, whether one is seeking a new outfit or the perfect gift for a friend. Anthropologie dazzles with its treasure trove of aromatic soaps, monogramed mugs, elegant glassware, eye-catching plates, decorative pillows, linens, candles, jewelry and more. Calypso wall tiles, bird murals or a dizzying array of beautiful wallpapers add splashes of color to any home, and make stepping inside the shop a unique and funky experience.

7007 Friars Rd
San Diego,
CA
US

Led by Dr. Esfandiari, the staff at San Diego Eye Care performs eye exams for patients of all ages, from kids who need checkups to adults who suffer from dry eyes or diabetes. Their expertise doesn’t end there, though; they also fit their patients for glasses and contact lenses—including spherical, rigid gas-permeable, and multifocal contacts. For those who want to ditch their glasses altogether, the eye experts offer consultations for LASIK vision-correcting surgery.

3869 Clairemont Dr
San Diego,
CA
US

Eclipse Eyewear fashions chic sunglasses from a selection of 1,500 frames from high-end brands such as Chanel, Prada, and Versace. Luxurious shades stand against walls and look out from display cases, eager to slide over patrons' eyes to shield them from harsh rays or pigeons' attempts to make eye contact and demand breadcrumbs.

849 W Harbor Dr
San Diego,
CA
US

Pacific Beach Surf Shop opened in 1962 and is the oldest of its kind in San Diego, making it the ideal place to learn how to conquer the motion of the ocean. Whether you are a true beginner or a modest dolphin, the 90-minute lesson will have surfers of all rank take to the waves with the confidence of a pro under the nearly gilled guidance of Pacific Beach's surf instructors. Highly trained and experienced, the instructors work closely with students to help them realize their deep-downest aquatic ambitions by passing along time-honored tricks of the trade. Classes are kept small—limited to three to five students—ensuring said individualized attention and reducing the chance that someone else with your initials will be there to falsely claim your monogrammed beach towel.

4150 Mission Blvd
San Diego,
CA
US