Acupuncture and shopping may not be seem like obvious retail partners, but at Glow Boutique + Wellness in Laguna, they mix quite harmoniously.
Taryn Freeman and Gina Negri Klebanoff paired up on the concept, and call the shop a place to feel good both inside and out.
The shop offers luxury basics from labels such as Velvet, Lanston, Krisa and 360 Sweaters, denim brands like Paige and Citizens of Humanity, and acupuncture services by Klebanoff, a licensed acupuncturist and Laguna resident.
"The lines [we offer] stay true to the vision and concept for the store," Klebanoff said.
The overall feel of the store is serene, with a clean, fresh decor and soft, neutral clothes. Freeman, who previously owned and ran Taryn Michelle boutique that used to be across the Surf and Sand Resort, is the eye behind the fashion offerings. Klebanoff had been a customer at her previous shop.
Just behind the boutique is a tranquil waiting room that features sliding doors out to a small patio with an ocean view. Follow that through to a treatment room, where Klebanoff, who has been an acupuncturist for about five years, does acupuncture and patient overall well-being, addressing things such as diet and body ailments. The shop also offers a small line of organic skin care, Kahina, as part of its well-being philosophy.
"We take a natural approach to supporting external beauty," Klebanoff said.
Clothes range from $50 to $350, with some accessories at a lower-price point. Jewelry, which includes names like Long Lost out of San Clemente and Dee Berkley out of Las Vegas, runs around the same price range. Acupuncture services vary in cost.
Glow Boutique + Wellness is at 1891 S. Coast Hwy.; call (949) 680-8470.
Ju-Ju-Be not just a diaper bag
Ju-Ju-Be may be known as a fashionable collection of bags for busy moms, but it fits the bill for any woman who wants to be organized.
In fact, after using them as a diaper bag initially, women switch them out and keep using them, said co-owner and partner Kristin Hunziker.
Hunziker and Joe Croft, parents themselves and former Oakley colleagues, started the Costa Mesa brand in 2005.
The idea for the company came to them after they pursued making bags for other private labels and decided to create their own brand.
"Our prints are inspired by a lot of things, " Hunziker said. "I do a ton of research, whether it's what's happening on the runway to what's happening with furniture and housewares. I do so much research and that's where the [ideas for the prints] come from and we have guest artists as well."
The company has gotten feedback from what Hunziker calls "super fans" — those who know Ju-Ju-Be's bags well and worked that in with some designs.
"The BFF [bag] was born from feedback from our best fans," Hunziker said.
All bags have fun names. There's the Be Neat food/bottle carrier, which often becomes a lunch bag, Mighty Be hand/diaper bag and Thrift Be wallet to name a few. Prices range from $80 to $180, and the bags are sold online and in local boutiques like Granola Babies in Costa Mesa and Nordstrom at Fashion Island and South Coast Plaza.
More information is at http://www.ju-ju-be.com.