It's no secret that the Magnolia Boulevard shopping district in Burbank is getting hipper by the second. Some of my favorite places in LA (Playclothes, Artesano's, It's a Wrap, Halloweentown, Luna Vine Wine Bar) call Magnolia home, but the whole strip in its entirety isn't really conducive to just wandering up and down the street. I tend to park at my first destination, do some shopping, get back in my car, drive a few blocks, do some more shopping, etc. But Ladies & Gents Night Out, sponsored by the Magnolia Park Merchants Association, is trying to change that--and I think it might be working! At least on the last Friday of every month.
My friend Natasha and I were trying to think of something low-key to do on a Friday night, and I realized it was the last Friday night of July. "Do you want to go check out this thing on Magnolia? There's supposed to be food trucks," I asked her. We both felt it didn't necessarily sound like the coolest thing to do on a Friday night, but we didn't have a better idea, and we definitely didn't want to go into Hollywood.
It was a beautiful summer evening, and we weren't the only ones who had decided to check out Ladies & Gents Night Out. There were so many people on the sidewalks of Magnolia it looked more like Old Town Pasadena than some Burbank backwater! It wasn't choked with people like Hollywood & Highland, but it was definitely more popular than I thought it would be. And it was all kinds of people--a lot of families for sure, but also quite a few hipster couples on dates (and, ahem, girlfriends looking for something to do on a Friday night that didn't involve heels).
We lucked into a parking spot at Magnolia and California Street, got out of the car, and were just instantly happy to be there. There were musicians and full-on bands just out on the sidewalks, peppered down the street every few blocks, so no matter how far you walked there was live music just wafting through the air. Almost all the stores were open, and bustling! Several were offering special discounts and sidewalk sales to capitalize on the crowds, but we easily walked in and out of every store we stopped at. It was somehow just the perfect amount of crowds and venues.
We stopped in at Artesano's (great place for Mexican folk art and home furnishings/accents) and Playclothes (one of my very favorite vintage stores EVER), then decided to grab a drink at Luna Vine Wine Bar and catch up. Check out my posts on Artesano's, Playclothes (coming soon), and Luna Vine Wine Bar for details and photos!
Honestly, it was exactly what we were looking for. I would definitely go back again, and make more of a night of it. I know Artesano's sometimes does tequila tastings during this event (sign up for their newsletter to be notified!), and on our way back to the car we saw the Grilled Cheese Truck. Shopping, drinking, grilled cheese sandwiches, AND live Beatles covers under a perfect Los Angeles sunset? I'm there.