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November 20, 2011
Location: 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica. From the 10 Freeway, take the 4th Street exit north and turn left on Colorado Avenue. Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri. and Sat.; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun. Known for: Santa Monica Place, a $265-million remodel of a Frank Gehry-designed structure, reopened in August 2010. Shoppers waited for hours the first day to find parking spaces, browse luxury stores and give thanks that they no longer had to make the grueling drive to Beverly Hills or Century City to shop Coach or Tiffany or Louis Vuitton.
January 31, 2014 | By Laura E. Davis
Celebrations begin Friday in China to welcome the Year of the Horse. The official seven-day holiday is marked by parades, prayers - and usually pyrotechnics. But things are a bit different this year. Revelers in China are being encouraged not to set off fireworks, due to concerns about pollution. Even though fireworks are an integral part of the new year celebration there, a survey found that 85% of Shanghai residents said they were not buying any this holiday season, The Times' Julie Makinen reports .   You can see fireworks in Las Vegas , though - as well as three 800-pound horse sculptures.
November 2, 1999 | BRAD BERTON
Macerich Co., a Santa Monica-based operator and owner of shopping malls, has acquired Santa Monica Place for about $130 million, and has sold a half-stake in three of its Southland malls collectively valued at about $550 million to a Canadian pension fund. Both transactions reflect Macerich's emphasis on "clustering" nearby centers to take advantage of buying efficiencies and marketing synergies.
January 31, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Friday is the first day of Chinese New Year, a multi-day celebration marked by money-stuffed red envelopes, dragon imagery and, in the Southland, a flood of tourists from Asia. For the first time, many local shopping centers are greeting the surge in potential customers with fanfare and parades dedicated to the Year of the Horse, festooning their courtyards with paper lanterns and hiring experts in traditional Chinese arts. The hullabaloo over the holiday - also known as the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year - is a calculated move at many of those retail properties, designed to attract the region's vast and growing Asian presence into stores after a lackluster year for retail sales.
July 30, 2010 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
Since designing Santa Monica Place mall more than three decades ago, Frank Gehry has become a world-renowned architect and Santa Monica has become one of the most lively and thriving beach cities. The suburban-style mall, however, languished in time, walled off from the increasingly vibrant street life. Now a developer is betting it can become hip again. Macerich Co. spent $265 million to rip the mall at Third Street and Broadway down to its steel foundations and rebuild it as a three-story outdoor shopping venue.
December 27, 1990
Santa Monica Place is identified as the shopping mall by the sea--by its stores and by the number of beach-going visitors that pass through its doors. The mall has followed the trend toward specialty stores, adding a Pacific Sunwear outlet (hip surf garb). It also boasts two environmentally sensitive retail outlets in the Heal the Bay Museum and Nature's Own. The great outdoors theme is also reflected in its Eddie Bauer store. Developed and operated by the Rouse Co. of Columbia, Md.
Andrea Bowers makes an art of people-watching in a wonderfully subversive video-installation in the Food Court at Santa Monica Place, a nondescript mall whose parking garage is one of the first structures on which architect Frank Gehry used chain-link fence as a decorative element.
September 11, 2008 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
The new incarnation of Santa Monica Place, the Frank Gehry-designed shopping center that is getting a major makeover in downtown Santa Monica, will feature a broad plaza surrounded by curving walls that open both to the street and toward the beach. With flourishes of curved shining material unwinding from a third-story plaza, the $155-million renovation will allow patrons to see the nearby ocean from its rooftop dining level, according to architectural drawings released Wednesday.
April 29, 1987 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, Times Art Writer
"Listen," say the signs that are printed in five languages and suspended amid pastel streamers at the Santa Monica Place mall. The instructions don't refer to the usual din of shrieking children and rushing fountains. Instead, the white placards ask shoppers to tune in to "Santa Monica Sound Portrait." The work by audio artist Bill Fontana broadcasts live sounds from the Santa Monica Pier throughout the airy, three-story shopping center.
July 16, 2008 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
Santa Monica Place, the two-block mall getting a makeover at the center of downtown Santa Monica, announced its first major new tenant Tuesday with word that Nordstrom Inc. is coming in 2010. The Seattle-based retailer has agreed to join Macy's as the anchor tenants. The mall in the city's business district is undergoing a major renovation to convert it from a traditional enclosed shopping center to an outdoor venue linking to the Third Street Promenade.
