Topangas small businesses depend on us to keep their doors open year round but especially during the holidays. Why stray from home when you can find everything close by? Look for who is offering shoppers discounts (if you say you read it here) and open invitations to holiday parties.
Abuelitas Mexican Restaurant: Abuelita means grandmother in Spanish and the restaurant serves as a tribute to all that represents. The restaurants menu is authentic Mexican; wait staff is attentive and courteous. It also features group shows of local artists, as well as local bands. 137 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd., (310) 455-8788. (abuelitastopanga.com)
Abundant Harvest Organics: Sign up and pick up fresh, organic, seasonal vegetables weekly, every Saturday, 9:45-11 a.m. at Ribbit Tree and Plant Nursery, 301 Old Topanga Canyon Road. Cost is $36.80 for a large box; $21.80 for a small box. To sign up (abundantharvestorganics.com)
The Angel in My Kitchen: Patrice Winters inspired baked goods made to your specifications (guilt-free goodies including antioxidant tamale bites, loaves and towers, as well as fiber-licious crisps, cookies and healthy truffles) are found at Mimosa, the Topanga Farmers Market, now hosted by the Inn of the Seventh Ray, and by contacting her directly for holiday orders, (310) 650-6475; firstname.lastname@example.org; theangelinmykitchen.com and like her on Facebook.
Animal Clinic of Topanga: Holly Scoren, Topangas hometown veterinarian located in the Old Topanga Center plaza. 115 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd, #B. (310) 455-1330.
Café Mimosa: Find French atmosphere in the heart of Topanga. The place for morning coffee or tea and organic pastries or a salad, soup, a sandwich or quiche for lunch. Shop for boutique items from France and jewelry made by local artisans. A great place to meet and schmooze with the locals and commuters passing through. 391 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd., (310) 455-4341. (cafemimosa.info)
Canyon Bistro: Owner Larry Cohn celebrates five years in the Canyon with Jazz evenings and gourmet French/California cuisine at affordable prices. 120 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., (310) 455-7800. (canyonbistro.com)
Canyon Gourmet: Delicious, healthy food, wine and last-minute frozen dinners, check out Peter Kagans delightful blog. 120 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd,. (310) 455-4200 (canyongourmet.com)
Canyon View Ranch: Local, upscale dog boarding and training, day care, grooming, the place where dogs frolic on manicured lawns, romp over ramps, run through tunnels and wade in a luxurious bone-shaped swimming pool. 1558 Will Geer Rd., (424) 274-7741 (canyonviewdogs.com)
Country Natural: Family-owned natural foods grocery store that specializes in drinks, tea, wine, snacks, sandwiches and soups that are popular with the surfers. Fresh foods, such as the gyozas are home made. Also healthcare products: shampoo, vitamins and make-up. 415 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd., (310) 455-3434.
Fernwood Market: Groceries, great deli sandwiches. 446 South Topanga Canyon Blvd., (310) 455-2412.
Fresh in Topanga Restaurant: Organic raw, fermented, and gluten-free food, smoothies, organic juices, nice portion sizes and fresh organic produce for sale. 1704 N Topanga Canyon Blvd., (310) 455-9888.
Froggys Topanga Fish Market: Sushi is back! Also look for their Monday-night special: $10 Burger n Beer and Taco Tuesdays. Eat; enjoy the rustic ambience of a roaring fire and Friday night live music. 1105 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., (310) 455-1728. (froggystopanga.com)
Hillbillyhip: Buy your vintage holiday outfit or gifts here. Owners Cecil and Gidget Zapata are gearing up for their second Funk Yer Junk music night on Dec. 29, not to be missed. Everyone gets a chit with admission for a chance to win a white elephant gift. Check out their turquoise and black facelift and Like them on Facebook. Tell them you saw it here and get a shoppers discount. Located at: 127A S. Topanga Canyon Blvd., (310) 455-2266.
Hidden Treasures: Eat your hearts out, fashionistas. Yelp rates this a 4-½ stars for vintage clothing and antiques. 154 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd. (310) 455-2998.
Topanga Art Imaginarium: Art gallery, art school for adults and kids, plus arts and crafts supplies. A great place for kids birthday parties. 120 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., #105, (310) 962-3933.
