Author: Mar Vista Mom

Have you seen the Mar Vista Peacock?

Have you seen the Mar Vista Peacock?

There is a peacock wandering around Mar Vista these days and it seems a mystery: how did he get here? Several communities in Southern California are known for having wild peacocks that inhabit their neighborhoods, like Arcadia and Palos Verdes. But this is a first 

Gift Ideas for Dads and Grads

Gift Ideas for Dads and Grads

This post contains affiliate links. We’re in the midst of two gifting seasons right now: Graduation and Father’s Day. Are you ready? Do you have gift ideas in mind, or would you like a few suggestions? I hope you said “suggestions,” because that is what 

Beethoven Elementary Registration Now Open for 2020-2021

Beethoven Elementary Registration Now Open for 2020-2021

Registration is now open for Beethoven Elementary school for the 2020-2021 school year. This process was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, but is now open online. As a member of the LAUSD schools, Beethoven will begin classes on August 18, 2020, whether in person or online.

Beethoven Elementary School, 3711 S. Beethoven St., Mar Vista 90066

Small Business Town Hall 5/14

Small Business Town Hall 5/14

Calling all business owners in Mar Vista – and any that you know in all of CD 11. City Councilman Mike Bonin is hosting a Telephone Town Hall this Thursday, May 14th at 6:30pm. The Town Hall will be focused on resources and support available 

Amazon Shopping to Support MVM

Amazon Shopping to Support MVM

This are unprecedented times we’re living in, and we all need to support each other and our communities. Mar Vista has always been exceptional at coming together and we are truly lucky because of that. As you are shopping on Amazon for your basic essentials 

What’s Open in Mar Vista During the COVID 19 Shutdown?

What’s Open in Mar Vista During the COVID 19 Shutdown?

We are all staying home right now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t support our favorite local businesses that are doing their best to remain open during these unprecedented times.

Many Mar Vista business owners are working hard to stay open and serve their customers, and we want to help when we can. So here’s a list of businesses we know are operating – and if you know of others, please let us know.

businesses open in mar vista

Restaurants Open in Mar Vista
(Alphabetical Listing)

Atmosphere Cafe Mar Vista
12034 Venice Blvd.

Open for take out and delivery only 10am – 3pm daily.

Alana’s Coffee Roasters
12511 Venice Blvd.

Open for take-out and mobile ordering.

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You don’t need to dine with us – we’re offering pickup and delivery options, so you can enjoy our coffee from the best seat in the house: your couch.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Currently, we're offering FREE local delivery service for Coffee Beans & Cold Brew Concentrate through our farmer's market partner @refinedgrind and continue to roast beans several times throughout the week.⠀⁠⠀ ⠀⁠⠀ We encourage you to ORDER BEANS and DRINKS ONLINE for quick contactless up.⠀⁠⠀ ⠀⁠⠀ Be safe, we miss seeing you all.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Support local businesses!⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁠⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁠⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁠⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁠⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁠⠀ #alanascoffeeroasters #culvercity #marvista #coffeeshop #venicebeach #losangeles #specialtycoffee #coffeeroaster #coffeehouse #freshlyroasted #community #coffeeaddict #coffeeshopvibes #marvistalocal #marvistacommunity #smallbatchroasteracafe #drinklocalcoffee #roastoftheweek #smallbusiness #familyowned #communityfirst #supportlocalbusiness #delivery #orderonline #stillroasting #openforbusiness

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Coffee Connection
3838 S. Centinela Ave.

Open for Take-out only, Monday-Saturday 7am – 7pm

Chipotle
11711 National Blvd.

Open for pick up and free delivery.

Dominos Pizza
4238 S. Sepulveda

Open for take out and delivery.

Grand View Market
12210 Venice Blvd.

Open for take out and delivery – plus their market is open as an essential food source.

House of Thai Taste
12824 Venice Blvd.

Open for take out and delivery.

Humble Potato
12608 W. Washington Blvd.

Open for take out and delivery.

Kustaa Cheese and Wine
12954 W. Washington Blvd

Open for take out.

