As you stroll the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter you’ll find many stores are local chains, like the San Diego Trading Company (534 Fifth Ave., 619/237-0062, www.sandiegotradingcompany.com ) or surfing/resort wear purveyors such as Hilo Hattie’s (301 Fifth Ave., 619/546-7289, www.hilohattie.com ) and Quiksilver Boardriders Club (402 Fifth Ave., 619/234-3125, www.quiksilver.com ).
For the ladies, trendy clothes are sold at Mango Clothing (230 Fifth Ave., 619/237-1344). Men looking for serious suits go to Boutique Voss (946 Fifth Ave., 619/235-8999), a purveyor of fine Italian designer fashions.
In casual California, it makes sense to find several stores devoted to the sale of jeans. G-Star (470 Fifth Ave., 619/283-7088, www.g-star.com ) offers fun, eclectic men’s and women’s wear made mostly from denim.
You’ll find familiar jeans, jackets, and accessories inside the chain Lucky Brand Jeans (621 Fifth Ave., 619/230-9260, www.luckybrandjeans.com ).
A small but sweet selection of home stores hang out in the Gaslamp. You can check out the latest styles at the familiar Z Gallerie (611 Fifth Ave., 619/696-8137, www.zgallerie.com ) or the funky Avitatt (232 Fifth Ave., 619/338-8245, www.avitatt.com ).
Specialty items of obvious types are available at Kita Ceramics + Glassware (517 Fourth Ave. #101, 619/239-2600, www.kitaceramicsglass.com ), Urban Lighting (301 Fourth Ave., 619/232-6064, www.urbanlighting.net ), and Fourth Avenue Rug Gallery (827 Fourth Ave., 619/234-8700).