Locals Only offers the best of trendy

October 18, 2002


Locals Only is the Barneys New York equivalent of a vintage

clothing store. For 20 years owners Jim Olarte and Larry Craig have

preferred a minimalist display and carry what's in fashion in vintage

styles from the mid-1940s to mid-'70s. If peasant dresses are in,

turquoise or fur, you'll find them here. Surfwear designers from

Stussy, Billabong, Hang Ten Italy and Hollister Ranch shop here for


inspiration. An archive room in back serves as their resource; they

digitize hundreds of images of clothing. There's a selection of

Halston dresses, Hawaiian shirts, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and

Ferragamo accessories. Souvenir and rock 'n' roll T-shirts are

especially hot now. The store's display of vintage skin boards and

skateboards attracts a lot of attention. Even Bruce Weber

photographed them for an Abercrombie and Fitch catalog! Open from 11

a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at 664 S. Coast Highway. (949) 494-0022.

Come in and get framed

Need a special picture framed? Stop by The Art of Framing. In

addition to beautiful moldings and mats to choose from, it has a

print library where you can select from more than 5,000 images.

Choose from classic works of art to movie posters; then have it

framed for that right look in your home or office. Owner Mac Meehan

has a great eye for matching frames with art. Open from 10 a.m. to 5

p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at 1454

S. Coast Highway. (949) 464-0747

Rare shop offers rare fossils

Kristalle Natural History Gallery is one of Laguna's most unusual

stores specializing in minerals, rocks, fossils and rare shells.

"Most people have no idea what we have here," says manager

Stephanie Andrews. "About 10% of what we have upfront is polished

stone because most people can't relate to unpolished pieces."

Kristalle specializes in specimens in their natural state.

Minerals come from Pakistan, Poland, Peru, Spain, India, Peru and

Afghanistan. Rare pieces include: a 200-million-year-old dinosaur

track found in Massachusetts, and a 44-million- to

50-million-year-old sting ray fossil. Kristalle can accommodate all

budgets. Kids buy 50-cent tumbled stones, and collectors from all

over the world spend thousands on specimens. Open from 10:30 a.m. to

5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 875 N

Coast Highway in Laguna Beach. (949) 494-7695.

Top bikes for all types of use

Owner Chuck Densford of Rainbow Bicycle Company says he probably

has the most popular bike shop in Orange County. People from all over

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