by Betsy Weinberger
’Tis the season for vacation buying, and although most of us are resorting to e-commerce as a result of comfort and COVID-19, the Claremont Village retailers have loads of choices. There’s additionally a gentle stream of foot site visitors, due to loyal prospects and distinctive specialty retailers.
There’s no query you possibly can just about discover a present for everybody in your vacation checklist within the Claremont Village. There’s a males’s specialty clothes store, plenty of jewellery and ladies’s attire retailers, and a youngsters’s toy retailer that’s been open for 36 years on the identical nook of Harvard Avenue and Second Avenue. There’s additionally a wonderful choice of one-of-a-kind items. Nicely, maybe not every little thing. You’ll be able to’t discover a swanky hashish dispensary on the town, however that’s how town prefers it.
That is the time when small retail companies see their ledgers transfer from pink to black for the 12 months, and now greater than ever they want Claremont’s full help. There’s by no means been a greater time to “store native!”
Final week’s Los Angeles County order prohibiting eating places from providing out of doors eating might have an effect on Village site visitors, however many eateries nonetheless might serve outside regardless. Enterprise house owners comparable to Donna Daniels of The Grove Classic clothes and present retailer is hoping they won’t shut down the retail retailers. Most native institutions like The Grove needed to regulate these previous months by providing extra on-line shopping for. Plus, there’s all the time curbside pick-up accessible.
Sure, on-line buying is straightforward and handy however there’s nothing extra pleasurable than sauntering into Claremont’s quaint and eclectic village to seek out that particular, distinctive present. Listed here are some solutions—and don’t neglect to put on your masks and observe social distancing!
Tina G Cosmetics
Christina Gaudy Prentiss couldn’t have opened her bigger customized make-up store at a worse time. She moved from Harvard Sq. right into a 1,300-square-foot location for Tina G Cosmetics on March 1. A make-up artist for 25 years, she appeared on the primary season of Actual Housewives of Beverly Hills. Tina has created her personal all pure cosmetics line that customized blends lipsticks, lip gloss, basis and eye shadow. She calls it “bespoke magnificence,” the lipsticks and gloss scorching molded and poured as you watch. You’re even capable of embrace a taste.
Ms. Prentiss envisioned massive teams of 30 for Women’ Evening Out or teen birthday events, however these have been placed on maintain. Over Father’s Day she did supply a Daddy-Daughter lip gloss making occasion, which was an enormous hit.
She’s capable of now supply events for as much as 10 individuals and takes particular person appointments. Stroll-ins are additionally welcome. Presently, she’s providing 15 % off present playing cards. The easiest way to succeed in her is to textual content at 909-285-7030 or electronic mail at [email protected]
Homeowners Abby and Blake Brewart opened Ubatuba Acai two months in the past on Yale Avenue. They’d a store at Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga, however all the time wished to maneuver nearer to residence in Claremont.
Ubatuba is a location in Brazil the place they supply the acai. Nothing is frozen—every little thing is served contemporary. You construct your personal bowl for one set worth, and smoothies are blended with quite a lot of juices or hemp milk, pitaya or acai, and contemporary fruits. Scrumptious baked Argentinian empanadas from Noma’s in Beverly Hills are available quite a lot of fillings.
An e-card would make an excellent present for the health-conscious individual in your vacation checklist.
Nekter Juice Bar
One other place to seek out freshly made juice, cold-pressed juice cleanses, smoothies and handcrafted acai bowls is the lately opened Nekter Juice Bar, within the Claremont Packing Home.
You’ll be able to obtain their app and order forward whereas incomes rewards. An elderberry smoothie is on the menu this month for the vacations.
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Discover every little thing you want, together with Child Yoda, at Claremont’s toy retailer on Harvard Avenue. John Peltekci took over Boon Companion six years in the past.
It’s a comforting, splendidly stocked retailer that’s been on the town for 3 a long time.
The shop carries every little thing wanted for that teenager in your checklist, and presents present wrapping and supply for a payment. There’s no on-line buying, however you possibly can view the stock on their web site and name 909-625-1993 to position an order.
