Lauren Alexander grew up in her mother’s flower and gift store in Marin County and ever since then she has wanted to return to that small business environment. When Dacha, a home furnishing and lifestyle boutique, opened its doors in September, it was one of the latest independent business to open in Manhattan Beach.

“There has been so many changes, so much development, and so much movement to this area, I thought what a great opportunity,” said Alexander, who worked with interior designer Kelly Wearstler as the director of her West Hollywood boutique before opening Dacha. “There’s definitely a need … there are so many beautiful homes being built all over and there’s a market for people looking for something unique and interesting for their homes.”

Dacha, which is Russian for country cottage or summer retreat, offers vintage and new accessories, furniture, art, and other home accessories, from all over the world.

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