Are You Ready for First Fridays?  Friday, June 5 on Abbot Kinney in Venice!

Are You Ready for First Fridays? Friday, June 5 on Abbot Kinney in Venice!

The AKFF Blog is here to help you get in gear for First Fridays with EXCLUSIVE OFFERS &  A GIVEWAY! Take advantage of our Beauty/Skincare Offers before the big day- see Epithereal Skincare & Turning Point Pilates. PLUS WIN Concert Tickets !

EXCLUSIVE OFFERS from Epithereal Skincare

First Fridays-Epithereal-Beautiful-EyesMention AKFF BLOG  or ABBOT KINNEY FIRST FRIDAYS BLOG TO GET THE SPECIALS! 

Epithereal Skincare is the hottest spa in the area – a hop skip and a jump away in Marina del Rey. 

Make your eyes and eyebrows stand out with a professional shaping, tinting and waxing – making those natural assets of yours stand “celebrity style” for only $25.00!

Mask your way to hydration!  Try this quick simple way to nourish your dull, tired skin.  Express Facial for only $60.00 – includes deep cleansing and a  luxurious application of skin soothing TNS Growth Factor Mask.  (total therapy takes 35 mins)

You Must Mention  the AKFF Blog to get the Specials!

13400 West Washington Blvd.Suite 202-A Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

AKFF Sponsor

EXCLUSIVE OFFERS from Turning Point Pilates


Turning-Point-Pilates-pilates-men-veniceDrop it Like it’s Hot for 1st Fridays!

Turning Point Pilates, the Venice Classical Pilates Studio will help you get your body looking Fit & Fab!

jump-for-joy-turning-point-pilatesSPECIAL #1

2 Private Lessons for $99

1st class $15 

Call  TURNING POINT PILATES 310-217-7630
or Email the Studio.
You Must Mention  the AKFF Blog to get the Specials!

337 Washington Blvd. #1
 Venice, CA 90292

AKFF Sponsor

Art Opening

1st Fridays-art-sovak-galleryIntroducing two truly dynamic and talented women, Bridget Griggs and Joanna Garel in their debut art opening on Abbot Kinney at Sovak Gallery. Featuring Griggs vibrant “Infinity” series on one side of the space and Garel’s playful Socal iconic images on the other side are sure to make a splash at this new gallery! 7-10pm 1731 Abbot Kinney Blvd, just south of Venice Blvd.


Win 2 Concert Tickets for Jon Rowden Group at G2 Gallery

1st Fridays-Live MusicThis is super easy to win- simply REPLY TO THIS POST with ” I LOVE THE AKFF BLOG!”
First person to do so wins the concert tickets! Make sure you can attend the performance on First Friday at 8pm at the G2 Gallery.

The G2 Gallery and Tear It Down Los Angeles | Orange County (TiD) present Genevieve Artadi and Jon Rowden Group. TiD is an artistic community of musicians showcasing modern-creative, progressive, forward-thinking and genre-blurring music. It is partnering with The G2 Gallery for its debut showcase. 8-11:30pm 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA 90291
CONGRATULATIONS to our Winner of 2 Tickets, Amy Gordon! Enjoy the Show!
 You can go too: Tickets are $15.00 in advance or $20.00 at the door. Get Tickets.


Live Performance

1st Fridays-Free Performance Electric LodgeHigh Voltage is Electric Lodge’s FREE Performance/Happening late night series in its third year at First Fridays. The AKFF Blog is a proud Media Sponsor of the series.

This month’s featured artists are Orit Arfa, Mitsu Salmon and Sharna Fabiano. Orit Arfa brings her novel, The Settler, to life through music inspired by the heroine’s musical search for herself after she loses her home. Highways, by Mitsu Salmon is an evening length piece which incorporates electronic music, storytelling, vocals, movement and drawing. The End of the Night, by Sharna Fabiano, is inspired by the elegance of Buenos Aires tango clubs and offers a glimpse into the imaginations of three would-be tango divas.
9pm 1416 Electric Ave, Venice, California 90291


Food Truck CorralFood Trucks & Shopping

Food Trucks are the monster hit of 1st Fridays! There are about 20 to choose from, so you’re sure to find something to eat! Plus, there are some  restaurants on the coolest boulevard – and bars too when you want to quench your thirst!

