April 17, 2014

‘Tis the Season—Shop and Give Local!


Topanga’s 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?

Abuelita’s Mexican Restaurant: “Abuelita,” meaning grandmother in Spanish, serves as a tribute to all that represents. The restaurant boasts a full bar, an authentic Mexican menu and an attentive and courteous wait staff. Enjoy group shows of local artists and 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, delivered every Saturday morning in the Canyon. To sign up: (abundantharvestorganics.com).

The Angel in Your Kitchen: Patrice Winter’s 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 and by contacting her directly for holiday orders: (310) 455-3640; theangelinyourkitchen.com and “like” her on Facebook.

Animal Clinic of Topanga: Holly Scoren, Topanga’s hometown veterinarian, located in the Old Topanga Center offers non-anesthesia teeth-cleaning on first Thursday of the month and vaccination clinic on second Wednesday of the month, 10 a.m.-noon, walk-ins okay. 115 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd, #B; (310) 455-1330.


‘Tis the Season—Shop and Give Local!

Dorji Jamtsho, owner of the Bhutan shop, wears a traditional Gho garment that takes up to six months to make.

Bhutan Shop: A welcome oasis that for nine years has brought a global array of authentic, inspirational items of jewelry, clothes, prayer flags and more. Owner Dorji Jamtsho delights in hearing customers’ life stories and arranges trips to Bhutan. He loves to educate people about his country, such as how the traditional Gho he sometimes wears takes six months of intricate painstaking work to make. 415 S. Topanga Cyn. Blvd.; (310) 455-0731; www.bhutanshop.com


‘Tis the Season—Shop and Give Local!

Birds Nest Salon is a new, full-service hair salon in the heart of Topanga. With 30 years of experience, Topanga resident Lauryn Carolla will help you create just the right look with environmentally friendly Aveda products.

Birds Nest Salon: A new, full-service hair studio in the heart of Topanga. Working in the lovely light-filled space, owner and stylist Lauryn Carolla will help you create just the right look with environmentally friendly Aveda products. For the holidays, when special occasions call for great hair, Birds Nest offers 20% off all blow dries. Walk-ins are absolutely welcome. 155 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd.; (310) 455-2266.

Bouboulina: Kathy Miller and daughter Jessica Davidson’s shop has been known for its colorful, flowing frocks since the ‘70s. Their inventory is constantly changing and visible on the famous daily display out front. A portion of the shop’s profits go to a Native American charity to help families in extreme need. 108 S. Topanga Cyn. Blvd.; (310) 455-1917.

Café Mimosa: Find a French atmosphere at 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. 391 S. Topanga Cyn. Blvd.; (310) 455-4341. cafémimosa.info

Canyon Bistro: Owner Larry Cohn celebrates seven years in the Canyon with Jazz evenings and gourmet French/California cuisine at affordable prices. 120 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd.; (310) 455-7800. larry@canyonbistro.net; canyonbistrotopanga.com

Canyon Gourmet: In addition to delightful, delicious, healthy food, wine and last-minute frozen dinners, check out Peter Kagan’s delightful blog and website: canyongourmet.com, (310) 455-4200.

Canyon View Ranch: Local dog boarding, training, day care and 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 specializing in drinks, tea, wine, snacks, sandwiches and soups that are popular with the surfers. Fresh gyozas are home made. Also healthcare products: shampoo, vitamins, make-up. 415 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd.; (310) 455-3434.

Fernwood Market: Groceries, great deli sandwiches. 446 South Topanga Canyon Boulevard; (310) 455-2412.


‘Tis the Season—Shop and Give Local!

Flowers in the Canyon is an unexpected gem that not only features bouquets for delivery, but crystals, jewelry and a variety of special trinkets. Owner and native Topangan Diana Norwood strives to serve everybody and every budget.

Flowers in the Canyon: An unexpected gem that features bouquets ready to deliver, crystals, jewelry and Flying Pig T-shirts. Owner Diana Norwood was born and raised in Topanga and strives to serve everybody and every budget. For the holidays she’ll have festive wreaths and arrangements with seasonal favorites of Santa, sleighs and nutcrackers. 151 N. Topanga Cyn. Blvd.; (310) 560-8733.

Froggy’s Topanga Fish Market: 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. Sunday Brunch from 11-4 p.m. 1105 N Topanga Canyon Blvd.; (310) 455-1728. froggystopanga.com.


‘Tis the Season—Shop and Give Local!

