The Painted Soapery at the Arcade Building

Downtown San Pedro has welcomed another new business to our community! The Painted Soapery, an artisan soap boutique, is now open at the Historic Arcade Building at 479 W. 6th Street.

The owner of the shop, Aixa Renta-DeLuca, has been making all natural soaps for over 15 years. When asked about how she got into the soap making business, Aixa explained that she had skin problems that were not going away on their own.

“In 2000 I developed rosacea. My face would turn red whenever I exercised, when it was hot and even when I blowed dry my hair. I tried every “gentle”, “medicated”, “hypoallergenic” product/make up on the market and nothing worked.  I started making “melt and pour” base glycerin soaps thinking that it may help, adding oatmeal and some natural ingredients. Then I realized that I really had to go totally back to basics.  I learned how to make cold process soap from scratch, the old fashion way. I wanted to totally control the ingredients that I put on my skin.”

When stepping foot into the store, you really get the feeling that Aixa truly cares about what ingredients she puts in her soaps. She gave us a personal tour of her soap making process and the products that her shop provides. Check it out below!

Handmade Soaps, Salts & Scrubs

The Painted Soapery sells many different kinds of scented soaps. Of course we had to feature the Mermaid’s Delight soap, San Pedro is a seaside town after all! Aixa told us that she lives on a boat at Cabrillo Marina, which we think qualifies her as an expert in making nautical soaps!

 

This is just one of the shop’s soap shelves. All of the Painted Soapery’s soaps use at least 50% olive oil and all natural ingredients. All of the ingredients are listed on each soap, so you know exactly what you are putting on your body.

This is another soap that we just had to feature. For all of the coffee lovers out there, the boutique sells an Exfoliating Mochaccino. Cocoa helps to firm skin, reduce puffiness, it’s full of antioxidants and helps improve skin hydration. The second ingredient, coffee, is also an antioxidant that increases collagen production and is good for helping sensitive skin regenerate.

 

The Painted Soapery also offers customizable bath salts with essential oils. Stop by the shop and make your own salts! Need some help? Aixa is really knowledgeable when it comes to skin conditions. She can help you pick the best product for your skin type.

 

  Gifts and Souvenirs ♥

The boutique offers pre-wrapped gifts available for purchase. You can also wrap any soap in a California Souvenir label, which is the perfect present for your out of town relatives!

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Aixa also hosts Soap Making Tours, where she goes into detail about the process of making all natural soaps. Did you know that it takes the soaps 4 weeks to harden? You can learn this and more interesting facts during her tour.

Visit The Painted Soapery Today!


479 W. 6th Street, Suite 107 (in the Historic Arcade Building)
661-350-2975

 Open Tuesday – Thursday 11 AM – 6 PM (open till 9 PM on 1st Thursdays)

Fridays  9 AM – 6 PM

   Saturdays 11 AM – 6 PM

Closed Sundays & Mondays

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Lanta Salon at the Centre Street Lofts

Ladies, flip flop season is right around the corner! Get your feet pampered and ready to wear cute summer sandals at Lanta Salon in Downtown San Pedro. This natural healing arts salon is a step above your average nail shop. Dwainia Tullis & Winnetka Willis, a mother & daughter team, are true professionals when it comes to all things beauty. Take a look below and see how talented they are at what they do!

Gorgeous Custom Manicures & Pedicures

Winnetka Willis is a true artist when it comes to nails. She’s a fully licensed manicurist who specializes in creating gorgeous gel nails. Gel nails are the way to go! They can last two weeks or longer (as opposed to regular polish) and are less damaging to your nails (when compared to acrylics).

High MINTainence is a super popular gel color at the salon right now. It’s the perfect color if you’re planning on going on a tropical vacation (or just dreaming of one at home)

 

We love these watermelon nails! So cute and unique ♥

A girl can never go wrong with pink. Look at the amazing detail that Winnetka puts into her nail creations! For a full list of manicures and pedicures that Lanta Salon offers, click here.

 

Hair & Makeup Services

Dwainia Tullis is a talented hairstylist. This particular customer got a deep condition, color correction and haircut. Click here to see the hair cuts and treatments that Dwainia offers. Lanta Salon also offers makeup consultations, applications and bridal makeup.

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The Salon’s most popular hair product line is Kevin Murphy, a line that’s from Australia. All Kevin Murphy hair products are paraben-free, sulfate-free and contain high levels of natural ingredients. Dwainia services all hair types and does men’s haircuts too.

You can book appointments easily online, walk-ins are welcome too. Mother’s Day is just around the corner, be sure to book Mom a manicure, pedicure or haircut at Lanta Salon!


