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Paint Shop nail salon reopens with a new service on the menu: Shellac manicure

Paint Shop, a popular nail salon that originated in "nail city" (that stretch of Robertson Boulevard between Wilshire and Olympic boulevards that seems to be a solid row of nail shops), has moved to a larger space on West 3rd Street and expanded its services to include hair styling and cutting. Co10shellacgroupimage-590 

The oversized comfy chairs and "happy hour" mani/pedis are still mainstays at the salon's new location. But now being offered are shellac manicures (a process similar to gel manis), which last two weeks without chipping or peeling.

Paint Shop uses a shellac formula by Creative Nail Design that's layered on and cured with a UV lamp for a result that looks like a regular manicure but lasts twice as long.

It's a good option for summer travels or for anyone who works with their hands a lot and can't swing a trip back to the nail salon every week.

Paint Shop's new location is at 7938 W. 3rd St.; (323) 658-1930. Shellac manicures are $50.

-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photos: Paint Shop offers Shellac manicures oversized comfy chairs. Credit: Melissa Magsaysay / Los Angeles Times. Bottom: Creative Nail Design's Shellac nail polishes

For the record, 11:57 a.m.: An earlier version of this post incorrectly referred at one point to the Polish Bar instead of the Paint Shop.

For the record, 3:56 p.m. Aug. 16, 2010: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated the telephone area code as 310 instead of 323.

Shopping update: 'Launch My Line's' Kathy Rose's Roseark opens in Santa Monica

Storefront Openings

Opening this week, “Launch My Line” winner Kathy Rose launches a second Roseark location on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica. The new location carries jewelry and fashion, including Jennifer Meyer’s 18-karat “beso” stud earrings ($275 each), Kathy Rose for Roseark’s snake bangles ($1,100) and Emil’s (Kathy’s partner from “Launch My Line”) pleated gowns (starting at $6,000).

1111 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 395-6706. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Danish-brand Pandora, known in Europe for customizable charm bracelets and featuring more than 600 silver and 14-karat designs, opens a concept store at the Brea Mall with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday. Pandora is also offering shoppers a gift with any purchase more than $150 through Saturday -- a sterling silver clasp (limit one per customer). Pandora's prices start at $25 for silver charms and go up to $500 for those in gold and gemstones, including diamonds.

1065 Brea Mall, Brea. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

Sample Sale

Starting Friday, Monrow, a women’s contemporary brand, which recently collaborated with Amber Valletta for a Fashion’s Night Out T-shirt, is having a sample sale. Prices range from $20 to $80 on dresses, T-shirts, and vintage-style sweats. Credit cards accepted.

1511 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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Aero & Co. closes March 28; introduced the brightest generation of young L.A. designers

Party_04 I received an e-mail Thursday from Aero & Co. owner Alisa Loftin saying she was closing up shop on March 28 after 10 years of business.

It's unfortunate that Aero & Co. would shutter its retail shop during this particularly blah and disjointed Los Angeles Fashion Week. A decade ago, in its first incarnation on Los Feliz's Kingswell Drive, Aero & Co. debuted the brightest generation of L.A. designers in recent memory with informal trunk shows from Magda Berliner, Jasmin Shokrian and Rami Kashou. The store also introduced to a wider audience Cynthia Vincent (whom Loftin originally worked with as a publicist), Unholy Matrimony, Grey Ant and Jared Gold.

In July 2002, Loftin relocated Aero & Co. to West 3rd Street to entice a Westside clientele in a location only a short drive from Los Feliz; however, as Loftin put it, the "core Eastside customer wasn’t going over to the Westside." The store still stocked up-and-coming L.A. designers such as Brian Lichtenberg, but the 3rd Street customer wasn't necessarily shopping for edgy local fashion.

”West 3rd Street was the only street in Los Angeles I would have ever considered moving to from the Eastside, because of its independent spirit and character," said Loftin. "My only regrets were the unintended consequences of leaving the Eastside community behind. I really expected them to follow us to West 3rd Street in greater numbers."

Loftin hasn't abandoned retail entirely -- an e-commerce site is in the planning stages. She's also looking into a private label venture for young L.A. designer Maxine Dillon, who also worked in sales at Aero & Co.

8403 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles. (323) 653-4651. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

-- Max Padilla

Photo: Ariela Marin, left, Alisa Loftin and Maxine Dillon at Aero & Co.'s 10-year anniversary party in December 2009. Credit: Courtesy of Alisa Loftin

Thursday Shopping Update: Zachary's Smile anniversary party, West 3rd Street Holiday Shopping, Stacia sample sale

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Zachary’s Smile Tonight: Shoppers will get an additional discount of 25% to 55% off this evening from White Label and the Remake/Remodel repurposed line. Champagne and goodies will be served.

4014 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 668-1900. 6 to 9 p.m. today (Dec. 10).

