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By: bustersd10
Jewel On 5th
How many goldsmiths are practicing their craft in San Diego? The answer: not a lot, let alone master goldsmiths who have 50 years of combined experience under their belt. That is why Jewels on 5th is such a treasure to behold. Owner Julie Harris and Emmanuel Himmelberger have been working with gold for the last three decades. It has only been recently that the partners set up shop in Hillcrest’s business complex (the one with the movie theatres on 5th Avenue). Not only does Jewels on 5th specialize in making custom men and women’s jewelry, but they have also converted their small space into a repair station and art gallery, with painting by local artists adorning their walls. Jewels on 5th presents its wares proudly under handcrafted glass display cases, including the gold necklace that won Himmelberger his ninth best in show award at the Del Mar Fair in 2010. As some of the last goldsmiths to be working in San Diego, Harris and Himmelberger have let their imaginations loose when it comes to fashioning custom rings, necklaces, and cuff links. Name the design and they will create a masterpiece based on your needs and accompanied by their spark of creativity. Often the pair can make a customized ring in 2-3 days and have a number of pieces that are $100 or less. Jewels on 5th might be new to the neighborhood yet the store fits right in with the elegance and originality reflected in the work. When you want to give your loved ones a truly original gift made with gold or have a one-of-a-kind ring when you pop the big question, Jewels on 5th is the one place to rule above all others.
By: yourmagazineusa
Uncle Biff's-Hillcrest Store
“Best cookie on earth,” says “Uncle” Biff Ledgerwood when asked to describe his product. All the employees nod their heads in agreement and add that the cookies are made from only the best ingredients, too. This is no lie. For the past twenty years Uncle Biff and his cookie crew have been supplying Hillcrest and Pacific Beach with some of the tasty treats in San Diego. Chocolate chip, with or without nuts, is a classic choice, but the Original Killer Cookie and the variety of peanut flavored cookies are what really make you drool. The shop is simple and to the point: you walk in, you see the rows of freshly baked cookies in front of you, and you walk out happy with a few boxes in your hands. While the cookies are usually warm and soft, the service at Uncle Biff’s comes with a dry sense humor. Biff and his employees like to joke around with each other, as well as their clientele, so do not start eating your dessert until you have vacated the premises (it could be a choking hazard). Typically there are no major sales or discounts on cookies, but Uncle Biff’s does off a standard “buy one dozen cookies, get two free” deal. The neon sign that hangs in the store window reads: KILLER COOKIES because of the fact that once you eat them, you will feel like you died and went to cookie heaven. Make sure that the next you’re your sweet tooth is acting up to kill it with this sweet cookie.
By: E S.
Newport Partments
PROS:Location - Downtown San Diego; near public transportationUtilities included, tenants only pay rentFully furnishedLaundry facilities on-siteFully furnished kitchenWeekly/Bi-weekly cleaning service for kitchen and bathroomFree internet/wi-fiComputer and printer located on-site for useCable and television includedCONS:Location - although it is located in a convenient area, it is located near San Diego City College and an adult rehabilitation center. Meaning, there are people around almost at all hours.Noise - Little to no insulation inside the building. Meaning, you can hear street noise, conversations and phone rings, chairs moving through the walls and ceilings. It basically feels as though you're living outdoors. In addition, it is located near a busy intersection and you'll hear cars and people constantly. If you're sensitive to excessive noise, this is not the place for you. Even if you're just essentially renting to have a place to sleep and eat, you might not be able to sleep because of the incessant noise. Facilities - Laundry is only coin operated and costs 2.25 for wash and 1.00 for dry.RATING:2/5 Although the amenities are a huge plus, the noise can be unbearable.
By: yourmagazineusa
La Sirena Silver
Every jewelry piece of La Sirena Silver incorporates sterling silver. Some pieces are pure sterling silver while others have the addition of different gems and stones, giving each piece a unique look. There is jewelry encased in beautiful wooden cabinets, underneath the lights of glassed-in showcases or hanging from different displays throughout the store. The turquoise with sterling silver pieces remain one of the most popular among customers and different styles that include this southwest trend can be found throughout the store. Each turquoise ring displayed has a slightly different cut or shape making each ring one of a kind for the shopper. The décor of the store is vibrant with high ceiling lighting and multi-colored painted furniture on which the jewelry is displayed. In addition to the necklaces, bracelets and rings that are available, the store carries brightly woven pashminas, home ornaments and wind chimes, many of which are displayed along their outside walls and doors. Employee, Elizabeth, who has been working at the store for two years, says she loves when new stuff comes in, making it hard for her not to want always be buying something for herself.
By: alaura973
Auto Glass Center
"This place is full of surprises...After spending a day or two comparing prices to replace the rear window of my 2004 Ford explorer and getting nothing but price increases at every turn (the old you-need-this-and-that-will-be-extra routine), I found this cat, Ray, at Auto Glass Center. Now maybe it is because he is from Philly, but he is a no BS sort of guy; friendly, but focused on the task at hand. After going over the particulars, he came up with a couple of different options, one of which saved me over $200. We set up an appointment...and surprise, when I arrived they were ready to work on my ride. It is not a particular easy fix, and he and his crew worked on it till they got it right. My side rear view mirror needs replacement and his quote was half of what the dealer told me it would be...that's getting fixed today. When it came time to pay, however, that is when the big surprise came. It was the same price he quoted me the day before. No added this or that because of this or this or that. They even have coffee and Wi-Fi, so I could work while I waited..."