Kiwanis See’s Candies Vacation Retailer
The Kiwanis Membership of Claremont is again with their annual See’s Candies fundraiser. The Kiwanis Membership of Claremont is devoted to serving the local people by means of numerous service and fundraising initiatives, together with the Learn Me Program, and sponsorship of Monday Evening Concert events and Pancake Breakfasts.
The See’s Candies Vacation Retailer is open till December 24 on the Richard Hibbard Auto Heart at 191 S. Indian Hill Blvd. Hours are Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to six p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to three p.m. On Sundays you’ll discover the Kiwanis promoting See’s Candies on the entrance of the weekly Farmer’s Market at Harvard Avenue and Second Avenue from eight a.m. to 1 p.m. For extra info and look at the gadgets accessible on the market, go to ClaremontKiwanis.org.
The Grove Classic
This well-known boutique store that began in Harvard Sq. has now moved to curbside. At Grove Classic, Donna Daniels has been promoting ladies’s and junior’s clothes, sneakers, jewellery and sparkly masks at one retailer location. Two doorways down on Indian Hill Boulevard, you’ll discover books, stationery, candles and different present gadgets together with dwell crops. One reviewer referred to as it a “Coachella-like way of life” model.
Ms. Daniels needed to pivot to promoting on-line in the course of the pandemic and is providing buy-one-get-50-percent-off a second buy. Go to them in-store or at thegrovevintage.com.
The Hens’ Kitchen Shoppe
This common boutique additionally began in Harvard Sq. and has additionally now moved to curbside. To outlive these previous months, the store has been fairly profitable at curating present packing containers for Mom’s Day, summer time and fall, so naturally you’ll discover a Christmas baking present bag for $99. Transport is free for any order over $75.
Supervisor Kellie Wright says the shop went from gnomes being the favored merchandise in 2019 to mushrooms being all the fad this season. “They’re whimsical and glad, and we’d like glad now,” added Ms. Wright.
Proprietor Charlotte Cousins was a buyer of Buddhamouse when she took over 9 years in the past. The 34-year-old institution on Harvard Avenue presents simply what all of us want proper now. Ms. Cousins says the store is all about “selling peace, magnificence and well-being” by providing imported ritual objects, artwork, music, books, jewellery and different items. There’s a room within the again that gives workshops in aromatherapy, mediation and even coloration remedy, along with tarot, astrological and psychic readings.
“Folks come right here to hunt inspiration and we provide plenty of methods to remain linked and get impressed,” Ms. Cousins mentioned. Go to their web site at buddhamouse.com for pricing or name the store at 909-997-0761 for extra info.
Studio C Authentic Artwork
Cease by Studio C Authentic Artwork boutique on Bonita Avenue between Harvard and Yale to seek out really one-of-a-kind items created by native artists. Proprietor Elizabeth Carr has additionally been busy these previous months stitching—by her estimate—1,400 masks in numerous materials, together with pleasant vacation variations.
She and the opposite 20 artists are additionally showcasing vacation items this month, together with ceramics, fused glass and enamel items. Take a look at her web site at studiocclaremont.com.
Oh, and don’t neglect to ask for Cleo, a year-and-a-half previous grey cat who was left on the age of six months with a damaged leg in entrance of Bert and Rocky’s. She an excellent addition to the gallery!
In want of a therapeutic massage? I do know I’m! Up to now, Aromatique remains to be capable of supply massages, however facials have been placed on maintain. Based in 1989 within the Claremont Village, the day spa on W. First Avenue presents a variety of skincare and present gadgets on your vacation buying. This month it’s providing a “SPAliday” present certificates—$69 for a 55-minute Swedish therapeutic massage.
Lastly, no buying journey is full with out giving your visible senses a deal with by stopping at Barbara Cheatley’s vacation shows on Harvard Avenue, or enhancing your style buds with craft oils, vinegars, spirits and liquors at vomFASS on N. Indian Hill Boulevard. These distinctive and established retailers are prime examples of why buying Claremont is such a singular expertise.
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