Lido Village Books
Visiting this longtime Lido business is like stepping into a well-read friend’s library. Dark wooden shelves packed with good reads line the shop, while a small table and chairs invite young readers to sit and discover books. Signings and a regular speaker series bring authors such as Janet Fitch and Pam Houston to the store. 3424 Via Oporto, 949-673-2549
Wild Child Party & Supply
The paper plates at this party shop come in all forms, from classy silver octagons to iri- descent unicorn heads. So do the offerings at the balloon bar, where you can get bal- loons in every color plus Mylar varieties shaped like cupcakes, dinosaurs, mermaids, and more. Event stylists at the shop will help you plan your next celebration. 3406 Via Lido
Small tester bottles of scents are displayed on farm tables, an old-fashioned roll-top desk, a tall bookcase, and simple wooden shelves at this shop, which specializes in handcrafted perfumes. Pick a scent, and staff will mix a bottle for you on the spot—or take home a few samples before you settle on one. 3432 Via Oporto, 949-791-8240
This high-end beauty shop stocks luxury and hard-to-find products from brands such as Tom Ford, La Mer, Sisley-Paris, Tata Harper, and YSL. You can use the testers throughout the store to find what you need. Or ask the knowledgeable staff for advice on everything from blushes and lipsticks to moisturizers and serums. 3422 Via Lido, 949-424-6572
Good to Know
Lido Village Books hosts free children’s events with stories, music, and crafts every third Thursday.