Food trucks are assigned spots on Abbot Kinney Bl between Palms and Westminster. Check us out  on Twitter @AbbotKinney1st since most food trucks at 1st Fridays post there.


Shopping on Abbot Kinney is also a fun option – stores are open late, some have specials too, so check it out! The AKFF team had fun checking out Tumbleweed & Dandelion last month, Ruti, Will Leather and more!  We l0ve it when you post your First Friday pics on  the AKFF Facebook page!


Free Photos from the Selfie Truck

Selfie Truck Love-AKFFThe Selfie Truck was at last month’s event and will return this month. Look for the truck with the big blue heart and say you saw it on our blog! Get your photos right there at 1st Fridays! Cool!

First Fridays is Heating up on Friday, May 1 in Venice on Abbot Kinney Boulevard!

First Fridays is Heating up on Friday, May 1 in Venice on Abbot Kinney Boulevard!

Abbot Kinney First Fridays Brings it: Food, Fashion, Beauty, Dating & Party Invite! Check here Again – More to Come!

Food Trucks on San JuanWow, there’s so much to tell you, where do we start? First Fridays basics of course! Let the games begin at 6pm until 10/11pm on Friday May, 2015 on Abbot Kinney Bl in Venice, between Venice Bl. and Westminster (both are at lights).

Food trucks line the hottest boulevard where you will be able to get some eats. Hints for food trucks at May First Friday: pizza, lobster, barbecue and mos def sweet treats and organic food too. See our AKFF Twitter feed for deets.

Turning+Point+Venice-PArtyYou’re Invited to a Party!

Grand Opening Party:
Turning Point Pilates 

Saturday, May 16, 2015 1pm-3pm. 

Bring your friends and check out their brand new studio location while sipping on prosecco and enjoying desserts!

  • Lorna Jane Trunk Show: Discounts on Merchandise

  • Raffle: Pilates, Facial, Massage, Flower Essences

  • Special Deals: Revealed at the Party

  • Ribbon Cutting: 1:30pm with Venice Chamber of Commerce

337 Washington Blvd Suite 1  | Venice, CA 90292 | 310-217-7630 |

Epithereal Skincare- young fashion modelBeauty & Skincare

Get your skin revitalized after enjoying your First Friday a little too much! B-12 shots and IV therapy to get that glow you’re looking for and an energy boost at Epithereal Skincare, a medical beauty spa in Marina del Rey with a doctor on staff! 

Celebs like Rihanna  & Chrissy Teigen use these treatments :

  • IV Myer’s Cocktail Therapy: the perfect pick me up post 1st Fridays blends vitamins & minerals; energy w/out caffeine buzz

  • IV Vitamin C: antioxidant & standalone therapy – popular as a result of skin brightening effects

  • IV Glutathione: antioxidant-rich treatment helps remedy chronic fatigue or infections, inflammation, depression, asthma, etc

Epithereal Skincare |  13400 West Washington Blvd. Suite 202-A
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292  | 310-439-1926 |

Inviteup-Find Someone you likeInviteUp on Abbot Kinney!

There’s a new app on the dating scene! InviteUp quickly connects you with new people so you can meet in person at the places you want to go. Partner platforms like Foursquare help you narrow down places, choose when you want to go, who grabs the bill & whether you want to fly solo or bring friends.

  • Whether it’s a casual coffee at Intelligentsia or dinner at Gjelina, InviteUp members can PostUp their ideal date in less than 15 seconds

  • Schedule dates within the hour or up to 30 days in advance

  • The app is completely free and browsing dates is anonymous

Download InviteUp for free on the App Store or visit
Post a date for this Friday on Abbot Kinney and find your first InviteUp match!
Look out for the InviteUp team at First Fridays!

