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Shop Local: Highlighting San Diego businesses

Support our local San Diego businesses by shopping locally.
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SAN DIEGO COUNTY, California — Small businesses across San Diego County need support more than ever during the pandemic. It is important to businesses across all industries that the community considers shopping local in San Diego.

We will be highlighting San Diego businesses on CBS 8 that would appreciate your support.

Gourmet Tamales

Gourmet Tamales in Oceanside has a lot more than just traditional tamales and they're all gluten free!

Esquina Vintage and Coffee

This coffee shop in National City celebrates low-rider culture and even sells classic car accessories and vintage items.

Diego's Farmers Market

Diego's Farmers Market in El Cajon is a family-owned market that sells fruit, meat, candy and other products from Mexico.

Mujeres Brew House

This brewery located in Barrio Logan features brews with Latino flavors. It's the only brewery in San Diego that's ran and funded by women.

Sand Sandals

Sand Sandals located in Barrio Logan has a variety of shoes for men and women, colorful dresses and various accessories.

Mujer Divina Burrito & Coffee House

The owner says the shop is inspired by influential women and aims to empower women -- a cup of coffee at a time.

Shop Local | Tj Tortas & Tacos

Tj Tortas & Tacos in Imperial Beach is known for their Tortas, but they also sell burritos and other Mexican food!

Kennedy's Meat Company

Kennedy's Meat Company is located in Escondido. Their first location opened in Imperial County back in 1972.

2 Limons

2 Limons is an online fashion boutique started by the 'Limon' sisters. They sell clothes, accessories and shoes.

Sweet Busy Bees Daycare and Preschool

At Sweet Busy Bees Daycare in Oceanside they say they're passionate about creating a safe and educational environment for kids, and making learning fun.

Angelica B Beauty

The skin studio located in North Park on Fern Street provides green beauty products.

Mexican Heart

Mexican Heart in Chula Vista sells artisan, handmade pet products from Mexico, including ponchos and dog collars.

Taupou Samoa Polynesian Dance

The Taupou Samoa Polynesian Dance is a dance school that was founded in San Diego 30 years ago. They perform throughout San Diego and also teach about Polynesian language and culture. 


This new concept ramen restaurant has 2 locations in San Diego and has roots in Japan.

Cynful Sweet Treats

This San Diego business serves up mochi donut holes made with sweet rice flour.

Postal Annex in Oceanside

Dori Harris has owned Postal Annex in Oceanside for 18 years and said customer service is her number one priority. 

MiAmor Weddings

This AAPI Shop Local piece features a military and female-owned wedding dress store specializing in custom gowns.

Weapon Ramen

This Shop Local segment features Weapon Ramen at Liberty Public Market. They specialize in bone broth and mushroom-based broth. They also have rice bowls with fresh fish. Weapon Ramen's has been at Liberty Station for five years. Right next door they're opening a new concept called White Rice, which will specialize in Filipino rice bowls.

Jhigs Hair Salon

This Shop Local segment features Jhigs Hair Studio in Mira Mesa. The studio's been around for more than 35 years. The owner, Julia, said she got her inspiration for the salon when she was in the Philippines. You can find Jhigs Hair Salon off the I-15 offramp onto Mira Mesa Boulevard and Scripps Ranch Boulevard.

Snow Pops San Diego

This Shop Local segment features AAPI owned, Snow Pops San Diego. It's a dessert spot in the heart of National City. They serve snowballs, shaved ice and ice pops decorated with tons of flavors. Baked goods are also coming soon to Snow Pops.

Farmstand 67 in Ramona

This AAPI owned business in Ramona is a place where you can find fresh and local produce, and water-wise plants.

Chamorrita Bonita Kreationz

In this AAPI Shop Local segment, we’re featuring Chamorrita Bonita Kreationz. They offer a range of items, created and customized to bring a taste of the island life to San Diego. You can find everything from clothes, to jewelry and flowers. They also have pop up shops at 'homestyle hawaiian' once a month.

