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January 27, 2003 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
The Brentwood Country Mart has been purchased by a Santa Monica developer who intends to restore the aging retail center in the middle of the affluent Westside neighborhood. James S. Rosenfield bought the property at San Vicente Boulevard and 26th Street in a transaction valued at $30 million. The deal includes the red barn-like structure and a long-term ground lease.
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July 8, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
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.
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BUSINESS
October 5, 2009 | Roger Vincent
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.
BUSINESS
October 5, 2009 | Roger Vincent
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
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.
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January 25, 2009 | BOOTH MOORE, FASHION CRITIC
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 2008 | Martha Groves, Times Staff Writer
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.
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August 19, 2007 | Rose Apodaca
LONG before Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Garner brought their daughters here for a lazy afternoon, before Tom Hanks popped in for dessert or Michelle Pfeiffer swooped in for a Saturday morning shop, the quirky collection of nine red barns known as the Brentwood Country Mart was a fave hang among Hollywood A-listers living in the surrounding 'hood.
FOOD
September 9, 2009 | Betty Hallock; Roger Vincent
The Brentwood Country Mart has scored a coup in signing rising culinary stars Zoe Nathan and Josh Loeb to run an ice cream parlor. The couple opened the hit Huckleberry bakery in Santa Monica this year. (Loeb also owns Rustic Canyon Wine Bar & Seasonal Kitchen.) The pair plan to open the shop in January and will make small batches of ice cream daily. "The idea is to go back to from-scratch craftsmanship of making ice cream in eight to 12 flavors. We'll have ice cream sandwiches, ice cream cakes, root beer floats -- all things ice cream," Loeb said.
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January 25, 2009 | BOOTH MOORE, FASHION CRITIC
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2008 | Mark Sachs
Kimora Lee Simmons handles the roles of mom, model and mogul with never-let-'em-see-you-sweat flair, and the Phat Fashions creative director isn't shy about showing how it's done. Her Style Network series "Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane" wraps Season 2 on Sunday, with a special airing July 13 and reruns through the summer. She lives in the Hills of Beverly, natch, with daughters Ming Lee, 8, and Aoki Lee, 5. GRILLED On Friday, we'd go for fresh-squeezed cherry lemonades at Hot Dog on a Stick by the Santa Monica Pier.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 2008 | Martha Groves, Times Staff Writer
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.
IMAGE
August 19, 2007 | Rose Apodaca
LONG before Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Garner brought their daughters here for a lazy afternoon, before Tom Hanks popped in for dessert or Michelle Pfeiffer swooped in for a Saturday morning shop, the quirky collection of nine red barns known as the Brentwood Country Mart was a fave hang among Hollywood A-listers living in the surrounding 'hood.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2008 | Mark Sachs
Kimora Lee Simmons handles the roles of mom, model and mogul with never-let-'em-see-you-sweat flair, and the Phat Fashions creative director isn't shy about showing how it's done. Her Style Network series "Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane" wraps Season 2 on Sunday, with a special airing July 13 and reruns through the summer. She lives in the Hills of Beverly, natch, with daughters Ming Lee, 8, and Aoki Lee, 5. GRILLED On Friday, we'd go for fresh-squeezed cherry lemonades at Hot Dog on a Stick by the Santa Monica Pier.
FOOD
September 9, 2009 | Betty Hallock; Roger Vincent
The Brentwood Country Mart has scored a coup in signing rising culinary stars Zoe Nathan and Josh Loeb to run an ice cream parlor. The couple opened the hit Huckleberry bakery in Santa Monica this year. (Loeb also owns Rustic Canyon Wine Bar & Seasonal Kitchen.) The pair plan to open the shop in January and will make small batches of ice cream daily. "The idea is to go back to from-scratch craftsmanship of making ice cream in eight to 12 flavors. We'll have ice cream sandwiches, ice cream cakes, root beer floats -- all things ice cream," Loeb said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 2005 | Martha Groves, Times Staff Writer
By many a measure, the Brentwood Country Mart is so, well, un-Brentwood. For starters, it resembles a big red New England barn. Its mainstays have been old-fashioned services: shoe repair, camera shop, barbershop. Not a salon with hundred-dollar cuts, but a barbershop. But that's why many people love it, and why some are now fretting about its future.
BUSINESS
January 27, 2003 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
The Brentwood Country Mart has been purchased by a Santa Monica developer who intends to restore the aging retail center in the middle of the affluent Westside neighborhood. James S. Rosenfield bought the property at San Vicente Boulevard and 26th Street in a transaction valued at $30 million. The deal includes the red barn-like structure and a long-term ground lease.
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