Shopping, Eating and Playing on Abbot Kinney in Venice and all across Venice is great way at any time of year… the dish is here on the boulevard and events in Venice this weekend!

Abbot Kinney, home of popup shops  is still hosting the Intel Experience store until the end of the month.

Besides all things computers and tablets which were fun to check out when the AKFF stopped by on 1st Fridays in January, the store hosts a Movie Night, every Friday night. It’s in the backroom on  the bleachers with complimentary snacks and drinks.

While  we didn’t have enough time to see the movie that night, we did catch up with Venice local, Roberto Santana who was busy sending  an email to Councilman Mike Bonin that night.

At the start of the evening , before the monster crowds were in full swing, we had some tasty eats over at Lemonade, a good place for healthy food when you want to sit down. Of course, you can also check out Tom’s Shoes for a coffee… and shoes too on First Fridays.

Yet, another option on any given day of the week for quick(ish) eats  are the food trucks on Abbot Kinney. When  we had a hankering for a snack,  we tried the fries with seaweed flecks at  the Tokyo Doggiestyle truck. Yummy, who knew seawood could be good on something other than sushi?

Eating leads to shopping and there were some cool hand-painted jeans at ECookie (near Lemonade) from the Rialto Jean Project, benefitting children at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Moving on to Zingara,  we perused the latest women’s jewelry and shoes, then headed to the back patio for s’more and a henna tattoo by Artist Erynne. See one of her beautiful designs she created that night. Her designs also were in glitter, which is a fun tattoo that lasts a few days. She can be found at many local events and on select 1st Fridays at Zingara.

The next night we  shopped at Aust, one of the newer boutiques on Abbot Kinney and attended the closing art reception  for Venice Artist Garrett Wasserman, before he ehads to New York. Good luck Garret!

This weekend, Saturday, January 18, there is an art opening at the G2 Gallery on Abbot Kinney from 6:30 – 9p.m., Shifting Landscape, Shifting Vision, a group photography show. Admission $10, benefits a non-profit like their other shows.

On Sunday, January 19 there is a free event, Discover Redox Signaling, for those interested in health and enhanceing immune systems, at 6 – 8p.m. by Venice Local Toni O’Bryan, former owner of Ascended Living on Abbot Kinney. The event takes place at  The Love Dome on 200 Lincoln Bl. Wanna find out what it’s all about – head on over there and say the AKFF Blog sent you!

Also of note on the coolest boulevard, was the absence of The Pharmacy, the first medical marijuana dispensary in Venice and on Abbot Kinney(at one time there were three dispensaries on Abbot Kinney), due to the proximity to the Vera Davis Center, according to a reliable source. There is a battle over the lease at present.  We’ll keep you posted on what happens and new popups and shops coming – since there is always a new one!

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