West Hollywood Holiday Shopping Tonight (Dec. 10): Avenues of Art & Design organizes its second annual holiday event featuring decorations, carolers and many stores and restaurants with extended hours and discounts, plus cocktails and snacks. The Pacific Design Center is offering parking for $10. Retailers offering specials include Beckley (20% off all purchases); Alpha (surprise specials); Kitson Melrose (holiday promotion); John Varvatos (refreshments and personal shopping) and Marco Pelusi salon (complimentary blow-dry and style).

Melrose Avenue and Beverly Boulevard (between La Cienega and Robertson boulevards). 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

West 3rd Street Holiday Party Tonight: Participating shops open until 9 p.m. Complimentary valet parking available at four spots (check website for locations). Check out the Monrow trunk sale at Hilary Rush, where select pieces will be 20% off. Other shops include House of Petro Zillia, Douglas Fir, Aero & Co., and Trina Turk.

West 3rd Street (between Fairfax Avenue and La Cienega Boulevard, 6 to 9 tonight.

Sample Sales 

Showroom Seven  through Dec. 23: Discounts up to 90% on brands Erickson Beamon, Issa London, Rockstar Jeans, Andy & Debb, Hollywood Trading Co. and more. Among Items to look out for: $182 Hollywood Trading Co. belt (regularly $350) and a $72 Orla Kiely T-shirt dress ($140). There's also an Erickson Beamon charm necklace for $372.

860 S. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles. (213) 316-0112. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Stacia through Friday: Former Hot Kiss designer's cute contemporary line holds a sample sale at a temporary location. New styles are priced at less than $100.

1307 1/2 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 392-9329. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

-- Max Padilla


Wasteland Clothing to open its fourth location -- in Burbank -- on Friday

Find your perfect jeans at Elyse Walker on Friday

Celebrate good times with Wool and the Gang at New High (M)art on Saturday

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L.A. boutique Satine moves to bigger digs on 3rd Street


Satine has expanded its retail presence on 3rd Street in Los Angeles, moving to a larger location across from the original storefront.

The new store, housed in a former restaurant, opened Friday. It's nearly 4,000 square feet -- three times the size of the former space. Proprietor Jeannie Lee says Satine simply "outgrew" its shell: "The racks were way too packed." The new boutique adds more changing rooms along with eight more parking spaces in the back.
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Jacquie Aiche trunk show on Friday

Madison's 3rd Street flagship Jacquie Aiche hosts a trunk show Friday featuring Aiche's handcrafted fine jewelry. Pick up the eye-catching $155 two-tone beaded bracelet, $265 14-carat diamond waist ring or a $488 pyramid "stacker" ring.

8745 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles. (310) 275-1930. Noon to 6 p.m.

-- Max Padilla

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Fashion Diary: Peeking inside Zara at the Los Angeles Farmers Market [Updated]

Gossip, first impressions, trends in the making, celebrities and style setters. A regular feature by fashion critic Booth Moore.

I stopped into the new Zara at the Farmers Market at Fairfax Avenue and 3rd Street, and it's way better than the other L.A. Zara stores. It's probably no accident. I had breakfast with the publicist for the Spanish fast-fashion brand last week, and she told me that each Zara store around the world has localized merchandise, ordered by the store manager on a Monday and delivered by Thursday. Wow.

Apparently, the brand is so nimble that if a store manager sees a lot of customers coming in wearing, say, pink jeans, the manager can put them into production in Spain, and have them on store shelves within two weeks. Double wow. No wonder high-end designers are so freaked out about their futures.

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Sale Rack: Deals at Rebecca Minkoff, Sean/Station Twentyfive

Rebecca Minkoff Friday to May 17: Handbag designer with a hip following holds a sample sale of accessories. Bag prices range from $75 to $375 with 40% off classic styles.

8213 West 3rd St., Los Angeles. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Sean/Station Twentyfive Friday and Saturday: For its annual sale, the menswear store, a favorite of Ashton Kutcher and Simon Baker, is offering discounts of up to 70% off retail prices. On Friday, all items in the store will be on sale. On Saturday, only clearance items will be on sale. Sean boutique, which exclusively carries Paris designer Emile Lafaurie, will have the line's $150 suits, $100 coats, $50 pantsand $40 shirts. Station Twentyfive, which stocks sportswear and shoes, will have $40 limited-edition shoes from Adidas and New Balance, $70 Ted Baker loafers and $80 Pikolinos or Preventi shoes, as well as brands Tsubo, Hush Puppies, Toms, Rainbow, Dr. Martens, J Shoes, Medium and Terra Plana, also up to 70% off.

1107 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 260-5616. Noon to 8 p.m. Friday. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Multi-Label Sample Sale Saturday to May 17: Popular off-the-catwalk sample sale returns. Deals at this month's edition include $10 to $80 Whitley Kros and T-Luxury separates, $50 Rory Beca tops and dresses, $150 Julia Clancy dresses (regular price $450). Nuj Novakhett tops are 50% off, and separates from Giambattista Valli, Zac Posen, Nina Ricci, Peter Som and Quail are priced at 70% below retail. RSVP to info@

530 N. Larchmont Ave., No. 3, Los Angeles. Noon to 5 p.m.

-- Max Padilla

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