From Fine Food to Sweet Stories, HIP Shops Enrich the Highway



As the pumpkin spice flows and the Halloween lights glow, HIP District merchants are celebrating fall in Laguna Beach with promotions and special events. Located south on Coast Highway between Thalia Street and Bluebird Canyon Drive, Laguna’s HIP District is comprised of more than 100 stores including, fashions, boutiques, restaurants, cafes, galleries, hotels and so much more.

Sapphire Laguna welcomes autumn with a special one-night-only harvest dinner on Thursday, Oct. 17. Guest chef Fabrizio Schenardi promises dishes inspired by northern Italy, including homemade duck mortadella, ricotta and veal ravioli and roasted wild boar shank with polenta. For more information or reservations call 949-715-9888 or visit

European Optical unveils the newest digital progressive lenses by Shamir; Autograph III. The shop at 1276 S. Coast Highway now carries over 60 frame lines.

Laguna Beach Books hosts several events: the monthly book club discusses “The Yellow Birds” by Kevin Powers on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m.; local author Suzanne Redfearn will be discussing her page-turner about a determined mother’s fight to rescue her children on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 5 p.m.; and, author Gordon McAlpine will be discussing his new book, “The Tell-Tale Start,” on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m., all at 1200 S. Coast Highway.

Nutritionist and fitness expert Yvonne Bishop discusses toxins on  Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Essence of Health, 1360 S. Coast Highway, from 7-9 p.m. Special guests include Dr. Megan Vali, Living Juice samples provided by owner Jamie Jansen, and Roots, The Beauty Underground gift packages from owner Laura Linsenmayer.  RSVP to [email protected]



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