By: yourmagazineusa
Miner's Gems
Once you step foot into Miner's Gems and Minerals, it feels as if you are instantly transported to another time and place. Fossils aging back thousands of years adorn the walls; rocks and gems gleam and sparkle in the window sills. Make your way to the back patio of the store and you are transported from the Creteceous Period to an1800's Gold Rush extravaganza, where families and school groups can be found on any given day panning for authentic tailings from the Stewart Tourmaline Mine in Rainbow, CA. From dinosaur teeth to gemstones set in gleaming sterling silver you will not be disappointed with this family owned store. The owners, Pat and Dana Dugan strive to create an authentic and unique shopping experience. You simply cannot walk out of Miner's Gems and Minerals without learning something new or without taking a little piece of history away with you whether it's a 50 cent arrow head or 250 dollar Shchloenbachia.
By: Alice B.
Highlands Jewelers
Hi, 4 years ago I inherited couple of my grandmother rings and a bracelet, they were all big on me and the bracelet had couple of missing stones. Mr Victor sized the rings and replaced the sapphires of the bracelet, he also fixed the loose parts and sized it for me.When I picked them up they looked brand new and shiny.Since then I keep going back to Highland Jewellers because they never fall of giving me a good customers service. Recently they renovated the store and it looks beautiful and welcoming.To my surprise now they're selling Pandora line and my nieces love it, so now I know what will be their Christmas presents. I recommend them for your repairs and Jewelry needs for all occasions.
By: carrie-v
Ann Harrington Jewelry LLC
I received my ring today and it is PERFECT! Thank you so much for all the time, effort and headache that you put into making my ring . I know that I have to have been the most difficult client that you have probably ever had to work with, and for that I sincerely apologize. I know their were various factors that played into the making the ring which were way beyond your control. I appreciate how polite and professional you were towards me through the whole process and how you went the extra mile to make exactly what I wanted. I would definitely recommend you to anyone I knew. My husband couldn’t be happier! :-) Thanks Again
By: Lola F.
Bert Levi family Jewelers
I wanted my ring to be just right and I had a whole plan. I did a lot of research on the 4 Cs and went to a lot of jewelers. Since I wanted yellow gold, I knew my color could be a lower rating than if I used white gold or platinum and there were some jewelers who didn’t like that. One spent the whole time trying to get me to change my mind about the diamond instead of helping me figure out a ring. In the end, after about two months of working out details, I chose Bert Levi Family Jewelers. I stopped by about three times before and he always remembered me and he was helpful with no pressure. Love the ring.
By: Olga O.
Bert Levi family Jewelers
I like selling to Bert Levi because he tries to recycle the gold and use it for other jewelry. I brought in some stuff I didn’t want anymore and he weighed it in front of me and worked out a nice price for me. I didn’t feel pressured at all and it feels good to know the gold will be used for jewelry for someone else and not just shipped away to sit in a safe or something. This was the first time I sold anything to them although they resized a ring for me once. I recommend them and will do it again if I ever need to.
Tips & Advices
  • Cameras
  • Motion sensors
  • Alarms
  • Smoke, CO2, and flood detectors
  • Flashlights
  • Panic buttons
  • Door and window stoppers
  • Spot lights/floodlights
  • Etched window glass
  • Combination safe
  • reinforced locks
  • Placing signs and sticker for security systems outside home
  • Personal safety items (firearms, stun guns, pepper spray, batons, etc.)
No, it is possible to install a home alarm system yourself. Some systems are specifically designed to be installed by homeowners. These systems are often cheaper and more customizable. However some systems require the expertise of a professional and installation should be left up to them to avoid making any errors. Review the specifications of the system and/or contact the manufacturer if you are unsure about its installation requirements.
  • Easy and inexpensive to install and does not require any drilling or modification of the home.
  • Does not require a landline.
  • Can be taken from one home to another during change of residence.
  • Can be combined with a hardwired system.
  • No need to change any batteries, as with wireless systems
  • No interference from other signals
  • All hardwired systems run on essentially the same technology so products and services from different companies will be compatible with each other.
  • If moving to a home with a hardwired system already installed, you can save money by bypassing installation costs.
  • New security equipment for these systems is less expensive than for wireless systems.
  • Can be combined with a wireless system
  • Hardwired: A system that uses cables to connect all sensors to a central control panel within your home. The cables are usually installed within the walls or floorboards of your home. The control panel then uses your home’s landline connection to call for assistance (police, fire, medic).
  • Wireless: A system which uses wireless technology (wi-fi) to connect all sensors to your home’s central control panel. The panel uses the established network to communicate with the outside for assistance.
  • A combination of hardwired and wireless: Custom systems can be configured to have a home totally hardwired and equipped with wireless outside communication (no landline), or have a totally wireless home and hardwired outside communication.

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