The Venice Chamber of Commerce continues it’s Fitness Fridays. Local Venice business owner, Robin Solo of Turning Point Pilates, will be tomorrow’s special guest instructor.
Solo will host a 50 minute Pilates Mat class at Penmar Park. The class kicks off at 12 noon.
Now in it’s third week, Fitness Fridays is an 8-week series aimed at all fitness levels, encouraging locals to work out in the afternoon. There is no charge to participate and members are encouraged to invite friends and colleagues.
Chamber members meet at 12:00 noon, at the corner of Rose and Penmar Avenue, for a one-hour exercise session led by personal trainers, yoga instructors and other fitness professionals.
Hosted by a different member studio and trainer every Friday, members attending will experience a variety of practices, such as yoga and pilates, that will help add more diversity to their existing workout or for many, introduce them to ways they can have fun while exercising.
“Fitness Fridays was created in response to members wanting to have a variety of get-togethers beyond the monthly mixers and happy hours,” said Carl Lambert, president of The Venice Chamber of Commerce. “We are proud to add another activity that engages local business professionals and the community that, like the Venice Art Crawl and the Holiday Sign Lighting, exemplifies the creative and innovative spirit of Venice.”
Councilman Mike Bonin will swear the Venice Chamber of Commerce’s new Board of Directors tonight at QART, 480 Washington Blvd., Marina Del Rey at the Chamber’s annual Board of Directors Installation Mixer.
Appetizers, beer, and wine will be served amidst a collection of fine art from both well-known, and up-and-coming artists. The QART collection including original paintings, limited editions, hand-blown glass, and sculptures.
The event will run from 6:00pm-8:00pm tonight admission is $5 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members.
LAPD joined LA County Lifeguards in a search last night to find an 18-year-old man believed missing in the ocean near the Venice breakwater.
The man had been swimming around 7pm last night when he became separated from his friend. His friend reported him missing to police at around 10pm.
The search lasted about an hour and a half before it was discovered the man had returned safe and sound to the Rose Temple on Rose Ave., where he had been staying with his friend for the past few days.
Those searching for the man had been concerned due to the thick fog in the area.
With every round-trip from her hometown in Tel Aviv, Israel, techie Ruti Zisser would lug more and more coveted pieces of clothing from the Holy Land back to her studio in Palo Alto to sell at trunk shows to her friends.
Soon, with more designer items to import and an unstoppable growing list of clients, she opened the first Ruti store in Town and Country Village across from Stanford University.
This brick-and-mortar boutique now has five locations, with the youngest living in the bustling fashion district on Abbot Kinney Blvd. Ruti brings a rustic yet modern style to the boho-chic fare typically seen on the street. This multi-brand store brings hard-to-find clothing and accessories from Tel Aviv to an otherwise homogenous American fashion.
Owner Zisser has said in the past that she looks for clothing that is flattering to women of all shapes, sizes, styles, and opinions. She either designs or handpicks every piece in the collection.
“My stores tell my story – a story of love and fashion,” Zisser said on her retailer site. “I showcase a mixture of women’s ready-to-wear shoes, bags and jewelry which, together, create a singular, carefully-curated collection. Chic and modern, the collection combines my love of fashion with my Israeli roots, as most of the brands my stores carry are Tel-Aviv based.”
With established locations in the Bay Area and another on Montana Ave. (their first store opened in Palo Alto in 2009 and spread from there), Ruti is regularly bringing Middle Eastern sensibilities to the West Coast. What’s more, Ruti emphasizes fair trade and sustainable handwork; items range from $60 to $200.
“Everything that we carry in our boutique is all-Israeli inspired and all manufactured there, as well, in the city of Tel Aviv,” said Alyson, the Ruti merchandiser.
So, what’s hot this summer?
One of their best-selling garments is the Gloria dress, a geometrical dolman-like frock synched by a thin belt that hides inside the back.
“We get it in a lot of different colors and patterns throughout the year … it’s just an easy, very lightweight fabric. It’s also very flattering and women seem to find it easy to wear for any occasion, from casual to a wedding even. And it seems to be something that’s easy but also very chic and effortless.”
Another bestselling item if you’re looking for a non-body conscious outfit is Ruti’s Kisim Vest, meaning “pockets” in Hebrew.
“Basically it’s just a really great, versatile piece, again effortless-chic. It adds a lot of dimensions to any outfit really. So you can pair it with a dress, leggings, skinny jeans, shorts. We’ve sold out of it quite a few times.”
It’s safe to say Ruti is fit for all shapes and sizes. Their loose-fitting clothing plays well with L.A.’s year-round Mediterranean climate. But that’s not all they have.
If you’re hunting for European-inspired accessories, Ruti sells unorthodox jewelry and handbags. Chunky gold cuffs, necklaces with lava rock, and earrings made of bent metal pair well with the fine leather bags that eschew the current trends – this is essentially the Ruti principle.
Ruti is located at 1410 Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice. Their store hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information call the store at 310.450.0411 or visit ruti.com.