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A November to remember in Laguna’s H.I.P. District

From a press release

With the holiday season right around the corner, Laguna’s H.I.P. District (on South Coast Highway between Thalia & Bluebird Canyon) offers many reasons to start your holiday shopping early.With more than 20 art galleries, 24 restaurants, coffee shops, a book store, clothing boutiques, florists, jewelers, and stylish home décor stores, the H.I.P. District truly offers something for everyone.

To begin building your shopping list, why not take a stroll and enjoy First Thursday Art Walk hospitality on Thursday, Nov 6? Many of the H.I.P. District merchants will be open from 6 – 9 p.m. If stylish, design savvy home décor is on your list, stop by Vertigo Home ( and enjoy a free espresso or latte compliments of Nespresso who will be doing an in-store demonstration. And European Optical ( invites Art-Walkers to stop in and enjoy a sip of wine while trying on brand-new eyewear from Germany, France and Spain. You can also meet employee and author, Colleen Hannegan, who will be signing copies of her just-released book, The Girl On Bike - A Mountain Bike, A Mid-Life Adventure and Men in Shorts.

Throughout the month, Laguna Beach Books ( is hosting a wide variety of events and plenty of opportunities to pick up some good reads for family and friends. On Nov 2 at 4 p.m., blogger Jennifer L. Scott will be speaking about her new book, At Home with Madame Chic: Becoming a Connoisseur of Daily Life. On Friday the 14th at 6 p.m. the book store will welcome legendary comedian Carol Leifer, who will discuss her new book, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying. And on Sunday, Nov 23 at 4 p.m. the book store welcomes local author, Sharon McErlane, who will speak about her books A Call To Power and Our Love is Our Power. Check out their web site for a complete list of events.

Other fun events and shopper-tunities [sic] in the District this month include:

The Unhappening Show by Richard White, at coastal eddy a gallery(, will showcase White’s newest collection of very unique and prodigious wall plates. This special show will kick-off with an Artist’s Opening Reception (open to the public) on Saturday, Nov 8 from 5 – 8 p.m. and run through the end of the month.

Remember When Home Furnishings ( located in the Village Faire Shoppes is a newcomer to Laguna’s H.I.P. District offering a wonderful assortment of vintage goods and pretty things. Shoppers will enjoy 10% off one-item when you mention the H.I.P. District.

Laguna Eyes( shoppers that there’s still lots of “fun in the sun” in Laguna Beach with their Fall Special on sunglasses. Mention the H.I.P. District when you visit their store anytime in November and receive 25% off sunglasses. You can wear “as is” or add prescription lenses.

Rhythm Ride ( is offering free Rhythm Ripped Classes to new local riders. Rhythm Ripped classes combine traditional spin with light weights and are offered Monday, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at 9:45 a.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m.

So, no matter what’s on your holiday shopping list, you’re likely to find it in Laguna’s H.I.P. District (! This mile-long stretch of Laguna Beach’s most interesting and historic attractions runs along Coast Highway between Thalia and Bluebird Canyon and features an array of hotels, restaurants, art galleries, shops, and services. 

Access to Laguna’s beautiful beaches can be found at the end of every cross street. In the summer months, free trolley service is provided and there is plenty of public and private parking.

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