Heyoka Hideout: The eponymous showroom for Heyoka Leather handcrafted accessories and a Bohemian chic boutique that carries brands like Wild at Heart Vintage and Folklorica.

Heyoka Hideout: The eponymous showroom for Heyoka Leather handcrafted accessories and a Bohemian chic boutique that carries brands like Wild at Heart Vintage and Folklorica. 137 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Mon./Tues. by appointment; Wed.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 12-5 p.m. HeyokaLeather.com.

­hillbillyhip: Buy your vintage holiday outfit or gifts here and check out Sonic Sundays when owners Cecil and Gidget Zapbring in the best of local bands. “Like” them on Facebook. 127-A S. Topanga Canyon Blvd.

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. C­ount on food being imaginative, organic and largely 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.

Pat’s Topanga Grill: Down-home, affordable breakfast and lunch for everyone with breakfast specials, vegetarian fare, great quesadillas, chicken enchiladas, and Pat’s “Killer Burgers.” Custom surfboards and paintings by local artists hang on the walls and dogs are allowed on the patio. A true Topanga locals vibe. 1861 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd, #C, (310) 455-0533; topangaonline.com/pats.

Pebbles: Ann Lombardo’s eclectic shop carries more than super 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. pebblesclothing.com.

Puremedy: Joan Siegel opened the doors to her homeopathic family remedy in 2011. It has since tripled in size and is sold in Whole Foods stores and independent stores nationally. The product does no animal testing and Siegel donates her healing salve to The Gentle Barn, a farm animal rescue group. Puremedy is sold locally at Café Mimosa and the Spiral Staircase or online at www.puremedy.com.

Sienna Skin Care and Wellness: Topanga’s oasis of relaxation and renewal with facials, massage, waxing and Dr. Alexander Cadoux’s facial resculpturing. Gift certificates available. 395 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd.; (310) 455-8696; siennaskincare.com.

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: Fabulous custom made one-of-a-kind tiles made to order by the Doolin family. They are a Topanga treasure. 137 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd., (310) 455-3359; Topangaarttile.com.

Topanga Canyon Gallery: The annual holiday show is filled with great art by local artists and other gift ideas, as it is year-round with new shows going up every month. 120 S. Topanga Cyn. Blvd., # 109; (310) 455-7909; topangacanyongallery.com.

Topanga Canyon Cleaners—Green dry cleaning and alterations; 120 S. Topanga Cyn. Blvd, #104; (310) 455-3644

Topanga Creek Bicycles: Our community-focused, award-winning, innovative bike shop has the latest 2014 bikes and accessories coming in every day. To start the day, they also serve their own TCB Blend of 10 Speed Coffee, ethically sourced from a single origin. 1273 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd.; (323) 466-5890; (topangacreekbicycles.com.

Topanga Farmers Market: Every Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lily’s for eggs, fresh free-range chickens and fragrant roses; organic greens and fruits for smoothies and juicing; Novy Ranch for free-range meats. topangafarmersmarket@gmailcom.

Topanga Fresh Market: “Always fresh, never the same,” a market and cozy eatery with an evolving menu that provides local, organic produce and products. 2704 N. Topanga Cyn. Blvd., open Tues.-Sun. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; (310) 455-9888; topangafreshmarket.com.

Topanga General Store: Mr. Mike carries just about everything. If you need something—groceries, breakfast, lunch, coffee, cookware, cleaning products, pet food, toys—it’s probably here. 141 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd.; (310) 455-1250

Topanga Home Grown: Leslie Carlson’s eclectic clothing and gift shop ranges from high-end clothes to a diverse selection of gift items. Leslie and husband, Steve, provide Snow Day, December 21, at Pine Tree Circle. 120 S. Topanga Cyn. 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 Cyn. Blvd.; (310) 455-2047; topangalumber.com. Closed Sunday.

Topanga Merchant—Home delivery of “harvested-to-order” fresh produce, grass-fed meats, sausages, pork pies, Cornish pasties, local micro-brew beers, fresh almond milk, juices, soup stocks and broths, flour, rice, beans and nuts, pickles, ketchups, chutneys, canned tomatoes, jams, preserves, dried fruits. Giles and Laura Donovan. https://topangamerchant.com/join/.

Topanga Pet Resort: Dog training, boarding and grooming with large indoor/outdoor runs, country views, premium food, and playtime in large, fenced areas. 1776 Old Topanga Canyon Rd.; (310) 455-WOOF (9663); topangapetresort.com.


‘Tis the Season—Shop and Give Local!

