Give the Gift of Beauty for the Holidays & Get Pampered!

There's still time to give Nitespa for the holidays! Gift certificates are available in any amount or for any service. Buy $200 in gift certificates and receive a complimentary tune up massage or disco nap facial for yourself!

Nightpsa is offering a Holiday Make-up Special! Show up to your holiday fete looking gorgeous and flawless! For the glamour girl on the go: instant-dazzle make-up for fun and frolic

Regular Price: $75 
December Special: $49

Want a facial or massage before your make-up? Only $99 for both services.

"Diana is a mover andshaker and a true visionary in the world of holistic beauty– one of the few artists we have met who sets a new standard by insisting on organic, eco-conscious & cruelty-free products with a bevy of extras like a complimentary  neck, shoulder and scalp massage with EVERY make-up application and a shot of a beauty secret elixir. 
Julia Lolita Martin-Wrobel, Creative Director

Open from  Noon to 10pm!
Nitespa: 12024 Venice Blvd., Suite D Los Angeles, CA 90066 310.390.5122 (Upstairs, above Pop Physique) 
Nitespa is in the heart of Mar Vista, a hop skip and a jump from Venice 
(formerly on Abbot Kinney)! 


Free Delivery for Your Holiday Meals is a Delight!

DoorDash is the newest food delivery sensation in LA! Order food from great restaurants in Venice and Santa Monica such as: Cerveteca, Bin 73, Chop Daddy's, C&O Cucina, Fritto Misto, SugarFish, Ushuaia Argentinian Steakhouse and get it delivered. 

Best of all your First Order is Free!

DoorDash is so convenient around the holidays when people are busy getting ready for the arrival of relatives, or just don't feel like cooking before a Xmas feast! So take advantage of  free delivery for your first order!
DoorDash was spotted at Abbot Kinney First Fridays in December giving away some goodies! Look for them around town!

Luxury and Location Await You This Holiday Season
In Venice!

This brand new construction town home with bright, spacious open floor plan, high ceilings, over sized windows and glass floor to ceiling doors flush this unique space with natural light offering authentic Venetian style living!

Polished concrete floors on the 1st level and hardwood floors on the 2nd level with extra wide stairs and ornate railings give this home a contemporary feel with comfort. Enjoy the indoor/outdoor private patio and outdoor fireplace. Open kitchen with Bosch appliances, large center island and generous cabinet space are perfect for entertaining. The main level offers an office/den/bonus room and half bath. The master suite has a separate shower and tub, dual vanity sinks, fireplace, walk in closet and private balcony! All bedrooms are sunny and spacious with en suite bathrooms. There is a private front yard and a 2 car garage with inside entry access. Great storage and more! Close to beach, Rose Ave and Abbot Kinney.

Offered  by: Pardee Properties
2439 Walnut Avenue
Venice, CA 90291


Give the Gift of Health for the Holidays!

Giving the gift of health with Classical Pilates from 
Turning Point Pilates in Venice is a great & easy option for holiday gift giving this year!

Or Purchase at their Venice Pilates Studio:
612A Venice Boulevard | Venice | CA | 90291
near Abbot Kinney in Office Park
Call 310-217-7630

Holiday Schedule
Wednesday 12-24-14 open until 2pm   Closed 12-25-14 - Thursday 1-1-2015 
OPEN Friday January 2, 2015!


Last Venice Art Crawl of the Year! - Thursday
December 18, 2014

This Thursday December 18, 2014 marks the last Venice Art Crawl of the year! The quarterly event starts at 6:00pm with most popoup venues closing at 10:00pm. The VAC started  in venues along the beach from Rose Av to Venice Bl and now is extended to Washington Bl.

Click here to get deets on VAC popups and the map >


Venice Dream Home, Just Steps to the Canals!

Chicly updated home with over 2100 square feet and seconds to the famous Venice canals, close to Abbot Kinney and Venice Beach!

Enter into an open living/dining area with soaring ceilings and sliders that open to your enclosed, private back yard providing indoor/outdoor quintessential So Cal living. Gleaming hardwood floors throughout and strategically placed windows impart style, light and ocean breezes. Kitchen opens to the dining area with a breakfast bar and kitchen island perfect for entertaining. Sleek white cabinets and counters are perfectly complemented with sexy aluminum backsplash and stainless steel appliances. Bonus room is perfect for a home office, playroom or media room. Upstairs are 3 bedrooms including your master suite with private balcony. Carport provides 4 parking spots and possibilities for storage. Don’t miss this opportunity to live in the heart of Silicon Beach!

