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.
Spell & the Gypsy Collective (Closed)
1108 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
If there was anywhere for this Byron Bay, Australia-based label to land for its first US outpost, it’s Venice Beach. From now through November 25, 2018, sisters Elizabeth Abegg and Isabella Pennefather of Spell & the Gypsy Collective bring their breezy bohemian dresses, kaftans, and swimsuits to the West Coast. The line itself is a one-stop shop for your next holiday: the space oozes with floral kimonos, light-as-air maxi dresses, and 1970s-style swimsuits. In other words, they’re the kind of clothes that make you want to pack your bags—now. One of the most unique things about Spell is their unfailing commitment to the environment—they design with organic cotton and use ECONYL®, an Italian fabric made from seventy-eight percent recycled nylon for their swim collection and Little Gypsies swim). There’s an entire section of the site called “People + Planet” dedicated to celebrating the work of their network of artisans and their ongoing commitment to supply chain transparency, too.
Superba Food + Bread
1900 Lincoln Blvd., Venice
You’d never guess it with its beautifully light and airy atmosphere, but Superba Food + Bread was once an auto body shop. It’s now one of Venice’s most popular spots for healthy-ish breakfasts and brunches, with five varieties of toasts that go way beyond the ubiquitous avocado version. We love the kale toast—a slab of the house made grilled bread topped with sunny side eggs, avocado, braised kale and chili oil—and pair it with a side of heirloom tomato gazpacho with cucumber and garlic croutons. Superba is also rightly famous for its crispy brussels sprouts in dashi broth, and no visit is complete without a bowl of them.
Even one trip to skin guru Kat Rudu’s sleek Venice studio can change your skin.
Firestone Walker Brewery
3205 Washington Blvd., Venice
California’s big craft beer brand Firestone went south to open up a casual restaurant, bar, and brewhouse in Venice. The original, much bigger brewery is still in Paso Robles, but here, they brew on-site, testing out the beers they plan to keep in Venice only. At the bar, Firestone fans will find all the classics (from the 805 to the DBA and Union Jack IPA) in addition to a rotating on-tap selection.
Night + Market Sahm
2533 Lincoln Blvd., Venice
Thirtysomething chef Kris Yenbamroong learned how to cook in Bangkok and in the kitchen of his parents’ long-standing Thai mainstay Talésai. The Venice location is Yenbamroong's third (“sahm” means three in Thai) in LA and is aesthetically very similar to the tropical explosion that is the Silver Lake restaurant (with the addition of a massive fish tank). The communal tables are low-slung and crowded with plastic tablecloths—the perfect, slightly trippy setting to dig into some spicy, flavor-packed Thai street food. We’re partial to pad thai, grilled fatty pork collar, and crab fried rice. The wine list is all organic and biodynamic labels and the beer options vast.
1817 Lincoln Blvd., Venice
Run your hands across the rack of light-as-air linen dresses or super soft high-waisted Merida trousers at Apiece Apart's newest LA home and you'll wonder why the brand hasn't had a storefront on the West Coast all along. (Its first retail location opened last year in New York City, near SoHo, where Laura Cramer and Starr Hout design the collection.) Here, the duo brings their love of the American Southwest to life, creating a dreamy space where a thoughtful edit of clothing in the prettiest blush, tan, and lilac palette is rounded out by Peruvian handwoven straw hats, espadrilles, and French market bags. Also of note: the Woman fragrance, a scent for women who don't really wear scents, designed by LA-based Bodha Modern Wellness. The pop-up boutique is open through September 2018. Photos: Tim Hout for Apiece Apart.
609 Rose Ave, Venice
Tucked away on Rose, Wallflower specializes in Southeast Asian and Vietnamese cuisine.
Neighborhood Bru (Closed)
52 Brooks Ave., Venice
This fully modernized airstream—parked on a lot where Pacific meets Brooks—brews some of the best coffee in Venice, with beans from Michigan's renowned Mad Cap roasters, served with smoothies and acai bowls boosted with hemp protein to keep you full. There's a pretty quick order turnaround, but they always have a few tables set up nearby if you want to hang around or meet someone here.
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