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

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