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Kristen Fogle has edited and written for both magazines and in a freelance capacity for the past seven years. Currently, as the editor of the national college entertainment publication, CLIQ Magazine, she has interviewed celebrities like Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, Taylor Swift, Holly Madison, Audrina Patridge, and Dr. Drew to name a few. Recently, she received her M.A. in Rhetoric and Writing Studies at San Diego State University, where she has also taught. An accomplished vocalist and actress, she enjoys taking part in the lively theater scene in San Diego, and is looking forward to directing her second show in August. A world traveler when she can, Kristen aspires to travel the globe full time, writing and meandering with her beloved pound pup Kismet.

North Park Boutiques: Hunt And Gather, Aloha Sunday Supply Co., And Mimi And Red

San Diego's North Park neighborhood (Photo Credit: advocate.com)

The North Park night scene is slowly becoming the place for casual hipsters and even the more in your face PB crowd, trolling for something new on the weekends. (Note: You’ll see this type in full force Saturday nights in line at True North.) But don’t discredit the neighborhood’s during-the week-action; boasting delicious eateries (El Take It Easy, anyone?) and oh-so accessible from downtown and the 805, it is the place people are running to for burning through some cash and going shopping.

Three places in particular have put North Park’s boutique bounty on the map. Hunt and Gather is newest, with its glass paneled front proudly advertising its fun, funky wares, Aloha Sunday Supply Co., clothed in white and obscured slightly by the trophy store next door, and the veteran, Mimi and Red, which is the winner in terms of clothing that just continually flies off shelves.

Photo Credit: Karen Morrison

Hunt and Gather

The title of the store’s instructions are simple but clear. Find your items and get ‘em. Established in May of 2009 by husband and wife, Zoe Crenshaw and Lee Reynolds, this is the team’s first retail store; both are seasoned clothing designers who have worked in the apparel industry for many years. Crenshaw details Hunt and Gather’s aesthetic best: “The concept is to offer unique and original clothing from local designers and previous decades. We carry lots of carefully selected wild to rare vintage pieces that are on track with today’s high fashion looks seen on the streets of New York/Paris/London. Our goal is to provide affordable style. The atmosphere is happy, fun, and lacking pretension or attitude.”

Photo Credit: www.huntandgathershop.com

The store is great because of their constantly revolving merch and its selection; the store specializes in men and women’s new and vintage clothing, accessories, one of a kind pieces, jewelry, records, and artwork. The store is big into in-house DJs, which they advertise regularly on their Web site.

 

 

 

WHERE:
Hunt and Gather
2871 University Avenue
San Diego, CA 92104
Ph. 619-297-3040

HOURS OF OPERATION:
Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m

Photo Credit: Aloha Sunday Supply Co.

Aloha Sunday Supply Co.

Aloha Sunday Supply Co. has a very of-the-moment personality. Encompassing clothing for both guys and gals, it has a summer time hipness reminiscent of an Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros song. Entirely white, and always housing a variety of kids using Wi-fi, if Mimi and Red is your always accessible go-to shop, Aloha is a special purchase kind of place. A mix of new and used items, I’ve been loving the variety of boots they always seem to have, seeming to reference the “supply co.” included in their name. One of the owners, Kahana Kalama describes the name for the space. “Growing up in Hawaii I was enthralled by the commonly used phrase “Aloha Friday” which is basically a celebration of the end of the workweek. As a play on this concept Aloha Sunday was born…” Kalama says. Scoot on over to Sunday for tanks, tees, sunglasses, jewelry, and yes, boots.

WHERE:
Aloha Sunday Supply Co.
3118 University Ave. Suite B
San Diego, CA 92104
Ph. 619-269-9838

HOURS OF OPERATION:
Tuesday-Thursday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mimi and Red (Photo Credit: www.sandiego.com)

Mimi and Red

Mimi and Red is like Forever 21 in that you know you can walk in on any day and find something that will fit you well and make you look dressed to kill, whether it’s a baby shower you’re headed to or a night on the town. Carrying the trendiest dresses, separates, and accessories like watches, jewelry, and purses, as well as  baby wear/accessories, there are many brands to choose from, including well knowns like Nixon to the shop’s own Mimi and Red. The staff is always super courteous and will assist with finding the perfect look. And if you’re not in the North Park area, there is another location in La Jolla too. However, you can also just buy online (free shipping if your purchase is $125 or over).

 

 

 

WHERE:
Mimi and Red

3032 University Ave.
San Diego, CA 92104
Ph. 619-298-7933

5630 La Jolla Blvd.
La Jolla, CA 92037
Ph. 858-456-7933

HOURS OF OPERATION:
Monday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday-Saturday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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