Main Street Area, Santa Monica
I was driving around trying to get a closer look at the Georgian Hotel which I spotted from the beach and I drove through a section of the Main Street shopping area which looked very inviting. But alas, I didn't have time to stop, it was getting close to dinner time and I didn't want dad to call Ponch and Jon to go looking for me. For those of you fortunate enough to have never seen it, this is a reference to CHiPs (which stands for California Highway Patrol), a very cheesy TV show from the late 70s, early 80s. I was frightened to see that there are actually websites devoted to CHiPs and even more frightened that I remembered the names of the actors.
The attached website has a listing of stores and restaurants, lots of specialty boutiques and galleries. Besides the Starbucks (is there anywhere on earth that doesn't have a Starbucks???) and Gap that have infiltrated the rather lovely atmosphere, it's refreshingly free of national retailers.