Compiled by Joe Piasecki
After an extensive remodel, SM Pier Seafood has re-launched as The Albright with an updated menu focused on locally sourced food, California wines and craft beer. The restaurant has been family-owned for 35 years and was recently acquired by Yunnie Kim Morena from her mother, Hae Ju Kim. Morena has run Fred Segal Couture in Santa Monica for the past 10 years. “Having grown up in Santa Monica and with this restaurant as a big part of my life, I am incredibly excited to be putting my own fresh spin on a place that is deeply nostalgic to me,” Morena said of The Albright’s Dec. 19 grand reopening. Morena and her husband Greg named the restaurant, at 258 Santa Monica Pier, after the nautical Albright knot in reference to the tying together of two generations. thealbright.com
Groundwork Coffee Company, which specializes in organic and fair trade coffees and teas, opened its seventh location on Dec. 16 at 1601 Montana Ave. in Santa Monica, at the corner of 16th Street. The store is open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. groundworkcoffee.com
Westchester Veterinary Center & Cat Clinic opened Dec. 2 at 8911 S. Sepulveda Blvd. in Westchester. Opened by Dr. Henry K. Yoo, also an executive medical consultant in Santa Monica and a bioterrorism expert, the full-service clinic offers canine and feline wellness care, vaccinations, diagnostic services, dentistry, in-house laboratory testing and advanced medical and surgical procedures. westchestervet.com
The Gumbo Kinney vintage clothing and jewelry boutique reopened in December at a storefront on at 1378 Main St. in Venice. facebook.com/GumboKinneyVintage
Pearl Drop, a designer and vintage clothing shop that also specializes in jewelry and leather goods, opened Dec. 22 in a new location at 1629 Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice, according to its Facebook page. The shop is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. pearldropvenice.com
The Farmacy, a medical marijuana dispensary, closed its location at 1509 Abbot Kinney Blvd. on Dec. 16 and is seeking a new location, according to the company’s website. Under new city regulations for medical marijuana, the dispensary was located too close to the Vera Davis Youth Center, its website states. farmacyvenice.com
California Healing Gardens, a dispensary at 2501 Lincoln Blvd. in Venice, closed its doors on Dec. 18 for similar reasons but continues to make deliveries, according to yovenice.com.
Simmzy’s Pub, which serves artisan food and boasts and expansive list of craft beers on tap at locations in Manhattan Beach and Long Beach, plans to open a third location at 37 Washington Blvd. in Venice. Eater Los Angeles (la.eater.com) has reported that Bistro du Soleil in Playa del Rey is in escrow to become another area Simmzy’s. simmzys.com
Santa Monica musical mainstay TRiP (2101 Lincoln Blvd.) has been acquired by new owners Hans Goplen and Jon Stevenson. “TRiP will still be the same cool music venue and bar that you know, but expect to see some exciting improvements coming in the near future under the new guys,” booking manager Josh Wiener said. tripsantamonica.com
The LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting its monthly night networking mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 23 at Embassy Suites North at LAX, 9801 Airport Blvd., Westchester. $10 for members, $20 for future members. RSVP by calling (310) 645-5151 or at laxcoastal.com.
Discuss issues impacting Marina del Rey during Marina Affairs, happening this month from 8 to 9 a.m. on Jan. 15 at Marina del Rey Hospital, 4650 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey. (310) 645-5151; laxcoastal.com
Westside Neighborhood School is hosting a talk by Pepperdine University psychology professor Louis Cozolino from 7 to 9 p.m. on Jan. 9 at the school, 5401 Beethoven St., Playa del Rey. He will discuss research on the brain and social learning. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Santa Monica-based Beauty Bus Foundation, a nonprofit that brings free beauty and grooming services to people who can’t leave home due to illness, are looking for volunteers. Candidates must go through a three-hour training program, with the next session happening from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 13, followed by a second session from noon to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Both take place at the Beauty Bus offices at 2716 Ocean Park Blvd., Ste. 1062, in Santa Monica. “It is very important to us to serve our growing client population and to find kind, compassionate volunteers to help us achieve our goals,” said Beauty Bus volunteer coordinator Erika Garibay. (310) 392-0900; beautybus.org
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