First Fridays-Stephanie Johnson Sample Sale flyerFashion: Sample Sale

Stephanie Johnson Sample Sale is  DURING THE DAY FROM 10am – 6pm on First Friday!

  • Luxury Cosmetic Bags from
    $1 – $20*

  • Bags are carried at Nordstrom, Anthropologie & Neiman Marcus


Stephanie Johnson Warehouse | 628 Venice Blvd Venice 90291 |
Corner of  Venice & Abbot Kinney next to Zinque Cafe

*Cash and credit card only. All sales are final.

behind Abbot Kinney (east of it between California and Millwood).High Voltage: Late Night at Electric Lodge

High Voltage is Electric Lodge’s FREE Performance/Installation/Happening late night series. Now in its third year, on First Fridays!

This month’s featured artists: Matthew Olmos + Josh Berkowitz.
Matthew Olmos will present a site-specific, semi-improvised drone work designed to modulate slowly over time with a modular synthesizer system, winds, synth and voice are  to color and change the sound with live projection.
Josh Berkowitz: “My game is arrogance…until I get embarrassed. That’s where you come in.”

Electric Lodge| 1411 Electric Ave Venice 90291 | behind Abbot Kinney (east of it between California and Millwood)

Sponsors: Abbot Kinney First Fridays, Epithereal Skincare, InviteUp, Turning Point Pilates

Hop on over to First Fridays – April 3, 2015! Specials, AKFF Photo Contest & More!

Hop on over to First Fridays – April 3, 2015! Specials, AKFF Photo Contest & More!

Start your Easter Weekend off right by hopping over to Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice! Enter our  FIRST EVER FACEBOOK PHOTO CONTEST with your April 1st Fridays Photos! Show us your snaps and WIN Prizes from Sanebox! Beauty & Fitness Spotlight & SPECIALS, Call for AKFF Interns!

march-photo-album-post-feature-AKFF BlogWhen: Friday March 6, 2015
Where: Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice CA from Venice Bl to Westminster & surrounding streets (Santa Clara, Electric Avenue)
Hours:  Timing is APPROXIMATE!  Starts between 5-6pm ends 10ish


Special Beauty & Fitness Spotlight – Plus SPECIALS!
Meet Epithereal Skincare & Turning Point Pilates

Epithereal Skincare:

Epithereal Skincare BaeutyThe AKFF Blog wants to introduce you to the new skincare sensation just a hop, skip and a jump away in Marina del Rey, Epithereal Skincare.

The spa has a personalized approach in a beautiful private setting and offers: skin rejuvenation, facials, microdermabrasion, waxing and tinting, peels, laser tratments and injectables. Hydrafacial is an excellent deep cleaning for anyone with an active lifestyle.

AKFF SPECIAL: Buy one Facial, get one FREE! 2 for $175! Call Today: 310-439-1926 or Book Online.

Epithereal Skincare 13400 West Washington Blvd. Suite 202-A Marina Del Rey, CA 90292 310-439-1926

Free Parking Located at the corner of Glencoe (entrance on Glencoe)

Ask about their upcoming Beauty & Wellness Retreat on April 17-20!


Turning Point Pilates:

turning-point-pilates-new-studioAward winning classical Pilates studio Turning Point Pilates (voted best of the Westside two years in a row in the Argonaut) has moved into a  brandnew space!

The brand new spacious studio is adjacent to the Venice Canals, Marina Del Rey and the Marina Peninsula. It’s upstairs and right next to Allan’s Market at Dell. Also conveniently located a few blocks from the beach, shops and restaurants.

AKFF SPECIAL: 15% off any purchase through April! Call Today: 310-217-7630 or Email for details.

