Kai Bella Boutique
Kai Bella is a new woman’s boutique inspired by bohemian surf culture. There is nothing quite like it on the Monterey Peninsula & it has finally found its perfect home right in the hip Carmel Square in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea (Alongside Mundaka/Barmel/Monterey Bagel Co/Gallery Exposed/Lopez Liquors)
Mixing the Aloha Spirit with the Bohemian roots of Carmel. A beautiful selection of women’s/children’s swimsuits, clothing, vintage turquoise & local jewelry/art.
Owners Ashley Downing & Brandee McNamara- family friends brought together through the global surf community…
Ashley Downing was born & raised in Carmel, Ca but also spent a lot of her childhood on the North Shore of Oahu- known as the “Surfing Capitol of the World”.. Her stepfather, the late Peter Davi, was a professional surfer so she traveled to Hawaii with him, her mother, & brother every year. She spent winters on the beaches of Hawaii & summers on the beaches of Carmel & Big Sur. Ashley is still a part of the local surf community as a daughter (to Bryan Wilson), sister (to Jake Davi) wife (to Zach Downing) & mother (to Koa & Kai Downing) – all well known local Carmel surfers. An “11th St Local”. The beach lifestyle is engrained in her being.
Ashley has had the dream to open a boutique in Downtown Carmel since she was just a young student up the street at Carmel High. She created the name “Kai Bella”, meaning “Ocean Beauty”, while living in Hawaii post high school working at her “Aunty Brandee & Uncle Liam’s” beach boutique & surf shop. Little did she know 10 years down the road they would go into business together..
Brandee McNamara was born & raised in Northern California also around the beach & surf. She moved to Oahu at age 17 where she met & married her husband, Liam McNamara, a professional surfer. They traveled the world being inspired by the surfing lifestyle & age 18 Brandee starting importing designs she created in Bali. She soon started her own bikini & beachwear line- making the patterns, sewing, & selling all over the U.S. & Japan. Inspired by the beach lifestyle she decided to open her 1st retail store 14 years ago named Seamaids Beach Boutique. Shortly after Brandee & Liam opened another store based on their surfing connections & named it North Shore Surf Shop. They now have four locations & they are all thriving. Brandee has always wanted to open a boutique in her home territory of Northern California & is so excited to have the opportunity to work with her long time family friend, Ashley Downing
We are in the CARMEL SQUARE in Carmel-by-the-Sea
On San Carlos Between Ocean Ave & 7th St.. Right next to Mundaka/Barmel/Wells Fargo