285 W. 6th Street, Suite 104 (Between Centre & Palos Verdes Streets)

310-521-0828
Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 10 AM – 7 PM     Friday & Sunday 9 AM – 6 PM

Closed Tuesdays & Saturdays

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  • Free 2 hour public garage parking. Enter on 7th St, second level down
  • Metered Parking on 6th Street; free after 6 PM
  • Riding the free downtown trolley bus? Get off at the 6th & PV Stop

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Maral Designs: Unique Fashion on 7th Street

From Bali to Afghanistan to Europe, you can take a trip around the world just by stepping foot in Maral Designs. Located at 331 W. 7th Street in Historic Downtown San Pedro, Maral Designs offers high quality imported fashion for women of all ages. Maral Malikyar, the owner of the store, opened up her shop on 7th Street in 2009. She travels around the world several times a year to find the latest and most unique fashions to bring back to the South Bay. Maral can help you find the perfect outfit or gift for any occasion. Here’s what you can discover inside the store:

Unique Finds Inside the Shop

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Check out these handmade Beaded Belts imported from Bali. They’re one size fits all which makes for a perfect gift!

silk blouse

Maral Designs sells the popular Citron of Santa Monica  hand painted silk blouses. They’re machine washable & Maral sells them up to 40-60% off of the retail price!

 

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Maral also has these beautiful popcorn knit sweaters, available in multiple colors. She designed them herself, so you know that you’re getting a one-of-a-kind high quality product. The fabric is really breathable, which makes it perfect for California weather.

 

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These ornate necklaces are handmade in Afghanistan. Lapis is a popular Afghan deep blue gemstone, which has a unique history. Maral also sells watches, earrings, rings and bracelets.

 

Don’t miss Maral Design’s 5th Annual Fashion Extravaganza & Fundraiser!

Shop at Maral Designs in Historic Downtown San Pedro

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331 W. 7th Street (Between Mesa St. & Centre St.)
310-418-0109
Open Tuesdays – Saturdays 12 PM – 6 PM, Sundays 12 PM – 3 PM

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  • Metered Parking on 7th Street; free after 6 PM
  • Parking lot available in the back
  • Riding the free downtown trolley bus? Get off at the 7th & Centre Stop

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Sensational Treats in Downtown San Pedro: Sweet Susie’s Candy

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There’s something about stepping into a candy shop that takes you back in time to your childhood memories. The smell of chocolate might remind you of running around the house Easter morning trying to find all of the Easter eggs before your siblings did. Or looking at all of the huge barrels of bright colored taffy candy that were as tall as you were and wondering how many pieces you might be able to get by begging your parents at the store.

Sweet Susie’s Candy Shop in Historic Downtown San Pedro has that classic feeling to it from the moment you step inside. Although you might not be 5 years old anymore, it still brings a smile to your face when looking at all of the candies that they sell.

Located in the Historic Brown Brothers Building, Sweet Susie’s has every type of candy that you could want. Esmeralda Rojas, the owner of the shop and a San Pedran, is truly a candy connoisseur. While she was growing up her family owned a candy store in Querétaro, Mexico, where she became familiar with the business. Rojas opened up her shop here in San Pedro in December 2012 and has been keeping San Pedro sweet ever since.

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Sweet Susie’s specializes in traditional, vintage and imported candies. Some of the unique imported candies include:

  • Dulce de Leche (a rich, decadent candy similar to caramel)
  • Alfajor de Coco (small cookies traditionally filled with dulce de leche then rolled in coconut)
  • Rollo de Guayaba (roll candy made out of guava fruit, covered in sugar)

Shop local and do your Easter Candy buying at Sweet Susie’s! Here’s Some Suggestions:

The Candy Wall, perfect for filling Easter baskets (this is just 1/4th of the wall!)

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For your daughter, sister, niece, or any girl who loves Frozen, look at these adorable Frozen Candies.
The high heel shoes are a must for any girly-girl.

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For the boys, check out these giant gummy bears!

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Don’t like Candy? Snack on Some Healthy Nuts & Seeds 

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Visit Sweet Susie’s Candy Shop Today! They’re offering 20% off when you spend $10.00

461 W. 6th Street, Suite 101 (Across the street from the Warner Grand Theatre)
310-221-0922
Open 7 days a week from 11 AM – 7 PM
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  • City Parking Lot on 7th Street between Pacific Avenue & Mesa Street, then walk through the Brown Brothers Corridor to the shop
  • Metered Parking on 6th Street; free after 6 PM
  • Riding the free downtown trolley bus? Get off at the Warner Grand Theatre Stop

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