The Gaslamp can get busy at night and parking can be difficult to find, but it is definitely worth it.
Park your car at one of the structures and then meander around with a friend or two for a little shopping, maybe dinner, a drink at a bar, or a dessert at Ghiradeli's. The two story Border's is a great place to buy new books, and you can always take a walk down to the waterfront and check out Urban Trees.
Don't forget to check out the Modern Art Museum and to catch a trolley ride.
This is just another CostCo, but wow! the food is good when you're shopping and you need a break.
They always seem to be well-stocked and the prices are wonderful, perfect for those trying to save money. The location is perfect - near IKEA, Starbuck's and the library, so you can always get what you need in one trip.
AS far as Sam's Clubs go, this one is fairly normal. It's very large and there's always parking.
The only downside with this particular branch is it's out of the way location. The first time I tried to get there I got confused by the directions.
It's just like any other Vons, really: clean, friendly staff, lots of parking. Occasionally the produce isn't very good, but overall it's okay.
The desserts are very delicious. The only downside to this place is that it is crowded and, like all places downtown and worth going to in SD, parking is hard to find sometimes.
Food and tea are a bit pricey, but make sure you try the Jasmine tea- it's worth it.