Offered by: Pardee Properties
2007 Dell Avenue
Venice, CA 90291

Tis the Season for Tech! LA Tech Summit
Thursday December 11, 2014

Free Code from AKFF Blog to Receive $100 off General Admission Fee!

The LA Tech Summit takes place on Thursday December 11, 2014 at the JW Marritt at LA Live in Downtown Los Angeles. While most of the tech related conferences are in Silicon Beach (Venice & Santa Monica), it's extended it's reach into Downtown and Hollywood. Soon  enough, Silicon Beach may be referred to in the same way that  the Silicon Valley name extends to the San Francisco Bay Area to many.  Use code "100off" to receive $100 off general admission. Cool!

Get the full schedule and details on the LA Tech Summit website >

Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti along with Dana Settle from Greycroft Partners and Adam Miller from Cornerstone on Demand are some of the key speakers at the event.. Also notable are Richard Wolpert from Amplify, Mark Suster from Upfront Ventures and Marl Painter from TrueCar. The overwhelming majority of presenters at the conference are men at press time and only 2 other women are presenters.

Therese Tucker, CEO of Blackline and Tracy Dinunzio, CEO and Founder of Tradesy are the other women presenters at the tech conference.  While, the conference is sure to have its value, there's always room for improvement.. So, for next year, how about more diversity?


Pink at Venice Sign Lighting!

Singer and Venetian Pink was part of the 3rd Annual Venice Sign Lighting last night on December 5, 2014!  
Pink with Councilman Mike Bonin before they took to the stage to pull the switch that changes the Venice Sign lights from white to red and green!

Pink talks to the big crowd before the sign lighting.

More Pink & Venice Sign Lighting
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2 Venetians! Mark Lennon from the band Venice and Pink, who rode to the event on her bike.

Pink with her daughter right after the sign lighting! Councilman Mike Bonin on right, President of Venice Neighborhood Council, Mike Newhouse on right.

Venice Sign Lighting Photos from My Venice Life on Facebook> 


Silicon Beach Jewel near Abbot Kinney Blvd!

Light infused, warm architectural home centrally located in the heart of Silicon Beach just off the coveted Abbot Kinney corridor! 

A double volume entry, gourmet chef’s kitchen with impeccable craftsmanship, custom finishes and natural walnut wood millwork define true excellence. Private, spacious sun deck off the master bedroom equipped with hot tub and fire place. Home equipped with built in BBQ, Surfer shower, hard-wood roof top decks with fire-pit. The 2nd level includes 2 bedrooms. Third level has the master suite with large closets and decadent master bath. Conveniently close to Abbot Kinney shops and restaurants plus Venice beach - a jewel like this does not come up often!

Offered by Pardee Properties
1220 Cabrillo Avenue
Venice, CA 90291


First Fridays HOTlist Dec 5, 2014 Venice & Santa Monica

Special Holiday Edition 1st Friday! Updated December 5

It's the last First Friday of 2014 and there are special Holiday events in both Venice and Santa Monica!

Ready, Set, Celebrate!

Let's get to 1st Friday First: 
Friday, December 5, 5-9pm Abbot Kinney Boulevard
There will be holiday carolers going up and down Abbot Kinney Bl, shops open late with holiday specials and restaurant happy hours too! Food trucks will be there as usual so eat, drink and be merry! Remember to throw your trash away too:)
Find out which Food trucks will be at 1st Fridays >
Food Trucks get info hereon 1st Fridays >

Check out Doordash at 1st Fridays, giving away freebies at Heavenly Couture on Abbot Kinney.
Hungry and want to stay in? A cool new food delivery app! Doordash caters to  - Venice, Santa Monica, Marina del Rey, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Culver City, and Westwood. With restaurants on their roster like Tender Greens, Lyfe Kitchen, Sugarfish, Baby Blues, and Cafe Gratitude, to name a few, DoorDash has a selection that everyone can be excited about - whether you order on your way home from work, make it a night in with DoorDash and a movie, or are preparing for Football Sunday. Doordash is an on-demand delivery service that delivers from the best local restaurants within 45 minutes.
Get the Doordash App >

Get Your Holiday Gift Certificates & Give the Gift of a Hot Bod!

