Escondido, CA

Cool Local Businesses to Support in Escondido, California

Mike Peterson

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The arch over Grand Ave in downtown Escondido.City of Escondido

Big-box stores are everywhere and you can order just about anything with the touch of a button. Despite that, it's always a good idea to shop small whenever possible so that you can support the local economy and make sure neighborhood businesses, well, stay in business.

Here are top picks for small businesses in Escondido, California that you can support. This is an eclectic list that includes coffee roasters, antique stores, and art galleries, so there's sure to be something that you might be interested in.

12. MIYO

Business Type: Clothing

Address: 108 N Kalmia St, Escondido, CA 92025

Phone: (760) 755-7399

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday - Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday

MIYO, an acronym for Make It Your Own, is a small consignment shop on Grand Ave. It features a carefully curated selection of clothing items for both men and women, including designer pieces for much less than you'd pay at a department store. There are also candles, perfumes, and other carefully selected items here.

11. Cute Cakes Bakery & Cafe

Business Type: Bakery

Address: 345 W Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025

Phone: (760) 745-5278

Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday

Website: https://www.cutecakes.com/

Located on Grand Ave, Cute Cakes is a small bakery and cafe that can cater to pretty much any sweet tooth. You'll find delicious pastries and sweets, southern-inspired breakfast cuisine, great lunch options, and fresh coffee and tea. Additionally, Cute Cakes also does custom designer cakes and wedding cakes, which they've won awards for.

10. Blu Wellness Studio

Business Type: Health & Wellness

Address: 145 W Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025

Phone: (760) 233-9500

Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday

Website: https://www.blulifewellness.com/

Blue Life Wellness Studio in EScondido is a family-owned business that offers Infrared Sauna Therapy and Chromotherapy. Inside, you'll find a sleek and calming environment where you can find some Zen. During your session, you'll have a private room with a Smart TV, so you can actually watch Netflix during a therapy session.

9. Grand Tea Room

Business Type: Tea Room

Address: 145 W Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025

Phone: (760) 233-9500

Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday

Website: https://www.thegrandtearoom.com

You don't have to stop having tea parties just because you've grown up. The Grand Tea Room is a full-service tea room and gift shop that offers actual afternoon high teas, complete with assorted sandwiches, pastries, desserts, and the tea of your choice. An awesome place to spend a Saturday afternoon.

8. Escondido Antique Mall

Business Type: Antique Store

Address: 135 W Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025

Phone: (760) 743-3210

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day

If you're on the hunt for vintage and antique items, the Escondido Antique Mall is the place to go. It's deceptively large and features a truly staggering number of unique finds. Selections include typewriters, records, old pocketknives, cameras, clothing, china, jewelry, and pretty much anything else you can imagine.

7. Safari Coffee Roasters

Business Type: Coffee Roasters

Address: 1012 W El Norte Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92026

Phone: (760) 740-9575

Hours: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday - Saturday, closed Sunday

Website: https://www.safaricoffee.com/

You can find a coffee shop on pretty much any corner in America, but a coffee roaster as top-top as Safari is hard to come by. As the name suggests, Safari Coffee Roasters specializes in sourcing and roasting a wide variety of coffee beans from across the world. Pick up a bag and brew it to your preferences for some of the best coffee you can buy.

6. Helen's BookMark

Business Type: Bookstore

Address: 153 E Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025

Phone: (760) 746-6362

Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

Indie bookstores are a dying breed, but Helen's BookMark on Grand is still going strong. This used bookstore has a wide selection of fiction, nonfiction, biographies, and other books. You can also trade in your used paperbacks for store credit or exchange them for books.

5. BeFitness

Business Type: Gym

Address: 1882 W El Norte Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92026

Phone: (760) 644-0498

Website: https://befitnessck.com/

Skip the chain gyms and head to this local fitness studio in Escondido for short-but-challenging workouts. It's a small gym owned by the primary instructor, Casie. Because of that, you might be surprised at the breadth of classes being offered -- everything from yoga to high-intensity workouts. Best of all, it's also very affordable.

4. StreetLife

Business Type: Art/Graffiti Store

Address: 254 E Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025

Phone: (760) 747-1848

Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday

StreetLife is a unique shop on Grand Ave that features a variety of street art supplies, including pretty much any shade of spray paint there is. This small local business also stocks apparel, accessories, and other cool items to take home. The owner, Zane, is a very kind guy, and the shop also hosts local events occasionally.

3. EscoGelato

Business Type: Gelato Shop

Address: 122 S Kalmia St, Escondido, CA 92025

Phone: (760) 745-6500

Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday - Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday

This popular Escondido restaurant is located near downtown and offers a selection of innovative and delicious gelato and sorbet. If you're looking to grab a quick bite with your sweet treat, EscoGelato also has excellent panini sandwiches and coffee options.

2. Sattva Yoga Center

Business Type: Yoga Studio

Address: 433 W Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025

Phone: (760) 877-8180

Website: https://sattvayogacenter.com/

The only dedicated yoga studio in Escondido, Sattva Yoga Center was founded by Darlene Jacobsen and Rached Maalouf in 2002. It features a wide range of yoga classes taught by expert, dedicated instructors -- including power yoga, restorative yoga, hatha yoga, and even group meditation.

1. Distinction Art Gallery

Business Type: Art Gallery

Address: 317 E Grand Ave suite A, Escondido, CA 92025

Phone: (760) 707-2770

Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday - Friday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday

Website: https://distinctionart.com/index.php

Distinction is an art gallery that features amazing paintings, sculptures, and other artworks by local artists. Recently, the gallery also opened an Art Bar that serves beer and wine. In addition, the gallery is home to ArtHatch, a nonprofit organization that rents studio space to artists. If that wasn't enough, Distinction also has two escape rooms.

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Mike Peterson is a journalist, editor, and yoga teacher based in North San Diego County. He's a fan of indie bookstores, local craft beers, and excellent tacos.

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