MOST ANTICIPATED SOCIAL EVENT
Art Alive (1450 El Prado, Balboa Park) The San Diego Museum of Art’s signature fundraiser (April 11 to 14) is sure to wow with 100-plus floral interpretations of artwork from the permanent collection, paired with tasty treats at the popular Bloom Bash ($200 to $250).
TOP INSURANCE BROKERS
Rancho Santa Fe Insurance (6105 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe). These experts provide bespoke protection for everything from over-the-top yachts to costly collections of exotic cars, artwork and much, much more.
BEST PRIVATE CLUB
The University Club Atop Symphony Towers (750 B St., Ste. 3400, San Diego) Come to connect, host, work and play—all to a backdrop of breathtaking skyline views. Members enjoy world-class service and dining, as well as a global network of 300-plus private clubs.
MOST DISCREET MATCHMAKER
This ultraexclusive, highly confidential matchmaker service offers its upscale, referral-only clients special perks, like a full-service concierge to curate dates at local hot spots, along with top style and health consultants on demand.
BEST LUXURY HOTEL CONCIERGE
Justin Sondgeroth at Pendry San Diego (550 J St., San Diego) This award-winning chief concierge is the most connected man in town. Want a private, $20,000 behind-the-scenes tour of SeaWorld? No problem.
VIP GUADELUPE VALLEY EXPERIENCE BOOKER
Fernando Gaxiola of Baja Wine + Food
This travel concierge offers custom experiences to Baja. Enjoy insider itineraries that include VIP transportation, five-star accommodations, exclusive wine and food tours and spa treatments.
MOST-SOUGHT-AFTER ADMISSIONS LIAISON
Equipo Tutoring (619.708.4849) Erik Hinojosa ensures high school students are accepted into the college of their dreams. From individualized strategies to accompanying his clients on nationwide campus tours, he’s on call 24/7.
BEST TEEN FINANCIAL LITERACY AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Launch Generation (1501 India St., Ste. 103-118, San Diego) Private education and mentoring sessions instill the next generation with the high-caliber financial literacy, leadership and entrepreneurial know-how needed for career success.
BEST OUT-OF-THE-BOX FLORIST
Société Fine Flowers (2683 Via de la Valle, Ste. E, Del Mar) This floral design shop is known for its chic, European-inspired arrangements with a certain je ne sais quoi. Among the personalized services: fresh flowers weekly at home or work, along with orchid and succulent planter delivery with regular refreshing.
BEST CUSTOM SURFBOARD MAKER
This contemporary artist has had a paint brush in his hand since childhood. He combines his love for art and an affinity for business in a gallery where he not only creates amazing large-scale artwork, but also custom designs for collectors and commercial clients worldwide (including Ferrari, Hermès, Triumph Motorcycles and more). Think painted cars and motorcycles, as well as vibrantly hued surfboards popular with rippers from San Diego to Montauk. “Growing up as a surfer in San Diego, I’ve worked with the best surfboard shapers in the world and identified that surfboards are also the perfect canvas for my work,” says Skoldberg. His favorite new oeuvre? “My ‘Pop’ collection, where I am doing a series of Ford Bronco paintings with an actual Ford Bronco grill mounted to each piece.”
BEST CUSTOMIZED STATIONERY
Sweet Paper (7660-A Fay Ave., La Jolla) This La Jolla Cove gem is known all over San Diego for its bespoke stationery and custom invitations, meticulously created using gorgeous, high-end paper finessed with fanciful designs, luxe embellishments and calligraphy.
BEST NEVER-LEAVE-HOME DELIVERY
Out of the Box Collective
Opened eight years ago by Jennifer Piette, the company features three customizable weekly, biweekly or monthly box options spanning freshly plucked seasonal produce, specialty boxes and culinary inspiration boxes replete with ingredients and recipes. No time
to cook? Hire one of OTB’s personal chefs and they will prepare weekly meals in your home for you.
TOP LUXURY PET SITTING
Claws and Paws (858.692.7448) This accredited North County duo spoil fur babies large and small with personalized services, including daily or weekly walks, grooming parlor pickups and holiday sleepovers.
BEST HIGH-END DOG GROOMING
Bow Wow Beauty Shoppe (4219 Park Blvd.) A session with expert groomer Gabriel Feitosa at this retro-styled pet boutique will leave pups looking runway-ready. Post-pampering, pooches can enjoy dog beer and paw pops too.
TOP VIP GAMING EXPERIENCE
Valley View Casino (16300 Nyemii Pass Road, Valley Center) One of San Diego’s top gaming destinations, Valley View offers black card holders endless VIP benefits like a dedicated staff and exclusive concierges to book suites, hard-to-get event tickets and dining reservations.