Need a gift idea this holiday season? Give a gift of fitness, like Pilates at award winning Pilates studio right here in Venice, Turning Point Pilates, conveniently located on 612a Venice Bl near Abbot Kinney.  Call 310-217-7630

Live Dance Performance at Electric Lodge on 1st Fridays at 9pm and it's Free!  Music, Drinks, Performance, Fun! On the block behind Abbot Kinney Bl. 1416 Electric Ave, Venice, California 90291

Venice Sign Lighting
Friday, December 5, 6:15pm Pacific at Windward Sign Lighting 8pm
For the 3rd year in a row, the VENICE sign will be the star of this show! Watch the sign get lit up in festive Christmas lights by a secret  international celeb singer and Councilman Mike Bonin, enjoy live music from the Venice Symphony Orchestra and other local music acts at the VENICE Sign at Windward Avenue & Pacific Avenue.  Get drink and food specials at bars and restaurants on Windward Av. with a wristband. There are 2 ways to get a wristband:
1- donate a toy at the Venice Chamber booth for the Muscle Beach Toy Drive 
2- make a donation of any amount online here for Project Angel Wing Sponsored by Venice Beach Young Professionals.

Shop, Sip Spa at Tonight at Nitespa!
Friday, December 5, 6-10:00pm
Nitespa, the beauty spa formerly on Abbot Kinney, now in Mar vista brings holiday giving to a new level with Spakarma, 20% of proceeds from tonight funds spa treatments for cancer patients.  PLUS, EXCLUSIVE GIFTS FOR AKFF FOLOWERS:
1- complimentary brow shaping
2-skin analysis 
3- gift card for makeover w fashionphotographer (value $600)

Restaurant Opening on 1st Friday!
Friday, December 5, 5-9:00 pm
While you're at it, make sure to check out the grand opening of Status Kuo  restaurant in Mar Vista, just a hop, skip and a jump from Venice! The AKFF Blog Team checked it out for you at an exclusive tasting and really dig the chicken dishes, sandwiches (the barbecue with jack straw is awesome) and super fresh salads; the pork is really tender and succulent too. Good food, easy on the wallet! 3809 Grandview Bl nr Venice Bl 90066 See AKFF Facebook of more pics >

Santa Monica 1st Friday Holiday Events 

Montana Ave. Holiday Walk
Friday, December 5, 5-9:00 pm
This fun filled event draws a huge crowd each year! Live music, sales, gift bags from select shops, parties too and Santa Claus!

More holiday events on the AKFF Holiday HOTlist >


Holiday HOTlist 2014 Abbot Kinney Boulevard & Venice!

There are a slew of HOLIDAY EVENTS ready to jingle your bells for December 2014! The AKFF Team has made our list and will be checking it more than twice to add more upcoming events! Got an event you want to advertise? 
Get in touch with the AKFF Editor today!

December 5, Friday
First Fridays: Holiday Edition
5 - 9:00 pm Abbot Kinney Boulevard
This Special Edition First Fridays event will feature Holiday Carolers on the Hottest Boulevard in America, along with the usual food trucks and stores open late with specials!
See our 1st Fridays Post Coming This Week for deets!

December 5, Friday
Venice Sign Lighting 3rd Annual Event!
Festivities begin at 6:15 pm: Sign Lighting at 8:00 pm
At the VENICE Sign
Windward Avenue & Pacific Avenue

Montana Ave. Holiday Walk
Friday, December 5, 5-9:00 pm
This fun filled event draws a huge crowd each year! Live music, sales, gift bags from select shops, parties too and Santa Claus!

December 7, Sunday
Abbot Kinney Family Fun Day
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fun for the whole family: Real Snow Sledding, Crafts, Face Painting and visit with Santa Claus on Abbot Kinney Boulevard!(note: date corrected)

December 6 & 7,  Saturday & Sunday
8th Annual Muscle Beach Toy Drive
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Santa and his elves will  attend this annual toy drive on the boardwalk. Please bring an unwrapped new toy for a child in need to open on Christmas! You can bring a toy to the Venice Sign Lighting to the Venice Chamber booth, plus get a wristband for discounts at local brs and restaurants on Friday, Dec 5.
Venice Recreation Center (aka Muscle Beach)
1800 Ocean Front Walk Venice 90291

December 6, Saturday
Main Street Tree Lighting, Santa Monica
The Annual Main Street Holiday Event & Holiday Parties will be on Saturday, Dec. 6, with a Sidewalk Sale tentatively scheduled for 11am - 7pm Dec. 6 & 7. This is a fun and festive all ages event!

