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Supporting Kensington and Talmadge Businesses Through Covid-19

When you are looking to shop, dine out, work on wellness, or consult a professional about financial, business, or health services—why not think local first? At the Kensington Talmadge Business Association (KTBA), we are passionate about supporting our community businesses, which is even more apparent during these times. So, we wanted to put together a resource for all of you—our Kensington-Talmadge community and San Diego neighbors—to continue to support community businesses even when the doors are closed.

Creative Ways To Support Your Community

These times are difficult, and that’s true for more than just our businesses, so if you cannot support right now through traditional avenues like online ordering, donating, or perusing shops, you can still offer support.

One of the best ways to show your favorite local business that you care is to leave a review. If you have experienced outstanding service with a Ken-Tal business, a review is worth its weight in gold (and it’s easy too)! You can head to reviewing platforms like Yelp or Google, or make a recommendation on Nextdoor, to let the world know that you experienced top-of-the-line service. You can also make some business owners do a happy dance by simply following them on social media. Social media not only allows businesses to get to know you, but you will also be informed of all changes as they happen.

Beyond that, buying gift cards for future use, or supporting businesses that can stay open at some capacity is a wonderful way to stay involved. Below is a list of our local companies categorized by how you can support them during this time.

Businesses With Online Stores

BENCH Home

Pick up some home decor, gifts, and more at the Adams Avenue store, Bench Home. Bench Home’s shop is gorgeously curated with local artwork, hand made jewelry, and other unique items that will be sure to inspire you. You can shop at Bench Home here.

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BENCH Home

Buddies & Babes

We love our fur babies, and whether you are a cat person, dog person, or animal person in general, Buddies & Babes has you covered. You can take advantage of their easy-to-use shop, stocked with your fur baby’s favorite treats, toys, and more at their now 100% online store here.

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Buddies & Babes

Sugar Mamma Caramels

Life’s a little sweeter with the help of Sugar Mamma Caramels. Confectioner Nancy Flint has her sweets in shops all around San Diego, and if you want them delivered to your door, you can find them in her online shop.

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Sugar Mamma Caramels

Businesses with Delivery

Bleu Boheme

Transport yourself to the heart of France with Bleu Boheme’s delicious selection of wines and foods. Read more about their menu and order delivery right on their website.

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Bleu Boheme

Burger Lounge

We have all been craving delicious comfort food and sodas, and Burger Lounge even offers a healthy twist. With grass-fed burgers, vegetarian meals, and paleo and gluten-free options, Burger Lounge has something for everyone in your family. You can order online, right on their website, for pickup or delivery.

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Burger Lounge

Earthwell Refill

Earthwell is our neighborhood’s environmentally conscious source for high-quality, natural products. Here, you can not only grab lotions, soaps, cleaners, and shaving gels, but you can also enjoy a selection of locally-made art, jewelry, and more. You can find out more about their delivery service here.

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Earthwell Refill

Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant

Food, drink, and community is what Ponce’s is all about. They have been cooking up delicious Mexican food and giving us the best margaritas in San Diego to-go. Support Ponce’s ultra-friendly team and enjoy delicious food for takeout or delivery.

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Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant

Businesses with Takeout

Clem’s Tap House

Get your favorite beers, wine, and delicious bites to-go. You can order from your favorite delivery app, or call in at (619) 255-4526.

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Clem’s Tap House

Cucina Sorella

Have some Italian with a California twist when you order from Cucina Sorella. Their house-made pasta, pizzas, drinks, and—did we mention squash blossoms?—are deliciously prepared just for you. You can even shop on their incredible online store filled with furniture, decor, recipe books, and more.

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Cucina Sorella

Pappalecco

For a truly Italian experience, Pappalecco is here for you. You will be greeted with a friendly ‘ciao!’ as you enter the door. From there, you will see Italian coffees, baked goods, gelato, and—lucky for our Ken/Tal community—Pappalecco pizza. Order your takeout today!

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Pappalecco

Kensington Brewing Company

With beer and pizza to-go, how can you go wrong? Kensington Brewing Company was co-founded in 2012. It started its operations in a garage, and is now offering 20+ beers named after neighborhood streets. They have been welcoming us into their doors with warmth and family-vibes for years, and now you can support them with to-go orders!

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Kensington Brewing Company

Kensington Cafe

Your favorite spot for healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner options is still serving takeout. With everything from your morning coffee to your spicy chicken burger made-to-order, you can get exactly what you want at this neighborhood cafe. Check out their menu and more here.

