Aloha! Welcome to The Aloha Bungalow.
Aloha means so much more than “hello” and “goodbye.” Aloha is an energy and a way of life. Aloha is used to express love and to take everyone in with open arms, without expecting anything in return. It’s a mutual and collective existence between all people treating one another with love and respect while joyfully sharing life. That is how we hope The Aloha Bungalow and its products and employees make you feel when you step inside our store.
The Aloha Bungalow was established in May 2018 by founders Emily and Brian Poage. This 150 square foot octagon bungalow was originally an information booth built in 1966 to supply and distribute information brochures and maps about the Hollywood Riviera Village. The city of Redondo Beach sadly closed the information booth in 1967 and it was left abandoned for many years. In 1998, a young couple named Chad and Tama Somers convinced the city to let them open a business in the little bungalow and made it into a flower shop called Soil Home and Garden. They had much success with the business!
Years later, one of their long time employees Maria Saucedo was asked to take over the business, where she expanded the shop from only garden materials to feature local artists and their products to give them a platform to feature their art. Ten years later, Maria handed over the shop to her cousin, Emily, who has kept the foundation and roots of Soil Home and Garden, but has transformed it into a beach bohemian shop with one-of-a-kind gifts handmade by local artisans, home décor, candles, succulents and more.
The Aloha Bungalow expanded at the end of 2020 when we opened a second location of our little shop in the North County San Diego community of Leucadia. We now own and operate the two coastal locations with love and gratitude.
Our goal at The Aloha Bungalow is to support local artists and give them a platform to share their talents and products, while also creating an ohana with each individual that walks into the store. Like the spirit of aloha, we want to greet you with open arms and treat you like family.
It’s a beautiful and humbling gift to work with local artists and help customers find their perfect gift in our little bungalow by the beach. We like to think that we are livin the dream.
Emily & Brian Poage