Mission Valley Stories

2013 Street Style Round-Up

The good, the ho-hum, and the ugly

Fashion was all over the map in 2013. I like to think of it as the year of individual style. We saw a lot of camo-inspired gear — combat boots and military jackets. There was ...

ProSound: unplugged

“Carlos Santana picked up an unplugged electric guitar I had here in the office and he played three notes.” Michael Krewitsky sits in what used to be the mixing studio at ProSound in Mission Valley, ...

Protesters post at entry to Serra Mesa Walmart

Pro-union and former Occupy demonstrators set up in front of store

Gray skies and scattered rain failed to deter hordes of shoppers from descending on area retailers on Black Friday (or, in a phenomenon the media has dubbed "Gray Thursday," from shopping on Thanksgiving night as ...

Three pairs of lust-worthy fall boots

When fall rolls around, most Americans look forward to crackling fires, hot cocoa, and the changing leaves. There’s not a whole lot of that going on here in San Diego. But the fashionistas among us ...

Lowe Enterprises seeks to develop Mission Valley's Town and Country hotel

Flagship hotel of San Diego GOP kingpin may be on the block

Mission Valley's Town and Country hotel, deeply intertwined with the city's long and controversial history of big-money influence and development, may be preparing for a historic change. Built in the 1950s by the late Charlie ...

Power failures at Mission Valley YMCA

Saturday swimmers and b-ballers interrupted

As a precaution, dozens of kids and their parents and coaches were evacuated from the Mission Valley YMCA at around 1:15 Saturday afternoon, October 19, when the electrical power remaining from an earlier partial black-out ...

Kwaay Paay Peak, Mission Trails Regional Park

Get a good workout and avoid the crowd on Cowles Mountain

Kwaay Paay Peak is a good alternative to Cowles Mountain for anyone who wants a good climbing hike without a crowd. It is the fourth highest peak in Mission Trails Regional Park, at an elevation ...

We did it guerrilla style

We launched our brand on Instagram

Can’t tell the young guys from Stone Brewing, Saint Archer Brewing, or Rowlberto Productions a thing about entrepreneurialism. All have employed innovative ways of reaching their business goals.

Mission Trails, Visitor Center Loop

The nation’s largest urban natural park, right off I-8

Encounter several natural habitats and an Indian acorn-grinding area on this short trail.

The Second Empress, by Michelle Moran

There be dragons and chick-lit.

What are you reading now? “I’m one of those people who reads seven books at a time. I’ll read things from different genres. I’ll think, I need to feel good. I need a good romance ...

Mission Trails, Oak Grove Loops

Discover a Kumeyaay dwelling nestled in a shady oak grove.

The highlights of this short hike include the transition from grasslands and coastal sage scrub habitats to small shaded oak woodland with majestic coast live oaks and rare Engelmann oaks found along a stream where ...

Modern Punk

This fall, punk is back with a vengeance. During New York Fashion Week, designers like Jean Paul Gaultier, Versace, and Diesel Black Gold took a Vivienne Westwood inspired detour. They bypassed prim and proper, opting ...

Here comes the Thing

MxPx front man Mike Herrera and Sonic Youth front woman Kim Gordon, rock-star headliners of this weekend’s San Diego Music Thing.

Beer of the Week: Oggi's Barrel-Aged McGarvey's Scottish Ale

Local brewery chain upping the craftiness with foray into barrel aging

It’s hard to remember back to the earliest days of my craft beer journey with as much clarity as I’d like (must be all the beer), but if memory serves, my first draft hefeweizen and ...

Endlesss Summer

She’s annoyed by crop-tops...and she loves kimonos.

I always forget how hot San Diego Septembers are. When I am looking forward to the fall and pulling my boots and tights out of storage, I find it nearly impossible not to get cranky ...

Bird’s eye view of KGB Sky Show

Will this building be available next year?

Shortly after 9:00 pm on Saturday, August 31, KGB radio (101.5 FM) hosted its 38th annual Sky Show at Qualcomm Stadium following the SDSU Aztecs season opener vs. Eastern Illinois. I did not have a ...

Denim Signatures

Fashion Valley Mall Rats

At Fashion Valley Mall, I ran into three women with their own unique take on denim. Twenty-six-year-old Missy Harper used denim as a subtle backdrop for her jewelry and leather ankle boots. Harper works at ...

Caffeine Club and the Patter of Tiny Royal Feet

A Brit ex-pat marvels at American ways, especially when at Starbucks.

It's in the details

My friend Heather is an accessory junkie. She has a habit of wearing basic maxi dresses with gorgeous jewelry. She always looks polished. Meanwhile, whenever I wear accessories I feel like I am wearing a ...

Madewell opens at Fashion Valley Mall

Fashion Valley Mall opened a Madewell on Tuesday May 7th. I was beside myself with anticipation. I finally got the chance to drop in this afternoon. I am pleased to see so many great stores ...

Steampunks swoon at Gaslight Gathering in Mission Valley

An interview with Lithobius Quick

Over 1000 people of all ages donned Victorian fashion mixed with sci-fi gadgetry and converged at the Town & Country hotel during the May 3–5 third-annual Gaslight Gathering steampunk convention. Attendees were welcome to participate ...

We spend every dime on our costumes

Some don't do it for the money.

Interviews with women of the San Diego burlesque scene/business.

Mission Valley’s fiberglass go-go girl

Heymatt: Back in the ’60’s, ’70s, there was a big statue of a go-go girl on a sign in Mission Valley/Grantville that was visible from the 8. I seem to remember that she was all ...

Jam for Jesus

Eastlake Church currently occupies Junior Seau’s former restaurant in Mission Valley.

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