is out to explore the hot spots in our community where yogis can have unusual and unexpected experiences, explore hidden nooks and crannies and discover unique treasures that are off the beaten path. Instead of your everyday trip to the mall, we search for special spots that will appeal to those who are looking for more than the average retail experience. This month we spent the day in delightfully welcoming Seal Beach
Seal Beach is a quintessentially quaint little city by the sea. As you stand on Main Street, look up at the horizon toward the shore of the Pacific and you will understand why the locals take so much pride in this friendly community
.1. Brita’s Old Town Gardens
This verdant oasis brims with herbs, perennials, fruit trees, unique succulents and all the necessary tools of the trade. The flora is mostly organic-grown, making for a healthier planet and a welcoming butterfly sanctuary. 225 Main St.
2. California Seashell Company
For 20 years, Main Street’s oldest store has embodied all things beachy. Its stained glass, tiles, ornaments, chimes and magnets make perfect gifts for the creative person in your life. 125 Main St.
3. G’eez Ladies Apparel
In this boutique, funky lady fashion meets beautiful artistry with stunning jewelry and high-end handbags. Ask owner Glenda or Janis to help you find anything and you’ll leave with a new outfit and new friends. 132 Main St.
4. Ayurvedic Center for Natural Medicine
This holistic health care center offers massage, chiropractic, acupuncture and Ayurveda in addition to 40 yoga classes offered each week. Find your center and bring your whole body into balance at this calming haven just off of the busy PCH. 1650 Pacific Coast Hwy.
5. Up, Up and Away Kites!
Know someone who loves to be outdoors? Tell them to go fly a kite. This store is bursting with some of the most fun and unique kites around. They also carry activity books, windsocks, flags and toys, and a kite club meets approximately once a month. 139 1/2 Main St.
6. Old Town Gallery
A great place to share knowledge and find unique jewelry, this warehouse gallery features custom, wood-framed art in addition to beautiful high-end costume jewelry. Events are held monthly, with artist Daniella Foletto being featured May 12. 130 Main St.
7.The Swiss Dot
This affordable boutique is perfect for the mother-daughter shopping trip. With clothes, shoes and jewelry for both generations, owners Danielle and Malorie aim to keep the entire ensemble under $150. On its two-year anniversary, the boutique will be holding a Mother’s Day Open House with a raffle and prizes. Look for a yoga line and organic clothes coming soon. 127 Main St.
8. Tropical Juice
The late spring sun can sure feel hot when you’re lazing on the beach; thank goodness Tropical Juice is only steps from the sand. Their refreshing smoothies and fruit salads are a wholesome way to beat the heat, and they’re always served with a smile. 101 Main St.
9. Crema Café
Whether it’s breakfast or lunch, Crema Café offers healthful fare with a French flare. Savory and sweet crepes, quiches, salads, paninis and pastries round out the mouth-watering menu. Enjoy your meal under the sunshine in the café’s outdoor patio. 322 Main St.
10. Main Street Cyclery
The guys at Main Street Cyclery pride themselves on their knowledge and service, not to mention their ample selection of beach cruisers and road bikes. Local cyclists appreciate the complementary air pump located outside the store’s front door. 135 Main St.