Cheers! It looked so great!
V and I tried to go to an out of the way breakfast place on Saturday but it was closed so we drove around South Land Park, got a bit lost and had pizza at Giovanni's. They make a good pizza. Their water tastes like mold. We had a failed thrifting attempt at a place where one of the patrons was searching for her alleged Bulgari sunglasses. She pronounced it wrong and enlisted most of the employees to help her search. There's a lady working there who always seems to smell like booze. V said it's a volunteer run place so I suppose that's ok (?) Then we went to Scout Living. That place is so dreamy and my kind of "thrift store". I can hunt all day for a good find at Nordstrom Rack but serious thrift shopping is not my thing. Scout Living finds all the good stuff and fixes it up. I thought most of the prices were reasonable for a well curated shop although I probably wouldn't buy anything there. We bought most of our furniture from craigslist.
Later in the day we tried to go to Chando's but the line was crazy as usual. So, we did the next reasonable thing and went to Chevy's. The one on Garden Highway is actually nice because you can watch the boats floating by and there's usually some good people watching to be had. I ordered a vodka soda with no ice and got a glass of mostly vodka that was 3/4 of the way full. I told the waiter and he said he didn't know how much soda I wanted so he just guessed. Weird.
Chevy's is next door to where V and I had my wedding ring made using a family diamond. I got super sad because it was completely boarded up. There were skid marks in the parking lot in front of the store and photos of what looked like a serious robbery. We couldn't tell exactly what happened but I looked it up online and saw that 2 weeks ago some people stole a forklift from a nearby school and drove it right into the store, stole the safe with all their stones and jewelry. A FORKLIFT?!!! The owner does a lot of work with vintage pieces where he will take a family ring, take the stone out and make something completely different. Apparently a lot of people's personal pieces were stolen as well. I can't even imagine.
The news report is here:
I looked on yelp and found someone who wrote the only negative review the place has. They were desperately trying to get a hold of the owner and said the business phone # didn't work. I messaged them through yelp and told them there was a phone number written on the door of the business. The yelp user had their 2 carat vintage ring stolen and they've had to hire a lawyer because the store didn't have insurance. I feel so bad for everyone who lost a lot in this theft.