At the Village at La Floresta in Brea, a $2.5 million art installation titled “Oasis” towers over a cozy sitting area stocked with cushy patio furniture. The steel posts topped with aluminum quills that move with the wind are just part of the allure of the new shopping center, filled with enticing boutiques and restaurants.
Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern
At this gastropub’s second O.C. location, diners on the shaded patio dig into ahi poke ($14), New England clam chowder ($9), pastrami Reubens ($18), and deviled eggs ($10). 3325 E. Imperial Highway, 714-733-1310, j-fat.com
Plum Pretty Sugar
The go-to online shop for floral-print robes opened its first brick-and-mortar store in February, stocked with more than loungewear. Fans of the brand will swoon over the flirty dresses and tops as well as the jewelry. 3349 E. Imperial Highway, 714-599-8299, plumprettysugar.com
Kriser’s Natural Pet Store
Leather leashes ($45 to $56), Jax and Bones toys ($16 to $20), and a grooming room fill the front of this shop, but the real draw is an array of organic food and treats for dogs and cats. 3341 E. Imperial Highway, 657-444-2766, krisers.com
Blue Eyed Girl
The fifth outpost of the O.C. chain offers the essentials for a California-boho look: Wildfox graphic Ts, classic bandage and shift dresses from Bailey44, Rag Poets sweaters, and Free People shoes. 3381 E. Imperial Highway, 714-983-7782, shopblueeyedgirl.com
Photographs by Melissa Valladares.