Don’t you just hate going on vacation and having the time of your life only to get really annoyed the very last day while trying to find gifts to bring back home to friends and family? Or when going to visit out of state friends and having to bring them something San Diego-ish? Everywhere I’ve been I’ve seen the same ol’ post cards, key chains or photo frames with seashells glued to them. I don’t know about you, but I dislike buying people gifts that I know they will have no use for; I might as well just give them a hug and tell them that I missed them. Way better and genuine!
But if you find yourself in San Diego I have the scoop for you! Down in Seaport Village there is a store called Urban Girl Accessories which is any woman’s dream come true! It’s a store filled with accessories (such as necklaces, rings, bracelets, scarves), bags, home (pillows, wall art, kitchen, candles, pantry), beauty, travel, apparel, and many, many other unique gifts. And I mean real gifts, the kind of gifts you would want to bring home to your friend.
The store was founded by husband and wife team of Annie and Chris Glenn and it came about simply out of Annie’s love for shopping. Annie is the ultimate consumer, to her husband’s chagrin! So, like any serious consumer, she wanted to create a hip and trendy place where she could share with the world the cool stuff she finds in her treasure hunting trips. And she tries really, really hard to find and support local and made in USA items, as well as support fair trade to help producers in developing countries to make better trading conditions and promote sustainability. Giving back is also close to Annie’s heart so she constantly scouts for companies that do that.
Here are some of Annie’s current favorites:
1. Avarca Pons sandals, manufactured by a family in Ciutadella de Menorca, on a Spanish island, since 1945. Now at their third generation, the family continues to make the Pons sandals which are a traditional Minorcan shoe called abarcas.
2. Chavez For Charity Bracelets: beautiful bracelets designed by Julie Marie Chavez as part of the Mariechavez jewelry line used to raise money and awareness towards certain honorable initiatives and charities such as access to clean water and sanitation, violence against women and girls, Fisher House program (a private-public partnership that supports America’s military), or the Whole Planet Foundation (a private, nonprofit organization established by Whole Foods Market) which aims to alleviate poverty through microcredit in communities worldwide that supply Whole Foods Market stores with products.
3. Good Paper Greeting Cards: cards handcrafted by women and young people in the developing worlds like Rwanda, Philippines, Manila’s Smokey Mountain, or Northern India at the foothills of the Himalayas. By buying these cards you are allowing those less fortunate to participate fully and benefit from global trade. And more importantly, you are giving a mother a dignifying work option that enables her to support her family. You are empowering an orphan to rebuild the economy of a country ravaged by genocide and disease. In short, you are helping the world become what it ought to be, an interconnected global family.
4. Orange & Park Southern California Prints and Images: Urban Girl is all about supporting local businesses and these really cool prints are made locally in Coronado, Calif. These unique products combine clever typography, the love for geography, and a whole bunch of screen printing.
5. Nashelle Recycled Gold Jewelry: jewelry made by a woman for women! Enough said!
And if you happen to live on the North Coast and rarely make it to Seaport Village try their Del Mar location; it’s just as filled with amazingly unique products!
Urban Girl Accessories
HOURS: Daily 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.