Vote Here for Your Favorite Boutique Owner in Manhattan Beach?

Written By: Charlotte Farrell


Lori Ford of Gum Tree

Lori Ford is the proud owner of the Gum Tree Family of shops. With their flagship Gum Tree Shop & Cafe in Hermosa, Gum Tree Kids just up the street, and their new Gum Tree location in downtown Manhattan Beach, she keeps herself busy! She is a native of Manhattan Beach who loves to travel, get inspired and bring the best stuff back to her customers. She lives with her husband and business partner Will, and their two kids.

238 Pier Ave
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254


Kat Master of Katwalk

Having been in business over 15 years, Kat loves retail, and believes what sets her apart is her buying skills. When she buys, she imagines who would wear it, where they’re going, who they’re with; the whole romantic backstory. When her customers look beautiful and feel confident, it is the biggest compliment to her of all! She loves the local customers and as Manhattan Beach has become more popular among tourists, she thinks it’s so fun meeting people from around the world.

312 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266


Paige Mycoskie of Aviator Nation

Paige Mycoskie is the founder & creative visionary behind the 1970s inspired California lifestyle brand, Aviator Nation. Paige’s passion for 1970s fashion and the music that defined that time period inspired her to create her own clothing stitched by hand. Aviator Nation was born in Paige’s garage in Venice Beach, 2006, and has since grown into a global lifestyle brand with 6 destination retail locations, including Manhattan Beach.

206 10th St
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266


Maureen McBride of Tabula Rasa

Tabula Rasa has been open for almost 18 years, and features curated goods from around the world, from gifts to home decor, room fragrances, jewelry accessories and more. They support and feature local artisans and love their creative eye and uniquely hand-made objects and designs. Maureen is a third time President of the Manhattan Beach Downtown Business Association and is very involved in the local community through fundraising, hosting events in the shop, donating her own personal time and mentoring children.

919 Manhattan Ave Ste A
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266


Lenora Marouani of The Souk

Lenora has a great passion not only for home decor, but empowering women! The Souk features artisanal home decor products like ceramics, rugs, textiles and jewelry made by women in Tunisia and other neighboring countries. She has partnered with initiatives that not only support the hardworking women financially, but aid in their entrepreneurial training. A percentage of each purchase goes back her women empowerment cause! Also having a business in Manhattan Beach has really opened up her eyes to what community really means.  The love and support from like minded business owners and residents has really allowed her cause to shine!

1201 Manhattan Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266


Jill Johnson & Suzanne Ascher of Waterleaf Interiors

Jill and Suzanne have created Waterleaf out of a joint appreciation for eclectic styles. Jill was a former clothing designer who worked for twelve years before going into interior design. Her background in fabrics and print design can be seen in her ability to combine unexpected patterns, colors, and period pieces into the home. Suzanne worked for several years at Ralph Lauren which reflects her classic east coast style, and her unwavering wish to create not only longevity, but also versatility with each choice she makes for the home.

1210 Morningside Dr
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266


Dongho Shin of Éclat

Éclat is a fashion boutique located in the beautiful city of Manhattan Beach, CA. Éclat carefully offers a range of seasonal collections curated with delicately selected women’s ready-to-wear, bags, shoes and accessories that fit into the modern aesthetic. Dongho Shin is the owner of Éclat, and he is developing its on/off line fashion business based on three keywords, ‘multi-culture, multi-lifestyle, multi-customer experience.’

1100 Manhattan Ave, Ste 102
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266


Lauren Alexander of DACHA Interiors

Lauren brings her years of experience in design and luxury retail management to her interior design and retail business, DACHA, where she shares her distinct brand of livable California luxury. When asked what she loves most about Manhattan Beach, Lauren says she appreciates the strong sense of community. “This is such a tight, family oriented community and I feel so lucky to build my business and raise my family here.”   

1219 Highland Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266


Sisongfa Noukhay of Greigh Goods

Sisongfa Noukhay is an American designer of Laotian and Hmong descent. In 2015, Greigh Goods launched with a commitment to providing luxury fashion that is wearable and accessible. The designs are produced in small runs in Los Angeles and represent Sisongfa’s multicultural background, design experience and love of the laid-back ‘California’ aesthetic. Sophisticated silhouettes with whimsical details are the trademark look. The Manhattan Beach location invites the customer into the design process as Sisongfa sketches, drapes and makes patterns on-site.

1300 Highland Ave, Ste 108
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266


Nancy and Dana McFarland of Wrights

Wrights is another Manhattan Beach family legacy boutique from Dana and Nancy Mcfarland. The shop features clothing, Navajo blankets, and assorted curiosities. They pride themselves on representing the “free-spirit eclecticism” of Southern California style.

232 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266


Marissa Marsh of Waverly Boutique

Waverly Boutique, located steps from the beach in Manhattan Beach, California, specializes in women’s clothing, accessories and gifts. They carry a wide selection of items—from casual, everyday clothing to dressy items for special occasions as well as local and international designers.

912 Manhattan Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266


Jen Moller and Brieana Altamura of BLVD

Jen Moller and Brieana Altamura decided to team up and combine their 20 years of experience in the industry into a men’s and women’s shop that carries clothing, swim, shoes and accessories found nowhere else in the beach cities. With an emphasis on local designers and American Made lines the selection at Blvd. combines tried and true favorites with up and coming contemporary designers. Whether you’re headed down to the sand, or for a night out with your friends, Blvd. is a one stop shop for both men and women.

320 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266


About The Author

Charlotte is a fan of all things beauty, health, food, wellness, travel and a touch of nerdy fandom. She graduated with honors from the University of California, San Diego in Communications and English Literature and enjoys writing, looking at puppies on Instagram and drinking all the tea.

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