Don’t miss Laguna’s best shop for finding home accessories and
gifts, The Laguna Colony Company. It’s known for its extensive card
selection, gift books, children’s gifts, luxury linens, dish ware,
bake ware and stylish furniture. Exclusives in town are
Mariposa-aluminum serving dishes popular for wedding gifts, Simon
Pearce hand-blown glass and Match Italian pewter. Serving trays,
local art cards and Mitchell Gold furniture are its biggest sellers.
Mitchell Gold is a boutique line from the same company that does
Pottery Barn and Restoration hardware upholstery. It’s sister store,
The Malibu Colony Company is much more high-end; it’s popular with
celebrities like Barbara Streisand and Pierce Brosnan. Bargain
shoppers wait for its semi-annual sales: at the end of summer,
usually in late August or early September, and the day after
Christmas. Locals line up outside to get 50% off decor. Open from 10
a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday. 384 Forest Ave. (949) 497-8919.
Display of ethnic flair
Thee Foxes’ Trot owner Rosalie Gelston’s love of African and Asian
art is easy to spot. She fills her store, named after an estate in
England where her grandfather grew up, with art and functional
objects with an ethnic flair. Seasonal decor is also big here.
“People are flipping out over the hand-crafted Halloween witches,”
Gelston said. “And a fabulous selection of jewelry arrives in
November, just in time for Christmas.”
Other items include tableware, candles, pillows, frames, coffee
tables books and clothing. Gelston’s visually stunning window
displays have won awards from local associ- ations. Open from 10 a.m.
to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
264 Forest Ave. (949) 497-3047.
Fresh baked and yummy
Scandia Bakery is the most popular bakery in Laguna, and for good
reason. It has a first-rate deli for sandwiches, salads and soups.
There are fresh bakery items, gourmet coffees and cakes for weddings
and birthdays. Regulars can’t get enough of the exceptional cookies,
Napoleons, eclairs, petit fours, puff pastries and tiramisu. Open
from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday; and from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. 248 Forest Ave.
Shoe store for the feet
The Shoe Cellar is missing an underground level, but it does stock
plenty of feet-friendly shoes. Go elsewhere if you want 6-inch
stiletto heels. This store is all about comfort. Men and women shop
here for top-of-the-line shoe brands, including Ecco, Mephisto,
Donald J. Pliner, Birkenstocks, Timberland and Finn Comfort. Your
podiatrist will be so happy. Open from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday
through Thursday; from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and
from10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. 245 Forest Ave. (949) 376-0563.
Who needs a little color?
If you’re looking for the perfect little party dress or white
blouse you’ll find it at White House/Black Market. It’s a national
chain of boutiques specializing in women’s black and white apparel.
They’re known for feminine casual wear and evening dresses, not for
career suits. Bargains are found in the sales section. Laguna’s
stores are opposite each other at 361 Forest Ave. (949) 497-6728,
(949) 497-7882. www.whiteandblack.com.
Beauty know how
When you purchase beauty supplies at Ropage Beauty Supply & Salon,
you’re getting the best in customer service. Almost all of the sales
staff have beauticians licenses and they know the products. They
carry the latest and greatest supplies, such as the new Sebastian
hair-care line, and will gladly make special orders. First-rate
shampoos such as Alterna, Phytotherathrie and Pureology are sold
here, as well as quality skin care lines from Murad and MD
Formulations. Other items available are nail polishes, hair
accessories, cosmetics and hair color treatments. In the back of the
store is a salon for hair and skin care. The big sales are in June
and July and late August and early September. Open from 9:30 a.m. to
7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
272 Forest Ave. (949) 494-8411. www.ropagebeautysupply.com.
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CA 92652 or via fax at 494-8979.