Char’s Favorite Point Loma Small Businesses
In addition to beautiful beaches, perfect weather, and loads of laid-back SoCal charm, San Diego is home to a thriving local small business community. Entrepreneurs of all stripes have hung out their shingles here in order to ply their passion projects.
We asked Char — Holiday Inn San Diego Bayside’s own resident expert and Director of Sales and Marketing — to fill us in on some of her favorite local businesses in and around our neighborhood of Point Loma. Here are a few of the area’s treasures she recommends to locals and visitors alike.
En Concordia (0.8 miles miles from the hotel)
Situated in the lovely Roseville part of Point Loma, En Concordia is a planty place for planty people. The owner, Theresa, is a botanical bon vivant and will fill you in on everything you ever wanted to know about how to bring a little greenery into your life. She’s incredibly helpful, friendly, and genuinely cares about you being able to keep your home’s plants alive and thriving. En Concordia also carries clean, organic beauty products, organic foods, and some of the most interesting plant pots and hangers you’ll find anywhere.
Paru Tea Bar (.8 miles away)
Paru Tea Bar can be found right next door to En Concordia. It’s a fantastic company that makes its teas only with all-organic, high-grade ingredients to guarantee the best quality. The owner, Amy, is just as passionate and knowledgeable about plant-based beverages as her neighbor Theresa is about plants in general. Both Paru and En Concordia have the same classic Southern California vibe due to being eco-friendly, organically focused, and community-driven. Stop by Paru Tea Bar first and grab an oat milk matcha latte, then head over to En Concordia to browse the plant selection. You’ll be glad you did.
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Our premium ceremonial matcha is sourced from a single-estate tea farm in Mie prefecture, located in the Northern part of Ise in Japan. One of the most notable farmers in the region with a location shared close to the Suzuka mountains for fresh spring water. This is a single-origin matcha and they do not use any other matcha to blend with, yielding a smooth, silky and creamy bright vegetal flavor. 🍵 #paruteabar #matchagreentea #parumatcha
Liberty Public Market (1.4 miles away)
Liberty Public Market features more than 20 local vendors offering a wide variety of delicious dining options. Chris’ Ono Grinds serves tantalizing Hawaiian fare, Latin Chef offers authentic Peruvian food like Arroz Chaufa De Carne – a Peruvian Chinese style fried rice with pieces of beef, green onions, scrambled eggs and soy sauce that is amazing, and Cecilia’s Taqueria plates up fresh and flavorful Mexican cuisine made with local ingredients. There’s plenty here to please your sweet tooth, too — like a Nutella, banana, and strawberry confection from Olala Crepes or beautiful macarons from Le Parfait. Then, cap it off with coffee from The Westbean. No matter what you’re after, the Market’s grab-and-go options coupled with an outdoor patio dining area make this a convenient stop. It’s pet-friendly, too!
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For those who have visited #LibertyPublicMarket recently, thank you for supporting small and local businesses. 💛 If you haven't visited for a while, you'll notice things are a bit different. • Masks are required when visiting the market. We have social distance markers and hand washing stations available throughout the market. • If you'd like to purchase alcohol, food must also be purchased in the same transaction. Please go to the bar first to order both your drink and a food voucher to use at the market. After using the voucher to purchase food, return to the bar to finally get your drink. • Our outdoor patio is open with assigned seating only. Please speak to a host/hostess stationed by the entrance to be seated. There is also plenty of outdoor seating available around the outside of the market as well where assigned seating is not required.
Pigment Liberty Station (1.4 miles away)
Pigment is deserving of a special callout. Also located inside Liberty Station, this charming boutique shop carries a cool collection of plants, pots, beauty products, candles, home goods, art, greeting cards, and women’s and kids’ clothing and jewelry. When originally opened in North Park, Pigment was envisioned more as a gallery to showcase local artists. But it evolved over time into the hip little boutique shop it is today. There’s no better place to buy a San Diego gift or souvenir to decorate your home.
Karen’s Consignment Gallery (1.7 Miles away)
Karen’s specializes in upscale pre-owned furniture, art, rugs, and other home décor items. The 8,500-square-foot showroom has been local and family-owned since 1990, and operating in the same Point Loma location since the day the doors opened. There are some fantastic pieces to be found here in an extremely reasonable price range. From classic to contemporary, antique to unique, if you’re looking for the perfect piece to complete your home’s ambience, chances are you’ll find it here. Because Karen’s operates on consignment, the inventory changes every day. Stop by often — you never know what you’ll find.
Rock and Roll San Diego (3.7 Miles away)
Point Loma’s home for rocking out nice and loud is right here. Local musician and rock aficionado Mark Langford opened this gathering spot in 2011 with the intention of giving musicians of all skill levels a center to congregate, network, practice, and rehearse. Any given day of the week you can find experienced musicians rehearsing; aspiring rockers taking lessons in guitar, bass, keys, drums and more; and sometimes even pros stopping by for a visit. The space has hosted events and performances by Steven Tyler, The Beach Boys, Ace Frehley, POD, The B-52s, King Diamond, Pierce the Veil, and many others. Rock on!