The thing to remember about Abbot Kinney Boulevard is that most of the designers who own stores here work primarily as wholesalers, opening to the public for only a few hours each day. So they encourage shoppers to call ahead for the day's schedule.
Kevin Simon is among the newest on the street. Several others have opened in the past year or two, as have a number of beachy coffee shops and restaurants. Three old-timers are still in place. Look for Tantau Smith, for vintage-feeling accessories and clothing; the Tea Garden Herbal Emporium, for health treatments and herbal drinks; Ohio, where Mission-style antiques mix with Space Age metal goblets, and Hal's, the neighborhood cafe with that hip, rusted-steel look.
Because most of the shops were once beach bungalows, they have that individual, mismatched charm. For a look at some of the newer additions, walk east on Abbot Kinney from Broadway to Venice Boulevard, then walk back on the other side of the street.
Z Time, Monday-Friday, noon to 3 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m. to dusk; (310) 450-6923. Vintage watches shown in old-fashioned vitrines, plus grandfather clocks and sculptures made of oversize clock works.