Tree Lighting, Candlelight Walk, Parties, Carolers, Aerialists!!

  • 6pm Tree Lighting at the California Heritage Museum Lawn, with the Samohi Choir and Green Brooms Academy.
  • 6:25pm Candlelight Walk led by Santa to the Edgemar Courtyard for music by The Off Their Jingle Bell Rockers.
  • 6pm - 9pm Holiday Parties (see list below)
  • 7:45pm - 9pm Holiday Aerialists, continuous show at Robin Murez Art, 2935 Main

  • December 18, Thursday
    Venice Art Crawl
    6 - 10:00 pm
    Final Art Crawl of the 2014! Make sure to catch this unique event across Venice, featuring local artists in a variety of popup venues, namely near the Venice Boardwalk (Ocean Front Walk).

    December 1-18 
    The Great Venice Toy Drive: December 1-18
    The Great Venice Toy Drive & Holiday Festival: December 18
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    The Venice Neighborhood Council, Vera Davis McClendon Youth and Family Center and the City of Los Angeles will collect new, unwrapped, non-violent toys at various locations in Venice from November 14, 2014 through December 18, 2014. The Holiday Festival is for kids up to 16 .
    More info on Toy Drive dropoff locations & Festival >

    December 5, 2014 - January 4, 2015 
    Venice Winter Wonderland
    Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 10am-7pm
    Venice Recreation Center (aka Muscle Beach)
    1800 Ocean Front Walk Venice 90291
    Snow Play Area & Slides, Candy Cane Lane featuring Arts & Crafts and Seasonal Treats, more
    Entertainment featuring Venice Rockettes and Carolers!
    More info on Venice Winter Wonderland >

    More Events: 

    Live Music:
    December 3, Wednesday
    MIss Jessica's X~Mas Kick-off!
    7:30-10:30 Danny's Venice

    December 3 ,Wednesday
    Charles Arnoldi & Natalie Arnoldi LINEAGE
    6 - 8:00pm
    Hal's Bar and Grill

    December 6, Saturday
    SPARC Gallery Opening

    5 – 8:00 pm
    The DurĂ³n Gallery at SPARC presents: Los de Abajo Printmaking Collective’s 10th Anniversary Exhibition: Transformations

    December 8, Monday
    PXL THIS 24 Film Festival
    This unique film festival features film shorts made with a Fisher-Price PXL-2000 camcorder with two different shows at 7 & 9pm, preshow starts at 6pm, at Unurban, 3301 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica CA 90401. More info on PXL THIS 24 >

    All events are FREE at time of posting (from the info we have) unless otherwise posted :)


    Tech Under a Tent: TechweekLA Roundup

    A  technology event on the Santa Monica pier under a big tent for 2 days sounds kind of crazy, doesn't it? It has happened and was  great venue for a conference focus on tech, startups and creatives that took placeon Thursday and Friday, November 22 and 23 - called Techweek aka TechweekLA.

    While Techweekla, November 17 - 21, may seem like  a long time ago, a significant number of presenters, panelists and startup companies at the 2 day conference and additional events happening throughout the week are Silicon Beach area companies.

    Starting with a rooftop kickoff party Monday night at Ristorante al Mare on the pier was a great way to mix and mingle with entrepreneurs, speakers and venture capitalists, while enjoying complimentary drinks. the Abbot Kinney First Fridays blog team met up with Founder of CivicEagle, Damola Ogundipe and Kenny "G" from Philadelphia, a startup with a civic social engagement mobile platform that connects users with local and national leaders and information on political issues.

    They also participated in the LAUNCH competition on Thursday, where startups competed for a 50K prize aka funding. We  met The Prep Source Founder, Eddie Lin, whose startup is based in Orange County (yes, there are startups there too!) that helps people find jobs they love (namely recent college graduates) with coaching that perfect job with a mentor in the same field.

    Other attendees at the TechweekLA kickoff party were Mike Salem, CEO from Vorex, based in Dallas, Corina Irvin, Senior Associate at Cushman & Wakefield real estate services in Century City and Ahmed Shabana, CEO of Hathory, an Egyptian online boutique with a Hollywood office.

    The second night featured the Techzulu tech crawl that toured various Santa Monica offices in the startup scene. We had the chance to checkout Neohire, a recruiter and Washio an on demand laundry service. The evening ended at newly renovated The Chestnut Club (formerly 14 Below) to celebrate Efron Toscano's birthday, CEO of Techzulu. Wow, what a night, celebrating and meeting new people!

