November 22nd, 2017


After the deliciousness of Thursday and the mania of Black Friday, you may be thinking this weekend is good for one thing, and one thing only — R&R.  But no, Marina del Rey people — there is one more special day that needs your attention in and around our beautiful town — Small Business Saturday (November 25th). Small local businesses are so important to our community and this Saturday is the day to give them some extra love and Shop Small® all day long. Here are nine indie spots you’ll want to check out — we predict some good purchases (and meals!) are in your future.


13432 Maxella Ave., Marina del Rey

Looking for some sweet holiday gifts? Petals N Wax is a great place to shop for them. You’ll find really cute knickknacks, amazing candles, beautiful frames, unique bath & body products, a great selection of cards and a whole lot more. It’s super friendly, too—so if you need any help, don’t hesitate to ask!


13198 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey

Whether you’re just getting into the gardening scene or you have a natural green thumb, forget Home Depot’s garden department — you’ll want to hit Marina del Rey Garden Center for all your supplies. They have a gorgeous array of plants, herbs, seeds and more, plus water fountains, pots, gardening tools for kids and adults, and every other garden contraption you can imagine.


1407 Ocean Front Walk, Venice

Small World Books is an amazing gem right next to Sidewalk Café, and on Saturday, go there! They have an impressive selection of books (the real thing—printed on paper and everything!), from best sellers to rare finds. If you’re looking for something special, the staff is on-hand to help, and if you want recommendations, they’re ready to offer-up plenty. Also, don’t forget to say hi to Conan the Librarian — the store’s adorable, lovable cat.


4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey

Small, charming, independent restaurants — Marina del Rey is happily filled with them. And one of the very best happens to be Café del Rey. Stop in for lunch Saturday and order up something fabulous—maybe some sweet corn chowder followed by a yummy chopped kale & poached salmon salad? And hey, it’s the weekend, so adding a glass of wine to your meal is definitely encouraged.


4718 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey

Owned by animal lovers, Mark Boonnark and Andrew Kim, Healthy Spot has locations all over LA—and they’re all pretty darn cool. They sell premium, natural pet food with a penchant for raw (you won’t find major brands here), as well as all-natural supplements and flea & tick products; super cute toys; fancy beds and sleek-looking bowls; plus, a ton more. They also offer grooming, daycare for little dogs, obedience training and non-anesthetic teeth cleaning. A very cool part of Healthy Spot is that they really get involved with the community, helping rescue groups through their Round Up efforts, putting on pet food drives, hosting Sunday adoptions, and creating playdate events like their Yappy Hour throughout the year. Stop in on Saturday and see what they’re all about!


101 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey

1-800 Flowers? FTD? Pffft. If you want gorgeous flowers….like a take your breath away arrangement…you want to go to Marina del Rey’s Heather’s Flowers. Warning: they’re not inexpensive! But if you’re looking for the WOW factor upon arrival, these arrangements are worth every single penny. You’ll also find plants like orchids and succulents that are presented beautifully, as well. Bonus, the staff is friendly, patient and yes, very helpful.


12553 Venice Blvd, Venice

If you’ve never been to Surfing Cowboys in Venice, beeline there this Saturday. It’s a quirky, happening shop with vintage stock in pristine condition. We’re talking about everything from classic surfboards and chic mid-century furniture & accessories to jewelry and amazing collector’s items (like Steve McQueen’s Motorcycle Jacket paired with a 1960s Gary Propper signature Surfboard — for a cool $30K). Even if you’re just window shopping, it’s a fun weekend diversion.


200 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey

A good alternative to the traditional Starbucks or Coffee Bean route is just minutes away in Playa del Rey. Tanner’s Coffee is a beachy little café with an excellent coffee selection, a light menu, monthly yummy beverage specials and a friendly bunch running the show. Also, now and again, live music accompanies your sipping pleasure, which adds a nice folksy touch to an already nifty atmosphere.


2010 Lincoln Blvd., Venice

Amazon is convenient but Huzzah! is fun! Grab your kids and go to Huzzah! Toy Store this Saturday for an old-school good time. The place is chock full of quirky quality toys, a zillion board games, puzzles, classic games, cool lunch boxes, doll houses, great kites — basically everything and anything you can imagine. And as a bonus, they gift wrap for free! Happy Holidays indeed.


Are you ready to shop small for Small Business Saturday? Tell us your favorite local shops in and around Marina del Rey!