But if you happen to need a last-minute exit strategy involving a canoe paddle, a tough weekender bag and a cast-iron pan, then, well... you should have that option.
Enter: Mar Vista Art Department, a new place with a bunch of everything that’s now open on Venice Boulevard. Here’s the slideshow.
Step in and note the profound array of American-made majesty up front. The Pendleton blankets, the vintage Red Wings and the Jacob Bromwell cast-iron pans. And while you’re doing that, you can also...
Do some gift shopping.
Your loved ones will never see their artisan canoe paddles, eucalyptus aftershave, leather footballs or wool-and-tweed wallets coming this year. They never even asked for those. You just knew.
Plan a holiday party.
These guys will set up the art studio in back for your gatherings. Your friends will drink and eat at the long middle table under garlands and lights. Or drape themselves among outdoor tables under the graffiti murals. Depending on personal preference.
Learn a thing or two.
Regular workshops are planned here on important subjects like brewing, digital art and candle making. Then there are Whiskey Wednesdays, which involve woodworking and whiskey.
And someone probably saying, “What could go wrong?”