Although it started out slinging only Birkenstock sandals, Birkenstock of San Diego now fits shoppers with shoes by more than 30 style-, environment-, and comfort-conscious manufacturers. Birkenstock's Gizeh Birko-Flor sandal ($74.95) provides pronounced arch support and more to double as leisurely foot dens, and it comes in seven synthetic varieties. Vibram FiveFingers ($74.95–$124.95 for adults; $59.95 for kids) nestle each little piggy into its own home, spreading the foot naturally and reducing stress on the knees, hips, and lower back. The quest for 100% sustainable shoes is led by Simple, whose men's D-Solve sneakers ($64.95) rock organic cotton lining, footbeds, and laces, and include biodegradable soles and water-based glue to hold the shoe together.
Baby Trader's resale collection overflows with gently loved clothing, toys, books, accessories, and furniture that help new parents pamper their budding brood. The selection of threads spans from infant to toddler sizes, and all secondhand clothing must be laundered before the staff even considers reselling it. Parents can prepare homes for new arrivals with Baby Trader's selection of car seats, strollers, cribs, and highchairs so newborns can maintain eye contact during dinner conversations.
Linda and Mike McWilliams prefer to leave the rigors of raising grapes to their local vineyards, citing their lack of a chateau. Instead, they set their focus on crafting their vintages on the micro-level, making small batches and infusing them with an Old-World character and unique flavors such as habanero passion fruit. Their wines are named after places and figures from San Diego’s rich history, such as the Guadalupe Valley syrah and the Lake County sauvignon blanc.
For 30 years, ACT II Boutique has outfitted women with new and preowned apparel in the latest fashions. The boutique's buyers carefully inspect each garment, ensuring that it meets their standards of quality and stylishness. Shoppers can peruse name-brand apparel or head to an accessories section stocked with handbags and shoes by Coach, Louis Vuitton, and other designers.
Casting Water Garden and Decor stocks more than 20,000 outdoor accents and gifts to adorn lawns and gardens. Handmade from coconut and bamboo in Bali, 40-inch bamboo wind chimes ($29.99) accent green spaces with graceful curves and tinkling cylinders that sing out "I Want it That Way" when hit correctly. Create a harmonious atmosphere with the soothing trickle of miniature water fountains, or illuminate winding pathways with rainbow-colored solar-powered garden lights ($29.99). Cast-iron bird feeders and handcrafted birdhouses cater to feathered flocks with spaces designed to look like wooden churches, clay nooks, and two-dimensional reproductions of birdhouses.
Youngsters who have outgrown their gear and adults picking up a new sport can outfit themselves with selections from Play It Again Sports, the largest sporting-goods resale franchise in North America. For the last 25 years, the Pacific Beach location set itself apart, garnering both the parent company's Store of the Year and Heritage award and is one of the top performers in the nation. As in all the stores nationwide, brand-name equipment—from popular makers such as Diamondback, Bodyglove, and Wilson—shines in San Diego's displays alongside gently used wares. This gear helps equip competitive athletes playing sports from soccer and golf to surfing and biking. Patrons can also trade in or receive cash for their equipment, provided that it is still in working condition, and put that money toward new or used gear.