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Kensington Cafe

Moosie’s Ice Cream

Nothing’s better than a cold cone on a hot day (or, any day really). Come on in and get your favorite delicious ice cream flavors in a cone, cup, float, shake, malt, sundae, or pint to-go! Give Moosie’s Ice Cream a call to place your order today: 619.228.9745

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Moosie’s Ice Cream

The Haven

Whether you are a vegetarian, vegan, or don’t subscribe to any diet, The Haven Pizzeria has some incredible options for you. The New York New York is a pizza of dreams, along with so many options on their menu. You can order for pick up or delivery here.

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The Haven

Village Vino

Village Vino is passionate about supporting small, family-owned and operated wineries worldwide with their incredible selection of whites, reds, and roses. You can enjoy a cheese/charcuterie plate, tapas, salads, or flatbreads from their wonderfully-curated menu. They also have an online shop where you can order wines and more, and even donate to their team if you are able. Or why not join their wine club!?

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Village Vino

Businesses Offering Classes or Consultations

Capital Financial CPAs, APC

Capital Financial has over 50 years of experience helping their customers with their accounting needs. If you are looking for advice or help right now, you can schedule a free consultation right on their website.

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Capital Financial CPAs, APC

Insight Integrative Health

Doctor Jeremy Flagel believes that the body needs to grow through nourishment and works to strengthen his client’s digestion, immune system, energy, and hormones to reach their health goals. You can book a consultation right on their website.

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Insight Integrative Health

Integrity Plus Property Management

The Integrity PPM team has over 30-years of experience renting out properties to qualified tenants, making sure your property stays maintained and rented. You can get a free rental analysis for your property right on their website.

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Integrity Plus Property Management

MVMNT Studio

You can schedule a free assessment with the brilliant Robin Taylor to talk about your health and wellness goals. MVMNT is still helping their clients with virtual workouts on Zoom, and even have proof of the efficiency of the private and semi-private virtual workouts. Contact Robin today!

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MVMNT Studio

Snapology Discovery Center

Parties, play dates, and STEAM classes are being offered online to keep your little ones engaged and learning. Check out the Snapology website for all that they have to offer to keep your family on-track during this time.

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Snapology Discovery Center

Total People Management

If you want to work with human resource professionals who genuinely care about your business, Total People Management is your best bet. They partner with your leadership team to help identify areas of positive change so that you can better retain employees and build the team of your dreams. Book a consultation today.

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Total People Management

David Tam – Edward Jones

We are lucky to have a few of San Diego’s best financial advisors in our community. Learn more about David here.

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David Tam – Edward Jones

Chris Jarrell – Edward Jones

If you would like help reaching your financial goals, David Tam or Chris Jarrell are equipped with the knowledge and passion to help you.

Chris Jarrell – Edward Jones

Outdoor Services

Zen Sanctuary

Our favorite local spa is now open outside! You can now book your treatments like massages, facials, and waxing and take advantage of curbside pick up for all of your favorite skin care products. Want to support in another way? You can purchase a gift card for future services. Zen Sanctuary has been our neighborhood’s stop for the best skincare, massages, acupuncture, and more for many years. Why not grab yourself or a friend a gift card for your favorite service today?

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Zen Sanctuary

Donate To Our NPOs

Copley-Price Family YMCA

YMCAs all around the nation have been strengthening communities since it’s beginnings in June of 1844. Since then, they have opened in 120 countries. Our Copley-Price location offers day camps, after school programs, preschool, and even has a state-of-the-art gym for our community to focus on their health. Consider donating to this incredible organization during this time.

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Copley-Price Family YMCA

Sophie’s Gallery

An extension of ST. Madeleine Sophie’s Center in El Cajon, Sophie’s Gallery exhibits and sells gorgeous artwork by their residents and members with developmental disabilities. We have adored walking by this gallery for years. Consider donating to keep this organization equipped to meet its mission to educate and empower individuals with developmental disabilities to realize their full potential.

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Sophie’s Gallery

Places you can still go inside

Some businesses can stay open during this time. Be sure to show extra kindness to our community members who keep their stores clean and safe for us all. You can still get your favorite items or book appointments at:

Thank you for supporting our community and its business leaders. We are so grateful for all that you do for us, neighbors, and we cannot wait to tell you all about our community. To see a full list of KTBA members, reference our online directory or email us to request a printed directory. Follow us on Instagram to stay up-to-date on our organization!