Looking for gifts: Shop Girard

Eleven Girard Avenue merchants will join Adelaide’s in its Holiday Open House tradition from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday.

With an economy that’s bringing uncertainty to merchants and charities alike, the business owners have each selected a charity to benefit from the day’s proceeds, said Gina Phillips of Adelaide’s.

She noted the open house dates back to 1949 when the Girard Avenue florist opened its doors. Since then a number of merchants in the 7600, 7700 and 7800 blocks have joined the kickoff of La Jolla’s holiday season.

Strolling musicians including the La Jolla Country Day Madrigals and La Jolla High Madrigal Singers will perform, and stores will offer drawings, food, music, book signings and demonstration along with lots of gift ideas.

Participating stores, marked by green and gold balloons, and their designated charities include Adelaide’s (Riford Center), Ark Antiques (animal charities), Ascot Shop (Bishop’s School Foundation), Burns Drugs (San Diego M.S. Foundation), Euro-Comfort Footwear (T.E.R.I.), Everett Stunz (LJ High Foundation), Girard Gourmet (LJ Historical Society), La Jolla Fiberarts (The Athenaeum), Meanley and Son (Children’s Hospital Foundation), Muttroplis (Morris Animal Foundation), Nest Life (St. Germaine’s) and Warwick’s (LJ Library Foundation).