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Osea Skin Studio
1732 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
It feels like a Venice Beach bungalow inside this Venice Beach bungalow: intimate, calm, airy, and cozy. And the treatments are on another level. They’re experts at gua sha (a sculpting, lifting, toning therapy in which an aesthetician smooths a stone tool over the face to stimulate tissue and ease tension); it feels cooling, relaxing, fantastic. You can always customize your facial, but there’s no improving upon the Deep Sea Age Defying treatment, an ultrapampering mash-up of LED light therapy, lymphatic drainage massage, and cranial therapy to support circulation and promote skin (and overall) balance. Whatever your skin needs, they have it here, and the glow you saunter out with is stunning.
Royal Heritage Tattoo
1515 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
goop staffers average about three to four piercings per ear. And odds are at least half of those were pierced by Stephanie Anders. In addition to a steady hand and excellent aim, Anders has a soothing bedside manner that makes you almost forget she’s about to force a giant needle through cartilage. Find her at her Abbot Kinney Boulevard shop, Royal Heritage Tattoo, or make an appointment with any one of the tattoo artists on staff for something more permanent.
Gran Blanco
80 Windward Ave., Venice
The spot for late-night snacks like house-made flatbread and beetroot hummus, garlicky mushrooms and lamb kofta—Gran Blanco is the trendier (and aptly named) nighttime counterpart to owners Sam Trude and Sam Cooper’s Aussie-chic café Great White Australian for Gran Blanco) located directly across the street. Huddled under the Venice sign, the super vibe-y open-air space has a decidedly beach-lounge feel, with mood lighting, couches and wooden stumps for kicking back, an extensive vinyl collection curated by the owners, and the kind of stiff tiki-bar cocktails that’ll instantly tip you into vacation mode…if only for a night.
Chulita
533 Rose Ave., Venice
The best part about Chulita isn’t the charming rattan chairs or the vibrant greenery cascading down the walls. Although the color-happy Californian-meets-Oaxacan décor is very easy on the eyes. Nor is it the Mexico City–style tacos done on hand-pressed purple corn tortillas. Though those are pretty epic, too. It’s the fact that it’s one of the few places tucked away on Rose Avenue—and in the greater Venice area, for that matter—where you can walk in, grab a couple stools at the bar, and order from an extensive list of top-shelf, artisanal tequilas. It’s a taco spot that moonlights as a damn good mezcal bar. And in Venice—the land of beer and wine—those liquor licenses are essentially a luxury currency. Our best advice: Snag a seat on the patio, order the serrano-infused mezcal, and don’t skip the coliflor fundido.
Yours Truly
1616 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
With its whitewashed brick walls, wooden tables, rustic stone floor, and clapboard ceiling, Yours Truly has a decidedly beach-house vibe. Dotted with skylights, every square foot is drenched in sunlight. The menu reads like an ode to modern LA with avocado hummus, za’atar-dusted flatbread, Nashville hot shrimp, and bucatini carbonara sliding to the top of our order. Located on Abbott Kinney in Venice, Yours Truly has a laid-back atmosphere and crowd-pleasing menu that make it an ideal Westside spot for a cozy dinner with friends.
Pigsty Studio
Venice
If you’re going to open a flower company, you might call it something sweet and whimsical. If you’re going to open a flower company with wit and irreverence, you might call it Pigsty. Which is exactly what Hope Sword did. Sword’s wild and free-flowing florals have accented many of goop's haunts in California, including Little Prince and Jenni Kayne. When this Venice-based doyenne’s not tucking in a Malibu/Santa Barbara/Palm Springs wedding tent, she’s sprinkling her zero-waste bouquets in the windows, tables, and rafters of local eateries and boutiques. (You can also stock up on Pigsty’s sleeves of blooms at the Butcher’s Daughter, the Waterfront Café, Rainbow Acres, and more—weekly.) And when she’s doing none of the above, she’s usually foraging the California hills for grasses, poppies, passionfruit vines—anything green, wild, and beautiful. Sword's arrangements are nontraditional—imagine mashups of dahlias, garden roses, protea, ranunculus. And they're so rich with shape and quirky personality, you may catch yourself waving back at one of the hand-shaped leaves in her bouquets. She's hyperattentive to detail but also flexible when working with clients. After all, it takes a certain level of vision…
Rejuvenate with Nousha
726 Superba Ave., Venice
In a small white-washed bungalow on a leafy stretch of Venice, Noucha Salimi, a registered nurse, specializes in what she refers to as facial rejuvenation. While she’s able to administer Botox and Juvederm, it’s her wholly transformative reiki facials that keep us coming back. Here’s how it works: an hourlong session begins with a short facial massage and dermaplaning (to exfoliate dead skin cells) and then applies a concentrated face mask. While the mask is on, she’ll do a reiki meditation applying a gentle touch and doing light energy work to identify and help release tension. By appointment only.
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