One of the places I’ve called home for the past 10 years or so is the one-of-a-kind community of Venice Beach, California. The beach boardwalk is filled with travelers, artists and cool shops, but my favorite place to hit the local scene is Abbot Kinney.
So today I wanted to share my personal city guide to the hippest block in my neighborhood. See some of my favorite spots below and tell me about your town in the comments…
A + R is a cool boutique founded by Andy Griffith and Rose Apodaca. I love how they curate products from designers both locally and afar. Their carefully selected items are not only eclectic, but they also demonstrate how diverse and brilliant the global design community can be.
Since I’m all about vintage decor, Venice Vintage Paradise is another shop I frequent. They have a killer collection of vintage furniture, clothing and decor accents and they update their merchandise daily.
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Huset is another design boutique that features some of the best products in Scandinavian design. The word “huset” means “home” in Swedish, Danish and Norwegian, and I couldn’t think of a better name to describe their awesome collection. Whenever I stop into Huset, it’s a trip down memory lane back to my Worldly Adventures in Noway. Man I miss that place!
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Tortoise is another shop that features worldly design and innovation from the other end of the globe. Their general store exhibits a wide variety of works from Japanese artists or artists who use traditional Japanese techniques. Tortoise has “slow and steady” approach to design and modern living, which definitely sets them apart from other stores on Abbot Kinney.
Good Eats & Great Drinks
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When it’s time for happy hour, Le Zinque is my spot for great wine and French eats. Even though Le Zinque is a little new to the neighborhood, their selection of wines and full on French menu fits right in. I always leave this place with a fully satisfied stomach and a French accent!
Following the damage from California’s devastating earthquake in 1994, AXE was resurrected on Abbot Kinney and its new roots became one of my favorite restaurants for California soul food. I really admire chef-owner, Joanna Moore’s principles for running the restaurant and making delicious, quality food. They support local organizations and farmers too!
Lemonade is a popular pop-up marketplace that’s sort of like a food stand on steroids. They’ve been making a wave across California with their flavorful dishes inspired by the state and local culture. What I love most about Lemonade is their fast and casual cafeteria setting. It’s a great place to grab a quick lunch or dinner.
Cool Clothing and Gear
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I’m a huge fan of cruising around Venice with a set of wheels, so Linus Bikes is one of those companies that quickly grabbed my attention with their unique approach to bikes and bicycle design. Riding in comfort and style is what Linus is all about, so I’ve owned a few of their utilitarian city bikes and seriously love to call them my local bike shop.
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When it comes to my wardrobe, I love to customize clothing to fit my frame, so I couldn’t forget to add The Stronghold to this list. They’ve been around since 1895 (before the Wright Brothers took their first flight!) and their classic approach to clothing and accessories is right up my alley.
What are some of your favorite local shops in your community? Share them in the comments below!