by Mar Yvette - 482 Reviews - 150 List
When you're ready for some spending, nothing beats shopping on Montana Avenue. Santa Monica's quaint stretch of luxe boutiques offers everything from books, baby goods and pet accessories to housewares, jewelry, shoes, clothes, even cheese. With a new wave of businesses opening up, it's time to break out the credit card and get ready to go shopping on Montana Avenue.
Updated: July 14, 2010
Whether or not you have kids, it's hard to imagine that anyone would not be enchanted by this place. This bookstore and art gallery is an exuberant ode to the magic of childhood with everything from autographed books and regular author meet-and-greets to a staff that's more than happy to share their wealth of information about the inventory (even if you can't afford the pricey prints).
Shiny, happy planters: This top design shop is an explosion of crafty decor (un)necessities like two-faced clay vases (we can't get enough of the Utopia collection), swirly orange-flecked rugs and boobie lamps from the shop's eponymous NYC designer.
Filled top to bottom with just about every knick-knack, bric-a-brac and tchotchke you can imagine for man, woman or child (yes, that's a baby onesie with a bitten corn dog applique), this new gift shop on Montana Avenue is where to go when you're late for a (insert special occasion here) and need something fast.
This place stinks! (Hey, it's the shop's tagline, not an insult.) A good option for Westsiders not willing to make the drive to the Cheese Store of Beverly Hills, Andrew Steiner's small but stocked shop offers more than 200 varieties of cheese from around the world. Samples abound while walls are lined with roasted nuts and caviar, specialty honeys and jam.
Sure, you can get this famous brand's lotions, potions and scrubs at your local Nordstrom, but the inventory won't compare to this entire store devoted to the preservative-free line. Lose yourself to the generous samples table, but also check out the Harley-Davidson bike that's great for keeping the man-friend busy.
Jeans are a dime a dozen in this town, but if you're a true denimphile in search of the perfect pair not wrapped around the rear of every other girl in town, stop by this place. You'll find brands you won't see at Bloomie's like Name, Castle, Habitual and Fidelity. Even better, for every five pairs of jeans you buy, the sixth one is free.
If you can get past the name (we still can't believe they went with it--really?), you'd be wise to check out this place if you're looking to clothe the little people in your life, provided they're three months to ten years old. There's everything from crisp buttondowns and California-chic shorts and tees for boys to floral-printed sundresses and metallic Havaianas for girls.
This Montana Avenue store caters to pets and the humans who love them. Imagine designer doggie duds, tags, carrying bags, bedding, dog couches, jewelry, fine art and matching sets for pet and owner. Now imagine spending a lot of money on all this stuff. Woof!