Stylist Ashley Whitfield opened this salon, above, in the historic Rankin Building two years ago. The 1917 Beaux Arts structure is on the National Register of Historic Places, and the salon maintains the feel with exposed brick walls, weathered wood floors, and sleek furniture. Stylists offer color, highlights, balayage, extensions, and blowouts. 117 W. Fourth St., 657-231-6100
The Chicken Rice
Out of a tiny storefront with an order counter and limited seating, this new spot for Thai-Chinese food offers more than a dozen dishes featuring, yes, chicken and rice. Diners can get seasoned ginger rice, the house specialty, with poached boneless chicken, orange chicken, or yellow, red, or green chicken curry ($10.95). 318 W. Fifth St., 714-852-3467
The owners of this vegan pop-up opened a permanent stall in the McFadden Public Market in May. Decorated to look like a 1950s diner, it serves cheeseburgers ($13), tuna melts ($13), and fried chicken ($13)—all vegan—in baskets lined with checkerboard wax paper. The milkshakes ($11) and root beer floats ($7.50) are a must. 515 N. Main St., 657-699-3076
Houseplants line the walls at this upscale stationery and gift store, while tables in the center display Mossery journals, multicolored brush pens, and high-end mechanical pencils. Every weekend, the shop hosts crafting workshops on subjects from floral design and paper flower making to modern embroidery and hand-lettering. 305 E. Fourth St., 657-245-3553
Good To Know
Laguna Beach native Ashley Whitfield of Salon Sycamore has been a stylist for two decades, having previously owned a salon in San Francisco.
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