for a high-end rug or plush velvet chaise!
Helms Bakery District is a beautifully landscaped center that caters particularly to locals, considering it is mainly a home furnishings center but added eateries, nearby galleries and outdoor charm will please outsiders coming to this part of Culver City.
If you appreciate the finer things, you'll be enamored some merchandise in the stores, like H.D. Buttercup's ornately patterned down pillows or eco friendly, sustainable candles at Stone Candle. If from out of town, you can manage to shop for and stuff in luggage these smaller scale items- as opposed to iron caste bed posts and marbled dining room sets. Yes, it's high-brow, however, the district had very humble beginnings as a bakery of hard worked blue collar employees.
Helms Bakery restaurants:
Father's Office- Craft beer and burgers are favorites here. Have a very happy hour!
La Dijonaise- Contemporary French inspired
Lukshon- High-end Southeast Asian cuisine
Let's Be Frank- Organic, gluten free hot dogs
8800 Venice Blvd.
Though on the major Jefferson Blvd which runs through the city, the Star Eco Station is a little hidden treasure. The wildlife rescue haven is worth checking out, especially for bird enthusiasts or for those who travel with the kids. I happen to come here for the annual African-American Arts Festival held just outside the building. There are very informative, hands-on and entertaining tours given on the hour.
This is mostly a weekend affair. Head here from the 405 freeway, exit Overland or the 10 off Jefferson. Unfortuately for public transit, the Eco-Station is not so friendly on Sat and Sun. It probably would benefit being in downtown. The closest bus (Culver City Bus #7) stops at Washington/Overland intersection, which is about a 15 min walk or about 3 blks away. Otherwise, the CCB #4 stops just a few steps from the entrance Mon-Fri.
Tickets: $8; $6 children; $7 seniors(60+); children in strollers are free.
Year-round hours: F 1-5 PM; Sat & Sun: 10 AM -4PM
Summer hours: M-F 1-5 PM
Star Eco Station at:
10101 W. Jefferson Blvd