Situated along Surfrider Beach and across the street from the famous Malibu Pier, Malibu Surf Shack has been a destination for ocean activities since it first opened its doors in 1972. Crashing waves and surfboard migratory patterns lure instructors to the point-break beach. Here, the pros teach small classes how to shred and duck atop waves. Students can rent boards and other watercraft including kayaks and standup paddleboards to join in on the fun. Inside the retail shop, boards from brands such as Walden and McTavish await their next wave-riding excursions. Malibu Surf Shack's staff demos all of the new and used gear, letting customers try boards or take them to a romantic dinner before making long-term commitments.
For more than 30 years, Pinnacle Boutique has filled its shelves and hung its racks with trendy clothing from popular designers and sentient, time-traveling mannequins. The collection changes regularly and includes everything ranging from designer jeans to beach-ready dresses, as well as accessories such as scarves and handbags. Current designers on display at Pinnacle include J. Brand, AG, Splendid, Billabong, Ugg, and Paige Premium Denim.
Voted one of Women's Wear Daily's top beauty retailers, Beauty Collection tirelessly recruits the world's best beautifying products, assembling an arsenal of more than 200 top name brands. This pulchritudinous panoply stocks the shelves with soaps, shampoos, makeup, perfumes, oils, creams, unctions, unguents, and Assyrian nard. Let a trained team of esteemed aestheticians guide you to your skin's ideal suitor—the Ole Henriksen walnut complexion scrub ($24) exfoliates and invigorates a dormant epidermis, while the MoroccanOil treatment ($41) transforms dreadful heads into a shimmering, lush scalpscape. Helpful aestheticians provide free consultations, ensuring that visitors find all desired products as well as discovering new, valuable tools of beauty.
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A cute and colorful collection of threads from sizzling brands will burn up the cobwebs in out-of-service closets to make extra room for a wide range of boutique jewelry and playful accessories. Spin-worthy mini-dresses and chic cover-ups line the racks of the store’s whimsical interior, with stunning summer shirts and stretch denim jeans also on vibrant display. A convertible skirt from Free People ($88) sets high marks for functional fashion, as it can be re-imagined as a strapless dress, and a jersey-knit sweater from Jet ($138) redeems the fashion alphabet after the failure of Q-shaped brassieres. Elegant accessories include an Adina Reyter tiny circle bracelet in silver ($48).