Shop Local This Month at These 5 Shops
As we head into the holidays, it’s easy to stop by your local department store or shop online for a gift. But part of what makes our Newport Beach community so special is its collection of small, locally-owned businesses! From Balboa Island’s shop-lined Marine Avenue to Lido Marina Village’s assortment of charming boutiques, there are plenty of ways to shop small this season and show our local businesses some love! This week, we’ve hand-selected five of our favorite stores that’ll help you get a head start on your gifting.
Karen Alder’s seaside boutique, Etc. Etc., has remained a Balboa Island staple for over three decades. This charming boutique sits on the left-hand side as you drive onto the island and offers an on-trend collection of women’s apparel, jewelry and gifts. From graphic tees and cozy sweaters to casual sneakers, purses and hats, you’ll love Etc. Etc.’s curated collection of goods. Shop for the lady in your life, and show some love to this long-standing local business!
For those who love the beachy aesthetic when it comes to decor, Seaside Gallery and Goods is the perfect place to pick up some goodies for your home! With everything from kitchenware and cookbooks to potted plants and apothecary items, this boutique in the heart of Newport‘s harborside dining and shopping district is a must-visit this fall. Seaside Gallery and Goods is a small business collective of over 20 local artists, curators and designers who rotate running daily in-store operations. This aspect makes it a totally unique and communal shopping experience!
Located on Westcliff Drive, The Red Balloon Ltd is an adorable women’s and children’s boutique that carries a variety of designer items. If you’re looking for gifts for the kiddos, this is the place! Shop everything from dresses and tops to shoes, sweaters and everything in between. The Red Balloon even has a great collection of Birkenstocks for adults and kids! Other designer items at this boutique include creations from Zoe Chicco, Les Coyotes de Paris, ROAM, Brochu Walker, Clare V and more.
Set in a bayfront building that boasts 8,000 square feet of retail space, A’maree’s remains a Newport Beach staple when it comes to designer shopping. This family-owned boutique is home to an impressive assortment of clothing, handbags, shoes, jewelry, home goods and beauty items. Stop by, and spend time browsing through the store’s stylish selection of designer items! And if you’re in need of a thoughtful gift, there’s no better place to pick out something chic and special this season.
Comfort comes to life at hjom. on Balboa Island! This small shop carries a multitude of beautiful home goods, including furniture, lighting and decor. Pick up a new fall-scented candle, coffee table book or set of throw pillows for your home, or pick out a gift for a friend! hjom. is dedicated to bringing a sense of hygge to Newport Beach—a feeling of comfort, wellness and contentment. Everything at hjom. has been hand-picked to create a little hygge in your life. You’re sure to love the shop’s use of rich textures and soft fabrics!
Written By: Kaylin Waizinger