Seal Beach is an anomaly among beach towns in Southern California. While a lot of beach cities are overrun with chain stores, Seal Beach has managed to keep a small town vibe. Yes, the chains are there, but there is also some independent retail and quality restaurants that keep the town feeling authentic.
Canvas Shop is one of those independent stores. Opened last November by husband and wife Ryan & Tammy Callis, it's part boutique and part art studio. The front half of the space is occupied by a boutique carrying a selection of new and vintage clothing for men and women, accessories, art, home decor, plus skate and surfboards. The new items are primarily from local vendors and they have a nice selection of vinyl records for rent.
The owners love art and wanted to create a community gathering space, which is why the back half of the space is a large art studio. Classes are offered for kids and adults, the studio is available for rent and you can even use their art supplies for an additional fee.
Canvas Shop carries surfboards, apparel and small indie brands like Seea, Citrus Shapes, and Delve. The products and their funky displays add to that "local" vibe that a lot of beach city surf shops seemed to have lost.
As you may have guessed, the store is set up to appeal to both men and women, and does a nice job of it in our opinion. If you are in the area, it's worth checking out.
702 Marina Drive
Seal Beach, CA 90740