Toes on the Nose, a Costa Mesa-based surf company inspired by the
art of longboarding, has a new flagship store in Laguna. It sells
men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, surfboards, accessories and
Hawaiian-style bedding. Its signature one-off original hand-shaped
boards with custom fabrics inlay are popular, as are its woven shirts
designed by Shag, a local artist. Ask about its custom Aloha shirts,
which can be designed for company gifts, golf tournaments, wedding
parties and tradeshows. Toes on the Nose also stocks fun accessories.
Everyone loves the Sanuk sandals, the “Blue Crush” style Creme de la
Gem chokers, Sugar floaties and cosmetics, Headhunter sunscreen and
highly polarized sunglasses from Spy and Maui Jim. Surfers and
snowboarders can practice balance training with the new Indo Board,
for $99 to $199 with instructional video. Open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Monday through Thursday; from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday
and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at 276 S. Coast Highway. (949)
494-4988 or toll free (877) 208-TOES. www.toesonthenose.com.
AT A DISCOUNT
Serena d’Italia sells exclusive Italian shoes and handbags for
less. Owner Bhagu Bhatia started his company in the 1970s on Madison Avenue in New York, catering to clients such as Barbara Streisand and
Jacqueline Onassis. He’s had other successful stores at the El Paseo
Collection in Palm Desert and Fashion Island in Newport Beach, before
moving to Broadway Plaza in Laguna Beach.
“My priorities have changed,” Bhatia says, “now that I have two
Bhatia’s secret for offering low prices is that he’s found
contacts in Italy, where his shoes are custom made, with the same
quality as high-end designers. Customers from all over the country
know of Serena d’Italia, and some order 25 pairs over the phone.
Serious shoppers go with Bhatia to his Santa Ana warehouse, where he
keeps 5,000 pairs of shoes and bags. The small boutique carries
women’s shoes, handbags and some men’s shoes. Open from 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at
Broadway Plaza, 303 Broadway, Suite 111. (949) 376-4070.
TRENDY AND AFFORDABLE
One of the most affordable boutiques for trendy apparel is the new
Girl Talk! Owner Ivy Beltran opened the store in September, only
buying casual trends for juniors/misses. Beltran says her customers
don’t care about labels; they want new outfits at affordable prices.
“You can buy four or five pieces here for under $100,” Beltran
Tops range in price from $12.99 to $40, and pants are about $29 to
$59. In this season are low-waist “dirty” denims, peasant tops and
fur. Accessories include handbags and jewelry. Call for store hours.
412 N. Pacific Coast Highway, Unit C. (949) 497-4005.
DONE FOR YOU
The Garden Gate is a full-service flower and gift shop. Weddings
and private home arrangements are their specialty. Owner Raymond Foo
also offers delivery anywhere in Orange County and plant maintenance
and even decorates Christmas trees. Christmas arrangements are
beautifully designed with cranberries and crabapples. The gift
section is filled at Christmas with silver orbs, ornaments, handmade
Santas and elves and custom wreaths. Throughout the year, there are
glass vases from the Czech Republic, Bebe Winkler vintage pillows
from New York and pottery. Open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Call
for extended holiday hours. 392 N. Coast Highway. (949) 494-7027.
GIFT IDEAS FOR THE ARTIST
Laguna Arts is a one-stop shop for custom picture framing and art
supplies. Owners Helen and Verle Yoder carry one of the most
extensive selections of moldings in Laguna Beach -- 1,500 to choose
from. Laguna Arts also specializes in framing for conservationists;
it frames a lot of valuable works of art and restoration pieces on
the premises. Yoder put together art kits for holiday gift giving. An
oil painting kit is $69, a colored pencil kit is $39, and a drawing
kit is $35. Guest artists offer Saturday morning seminars. On Nov. 23
there will be a decorative painting seminar. Open from 10 a.m. to 6
p.m. Monday through Friday; and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at
333 Third St. (949) 494-ARTS (2787). www.laguna-arts.net.
* BEST BUYS is a weekly feature of the Coastline Pilot. Send
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