You won’t have to travel to Australia to find all of the country’s
exports. The LA utback store carries everything from candies, food,
teas, music, gifts, clothing and shoes. The store’s claim to fame is
that it’s the leading U.S. importer and distributor of didgeridoos,
that’s an ancient Aboriginal wind instrument.
They have the biggest selection including eucalyptus, agave, hemp
and plastic didgeridoos. You can learn how to play some traditional
Aboriginal rhythms at a free class offered twice a month. All the
merchandise has been available through the internet for the last six
years but the shop is fairly new; it opened a year and a half ago.
It’s at 1100 S. Coast Highway, Suite 108. Information: (949)
Cup o’ joe and a bit of history
Everyone loves the Orange Inn, and it claims to have the best
coffee in town, although I know the coffee is also great at the
Laguna Coffee Company, and at Heidelberg, both on the Coast Highway.
The Orange Inn moved to its present location 14 years ago, from its
famous spot built in 1931 and looking the cliffs on Coast Highway.
Among its many notables is the fact that it’s the home of the
original smoothie and California date shake, and it offers
fresh-baked cinnamon rolls, muffins, cookies, bagels, healthy
sandwiches, fresh soups and salads and homestyle cooking. It opens at
6 a.m. for breakfast and lunch daily. It’s at 703 S. Coast Highway
in. Information: (949) 494-6085.
Shocking amount of sugar (and sugar free)
A great place to satisfy sugar cravings is at Rocky Mountain
Chocolate Factory. The chocolate shop hand-makes 65% of the treats in
the store daily. If you’re into caramel apples, here’s some of what
you can get: caramel apple w/walnuts, Butterfinger, apple pie, mud
pie, cheesecake, Rocky Road, German chocolate cake, monster and
Huntington Beach apple.
The shop also has chocolate-dipped fruits, truffles, taffy,
Australian licorice, cocoa and sugar-free chocolates. Rocky Mountain
Chocolate Factory is at 248 S. Coast Highway. Information: (949)
Remodel with expertise
You can find all kinds of ideas for remodeling projects at Skyline
Kitchen & Bath’s showroom. Skyline does it all, including
entertainment centers, plumbing, tile flooring, lighting, window and
door replacements, granite fabrication, cabinet refacing, tile
flooring and custom cabinets. You can also get free estimates and
consultations at Skyline. It’s at 31671 S. Coast Highway.
Information: (949) 499-5052.
Family photos with style
Family and individual portraits can be commissioned at The Michael
Bryan Art Gallery. The gallery is filled with Bryan’s original works
and limited edition prints. His artwork is very colorful and lively,
and his themes range from cigars, liquor and the good life, places,
sports, street scenes, cars and motorcycles, music, western and
tropical scenes. It’s at 303 Broadway #104. Information: (949)
Take a trip to the body shop
Coast Therapy is celebrating its 15th anniversary of offering just
about every kind of physical therapy you can imagine. Its services
aren’t only for athletes. They include personal training, massage
therapy, sports medicine, hand and upper extremity therapy and
Palates. It’s at 1100 S. Coast Highway Suite 221. Information: (949)
* GREER WYLDER writes Best Buys for the Coastline Pilot. She can
be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or P.O. Box 248, Laguna Beach, CA
92652, or via fax at 494-8979.