January 24, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
Two thousand top student programmers have registered to participate in a hackathon at Santa Monica Place this weekend. The event kicks off Friday at 9 p.m. and runs through Sunday. It's hosted by HackTech, a partnership between Caltech's and UCLA's networks of hackers and entrepreneurs, which is calling it the biggest student-run hackathon ever. Party buses are transporting hackers from all over California; East Coast and Midwest engineers will also participate. Attendees are expected from Caltech, UCLA, USC, Stanford, UC Berkeley, the University of Pennsylvania and more than 50 other schools.
January 15, 2014 | By Susan Denley
What would Barbie wear on the beach? That question was the starting point for a group of 15 students at Otis College of Art and Design who took a class last fall taught by Los Angeles swimwear designer Rod Beattie in conjunction with the Mattel design team. Using Barbie and her Malibu Beach House as inspiration, the students were instructed to design swimwear for young women ages 18-24, all in pink. The fruits of their labors will be on display for a limited time beginning this weekend at Santa Monica Place . Saturday through Monday, guests can walk through the exhibit.
June 13, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
With ocean views selling at a premium throughout Southern California, it can be dumbfounding to encounter a prominent downtown Santa Monica hotel that deliberately averts its gaze from the water. The boxy former Holiday Inn near the Third Street Promenade, however, is probably not long for this world. At the prompting of city officials, the owners have come up with a plan to raze the aging hotel and erect a three-tiered showplace that embraces the Pacific with outdoor terraces, a rooftop restaurant and sea vistas from every possible angle.
June 12, 2013 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
With ocean views selling at a pricey premium throughout Southern California, it can be dumbfounding to encounter a prominent downtown Santa Monica hotel that deliberately averts its gaze from the water. The boxy former Holiday Inn near the Third Street Promenade, however, is probably not long for this world. At the prompting of city officials, the owners have come up with a plan to raze the aging hotel and erect a three-tiered showplace that embraces the Pacific with outdoor terraces, a rooftop restaurant and sea vistas from every possible angle.
May 29, 2013 | By Susan Denley
British fashion house All Saints has opened a pop-up store in Malibu, offering a mix of men's and women's clothing and accessories. The brand, established in 1994, focuses on innovative design, graphics, technique and fabrication. The new store, at 3890 Cross Creek Road, showcases the clothing in an open, minimalist space with features such as concrete floors and exposed brick. This is All Saint's 16thstandalone store in the U.S., and it is currently envisioned to be open for a year, until next May. Store hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
May 15, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Los Angeles denim company THVM has a very colorful collaboration with artist William Lemon III set to go on sale starting Monday at Weltenbuerger . The unisex collection of tops and bottoms balance unique fit and brilliant prints, hand-painted on a stretch canvas fabric by Lemon. Pieces, priced $190 to $260, will be on sale at Weltenbuerger, 1764 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. Events Heather Graham is to host Designers for a Cause, a shopping event to benefit the Cambodian Children's Fund , from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at 7210 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles.
January 31, 2008 | Martha Groves, Times Staff Writer
Santa Monica Place, the 28-year-old shopping center designed by Frank O. Gehry, is a ghost mall. The once-bustling shoppers' hub will close today for a multimillion-dollar renovation, slated to begin in March, that will lift the roof off the aging complex and turn it topsy-turvy, putting the food court on top and shops offering luxury and "fashion forward" goods on the two lower levels. When it reopens, possibly as early as the fall of 2009, the center will feature a California native oak tree on the third level, alfresco dining and ocean views, thanks to an open-air design by the Jerde Partnership.
May 1, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Downtown Santa Monica, Santa Monica Place and Brit Week are hosting a two-day festival celebrating all things British this weekend. The event will span three blocks along the Promenade from Wilshire to Broadway and include the main stage at Santa Monica Place. Organizers promise a variety of environmentally-friendly vendors, gardens designed by landscape architects, live entertainment, speakers and demonstrations. Among the highlights: --British designer Duncan Quinn is slated to park his double-decker mobile tailoring truck and showcase bespoke and tailored men's clothing.
April 13, 2013
Tacos that aren't tacos, cheese that isn't cheese, but somehow it kind of works. LOCATION 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, (310) 394-7046, PRICES Share plates, $14-$16; starters, $10-$13; main dishes, $15-$18; desserts, $10-$11. DETAILS Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Credit cards accepted. Wine. Mall lot parking. RECOMMENDED DISHES Cauliflower with walnuts and harissa, rainbow carrot salad with cumin, king oyster with asparagus and sea beans.
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