Goody. A Hawaiian line called Hawaii Five-O is popular, as well as
car seat covers in Hawaiian prints. McGowan recently added a new line
of chenille blankets, throws and pillows from Kiskissa, and an
English line of girl's clothing from Dani. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
daily at 282 Forest Ave. Information: (949) 497-3892.
GIFTS ON THE GO
The Garden Gate is a full service floral and gift shop. Weddings
and private home arrangements are their specialty. Owner Raymond Foo
offers delivery anywhere in Orange County, plant maintenance and even
decorates Christmas trees. During the holidays arrangements are
especially beautifully designed and there's a nice gift section.
Throughout the year there are Czechlovakian glass vases, lamps, Bebe
Winkler vintage pillows from New York and pottery. Open 9 a.m. to
4:30 p.m. daily. Call for extended holiday hours. 392 N. Coast
Highway. Information: (949) 494-7027.
UDO'S EUROPEAN OPTICAL
European Optical. Locals who have shopped here for nearly 30 years
call it Udo's. It's Laguna's best eyewear shop. With 120 eyewear
designers to choose from and a lab on the premises it's above the
rest. Owner and optician Udo Steoeckmann is known for salvaging
customer's favorite broken frames and does while you wait repairs.
Teenagers to grandparents shop here for cutting edge to conservative
style frames. Stylish lines are from Eye' DC, Kyo Yamato, Imago,
Alain Mikli, JF Rey and Microshapes, Anna Sui, Harry Larry and Chanel
are making a big comeback. It has the hottest line in eyewear; Kazuo
Kawasaki 2.5 Eyephonics, ultra-light at 2.5 grams in dressy or sporty
designs. Custom frames are available from Kala eyewear. Open 10 a.m.
to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at
1276 S. Coast Highway. Information: (949) 494-6106
PLENTY TO WEAR
AND ANTIQUE LIGHTING
Boutique Marianna carries a big selection of workout wear, evening
wear, pajamas, hard-to-find dance shoes and apparel for women and
children; jewelry and leather goods. Name brands include: Nick & Nora
and P.J. Salvage pajamas; Capezio and Barryshnikov dance wear; and
City Lights and Satori Sport workout wear. Brighton, a Los Angeles
based company for silver accented purses, bags, hair jewelry, eyewear
and shoes is carried here. Good quality clothing. Colors don't fade
and fabrics won't shrink. Owners Phyllis and Chris Wood love
antiques, they sell antique lighting and home accessories here too.
Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. 310 Forest Ave. Information:
GET ON BOARD
Thirty-year-olds on up shop at On Board Clothes for Women for
casual comfortable clothing, sizes 2 to 14. The styles range from
loose fitting pants and tops, to tailored capris and stretch tops.
Popular brands change with each season. In spring and summer Tommy
Bahama and Jams arrive, other brands include Sigrid Olsen, Allen
Allen and Pulp.Open 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 278 Forest Ave.
Information: (949) 376-0505.