Pop-Up Shop: Saavy Naturals Shutters At Pacific City

Pop-Up Shop: Saavy Naturals Shutters At Pacific City

Naked white walls, empty shelves, and a neighboring sign announcing an incoming Free People boutique. This is what we recently spotted when we walked past Saavy Naturals at Pacific City. Immediately seeking answers to our favorite soap shop's seemingly sudden shuttering, we inquired.

As it turns out, the "Shark Tank" duo at the helm shares in our surprise. Saavy tells us: 

Honestly, we thought our lease would be extended! The response and embrace from the Huntington Beach community was so hugely positive, and we will miss being a part of it. We were shocked and sad that the mall management decided not to extend our lease, but c’est la vie!

Along with several other shops, Saavy signed a short-term lease, granting both parties a unique retail freedom—one that's become quite popular and appealing in today's pop-up-friendly market. 

A representative for Pacific City tells us:

At opening, the Pacific City team assembled a compelling array of pop-up and temporary stores curated to appeal to Huntington Beach locals and visitors alike—as an overlay to the permanent shops and restaurants … In an effort to provide HB locals and visitors alike with some of the most exciting retail offerings, a number of the tenants at Pacific City are part of a pop-up/short-term lease program. These tenants are seasonal, or prefer to engage in a short-term lease with the option to extend. All of the merchants at Pacific City are carefully curated by the DJM Capital Partners team.

Another pop-up shop, Chico Hats, may transition out of its space in the future, but we're told that the handful of other short-term tenants—KIN, Cherry Hills Market, The Nook, and The Wearhouse—plan to call Pacific City home.

Saavy sudsed up Pacific City with its all-natural (and edible) handcrafted bar soaps, luxurious bath bombs, and delectable body creams, and the darling duo behind them, Hugo and Debra Saavedra, will undoubtedly continue making the world a healthier, kinder, sweeter-smelling place. They are poised to open two new shops this spring/summer, one at the new Westfield Topanga Village and the other in sunny Neptune Beach, Florida.

Editor's note: This post has been updated to include new information on Saavy Naturals and existing Pacific City tenants.

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