In Aumakua it was Billy Joel's ""We Didn't Start the Fire."" And indeed, the store is full of gift ideas for someone who might very well be into Mr. Joel: colorful picture frames, carved wooden cats, a whole shelf of guardian angel figurines, and home decor objects sharing a Zen, world-traveler vibe. Basically, stuff you'd find in a crib that's calm, tastefully decorated, and not often host to the sorts of rowdy parties at which things get broken. A painted sign outside advises, ""Love is the only thing of value that we leave behind"" - which may be true, but Aumakua also features an impressive selection of pretty sterling-silver earrings in a variety of classic styles, all priced around $25. Perfect for the Storm Front fan or anyone who appreciates unique jewelry that'll never look too last-season to wear over and over. Seasonal note: Aumakua also carries a wide range of Christmas ornaments around the holidays.
Pros: nice sales help, free trade buyers, great prices, tons of jewelry and gift items
Cons: parking in pacific heights is a chore