I’m thrilled that I finally discovered Melange, which has actually
been here since 1981. Melange is a darling 1920s cottage filled with
an eclectic selection of fine antiques (from Orientals to Americana),
estate jewelry, paintings and textiles at moderate prices. Owner
Kathleen Robertson keeps bohemian Laguna Beach hours (by chance),
since she travels the world constantly looking for new items.
Depending on where she’s traveled, the store could be heavy on
Oriental or French pieces. Robertson has a passion for paintings. She
also has a lot of sterling, vintage Mexican silver jewelry from the
‘30s and ‘40s, ornaments from Germany and Oriental rugs. Melange is
at 1235 N. Coast Highway. (949) 497-4915.
Affordables Buy-Sell Consignment lives up to its name.
“So many stores are outrageously priced, not everyone can afford
them,” owner Eva Kat said. “I accept attractive and in style
furnishings and sell them at a fair price.”
Most items are upscale. There is contemporary and antique
furniture, as well as china, crystal and art. A lot of beach items
sell here -- bamboo, wicker and patio items. A clearance sale is in
progress. Open from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday at 1141
N. Coast Highway. (949) 376-9811.
Ready to go blooms
Most people who stop by convenient Blooms are buying beautiful
flowers for dates or parties. Ready to go bouquets, Dutch bouquets
and hand-ties are always available. Blooms has flowers for everyone:
traditional roses, exotic flowers, Casablanca lilies and stargazers.
They take special orders, too. There’s a gift room that carries
Votivo candles, decorative trays, orchids, topiaries, vases, cache
pots and porcelain pieces. Open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through
Saturday; and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at 1191 N. Coast Highway.
The Pottery Shack is one of Laguna’s most visited stores and a
Coast Highway landmark for shoppers since 1936. The
20,000-square-foot store has variety, with 400 vendors to choose
from. A circular path through the store leads to dinnerware,
garden-ware, linens, silk flowers, glassware, kitchenware and pottery
departments. Italian and French imports, classic Bauer Pottery, local
art and traditional Spode china are some of the items available.
Don’t miss the great Christmas decorations that are reduced 30%. A
big after-Christmas sale starts next week. Closed only on
Thanksgiving and Christmas. Open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Free
parking. 1212 S. Pacific Coast Highway. (949) 494-1141 or (800)
A gift certificate at Sue Marie’s Day Spa makes a great holiday
gift. Groups and private parties are welcome. The spa has an Egyptian
feel, with soft lighting and relaxing music. Its popular treatments
include European and Spiralina facials, microderm abrasion,
aromatherapy and Swedish body massages and body wraps. Manicures and
pedicures, too. Pampering skin products available. The spa is at 384
Forest Ave. (949) 494-7637. www.suemariesdayspa.com.
Beautiful grand opening
A grand opening is happening at Ocean Blue Beauty Supply & Salon.
For bargains, look for the coupon for 25% off on all beauty supplies
and 50% off on all waxing and facials. The coupon is good through
Dec. 31. As an added bonus, Ocean Blue accepts all competitors’
coupons. Great products lines available include Dermalogica, Trucco,
Biolage, Nexus, Crew, Paul Mitchell, Artec and Redken. The salon is
at 30882 S. Coast Highway (in the Albertson’s Shopping Center). (949)
Stop by Satisfy My Soul for its 30% off sale on Custo coats, pants
and tops. This trendy boutique for men and women also sells extremely
modern furniture. There’s a ball chair for $1,695, marshmallow sofas
for $1,895, egg chairs for $1,695 and a surfboard table for $475. The
apparel selection includes Sheragano separates; Isabella Fiori
handbags; very feminine and glamorous pieces from Mk Solo; Dolce and
Gabbana intimates for men; Dr. Scholl’s Louis Vuitton Sandals and
David Aubrey jewelry. Open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. 236 Laguna
Ave. (949) 376-7163.
* BEST BUYS is a weekly feature of the Coastline Pilot. Send
information to Greer Wylder at firstname.lastname@example.org or P.O. Box 248,
Laguna Beach, CA 92652, or by fax at 494-8979.