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Shopping: Tommy Bahama Laguna Beach is a bar, grill and retail store

Also: The Row sample sale and California Market Center Friday sales.

November 07, 2010|Emili Vesilind | Special to the Los Angeles Times

There aren't too many places where you can pick up a striped sweater and a swordfish sandwich in the same spot. Such is the practical magic of Tommy Bahama Laguna Beach — a new bar, grill and retail store housed under the same roof.

The shop 'n' snack outpost — which features a full-service restaurant, a stocked Tommy Bahama store and a bar with a view of the sparkling Pacific — is the 13th combination store-eatery for the island-inspired clothing company.

But really, it's the first of its kind for the company, said Terry Pillow, chief executive of Tommy Bahama. "This is a one-off," he explained. "It's the first one of this design where we've tailored it for a specific community. Many of our restaurants are very large, while this one only seats 100. And the store and the restaurant are on the same level, right next to each other."

Housed inside a historic building, the new digs have been in development for two years and on the brand's wish list for more than a decade.

"We were talking about opening a store in Laguna 12 years ago when we opened our first [restaurant-store] in Naples, Fla.," Pillow said. "People in Laguna really have a beachy, laid-back thing. And we're a relaxed brand."

The design of the 5,500-square-foot space was inspired by traditional Bahaiman architecture, which melds airy lightness with accents of dark wood. The store-restaurant features white wood paneling, mahogany details and concrete and wood floors.

The restaurant's grill-style entrees, which range from $12 to $25, include poblano chicken, mahi mahi, steaks and burgers. Starters include ahi tuna tacos and lobster corn dogs.

The shop section features the full range of Tommy Bahama's easy, breezy apparel for men and women — which happens to be looking hip and modern these days. Though the classic printed "camp" shirt (popular with baby boomers) is still available, there are also Generation X and Y staples, such as washed cargo shorts and striped nautical dresses.

The store also carries the brand's swimwear, accessories and gift and home products. Core prices for apparel range from around $32 for a graphic T-shirt to $495 for a leather biker-style jacket.

"We are a lot of things to a lot of people," Pillow said. "Our motto is, 'Life is one long weekend.'"

Tommy Bahama Laguna Beach, 400 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach. Restaurant: (949) 376-6886; store: (949) 376-6881. The store is open 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. The bar and restaurant are open 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 11:30 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.


The Row sample sale Tuesday: Past season looks from Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's high-end collection — sold at Barneys New York and Bergdorf Goodman, among others — will be discounted at this rare four-hour sale in Culver City. Cash and credit cards accepted.

3525 Hayden Ave., Culver City. 5 to 9 p.m.

California Market Center Friday sales Ongoing: The California Market Center, which is full of fashion showrooms usually open only to store buyers, is opening its doors to the public every Friday through Dec. 17. Find hundreds of brands — including Voom by Joy Han, William Rast, Kensie, Mac & Jac — marked down to below-retail prices. Look for sale announcements each week on the center's blog:

110 E. 9th St., Los Angeles. (213) 630-3600. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Friday.


American Rag Cie Apolis reception and film screening Tuesday: Local menswear line Apolis showcases its fall collection and screens its newest film, "Vietnam Expedition," at the Apolis in-store shop at American Rag Cie.

953 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. (949) 760-1510. 6 to 8 p.m.

Erwin Creed appearance Thursday: Erwin Creed, the 29-year-old seventh-generation owner of Parisian perfumery Creed, will make a rare public appearance at Neiman Marcus Topanga to sign perfume bottles and unveil Creed's new Spice and Wood scent for men and women to celebrate Creed's 250th anniversary.

6550 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park. (818) 316-7000. 1 to 3 p.m.

Coomi trunk show Wednesday and Thursday: Jewelry designer Coomi Bhasin hosts a two-day trunk show displaying her gorgeous Eastern-inspired gold jewelry at Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills.

9700 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, (310) 550-5900. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Frederic Fekkai panel Tuesday: Hairstylists and colorists from the Frederic Fekkai Salon are joined by a panel of beauty experts, including plastic surgeon David Sayah and celebrity stylist Anita Patrickson, for a conversation on beauty.

Frederic Fekkai Salon, 8457 Melrose Place, Los Angeles. (323) 655-7800. 7 to 9 p.m.

Roger Vivier champagne reception Tuesday: Ines de la Fressange, brand ambassador for footwear brand Roger Vivier, will be holding court at this trunk show and meet-and-greet at Neiman Marcus.

9700 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, Shoe Salon. (310) 550-5900. 2 to 4 p.m.

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