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Neighborhoods: Laguna Beach
The Block Less Traveled
1. Strands & Stitches
Check out the whimsical project ideas in the picture window (hand-knit mermaids, anyone?), then head inside to greet Penny, above, and browse the collections of luxury yarn and fabric ($7 to $40). 516 S. Coast Highway, 949-497-5648, strandsandstitches.com
2. Penguin Café
Fuel up at this favorite for breakfast and lunch. Complete with counter service, it elevates diner food with fresh veggie omelets ($6 to $8.50), and sauces and condiments made in-house. 981 S. Coast Highway, 949-494-1353, thepenguincafe.com
3. Green Tree General Store
Pick up some holiday gifts for ecoconscious friends at this boutique, which stocks not only “green” bath and kitchen products ($5 to $70), but also artisan chocolate and honey ($5 to $10). 998 S. Coast Highway, 949-715-8715, greentreegeneralstore.com
4. Laguna Nursery
Buy for gardening enthusiasts at this reinvigorated neighborhood icon. Find colorful pottery, fountains, and sculptures ($2 to $6,000) tucked between lush plants ($15 to $140). 1370 S. Coast Highway, 949-494-5200, lagunanursery.net
This article originally appeared in the December 2013 issue.