Category Archives: Abbot Kinney Blvd


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.

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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.


Viral Venice Videos

Viral Venice Videos contest now open

A contest is now open to students of all ages, anywhere in the world, to create 30-second videos based on works in the exhibition currently on display in Venice.

The contest is thanks to a partnership between Hal’s Bar & Grill, V-SCAPE, and

The inaugural show, hanging in the newly opened Upstairs Gallery at Hal’s Bar & Grill at 1349 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, is available for viewing online at

A “Taste for Art” is a humorous yet serious show whose theme is food and drink in art and film.

It draws entirely from works loaned by leading Southern California artists and collectors.

From Andy Warhol’s iconic Campbell soup cans, to Rob Reiner’s classic deli scene in When Harry Met Sally, to some of today’s cutting-edge artists, the exhibition explores a universal theme in painting, printmaking, sculpture, multiples and film.

The 25 pieces in a “Taste for Art” are the inspiration and springboard for our Viral Venice Videos contest. This is about creativity, having fun, and life imitating art. We invite students everywhere to riff on the art and tell their story in 30 seconds.

From its opening in 1987, Hal Frederick’s dedication to art and music established Hal’s Bar & Grill as a Venice community fine arts landmark. This exhibition is sponsored by and curated by, which has been organizing and curating exhibitions in the Venice – Santa Monica area since 2004.

Primarily for glory, winners will receive the following prizes:

·  Food: Dinner at Hal’s for 4 ($150 gift certificate)

· Bragging rights: “” which will be redirected to open the winner’s website or social media page, exclusively, for the next five years

· Collectibles: Set of four Andy Warhol (Marilyn) dessert plates

· Thought: Vintage Compact Oxford English Dictionary

· Swag: The “Official Google LA t-shirt” (not available in the Google store) for each finalist.

For official rules and more information, visit

For more about the Boys and Girls Club of Venice visit

BGCV’s focus is ensuring that members graduate from high school, live a healthy lifestyle, and build a life of community engagement.

Closing date for submissions is Monday, Sept. 15. The five finalists’ videos will be posted for online.