Los Angeles Magazine - Destination Main Street 2024

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What was once a hidden gem has now blossomed into a dynamic hub boasting eclectic boutiques, Michelin-rated eateries with al fresco dining, and unforgettable open street events like the upcoming "Day of The Dog" scheduled for September 7th, 2024. Bring your (well-behaved) pups!

Main Street hosts one of the Westside's premier farmers markets every Sunday from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm just south of Ocean Park Blvd. between ‘The Victorian’ and the ‘California Heritage Museum’. Beyond the freshest local produce, visitors are treated to live music, craveable food truck off erings, and family-friendly activities, making it a Sunday ritual not to be missed.

Escape the monotony of malls as Main Street sprawls from Pico all the way to Rose Ave., off ering a plethora of shops and dining options to stroll or bike between. From celebrity-frequented spots like ‘Urth

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Caffe’ to the culinary delights of ‘Pasjoli’, an award winning French restaurant, to the tantalizing flavors of ‘Sunny Blue’, which offers Omusubi (Japanese rice balls) and the southeastern asian cuisine of ‘Cobi's’, Main Street is a culinary odyssey that spans the globe.

Kickstart your morning with delectable donuts and artisanal coffee at 'Alfalfa' or 'The Place To Be'. Then, indulge in a postcarb workout at renowned fitness studios like 'Love for Pilates' or 'Athletic Gaines', or opt for a leisurely e-bike tour to explore the area from ‘Pedal or Not’ bikes.

Shopping enthusiasts will find bliss within Main Street's diverse array of boutiques, including the celebrity-favorites 'Lost and Found' and ‘jAdis’, or the artisanal offerings of 'OK' boutique. Pamper yourself with a massage at 'The Now' or enjoy a manicure-pedicure session at 'Pinkie's' or the newly launched 'Toolbox', catering specifically to male clientele.

If you need a pickup, savor an adaptogen mushroom latte at 'MUD\WTR' or satisfy your sweet tooth with artisanal gelato from ‘Dolcenero Gelato’. And for home decor aficionados, specialty shops

like 'Epoxy Expertise' and ‘Cabin Creek Crystals’ await your discovery.

But Main Street isn't just about dining and shopping—it's a cultural melting pot where history meets modernity. Explore the ‘California Heritage Museum’, indulge in a psychic reading at the ‘Psychic boutique’, or admire the architectural marvels like the Frank Gehry-designed ‘Edgemar’, where the patrons fill the courtyard enjoying ‘Holey Grail Donuts’ with ‘Blue Bottle Coffee’. It’s also a great place to get maps and information from ‘Santa Monica Travel & Tourism’.

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Health conscious breakfast/lunch cafe in a casual but sleek venue with welcoming outdoor patio. This is a place where people get together, chat, engage. The friendly staff always makes sure that you leave satisfied and with a smile on your face. A tasty gem on Main Street.

Echoing the sentiments of Jeffrey Segal, Founder of ‘Mystic Journey Bookstore & Crystal Shop’, Main Street is a treasure trove where culinary excellence and artisanal craftsmanship converge. "Main Street is that wonderful destination that combines great restaurants with fabulous local, independent retail businesses offering unique, high-quality products. It’s the perfect place to find anything you need for your home, your office, or your stomach!"

When night falls, Main Street transforms into a lively nightlife hub. Whether you're sipping one of the many tequilas offered at ‘Lula Cocina Mexicana’, watching the game at ‘Jameson's Pub’ or sipping cocktails with glitterati at the ‘Basement Tavern’, the excitement never wanes.

2209 Main Street, Santa Monica 310.399.6369

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In the words of designer Anthony Schmitt (who designs the world famous ‘shopping cart tree’ every year at Edgemar), Main Street embodies an "ever-evolving historical street" that captures the essence of community with surprise at every turn. So whether you're seeking a quick escape or a full-day adventure, Main Street Santa Monica promises an experience that lingers long after you've left its vibrant thoroughfare.

