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THE COAST NEWS

JULY 8, 2011

La Femme Chic, more than just a boutique By Tony Cagala

SOLANA BEACH — Janet Sinclair, owner of the La Femme Chic Consignment Boutique, envisions her new shop to be more than a place to find designer labels at a fraction of the cost, but a place where she can have a positive impact in her community. “Our hope is to have an event once a month and to have it benefit a charity each time we do something,” Sinclair said. Sinclair recently hosted a special fundraising event along with Wines for Humanity, a nonprofit group that brings tastings and wine sales to events. The boutique also held a special sale with a portion of the proceeds going to North County Lifeline, which provides social services throughout North County coastal cities. The boutique opened in April CHEERS 1('#8(& 5#-'D*+& =#,-& ()D#8*'& ?*' and celebrated their grand opening in E#,-8&;*'&462(,#/3+&%*6'8&(&.$(88&*?&=#,- May. The grand opening festivities (/&/"-&:(&;-22-&<"#0&?6,)'(#8#,.&-D-,/9&;*' also served as an opportunity to raise 2*'-&%"*/*8+&D#8#/&/"-0*(8/,-=890*29 funds for Operation Greyhound, a group dedicated to finding greyhounds new homes. That evening earned $1,500 for the charity that is especially close to Sinclair whose rescued greyhound Sedona is a boutique fixture and is featured on the store’s

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Before opening, Sinclair did some research and found that resale is one of the only areas of retail that is thriving in this economy. “It’s a perfect way to recycle and make some money off of stuff in your closet,” she said. The 11,081-square-foot boutique often features clothing to accommodate everyone from teens to older women. There may not be a whole lot of merchandise for everybody, but there’s something for every price point, for every size, Sinclair added. “We have stuff in there from $2 to over $2,000. And I guess what I see us in the community (doing) is I want everybody to feel like, ‘You know what? When I walk in the store, I feel special; I feel beautiful; I feel respected and it’s a prime place to be.’ And many, many people come in and have said, ‘Oh my goodness, we’re so glad you’re here.’ It gives people an opportunity to indulge in some of the most amazing designer brands that there are — Chanel, Gucci, Prada — at a fraction of the retail cost.” Sinclair can afford to do that because she doesn’t have to pay for GOOD CAUSE :(& ;-22-& <"#0 her inventory. Her inventory comes *=,-'&>(,-/&5#,0$(#'&(,)&5-)*,(&#,&?'*,/&*? TURN TO BOUTIQUE ON

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Local students shine at seminar COAST CITIES — Area youth were among the select group of high-achieving high school juniors who participated in Pepperdine University’s 34th annual Youth Citizenship Seminar. The event took place on Pepperdine’s Malibu campus June 20 to June 24, with more

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CORY WATERHOUSE Doorman Diaries

To all aspiring community artists: Use common sense The “Surfing Madonna” — I guess the fact that I even chose to capitalize the title of the Vandal Art means that it holds some type of artistic merit with me. The topic is all the rage in North County and even managed to get a wee bit of national coverage with its “Is it Art or Vandalism?” viewpoint. The story’s been regurgitated over the past few months, but long story short (too late), former Microsoft employee Mark Patterson felt compelled to move to Italy to study mosaic-making, where the face of the Virgin of Guadalupe was created. Upon moving back to Encinitas, he completed the rest of the mosaic and placed it at the base of the train bridge on Encinitas Boulevard. Unfortunately, Mr. Patterson neglected to get the permission of ...well...anyone. Since the guerrilla piece was erected without the knowledge of City Council, it’s considered graffiti. The other angle that sticks in the collective craw of Encinitans is that it’s considered religious imagery because the Virgin of Guadalupe is a Catholic icon to millions across the planet. Seriously? Are people really that bored? I’m an atheist and possibly an agnostic on a good day, but I could not possibly care less that a surfing virgin is plastered underneath an ugly underpass. Who has enough time in their day to be offended by something so inane and pointless? Granted, if there was a big sign saying, “If you don’t like church and believe the Bible is papered perfection, you’re going to hell when us good folks are raptured,” yes, then I may have a bit of an issue with that. Though Mr. Peterson mini-tiled something he and many others believe is a beautiful tribute to Encinitas and the nearby Pacific Ocean, it is nonetheless considered graffiti, if it’s neither condoned nor endorsed by the city. If Encinitas City Council had allowed Mr. Peterson’s art to stay up, that would give credence and precedent for every single nut job “artist” in San Diego to blatantly throw up anything they see as “art,” thereby enabling the childish defense, “Well, he did it...why can’t I?” (And not that I’m a huge art aficionado, but I’ve seen TURN TO DOORMAN ON A15

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