Culver City Shops
Village Well Books & Coffee
9900 Culver Blvd., Culver City
Village Well has a strong book assortment and good coffee. It’s also a great place to hang out or get some work done—there’s wifi and well-placed electrical outlets, if you need them.
8850 Washington Blvd., Culver City
With the long-awaited completion of the Expo Line, a train that connects Culver City to both Downtown and Santa Monica, the area is in the midst of a period of immense growth. Platform, an indoor/outdoor space devoted to shopping and eating, is right next to the train stop. But calling it a straight-up mall feels off. In place of the usual shop suspects, there’s a Monocle pop-up and a Janessa Leone boutique. And while you won’t see a food court, what you will find are a dozen or so restaurants—both casual (Loqui tacos, Van Leeuwen ice cream, Boba Guys) and not (Margot). The pièce de résistance is Roberta’s, Brooklyn’s finest, where they know how to sling a pizza.
Aldea Home & Baby
3825 Main St., Culver City
It’s perfectly logical that after nurturing a thriving community of parents and kids in San Francisco’s Mission District, kid’s store Aldea founder Johanna Bialkin would set her sights on an equally family-oriented LA neighborhood: Culver City. That’s because community is just as big a part of the Aldea ethos as sustainability (most toys, clothes, and furniture reside on the eco-friendly spectrum), creativity (there are things here we’ve never seen anywhere else), and aesthetics (Oeuf, Monte, and Aelfie are just a few of the design-y brands on offer). There are weekly wine nights (for parents), story time (for kids), mommy-and-me yoga classes, live music, and more (for parents and kids). Walk through shelves upon shelves of giftables and Iittle nooks you’ll want to lift directly from the store and plop in your home as is—and the good news is that you totally can, by setting up an Aldea registry.
8850 Washington Blvd., Culver City
Just like everything else that’s a part of Platform, Stay by Spring Street Social Society is full of very pretty things in a very pretty (and highly Instagrammable) space. (Look no further than the hand-painted mural that says, “Come In For Awhile” by goop favorite Brian Kaspr.) In this case, those things come in the form of little gifts you’d want for yourself: textiles from Caroline Z Hurley, home objects from Well Received and (wh)ORE Haus Studios, candles from Putnam & Putnam, plus a small mix of easy, well-priced dresses and blouses from brands like English Factory. Stay is temporarily popping into Platform, but word on the street is they’ll be there until end of summer 2017. Photos: Patrick Janelle (@aguynamedpatrick)
8870 Washington Blvd., Culver City
Owner and buyer Jen Mankins has built a bit of an empire out in Brooklyn, drawing Manhattanites out to shop in the process. Now, you can peruse the same edit in Culver City, where you’re greeted by an entrance courtyard replete with its own native plant garden. Within: Mankins’s eye for both quirky and cool, meaning that you’ll find a pretty irreverent (and bright) mix here, along with picks from Ulla Johnson, Apiece Apart, Mansur Gavriel, and A Détacher.
8840 Washington Blvd., Culver City
California-based designer Janessa Leoné finally has a brick-and-mortar space where you can peruse her line of structured, beautifully made hats, which manage to be minimalist while still making a statement. The same can be said of her line of leather accessories, which are also fashioned in her signature neutral color palette. The other side of the brightly-lit space is home to footwear brand Freda Salvador, whose quirky brogues and stacked-heel boots are a fitting complement to Leoné’s wares.
8810 Washington Blvd., Culver City
Visiting Magasin is like walking into the closet of a guy who knows how to dress impeccably, in every aspect of his life. Created by Josh Peskowitz, the former men’s fashion director at Bloomingdale’s, this small-but-mighty shop offers everything from the perfect track pant to impressive tailored pieces from an edit of cool brands that include Salvatore Piccolo, Levi’s Vintage Clothing, and XLarge.
Calder Blake (Closed)
11708 Washington Pl., Culver City
Tucked away on Washington Place near the Mar Vista/Culver City border, Calder Blake is an oasis of timeless basics that are intended to last, from simple made-in-the-States cotton jersey tees to solid tank dresses, ribbed bodysuits, and simple cotton pants. All of owner Amanda Blake’s designs channel a minimalist, utility-driven elegance, complemented by a small selection of accessories and home goods, like jewelry from artist Erin Considine and pottery from LA native Victoria Morris.
8634 Washington Blvd., Culver City
Started by Paige Appel & Kelly Harris (founders of the much-loved event design business Bash, Please) opened their long-awaited shop on Washington boulevard in Culver City, within easy striking distance of nearby Platform, where there's also some excellent shopping to be had. The buy is a mix of one-off items like West African woven fans and Zuni stones along with pieces from up-and-coming designers, like Beatrice Valenzuela slides, Cinq jewelry, and Sara Barner bags. The apothecary has great body oils and some Shiva Rose creams, as well.
3225 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City
Surfas offers a wonderful selection of any and every tool and supply you could ever need for your kitchen whether you're a home cook or a professional. They stock everything from the highest quality pots and pans to industrial-sized mixers not typically sold to the general public. They also stock a range of common and hard-to-find ingredients, including a whole aisle dedicated to chocolate.