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New vintage shop holds grand opening

Macalistaire At 1850 features home decor, art, clothing and jewelry "” all vintage.

The shop, at 1850 S. Coast Hwy., will have a grand opening from 6 to 10 tonight with a deejay and live entertainment, plus appetizers and cocktails.

Owner Rachiel Macalistaire says she has a passion for all decades of vintage and has parlayed years of experience and collecting into a business venture.


Macalistaire is a middle-school math and science teacher who loves her career and profession, but also adores art and design.

“I like to think I have the spirit of an artist, if not the talent, so I collect," she said. “My students think I’m poor because I don’t have a TV or a microwave and have all this old furniture instead. But I feel lucky in so many ways."

Elements of Morroco, Europe and Asia are all featured in the shop’s funky, stylish, affordable merchandise, according to Macalistaire.

“It’s possible to find mid-century coffee tables, fin de seicle artwork, vintage barware, as well as 1980s Vuarnet sunglasses and a 1970s Lanvin dress," she said.


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Green Building Council meets locally

The U.S. Green Building Council Orange County Chapter will be holding its First Annual Green Hospitality Conference: “Creating a Sustainable ROI" at the Montage Resort from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 27.

The keynote speaker is Alan Fuerstman, chief executive of Montage Hotels & Resorts.

The event will foster discussion of ways businesses can implement sustainable and affordable strategies successfully and specific ways to start “greening" their company.

Hotel owners and operators and those in the architectural and engineering community are encouraged to attend.

The conference includes panel sessions, vendor exhibits and speakers all designed to teach attendees various green solutions; from showing examples of easy ways to incorporate energy-saving devices into their companies to how to successfully market a hotel’s sustainable program.

Those interested in the event should visit to make a reservation for the event.


Ticket prices are $85 for USCBC members and $95 for non-members.

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

For more information, contact Vicki Phillipy at (714) 832-3616.