805 Living March 2012 : Page 20

pulse BeAting the crowds to An undiscovered destinAtion Summerland-based journalist Leslie Westbrook has “skipped around the globe on assignment for more than 25 years” (including writing for 805 Living) but finally decided to organize a tour of her own after visiting archeological sites in Northern Peru. (Unlike Machu Picchu, which attracts thousands of tourists daily, the sites in Northern Peru have remained relatively undiscovered.) The “City of Kings and Kingdoms of Once the Presidiowas up and running, the husband-and-wife teamnoticed that in addition to staying in amotelwith cool-casualmodern style, their guestswere also looking to shop for items that reflected that style.Opening a boutique had been a long-held dream ofOsehan’s, and it occurred to her that the cozy space that onceworked as their supply roomwouldmake for a perfect little shop to “curate and bring together things that I love.” And thus, The Supply Room(shopsupplyroom.com) was born. The boutique carries leather goods, ceramics, and hard-to-find art and design magazines, but the passion is in the fashion.Osehan is known around town for her style—always slightly ahead of the curve—and she puts her discerning eye and thoughtful approach to good use in selecting the just-under-the-radar lines she carries, such as Black Crane, TiendaHo, Funktional, and Something Else. Thinkminimal-with-a-twist: a sensibility that’s reflected in the design of the shop—and themotel—itself. —Shannon Kelley Austin Accoutrement tAp intO the lOCAl sCene befOre yOu Arrive. In early march, everyone in Southern california (or anyplace else for that matter) who is even remotely connected to the music industry heads to austin, Texas, for South by Southwest (SXSW; sxsw.com). The 10-day, citywide, live-music showcase (march 9–18) has nearly every bar, hotel lobby, and storefront booked for performances. It even features a pair of sideshows: film (march 9–17) and interactive media (march 9–13). Austin like a local is a travel app for the iPhone with straightforward descriptions of venues recommended and patronized by austin’s year-round population.With an easy-to-navigate format, this guide covers the bars, clubs, and restaurants that are intertwined with the city’s charm and character. Vintage shopping, outdoor activities, and unique-to-austin attractions are also listed— there’s even a “Trailer Bites” category with solid recommendations to help narrow down city’s ever-growing choices of upscale trailer cuisine. The app sells for $2 at iTunes.com. —Anthony Head 20 march 2012 805living.COM Not Your Mother’s Permand Pin Curls Withits iPad station, glittering LED chandeliers, illuminatedmirrors, blow-dryers that drop froma sweeping high ceiling, and celebrity VIP room, Salon Nuuvo (salonnuuvo. com) in the Summit at Calabasas shopping center offers a sophisticated-yet-trendy hair-styling experience. Raychel Harrison, an American board-certified hair colorist, owns the salonwith her husband, Audley Harrison, anOlympic gold-medalist boxer. The innovative touches are seemingly endless: The salon’sWashhouse is a private, dimly lit roombehind amisty glass wall. Inside, clients put their feet up on ottomans, listen to softmusic, and enjoy head-and-neckmassages (and hot towel treatments formen)with every shampoo. At the Refill Station, clients can refill clean, empty bottles fromhomewith Unite, Difiaba, orMoroccan Oil shampoo (the idea is to savemoney—and the planet). The Color Bar is the salon’s centerpiece, allowing clients to see their unique formula as it is being created and blended just for them. —MaryannHammers northern peru” tour is from September 17 to 24 ($3,250 per person; airfare not included) and visits museums, Spanish Colonial cathedrals, and private homes. The tour focuses on the art and architecture of the Moche and Chimú cultures, and historians and guides put the sites in the context of history. For information or to book a trip, contact Westbrook at 805-565-3726 or leslieawestbrook@gmail.com. —Mallory McCreary Cinépolis Is Coming to Town new luxury theAter ChAin preMieres in June. Replacing the shuttered Mann Theatres at The Promenade at Westlake this summer is Cinépolis luxury Cinemas (cinepolisusa. com). This super-fancy chain of theaters is based in Mexico and so far has one U.S. location near San Diego in Del Mar. Like Muvico Theaters at The Oaks in Thousand Oaks and ArcLight Cinemas, Cinépolis offers premium moviegoing with reserved seating, advance ticket sales, a plush lobby, and digital projection with surround sound. Like Muvico’s Bogart’s Bar & Grill, Cinépolis features an on-site restaurant serving high-end snacks and cocktails. The menu at Cinépolis will feature sushi, panini, milk shakes, and smoothies. Unlike other luxury theater chains, Cinépolis has leather reclining chairs, swivel tables, in-seat waiter services with a silent call button for full dining service during the movie and Dom Pérignon by the bottle.  —Angela Pettera TOP LeFT: LARRyMILLSPhOTOGRAPhy.COM; TOP RIGhT: NANCy NeIL

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