Celpow-Friday-Dec4-MontanaAve-Holiday Walk 2015ebrate the holidays at LAArtParty’s Pick of the Week…The Montana Holiday Walk…yes the holidays are HERE – whether you are ready or NOT! Get out there and celebrate the season. This event is always fun – lots of local come out to bring in the season.

Come stroll Montana Avenue for their Annual Holiday Walk. Enjoy festive music and refreshments while you enjoy ten blocks of boutique stores that offer wonderful gifts for friends and family.

It’s a great time to do some shopping while enjoying holiday cheer. The walk runs from 7th steet to 17th street from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm…it’s your chance to embrace the season.

Many stores are participating and having their own exclusive events. There will be live music up and down the street.

Here is a list stores that will be participating….You will find lots more on the way.

Starting at 7th street…

Stop by Texture: A Sweater store and More…owner Jane Walker has been busy working hard to put the event together, in addition to running her own shop.

POW-Sat-Nov29-SmBus-TEXTURE thesweaterstore main001-300x225“Its all about community,” said Jane Walker, owner of Texture. “People see each other that they have not seen since the last holiday event or art walk.” Walker said the Holiday event is family oriented. “The kids come to see Santa…but some of my friends have told me they are looking forward to sitting on Santa’s lap each year.”

Texture features beautiful merchandise (a perfect gift for your favorite person) …of course all kinds of sweaters, cardigans, pullovers, in both vibrant and muted colors, tweedy solids to polka dot, featuring all sorts of charming designs. It’s the best time to buy a beautiful scarf or sweater.

Walker said she loves the sense of community that Montana Avenue neighborhood offers. “One of my customer’s said Texture is like the ‘Cheers’ of retail,” laughed Walker. “Customers become friends of other customers…talking while they shop. Meeting new friends.” TEXTURE: A Sweater Store & More is located at 716 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA; (310) 393-0707; See FB page.

Then stroll East…stop for some lunch at ROSTI Tuscan Kitchen, 931 Montana Avenue; 310-393-3236; http://www.rostituscankitchen.com

JuPeterSrabakst across the street from Rosti Tuscan Kitchen, Peter Skrabak will be performing classical music in front of The Shade Store. A talented musician, Skrabak said he was excited to perform once again at this event and in front of BOCA, a new addtion to Montana’s great line up of shops.

In addition to being a proficient guitarist, Skrabak is also a noted songwriter. He has worked with legendary sax player Hollis Gentry, and while in the band, he wrote a song (NO PODRAS) which was performed by Gentry and would later become a huge international hit for the Mexican artist Cristian Castro. http://www.peterskrabak.com

The Shade Store®, 1001 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica; https://www.theshadestore.com

BOCA Clothing is new to Montana Avenue. It has re-located from the Palisades. BOCA’s carefully chosen mix of brands offers a variety of looks from the latest trends to your classic wardrobe basics. Shopping with our friendly and fashion savvy staff is sure to be a fun experience!  http://bocaclothing.com/

IPOW-Fri-Dec5-MONTANA-ArtsTableArtsExteriorsf you are hankering for a delicicous meal….stop by Art’s Table.

This popular Santa Monica eatery aspires to embody the generous spirit and infectious optimism of it’s namesake, respected waterman and longtime Santa Monica educator and City historian, Dr. Art Verge, who taught us what true hospitality means.

Where: Art’s Table, 1002 Montana Avenue
Phone: 310.395.2500
Website: http://www.artstablesm.com/

Sechoir+ (seh-schwahr), Santa Monica’s newest hybrid (full service & dry bar) hair salon located on the posh Montana Avenue, is offering neck, shoulder, and hand massages as well!

Where: Sechoir+, 1121 Montana Avenue
Phone: 310-310-8238
Website: http://www.Sechoirplus.com

TenWomen insideStoreDon’t miss the art party at Ten Women on Montana. The widow will be dressed with holiay gift ideas and a huge selection of unique holiday ornaments…all handmade by local artists. Nibbles, libations, and holiday cheer.

You won’t want to miss this fabulous shop…..see image of all the great gifts you can buy. With a plethora of holiday ornaments for sale and December specials.

Ten Women Gallery will ring in the festive season and celebrate the holidays with refreshments and of course the JB Rockers will be by to sing here during this year’s Holiday Walk.

Where: Ten Women, 1128 Montana Ave. Parking in rear lot.
Phone: 310 393-6254
Website: http://www.tenwomen.org

Keep on trekkin’ up the Avenue…Michael Stars will be open as well…The fashion store specializes in contemporary clothing with luxury essentials for LA’s hip beach lifestyle. Michael Stars, 1233 Montana Ave; 310-260-5558; http://www.michaelstars.com/

Stop by Partner’s Trust to visit Santa…yes adults are allowed – come on by and sit in his lap…and wisper your holiday wishes into his ear. Partner’s Trust, 1333 Montana Ave Santa Monica, CA; (310) 382-8500; http://www.thepartnerstrust.com/

The Off Their Jingle Bell Rockers byVictoriaGrahamShopaholic Sample Sales will be offering incredible fashions (and great prices) plus cheese and wine for the holiday walk. Come on by and have a toast to welcome the season. Offering high end, trendy clothes at discounted prices….a great place to find the perfect gift. There are two locations…one at the Grove and of course one on Montana.  Shopaholic Sample Sales is located at 1613 Montana Ave, {Across from Pinkberry} Phone: 310.260.0100; http://www.shopaholicsamplesales.com/

Don’t forget the Off Their Jingle Bell Rockers will be strolling up and down Montana. 

Come sing along. The event runs from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm….The Rockers sing from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

See photo by Victoria Graham of the Off Their Jingle Bell Rockers – Back row (from left to right): Marianne Lewis, Rory Johnston, Suzy Williams, John Preston, Front row: Catherine Allison, Kathy Leonardo

Get your jingle on ….and stroll up the avenue with the Rockers!

What: Annual Montana Ave Holiday Walk
Where: 7th to 17th Streets on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica
When: Friday Dec. 2, 2016 5 – 9 pm
Website: http://www.montanaave.com