Escondido is unique in the region for having one of the few historic Downtowns. And although the Cruisin’ Grand vintage car expo season has come to a close, there are still dozens of unique, independently owned shops, restaurants, art galleries and day spas along Grand Avenue worth visiting. 

In just the last year, several new businesses have set up shop on Grand Avenue. Pinup Culture offers a variety of vintage-inspired fashions for men and women, as well as accessories, art and other surprises. Across the street, Dreambox Candles and Gifts offers “fabulous gifts for fabulous people.”  And Plan 9 Alehouse, with its roll-up garage door perfect for people-watching, has become a craft beer destination since it opened just a year ago.