Down-Home Malibu is Sick of Excessively Vapid Rich Malibu
Ojai banned chain stores long ago, and that lovely valley town is packed with crowds seeking art, jazz and fine food. Old Town Pasadena welcomed every tony chain and lots of crap ones, erasing Old Town and its hip crowds to lure dazed suburban families and professionals who spend wildly. To each his own.
Malibu -- artsy, salty, get-away-from-Rodeo Drive Malibu -- surprised us. It went with Newport Beach teetering on glam high heels. It forklifted parts of South Coast Plaza to Cross Creek Road so it needn't drive down there. Now, the City Council is -- once again -- considering a chain store ban, so bored is it with Sephora, Kitson, Juicy Couture, Missoni, Ralph Lauren, True Religion and Crapster (just kidding) where ballet and book shops once were. Developers now want Whole Foods, which means Costco and Malibu Jiffy Lube can't be far behind.
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