PB Poke House

PB Poke House serves up Hawaiian-inspired poke right in Pacific Beach.

Fab and Glam

Fab and Glam by Aira is located in National City. The shop offers a range of beauty services from eyelash extensions to brows plus makeup and hair for weddings and other special occasions.

Takhrai Thai in Poway

This AAPI-owned eatery has been serving up Thai food for 23 years. 

JJ's Island Grindz in Bonita

This AAPI owned business specializes in food from Guam & Hawaii Islander style sushi.

Gabina's Cuisine

This AAPI owned business in Chula Vista features Filipino dishes and you can also find them at the South Bay Farmer's Market on Wednesday's. 

Lia's Lumpia Food Truck

Did someone say mac and cheese lumpia? This AAPI owned business can be seen all around San Diego serving up new twists on a classic.

Cross Street Chicken and Beer

This AAPI owned business features Korean fried chicken and craft beer. With two locations, one on Convoy Street and one in Carlsbad. 

Misce Goods

This AAPI owned business is an online retail space featuring LGBTQ+ and allied brands.  

Pet Zone Tropical Fish

This AAPI owned business has locations in Kearny Mesa, Mid-City and Liberty Station.

Dream Hair Design

The salon specializes in African American hair care but owner, Staysea Hodge, said all are welcome.

The Origin Hip Hop Academy

The owner, Darius Frye, said they are more than just a dance school.

Simply Put Designs

Simply Put Designs’ owner Felicia Smith says they provide designs for all occasions.

Sasy Wines

Sasy Wines, which stands for “strong and sexy” is located in Chula Vista. The women who created the company say they want their wines to inspire and encourage other women.

Hampton Adams

Hampton Adams sells athletic tape, but owner Seneca Hampton said their products are not just for athletes.

Sip Wine & Beer

Sip Wine & Beer, located in Escondido, highlights brands that are often overlooked.

The Write Juice Truck

The mobile smoothie truck travels around San Diego and the owner says their mission is to blend health back into the community.

Monarch Soap Company

The company specializes in organic, handmade soaps rich in natural glycerin and are plant-based and palm-oil free.

Felix’s BBQ with Soul

Felix's Barbecue with Soul is located in Oceanside. The owner Felix Berry says he is committed to hospitality and wants to bring southern charm to San Diego.

Rollin Roots

The food truck located in Kearny Mesa serves lots of creative plant-based dishes.

AC Plumbing Construction

AC Plumbing Construction is located in Carlsbad. The owner Armon Carter says his business can do it all.

Nomad Donuts

The popular spot in North Park serves gourmet donuts, bagels and coffee.

Sports Channel Media

The platform allows people to live stream or re-watch youth sports games.

Love Wedding Chapel in San Carlos

It's a small wedding chapel open in the backyard of entrepreneur Dawn Hendon.

Luxury Lounging SD

Luxury Lounging SD has specialty picnics for any occasion.

Meri Consulting Services

The CEO Meri Birhane helps book sales meetings for tech companies along with other important needs.

The Formula Skin Lab

It's a trendy skincare and beauty bar that specializes in relaxing facials, acne correction and ethnic skincare.

Lonely Floater

“Lonely Floater” sells clothes, accessories and athletic equipment.

Fivespace Shop

Fivespace Shop is a Black-owned record shop in North Park with a deep Hip Hop selection.

Mission Heights Chocolates

All of their chocolate is Couverture Fair Trade Premium chocolate.

Sew Forgiven

The owner Sabrina Thomas takes jeans and other fabrics and repurposes them into accessories like hats, bags and even masks.

Freshly Faded Barber Shop

Freshly Faded Barber Shop is a black-owned business located in North Park.

Lili Kouture

The boutique located in the College area sells African fashion for both men and women.

Chula Vista Brewery

Chula Vista Brewery is owned by Timothy Parker, a veteran who spent 20 years with the Navy.

Failed Race

"Failed Race" sells clothing on its website. The brand aims to spread knowledge and awareness by sparking a conversation on racial inequalities.