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Thank you @latimesfood @holynopales @ga.briella 🧀❤️✨ Patricia called me a few weeks ago – less that a week into #ladybodega and I know I broke into tears at least once during our hour call. I was scared. She gave me space to be uncertain and honest. I can’t wait to hug you in person when this is over @holynopales ❤️ Then @ga.briella came and spent some time with us at the shop and she had just come from a few days in the desert documenting some of the pandemic-related work that our national guard is doing. Important work. I immediately thought, well, cheese doesn’t save lives, and her photographing our shop felt almost inappropriate, silly even. Then I remembered why our shop was important right now. We are connecting our community to food. We are a hub for farmers. We are supporting other small businesses – cheesemakers, beekeepers, bakers, etc. We are nourishing our fellow humans during an uncertain time. We are providing complimentary toilet paper to those who need it. It’s not life-saving work but it’s meaningful work and our cheese gang is so hopeful for the future. We’ve seen more love and compassion in the past few weeks than we’ve ever witnessed before. Martin Luther King Jr said something that has really resonated over the past couple of weeks: “But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you the stars” 💫 Thank you to all of the hardworking farmers, makers and purveyors in our f&b community who have been absolute stars – still coming into work to ensure our food systems stay functioning. We see you and we are overwhelmed with gratitude for you. ❤️❤️❤️ #ladybodega #ladyandlardershop

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Lady and Larder
3759 Sawtelle Blvd.

Open for take-out and grocery supplies as Lady Bodega during this time.

Little Fatty
3809 Grand View Blvd.

Open for take out and delivery.

Little Fatty and Accomplice bar Mar Vista.

Marie Callender’s
11324 National Blvd.

Open for take out. And of course, pies.

My Lai Kitchen
12222 Venice Blvd.

Open for take out and delivery.

New York Bagel and Deli
11700 National Blvd.

Pitfire Pizza
12924 Washington Blvd

Open for take out and delivery.

Primo’s Donuts
2918 Sawtelle Blvd.

Open for pick up and delivery.

Quiadaiyn Restaurant
12326 1/2 Venice Blvd.

Open for take out and delivery.

Rasselbock
3817 Grand View Blvd.

Open for take out and delivery, including curbside pick up.

Rockenwagner Market
12835 Washington Blvd.

Open for groceries, produce boxes, bread, pastries and packaged meals during this time.

Rutt’s Hawaiian Cafe
11707 Washington Place

Open for take-out orders, 7am – 10pm every day. Now serving beer to go. And Free delivery if you order directly from their website.

Saby’s Cafe
12900 Venice Blvd.

Starbucks Drive-Thru
3061 Sawtelle Blvd.

Open 4:30am – 11pm daily at this location. Other drive-thru and grocery store in-store locations only and for delivery.

Sunny Grill
12305 Venice Blvd.

Open for take out and delivery only.

Taco Bell
12011 Venice Blvd.

Open for take out, delivery, and drive-thru.

The MV Grab and Go
12226 Venice Blvd.

Open for take out, curbside pick up and delivery. M-F 11am – 6pm, Sat-Sun 10am – 6pm.

Tut’s Grill
12114 W. Washington Blvd.

Open for Take-out and delivery only.

Yum Yum Donuts
12201 Venice Blvd.

Open for take-out only.

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Grocery Stores Open in Mar Vista

Mar Vista Farmers’ Market
corner of Grand View & Venice Blvd

NOTE: the Market will be open under new rules this Sunday, April 5th.
The market remains open as an essential food source, every Sunday from 9am – 2pm. Please click through to read all the new rules and regulations they are operating under.

Mitsuwa Marketplace
3760 S. Centinela Ave.

Open as an essential food source.

Rainbow Acres
13208 W. Washington Blvd.

Open for groceries and health care needs.

Ralphs
11361 National Blvd.

Open daily and for delivery. 1st hour reserved for Seniors.

Vons
4030 Centinela Ave.

Open as an essential food source + delivery available. 7am – 9pm daily. 1st hour of the day reserved for Seniors.

Whole Foods
11666 National Blvd.

Open as an essential food source and delivery via Instacart and Amazon Prime. 7am – 9pm daily. 1st hour of the day reserved for Seniors.

Pet Food and Pet Care in Mar Vista

Centinela Feed and Pet Supplies
3860 Centinela Ave.

Open 9am – 7pm daily.

Mar Vista Animal Medical Center
3850 Grand View Blvd.

Open with special protocols in place.

The Dog Bakery
12112 Venice Blvd.

Open for pick up and delivery.

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Happy 7th Birthday Gucci Bear! Your photo shoot looks fab, just like you! 😉 – 📸 @ayaleoncio – Gucci Bear is celebrating with a grain free, bone-shaped cake with peanut siding! You choose the shape, color and message… we make each cake from scratch, then hand decorate. Pick up in store (we’re open) or order online! (Link in bio) – #thedogbakery #dogcake #gotchaday #dogbirthday #dogbirthdays #cakefordogs #birthdaycakefordogs #partyfordogs #birthdayfordogs #dogbirthdayparty #birthdaydog #barkday #barkdaycake #barkdaypawty #cutedog #happydog #birthdaycake #pupcakes #spoilyourdog #spoileddog #spoileddoggy #spoileddoggie #birthdaypup #birthday puppy #birthdaydoggo #dailybarker

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VCA Animal Hospital
12108 Venice Blvd.

