Category Archives: Abbot Kinney Blvd

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Abbot Kinney Festival ‘Spirit of Venice’ Award Accepting Nominations

The Abbot Kinney Festival Association (AKFA) is now accepting nominations for its 2014 ‘Spirit of Venice’ Award. Since 1989, The Abbot Kinney Festival Association has recognized those who have made significant community contributions through ‘Spirit of Venice Awards’.  Those honored have included artists, poets, and musicians who nurtured the creative environment, as well as those who have contributed to the greater good through nonprofits and In celebration of the 30th Annual Abbot Kinney Festival, the AKFA is seeking ‘Spirit of Venice’ nominations from the Venice community.  AKFA has recognized a wide variety of contributions, but the common bond is that the recipients have had initiative, vision and a strong sense of community. These are the people who build community gardens, develop youth programs, serve our neighborhood selflessly, as well as those who foster the artistic creativity that Venice founder, Abbot Kinney, envisioned. Who do you know that embodies these qualities? Please nominate them at:


The AKFA Board of Directors will determine final awards. The recipients of the ‘Spirit of Venice’ Award will be notified by September 15th. There will be a brief awards presentation at the 30th Annual Abbot Kinney Festival on Sunday, September 28, 2014, time to be determined. “We’re having fun and making a difference—that’s the spirit of Venice.” said Donna Humphrey, AKFA Board President. For more info about the Abbot Kinney Festival Association and the 2014 Abbot Kinney Festival, visit

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Timbuk2 is Coming to Venice

Timbuk2, a pioneer in messenger bags and urban gear, is opening a spot at 1410 Abbot Kinney. As a personal note, I have 2 of their bags, one of which I got over 10 years ago, and the other about 5 years old. Both are still going strong (and dry) after daily use in the rain forest / ocean environment of Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast over the last 7 years. There’s the unpaid personal endorsement for you, here’s what their PR sent us:

Timbuk2’s new 680 sq. ft. store is located at 1410 Abbot Kinney Blvd. in the sunny Venice Beach neighborhood known for its vibrant, eclectic mix of independent boutiques and trendy restaurants. Timbuk2 has partnered with award-winning architecture and design firm Gensler and LA-based architects Dax Studio to bring the Gensler designed community-oriented vision to life.

The shop will showcase Timbuk2’s entire product line of more than 100 styles of bags and accessories, including an interactive custom workshop where customers can design a one-of-a-kind messenger bag, backpack, shoulder bag, tote or accessory made to order in their San Francisco factory. Timbuk2 Venice Beach will also launch its own in-store bike share program in August.