Business Moves


Locals Branch Out With Twig


Susan Elliott checks on the carpentry in the soon-to-open gift store Twig.

A new gift store, Twig, will open at 1175 S. Coast Highway this month, the brainchild of longtime Laguna Beach residents Susan Elliott and David Richardson.


The former computer programmers met at UC Irvine when Elliott asked Richardson about sharing a box of computer cards. Their two children, Irene and Will, both graduated from Laguna Beach High School.


Elliot hopes the store will be a Disneyland for adults, where husbands won’t feel like they should wait outside. Guys will peruse Twig’s t-shirts featuring designs by famous tattoo artists.  Ladies will flip for vintage and reconstructed jewelry, and new and vintage aprons, candle holders, vases and mirrors.


With little retail knowledge but a lot of experience shopping and creating costumes for school drama productions, Elliott read the book “Retail for Dummies” from cover to cover in preparation. “What could go wrong with that?” asked her son. She started off collecting leafy jewelry and lamps, hence the store’s name. Soon, she expanded her vision to include retro gifts with plants and leaves still in mind. She looked for treasures from California to England to Boston, where her daughter attended college. Check out lamps and lighting sculptures made by a Cambridge vendor that incorporates old MIT lab equipment.


Located next to The Sandpiper bar, Twig’s building was designed in the ‘50s as a meeting room for the Laguna Beach branch of the United Order of Theosophists, a mystical religion started in the 1800s that supports the idea of freedom of thought and universal brotherhood of humanity.


The original architect Gregory Ain worked for Richard Neutra early in his career, and was considered a second-generation modern architect. The cinder block building features a high, pyramid-shaped ceiling with a skylight in the middle of one of the rooms. The store has been updated inside, and divided into two suites; the second suite will be occupied by a new clothing store, Isla.




Sisters Fulfill Beauty Boutique Dreams


Tennessee sisters Nikki Lee and Bonnie Vaccaro have fulfilled a life-long dream of opening Beau Monde Beauty Boutique inside of Serandi hair salon, 1833 S. Coast Highway, in Laguna Beach, moving far from their roots to offer southern hospitality.


From an outdoor cabana with an ocean view for services, the sisters’ boutique help make Serandi a one-stop full service salon. They offer gift items, the Natura Bisse skin care line from Spain, Minxx & Shelac nails, airbrush tan, eyelash extensions and jewelry lines.


The sisters’ project was born of years of research, personal experience and one on one customer service. They first cultivated their artistic talents with their French chef mother, planting vegetable gardens, cooking, sewing their own clothes and keeping their eye on the latest fashion, makeup and skin care.


For more information on the sisters and their boutique, please visit




Spa Packages Offered at Pacific Edge


Laguna Beach’s Pacific Edge Hotel is offering three new packages during the fall and winter seasons for all kinds of vacationers.

The three holiday packages range from a girls getaway to a vacation for football fans to a private spa cabana package.

For details on each of these special offers, please visit




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