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The Laguna and Newport Beach Guide

In the last ten-plus years, Laguna Beach has pretty much become a household name, largely thanks its presence on TV. But for those who know it well, it’s a quirky beach town tucked into Orange County marked by palm-tree studded streets, a string of art galleries, hotels both big and small that sit right on the bluffs, plus, locally run boutiques and beloved restaurants that have been around for years. Farther north, a 25-minute drive up Highway 1 in Newport Beach, we’ve set shop with goop GIFT in Lido Village. In honor of our pop-up location, we corralled a few of our favorite neighborhood shops, go-to cafés, and one very good boat rental just for the occasion.

Alchemy Works

Alchemy Works

3408 Via Oporto, Lido Marina Village | 949.438.1183

Alchemy Works is the brainchild of LA-based husband-and-wife duo Lindsay and Raan Parton. The industrial-style shop doubles as a gallery and events space, so there’s lots of room to peruse the hand-picked apothecary pieces, letterpress prints, and indie-designer accessories, including Heidi Merrick velvet bodysuits, Janessa Leoné hats, Clare V clutches, and Grace Lee jewelry. Also sharing the space is a Warby Parker shop-in-shop and a Blacktop coffee counter. The original location is in DTLA.

A’maree’s

A’maree’s

2241 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach | 949.642.4423

A’marees originally opened in the 1970’s in a modest retail space and has since moved to a stunning waterfront location, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows and a private dock. Around town, everyone seems to know the family behind the boutique—Nancy Brown and her daughters Dawn Klohs, Denise Schaefer, and Apryl Schaefer—for their impressive edit of Alaïa and Céline, plus jewelry by Marc Alary. The ladies also stock some pretty incredible art.

goop GIFT Newport Beach

goop GIFT Newport Beach

3446 Via Oporto, Lido Marina Village | 949.612.8461

From now through Dec. 24th, goop GIFT has set up shop in Lido Village, a new shopping and dining compound on the water in Newport Beach. With the goal of making the seasonal shopping as stress-free as possible, goop editors have done all the hard work for you, and with twelve personality-driven gifting categories there's something for everyone (and we mean everyone—pets included). Whether you need a special gift or token for the health nut, the cook, the dreamer, the host, or the lover in your life—to name but a few—we've got you covered. Shoppers will find everything featured in our goop gift guides IRL, alongside the very best of the goop shop across skincare, homewares, clothing, and accessories. The Newport Beach outpost (other locations include Miami and New York City) operates as a legit one-stop-shop. Once you've completed your shopping, enjoy the convenience of in-store wrapping, personalization (why not?), plus, local delivery to your home.

Jenni Kayne

Jenni Kayne

3450 Via Oporto #103, Lido Marina Village | 949.945.2608

Staying true to the brand's minimal, warm aesthetic, the Jenni Kayne Newport location is decidedly the most beachy of the designer's six outposts: floor-to-ceiling white offsets the bleached wooden platforms resulting in a clean, light-filled, inviting boutique. Look for the collection's greatest hits (velvet mules, cozy cashmere, silk blouses) along with finds from The Great, Acne, and Santa Maria Novella.

Juxtaposition Home

Juxtaposition Home

7976 East Coast Hwy, Newport Beach | 949.715.1181

Wife-and-husband team Michele and Santos Graham have an eye for an industrial aesthetic, stocking items that lend a lived-in, sort of wabi sabi vibe mixed in with beautiful textiles and home accent pieces. There's also an assortment of classic beach clothing, including St. James striped shirts and CP Shades linen tunics.

Laguna Supply

Laguna Supply

210 Beach Street Space, Laguna Beach | 949.497.8850

In a small, light-filled boutique owners Laura Hart and Dana Marron apply a strong sense of what OC women want to wear to their edit at Laguna Supply. Look for breezy Isabel Marant prints, Ulla Johnson dresses, and Nili Lotan trousers, plus made-in-LA Janessa Leoné hats and Rachel Comey shoes. Equal parts beachy and upscale, you can just as easily find something here for the beach as you can for a night out.

North

North

80 Glenneyre St., Laguna Beach | 949.715.9873

Here you'll find structured military shirts by Freenote next to Levi's denim and Jack Mason Slim watches, all of which have an authentic, traditional bent. A fail-proof spot if you're in need of a gift for a special guy in your life.

Roger’s Gardens

Roger’s Gardens

2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd., Newport Beach | 949.640.5800

What originally began as a humble Costa Mesa gardening center back in 1965, Roger's Gardens has grown over the past five decades to be one of the country's most well-known landscaping, gardening, and florist companies. Having been located in its current Newport location since 1975, it's become a destination for visitors seeking incredible plants and flowers, authentic pottery, gifts, and furniture. Best yet: The staff is knowledgeable and friendly, and Farmhouse, a local farm-to-table restaurant, is situated in the middle of the gardens' gorgeous grounds.

Sugar Paper

Sugar Paper

3431 Via Oporto #105, Lido Marina Village | 949.524.3000

Known for its modern and beautiful letterpress stationery, Sugar Paper also does great holiday cards, wedding invitations, and monogramming. The tiny shop (with a sister location in the Brentwood Country Mart) also offers cards and paper goods from Rifle Paper Co., Kate Spade, and more—and they can wrap any gift (just bring a box) while you wander around Lido Village.

Thalia Surf Shop

Thalia Surf Shop

915 S. Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach | 949,497.3292

This unique shop, located on Pacific Coast Highway, is a nod to Laguna's rich surf history by offering a trusted mix of clothing and gear (most of which is from independent brands) that exist solely for the sport. The team is knowledgeable and friendly, so if you're in the market for a board, or simply want to learn more about surfing, this is a good resource. It's also an unexpected goldmine for retro surfer tees, vinyl records, and art books.