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Small Business Saturday

November 29, 2014

What began a few years ago as American Express’ single-day effort to support small American businesses and help them attract more customers has evolved into an annual event — as well as a movement. Small Business Saturday, observed the Saturday after Thanksgiving, celebrates local, brick-and-mortar stores. When holiday shopping in Newport Beach this season, think small: The area boasts many mom-and-pop shops and specialty boutiques that will meet the needs of everyone on your list. A few will even offer surprise deals and incentives.

Olive Oil & Beyond

The culinary artist on your list will fall in love with this shop’s variety of extra virgin olive oils, fine vinegars, and gourmet groceries from around the world (pastas, marinades, and jams, to name a few) as well as elegant home and kitchen wares. Sample the array of offerings during any visit, and enjoy occasional in-store events and demonstrations. This Saturday, find special sales on some of your favorite goods. 

210 Marine Ave.; 949-566-9380

Bardot

Inspired by ’60s bombshell Bridgette Bardot and her iconic coastal style, this fashionable boutique on Westcliff Drive features “effortlessly chic clothing and accessories for the well-heeled woman,” says owner Dana Harmon. Find a mix of edgy and feminine wears by such brands as Current Elliott, Joie, and Merritt Charles (the latter is owned by Newport native Lacey Horning). This Saturday, score a small gift bag with a purchase of $150 or more.

2043 Westcliff Dr., Ste. 103; 949-515-2710.

No Rest For Bridget

This “go to” boutique for both work and weekend wear features a mix of classic and timeless pieces with edgier, on-trend items. Secret Santas can find fun accessories for friends, from jewelry and scarves to winter hats and handbags to candles and cute books. This entire weekend, the shop offers 20 percent off all purchases.

3121 Newport Blvd.; 949-566-0332

Swellegant Vintage Clothing

Surprise a stylish friend with something new and old from this hip vintage shop on Newport Boulevard. Featuring authentic recycled finds from the 1940s–1980s, Swellegant is stocked with gems ranging from one-of-a-kind to high-end designer finds. This Saturday, enjoy 10 percent off select items.

3409 Newport Blvd.; 949-673-3604

Beach Candy Swimwear

Celebrate small businesses — and winter beach weather! — with a stocking stuffer from Beach Candy. From classic resort-style one pieces to pretty boho bikinis, find an array of new styles at this swimwear boutique, as well as special sale items this Saturday. 

2824 E. Coast Hwy.; 949-640-0988

 

Specials or not, it’s important to support our small and family-owned businesses here in Newport Beach. When on your spree this holiday season, also remember to swing by these local shops in search of the perfect presents. 

For Him

Hobie Surf Shop

3140 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar; 949-706-8090

 

For Her

Elizabeth Charles

1649 Westcliff Dr.; 949-645-2300

 

For Tots

Engine-Ear Toy Shop

1003 Newport Center Dr.; 949-640-0114

 

For Home

Bliss Home & Designs

3321 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar; 949-566-0380

(Bliss will hold a grand, end-of-season sale in January.)

 

CandlEssence

319 Marine Ave., Balboa Island; 949-723-1788

Written by Ashley Breeding

Ashley Breeding is a full-time magazine editor and freelance writer. Splitting her time between Palm Springs and Orange County, Calif., she covers feature stories, fitness & outdoors, architecture & design, fashion, health & beauty.

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