Get a jump on the season at shopping and tasting event ‘Passport To Style at Del Mar Plaza’

By Diane Y. Welch

If you want to get a head start on the fast-approaching Holiday Season, check out the Del Mar Plaza’s complimentary pre-season shopping and tasting event, “Passport To Style at Del Mar Plaza,” which will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 6 -9 p.m.

The event features the best in quality merchandise, clothing, gifts and services paired with tempting food offerings and cocktails from participating restaurants and eateries. This is the first year that Passport To Style is being offered, said Hilary Townsend, a spokesperson for the plaza. It is an opportunity for shoppers to check out the plaza’s recent changes and upgrades and meet new merchants.

Customers will be able to stroll though the plaza in an unhurried way, savor tasty bites, enjoy a complimentary cocktail, check out the latest merchandise, and have a pre-season shopping experience in a festive atmosphere with incredible views.

In total, 13 merchants are participating in the event. Customers will check in at the restaurant Pacifica Del Mar where they will be given a passport. In visiting each participating store or restaurant in the plaza, a stamp will be impressed on the passport. When a passport is full, customers will be eligible for a complimentary dessert at the end of the evening, said Townsend.

There will be a complimentary food tasting at Pacifica Del Mar featuring seafood and dessert. “Customers are invited to try our oysters on the half shell, ahi tuna with tartar, and our signature crème brûlée and bite sized candied apple,” said restaurant partner Chef Chris Idso. The restaurant is also offering a 20 percent discount certificate for use at a later date.

Some of the participating restaurants will have happy hour specials that preempt the event. Del Mar Rendezvous will offer happy hour pricing from 4 - 6 p.m. Customers may also enjoy a free glass of red or white wine or a Sapporo pint from 4 -7 p.m., along with free food samples and a glass of Rombauer Chardonnay, which may be purchased at the reduced price of $9. Plus there will be a special prize for the first 30 people at the restaurant.

Shimbashi Izakaya has a free Ginger Sake cocktail for guests to enjoy along with a 10 percent off coupon that may be redeemed at a later visit. Smashburger will offer a 1/3 off the price of a Smashburger and sweet potato Smashfries, with a coupon for free fries at the next visit.

Haim LTD Salon is giving away a $20 value certificate which may be applied toward any salon service, plus opportunity drawings to win services and beauty products. White House/Black Market, with its signature black and white apparel, is offering 5 percent off merchandise plus an additional 5 percent off for members of their loyalty program – Blackbook.

Garys Studio, purveyor of apparel and shoes, has a shop-wide discount of 25 percent for any purchase made on the evening of the event and Urban Girl Accessories has a special gift with each purchase. The boutique has teamed up with Crabtree and Evelyn to give away a La Source Mini Soap, Bath Gel and Mini Lotion, all wrapped and ready to go. Annie Glenn, owner, welcomes customers to browse through a large selection of new scarves and jewelry. In addition, the boutique will be debuting TOMS Sunglasses. “For every pair that is purchased, TOMS will be giving the ‘gift of sight,’ whether it be new prescriptions or actual eye surgery, to people in impoverished countries,” said Glenn.

There are more surprises and special offers planned at Sunset Yogurt and Ice Cream, Peaches En Regalia, Sunglass Hut, Saratoga Saddlery and International Boutiques, and Banana Republic that will be announced the evening of the event.

The Passport To Style at Del Mar Plaza is open to the first 100 customers who RSVP online. Email or visit to make your reservation. The Del Mar Plaza is located at 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014.