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Storecasting: Tortoise Opening Second Outpost on Abbot Kinney

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Another edition of Storecasting, where we give you the skinny on which shops are opening near you. Got retail dish? Send tips and pics our way.

Japanese design, housewares, and interiors shop Tortoise (photo via flickr bestbeon) at 1208 Abbot Kinney in Venice is opening a second outpost just down the street at 1342 1/2 Abbot Kinney. From an email from the store: "Because of your warm support, Tortoise is able to keep introducing great products of Japan. And we are stepping up for a new challenge..Tortoise is going to open a second store! As you may have noticed, we were running out of space ;) The second store will be on the same street and still be 'Japanese,' but mostly one-of-a-kind artists' pieces, vintage furniture and items, and Taku (co-owner)'s furniture." Despite the neighborhood's vehement anti-chain sentiments, our guess is shoppers will be pleased with the additional Tortoise offerings, especially since its first 700-square-foot shop hardly could count as big-box anything. Store is slated to open May 2; hours will be Wed-Sun noon-6pm or by appointment. [Racked Inbox]
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