Inn of the Seventh Ray: Creekside Dining, beautiful ambience. With chef Bradley Miller count on food being imaginative, organic and largely local, Topanga local. Open until 10 p.m. 128 Old Topanga Canyon Rd., (310) 455-1311. (innoftheseventhray.com)
Jalan Jalan: Imported furniture, Buddha statues and other exotic gifts in a beautiful setting at Owl Falls, 525 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd. (310) 455-2254 (www.jalanjalanimports.com)
Pats Topanga Grill: Down-home, affordable breakfast and lunch for everyone with breakfast specials, vegetarian fare, great quesadillas, chicken enchiladas and Pats Killer Burgers. Custom surfboards hang on the walls, as do paintings by local artists, and dogs allowed on the patio, exude a true Topanga Locals vibe. 1861 N.---- Topanga Canyon Blvd., #C. (310) 455-0533 (topangaonline.com/pats)
Pebbles: Ann Lombardos eclectic shop carries more than terminally cute clothes and toys for kids. It is Clothes for Hip Women and Kids. Great for those one-of-a-kind gifts. 111 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., (310) 455-0909. Also Pebbles Santa Monica, 2400 Main St., #A2; (310) 314-6472. (pebblesclothing.com)
Puremedy: Joan Siegel opened the doors to her homeopathic family remedy in 2011. It has since tripled in size and is now sold in Whole Foods stores in 20 states and in independent stores in almost every state. The product does no animal testing and Siegel donates it to The Gentle Barn, a farm animal rescue group. She is in the process of registering Puremedy Complete Wound Care, a healing salve, with the FDA for use in hospitals, nursing homes and in the military. We are proud to call Topanga home, a wonderful place to nurture and grow our business, says Siegel, and thanks Topanga for its continued support. Puremedy is sold locally at Cafe Mimosa, and the Spiral Staircase or online at www.puremedy.com.
Ribbit Tree & Plant: Holiday Christmas Faire, Dec. 15-16, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., includes a visit with Santa Claus, complimentary hot chocolate, christmas carolers, food, gift and art vendors. This is the place to buy sustainably grown trees for a selection of live and cut trees from Holiday Tree Farms, a member of the Coalition of Environmentally Conscious Growers. Experience the wild and rustic beauty of Topanga at this one-of-a-kind nursery and destination for community gatherings and celebration. Also find a broad selection of quality plants, trees, organic seedlings, organic seeds, soil and supplies, specializing in drought tolerant, native and ornamental plants. They also offer full-service landscaping services, expert design consultation, installation and maintenance. Located at 301 Old Topanga Canyon Road, (310) 455-0800.
Roccos In the Canyon: Lupe and Rosa Melendez carry on the tradition of classic Italian food, kids menu, Early Bird dinner Mon.-Thurs., 5-7. 123 S Topanga Canyon Blvd., (310) 455-2487.
Sienna Skin Care and Spa: Topangas oasis of relaxation and renewal with facials, massage, waxing, laser skin resurfacing, and Dr. Alexander Cadouxs facial resculpturing. Gift certificates available. 395 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd., (310) 455-8696. (siennaskincare.com)
So What Surf N Skate: For the surfer, skateboarder in your life, find a full array of surfboards, boogie boards, leashes and more. Holiday party is Dec. 22, 6 p.m. R.S.V.P. to announce the Board Raffle winner. Tell them you saw it here and get a 20% shoppers discount. Like them on Facebook, (310) 455-0101, 115 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Spiral Staircase Bookstore and Gifts: New age gifts, books, jewelry, stones, statues, Buddhas. Next to the Inn of the Seventh Ray, 128 Old Topanga Canyon Rd., (310) 455-3370.
Topanga Art Tile: Family owned by master ceramists, Leslie Doolin and sons Matt and Paul, specialize in exquisite, custom ceramics in handmade porcelain tile fired with hand painted glazes. (310) 455-3359, 137 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd., email@example.com. (topangarttile.com)
Topanga Canyon Gallery: Their annual holiday show is filled with great art by local artists and other gift ideas. 120 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. (310) 455-7909 (topangacanyongallery.com)
Topanga Creek Bicycles: Our community-focused bike shop has the latest 2013 bikes and accessories coming in every day. TCB was selected by Bicycle Retail and Industry News as the Top Mountain Bike Pro Shop in the USA. To start the day, they also serve their own TCB Blend of 10 Speed Coffee, ethically sourced from a single origin. (323) 466-5890, 1273 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. (topangacreekbicycles.com)
Topanga Creek General Store: Mr. Mike carries just about everything. If you need somethinggroceries, breakfast, lunch, coffee, cookware, cleaning products, pet food, toysits probably here. 141 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd. (310) 455-1250.Topanga Feed & Seed: Hay, chicken feed, cat and dog food and toys, t-shirts for pups and people with pups. If they dont have it, theyll get it for you. What a service business is supposed to be. Look for visits from Santa, especially on Pine Tree Circles Snow Day. 106 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd., (310) 455-3635.
Topanga Farmers Market: Lilys for eggs, fresh free-range chickens and fragrant roses; organic greens and fruits for smoothies and juicing; flowers; Novy Ranch for free-range meats. (topangafarmersmarket@gmailcom) During December the market will be held at Inn of The Seventh Ray located at 128 Old Topanga Road.
Topanga Home Grown: Leslie Carlsons eclectic clothing and gift shop ranges from high-end clothes to a diverse selection of gift items. Leslie and husband Steve provide Snow Day at Pine Tree Circle Dec. 15. 120 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd. (310) 455-8781.
Topanga Lumber & Hardware: Want to check commuter traffic to the beach? Along with selling building supplies, they installed the Topanga Traffic Cam[era] on their website! 506 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd. (310) 455-2047 (topangalumber.com) Closed Sunday.
