Our shop is filled with hundreds of interesting and unusual gifts, wonderful books, and of course, the fine aroma of freshly-brewed coffee. The atmosphere is inviting and comfortable. Our staff is friendly and helpful; good service is our specialty.

Bookstore & Novelties

We pride ourselves on providing our customers with an amazing selection of unusual merchandise and a thought-provoking inventory of books. We search for unique items that will engage your mind, tickle your funny bone, and still be kind to your wallet.

Live Music & Events

Join us on Saturday nights to enjoy some of the very best of San Diego’s own local musicians. Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm. All ages. No cover charge. LOOK FOR SOME NEW AND INTERESTING PROGRAMS. You are welcome to join us for any of these event. Bring your friends. There is no charge.

Our name is a reference to William Shakespeare. It is said that the Bard’s contemporaries were jealous of his great success and popularity. Robert Greene (1560-1592), a minor playwright, was one such individual. In the pamphlet, Groatsworth of Wit, Greene slanders Shakespeare by calling him an “Upstart Crow”. This creative moniker has been around ever since. While Greene’s work has largely been forgotten, the legacy of his Upstart Crow has inspired countless generations.
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