October 5, 2009 |
With its picnic tables, overfed pigeons and fast-food stands, the kitschy barn-themed shopping center looks like a throwback from an era before air-conditioned malls took over the retail world. There are no department stores and no glittering retail names like Tiffany or Chanel. Built to woo shoppers in a more rural Brentwood neighborhood after World War II, the red wooden structures evoke a country marketplace with stores and stalls that ramble around a courtyard. Along narrow walkways, doors open horse-stall style, offering views inside the smudged shoe repair stand, tiny post office and other shops.
December 31, 1987
Brentwood residents have started a petition drive to obtain historical status for the Brentwood Country Mart, a series of shops and restaurants which opened for business in 1948. The petition drive was launched despite assurances from the owner of the property, Topa Management Co., that the firm has no intention of demolishing the shopping center.
February 11, 2007
THOSE Marlborough and Harvard-Westlake girls are about 50 years too late to claim ownership of the Brentwood Country Mart as the place to hang ["In Brentwood, Quaint Finds a New Crowd," Jan. 28]. My girlfriends and I walked up the hill from Paul Revere Junior High School to the Mart every Friday afternoon. We too could sit there for hours without anyone telling us to move on. The guy who ran the magazine stand would sometimes tell us to quit standing on the display racks, but mostly it was a good place to giggle about school, boys and the adults we never dreamed we'd become.
July 8, 2013 |
Diesel Books opened its fourth location on Friday in Larkspur, Calif. The bookstore now has four shops, all in California. In Brentwood, Diesel is in the Brentwood Country Mart. The Mart's landlord has launched a similar group of shops in Larkspur, the Marin Country Mart, and enticed Diesel to open a store there. Larkspur is in Marin County in Northern California, just a few miles south of San Rafael. The Larkspur store is Diesel's second in Northern California, following the opening of a shop in Oakland in the East Bay. Southern California has two locations, Brentwood and Malibu.
January 25, 2009 |
New York designer Roberta Freymann's bib necklaces with colorful sequins and chandelier drops have to be my single favorite discovery of 2008. Perfect for this post-luxe life, they're inspired by a maharajah's jewels, only they're plastic and $225. And now Freymann is bringing them to L.A. at her new Roberta Roller Rabbit pop-up store at the Brentwood Country Mart.
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June 8, 2008 |
The April 30 closing of Dutton's bookstore, long a haven for L.A.'s literati, left readers in Brentwood and environs bereft. Now it appears that another independent book merchant is stepping in to try to fill that void. Diesel, a Bookstore -- which has stores in Oakland and Malibu -- plans to open in early September in a 1,500-square-foot space at the Brentwood Country Mart, at San Vicente Boulevard and 26th Street on the border of Santa Monica.