South Park is an artistic neighborhood tucked between Golden Hill and North Park, just northeast of downtown San Diego. It’s tree-lined streets host artisanal chocolate restaurants, art studios, unique shopping and four times a year, the South Park Walkabout.
Each South Park Walkabout has it’s own flavor, influenced by the seasons. The most recent walkabout did not disappoint. The only caveat—-parking is horrendous. Either plan to arrive much earlier in the day or prepare yourself to circle endlessly for the few parking spaces available while you do your best to avoid pedestrians busy texting and not paying attention. South Park walkabouts are a mob scene. Bar patrons spill out onto the sidewalk, enterprising homeowners host live bands in their front yards, others set up impromptu art studios in their garage. South Park has a fun, funky vibe.
One of my favorite stores in South Park is Bad Madge. I had the opportunity to talk to Bad Madge owner Tanya McAnear at the San Diego Vintage Flea Market about how Bad Madge, a fun, funky shop filled with eclectic vintage finds, came to be named. Apparently Tanya had a previous business sending out actors to auditions, and one of her ‘talents’….Madge….had a tendancy to not show up to auditions. She would get sidetracked and became known as ‘Bad Madge”….and the name seemed appropriate for her new store. It’s fun that she is housed right next to Made Good, another fun shop with clothing, jewelry, and home tchotckis.
On this South Park walkabout Tanya had hired a whistling accordion player decked out in 1950’s Rita Hayworth style. You have to love an accordion player who is also a world class whistler.
Another fun shop is La Cueva nostalgia shop. This shop is crammed full of religious punk rock images (yes, really!) side by side with Virgin Mary, Breyer Horses
Now it’s Your Turn! Tell me what your best memory of a SouthPark walkabout was? Do you have a secret parking space?]