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San Diego is a city that values the handcrafted. There’s something special about buying a product that you know was made specially, not for the masses. The love for locals and handmade items has resulted in a flood of farmers markets, breweries, and craft fairs around the city. Pigment, an adorable little shop in North Park, has embodied the love by providing San Diego with local, organic, and homegrown items.
The attention of people passing by is caught by the large windows and obvious entrances. They have a lot of product on display, and it’s perfect for creating interest.
Inside the roomy and high ceilinged space is an almost overwhelming display of colors, patterns, and quality. Though the prices tend to run a little on the high side, customers know they’re going to get what they pay for. The items they sell are an array of practicality and appeal and they sell to men, women, and children.
The store seems to be primarily aimed toward and women and will be particularly attractive to the creative woman. There are sections with craft items like ribbon, paper tape, and notebooks as well as a station to create your own hanging glass succulent garden. There’s beautiful handcrafted jewelry, all natural facial products, and soy wax candles.
For men, there are quality leather items including wallets, belts, and bags, as well as products for a healthy beard.
The children section has stimulating and appealing books, handmade apparel, and simple, fun crafts like ceramic animals that need painting. Their items combine fun with education – a balance that is hard to strike.
All of this plus the quality kitchen products, hand drawn cards, and seasonal decorations and ornaments (featuring glitter, foxes, and faux fur) make Pigment a perfect place for gift shopping. These aren’t items from a department store, so whether you want to put some work into it, or you’d prefer someone else do it for you, the items in the store will be well made and well cared for.
Pigment holds events and DIY classes in store so be sure to follow them on Instagram for updates. If you aren’t able to stop by, their website is a great option.
By Dani Skeen @daniskeen