Topanga Pet Resort: Dog training, boarding and grooming with large indoor/outdoor runs, country views, premium food, and playtime in large, fenced exercise areas. 1776 Old Topanga Canyon Road. (310) 455-9663 (topangapetresort.com)
Topanga Vintage Market: Every fourth Sunday find a cornucopia of vintage anything, antiques and people who know and love stuff. Created by Topanga single moms and entrepreneurs extraordinaire, Lori Rottblatt and Patrice Curedale, the buzz is you must go. Located at the Westfield Promenade on Oxnard Street at Topanga Canyon Blvd. (310) 422-1844
Waterlily Café: Another extension of community space for Topanga, where people go for breakfast, lunch, organic coffee, sandwiches, quiche, fresh salads and eavesdropping on local news and conversation.120 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd., #106; (310) 455-0401.
CIVIC AND NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
City Hearts Kids Say Yes to the Arts: Established in 1984 by criminal defense attorneys, Sherry and Bob Jason. City Hearts was founded on the belief that the Arts are the most powerful tools to communicate with and rehabilitate troubled youth at risk from gangs and drugs. City Hearts has become an integral part of preventive and rehabilitative efforts in L. A.s inner city and serves as a model for youth diversion programs across the country. (cityhearts.org)
Emergency Preparedness: Become an active member in T-CEP (t-cep.org); Topanga Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) (Like them on Facebook.com/topangaCERT); or Arson Watch (arsonwatch.com), where volunteers of all ages and background patrol the Santa Monica Mountains during periods of extreme fire weather conditions . Be among the smart folks who know what to do in an emergency in our Urban Wildland community.
Fix Nation: Topangans Karn Myers and Mark Dodge provide free spay/neuter and other services to feral cats and low-cost services such as microchips ($10), vaccine and wellness clinics, to pet cats and now dogs. FixNation is a model for TNR (Trap, Neuter and Return) and feral cat population management across the country. (fixnation.org)
Nature of Wildworks: Mollie Hogan founded Wildworks in 1995 to provide lifetime care for non-releasable wild animals. Through its outreach programs, it has enhanced public understanding of L.A.s local natural environment in classrooms, community projects and programs for pre-schoolers through second grade. (natureofwildworks.org)
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum: The Theatricum has been around since the 1950s when it was a place for blacklisted actors to practice their craft during the Red Scare of Sen. Joseph McCarthy. It has grown into a world-class repertory theater with educational outreach to schools throughout Los Angeles. Their summer season runs from June to September. Give a gift of season tickets. 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., (310) 455-2322 main office(theatricum.com)
Topanga Animal Rescue: TAR celebrates its 20th year of service as a specialized medical nursing unit staffed by its dedicated co-founders Susan Clark, Ken Mazur and 11-year-old son, Jamie Mazur. Hamish Rusty (pictured above) was abandoned in November with his mother and three siblings, all with their tails cut off. Hamish chewed a live wire, suffering severe burns to his mouth, tongue and palate. He needs a home and reparative surgery. Contribute at topangaanimalrescue.org, via PayPal or send to P.O. Box 1606, Topanga, CA 90290. (310) 455 7268.
Topanga Chamber of Commerce: Essential for Topanga entrepreneurs to network in the business community through monthly mixers and other events. Renew membership or join. (topangachamber.org)
Topanga Community Club (TCC ): The TCC is dedicated to protect, maintain, upgrade and enhance the Community House and the grounds entrusted to its care. Known best for the annual Topanga Days Country Fair, TCC is also dedicated to serving the Community of Topanga by providing access and support for philanthropic, educational and community activities and services. Become a member, volunteer. (topangacommunityclub.com).
Topanga Elementary Charter School: The Topanga Enrichment Programs (TEP) is the non-profit fundraising body for Topanga Elementary Charter School founded by parents that created the Playground Initiative to upgrade the childrens playground at the Community House. Now is the time to designate a playground donation to the TCC and bring joy to hundreds of Topanga's children. Tax-deductible donations will go toward the new playground. Send checks to: P.O. Box 652, Topanga, CA 90290.
Topanga Film Festival:
Topanga Public Library: Take full advantage of our Platinum Leeds Library. Recycle books, support Friends of the Library, borrow books or hook up your Nook, iPad, Kindle, or computer, check out their free monthly programs and use the Meeting Room for your next event. (310) 455-3480.
Topanga Town Council (TTC): The Council was formed in 1977 and later became a non-profit corporation whose function is to act as an informational conduit between Topanga residents and local government officials. The TTC developed the community website, OneTopanga.com, serves on the County Emergency Task Force, Neighborhood Network Committee, Save Topanga State Park committee, Topanga Canyon Boulevard Roadside-Traffic Committee, and sponsors the Canyon Sages senior program. Volunteers keep Topanga safe. (topangatowncouncil.org)
Topanga Womens Circle (TWC): Linda Ilsley and Karen Sherwood and their volunteers help the neediest of families by furnishing new transitional housing with the necessities we may take for granted. By providing new and like-new items, TWC creates an environment of comfort, warmth and dignity. (topangawomenscircle.org)