California Toy Stores are Going Gender-Neutral According to Gov. Newsom
Growing up in the 90s was a simpler time. If you went to McDonald’s you didn’t have to worry about choosing a toy for your Happy Meal. The employee would ask “boy or girl.” Answering with the former would get you a Hot Wheels car and the latter would get you a mini Barbie Doll. Now, the employee asks “Barbie or Hot Wheels?” Children are burdened with the task of choosing.Read full story
Early 2000's Trends that Should Not Make a Comeback
When someone told me early 2000’s fashion trends were back in style, I thought I was being punk’d. This was the era of my childhood, and I was very much influenced by the fads. I remember this time quite vividly, and it seems too soon for turn-of-the-millennium trends to make a comeback. Walking down the street, I started to see some flared jeans, cargo pants, and trucker hats. To my surprise, the fashion is creeping back into style.Read full story
Petco Park Had a System Outage This Weekend and Had to Feed Thousands of People
Anyone who has ever gone to an MLB game knows it’s a fun and exciting environment. There’s no better way to watch a baseball game, but be prepared to spend some money. Everything is more expensive inside park gates, but the experience never feels complete without a hot dog or a drink.Read full story
Blue Bottle Coffee: Should You Visit the Trendy Shop Expanding into San Diego?
San Diego is full of coffee shops. Many are single-store businesses while others are small chains. Of course, we also have major chains like Starbucks, but the city has also welcomed some newer offerings. In Downtown San Diego, you will find the city’s most central Blue Bottle Coffee location.Read full story
Why Does McDonald's Keep Releasing Celebrity Meals?
In 2020, McDonald’s did something unexpected. They released a collaboration meal with Travis Scott: a massively popular rapper and producer. Since then, the fast-food chain has been plastering celebrity faces onto promotional meals at an alarming rate. In the course of twelve months, four artists have collaborated with the fast-food giant.Read full story
Another Starbucks in San Diego. Why Does The City Have So Many?
In Pacific Beach, San Diego the Sonic Drive-In recently shut down. Located on the busy end of Garnet Avenue leading to Interstate 5, a lot of cars pass by this location. At any time of day you can find lanes of cars stuck in traffic waiting for lights to change, so you’d think this location was highly desirable for many businesses.Read full story
Dining in San Diego: Five Changes to Expect in 2021
San Diego is opening back up, but restaurants are still feeling the impact of closures. Many people going out to eat are starting to notice some changes. Seating still feels different, lines are long, and food still costs a lot.Read full story
Unvaccinated in San Diego: Why People Choose Not to Get Their Shots
In San Diego County, COVID-19 cases are rising again. After the third week of July, cases rose 82%from the week prior. Hospitalizations have increased, and residents are seeing the decline in cases reverse.Read full story
Ten Ways Amazon Is Trying to Get You to Spend More in 2021
It’s been a long time since consumers needed to go to a physical store to make purchases. Most items can be ordered online with a few clicks, and Amazon has become a staple of e-commerce. People have become comfortable receiving daily packages thanks to Amazon Prime and all of its benefits.Read full story
Ten Great Restaurants to Try This Summer in Pacific Beach, San Diego
If you find yourself in Pacific Beach, you're in for a fun time. The main attraction is the ocean, but there's much more to discover away from the water. Particularly, you're going to want to grab some food or drinks. PB has plenty of that, making it one of the better beach towns in San Diego.Read full story
10 Friends Episodes Young Adults Still Find Relatable
There's an episode of Friends where Ross and Monica are invited to dance in the background of Dick Clark's New Year's Eve Party. They fight for attention and perform "the routine," a dance they choreographed as children. It's one of the more humorous Friends episodes, but it's also a moment no one can relate to.Read full story
The Success of "Butter" By BTS Proves the Billboard Hot 100 Is Broken
For seven straight weeks the #1 song in America is “Butter” by BTS. The Korean boy band has helped to make K-Pop one of the biggest genres in the USA, and they have amassed a huge fanbase. If you’re not part of the “BTS Army,” you’ve likely heard their music before. Last year the song Dynamite hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was played in commercials. This year, Butter has been the most popular song for over a month. It should be all over the place, right?Read full story
This Is Why Sony Doesn't Make Handheld Games Anymore
2004 was an important year for mobile technology. iPods had colorful screens and bodies, the business world communicated on Blackberries, and Nintendo revolutionized gaming with a second screen. Consumers started to see major potential in wireless technology. All of these companies were offering different services, but they all had one thing in common. They were preparing to compete with Sony’s Playstation Portable.Read full story
I Went to Disneyland Post-Pandemic. What Was it Like?
Disneyland calls itself the happiest place on earth. When I think of happiness, a pandemic isn’t part of the equation. When I think of “on earth” in 2021, the pandemic is a huge factor. In the state of California, most restrictions are lifted. Disney has been “gradually increasing” capacity in their California parks since June 15th, meaning their protocols are continuously changing and remain a work in progress.Read full story
Colleges Are Preparing for a Full Reopening. What Should They Worry About?
After a year of challenges, vaccines have been put in arms and COVID cases are ticking down. It seems possible that life could emulate normalcy, and college campuses are trying to give students the full experience again. After a year with remote learning, social distancing, and reduced activities, it's finally time to make students feel they're at a college.Read full story
Cable TV Is a Graveyard Now. What Does the Future Hold?
My childhood consisted of afternoons after school watching blocks of television. Usually, I would be able to flip through cable networks and find a variety of shows. Wether it was reruns of sitcoms on TBS, crappy dating shows on MTV, or gameshows from my childhood on Nickelodeon GAS, there always seemed to be something suitable to watch.Read full story
Is Abercrombie & Fitch Poised for a Comeback After Getting Canceled?
The early 2000’s was a unique time for the fashion industry. Teens were still heading to malls to buy overpriced graphic tees, logos were plastered on nearly all garments, and you’d pay an upcharge to receive pre-distressed denim.Read full story
Toxic Positivity: The New Issue Plaguing Workplaces
Want to start feeling better and living a better life? A lot of people will recommend you think positive thoughts and focus on all of your blessings. Believe it or not, there is some merit to these ideas. Being positive can reduce stress and allow you to concentrate on productive behaviors.Read full story
James Coffee Co. is San Diego's Best Kept Coffee Secret
If you’re walking around Little Italy, North Park, or Banker’s Hill in San Diego you’re likely to find some great coffee shops. Many of these locations are trying to give you innovative new drinks, but one chain is trying to create great coffee while reducing their environmental footprint.Read full story
Eight Great Financial Decision to Make While Young
When I was in my early twenties, I was fresh out of school. I had all of the world in front of me and a million opportunities. With this newfound freedom, there were only a few things limiting my options. I didn't have school tying me down, I could ignore any advice my parents gave to me, and I could reject any opportunity that didn't perfectly align with my interests.Read full story