Nice Kid Apothecary

The shop located in Fallbrook offers unique gifts for all ages from nostalgic toys to clothes and tea.


Snoice serves up shaved snow and ice desserts with an assortment of boba teas in San Diego.

Southern California Comics

The shop in Kearny Mesa has been selling collectible comic books, graphic novels, and other art for 22 years now.

Record City in Hillcrest

Celebrating 25 years in business, Record City specializes in used and new Vinyl Records, CD’s and cassettes.  

Kiko + Sven

Kiko+Sven is in Normal Heights on Adams Avenue with gifts, jewelry, clothing, cards and more!

Di Torr

Di Torr in Hillcrest is an art and novelty store, selling all kinds of creations from local San Diego artists.

Bread and Cheese Eatery

Bread and Cheese Eatery in San Diego County specializes in gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. 

Dulcet Confections

Dulcet Confections is a home-based bakery whipping up custom desserts in San Diego County.

Coco & Boo Pet Concierge

Coco & Boo is a pet sitting and dog walking pet service company in north county San Diego offering a wide selection of services to ensure your pet will never be alone.

Local Niche

Local Niche is a store full of ONLY small artists and makers. You can find them at UTC and Mission Valley. If you're a small business owner, you can become a vendor at Local Niche. 

Jackie's Jams in El Cajon

Jackie’s Jams was started by Jackie in the early 2000s as a single stand at the Ocean Beach farmer’s market.

Ámame Desserts

This 100% vegan bakery based out of Chula Vista specializes in cakes, cookies and other sweet desserts for all special occasions.

Heather Broomhall Photography

Heather is a San Diego family photographer who loves sharing those moments that you will want to remember forever.

Branches and Blossoms

Branches & blossoms is a unique boutique located in Point Loma. 

Candy Me Up in La Mesa

"Candy always brings back certain memories." A candy store in Grossmont Center sells all types of candies in bulk.

Vocabulary Boutique

Find the perfect pieces to ARTICULATE YOUR STYLE at Vocabulary Boutique. Apparel and accessories for women & baby, and delights for the home and office.

PB Water Store

PB Water store has been providing purified drinking water and alkaline water to the community for 15 years now.

Dogtopia in Miramar

Dogtopia of Miramar is a dog owners’ one-stop-shop for daycare, boarding, spa services and more.

Tin Marin Handbags

Based in San Diego and founded in 2018, this small business makes artisan handbags and accessories to support Latin American creatives.

Celtic Corner Scottish Treasures 

Celtic Corner is a family-owned business in Coronado. They offer a full line of kilts & accessories plus unique gifts imported from the UK and Ireland.

Make Me Yours Toys

Make Me Your Toys is a new toy store and maker studio located in San Diego. They make and sell toys that delight children, divert them from screens, and do not harm the environment.

Ogleby Sisters Soap in Pacific Beach

Ogleby cares about your health. In fact, that’s why they exist – to support you in achieving your healthy living goals.

Chycas Boutique

Chycas Boutique offers the latest in fashion for the active modern woman. Women interested in special styles for unique occasions can visit their shop in Chula Vista.

Butch Wax Vintage

Butch Wax Vintage is a home-run vintage clothing online boutique based in San Diego, CA. They specialize in vintage styles for men and women from the 1930s to the 1980s. “Quality is key, and quality is what you get.”

The Dailey Method

 The Dailey Method’s explosive combination of body toning exercises samples the best aspects of diverse disciplines such as dance, yoga, kinesiology, and pilates to create the world’s most efficient and effective full-body workout.

OB Surf and Skate Shop

OB Surf and Skate Shop is located in the heart of Ocean Beach and is only two blocks from the beach. It is a one-stop-shop for rentals, souvenirs, surf and skate lessons.

Luna Video Games

Luna Video Games has been San Diego's local video game store since 2003. They sell everything retro & new in console video games. They also restore the consoles that they sell and offer a 90-day warranty on any system that you purchase. There is a huge selection of retro video games for tons of different consoles.

They are located in San Diego by SDSU and in Chula Vista.