This past summer I had a breakfast meeting at the Omelet Parlor on Main Street - and figured I could get a one hour walk in (even with camera in hand).
Corner of Main & Marine. My sister use to live in this neighborhood, the beach is only two short blocks from here.
Another view of the Parkhurst Building at Main & Pier. I've always loved this building. It was built in 1927 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Street trees, storefronts right up to sidewalk, and cool morning temperatures made for a great walk.
T-shirt in the store window: "California . . . we're perfect"
The "Animal Wellness Center" - Main Street, Santa Monica's answer to the neighborhood pet store.
According to their website: "A veterinary hospital? A retail store? An education center for pet owners? Actually, we are all of these."
Wow, this place is nicer than most stores designed for children.
The Omelet Parlor in between Ashland and Hill. I wanted to get to Pico Blvd. and back for a breakfast appointment with my co-workers.
Buddhist-themed wall mural on Main Street. Reminds me a lot of blogger Christian Lander's witty and incredibly insightful Stuff White People Like - especially, post #2 Religions That Their Parents Don't Belong To:
White people will often say they are “spiritual” but not religious. Which usually means that they will believe any religion that doesn’t involve Jesus.
Popular choices include Buddhism, Hinduism, Kabbalah and, to a lesser extent, Scientology. A few even dip into Islam, but it’s much more rare since you have to give stuff up and actually go to Mosque.
Mostly they are into religion that fits really well into their homes or wardrobe and doesn’t require them to do very much.In fact, this entire stretch of Main Street reminded me of the Stuff White People Like blog.
Jadis, a prop rental store, is without question the most unique business on Main Street (how many neighborhoods have "prop stores"?).
Across the street is the California Heritage Museum, located on the corner of Main & Ocean Park Blvd. More on the Museum in Part II (next week).
Crossing Ocean Park Blvd, the businesses on Main Street change up a bit for a block or so - looking a little more typical to what you'd find in an average American city: a car wash, a liquor store, stuff like that.
Hollister Ave. - I had to take a picture.
The Santa Monica Community Garden. Established in 1976, the community gardens has 69 garden plots available for rent to Santa Monica residents. More on this in Part II (next week).
Looking back down Main Street towards the southeast.
Another view looking the same direction southeast towards Venice, with the apartment towers of the Marina del Rey visible in the distance.
Street mural: "you are beautiful" - guess that's true, unless you're ugly (or - like most of us - average).