My health-conscious neighbors gave out apples for Halloween to the grave disappointment of any trick-or-treater not savvy enough to skip their house. If only A Real Treat had been open then! This all-natural candy boutique, the ingenious brainchild of Angeleno Vanessa Hughes, just celebrated its grand opening in Santa Monica last weekend. A Real Treat carries candies free of corn syrup, artificial dyes and artificial flavors, perfect for the children in your life with allergies or dietary concerns. The boutique is located inside the delightful children’s bookstore Books and Cookies. Stop by and grab a “pick and mix” bag for the kids in your life, or, you know, yourself, obvs…
I was at a dinner recently where ten out of the twelve guests had the same question on their mind: what is Spruce Juice? Apparently the floral shop at the intersection of Akbar and the lube place (Sunset and Fountain) has only been advertising Spruce Juice for the past month or so, but to me it feels like ages. The shop’s marquee declares “We Have Spruce Juice” in such a confident, almost disarming way that my friends and I wondered if it was something important we had missed and thank god it wasn’t already sold out everywhere. But is spruce juice for plants or for humans? More importantly, would it taste good with vodka?
Ding Dong! “This is your captain speaking,” and so began every communication from our pilot for the evening. Last Saturday, the A+D Museum hosted their annual gala, Celebrate. To highlight the design process, this year’s theme was Celebrate: The Journey. For a museum that’s moved around more than NBC’s fall lineup, the travel motif was A+D’s tongue-in-cheek way to poke a little fun at itself while showcasing travel-themed artwork from a luminous list of artists, designers and architects.
Santa Monica Blvd stretches just over 14 miles from the urban nest of Sunset Junction to the sun-bleached cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Designer Chris Rubino decided to walk the road in just one day, taking pictures of the city along the way. He recently posted this neat video with the results of that walk, focusing on the signage of SMB.
My love of print began in elementary school with the Weekly Reader. Here was a magazine that tailored to my adolescent interests (pandas, weaving, outer space) and you could also buy books from it. Last night I checked out the opening of NYC bookstore Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair at MOCA and could barely contain myself. I mean, a museum that I love and you can buy books from it?