san vicente boulevard
THE PAPARAZZI HOUNDING O.J. and Monica are long gone, but Brentwood’s San Vicente Boulevard, on the five blocks between Bundy Drive and Darlington Avenue, is still the place to spot cover subjects—particularly at Brentwood Gardens. Seduced by its proximity to their nearby manses, stars regularly haunt the upscale shops here: Mary Steenburgen has been known to pick flowers at the Woods, Jamie Lee Curtis browses at Dutton’s, and Meg Ryan peruses handbags at ICE Accessories. “Brentwood is taking over what Beverly Hills used to be,” says Norman Kosser, owner of the French-inspired Maison Sud home accessories shop. “It’s a little more charming, and it’s still a neighborhood.” * Pizzicotto This tiny Italian trattoria (blink and you might miss it) keeps devotees coming back for tasty pastas (tortellini stuffed with porcini mushrooms) and authentic risottos. Ermbrey Papers With a mother-daughter team at the helm, this stationery shop has a familial flair. The Crane’s paper and save-the-date note cards, leather journals and antique-glass inkwells are local favorites. Brentwood Bread Co. Baking up to 4,000 loaves a day, this family-owned operation eschews oil, dairy and fat and makes its own flour. The aroma of warm scones, muffins and cinnamon rolls wafting onto the street makes it impossible to pass by. Boulmiche Owners/sisters Deanna Afcharieh and Jasmine Gorelik keep this shop freshly stocked with Tocca, Anna Sui and Vivienne Tam. Their latest discoveries are Miguelina mesh skirts, dresses and tanks. Ron Herman Branching out from his Fred Segal Melrose roots, retail maverick Herman brought two shops to Brentwood Gardens: one for women’s sportswear and another for menswear (basics like Diesel jeans and Polo Sportsman sweaters). Apothia The clean, pretty lines (Creed perfume, Stila makeup) at this bath and body boutique inspire candlelit soaks. Cashmere Palm Beach Vintage posters and a real martini bar give this swank shop a Palm Beach-y look, but as owner Jan Salvador explains, “instead of martinis, we serve cashmere.” Madison Hipster teens drag in their parents for the latest Miu Miu shoes, while young-at-heart moms stock up on Christian Louboutin heels. Terra Cotta The hunting-coat-red walls at this home shop are a perfect backdrop for drawings by Francoise Gilot, reproduction French chairs and thuja-wood lamps. Salutations Martha Stewart types flock here for MacKenzie-Childs ceramics, cut-your-own ribbon, plush baby accessories and wedding registries. “If it’s too contemporary,” says co-owner Carey Pearlman, “I’m not going to do it.”
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