CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2007 |
In Venice, where development is a dirty word and the eclecticism of Abbot Kinney Boulevard's shops and restaurants is beloved, there is a new scourge. And its name is Pinkberry. It's not that the newly arrived outpost of the wildly popular frozen dessert hasn't generated a flock of beach-side patrons. It has. But it has also drawn the ire of a group of local citizens fervently opposed to any chain store setting up shop on Abbot Kinney Boulevard.
May 3, 2007 |
WHEN the sun is shining (and it almost always is), what could be more L.A. than breakfast on an outdoor terrace? Weekend brunch used to be quite the event at Rockenwagner in Santa Monica, but after Hans Rockenwagner's long-running restaurant closed some months ago, where are beachy breakfast aficionados going to go for their German apple pancake fix? Not to panic.
October 2, 2003 |
Venice publisher and editorial director Nancy Bishop never goes anywhere without copies of her magazine. Arriving at the Sony Pictures lot for a screening of "The Company," the new film from director Robert Altman (whom Bishop calls "Brother Bob"), she distributes copies to parking lot attendants, security guards, publicists, anyone in sight, like a magazine Santa Claus.
October 2, 2003
Re the Abbot Kinney article ("Between Yesterday and Today," Sept. 25). Please be aware that the Green House Smoke Shop does not sell bongs -- we sell water pipes. Smoke shops in the city have been shut down due to this misunderstanding. Bunny Lua Venice Lua is the owner of Green House Smoke Shop. Your recent article on Abbot Kinney Boulevard describes just one small part of the dual character of Venice these days. However, what ultimately will change Venice forever is the further endangerment of the African American/Latino community and skyrocketing rental prices.
HOME & GARDEN
September 25, 2003 |
Venice's Abbot Kinney Boulevard is filled with domestic treasures that are equally antiquarian and age of Aquarian. Walking into any one of the uniquely curated stores is like cracking open a time capsule. Even the recently arrived contemporary boutiques mix one-of-a-kind vintage pieces with new furnishings that reference design classics. Dusty junk stores sell odd lots from generations past next to squeaky-clean retail galleries tastefully displaying the latest trends.
September 24, 2002 |
Whoopi Goldberg and Sharon Stone have favorite shops in Venice. Robert Downey Jr. regularly eats his lunch at the Hydrant cafe on Abbot Kinney Boulevard, the area's artsy thoroughfare. Suzanne Somers and Kevin Bacon have been spotted, strolling city streets. Jared Leto prefers to bike, and Julie Christie swings by to get her tresses trimmed at the local Slave Salon. "So what?" residents say. "Nicolas Cage just bought a house down the street from me," hairstylist Hilda Moyers said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1997 |
When Lianne Gold, 38, saw a crack dealer plying his trade in front of her Abbot Kinney Boulevard home in Venice, she did not call the police. Rather, she rushed out, by herself, at 11 p.m, incensed that the culprit invaded her neighborhood. "I told him to leave," recalls Gold. "I didn't ask; you don't ask people like that. You raise your voice and shout at them, and that's what I did." Leave he did, never to return--despite the fact that a mere block away, gangs trade gunfire and drugs.
October 8, 1993 |
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.
April 12, 1992 |
Carol Hillman spends a lot of time behind the wheel of her pickup truck, scouring the Midwest for the seasoned furniture and recycled ceramics that occupy her Venice store, Ohio. So Hillman (a native Buckeye) often leaves associate Christina Ulrich to help customers browse through the abundance of flea-market and estate-sale finds, a true bargain-hunter's paradise. "We specialize in anything from the 20th Century, with an emphasis on good design," Hillman says. And that's no lie.
January 18, 1991 |
For more than 20 years, West Washington Boulevard was a sleepy Venice street lined with vintage furniture shops and artists studios. But last August the street was rechristened Abbot Kinney Boulevard, in honor of the visionary developer who helped redesign Venice in the early 1900s. And Kinney's innovative spirit seems to be breathing new life into this 1.5-mile strip between Venice Boulevard and Main Street. There are still plenty of vintage furniture shops and studios.