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We Are… Bottlecraft

BottlecraftWe are excited to feature Bottlecraft in our latest “We Are” series. Not only for our love of craft beer, BUT because it’s the second location owner Brian Jensen has opened up, and we couldn’t feel more proud that they are in our ‘hood!

BottlecraftHow/why was Bottlecraft born?
“I have always wanted to do something in the food/beverage industry, so after college I moved from San Diego to New York to go to culinary school. Over the span of about five years I immersed myself in every corner of that world; I didn’t know what I wanted to do but gave myself the space and time to chase down anything I was interested in to see if I could make a career out of it. During that time, one of the jobs I had was working at a neighborhood wine shop in Brooklyn. It was a cool, casual little shop run by a knowledgeable and passionate team. As a beer drinker, I was always at shops, looking for beer but I never really had the nice shopping experience I saw at wine shops. When I decided to do something on my own, that was on the top of my list to try to figure out.”

BottlecraftBottlecraftBottlecraftWhy did you choose to open up a location in North Park?
“There are so many great craft beer bars and beer lovers here in North Park, it was just a natural fit for Bottlecraft.”

What do you like about North Park?
“I personally love North Park because there’s a great mix of fun bars and great shops (like Pigment) with lots of good, creative energy.”

Bottlecraft Owner Brian Jensen“My goal is to create a place where anyone from the Bud drinker to a master brewer can come, try something new and learn something. It’s definitely a two way street, I learn so much from my customers. That’s the fun of it all in my opinion.

BottlecraftBottlecraftBottlecraft swag! You can get yours in store or online!

We will be partnering up with Bottlecraft for this Thursday’s craft beer and fine cheese pairings. A book signing will be held with Janet Fletcher, author of the book Cheese & Beer, one of the first guides ever to be written about pairing the two delicious items together! Come join us at our new location (the corner of 30th and North Park Way) and meet Janet, along with Bottlecraft owner Brian Jensen!
Check out more info for this not to be missed event on our Facebook Events Page HERE.Beer-&-CheeseSMALL

BottlecraftNot only is Brian such an inspiring entrepreneur, he’s also a cool dude. If you live in the ‘hood, or are ever visiting San Diego, stop by either one of his locations and check out his labor of love:

Little Italy –  2161 India St
(between Hawthorn St & Ivy St)
San Diego, CA 92101

North Park – 3007 University Ave
(between 30th St & Ray St)
San Diego, CA 92104

Thank you Bottlecraft (and Brian!) for being such an awesome addition to the neighborhood!

We Are…Splash Wine Bar

Our neighboring business, Splash wine bar, is not your typical wine bar. Owner Traci Smith had a gut feeling that her self-served wine bar concept was just what North Park needed. 5 years going strong and we couldn’t agree more.

Splash Wine Bar_North ParkWhen did you open Splash?  “Splash opened right during the economic crash – December of 2008.”

Why did you choose North Park as a location to open Splash? “Again, I chose the location and made the decision to open Splash prior to the crash, and North Park was an ‘up and coming’ neighborhood. I own a home in North Park and felt the community was really trending toward a thriving food and beverage community. Well it took much longer than anticipated for that to happen because all the growth stopped in ’08, but it has proven true in the last couple of years and I’m very happy with my choice to be in North Park. I wouldn’t want to be in any other community. Everyone has been so supportive.”

Splash Wine Bar_North ParkWhat do you enjoy most about North Park? “I love the eclectic mix and laid back vibe of North Park. At Splash we try hard to create a living room environment that is unpretentious and allows people to learn about and enjoy wine in a comfortable atmosphere. I think North Park also radiates that feeling. The community is very relaxed and all walks of life are embraced. I also love all that is available at my fingertips. Living and working in North Park often makes me feel like I really have little reason to ever leave North Park. I am in Balboa Park several times a week, there are great trails for running my dog, amazing dining and all varieties of shopping. I love supporting small, locally owned shops and I think North Park is such a great breeding ground for that grassroots type of living.”

Splash-Wine-Bar_wine+logo-13Splash Wine Bar_North ParkA Splash taste card, a place to jot down your favorite tastes, and an empty wine glass waiting to be filled

Splash Wine Bar_North Park Splash wine bar is not your typical wine bar. They got a fancy way to wine taste – Enomatic wine machines that are self-serve – pretty cool huh?

Splash-Wine bar_North ParkWhere did the name Splash come from? “Since I have the Enomatic wine machines that are self-serve, the state of California at the time, would only allow a one ounce pour to be self served. So it is literally just a “Splash” of wine that comes out of the machines. I wanted a one-word name that was catchy and descriptive of the concept. I came up with the name while on a run through Balboa Park with my good friend.”

