A CURRENT AFFAIR – ARTISANAL L.A. – UNIQUE L.A.: Drink ’til you shop

Updated Friday, 12/10/10 with websites after the break!

May your days be bright.

Liquor and holiday shopping; an idea whose time has come. Sure, you’ve sipped chardonnay and choco-tinis at house party boutiques but this is something else again.

Starting Friday night and ending  Sunday evening — with time off for Xmas bash razzle dazzle and  recuperating zzzz’s — you can sip, sup, and shop at three,  holiday pop-up boutiques located in the white-hot heart of the downtown Fashion District.

Blitzkrieg through these boutiques with a little help from the hosted bars and L.A.’s hottest food trucks (The Hungry Nomad, The Lardon Truck, The Lobsta Truck) and your seasonal shopping is done.  Which means you can clear the calendar for your favorite winter sports: hot toddies and tiddly winks on a bearskin rug.

A CURRENT AFFAIR – If you’re happy, then everyone’s happy, right?  Treat yourself to a vintage, tinsel-time treasure  like a slinky, sexy holiday gown from the likes of Bob Mackie, Christian Lacroix, and Victor Costa.  $10 gets you entry to the Friday night hosted cocktail party and  Saturday shop-a-thon of 25 vendors of vintage including private sellers and L.A. boutiques.

It’s not all about you, of course. Liz Goldwyn signs and sells her newly-issued-in-paperback book Pretty Things: The Last Generation of American Burlesque Queens.  A copy of the book + champagne grand cru + you in vintage lingerie = Best Christmas Ever for him both of you.


Oh-so-many of your nearest and dearest eat and drink, which makes edibles and drinkables the perfect presents for pretty much everyone.

At Artisanal L.A., you’ll find local, artisanal, and small-batch comestibles from vendors like:

* Medtz Confections: For the bar, not the candy jar: truffles with grown-up flavors like “Armenian coffee with dark chocolate”, “Cognac with dark chocolate”, and the “Big Brother” (scotch whiskey, roasted almonds and dark chocolate).  Keep away from the kiddies!

** Sleepers Magic Rubs: The company suggests you “Treat your Meat” (and everything else edible!) with their gourmet spice rub that is  “slightly hot, slightly sweet“. Hey…kinda like you!

***Orgasmo de la Boca:  Wine Expo’s Roberto Rogness describes these smoked olives as “crack meets the hot sex of olives”.    ‘Nuff said.

Unique L.A.

Wend your way through this Winter Wonder-bazaar of 300+ hand-selected, independent artists and designers for  items to warm the cockles of your heart:

*ilovecerise:  Water meets whoopee when you replace water-hog, perfume-y bath bombs with water-wise, aromatherapy shower steamers.  Aaaah.

**Honey B: Soft-as-sin organic cotton and form-flattering cuts make these him-and-her tees comfy and sexy; fin de siecle designs (“I feel an obsession coming on!”) make them far more fun than boring old Hanes.

***relight candles: Let there be light!   And later, drinks!   100% soy wax is poured into up-cycled vintage glassware like hula girl tiki mugs and clover-embossed shot glasses for two-in-one gifts.   When the candle is gone, wash in hot, soapy water and watch your bar ware collection grow.  Go on, get lit!

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

SHOP LOCAL AND SAVE MORE: Show your UNIQUE LA wristband at ARTISANAL L.A.  and save $1 off admission.
Or save $10 and use your ARTISANAL LA wristband for 2-for-1 admission at UNIQUE LA.

A Current Affair

Friday, December 10, 6pm-10pm

Saturday, December 11 from 10am-5pm

Cooper Design Space/11th Floor Penthouse

860 Los Angeles Street

Los Angeles 90014


Admission is $10

Valet parking is available behind and beneath the building.

Artisanal L.A.

Saturday, December 11 & Sunday, December 12 from 11am-6pm

Cooper Design Space’s Santee Shop

Store Entrance at 851 Santee St (just north of 9th)

Los Angeles 90015


$6 Admission | Cash at the Door

Unique L.A.

Saturday, December 11 & Sunday, December 12 from 11am – 6pm

The California Market Center/Penthouse

110 East 9th Street

Los Angeles 90079


$10 at the door

2 Comments Add yours

  1. margaret says:

    Oh my, that sounds like a dangerous way to shop.

    1. And yet so much better than shuffling glassy-eyed through the mall!

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