To combat the effect of the internet, some bookstores over the last 10 years have converted some of their space to cafés and reading lounges. This has been successful in bringing new potential customers into the bookstore by making the store more of a destination.
in Encinitas has taken this approach one step further. At Sunshine Gardens , you can find a café, a florist shop, a toddler play area and coming soon, a woodcarver studio. Sunshine Gardens
This sprawling site is located just down the street from the
San Diego Botanic Garden (formerly the ). One of my favorite items at Sunshine is the tremendous selection of herbs and vegetables. I took a client there and using just what was available at Sunshine, put together a nice container garden of tomatoes, herbs and other vegetables. Quail Botanical Garden
This nursery has been family owned and operated for the last 40 years and the staff displays that family style of caring customer service. In addition to all the fun food items, Sunshine has a nice selection of succulents and drought tolerant plants. It is definitely a great place to visit after the seeing the San Diego Botanic Gardens.