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On my latest visit to San Diego I strolled along the quaint Antique Row of Adams Avenue and discovered a street full of treasures and personality. I first visited Gledhill's(read last weeks story for more on Gledhill's) and after Gledhill's I crossed the street and walked down a block to Ecklectika Consignment.
Vintage Furniture and Accessories from Ecklectika Consignment
Owner, Shirley Coburn greeted me with her pooch Buddha who sat camouflaged on the antique sofa near her desk.
Buddha- Ecklectika's fierce guard dog
I asked Shirley how her store was doing and she smiled and pointed to the shiny plaque hanging on the wall which read "San Diego's Best 2010". Her store was voted best Antique store by the San Diego Union Tribune!
Ecklectika Consignment Voted Best in San Diego by the Union Tribune
Vintage Typewriter: Ernest Hemingway Era
Shirley's store, Ecklectika is full of fun and unique items like the vintage typewriter pictured above. All of her prices are very reasonable and the inventory is constantly changing. Shirley also is a dog lover, as you can tell, and she helps stray and abandoned dogs find new homes.
The book publishing and selling industry has changed quite a bit in the last twenty years. There are huge corporations publishing blockbusters and sure-sellers and then giving big bulk discounts to stores like Barnes and Noble and Amazon. This trend in the book industry has pushed a lot of smaller boutique book stores out of the market. The big book sellers lure people in with their big discounts but what the public does not realized is that there are small stores out there that sell used books for even les than the big book sellers.Stores like Nused Books, Once Read Books, and A Castle of Booksin Long Beach offer a great selection of gently used books for a fraction of the price.
Autographed copy ofGood Dog, Carlby Alexandra Day now available at Nused Books
Nused Books in Long Beach is owned and run by Susan Simpson, a passionate reader and lover of books. At Nused Books you can choose from over 30,000 pre-owned books ranging from classics, fiction, non-fiction, children's books and audio books. Also, don't forget to check the sale rack with books for under a buck!
Susan Simpson from Nused Books
Although the book business is changing the fact is that people love a good story and they love books! So, next time you are looking for a great read try your local independently owned bookstore and discover a new way to experience books.
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For over thirty years Vicki Anson has been providing Southern California with original contemporary fine art and antiques. Vicki's collection not only includes art but also a variety of antique and vintage decorative items and furniture.
8"x10" Acrylic on Canvas by Mike Rivero
You will find colorful and elegantly framed paintings decorating the walls of the store. Vicki has an exceptional eye for art and collects stimulating pieces that draw you in. Several paintings by a California painter, Mike Rivero are stand outs with angular lines, mysterious images, and bold colors.
Roller skating takes you back to a simpler time. A time when couple skating on the rink was the highlight of your night, racing around the rink with your friends and going as fast as you could and falling continuously was fun, and figuring out how to use the restroom with your skates on was your biggest dilemma of the evening.
Moxi Roller Skates
If it's been a while since you've put roller skates on it may be time to throw out those old pesky rollerblades and get some real skates. Moxi Roller Skates in Long Beach, CA has a huge selection of roller skates for you to choose from and free skate lessons to help you get back into your retro groove.
Moxi Roller Skates on Retro Row
Michelle (also know as Estro Jen) owns and operates Moxi Roller Skates on 4th Street Retro Row in Long Beach. The store has moved to a new location just a few doors down from the old place that was bursting at the seams. Estro Jen has been skating since she can remember and competes professionally with the Angel City Derby Girls Hollywood Scarlets. Her love for roller skating continues with her fully-stocked roller skate shop and her new formation of the Long Beach Roller Derby.
Moxi Roller Skates
Moxi Roller Skates sells vintage and new old stock rollers skates, Roller Derby gear, memorabilia, and apparel. Estro Jen wants people to buys skates but she is equally determined to make sure you get full use out of your purchase. She is so passionate about skating and holds FREE skating lessons on Saturdays by the beach, hosts maintenance workshops, and leads a massive street skates once a month so you can show off your moves to the entire city of Long Beach!
Among the many fine musicians in the area are these two knuckleheads! This is Dick Deluxe and Bill Stuve. Bill's lived in this neighborhood for 30 years and is an 8 time WC Handy bass player of the year nominee. In addition to his 20 plus years with Rod Piazza, he's played with a who's who or blues artists throughout the world. He's currently recording and touring with Candye Kane-when he's not hanging in the hood and playing every third Thursday at the Pike with Dick and PIke owner Chris Reece.
Dick Deluxe is a relative newbie to the area and likes it so much he's moved here! A founding member of the Clubfoot Orchestra, Dick these days plays solo and fronts the Dick Deluxe Revue-a revolving cast of some of the finest musicians in Southern California.
ONe of the great things about our little corner of the world is the many interesting and talented folks who live, play and work here!