    Fast forward to Thursday, the start of the conference on a sunny day and waiting in line to get conference passes, chatting with local influencer Jason Okuma.  We met Ford Davis from Reframe, a cool app for trying on glasses so you can see how you really look- cool! They were also in the LAUNCH competition on Thursday, which featured so many interesting companies. More on that below.

    The notable aspect about this conference and recent ones that there is more diversity and more women speakers than ever participating in the conference - while there is still a long way to go, this is a step in the right direction!

    The 2 day conference featured a bunch of fast paced panels and sessions. AKFF Blog faves were the Women in Tech Network panel about women in the tech field.

    Panelists included Marina Lee, CEO of Women in Tech Networking (and panel organizer), Belinda Van Sickle, CEO of Women Games International, Karen Eng, CEO of CSMI, a process & packaging engineering firm, Bret Lockett, M2 Jets and former football player, Frank Grant, angel investor and Senior Counsel with Perkins Coie, LLP and Susan Hirasuna, KTTV news anchor.

    During the spirited panel, which was expertly moderated by local news anchor, Susan Hirasuna, who kept the pace flowing, and the alarming rate that women owned startup companies are NOT being funded. About 3-4% were the stats given during the panel, which is pretty horrific. In addition, it was noted that the number of women engineers is about half of what it was in the 1970’s (currently about 17%). So there is much progress to be made and discussing it in a panel with women and men in it  is a great way to spearhead this effort. In addition, the audience was close to evenly split female to male ratio, so that’s encouraging!

    A fave session was with Brock Pierce, Bitcoin Evangelist who spoke passionately for 20-30 minutes on the topic, clearly explaining Bitcoin: what it is, how it works and the blockchain infrastructure. After the session, he was mobbed with people asking additional questions. This is a hot topic and one that will continue to be featured in tech conferences.

    Back to the LAUNCH competition, which  showcased a slew of startups from  across the us in a competition on Thursday. Local startups were represented, including Dary Rees, from Art as Home, a cool way to visualize buying a work of art in a gallery that uses an app to snap the picture and see how it looks in your home. She is the founder of Vey Venice Gallery, formerly on Abbot Kinney Blvd, in Venice, now an online gallery.

    Santa Monica entrepreneur Brian Mac Mahon, showcased Expert Dojo, which aggregates users  to get help from experts of all kinds  Dr. Wes Boudville from Enteractv was also there with multiple tech ideas he has patented. Quick legal was the winner, a Legalzoom model - congratulations to them, though we hoped the judges would go for a more innovative concept.

    The conference also featured exhibitor tech companies from  across the US such as Yapstone, featuring a new payment system for renters to make payments online; with the overwhelming number of renters in the area, this is an idea whose time has come.

    Girls in Tech Los Angeluses a newer group with the purpose of empowering and mentoring young girls and women topers the tech field. The City of Santa Monica Information Systems  were there; the City provides free wireless on the pier which was a must have for this type of event, especially when many people could not connect to the Techweek network.

    A fashion show with CEO’s of tech companies as the models was a fun way to end it though it needed to be done right after the sessions ended. There could have been more wearable tech items in the show, however, one standout that could be seen and experienced was a mini clutch purse that doubles as a wireless speaker from Stelle Audio.

    For next year,  some improvements (improvements are always part of the picture) would be a few short breaks between sessions and a lunch break, a networking hour during the day,a few longer sessions and lastly screens that can cover the clear cutouts  in the tent that let in the blazing sun- a simple low tech solution! It’s great to have natural light, however, it got blistering hot in the first half of the day. All in all, it was a lively, fast paced conference that covered numerous topics in a short amount of time, that will be welcomed back next year.

    See AKFF #TechweekLA Tweets >
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    See AKFF #TechweekLA Facebook Photo Gallery Coming Soon >


    Architectural in the Rose corridor!

    Beautiful French Oak floors throughout this home provide warmth while windows and glass sliders strategically placed throughout give copious light and ocean breezes. 

    Enter into a spacious living area that has multiple sections to entertain and live. Gourmet kitchen has Caesar stone counters and Center Island. Perfect Southern California indoor/outdoor living with a slider that opens to the outdoor deck. Guesthouse in back. 

    Multiple rooftop decks and other outdoor spaces give a wonderful flow. Located close to Abbot Kinney, Rose and the beach!

    Offered by: Pardee Properties
    732 Vernon Avenue
    Venice, CA 90291