Posted on Jan 29th 2011 @ 10:21 AM
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CBS 8) - North Park is alive and in living color inside a 30th Street boutique called Pigment.
"I like to think that we're a store that looks for beautiful design for your indoor and outdoor," co-owner Chad Anglin said.
Pigment's walls are soaked in local landscapes.
"It's my wife's artwork. We live in the community… she does a lot of North Park cityscapes," Anglin said. "She does a lot of private commission work for people who want to capture their neighborhood, their street, their house."
The shop's most popular items are the eye-catching eco-orbs.
"They are a little world inside of a glass ball that hangs, a throwback to the 70s terrariums. It's a living art form. It becomes addicting. We started with two, now we have nine," Anglin said.
The only living thing not for sale in Pigment is the shop dog, Cash.
"Everything in this whole store is alive. We don't have a fake plant in the whole store," Anglin said.
Take their living wall system, for example.
"There are over 700 plants planted in it, and it's on an irrigation system. It goes off twice a week," Anglin explained.
If you're not into pruning and fertilizing your walls, try the wooly pockets.
"This system is a little bit more residential and user friendly. You put a half cubic foot of dirt in it and you can plant up to a gallon pot. It doesn't leak; it's actually plastic-lined," Anglin said
Pigment also features books, jewelry and other handcrafted items. "We're supporting local artists as much as we can," Anglin said.
Shops like Pigment are breathing new life into the neighborhood, helping bring North Park back to its glory days when it was a living, breathing, self-sustaining center of San Diego commerce.