Splash Wine Bar_North ParkSplash also offers some tasty eats for lunch, happy hour or during a night of wine tasting. (Left: “Splakers” – Splash’s version of seasoned Saltine Crackers paired with a raspberry Chipotle cream cheese. Right: classic Caprese Salad with house Balsamic vinegar reduction)

Splash Wine Bar_North ParkYummy flat breads. Left: The White Splash. Right: The Spring Splash (vegetarian).

What is your favorite thing about Pigment? “One thing??? Honestly, I was just in the other day and bought a magazine and some lotion, but I really could have spent the entire day in the shop. There is always something so interesting and fun and I truly have the most difficult time not wanting to buy everything. If I had to pick one thing it would probably be the great collection of books.”

Splash Wine Bar_North Park

If you’re ever in the neighborhood you should definitely check out Splash! We think you’d love it!

3043 University Ave San Diego, CA 92104 // (619) 296-0714


We Are….. Subterranean Coffee Boutique

Meet our new friends and neighbors – Subterranean Coffee Boutique (a recently new local business in North Park).

Why “Subterranean Coffee Boutique” – where did that name come from?
Gene: “From the book Subterraneans. Also, I like the word. And we are a kind of a hidden cafe.”


What makes Pigment unique to you?
Kelsey: “Pigment is unique to me because it provides the most beautiful jewelry from local artists and it certainly adds strong character to North Park. The neighborhood would not be the same without it.  I strongly believe in supporting the small businesses, local artists and people with an entrepreneurial spirit. I know what it is like to have a dream to own your business, and I think its wonderful that Pigment can help others work for themselves as well. ”

Subterranean definitely envelopes a “neighborhood” coffee-shop feel. Kelsey and Gene are really welcoming. They have board games for the little ones, and a modest library for those who want to cozy up with a cup of coffee and a book. Plus, they sell these incredibly delicious homemade pop tarts!

Oh, and they make one of the best Turkey+Brie sandwiches in town.

Who’s a better cook – Gene or Kelsey?
Kelsey : “Definitely Gene. He gets very creative in the kitchen and comes up with some amazing recipes that customers love. He is the brains behind the menu for sure. I try to cook, but he is by far better than me!”

If you’re ever in the neighborhood (North Park in San Diego, that is) you should definitely pop in and say “hello” to Gene and Kelsey. They are a great new addition to the hood that we welcome with open arms!

Subterranean Coffee Boutique
3764 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104 // (619) 780-0916

We Are Tangerine Tree Photography…

We are Tangerine Tree PhotographyThese are our friends – Tangerine Tree Photography.

Aside from being a very talented photography duo, they are an incredibly nice couple, and a very sweet family (that’s growing!).

Where did the name “Tangerine Tree Photography” come from? “Erik and I started Tangerine Tree Photography together about 4 years ago after working separately on other little photo ventures . We are huge Beatles fans, and came up with a list of lyrics from songs that we liked, and Tangerine Tree stuck (“Tangerine Trees and Marmalade Skies” from Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds).”

When you hear the word “community” what comes to mind? “Community is an extension of home and family, and really sharing a sense of responsibility and connectedness to the people around you. Feeling that what you put out into the universe will ultimately come back to you.”

What do you look for when you shop at Pigment?
Madi – “I love how you bring the outdoors inside. The eco orbs and butterfly collections on the walls are my favorite. My Mom and I like to pick up plants and work on them together. The orbs are definitely a two person job! :)”

Sheri – “I can’t resit the plants and Tend orbs,  Gainey pots, and Rifle Paper products.  We find ourselves checking out the baby items more and more…because we’re expecting a baby this summer!”

What makes Pigment unique to you?
Erik – “When explaining Pigment to friends who have never been into the shop, I always say that you could close your eyes, reach out and grab something, and whatever it is that you picked, it’s going to be awesome.  It’ll be cool, different, fun and you’ll love it.  There aren’t many shops I know of where you can do that.”

Sheri – “I always leave feeling inspired to go home and create something! Maybe redecorate a little nook in my home, send out a handwritten note or cook a new meal for my family.”

Sheri loves Pigment’s Jewelry selection. She accessorized her (very cute) outfit with a one of our Roost Gold Cuffs we used to carry. (Be on the look out for more Jewelry online and in store!)

Erik, Sheri and Madi were photographed on the very lovely Charmichael Loft Sofa by Gus Modern Furniture. This beaut is currently staged in our Vintage pop up shop located on Ray Street. Check it out if you’re ever in the neighborhood.

Thank you, Tangerine Tree Photography + Madi, for such a fun photo session!
We feel the love and support, truly.