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Bench is a carefully curated home decor, gift, and furnishings store nestled in the Kensington neighborhood of San Diego. We are also proud to offer a variety of local artwork, an array of beautiful candles, incredible handmade jewelry, as well as seasonal items for unique shopping in San Diego.  Our buyer and owner Helen seeks out unique pieces you won’t find in other stores.   

Meet Helen

Helen grew up in the great state of Alabama. From her very first job in retail, Helen discovered she had a knack for retail that was grounded in the ability to match each customer with an item that perfectly met their needs. This talent steered her towards studying fashion merchandising and design at Auburn University. After graduating, she found success working with leading sunglass retailer Oakley.

Helen lived in Kensington - a small, close-knit community - for over twelve years. She quickly realized there was the lack of retail stores in the immediate San Diego area, and felt Kensington needed a unique shop filled with items that inspire.

“I curate Bench by several methods. I trust my feeling on products I think will make our customers happy. I support local artists and artisans. I source from companies who are outside the US and are unique to our area. I also pick up special items while traveling on holiday.”

- Helen, owner of BENCH