Villainous Lair comics is good at being bad. Sexy supervillains lure you in from the street hand-painted by co-owner Sara Swieca. Once inside Sara or co-owner, Chris Mitchell, are quick to greet you and welcome you to their lair. You don??t have to buy anything. There are always some people around playing a CCG (Collectable card game) such as Magic, Pokemon or YuGiOh . Epic Nerd conversations are welcome, challenge their geek lore. Both of the owners have years of experience in the business and a lifetime in the community and have fostered an atmosphere that is neither home nor work, but a place to hang out.
Peruse their extensive subscription news rack for the latest issues, dig through their boxes and boxes of back issues or check out their graphic novels. Local artists are welcome to display their work or offer it on a consignment basis. Toys and merchandise are available including Comic Con exclusives. Don??t even think about buying the life-size Yoda. Sara has had it since she was a child, and it was cast from the original mold.
Community is more than a word to the villains here. They are fundraising for baby Leia, a local child stricken with an expensive but curable illness. They have a program for soldiers where if you pay for or donate comics they pay for the shipping overseas for these and other care packages. They also work with Wounded Warrior and Toys for Tots as well as other programs.
There are free movie screenings, panels, parties, workshops (for things like zombie makeup on a budget), and soon: CCG tournaments.
If they don??t seem that evil for villains you may be right. But if you suddenly don??t feel so well after a visit, you may have to come back for another dose of antidote.
The best places to shop are stores that have the best experience and knowledge behind the product you are purchasing. If you are searching for surfboards or skateboards, Carlsbad Pipelines is your one stop shop for great products. Having been around for 27 years, Witt Rowlett and his staff have brought the Carlsbad and neighboring communities top of the line surf/skate products. They value themselves on their outstanding personalized customer service because it is their top priority.
Carlsbad Pipelines carries surfboards, surfboard accessories (leashes, wax, wetsuits, boots, fins) skate/longboards and skate accessories (decks, wheels grip tape, trucks, bearings), and they have a wide selection of clothing apparel. Shirts, shorts, jackets, sweaters, hats, shoes, watches and sunglasses are here as well for the entire family of all ages. Major brand names sold at Carlsbad Pipelines are Xcel, O??Neill wetsuits, Sharp Eye, Lost and Hank Warner surfboards, Gravity and Sector 9 skateboards, DaKine, Reef and Rusty, Lost, Hurley clothes. There are Reef and Sanuk shoes too which are perfect for the beach down the street. The major sunglasses brand carried is Arnette Hoven, both for men and women.
You can rent surfboards and wetsuits at this shop for a great price! Another cool feature about Witt??s shop is that there??s a tide calendar and surf report on the front of the door so you surfers can check out when it??s best to hit the waves. They also assemble and tune-up skateboards at the shop and put together the parts you have purchased.
Service is very personal and the staff tends your needs so that you can be a very satisfied customer. They have the most knowledge of surfing and give the best help to customers! Check out Carlsbad Pipelines for all your surfing necessities!
With 9 stylists and over 50 years of combined experience, Lynnel??s Hair Design is one of the top shops in the Point Loma area. You can get the typical cut and color, or custom styles for both men and women. Besides the typical haircut, you can get a Brazilian Blowout here. Extentions and other highly labor intensive treatments and styling are also available. If you??re a guy and want something a little out of the norm, custom hair carving is an option. Once a year, this shop participates in the Ronald McDonald Cut a Thon, where all proceeds from hair cuts and color, go directly to the Ronald McDonald Foundation, helping children and families in need. Student discounts are also offered, as well as a Military discount. With that type of community involvement, there??s no question where my next haircut will be.
Not many small business owners can say ??My business is my Art,? but Lisa Davis sure can. Located right off Adams Ave. for 15 years, Lisa's upholstery shop is a work of art in itself. With a background in fine arts and years of experience, she designs her own upholstery, manufactures frames, and does custom furniture upon request. It was really nice to walk through her shop and see countless books of fabric, furniture and equipment knowing all her work is done under one roof. This shop specializes in antique and modern furniture, so everyone is welcome to stop by with any upholstery needs.
Lisa's business has received repeat notoriety from San Diego Home & Garden Magazine. You can find her work on the cover of the October 2010 issue, which featured a ??Reuse? line of furniture. There's one thing about this upholstery shop you might not find anywhere else, they specialize in pattern matching. Whether it be chairs, pillows, couches, etc., they will match patterns throughout the entire piece of furniture. Lisa has an extensive art background which also separates this shop from the rest. She describes her work as ??Functional Sculpture? and I have to say this is an understatement.
Do you have a wooden chair that needs a good fixing so that you can sit in it again? Maybe the chair needs a caning job so that you can lean back and not worry about it ripping? This place specializes in many repairs so that you can have that piece of furniture back to working condition. Neal has worked on different antiques and can fix everything that comes to his shop. In 22 years?? time, you can guarantee that he has a lot of experience fixing things. He even repaired/restored one of the original carousel horses from Coney Island! Another antique he has repaired is this old German music box. When it was repaired it was back to functioning and producing sweet sounds for whichever room it was in!