Open to help care for your pets.

Drugstores Open in Mar Vista

CVS Drugstore
12315 Venice Blvd. + 11321 National

Open every day as an essential business, as well as delivery – pharmacy open.

Rite Aid
4046 S. Centinela Ave.

Open every day as an essential business, as well as delivery – pharmacy open.

Online Services Open

Light on Lotus Yoga
12421 Venice Blvd.

Open for online classes via their website.

Office Supplies

Staples
11341 National Blvd.

Open Monday – Saturday and for delivery.

Essential Services Open in Mar Vista

310 Laundromat
12131 Washington Place

Open for laundry needs.

Bel Air Branding

Bel Air Branding is offering complimentary 20-minute strategy calls for business owners and waiving minimum contracts to accommodate business owners as they navigate uncertain times.  The ability to communicate with customers is now more important than ever as restrictions on physical interactions are ever-changing.  If you are feeling overwhelmed or uncertain of how to shift your business model to adapt to current times, we are ready to help in any way we can with developing and implementing a short or long-term strategy for your business.  Services include: business consulting, social media advertising & management, and web design.  Contact us info@belairbrandingagency.com 

Check Point Automotive
3906 Grand View Blvd.

Open for car repairs – German auto specialists.

Kent Construction
Mar Vista

Open for your home repair and remodeling needs.

Mar Vista cleaners

Mar Vista Cleaners
3831 Grand View Blvd.

Open for dry cleaning and tailoring.

Mar Vista Service
12100 Venice Blvd. (310) 391-9774

Open for car repairs.

New Pro Plumbing

Open for your plumbing needs.

Pronto Income Tax
4501 S. Centinela Ave.

Open for tax preparation and consultations.

US Post Office
3826 Grand View Blvd.

Open for all your shipping needs.

Well Baby Center
12316 Venice Blvd.

Open for tele-therapy sessions.

Percy Jackson And The Olympians: The Lightning Thief – DVD Review

Percy Jackson And The Olympians: The Lightning Thief – DVD Review

If you like your Greek Mythology as much as I do, you’ll love Percy Jackson And The Olympians: The Lightning Thief. (Amazon affiliate link) And if, like my kids, you’ve never even heard of a Greek Myth, you’ll still love this movie. It’s full of 

Next Mar Vista Art Walk March 7, 2020

Next Mar Vista Art Walk March 7, 2020

Join the community for this quarterly event, the Mar Vista Art Walk, happening next on March 7, 2020. This time the theme is Green Dreams! Happening along Venice Blvd. between Inglewood and Lyceum, in Mar Vista 90066.

March Events at the Mar Vista Library

March Events at the Mar Vista Library

March is Women’s Heritage Month so watch the book display for some interesting titles. We will also celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday, hold an Irish myth storytime and watch Frozen II.

March 2020 Mar Vista library calendar

Featured events this month include:

Dr. Seuss party – Mon, Mar 2- 4pm 

 Adult Craft Event – Wed, Mar 4 – 6pm

Mar Vista Art Walk – “Water – All about our oceans – Thu, Mar 5 – 6pm 

Book sale – Sat, Mar 14 – 9:30am – 2pm

Irish Myth Storytime – Mon, Mar 16 – 4pm

Mar Vista Movie Night “Frozen II” – Tue, Mar 17 – 5:30pm  

Mystery Book Club Murphy’s Law – Thur, Mar 19 – 6:30pm

LIBRARY WILL BE CLOSED FOR CESAR CHAVEZ DAY – Mon, Mar 30  

Citizenship classes will meet Sat, Mar 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 10am. The last class for this session is Feb 28.

 Baby Story Time will be held every Monday at 12:30pm.

Teen Tuesdays will be held every Tuesday at 4pm.

Toddler Story Time will be held every Wednesday at 11am.

The Quilts From the Heart workshops will meet Fri, Mar 6 and 27 at 1pm.  

Gregory Ain Mar Vista HPOZ will meet Tue, Mar 10 and 24 at 6:30pm.

The Friends of the Library will meet Thur, Mar 26 at 6:30pm

The Mar Vista Community Council Sub-committees will meet:

Arts, Education, Culture – Tue, Mar 3 at 6pm

Great Streets – Wed, Mar 11 at 6:30pm

Homeless Solutions – Wed, Mar 18 at 6:30pm

Beethoven School Meet & Greet Thursday 2/13

Beethoven School Meet & Greet Thursday 2/13

Would you like more information about Beethoven Elementary School? Come to their Meet & Greet event happening Thursday, February 13th at 9am in the Kindergarten yard. Please click over to their School Tours reservation page and sign up to attend.