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🖍️ A+ for shopping small
SD OOLY Carlsbad
OOLY gets an A+ when it comes to colorful, fun school supplies. | Photo via OOLY
With back-to-school season in full swing, you’re likely penning that list of supplies. Shop small and local at these gems across San Diego.

OOLY, Carlsbad

This North County-based, woman-owned arts and crafts brand is known for its whimsical, colorful supplies. Browse its back-to-school inventory online including pencils, highlighters, and scented erasers.

Don’t miss the annual OOLY Warehouse Sale this Friday, Aug. 18, 12-6 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 19, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., at its Carlsbad headquarters.

SD Blick Art Supplies Little Italy

Blick Art Materials has a great selection of school supplies.


Photo via Monica Garske + SDtoday

Blick Art Materials, Little Italy

This shop has it all for the creatives, from students and educators, to budding and pro artists. You’ll find sketch pads, a plethora of paints, and a selection of pens that’s on point. It’s open daily at 10 a.m.

Artist & Craftsman Supply San Diego, Hillcrest

This artist-owned and operated shop boasts paper products and supplies for drawing, painting, and crafting. This location is among only two dozen in the US. It’s open daily at 10 a.m.

SD Joyride Books Liberty Station

Joyride Bookshop has lots of “stories for little fingers.”


Photo via Monica Garske + SDtoday

Joyride Bookshop, Liberty Station

This adorable shop in Barracks 15 offers titles for all ages. The Liberty Station location is open Fridays and Saturdays, 12p.m.-5 p.m. There’s also a Joyride inside the New Children’s Museum.

Printers Row Publishing Group, Sorrento Valley

The longtime business offers books for all, but the titles for kids are perfect for your back-to-school haul. Check out “How I Did It” and “Show and Tell,” both for readers ages 6-8.

Warwick’s, La Jolla

In addition to books aplenty, the historic bookstore sells supplies like notebooks, pens, and organizational tools.