Turning Point Pilates: New Address: 337 Washington Blvd. #1 Marina Del Rey, CA 90292 310-217-7630

Free Parking on side streets and metered parking on Washington Bl.


first-fridays-contest-AKFF-April2015AKFF FACEBOOK PHOTO CONTEST

Take some snaps at Abbot Kinney First Fridays on April 3, 2015 Friday and post on the AKFF Facebook Page to enter our Photo Contest and WIN Prizes from Sanebox!

Whether it’s pics of friends eating or shopping, etc, food or food trucks, shops –  see any cool shoes or clothes you like? Snap it & Post it! Post by Monday, April 6, 2015.
Prizes & Full Contest Details >


AKFF Internships – Get College Credit!

Bloggers/Writers work from home  and write about haps on Abbot Kinney BL and Venice!* Marketing Majors, we want you too!*
Sales peeps, if you got it in you’re blood, this position includes college credit and commission.**
How to Apply: Fill out  the AKFF Contact Form. Type “AKFF Intern” in the Subject. In the Message box, type your area of interest  in 140 characters or less, followed by your full name.
*college credit, unpaid position
**college credit, commission only, no salary

1stfridays-highvoltage-free-performanceFREE Special Performance:
Electric Lodge in Venice,
located just behind and east of Abbot Kinney, is the premiere performance space that’s also run on solar power! Every First Fridays, the Lodge provides a complimentary avant garde mixed media performance. Easy parking in their valet lot, enjoy drinks while you’re hanging out (21+ bring id) and enjoying the show! This month brings Cheryl Rae, a spoken word artist. Starts at 9pm.
1416 Electric Ave (between Milwood and California) Venice, CA 90291

abbot kinney crowd by gjelina-AKFFParking Tips:
If you can get to Abbot Kinney early, you’ve got a leg up on the parking so hippity hop on over here – avoid driving on Abbot Kinney, it will be insane! Head towards side streets off of Venice Bl, California  access from Lincoln) and Electric Av. There is also a valet parking lot on Electric Av at Milwood at Electric Lodge, which also happens to be hosting a special FREE performance, just for 1st Fridays! (It’s 30 seconds behind Abbot Kinney – just do a Google map – it’s easy!

Food truck-Chili PhilosdopherFood Trucks:
So you’re hungry, right? There are 17 food trucks to peruse all kinds of food from, whether it’s chili, burgers, ice cream and a lot more. The best way to find out  which trucks are there is to check out the AKFF Twitter Feed, as most trucks post there between Thursday and Friday. Many will also post their exact location. Hint: great for photo opps so you can post on our Facebook page and win some cool prizes.

Shops are open late, some with specials just for First Fridays. Shops are on Abbot Kinney and Santa Clara (cross street).  Check out the latest trends on this fashion forward boulevard!



Turning Point Pilates is Moving!

Turning Point Pilates is Moving!

Turning Point Pilates, a Classical Pilates Studio in Venice will make their move to a new location on March 26 – only a mile away to Washington Bl in Marina del Rey!

Robin Solo, Studio Owner and Classical Pilates Instructor says she’s excited about the new space. (The current property has been sold.)  It’s just west of Dell, which cuts through the Venice canals, a nice walk or bike ride from Venice. There’s a bike rack in front of the building. If you’re driving, there is ample street parking with 2 hour meters on Washington Bl along with free parking on side streets.

Make sure to check out the new studio starting March 26.  These are the details:

Turning Point Pilates logo

Turning Point Pilates
337 Washington Bl
Marina del Rey, CA 90292





First Fridays Exclusive Photos: March 6, 2015 1st Fridays on Abbot Kinney Bl

First Fridays Exclusive Photos: March 6, 2015 1st Fridays on Abbot Kinney Bl

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Abbot Kinney First Fridays most recently dropped the bomb of eating, shopping and playing on Abbot Kinney Boulevard on Friday, March 6, 2015!

