Thursday, May 6, 2021

Home and Garden Goods Galore at Earth, Wind & Sea

Earth, Wind & Sea is located at 1303 Orange Ave.

Earth Wind and Sea offers a variety of home and garden goods.

Located steps away from the historic Hotel del Coronado, Earth, Wind & Sea has been a Coronado staple for over 20 years. This last year marked a particularly challenging one for the home and garden goods store. Owner Rachel Sandmann says that during the coronavirus pandemic they’ve felt the loss of tourists and local customers alike. 

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It’s been a tough balancing act,” Sandmann said. “The pandemic has affected all levels of retail – from suppliers all the way to customers. I work with a lot of small vendors and individual artists – who make a significant portion of their living from art shows and craft fairs. These have all been canceled so they are relying on their retail customers like us.”

Earth Wind and Sea offers free local delivery.

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Sandmann is the second owner of Earth, Wind & Sea. She took over in 2004 and says she’s loved every minute of it. Like many businesses in Coronado, her shop relies on tourist traffic for a significant part of its sales, which has decreased significantly during the pandemic. Although this year has been tough, she says the travel restrictions have allowed her to connect with the local community more. 

“On a positive note, because people are staying closer to home – we have picked up a few new local customers who have wandered in for the first time,” Sandmann said. “Another bright spot has been having people order items from us for local delivery to their friends and family. It has been a lot of fun to help find the perfect gift and see the happy faces when they answer the door.” 

Rachel Sandmann has owned Earth Wind and Sea since 2004 and says she’s loved every minute of it.

Sandmann says the store is focusing on giving its customers the best shopping experience possible. Earth, Wind & Sea is open Monday through Friday from 11am to 5pm. They also have a website and offer free local delivery. 

“We love our local customers – and I am profoundly grateful for their support,” Sandmann said. “Thank you to everyone who has stopped by to check on us. You are the reason we have made it through this year.” 

Earth, Wind & Sea
1303 Orange Ave, Coronado

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Tyra Wu
Tyra Wu
Tyra is a multimedia journalist with several years of experience. She has worked at various news organizations including Fox 5 San Diego, KPBS and The Coast News. She is also a student at SDSU studying journalism.Tyra grew up in Carlsbad and is excited to be reporting on another coastal community. She is particularly interested in reporting on issues of race, diversity and education. When she's not working you can find her surfing, hiking or hanging out with her dog, Hachi.Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: manager@coronadotimes.com
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