Five more businesses open in La Jolla


According to Colliers International, the retail vacancies in La Jolla decreased to 5.66-percent the second quarter of 2012, down from 6.15-percent reported at the end of March.

These five “newcomers” will add to the town’s business mix, joining Breakaway Cycle at 7777 Fay Ave., which The Light reported on last week.

• Riffs Acoustic Music, an instrument boutique, will also have a performance venue, an outdoor yoga studio, and rooms for lessons. It’s set to open in Bird Rock at 5510 La Jolla Blvd. this fall.

Riffs owner Steve Hart said the store will host jam sessions and provide recording and repair services.
“We will have a good selection of instruments and specialize in guitars, including high-end, custom, handmade guitars. We will also sell ukuleles and mandolins,” Hart said. More at

• Cardio Barre hopes to raise the bar on workout routines with its high-energy, no-impact exercise class that combines light weights and barre work from former New York dancer/choreographer Richard Giorla’s signature workout program in Los Angeles.

Franchise owner Christiana Jebran said she decided to bring the Hollywood-style workout to La Jolla after dropping six clothing sizes in just four months by doing Cardio Barre four-times-per-week.
The community is invited to come in for free classes through Aug. 3 at 7580 Fay Ave., suite 107. Pre-registration is not required, but attendees should bring their own towels and water, and sign in 15 minutes before the workout begins. More at

• A sleek store selling gourmet, handmade ice cream bars opened last month at 1025 Prospect St.
Bardot Bars features layered flavors, such as New York Strawberry and Cream Cheese, and Ebony and Ivory, which combines mascarpone and dulce de leche.
The bars are $5.40, $5.80 and $2.20 for the smaller kids’ bars. Bardot opens daily at noon. More at

• Teen-age sisters Emily and Megan Nguyen opened Our Favorite Things at 7514 Girard Ave., suite 4. The boutique offers handmade jewelry, hair accessories, clothing, scarves and dog “gifts.”
It supports local artisans and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to charity.
The store is open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• The Sky Room at La Valencia Hotel with its incredible ocean views “re”opened July 13 after being closed “for some time,” according to hotel staff.
The new chef Luke Johnson is creating Amercian Coastal dishes using local, seasonal produce. The summer menu includes raw scallop with watermelon, cucumber and radish; chilled tomato soup with heirloom beans, manchego and basil; and pork belly ravioli with blueberry and corn.
The Sky Room, 1132 Prospect Ave., is open for dinner 5-9 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. For reservations, call (858) 551-3761.

• A business owner pulled a permit for a $32,841 remodel of the former Helene De Paris salon, 6988 La Jolla Blvd. to reopen as a café.

The latest business to leave La Jolla is Vigilucci’s Ristorante on the second floor suite at 909 Prospect St.
The property became available on June 19 after five years as the La Jolla location of the Encinitas-based restaurant chain. The lease expired and a pending sale failed to complete escrow.

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