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New Boutique and Spa Happenings Around San Diego

Junc is anything but what its name may imply
Junc is anything but what its name may imply
Photo by Rebekah Sager

Some of our favorite boutiques and spas are taking a risk and starting off fresh for spring.

Hunt & Gather, once located in the heart of University City has moved to North Park. Located on University Street across the street from Material boutique and next door to the restaurant Chop Suey, the vintage and “up-cycled” clothing store looks fresh and modern with it’s all new dressing rooms (hand built by owner Lee Reynolds), clean concrete floors, contemporary light fixtures, and cool glass display cases.

Still offering some of the best in hard to find shoes, accessories, vintage furs, and local jewelry, the new space gives customers more room to browse.

Junc Boutique & Gallery in South Park, has only moved a couple of doors down, but the new space is organized chaos at its’ best. Owner and designer Jeffery Parish is not unaccustomed to re-decorating. From his previous store Sugar, located in Normal Heights, Parish is known for keeping things fresh and changing it up. The new space will offer more items for the home.

The renowned threading genius Holly Bakshai is opening a second location of her award-winning spa Beauty By Holly—the spa was awarded “Best threading Spa” by InStyle Magazine. They’ve been doing a bang-up biz in Mira Mesa for the last eight years, and the new one will open in Hillcrest this weekend.

Conveniently located next door to the breakfast hot-spot Hash House a Go-Go, Beauty By Holly will offer 50 percent of all proceeds for threading and waxing to go toward Japan and Thailand relief in honor of their grand opening on Saturday.

Young designer Michelle Aquino has recently opened a retail space in the East Village neighborhood of downtown called M.dot. In this work/live studio, Aquino assembles all of her custom and one-of-a-kind pieces. She says that about 60 percent of her work sells through trunk shows and 40 percent from her store and her loyal clients. The store doesn’t get a huge amount of walk-in traffic, so Aquino will offer Mimosa on Sundays starting this weekend as a perk to customers. She will also have her friend Kat Dente from Rad nails in the store to do nail art for customers while they shop.

Her spring collection got a lot of buzz recently following a fashion show at the Se Hotel. The theme was “Ornamental Dreams”, and much of it was in bright hues, and bold florals with hints of embellishments.

Aquino told SanDiego.com that her fall collection was inspired by Ralph Lauren and his country and western themed clothing—she assures it will be less brown and harsh than Lauren’s though.

Aquino’s work can be found on Etsy. For her custom design work, call her at619-218-9788.