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These Boutique Owners Have the Market Cornered on Eclectic Finds and Exciting Fashion

Written By: Traci Carter Holsey Manhattan Beach Boutiques

Sitting Southwest of Los Angeles County, Manhattan Beach is one of the three Beach Cities that make up the South Bay. This collection of quiet street walks and oceanfront homes spans the Pacific Coast. Along with some of the priciest real estate in the United States, it is a burgeoning hot spot to score eclectic fashion and home goods curated from artisans and designers both local and abroad. In our recent poll, readers voted for their favorite boutique owners in the area:

Manhattan Beach Boutiques

Lenora Marouani of The Souk

Q: How would you describe The Souk and your most popular items?

Lenora Marouani: It’s definitely a worldly experience. For people who haven’t been to the Middle East, it’s a breath of fresh air. People like the tribal patterns like our Berber style, the indigenous people of Tunisia. Our pom pom blanket is one of our most requested items. 

Q: Describe the typical Souk customer.

LM: The Souk customer is usually well traveled and wants that worldly feel in their home. They want it to feel lived in. They range from beachy to eclectic.

Q: What is your mission as a business owner in Manhattan Beach?

LM: Part of our mission is global recognition of the women we work with in Tunisia. Five percent of our proceeds go to women weavers. I want to empower women entrepreneurs.

The Souk
1201 Manhattan Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
310.545.1016

 

Lauren Alexander of DACHA Interiors

Q: How does it feel to be voted one of Manhattan Beach’s favorite boutique owners?

Lauren Alexander: It’s very humbling that my client base has remained loyal and is growing. We will be here in Manhattan Beach two years in September.

Q: What is the inspiration behind DACHA?

LA: Our goal is to make your home someplace you want to spend time. We want to inspire entertaining. I’m inspired by vintage pieces and by various local artists we carry. 

Q: What goals do you have to grow your business?

LA: In the beginning of 2017 our main focus was the brick and mortar store. Now I’m able to grow my interior design business.

DACHA Interiors
1219 Highland Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
310.545.8990

Kat Master of Katwalk

Q: Who is the ideal customer for Katwalk?

Kat Master: Our store is very accessible. We have a family that’s been coming in together for years and everyone from the 60-year-old grandmother to the 16-year-old granddaughter leave with something. 

Q: What is your favorite item?

KM: Prints from the ‘90s are back but with cuter cuts. I really love the jumpsuits as well. 

Q: How does it feel to be voted one of Manhattan Beach’s favorite boutique owners?

KM: It’s awesome. We’ve been doing our beachy Boho Friday night chic in this location since 2003. It used to be a hidden community, but not anymore. 

Katwalk
312 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
310.798.7399

 

Jen Moller and Brieana Altamura of BLVD

Q: What works best about your partnership with Jen?

Brieana Altamura: We built a great friendship. When I went on maternity leave, she ran the shop for me. I made her an offer and we later became partners. 

Q: Who are your top three favorite designers?

BA: My top three favorites are Minimale Animale Swimwear, Cali Dreaming and Mara Hoffman Swimwear.

Q: How does it feel to be voted one of Manhattan Beach’s favorite Boutique owners? 

BA: I feel grateful, humbled and honored.

BLVD
320 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
310.372.0777

 

Lori Ford of Gum Tree

Q: How does it feel to be voted on of Manhattan Beach’s favorite boutique owners?

Lori Ford: It feels amazing to have support from the local community. It’s fun that other people love what I do.

Q: Why do you think your client base is so faithful to your brand? 

LF: When they walk in, they say it feels like the East Coast or New England. People can sit on the couch and order anything they want online, but the people of Manhattan Beach really care about shopping local and supporting local. 

Q: What is the inspiration for your boutique?

LF: I’m constantly looking for new and interesting products. Sometimes I go abroad. My next buying trip is to Marrakech in Morocco.

Gum Tree
324 Manhattan Beach Blvd 

Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
310.318.2990
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