There’s a bevy of new shops and services just steps from the sand in Manhattan Beach. Long known as a great spot for eclectic stores, the shopping scene has become even more interesting recently, with a number of unique spots that offer purchases shoppers can’t find in a mall.
KiND Apparel Company
Kind Apparel Company in Manhattan Beach operates on owner Kate Myers premise of owning a store in which every item “gave back in some way, the real premise of a gift that keeps on giving,” according to Meyers.
To that end, Meyers and partners Lauren Blake and Elly Young carry and make sustainable, stylish apparel that supports their own ethics. The shop carries only animal-free products that bring with them an awareness of recycling and repurposing.
“We support smaller factories and artisans with every brand we carry,” Myers says. “Starting the KiND apparel line, I’ve learned so much about how much one person can really do and how no small tasks are ever wasted if done with love.”
Among the shop’s signature items are Veggani brand vegan purses, Bureo skateboards, and of course, the store’s own signature clothing line, featuring the acronym KiND – for “Kids imagination, nations, and dreams” on high quality fabric tank tops, hoodies, and T-shirts.
1012 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach
Lulu’s Nouvelle is a boutique rebirth. The original Lulu’s was a part of Manhattan Beach’s shopping scene for 21 years, but closed in 2014. The shop’s manager, Kathy Rodarte started in Metlox Plaza, offering a wide range of clothing, lingerie, shoes and purses, European perfumes, bath and body products, vintage jewelry, and scarves. Many items are handcrafted, and Rodarte says the shop offers everything women could want all in one location. Here you’ll find vintage jewelry, designer lingerie, and Italian bath and body products from Santa Maria Novella, a soap and scent line that originated in 1612, and uses plants and herbs. Rodarte describes her shop as carrying everything women are passionate about, and along with her selection, has dedicated herself to customer service. “We’ll do anything for our clients to make them happy,” she notes.
451 Manhattan Beach Blvd #122
At mbWINEco, owner Ray Canik offers wines both new and vintage, in a sleek store and wine bar right on Sepulveda Blvd. A veteran of wholesale wine distribution, Canik sells a wide range of wines, including the popular Gaia red blend and rare wines like Petrus. “We put great effort into making sure there is something for everyone’s taste and budget,” he says. The store also offers weekly wine events and tastings for its customers, such as a recent tasting of Portugese wines.
3500 N Sepulveda #140 in Manhattan Beach.
Licia B Jewels
Licia B Jewels offers eclectic, handcrafted jewelry for men and women, combining interesting elements in fascinating patterns, such as a recent necklace that featured pearls, labradorite, and gold tassels.
Owner Licia Banks had previously owned a jewelry business in Portland, but loves the Manhattan Beach environment and features lots of local designers in her shop. Along with jewelry designs, she also carries handbags for women and collectible knives for men. “Nothing that I have in the store is traditional. Everything is unusual, something you won’t find in another store.” The shop also displays the work of local artists on its walls.
1300 Highland Avenue