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Taste of Venice

Few tickets remain for Taste of Venice 2014 this Sunday

Few tickets remain for Sunday’s Taste of Venice 2014 on Abbot Kinney Boulevard for an afternoon of food and culture – all for a compelling cause.

Starting at The Electric Lodge, Taste of Venice highlights Venice’s extraordinary culinary talent and features a unique restaurant walking/tasting tour where attendees sample signature dishes from chefs as well as enjoy wine, beer and cocktail tastings.

Highlights also include music, cooking demonstrations by favorite Venice chefs, and special presentations by celebrity hosts.

The event supports the Inside Out Community Arts Program of P.S. ARTS while celebrating chefs that make this eclectic and cosmopolitan community their home.

Taste of Venice consists of three courses: the opening ceremony, the tasting hour, and the post reception.

Guests will be divided into 25 “tour groups,” each led by a “Tastemaker,” a well-known member of the Los Angeles culinary community.

The opening ceremony from 3-4:30 pm will feature food, cocktails, a silent auction, and entertainment.

The tasting tour from 4-6:30 pm will be an opportunity to taste exclusive samples from top Abbot Kinney Boulevard restaurants.

The post reception from 6:30-7 pm will include coffee, treats, and drinks.

All funds raised support the arts education program.

The Electric Lodge is located at 1416 Electric Avenue, Venice, CA 90291.

For tickets or more information, visit


Police investigate robbery at Abbot Kinney Boulevard jewelry store

A masked man held up a jewelry store in Venice on Tuesday, simulating a handgun and putting his loot into a Starbucks bag before escaping on foot, police said.

The robbery occurred at 12:46 p.m. at Kamofie & Co., the same jewelry store in the 1300 block of Abbot Kinney Boulevard where actress Lindsey Lohan once got into trouble for shoplifting a necklace.

Los Angeles police officer Madison Drake said the thief was last seen heading southbound on foot from the store.

He said he was surprised that someone would hold up the shop “on a nice day like today (when Abbot Kinney) is full of people. It’s very trendy.”


Minnie T’s Boutique says goodbye to Abbot Kinney, hello to Santa Monica

By Jesse Merchant

Minnie T’s has been a retail go-to for locals and visitors since 2001 at 1355 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, but now, it has moved out of its tiny Venice shop and into Santa Monica’s Sunset Park neighborhood.

To Minnie T’s, and its owner Barbara Phillips, quality even stretches to include the community, the history of the street it sits on, and who its neighbors are.

Phillips said Ocean Park Boulevard was an emerging retail destination, with the same neighborhood quality that Abbot Kinney once had.

According to Lauren de la Fuente, the Principal at Pearl Street Marketing, the new location was  perfect for Minnie T’s next chapter, adding that Minnie T’s had “13 great years on Abbot Kinney, before it became populated with mall-based and national retailers.”

De la Fuente said Minnie T’s was “considered one of L.A.’s premier retailers for women seeking something interesting, well crafted and special.”

“Minnie T’s is for women confident in their style who don’t need labels and want beautiful statement items, in other words, investment quality fashion,” she said. “Minnie T’s has staying power and so does the merchandise.”

So, while the new location will have more independent stores around it, inside the high quality clothes will stay the same.

Minnie T’s carries high-end retail from Italy, France, and Japan including Fiorentini & Baker, Rick Owens, La Cuir Perdu, Campomaggi, Saisei, Tsumori Chrisato, and Marc LeBihan.

But, they never seem to forget the idea of locality. This comes through in their support of Los Angeles-based designers such as Enza Costa, Casmari, and Trouble at the Mill, Cydwoq, Calvin Rucker, Jaga, DUUYA, and Louise Babouryan.

The new location will also have a “never-ending supply of dog treats,” says de la Fuente. So locals, visitors, and dogs of all shapes and sizes are welcome to stop by, peruse, and shop at the new Minnie T’s location.

The new store is open from 11 am to 7 pm daily at 1624 Ocean Park Boulevard in Santa Monica.

For more information, visit

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Venice Neighborhood Council to meet tonight at Westminster Elementary

The Venice Neighborhood Council will hold its monthly board meeting tonight, Aug. 19 at 7 pm.

It will be held at Westminster Elementary School auditorium at 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 90291.

Parking is available in the school staff parking lot. Enter the parking lot off of Westminster Avenue about one block west of Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

The VNC board meeting is always held on the third Tuesday of each month.

Click here to view the agenda.