At least two of our Silver Strand residents have businesses worth visiting. Ermie Leonard and her daughter Shannon run Beadniks, a great source for those interested in beading and jewelry making. She has a terrific selection of beads, chains, findings and jewelry tools. The store also holds classes. Location: 203 Arizona Avenue in Santa Monica, Ca. Open Mon-Sat 10am-9pm; Sun 12pm-6pm.
Kristy Choo is the proprietress of Jin Patisserie, a delightful place for lunch or afternoon tea in a charming outdoor patio setting. Jin serves delicious, delicate finger sandwiches, salads, scones, a wide variety of exotic teas, and hand-crafted desserts which are works of art. Her handmade chocolates, beautifully boxed, and macaroons make great presents. Address: 1202 Abbot Kinney Boulevard (at Aragon Court), Venice, CA. Hours: Tue-Sunday 10:30am-7pm