Novecento Studio Boutique, which showcases designs by Laura Stearn
Cruciano, is having a moving sale in celebration of its new store at
the Newport Coast shopping center. The Laguna store will close at the
end of the year. All of Cruciano’s collections are made of fine
European and Asian fabrics, and she hand-picks Italian shoes and
accessories to compliment her designs. “The clothes are for lots of
fun, fantasy and excitement,” says Jolee Leiphon, manager. “Laura
designs functional sportswear, mother’s chic clothing and specialty
She’s known for her fantasy pieces for charity functions, like her
Mardi Gras collection, and she uses the latest stretch fabrics for
comfort. Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at 305 Forest Ave. (949)
OODLES FOR THE KIDS
For such a tiny store, Oogly Booglyz 4 Kidz packs in a lot of
darling kid’s clothes, sizes newborn to 6. Owner Connie McGowan
selects smaller clothing manufacturers not found in department
stores, predominantly from California, and some vintage dresses from
EB Baby. There are also daddy- and mommy-and-me outfits, handmade
jewelry, local hand-knitted items, hair accessories, sunglasses and
infant shoes from Goody Goody. Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. 282
Forest Ave. (949) 497-3892.
FOR THE MORE CONSERVATIVE
Louise’s Place Ladies Fashions specializes in comfortable resort
and sportswear clothing. You won’t find low-cut jeans and peasant
tops here, just fashions for conservatively dressed women in their
late 30s to 80s. For the past 25 years, owner Maggie Markarian has
enjoyed running her business herself.
“I know what customers want, since I’m always here,” Markarian
says. Popular lines are from Jump, Color Me Cotton, Caribe and
Alegre. A constant sale rack is for bargains. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
daily. 280 Forest Ave. (949) 494-0260.
A BREATH OF FRESH PRODUCE
Just about the only store that carries bright colors all year
round is Fresh Produce. The pre-shrunk cotton specialty store appeals
to people who travel to tropical spots. All of the solids, prints,
stripes and gingham pieces are designed to mix and match. Capri’s and
T-shirts are always popular.
Children’s sizes are 6 months to 14. Accessories include sandals,
hats, bandanas, earrings, bracelets, visors and socks. Open from 9:30
a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday through Saturday at 240 Forest Ave. (949) 376-2233.
A LITTLE TRENDY, A LITTLE SPORTY
Quiksilver Boardriders Club has a complete collection of
Quiksilver merchandise. It even carries the latest Roxy cell phone
geared for kids. Parents can purchase $20 to $50 phone cards to
monitor kid’s calls. The lifestyle store carries children’s and
adults’ apparel and accessories. Popular designs are used denim
pieces, velours, sweaters and coats. There is a Roxy Girl line,
standard Quiksilver collection for all ages and, for finer fabrics,
the Silver Edition line for men. Open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily at 255 Forest Ave. (949) 376-0245. www.quiksilver.com.
FLOWERS ON THE GO
Laguna Flower Co. specializes in rare and exotic flowers imported
from all over the world. The specialty flower shop even has tropicals
shipped in from Hawaii weekly. It’s a gift shop too. Open from 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 384 Forest Ave. (949) 497-1236.
SOMETHIN’ NEW AT GINA’S
Gina’s Pizza & Pastaria has recently expanded its dining area and
added a 42-inch Plasma TV. Gina’s will expand its special- order
small pizza to a large for the same price -- a $4.25 savings. The
offer is for dine-in orders only. 1100 S. Coast Highway.
* BEST BUYS is a weekly feature of the Coastline Pilot. Send
information to Greer Wylder at email@example.com or P.O. Box 248
Laguna Beach, CA 92652; or via fax at 494-8979.