On the second Saturday of every month in San Diego, Ray Street in North Park transforms as local artists fill the streets and galleries open their doors to visitors for the evening. It’s a night that unites locally and nationally known artists with the San Diego community at large. It all began in 2001 under the watchful eye of Gustaf Rooth, an artist working on Ray Street at the time.
Taylor Guitars are played by an impressive list of musicians—Zac Brown, Taylor Swift, Jazon Mraz, and a Warby Parker office favorite, Hall and Oats. The company, established in 1974, is based in the San Diego area and we were lucky to receive a one-on-one tour of the production space.
We're not up to par with those musicians, but we did have the chance to play a few chords while we were there!
We wouldn't go so far to call ourselves coffee snobs, but we know a good cup. Even so, we often dodge pour-over shops when we're on the go—we appreciate the art of it, but if we're in a pinch (as we often are), we'll be stuck in line tapping our toes.
Roast Coast, San Diego's first mobile pour-over coffee bar, keeps things simple with a small selection of locally roasted coffee. Plus, they serve "cafe con horchata," an amazing blend of their fresh brewed coffee mixed with slightly sweet non-dairy horchata. Served over ice, it's the perfect drink to grab and go on a hot afternoon!
There are surf shops by the dozen in San Diego, but only one that allows you to walk out with an item entirely your own—a custom-shaped surfboard that you've crafted, ready to hit the water. A bit off the beaten path and away from the beach, Shaper Studios is a hidden gem.
Professional surfers, amateurs and world-famous musicians alike (we mean Foster the People) are welcome here to give shaping a go. Private or buddy lessons help you get started, and after one full shaping session in their space, you'll be ready to return and create another board without much assistance. (more...)
Never sampled frozen custard? We hadn't either until the Yeti Frozen Custard truck rolled up at the Common Good Market last weekend. Developed by Andy Ramos, the creamy sweet treat handed down to you from the window is truly addictive.
We visited in the morning for a "naked yeti" without any sort of topping, and returned for a second helping covered in caramel sauce and chocolate chips later in the afternoon. (more...)
Last week we made a last minute trip to the San Diego Museum of Art for their monthly Culture and Cocktails party. The illuminated museum building within Balboa Park certainly helped us get a couple of postcard-worthy photos of the bus.
We have just a few days left in San Diego before we head to Los Angeles! The Class Trip bus is parked in Little Italy through Sunday, and we have a couple of additional things planned over the next couple of days.
On Friday, the bus will be closing at 4pm to head to Aloha Sunday for a happy hour event from 5-8pm. We'll be there to kick off the weekend with drinks and a DJ! We're closing at 5pm on Saturday so we can move to Ray St. and University for the Ray at Night art walk. The bus will be open there from 6-9pm!
We're always searching for new things to brighten up our shelves outside of the bus. We've used apples, pine cones and books as decoration alongside our frames, which are used for taking shots in the MagBooth photo booth.
After borrowing a few plants from Pigment this weekend, we decided we needed to make a trip back to the shop to pick out selection to be a permanent addition to the shelves. (more...)
Pigment in San Diego is the kind of shop that encourages you to cozy up and stay for a couple of hours. The entranceway feels much like a living room, with a couch piled with pillows, coffee table stacked with design and food books and shelves nearby filled with even more reading material.
Seeking surf-inspired goods in California? Look no further than Aloha Sunday, a small and inviting shop in San Diego's popular North Park neighborhood.
As a group of kids traveling west from New York, our suitcases are seriously lacking some beach essentials: trunks and swimsuits, printed tees, canvas totes and surf wax. Luckily the owners, Kahana Kalama and Billy Wickens, met with us to help us begin to fill the void.