Neal can repair and refurbish just about anything that goes into his shop. Whether it be metal or wood he will do his best to work on it. He never knows what will come into his shop so give him a challenge and see what he can do! He mainly fixes chairs, paintings, guitars, pianos, seats but they aren??t ordinary items. These items are usually antiques, family heirlooms that date back from the late 1800s! Neal may do repairs but he values the caning/wickering service to be his best service. There are no other restoration shops in Carlsbad that offers this service. Other furniture repair shops usually send those items in need of a caning/wickering to Neal.
Byrnes Company also does custom made furniture. Guests can come to Neal with their design in mind and he will create it in his shop. He showed me some of his finished works and I have got to say that they are priceless interior items!
It's nice to see local businesses that can survive the rise of corporate behemoths. Aero Mail has been shipping packages before competitors like 'MailBoxes Etc' were in diapers. They attribute this success to a super friendly staff who get to know their customers personally.
One customer had said "They recycle their boxes, meaning they'll let you use boxes people who receive packages there left behind/donated." By understanding their customers needs and challenges, they help save time and money with on-site notary public and private mailbox rentals, copy services and office supplies.
With increased airport security, check-in lines can take a lot of time and hit you with extra fees for anything that is not a carry-on. Aero Mail could help reduce that cost by shipping luggage before your trip and avoid airline fees. They ship USPS, UPS and FedEx.
This place has been making sandwiches in Point Loma for over 30 years. Nellie??s Deli is a full service deli that specialize in all types, therefore making all the delicious stuff everyone likes. Offering hot and cold sandwiches, that are freshly made right in front of you. If you??re trying to slim down for spring time, they also offer low carb wraps.
Voted number 5 in San Diego for having the best deviled eggs, this mom and pop style deli really has a lot to offer. Many celebrities have stopped in, to try the delicious menu of Nellie's. If you??re having a big event, or want to have a meeting over lunch, Nellie??s offers catering for all occasions.
There are tanning salons, and then there??s Tanline, a North Park tanning haven featuring top of the line facilities and equipment, a full array of tanning services, and the kind of customized service that you just won??t get at the chain places. Tanline offers five levels of tanning beds, as well as stand-up booths, depending on the customer??s needs and preferences. They also offer self-operated spray-tanning services, as well as airbrush tanning, which is performed by the salon??s specialists, who will create a custom tanning solution just to suit your skin type. Tanline even has a leg tanning unit, if you just want to focus on the lower body.
All tanning services are based on a close consultation with Tanline??s Smart Tan certified employees, who are trained to take note of a customer??s skin type and condition, and who cater their services to how tan a customer wants to get, and what their skin can handle. The high level of personal service shows in how carefully the tanning specialists monitor time spent in the beds, so that all the customer needs to do is relax. As an added perk, Tanline will store your tanning lotion on site free of charge, so that you??ll never forget it at home. And if you don??t have any lotion, Tanline offers a full line of top-quality tanning products, from their popular ??cheap ass lotion? to the most sophisticated skin care lotions.
For over 32 years, Bob's Gem Shop, located north of Downtown Escondido, has been offering what few jewelry stores offer these days: good customer service. Now owned and run by Wayne Bray and his family, I got to experience a TRUE ??mom and pop? store.
At Bob's Gem Shop, they understand the difference between good and great customer service. With customers ranging from 20 years old to 99 years old, they cater to every individual's needs and differences. They also understand that when they take in a piece of jewelry to be created, repaired or redesigned there's got to be a certain trust level there. Ernesto Pi?a has been the master jeweler at Bob's for 32 years. He's been creating and repairing jewelry for 60 years, and all of his work is so beautiful and detailed that it doesn't stay on display for very long before someone comes and buys it.
Services include jewelry and watch repairs, appraisals. They buy all metals, custom design jewelry. They have new, wholesale and estate sale diamonds. They'll even clean your jewelry for free.
There's also a very casual and real vibe in the store that you don't find in many other jewelry stores. Nothing is intimidating.
Gleaming gold, sparkly silver, and radiant rubies, San Diego is full of little gems, especially so in this little shop in the heart of the city of La Mesa. Golden Artistry Jewlery Design is a small shop founded by Terry Whyte, a man who loves what he does and shows in his work. A master goldsmith, Terry designs, manufactures, and sells custom jewelry that are each their own one of a kind piece. The long time surfer previously lived in Honolulu before moving to San Diego, every piece Terry crafts has a name inspired by his oceanic muse.
Over time Terry has perfected his own formula for white gold, in conjunction with gems cut himself, he produces some of the most unique and carefully crafted pieces in San Diego. Part of Terry's motivation that has kept his business running for over twenty seven years is his absolutely adoration for what he does and the fact that he already passes on his skills and experiences to our youth. Terry has several students who come to the shop and learn how to make jewelry, be creative, and understand how a business works. The time students spend at the shop can be used as credits toward their education, but the real experience and knowledge that Terry teaches may prove to be even more precious toward their futures.
Terry's wave of inspiration continues as he already has a set of ocean inspired wedding bands planned for the future. So if you ever wanted to have a piece of jewelry that absolutely will be one of a kind, the next you are in the city of La Mesa, give Golden Artistry Jewelry Design a visit. Aloha!