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MYSTIC JOURNEY BOOKSTORE AND CRYSTAL GALLERY

Mystic Journey Bookstore is your one-stop shop for all your spiritual needs. From tarot decks to incense to candles, crystals, intuitive readings and weekly events, you’ll find everything you need to enlighten, enliven, and inspire you. Mystic Journey Crystal Gallery offers the finest selection of crystals and geodes found anywhere. Each crystal is individually sourced and selected by our founder, who visits the crystal mines and workshops around the world to curate only the highest quality pieces.

2921-2923 Main Street, Santa Monica

Bookstore 310.399.7070 | Crystal Gallery 310.314.0025 mysticjourneyla.com

ACCENTS JEWELRY

Opened in 1987 by Steven Hanna, Accents Jewelry Design became an iconic haven for locals and collectors worldwide. With a 50-year career, Steven mentored apprentices within his workshop since 1991. From sculpting in various mediums, he transitioned to the lost wax carving technique, creating a jewelry line sold nationwide. He then opened Accents Jewelry on Main Street in Santa Monica in 1987.

Hanna has fulfilled countless custom orders that formed unique lifetime bonds. The weekly wax carving workshop became a launching pad for countless successful designers. After 37 years, Accents bids farewell, hosting a storewide closing sale until the end of April. Steven will continue to work online.

2900 Main Street, Santa Monica

310.396.2284

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TAVERN ON MAIN

Tavern on Main is the longest-standing bar on Main Street, serving the neighborhood since the 1930s. But don’t let our history fool you. We have 15 high-def TV screens hosting a variety of sports and other fan favorites (Scandoval peeps, we got you), a pool table out back, daily food and drink specials, and our award-winning cocktails and happy hour—all making Tavern on Main the perfect local hang for you and your crew. Our friendly staff and vibe will for sure have you coming back for more … we look forward to serving you soon!

2907 Main Street, Santa Monica

310-392-2772

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RESTAURANTS & BARS

Edgemar Designed by Frank Gehry in 1988 at the site of a former egg-processing facility for Edgemar Farms. Mixed use complex of shops, up-scale restaurant. Blend of high-tech, streamline, and minimalist styles surround an open courtyard. www.mainstreetsm.com www.mainstreetsm.com MAIN STREET PACIFIC ST. BICKNELL AVE. BAY ST. PICO BLVD 2ND ST. 21002200 2000 1900 1 2 3 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 3 2 4 1 2 2518 2640 2654 2702 2709 2720 2724 2728 2732 2807 2808 2810 2823 2905 2906 2907 2104 2209 2301 2307 2309 2327 2400 2400 2400 2400 2424 2428 2442 2507 MANCHEGO THE VICTORIAN LA VECCHIA CUCINA JAMESON'S PUB CHINOIS ON MAIN LULA COCINA MEXICANA CRUDO E NUDO SUNNY BLUE PASJOLI ASHLAND HILL HOLLYWOOD SMOKE NAMELESS BAR PAPILLE GUSTATIVE TRIPLE BEAM PIZZA HOLY GUACAMOLE TAVERN ON MAIN COBI'S CURRIES KAFE K SAMOSA HOUSE URBAN SKILLET ALFALFA, INC. URTH CAFFE THAI VEGAN SUSHI VEGAN SHOOP'S DELI JINYA RAMEN BAR ISLA AUGIE'S ON MAIN THE GALLEY RABANO 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
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Galleria DiMaio Built in 1935 to house Merle Norman Cosmetics. Streamline Moderne style suggests an ocean liner. historic
Ocean Park Branch Library A WORLD AWAY FROM THE ORDINARY A WORLD AWAY FROM THE ORDINARY MAIN STREET OCEAN PARK BLVD. NORMAN PL. HOLLISTER AVE. STRAND ST. NEILSON WAY 2ND ST. 230024002500 4 5 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 4 5 6 7 4 5 6 5 6 7 2400 2503 2525 2525 2525 2612 2665 2701 2910 2921 2923 218 Pier 3002 JAZOO'S JAPAN CABIN CREEK CRYSTALS NATIVE AMERICAN WORLD COLOR ME MINE STEVEN STERN FINE ARTS CA HERITAGE MUSEUM BEACH CITY COLLECTIBLES jAdis PUZZLE ZOO MYSTIC JOURNEY CRYSTALS MYSTIC JOURNEY BOOKS ANGEL CITY BOOKS ZAG, INC. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 BOUTIQUES & BOOKS 1 2 3 4 5 2619 2654 2665 2703 2711 2719 2812 2900 2925 2929 2936 2937 2939 216 PIER 3101 202 BICKNELL 2217 2230 2502 2525 ZJ BOARDING HOUSE UNDEFEATED LOVE WELD JEWELRY CARO BAMBINO THE CLOSET TRADING CO. TEN WOMEN ST. MATTHEW'S THRIFT SHP ACCENTS JEWELRY FREE PEOPLE KNIX 2ND STREET REFORMATION THE BLACK TUX FEDORA PRIMO HATS EYES ON MAIN LEELANAU GOODS HOORSENBUHS LLC LOST & FOUND AESTHETIC AMBITION BERRY LEE SHOES 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 1 2 3 4 5 FASHION, CLOTHING & MORE 3 5 4 2911 2912 2914 2915 2917 3009 LIBRARY ALEHOUSE HEAVY HANDED JUNE SHINE TSUKIJI SUSHI SEN VAMOS VAMOS VIA VENETO 31 32 33 34 35 36 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 3 4 5 6 7 8 Lost & Found World Famous Annual Shopping Cart Tree at Edgemar
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BIKES & FITNESS

