Local Lowdown: Gather*Shop*Share in Summerland

Posted on Jun 22 by SEASONS Magazine

Erin Balint of Erin Balint jewelry at Gather*Shop*Share in Summerland. Photo courtesy Bonita.

Erin Balint of Erin Balint jewelry at Gather*Shop*Share in Summerland. Photo courtesy Bonita.

By Danielle Hazlett

In the upscale beach town of Summerland, a weekly Saturday Marketplace welcomes locals and tourists to gather and shop around a plethora of artisan makers, food purveyors and musical guests. Presented by two of Summerland’s most graceful and fashionable destinations, Bonita Beach and Botanik, the marketplace promises to embody these two boutiques’ style and to charm its visitors every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the entire summer.

Bonita Beach, a hip and sophisticated boutique, not only combines a balance of bohemian elegance with Southern California styles, but also reflects the Gypset spirit of easy living and spontaneous travel. Filled with clothing, jewelry, fragrances, leather goods and textiles that were hunted down from across the globe, Bonita’s top-designer products and welcoming staff create the perfect blend of an earthy, organic feel with a hip, Mexican vibe.

For those garden enthusiasts who appreciate design and love to bask in the aroma of floral scents, the Botanik garden is the perfect destination. Set within the ambience of a 1920s Victorian that has both interior and private gardens, the boutique has garnered regional and national acclaim that attests to its unique treasures from around the globe. Owner Molly Hutto uses beauty and history to tell a story with faded vintage textiles, reclaimed woods and old moss-covered pottery.

Other participants in the Saturday festivities vary, but include artisans such as Bestow pottery, Kala Handmade with Love jewelry, 110Made leather goods, Summerland Beach Designs jewelry, Kate McMahon knitwear, Erin Balint jewelry, India Hicks Lifestyle, Moving Mountains jewelry, artist Sierra Balint, Deb Jorgenson pottery, Wendu Seskind leather, Nostrum Shrubs, Salty Hen sugar scrubs, and Sandy Chique Turkish towels and wraps (which donates a percentage of the profits to The Gwendolyn Strong Foundation, a local charity that provides research and support for Spinal Muscular Atrophy). The summer-long marketplace—held outdoors next to Bonita Beach and in the garden area of Botanik—hosts vendors that reflect the beachy summer style and atmosphere of Summerland and the Southern California lifestyle.

For more information, visit bonitasummerland.com or visit the stores in Summerland at 2330 Lillie Ave. (Bonita), 2325 Lillie Ave. (Bonita Beach) and 2329 Lillie Ave. (Botanik).

Originally published in the Summer 2017 issue of Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine.

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