Ocean Beach Shopping Tips by lmkluque

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OB People's Organic Foods Market!: Shop For A Picnic On The Beach!

This, the quintessential example of business in OB, was originally a worker's collective. The Ocean Beach People's Organic Foods Market offers retail space of 6,000 square feet, and has 7,000 merchants/members! Since their beginning in 1971 it has grown and is the major grocery market in OB.

The focus of this market is Organic produce, groceries, including bulk food, herbs and dairy. They sell vitamins, homeopathics, aromatherapy products and cruelty-free body care items.

Also, this is a vegetarian/vegan haven complete with hot and cold deli items ready to pack-up for a picnic on the beach or a meal to take back to your hotel room.


What to buy: Buy what ever appeals to you. At least go in for a look at the place, it's pretty interesting and definitely adds to the atmosphere of OB! Can you imagine a Vegan cake? No dairy at all, they will make one for you!!

What to pay: A bit more than any major grocery chain. Well, since everything is organic you'd probably pay about the same.

Address: 54765 Voltaire Street

Phone: (619) 224-1387

Theme: Food and Drink

Website: http://obpeoplesfood.coop/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 20, 2013
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The Greenroom!!: What Is The Greenroom?

What is the "Greenroom?" It is surfer-speak for the experience of surfing within the tube of a wave. Totally surrounded by the green ocean water, still on the board surfing. It is a rare and profound experience for any surfer who has accomplished the feat.

However, the Greenroom of this tip, is a surfer's supply shop. It is located across the street from the beach, so very convenient. Not only do they sell things, they also rent beach supplies. Stop in for a look to get the complete California Beach Experience as the name of the shop implies.


What to buy: Surffing related items, souviners and other beach necessities.

What to pay: Rentals are about average. Other items may be more expensive than you'd pay else where, but many things are unique to surfing and can't be gotten at any of the discount stores, in this case the prices marked are to be expected.

Address: 1963 Abbott Street

Directions: Located just across the street from the beach.

Phone: (619) 226-1311

Theme: Sporting Goods

Website: http://www.pavelsurfboards.com/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 20, 2013
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Hemp Clothes!!: Not Just String & Twine

Hemp (h┬Ámp) n. 1. Cannabis. 2. The tough, coarse fiber of the cannabis plant, used to make cordage. 3.a. Any of various plants similar to cannabis, especially one yielding a similar fiber. b. The fiber of such a plant.

That is the definition of "hemp." It is not surprising that in OB there is enough hemp to make string, twine, shoes or even clothes from the left over plant. If this doesn't bring back past memories, then you are pretty young or pretty old.

This tip could have gone into the "Local Customs" section, but I thought shoppers might like to know that they can "special-order" things too. This craft has basically died out so any item would be unique. Actually, it would be the quintessential souviner from OB.


What to buy: What ever you'd like made out of hemp.

What to pay: I haven't a clue what the cost would be. My thought is that it shouldn't be too expensive as OBceans are not usually materialistic.

Phone: (619) 606-4334

Theme: Local Craft

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 14, 2012
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Vishions: Interested in Smoking What?

Something that is not usually seen in a prominent location in California these days, is a SMOKE shop! Californians have pushed cigarette smoking so far out that there are few places one can have a cigarette in public legally any longer.

Wow! Here we find, on the famed Newport Avenue a Smoke shop! Well, not only one but two, which is strange as most OBceans do not advocate cigarette smoking. Hummm? Looking closer, a row of hookahs can be seen, this is not the section of town with a large Middle-Eastern community. Oh, yes. These shops were once known as "head-shops."


What to buy: Anything that suits your fancy.

What to pay: About $4.00 to $5.00 for a pack of regular cigarettes. The price of the paraphernalia? I haven't a clue.

Address: 5038 Newport Avenue

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Phone: (619) 223-5008

Theme: Other

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 14, 2012
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The Black!: Eclectic Gift Shop And More!!

The Black is another throw-back from the sixties but offering more up to date things for the younger set. Walking into this store brings back the chaotic feeling one would get in the sixties. Every space is taken up by something odd, unique or nostalgic. Clothes, signs, and all kinds of odds & ends can be found here. The problem is that to find just the right gift, and you most likely would be able to, it will take up much of your time.

To complete the inventory, just next door is, "The Black Bead!" Do you remember the beautiful beads hanging in the door way? Here you can buy all the beads needed.

