LOBSTER DIRECTOR OF SALES Lynne Thomas (left) and Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau board member Gregory Day (right) present The Lobster employee Mickey Barnes with the second Thelma Parks Tourism Spirit Award.

NOW OPEN
TOMS shoes a Del Rey based shoe manufacture open it’s first retail store offering shoes, eyewear and other merchandise, also featuring a café, at 1344 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. Information,
www.toms.com.
Cherry Books, a book seller devoted to offering current and classic titles, at 8911 W. Sepulveda Blvd., Westchester, (310) 516-0928.
CMC Pro Boxing, a 3,000-square foot facility offering conditioning training, sports massage, yoga classes, weight machines and a full-size boxing ring, at 4040 Del Rey Ave. #12, Marina del Rey. (888) 762-0949.
NAME CHANGE
The Pasta Factory at 425 Washington Blvd. in Venice has been renamed Macchi’s Bistro. The menu has received some changes and additions and the interior has been remodeled. (310) 823-9838.
COMING SOON
Scotch & Soda, an Amsterdam-based couture clothing company, at 1340 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. Information, www.scotch-soda.com.
SCHEDULED OPENING
Seasons 52, a fresh grill and wine bar, is slated to open at 1501 Ocean Ave. in Santa Monica in spring 2013.
CLOSED
Fraiche restaurant at 312 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica has closed.
AND THE AWARD GOES TO
The Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau awarded its second Thelma Parks Tourism Spirit Award to Mickey Barnes, a server at The Lobster restaurant. Barnes has been an employee at The Lobster for 11 years.
The bureau’s Tourism Spirit Award was named in memory of Thelma Parks, a Santa Monica travel counselor for 23 years, to honor exceptional employees in the hospitality and tourism industry.

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