AIKA Trading celebrated the grand opening of a flagship urban cycling store in Santa Monica on Aug. 16. The 2300 Lincoln Blvd. shop showcases top European cycling designs and accessories, including Royal Dutch Gazelle and Yepp (known for its front and rear child seats) as well as handcrafted Latvian Erenpriess bicycles, Sandwichbikes do-it-yourself wooden bicycle kits, Brompton folding bicycles and CARGO foldable bicycle baskets. AIKA has been importing and distributing European bikes in the U.S. since 2010 and the store represents the company’s expansion into retail sales. (310) 450-2288; aikatrading.com
Bacari PDR, a new restaurant and wine bar that aspires to be a community gathering spot in Playa del Rey, has opened its doors at 6805 Vista Del Mar Lane. This is the first Westside culinary outpost for brothers Robert and Daniel Kronfli and Executive Chef Lior Hillel, who already operate the Bacaro wine bar and Nature’s Brew, both near USC, and their Kronfli Brothers artisanal food product line. Bacari PDR is open for dinner from 5 p.m. to midnight daily and for brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, with happy hour specials from 5 to 7 p.m. daily. The menu is posted online. (310) 439-2100; bacaripdr.com
Everwish Events, a startup company producing pop-up shopping and social gatherings for charitable organizations, hosts its inaugural event from 5 to 10 p.m. today (Sept. 4) at The Victorian, 2640 Main St., Santa Monica. The party-atmosphere launch event, supporting Outreach Uganda’s efforts to build schools and provide educational opportunities for impoverished children and orphans, features a curated selection of men’s and women’s fashion designs, one-of-a-kind wares by local artisans and accessories handmade by women in Uganda.
“We select our products carefully. No barreling through racks and racks to find a gem — everything is at your fingertips, beautifully displayed,” said Aleksandra Pesic, who co-founded the company with Venice Art Crawl Vice President Nicole Muyingo.
Presale tickets are $35 at everwishevents.com and include complimentary champagne and gourmet appetizers.
Artist Daniel Rolnik, who curated the bG Gallery’s Ultimate Beach exhibit in July, now has the keys to the 1431 Ocean Ave. space in Santa Monica and is launching the Daniel Rolnik Gallery this month. Rolnik took over the lease from bG’s Airom Bleicher, who continues to operate the existing bG space at Bergamot Station. The opening reception for the Daniel Rolnik Gallery’s first show, “Smile Isle,” is from 6 to 10 p.m. on Sept. 18. See Rolnik’s Facebook page for details.
Well-reputed mixologists Josh Goldman and Julian Cox opened Brilliantshine, a cocktail-driven restaurant concept in which food pairs with drinks (not the other way around), on Aug. 19 at 522 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica. (310) 451-0045; thebrilliantshine.com
Terrazza, the beachside lounge inside Hotel Casa del Mar (1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica), kicks off its ongoing “Spirited Thursdays” series of mixology-driven tasting events from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight (Sept. 4). Mingle with a rotating roster of beverage pros showcasing a different beer, wine or spirit each week, and with each specialty drink ($12 to $16) enjoy a complimentary small plate created by Executive Chef Jason Bowlin. This week’s spotlight is Ilegal Mezcal; next week’s is Art in the Age, which features ginger, rhubarb, sage and other unique liqueurs. (310) 430-7144; hotelcasadelmar.com
Natives of the Midwest and South take note: the Houston-based Steak ’n Shake casual dining chain is preparing to open its second California location (after Victorville) at the Third Street Promenade, officials with Downtown Santa Monica, Inc., announced on Aug. 21 during the organization’s annual meeting, held this year at the Fairmount Miramar Hotel.
PizzaRev El Segundo (460 N. Sepulveda Blvd.) celebrated its one-year anniversary on Aug. 1. The chain makes custom pizzas to order (including vegan and gluten-free options) in less than three minutes using a 900-degree oven. (310) 426-6320; pizzarev.com
Playa del Rey resident Dr. Scott Beasley has been appointed to the board of directors of the Dignity Health California Hospital Medical Center Foundation, which supports funding for the downtown Los Angeles hospital. Beasley is medical director of the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
The Tennis Key at the Westchester Recreation Center (7000 W. Manchester Ave.) hosts a grand re-opening celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, that includes raffle prizes, a fast-serve contest and junior clinics. RSVP by Sept. 5 to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (310) 642-0762.