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The Latest San Diego Boutiques: A Mix of Vintage and New

Bad Madge in South Park
Bad Madge in South Park
Photo by Rebekah Sager

Overseen by its mascots Fritz the cockapoo and a life-size photo of actor James Dean, Bad Madge is the newest vintage clothing store to open in South Park. Filled with handpicked gems, new local designer goodies, a huge collection of accesesories, and everything in between.

The owner of Bad Madge, Tanya McAnear, has been involved in the San Diego fashion scene for the past 18 years, teaching at Fashion Careers College, producing fashion shows, the Golden Hanger awards show, and now her riskiest role, as a local boutique owner.

McAnear owns the URL San Diego Fashion Week, and she’s hoping that by next year San Diego fashion industry insiders will finally have their due. “I believe in supporting local small designers. I’d like the San Diego Fashion Week to be a four-day forum with a focus on emerging San Diego designers,” says McAnear.

Opening only two weeks ago during the South Park Walkabout, Bad Madge offers vintage, designer resale, and local clothing designers Jennafer Grace, Michelle Novak, and Kira Collections. Much of the store is filled with McAnear’s personal finds, with the curating help of SD stylist Ian Grove.

“The style of my store is to have things that make people happy--Silly, fun, kitschy, and great finds,” says McAnear.

Over in La Jolla, spring has sprung at Passione Boutique. With Italian quality and composed style, Passione has lowered its prices with a new line of clothing by Eike—effortlessly trendy with a sexy SoCal feel.

In case you hadn’t heard, knits are huge this season, and Passione has a few styles to choose from and even more colors—dresses at $140.

There’s also a large selection of floral silk dresses beautifully layered over cotton slips for $176, and this spring’s essential outwear—a great-looking trench coat at an affordable $250.

And, Spring flowers have sprung with the newly re-opened Bridget’s Blooms in La Jolla.

San Diego natives and owners Bridget Lacey and Michael Oleata have recently opened the outdoor flower shop in the village of La Jolla.

Lacey, who previously owned Bloomers, also in La Jolla, sold the business 10 years ago to start a family. Nine years and two children later, Bridget is back making beautiful arrangements and loving it! "It's a family business with my husband, children, and my sister involved, and I'm so happy to be back,” Lacey says.

Bridget's Blooms is located at 1055 Torrey Road, across from "Come On In" Cafe, and store hours are Monday - Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays by appointment. Ample parking is available, and Bridget is in the store daily to meet old and new friends.