Stores on Swarthmore Plan Their Moves

Michele International

Michelle Irwin and Martin McCrory have operated Michele International Hair Studio and Palisades Beauty Supplies since 1982.

Michele International will move to 15335 Sunset Blvd. (formerly the Wilshire Fireplace store). Hair styling, cuts, dyes and blow dries will continue, but because of the smaller size of the store on Sunset, waxing will temporarily be discontinued.

Lavender Blue and Maison Giraud

The store and the restaurant both opened on Swarthmore in 2011. Catherine Giraud, owner of Lavender Blue, a store that specializes in home accents and accessories from Provence, is looking for a permanent place to relocate in the Village.

In 2003, Alain Giraud was named “Chef of the Year” by Bon Appétit magazine.. Sources say that Chef Giraud would like to open a bakery in town and also give cooking lessons.

Bentons the Sports Shop

Bob Benton’s store, which has been a mainstay on Swarthmore since 1982, will close during the two-year construction. Benton has kept the community supplied in sporting goods, shoes and clothes.


Denise Martinez announced that BOCA will be moving to 1034 Montana in Santa Monica. The store has been on Swarthmore for 12 years and before that on Antioch for 10 years. Martinez’s entire staff will be available to help customers at their new location at 11th and Montana, with plans to open September 1. Call (310) 459-7259.

BOCA Man, owned by Mike Mangimelli, is still looking for a space.

City National Bank

City National Bank spokesperson Debora Vrana said, “We are currently considering several options.”

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