Shop The Street: Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice

Written by on April 4, 2012 in Shop The Street, Shopping - 21 Comments

Photography: Jessie Webster

Erin Bunch and Michelle Vick, the girls behind Broke Girl’s Guide, took a break from scouring Los Angeles for low-cost adventures to take us on a shopping tour of Abbot Kinney Boulevard in their town of Venice, CA. Who better to show off the city than girls who make their living writing about it? Erin and Michelle started Broke Girl’s Guide in 2011, after working in the film industry and feeling the pressure of living in an expensive city without a high-paying job. They started the daily email, Broke Girl’s Guide, to help other 20- and 30-something women make the most of living in L.A. The girls are working on expanding their website into other cities, and are planning to launch an ‘everywhere’ edition in the coming months. Erin and Michelle created their own guide for us, taking us to their favorite places to shop, eat, and drool over chic clothing and jewelry.

Local 1205 (1205 Abbot Kinney Blvd): Local 1205 is one part gourmet emporium, one part raw vegan mecca, 100% drool-inducing. We love looking at the farmers’ market flowers and the globally-sourced treats and healthy bites. The raw smoothies and acai breakfast bowl from the juice bar are delicious. We can never leave without grabbing some Platine cookies, a local favorite of ours!

Intelligentsia Coffe & Tea (1331 Abbot Kinney Blvd): This is our favorite place to get some work done when we’re dying to escape the office. Armed with a freshly baked pastry and a cup of organic, fair-trade coffee or tea (rosehips is our fave!), we can park ourselves here with our laptops for hours. We almost always run into someone we know here, so it’s perfect if we’re in the mood for a little distraction.

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  • Teissia

    Love these girls and these pics!!

  • Rita

    I love this article!  It makes me want to do a ton of shopping on Abbot Kinney!  I love the Broke Girls.  

  • Deborah

    No offense, but Local 1205 and Intelligentsia are two of the MOST overpriced spots for what they’re selling. How do those qualify for the Broke Girls??

    • Guest

      The article states in the beginning that they are not doing a “Broke Girls” adventure for this particular task…

  • Sethrin

    love the pics!

  • Ashley

    I love their blog!!! It’s nice to see such cute and savvy girls.

  • Aili

    I’m a huge fan of Broke Girls and this is amazing!  These girls know what they’re talking about.  Gjelina Take Away is one of my faves too.  And what adorable pics.  I want to see more!

  • EB2

    Such a great article on Venice and these girls are adorable! Love their site.  

  • Lauren

    LOVE THIS!  Great insight and great tips – and GREAT pics!  These girls could not be any cuter.  If you don’t already subscribe to their newsletter you must sign up!  

  • Lauren

    If these places are fit for “broke” then this guide is plain stupid. 

    • Jennifer

       Relax, this isn’t like a guide to finances — it’s just a fun look around at all the cool places and inspiring fashion to be found on Abbot Kinney!

    • glitterguide

      Yes, this isn’t about ‘affordable’ places. We just asked the girls behind BGG to share cool spots to check out on Abbot Kinney (near their office). To see affordable places and things in LA –check out their site. :)

  • MallieLanham

    every one needs inspiration… and some times inspiring things may be a bit outside of “normal” budgets… 

  • Kate {Something Fabulous}

    Such cute photos! I love the look of the shop.

    Kate {Something Fabulous}

  • Lindsay Van Cleave

    Every place looks amazing! I would be all over Bountiful! It looked so cool!

  • Bettina

    Perfect timing I’m heading up that way later this weekend! 

  • Lindsay

    Now I really can’t wait to get to LA. I think a day in Venice will be required :)

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