Lakeshore Learning Store, Mission Valley

A favorite among educators, Lakeshore has two local stores — one in Mission Valley and the other in San Marcos — offering STEM toys, craft supplies, classroom essentials, and teaching tools.
Tuesday, Aug. 15
  • Sunset Luaus at the Catamaran Resort Hotel | Tuesday, Aug. 15 | 5:30-9 p.m. | The Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa, 3999 Mission Blvd., San Diego | $50-$130 | The waterfront resort hosts its annual summer shindigs every Tuesday + Friday through Sept. 1 featuring Polynesian-inspired drinks, food, and entertainment.
  • San Diego Padres vs. Baltimore Orioles | Tuesday, Aug. 15 | 6:40 p.m. | Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., San Diego | $27-$51 | This game is dedicated to first responders, with a focus on women on the front lines.
  • Gable Price and Friends | Tuesday, Aug. 15 | 8 p.m. | House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave., San Diego | $22.50 | The rock ‘n’ roll band consisting of “a few friends with a whole lot of damage to do” hits the downtown venue.
Wednesday, Aug. 16
  • Twilight in the Park Concerts | Wednesday, Aug. 16 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Spreckels Organ Pavilion, 2125 Pan American E. Rd., San Diego | Free | Mariachi Continental de San Diego headlines this evening’s outdoor concert in the heart of the landmark.
  • The Australian Pink Floyd Show | Wednesday, Aug. 16 | 7:30 p.m. | Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, 2241 Shelter Island Dr., San Diego | $67+ | The longtime Pink Floyd tribute band from Down Under rocks the waterfront venue.
  • Come On Barbie Let’s Go Party | Wednesday, Aug. 16 | 9-11 p.m. | Mavericks Beach Club, 860 Garnet Ave., San Diego | $10 | OK, Barbie fans, this one’s for you: Wear your finest pink outfit while DJ Allie spins dance hits — your ticket even includes pink face glitter.
Thursday, Aug. 17
  • Wotown Vintage Market | Thursday, Aug. 17 | 2-7:15 p.m. | Quartyard, 1301 Market St., San Diego | Free | Browse through thrifted threads and spruce up your wardrobe at this outdoor shopping shindig.
  • La Mesa Classic Car Show & Music Event | Thursday, Aug. 17 | 5-8 p.m. | 8393 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa | Free | Vroom, vroom: The community event returns, this time with Steal Dawn rockin’ the stage.
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News Notes
Today Is
  • The final day to vote in the District 4 Special Primary Election. A total of 14 vote centers are open today, 7 a.m.-8 p.m., as well as 29 ballot drop boxes. If no candidate receives a majority of the vote, there will be a runoff election on Tuesday, Nov. 7.
  • The Registrar of Voters has sent ~170,000 postcards to Chula Vista voters ahead of the Tuesday, Nov. 7, special election to fill the City Attorney seat. The elected official will serve the remainder of the current term through December 2026. Early mail-in voting begins Tuesday, Oct. 10.
  • La Jolla’s beloved Harry’s Coffee Shop has expanded to Del Mar, taking over the former sites of Americana Restaurant and Elixir Juice & Food. Harry’s Coffee Shop Del Mar is now open at Camino Del Mar; a Harry’s Taco Club will open on Labor Day weekend. (Eater San Diego)
  • San Diegans are finding many ways to donate to victims of the Maui wildfires. The Jewish Federation of San Diego is calling for donations to the Hawaii Wildlife Fund. Meanwhile, Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern has vowed to donate a portion from every Mai Tai sold to Maui relief efforts. (Times of San Diego)
San Diegan
  • The San Diego Humane Society has deployed a team to Maui to help with displaced animals in the aftermath of the devastating Lahaina wildfire. The team will assist with search and rescue efforts, animal care, and help shelter and transport animals. (ABC 10)
  • Local business Gone Whale Watching San Diego shared a drone video of an orca hunting a dolphin in what owner Domenic Biagini described as an “amazing game of cat-and-mouse.” The agile dolphin escaped unharmed; Biagini told ForTheWin Outdoors that hunting is a “vital teaching and bonding moment” for whale families. (ForTheWin Outdoors)
Try This
  • Wednesday, Aug. 16, is National Roller Coaster Day. Hop on the Giant Dipper at Belmont Park; the beachfront attraction is offering a one-day BOGO deal on its Ride & Play Pass. Or, take the Coaster Challenge and tackle every coaster at SeaWorld San Diego, offering $5 ride photos all day.
Plan Ahead
  • The hands-on LEGO expo Brick Fest Live is coming to the San Diego Convention Center Saturday, Aug. 26-Sunday, Aug. 27. The event includes life-size creations from all over the world, interactive build areas, and rare merch. Grab tickets and build your plans.
  • Score. Tacaliente Mexican Grill in Hillcrest is offering $3 deals amid the Padres’ long homestand through Wednesday, Aug. 23. The promo is good for three items — AleSmith .394 Pale Ale, Ballast Point Swingin’ Friar Ale, and crispy tacos — during home games only.
💫 A food fest written in the stars
SD Del Mar Wine and Food Festival
Del Mar is about to be the talk of the culinary town this September. | Photo via Del Mar Wine + Food Festival
A new local festival fueled by serious star power is launching soon: The Del Mar Wine + Food Festival (DMWFF), running Wednesday, Sept. 6-Monday, Sept. 11.

DMWFF is founded in partnership with San Diego Wave FC star Alex Morgan, NFL legend Drew Brees, and surfing icon Rob Machado. It’ll champion our region’s food scene with 20+ culinary experiences and top local chefs.

Highlights include:
  • The San Diego Wave FC Opening Night Celebration on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 6-9 p.m., at Monarch Ocean Club and the Del Mar Plaza.
  • The Dos Hombres Mezcal Dinner on Friday, Sept. 8, with “Breaking Bad” actors and business partners Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston.
  • The two-day Grand Tasting on Saturday, Sept. 9, and Sunday, Sept. 10, at Surf Sports Park featuring samples from celebrity chefs and 200+ wines, beers, and spirits.
Check out the event website for every morsel of info.
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I want to give one more shoutout to Joyride Bookshop, the cute independent bookstore in Barracks 15 at Liberty Station. The perfectly organized nook prominently featuring local authors was an absolute highlight — I bought “The Takeout” by San Diegan Tracy Badua for my third-grader and she hasn’t been able to put it down.
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