Mast Brothers Chocolate

June 10, 2009

Brothers Rick and Michael Mast are the only bean-to-bar chocolate makers in New York City.  Using single orgin Venezulan and Ecuadorian cocoa, they create magical, pure chocolate wrapped in beautifully imported Italian paper. They recently opened up a storefront at 105 N. 3rd Street in Brooklyn. Yummm…mast1

105 North 3rd Street


Mast Brothers Chocolate


Taschen Bookshop

June 4, 2009

The German book publisher, Taschen, was founded in 1980 with the mission of making art books more affordable and lesser-seen art available to mainstream bookstores. Today the company has 9 retail locations that sell their beautifully designed books that capture”beauty, culture, and modernity” in locations ranging from Paris to Cologne to London to New York (S0ho) to Los Angeles (Beverly Hills and at The Grove). With interiors designed by Philippe Stark, their slick stores and exquisite books are truly captivating.




On June 19-21, 2009 the website will be having a warehouse sale with many books reduced 50%-75%.


Monocle Shop

May 12, 2009

In April, Monocle Magazine opened it’s second retail location in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles. Similiar to their first shop in Marylebone, London, the shop is quite small, merely 115 sq. ft., and features unique design collaborations (see below) as well as past and present issues of their esteemed magazine. Published by the Founder of Wallpaper*, Tyler Brule, Monocle Magazine provides a monthly briefing on the “global affairs, business, culture, and design” of the world. The design layout and the physical quality of the magazine nearly completely justify its hefty price tag ($10). I adore reading it and can’t seem to put it down. I can’t wait to visit their store stateside- although I feel Abbot Kinney would have been a more interesting place for them to set up shop. Regardless in this economy, trust me, Monocle’s next issue is one investment you won’t regret. 

monocle_store225 26th Street, Brentwood Country Mart, Los Angeles CA (310) 395 4180

See below design collaboration with Alejandro Gutierrez, an Urbanist and design leader at Arup, for Monocle

Alejandro Gutierrez "The Perfect Community"

Alejandro Gutierrez "The Perfect Community"

Monocle Magazine


April 22, 2009

An artisanal candy shop with outposts in Barcelona, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Seoul, and New York, Papabubble, is known for its yummy hard candies. A visit to the shop is well worth it, as patrons watch the chefs twirl, pull, and mix malleable candies of every color and flavor. The marvel is almost as gratifying as the sweets themselves.


380 A Broome Street New York, NY 10013

Chocolate Bar

March 25, 2009

Alison Nelson’s Chocolate Bar pays homage to NYC’s history of street art with their fun (and tasty) graffiti bars. Available in 10 different flavors, each bar features work by 10 of NYC’s most legendary street artists. Also available as a set, artists featured include Blade, Crush, Crachee, Crime 79, and Lady Pink. Eat your art out.


Ferry Building

March 25, 2009

Located on the waterfront in the Embarcadero of San Francisco, the Ferry Building houses gourmet artisan cafes, grocers, and restaurants. Here are two of my personal favorites: The Slanted Door, an incredible modern Vietnamese restaurant featuring organic cuisine and Cowgirl Creamery, a gourmet cheese shop (please try Red Hawk and Mt. Tam)! There is an outside farmer’s market on Tuesday/Saturday! Stop by for fresh fare, delicious food, and beautiful bay views!

Inside the Ferry Building

Inside the Ferry Building

Cowgirl Creamery

Cowgirl Creamery

Equator Books

February 27, 2009

This is my favorite bookstore located on Abbot Kinney in Venice Beach, California! The outside facade features a steel garage door that opens up the entire store front to the beautiful weather of sunny California. Walking in the morning down Abbott Kinney is one of my favorite and most cherished memories of Los Angeles. Venice is an incredible area and Equator Books is a true gem. The entire store features original art and rare books, which make it a great place to spend time exploring. Read up!

Equator Books

Equator Books Interior

1103 Abbot Kinney Blvd. 

Venice, CA