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HOME DECOR
Parkhurst Building Built by Norman F. Marsh & Company in 1927. Current home of Aviation Ride. Spanish Colonial Revival style, reminiscent of old Seville. HOW TO GET HERE: From the 10 Freeway Westbound, exit at 4th Street and turn (south). Drive 2 blocks, passing the Civic Center on your right, and turn right at Pico Blvd. - the second stoplight. Proceed a couple blocks to the next stoplight and turn left (south) onto Main Street.
contributors:
MAIN STREET NAVY ST. MARINE ST. PIER AVE. KINNEY ST. 2900 3000 3100 2ND ST. 1929 2015 2127 2400 2522 2624 2916 STAR LIQUOR SANTA MONICA FARMS L & K MARKET ZONA LITTLE ITALY SURF LIQUOR AND WINE FARMERS MARKET MAIN ST WINE & SPIRITS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 LIQUOR & MARKETS 7 210 PIER 214 PIER 220 PIER 3001 3110 2427 2437 2510 2510 2525 2520 2ND 181 OPB 2629 2633 2637 2665 2671 2712 2717 2727 2115 2116 2209 2209 2219 G & V TAILORING STATE FARM - AGENT SAKYA BUDDHIST CNTR SAMEDAY HEALTH T-MOBILE SM TRAVEL & TOURISM EDGEMAR MAC 911 INC. ARG AVENUE REALITY MASER CONDO SALES S.M. CONSERVANCY CAR WASH COIN OP NETWORK SOLUTIONS BUBBLE BEACH LAUNDRY SEA SHORE MOTEL UPPABABY HUB VCA ANIMAL HOSPITALS VERIZON WIRELESS PLUS PSYCHIC BOUTIQUE PUMP STATION NURTURY AT HOME LA / COMPASS SEVILLA VETERINARY HOSPITAL BEYOND O2 WATER BUSTER SHOE REPAIR BEACH HOUSE COWORK 21 22 23 24 25 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 1 2 3 4 5 GOODS & SERVICES 21 22 23 24 25 2806 2814 2817 2913 2919 2924 208 PIER PINKIE'S NAIL SPA TOE HEAVEN SPA YOLO DAY SPA DELUXE NAIL BAR & SPA MIAKEL BISHAY SALON ZUMANI HAIR & NAILS THE RAVEN SPA 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 18 19 20 21 10 11 12 13 14 9 10 11 12 13 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 12 13 14 Mystic Journey Crystals
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Scott Frentrop and Anthony Schmitt
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