Topanga Seed and Feed owner Lindsay Zook is seen with her husband, Paul Pedroza and their son, Jack, 3.

Topanga Seed & Feed: Hay, chicken feed, cat and dog food and toys, t-shirts for pups and people with pups. If they don’t have it, they’ll get it for you. What a service business is supposed to be. Look for visits from Santa, especially on Snow Day, Dec. 21. 106 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd., (310) 455-3635.

Topanga Vintage Market: Every fourth Sunday find a cornucopia of vintage anything, antiques and people who know and love stuff. The buzz is you must go. Located for the holidays at Pierce College on Victory at Mason.

Waterlily Café: Another community space for Topangans to go for breakfast, lunch, organic coffee, sandwiches, quiche, fresh salads and eavesdropping on local news and conversation. Pine Tree Circle, 120 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd., #106; (310) 455-0401.


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 come to be an integral part of the preventive and rehabilitative effort 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” on facebook.com/topangaCERT); or Arson Watch, where volunteers of all ages and backgrounds patrol the Santa Monica Mountains during periods of extreme fire weather conditions (arsonwatch.com). Be among the smart folks who know what to do in an emergency in our Wildland Urban Interface.

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 dogs. FixNation is a model for TNR (Trap, Neuter and Return) and feral cat population management across the country. 7680 Clybourn Ave. Los Angeles, CA 91352; (818) 524-2287; fixnation.org.

Nature of Wildworks: Mollie Hogan founded Wildworks in 1995 to provide lifetime care for non-releasable wild animals. Through a number of outreach programs, it has enhanced the public’s understanding of LA’s local natural environment in classrooms, community projects and even programs for pre-schoolers through second grade,. natureofwildworks.org.

Topanga Animal Rescue (TAR ): The non-profit is a specialized medical nursing unit staffed by its dedicated volunteer co-founders Susan Clark, Ken Mazur and their son Jamie Mazur. TAR thanks the community for its support over 21 years. “We believe that making changes in the world are best effected locally, day by day through commitment and dedication,” says Clark. Contributions can be made at: topangaanimalrescue.org, through Paypal or sent to P.O. Box 1606; (310) 455-7268; susanclark@topangaanimal rescue.com.

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 our community oriented, non-profit, volunteer organization 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. Volunteer or join. (310) 455-1980; topangacommunityclub.com).

Topanga Elementary Charter School: The Topanga Enrichment Program (TEP) is the non-profit fundraising body for the school founded by parents to make a difference in the lives of our children. TEP created the Playground Initiative that upgraded the children’s playground at the Community House. They are still about 10% short of meeting their goal and welcome donations. Send checks payable to the Topanga Community Club, P.O. Box 652, Topanga, CA 90290.

Topanga Public Library: Take full advantage of our Platinum Leeds Library. Recycle books to support Friends of the Library; borrow books; hook up your Nook, iPad or Kindle to borrow books on the go; check out their monthly free programs; hook up your computer or use the Community Meeting Room for your next event. 122 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd.; (310) 455-3480.

Topanga Town Council (TTC): The Topanga Town Council (see article, page 28) was formed in 1977 and later became a non-profit California corporation whose function is to act as an informational conduit between Topanga residents and local government. Under the leadership of its current president, Stacy Sledge, the TTC developed the community website, OneTopanga.com, and serves on the County Emergency Task Force, Neighborhood Network Committee, Save Topanga State Park committee and Topanga Canyon Boulevard Roadside-Traffic Committee. (topangatowncouncil.org); (310) 455-3001.

Topanga Women’s Circle (TWC): Linda Ilsley and Karen Sherwood and their organization of volunteer women help the neediest of families by furnishing their new transitional housing with the little necessities we take for granted. By providing new and like-new items, we help create an environment of comfort, warmth and dignity. (Topangawomenscircle.org).

Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum: The Theatricum has been around since the 1950s, and has grown into a world-class repertory theater with educational outreach to schools throughout Los Angeles. Their summer season features Shakespeare, as well as contemporary plays. This is one of Topanga’s most precious gems. Give a gift of season tickets. 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd.; (310) 455-2322; theatricum.com.

The Canyon Sages—A spirited organization for Topangans age 55 and over that offers most of its activities at the Community House. Activities are scheduled from 10-3 Mon., Tues. and Thurs. Sages Socials are held the first Friday of every month at 3:30 p.m. with a free dinner and warm conversation. 1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd.; (310) 455-1980; topangacommunityclub.com.