It's no secret San Diego has the best weather. Each month we ask one of our favorite San Diegans:

What else makes this city great?

Sonya Sparks

Owner,  Sparks Gallery,
Work: Gaslamp Quarter

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in San Carlos, a small residential community in San Diego. Nearby you can find Grossmont College, Lake Murray, Mission Trails, and La Mesa — all great places to be out and about. Locals know this area well.

What brought you to San Diego?
I came with my parents around age 4 when they moved back home after a couple of years in Michigan. I hear the weather played a huge role in their move back, along with family being in town. My grandparents (on my mother’s side) originally were stationed here when they joined the Navy.

Besides the weather, why do you continue to call San Diego home?
I travel often, and each time I come back to San Diego, I love it a little bit more. I miss certain things when I am gone: the dry warm air, palm trees, the warmth of the sun on my skin, the diverse array of local and international foods, our beautiful outdoor spaces, and the laid-back culture. I also love finding little pockets of history in our young town, which is why we chose the Sterling Hardware Building as the location for Sparks Gallery. It was a hardware store for decades, built in 1924. Before that, in the same location, there was a glass maker and carriage works, a small hotel, and a vaudeville theater with trapeze artists. We love to share the story of the space with our visitors. I feel that pairing modern local artwork with this historic space is a great contrast to show where we came from as a city, and how our local artists are interpreting their modern environment. It will be exciting to see what lies ahead for San Diego.