Designs by Nature is ushering in its 25th year in San Clemente by holding an artist reception scheduled for 7-9:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, at the gallery.
A local artist who has studied several mediums in jewelry creation—including silver metalsmithing, cloisonne enameling, champleve, precious metal clay and stone cutting—will be onsite during the event.
Kirk Kegel, who is known for his stone-art photography, is a longtime resident of San Clemente and will be on hand during the evening too, introducing new photographs and cards showing small scenes in stone slabs.
There will be opportunity drawings throughout the evening and refreshments will be served.
Designs by Nature is a nature gallery of various minerals, crystals, fossils, wood and stone sculptures, gems and beautifully designed jewelry. Designs by Nature is also a custom lapidary and is a supplier of lapidary equipment.
The owners said there is plenty of parking in the back of the gallery which is located at the southerly corner of Avenida Rosa and South El Camino Real next to Starbucks Coffee. The gallery’s hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. or by appointment, with extended daily hours through the holiday season.
114 Avenida Del Mar, No. 1, San Clemente
For 15 years, ERBA has been a mainstay of the Avenida Del Mar corridor among the various shops that offer specialty items.
Lisa West-Yates, the owner of ERBA, said her store carries jewelry from all over the world with “a good product mix.” She operates the store with her manager of 10 years, Gisele Tomlinson.
West-Yates said the shop is constantly changing its inventory and what it offers to provide a variety in the retail space.
“We try to treat it like a treasure hunt,” West-Yates said. “Our customers are really loyal and they support us, and we’re very grateful for that.”
Staying off the online-shopping trend, ERBA does not offer any e-commerce business.
“It’s become more challenging the last few years…more people are shopping online, so retail is challenging,” West-Yates said. “We’re brick-and-mortar. We like people to be able to touch and feel (our products). We have a lot of body care and jewelry, so the tactile experience is amazing. If you don’t shop that way, only shopping online, you don’t get that experience.”
Yates-West also said she’s been able to stay in business 15 years because of a loyal customer base, which trends show is moving toward the convenience of the internet.
“Please shop local downtown,” West-Yates said. “It’s easy to shop local online, but if we don’t support our local merchants, they won’t be here any longer.”
635 Camino De Los Mares, San Clemente
Owners Ken Beall and Joe Hautt have dunked into a location for their franchise, a new Dunkin’ Donuts location, slated to open the second week of December.
Brandon Meyer, a spokesperson for Dunkin’ Donuts with Precision Hospitality Development, said the owners chose the San Clemente location because of its easy access to the store and because of the town’s ability to support mom-and-pop operations. This is the first Dunkin’ Donuts in San Clemente.
They also selected the current location because it conforms to California’s green building standards, Meyer said.
Dunkin’ Donuts is looking to hire employees prior to opening, which include part-time, full-time and shift management positions. People can apply by visiting the website www.phdsocal.com or texting DDOC1 to 41411.
Business hours will be 4:30 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. This will not be a drive-through location, but people will be able to place orders by mobile phone and pick up at their car.
On opening day, which has yet to be solidified, the business will be offering special items such as refillable tumbler mugs.