Monday, June 22, 2009

The Gem of Hermosa Beach

Who says you can't have it all? The beach towns of Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach are considered to be coastal gems just 20 miles outside of Los Angeles. They have picturesque ocean-fronts, residents with laid-back beach attitudes, yummy restaurants and great shopping. Gum Tree, in Hermosa Beach, is to thank for it's contribution in the shopping and dining categories.

Managing to combine the beach lifestyle and luxury tastes its neighbors are accustomed to, Gum Tree is a welcome addition. This eco-friendly shop and cafe is truly a one-stop shop. Mixing modern, trendy, and one-of-a-kind merchandise it makes gift giving a breeze...even if it's for yourself! When one walks into the updated beach bungalow it feels as if you entered your stylish friend's home. Be careful, you'll want one of everything! The first room is the living room with baskets of Dash & Albert rugs, candles, Thomas Paul pillows, beach bags and cute Hat Attack fedoras.

Wandering into the next room one will find anything a hostess would ever need for her dinner parties. Wooden cake stands, linen napkins, and beautiful Donna Hay cookbooks are a few of the treasures waiting to be found. Looking for a baby gift or just want to spoil your munchkin? The next room will help with just that, featuring Offi chalkboard table and chairs, baby bloch slippers, wooden toys and unique baby board books. Feeling like you need a little something? Well the last room has beautiful loungewear, stationary and wraps waiting to go to a good home.

Gum Tree also features amazing jewelry designers. New additions that will be available in July are pieces from Elisa Solomon and Victoria Cunningham. NYC designer Solomon's neck shakes are 14k gold with crushed stones inside. The stone choices are ruby, peridot, emerald, turquoise and blue sapphire making choosing one nearly impossible. Cummingham is a local artist from Studio City designing delicate, 14k gold dog tags with diamonds.

After all that shopping head over to the organic cafe next door to refuel and enjoy the beautiful weather on the patio. Gum Tree is a collaboration between husband and wife, Lori & Will Ford. Lori, a South Bay native and NYC fashion alum along with her successful Australian restaurant entrenepuer have given Hermosa Beach just one more thing to love!

Gum Tree
238 Pier Ave.
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Shop: 310-376-8744
Cafe: 310-376-8733

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