In any case, stop in at The Black, they are very friendly and you can at least have an interesting conversation.


What to buy: What ever trips your trigger.

What to pay: Something is in everyones price range.

Address: 5017 Newport Avenue

Phone: (619) 222-5498

Theme: Gifts

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 14, 2012
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Electric Chair!: Do Something Different With Your Hair!

With a name like, "The Electric Chair," you know that you can get an interesting "do" at this place. There is also an art gallery called Primitive Kool inside the shop.

I haven't been here myself, but thought you might like to know that it exists. If you're thinking of getting your hair done during your trip, stop in here. You will have the opportunity of really changing your "look." Of course, you needn't be afraid, they will do for you what ever you want, even if it is conservative.

They offer a full selection of services and if you are coming from out of town you can e-mail them for an appointment during your visit.
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What to buy: Beauty products and services.

What to pay: Hair cuts for children $15.00, for men $30.00, for women $40.00. Check their website for the price of other services.

Address: 4944-A Newport Avenue

Other Contact: electricchair@sbcglobal.net

Phone: (619) 223-1112

Theme: Local Craft

Website: http://www.electricchairsalon.com/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 14, 2012
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Entrance To Sunshine Daydreams - Ocean Beach

Entrance To Sunshine Daydreams

Sunshine Daydreams!: More Eclectic Gifts!

Just the name of this place brings back old memories.

This is a clothing shop with an added element and I couldn't resist adding it because it indicates more of the OB state of mind. Besides clothing you will find here, hats, tapestries and more hemp products!

So, if you don't have the time or opportunity of calling that number posted at the Co-op bulliten board, just drop in at Sunshine Daydreams and check out their inventory.


What to buy: Something "California Summer."

What to pay: Expect to pay more than at a discount store.

Address: 4979 Newport Avenue

Phone: (619) 225-0708

Theme: Gifts

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 14, 2012
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Cottage Antiques - Ocean Beach

Cottage Antiques

Not One Shop, Many!: Antiques / Collectibles

OB has many antique shops and you could spend a week without seeing everything offered in all the stores. If sitting out in the hot sun all day while the family plays in the Ocean does not sound appealing, just walk down Newport Avenue and stop in one or all the antique stores.

Two to choose from if time is limited, but by no means are these the only choice.

Cottage Antiques

This is the nicest--IMO--shop and the best to browse if your time is very limited. They have an ever changing inventory and some really beautiful pieces.

Newport Avenue Antique Center & Coffee House
4864 Newport Avenue
222-8686

Newport Ave. Center takes more time because it is a collection of individual shops housed inside the huge building. It is harder to find anything specific, but fun trying. Just time consuming.


What to buy: Clothes furniture, old fashion dollhouse kits, collectibles or even a replacement for a part that has been broken.

Address: 4896 Newport Avenue

Phone: (619) 222-1967

Theme: Antiques

Website: http://cottageantiques.biz/local.htm

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 14, 2012
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OB Pier Bait & Tackle!!: Need Fishing Supplies?

The "Bait & Tackle" shop on the OB Pier offers almost every thing needed to fish from the pier. There are locals who come to the pier daily to fish. They carry wheeled carts of many sorts to haul their supplies down the long--nearly a mile of railing space--pier. However, for those who are visiting, and would like to give it a try, stop at the Bait & Tackle to rent a pole and get the bait. They say live bait is best and anywhere along this T-shaped pier it is legal to fish without a license.

You can also get all the info you need at this shop.Don't worry if you are a newbie, they love fishing and are happy to share knowledge on the subject. One of the finest fishing areas around are the Point Loma kelp beds and this pier reaches them. There are smaller and larger fish to catch, want a barracuda, yellowtail or a giant black sea bass? No guarentee, but possible. Halibut is most probable from spring time on.

If you decide to give fishing a try, remember to keep your live fish bait covered or the sea gulls will swoop down and steal it from you!

The OB Pier Cafe is located next to the Bait and Tackle and on the other side are the restrooms for you convenience.

Now the Pier is closed from 2 am to 4 pm.


What to buy: Anything needed for fishing.

What to pay: More than you would at a place like Wal-Mart or Target, though more expensive too..

Address: 5091 Niagara Avenue

Phone: (619) 226-3474

Theme: Sporting Goods

Website: http://www.sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 14, 2012
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