Shop local: Balboa Island’s Sur La Mer among businesses marking Independent Retailer Month

In spite of the pandemic lockdown, Stacy Pomeroy took a leap of faith with her two-year-old Balboa Island home decor-gift business, Sur La Mer Coastal Goods.

“We had been in a small space on Marine Avenue for two years when COVID hit,” said Pomeroy. “It was either go big or go home and move to a larger space across the street twice the size.”

Pomeroy, a Newport Beach resident for 14 years, had been a stay-at-home mom prior to jumping into her retail business.

“It was self-preservation,” she said. “I have one son and when he went off to college, I knew I’d go crazy without him.”

With a background in hospitality — having grown up in her family’s Ohio restaurant business — and a love of shopping for gifts, Pomeroy was drawn to retail.

“A lot of what I buy are the things I would want or would give as gifts,” she explained. “If I like it, hopefully other people would like as well.”

Stacy Pomeroy, far right, owner of Sur La…

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