The AKFF Blog (aka Abbot Kinney First Fridays Official Website) was there on the scene and shot photos at Velvet, Ruti, Wylie Wilson, Ananda, Heavenly Couture and the launch of Me Undies. Plus photos of the new Food Truck courtyards on Palms and Santa Clara Ave., side streets off of Abbot Kinney, closed to serve lotsa hungry peeps; that in addition to THE boulevard, yes, you know the name with  Nitropod and a host of others. There was also the outdoor market with jewelry; we loved Lisa’s booth – see the slideshow.

The market was a bit smaller as part of the space was used for the concert with Crown Mob under an outdoor tent. The AKFF gives a BIG UNLIKE to the band’s personnel at the door, who hassled us when we came to shoot some pics. Actually there was one person who was quite be-atchy! Really!

Marching in with the First Fridays Scoop!

Marching in with the First Fridays Scoop!

Just Updated on First Friday!

Ready, Set, 1st Fridays!  Ok, it’s coming up quick on the horizon! Here’s a few tips on the monthly event on Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Local Spotlight and Specials!

When: Friday March 6, 2015
Where: Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice CA from Venice Bl to Westminster & surrounding streets (Santa Clara, Electric Avenue)
Hours:  Timing is APPROXIMATE!  Starts between 5-6pm ends around 10pm
What: Lotsa Fun, Food, Shops Open Late, Specials & Special Events!

Local Spotlight:

TurningPointPilates-Best of Westside PilatesOf course many of us like to indulge a bit on First Fridays, I mean what, with all the selection of food, from food trucks to local haunts! Then, the realization that we need to workout – and on a regular basis! It helps to have a local go to spot, where you can be guided by an experienced instructor, like Robin Solo, from Turning Point Pilates. She takes great care with each client and treats them as an individual, customizing the workout toward your abilities and taking in to consideration if you have any injuries. This Editor knows from personal experience from a  private lesson with Robin. Turning Point Pilates is on Venice Boulevard, just east of Abbot Kinney in  the creative bungalows next to Zinque Cafe. Tell Robin that the AKFF Blog sent you!

Turning Point Pilates 612A Venice Boulevard, Venice CA 90291 310-217-7630

Shopping & Specials from AKFF:

Ruti-First-Fridays-Venice-AKFF-BlogMany of the shops stay open late until approximately 8-9pm and beyond, depending on each store. Last month we visited, Warby Parker (glasses), Wylie Wilson (custom lingerie), AV Nation, Satine and more. This month, there’s a new kid on the blog, that’s got a special just for First Fridays!

Ruti is offering: 10% off their new collection on 1st Fridays and will have wine and sweet treats! Open til 8pm. 1410 Abbot Kinney Blvd. (Next to Margaret O’Leary, Timbuk2, Hyden Yoo)

Popup Shop Event: (Just Added)

velvet-1stFridays-march2015Velvet by Graham & Spencer
are hosting a cocktail pop-up
from 3-7pm with the latest trends from jewelry line Miansai.  This is an early event, so make sure to check it out first!
1327 Abbot Kinney Blvd





Special Event:

1st Fridays Electric LodgeDid you know that every First Friday there is a special FREE event at Electric Lodge? Yes, there sure is a contemporary mashup of dance, music and performance with a different flavor each month! This month brings Emmy award-winner and two-time HBO Def Poet, Joe Hernandez-Kolski, who blends spoken word poetry, stand-up comedy, storytelling. Sounds cool!

Electric Lodge: 1416 Electric Ave, Venice, California 90291 (between Milwood & California off of Abbot Kinney) Also valet parking lot available.

Food & Drinks & More:

Food-truck-Showdown-on-Santa ClaraThere are a total of 17 plus local restaurants and bars for both drinks and eats.
 See the AKFF Twitter Feed – Most trucks post here that are attending 1st Fridays

See our Food  Truck FAQ Page ASAP!

See the AKFF Photo Gallery from last month to get a flava of all the food, shopping and venues on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice!

 See our Interns Post ASAP! Wanna Blog for AKFF?  Can you do Sales? Check it out today!

PS- Last 1st Friday, Santa Clara was filled with food trucks & closed to traffic- see our photo here. The same thing may repeat on Friday.