Orange County

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Marian Paquette
1504 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach
Bold colors, richly textured fabrics, one-of-a-kind chains and clasps, and vintage detailing make Marian Paquette’s handmade bags perfect for anyone seeking to stand out in Southern California’s sometimes monotonous sea of sartorial instincts. Paquette leans on a handful of signature styles (clutches, classic top-handle bags, and foldable crossbody styles) but constructs each bag in her eponymous shop from fabric sourced from France, Morocco, or Italy. Sumptuous velvet in poppy brights, intricate embroidery, and detailed beadwork make every piece unique. (Custom bags can be commissioned; the shop also creates ottomans and pillows on request.)
Susan Grau
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Susan Grau was four years old when she had a near-death experience and discovered she could communicate with the other side. She brings an immense amount of sensitivity to her readings as an emotional medium. She, like many of us, has grappled with grief. Her mother and two brothers died by suicide. She’s on the board of directors of Eric’s House, a nonprofit focused on supporting people who have been impacted by suicide or addiction loss, work that she says has changed her understanding of her psychic abilities, grief, and the afterlife. Grau is based in Tustin, California.
Tim Brawn
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Like most psychic mediums in our guide, Tim Brawn discovered his ability to connect with the other side at a young age. He was the youngest of six siblings, and around the age of six, he started hearing and seeing spirits—which he tried to ignore. At twenty-two, he finally opened up to their messages. And for the last two decades, Brawn has been connecting people with their loved ones who have crossed through one-on-one sittings or spirit circles, which are more like workshops. In individual readings, he starts with a guided meditation before diving into the reading through clairvoyance (seeing), clairaudience (hearing), clairsentience (feeling), and clairscent (smelling).
Roger’s Gardens
2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd., Big Canyon
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.
Thalia Surf Shop
915 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach
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.
Broadway by Amar Santana
328 Glenneyre St., Laguna Beach
Chef Amar Santana has rapidly gained a following in the OC culinary world since the 2011 opening of his namesake restaurant. A Dominican Republic native and longtime New Yorker, he infuses a mix of the two worlds in both his menu and space: the food is worldly and inventive, from potato pierogi to grilled quail, and the space is a nod to industrial New York with dark wood and rustic concrete. And the team is pretty serious about their wine. It's fun to score a seat at the chef's table to get a look into what's happening in the kitchen.