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_ William Morris
, 19th century craftsman, designer, writer

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Neighborhood: Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach

Cedros Avenue Design District is a two-and-a-half block treasure hunt of art, style and design in the tiny town of Solana Beach, California. The eclectic collection of shops, galleries and cafes is defined by a signature row of boutique-filled quonset huts that once housed industrial manufacturing.

Today, the renovated steel buildings and mid-century modern structures provide an edgy, modern home to more than 85 shops, architects, builders, and interior decorators.

The merchandise ranges from inexpensive kitsch to vintage collectible, modern and high-end contemporary design.

Several shopping venues offer a collective of different boutiques all under one roof, which means you may end up lingering longer than expected. At least I did! Time got away from us as we leisurely wandered from shop to shop -not to mention lunch at the Zinc Cafe & Market (do go!). Before we knew it, it was time to head home and there was still so much left to see. 

I was told there's a note-worthy farmer's market on the avenue every Sunday from 1-5pm. Sounds like a plan!

First place we stopped!

Zinc Cafe & Market
Baked Mac & Cheese!

Belly Up Tavern: Music on the Ave.
Building 143: A collaborative of shops.

Muttropolis For Pets!

Cool:Aluminum Adirondack chairs!
Solo! Look for post on this to come...

Inside/Outside shopping.
Quonset huts line the street.
Leaping Lotus: A two-story treasure hunt!

So much window shopping & so little time! We'll be back...
20 Miles North of San Diego and accessible by Amtrak train or Coaster. For more information check out: www.cedrosavenue.com.

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