MindfulNest | Aero Theatre | The Broad Stage | The Craftsman Bar and Kitchen | Arcana Books on the Arts

MindfulNest: Support Your Local Artists, Not Far From Avalon Santa Monica on Main

Fun, fine and funky are the descriptors of the furnishings, accessories and art at MindfulNest, which is situated just a short drive from Avalon Santa Monica on Main. It’s the place to support your local artists, as well as to support a local, non-chain business.

Browse a vibrant array of items and you’ll find clocks made out of old vinyl records, leather bound journals, bicycle chain bracelets, Cat Buddha statues, Day of the Dead art, picture frames, ceramics, knitwear, and silver jewelry. You’ll also find handmade bath soaps, lotions and oils. Need a gift for a special birthday, anniversary or other event? You’ll find something unique and fantastic here that you won’t find anywhere else.

2711 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 452-5409

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Aero Theatre: A Historic Place to Catch a Movie Near Avalon Santa Monica on Main

Love movies? How about watching movies in a historic 1939 theater? If so, you’ll love catching a flick at the Aero. It was built for aircraft workers and was open 24 hours to accommodate their schedules. The theater is now operated by American Cinematheque, who gave it a significant makeover with a new screen, new concessions stand and state of the art sound and projection.

The theater shows a great selection of golden oldies and cult films. Special events include interview sessions with filmmakers and actors, such as The Butler screening, when Forrest Whitaker showed up to introduce the film and chat with the audience. In addition to new films, the theater also shows independent, foreign and revival films. All of this awaits just a short drive from Avalon Santa Monica on Main.

Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 260-1528

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Santa Monica Goes to The Broad Stage for Professional Performances Near Avalon Santa Monica on Main

The Broad Stage in Santa Monica has been treating locals to professional productions since it opened in 2008. As a branch of the Santa Monica College of Performing Arts—one of the region's best known and highest regarded arts colleges in the area—The Broad Stage has high expectations to live up to, and according to guests, it exceeds them.

Make the quick drive from Avalon Santa Monica on Main to The Broad Stage and grab a seat in its 499-seat theater for a show. No matter where you sit, the relatively small theater affords clear sightlines and acoustics. Although the auditorium looks contemporary, it's modeled after old-school proscenium stages—in fact, it's one of the biggest proscenium stage in the city. Head here to see musical performances, films, and even presentations by National Geographic writers and photographers.

The Broad Stage
1310 11th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 314-3416

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Watch the Game at The Craftsman Bar and Kitchen: Not Far From Avalon Santa Monica on Main

You're looking for a place to watch the game with your friends. Televisions showing your favorite team, food, and drinks are all you're really after. Venture to The Craftsman Bar and Kitchen near Avalon Santa Monica on Main to enjoy a few beers, the game, and a bite to eat.

The establishment looks and feels much like a 1920s bungalow thanks to its cozy and laid-back vibe. You don't have to stop by to watch a game; you could always just pop in and enjoy a cocktail such as the Craftsman Old Fashioned with bitters, whiskey, flamed orange peel, and sugar. The Bee's Knees with lemon juice, vodka, and honey is also a popular choice. If you get hungry, take a look at the tapas-style menu or order one of the dips. Try the classic sliders with gruyere, wagyu beef, tomato, pancetta, arugula, and caramelized shallot.

The Craftsman Bar and Kitchen
119 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 395-6037

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Arcana Books on the Arts Near Avalon Santa Monica on Main: Explore 100,000 Colorful Art Books

Arcana Books on the Arts stocks precisely what its name promises: a large collection of books devoted entirely to the arts. In fact, there are more than 100,000 of them at this Santa Monica store. Although it's not quite as big as competing Hennessey and Ingalls, some customers prefer Arcana for its personality and the sheer breadth of its collection.

Make the drive from Avalon Santa Monica on Main to Arcana and explore its many volumes about contemporary art, design, photography, and architecture. Just make sure that you leave your coffee or snack in the car since Arcana Books on the Arts doesn't allow any food or drink inside. The staff actually preserves each book with a plastic slipcover in order to keep its colorful pages safe from any damage or spills. If you're looking for something specific, ask one of the friendly employees for help.

Arcana Books on the Arts
1229 3rd Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 458-1499

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