For the uncommon gardener
If you’re tired of seeing common plants, and you want something
different stop by Laguna Gardens Nursery. Its slogan is “Unusual
plants for uncommon gardens.” It’s the perfect place to find
beautiful fuchsias, sages, iceberg roses, foxglove, perennials,
vegetables, ferns, delphinium, lavender, wild roses, ornamental
grasses and native plants. It’s open seven days a week It’s at 21065
Raquel Road (in the canyon, next to the dog park).
Getting on board
Children 10 and older who know how to swim can learn how to surf
at the Donavon Frankenreiter Surf School. It’s a great program that
teaches kids everything they need to know about ocean safety and
surfing. Pro surfers Donavon Frankenreiter and James Pribram work
with instructors to teach surf skills at the week-long sessions that
run now through the week of Aug. 26. All of the sessions run Monday
through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A session costs $400, and is
limited to 20 students.
Rare and original
The Village Gallery has opened a new showroom in Laguna Beach at
502 S. Coast Highway. The gallery is known for its large collection
of original oil paintings, new releases and rare, sold-out editions.
A lot of the artwork is done by Viktor, Shvaiko, Sam Park, Cao Yong,
Suljakov, Kondakova, Steve Barton, Howard Behrens, Ostrovsky, Makes,
and St. Clair. From 8 to 10 p.m. on July 20, artist Viktor Ostrovsky
will be in the gallery to show his latest artwork. Information: (949)
Best Buys reader, Kim Simms says that a great treasure in Laguna
Beach is the Athena Day Spa.
“They have the most excellent services and are friendly and
caring,” says Simms. “The massage therapists are the best I’ve every
had, and their prices are great.”
Other great features at the Athena Day Spa says Simms is that they
sell great products, do facials, and microdermabrasion. They also
stay open late, and offer complimentary parking. Athena Day Spa is at
611 S. Coast Highway in Laguna Beach. You can view their brochure by
going to www.athenadayspa.net. It’s open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday
through Tuesday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
Information: (949) 376-7918.
Everything but the artist
Every art supply you can think of is available at Laguna Art
Supply. The store stocks tons of pastels, oils, acrylics, water
colors, canvases, books, papers and frames. It is ideal for
professional artist supplies, as well as for children. Laguna Art
Supply is at 376 Ocean Ave. Information: (949) 494-8867.
Clothes on consignment
Havoc is a men’s and women’s designer consignment boutique. The
boutique accepts consignment clothing at any time, and its system
works like this: Clothing is on the floor for six weeks, and if they
don’t sell in that time period, you can pick up your clothes, or
they’ll donate them to a women’s shelter. It also carries a lot of
new merchandise. About 40% is new and 60% is consignment. It sells
current styles of apparel only, as well as jewelry, purses and shoes.
On the first Saturday of every month, there’s a 50% off rack for more
bargains. Havoc is at 374 Ocean Ave. Information: (949) 497-6822.
The cottage look
If you love the cottage look in home decorating, you’ll want to
visit Cottage Furnishings in Laguna Beach. The store is packed full
of cottage decor, including the new vintage, coastal and beach
There’s a lot of painted furniture, mirrors, oval nesting tables,
lamps, sofas, signs, night stands, frames, linens, tables, chairs,
plates and vintage valets. Cottage Furnishings is at 802 S. Coast
Highway. Information: (949) 497-3121.
* BEST BUYS appears Thursdays and Saturdays. Send information to
Greer Wylder at greerwylder@ yahoo.com or P.O. Box 248 Laguna Beach,
CA 92652, or via fax at 494-8979.