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Neighborhoods: Along the Boulevard
The Modern Vault
Look beyond the beautiful midcentury credenzas and dining tables ($999 to $2,399) for surprises such as a wire plant stand ($119), Dansk pepper mill ($149), and preserved 1960s travel posters ($250). 351 Old Newport Blvd., 949-791-7035, themodernvault.com
Social B Boutique
Beaded bracelets and geode necklaces from local jewelry maker g2g Designs ($40 to $80) share space with boho-chic dresses ($30 to $79), and Royal Apothic hand creams ($24). 359 Old Newport Blvd., 949-533-3525, socialbboutique.com
Artist Timree Gold, known for her cheery, hand-painted dishes, canvases, and murals, teaches painting classes, above, with seasonal themes for kids and adults ($50 per person) in this sunny, second-floor studio. 365 Old Newport Blvd., 949-723-1300, timree.com
Hidden almost out of sight, this Vietnamese restaurant nonetheless has a loyal following for its spring rolls ($4 to $6) bursting with fresh veggies and shrimp, rich pho ($6 to $9), and an extensive vegetarian menu. 325 Old Newport Blvd., 949-574-2479, facebook.com/cafelotus
Photographs by Priscilla Iezzi
This article originally appeared in the June 2014 issue.