—in fact, we lived in some of the lamest sections of Manhattan—but somehow in California, we have landed ourselves in a spot that's totally having its moment. Rose Avenue, just a few blocks from our apartment, apparently used to be so sketchy it was known as Skid Rose. Now, it's the epitome of cool with its trendy boutiques and cool eats—and yuppie backlash! (Just check out this month's Sunset magazine, and last month's LA Times story).
It's a good place to take a walk and take in the changing scenery.
A good studio for a sweaty yoga class, although apparently the secret is out. On the day I went, everyone's mats were practically touching in this small space.
512 Rose Avenue | Venice, CA | 310.392.2000
Big Red Sun
A dreamy garden store devoted to exotic succulent plants and sustainable gardening materials. I loved the collection of seashells lining the wall.
560 Rose Avenue | Venice, CA | 310.433.0019
The Golden State
All the handcrafted clothing, home goods and art sold in this store are created by California artists. I'd definitely stop in if I was looking for a unique gift.
564 Rose Avenue | Venice, CA | 310.392.7800