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SANTA MONICA—Inspired by the Nike SNKRS EXPRESS rolling through Toronto this All-Star weekend, the new SNKRS STATION (395 Santa Monica Place) is stopping in Santa Monica. Shop limited edition and never-before released sneakers from Nike Sportswear, Nike Basketball, and Jordan Brand through Sunday, with several surprise releases in the works. You'll find a well-curated selection of footwear, including the Nike Air Force 1 Flynit, Air Jordan XXX, Jordan Clement IV, and Kobe 11 Royalty (professional basketball skills are not required). Reserve a spot here and drop in from 10am-7pm.
SILVER LAKE—Typically, when you think of cats and plants, it's because Ms. Kitty is eating your begonias. Rewrite those bad memories and rescue a kitten in the process, this Saturday at Los Angeles County Store (4333 W Sunset Boulevard), as cat savior Luxe Paws hosts a pop-up alongside a hand-cultivated succulent sale. Shop the coolest new additions to your backyard sanctuary and mingle with kitties who just can't wait to go home with you. In keeping with the theme of rescuing homeless pets, you'll also be able to shop the latest creations from Perfect Reject, a totally charming line of resurrected stuffed animals, rescued and refurbished and ready for love. Head to Silver Lake from 12-2pm to join the fun.
SILVER LAKE—It's always better to give a gift that's personal, rather than a generic, cookie-cutter item anyone could buy. To that end, it makes sense that you'd shop at a bespoke boutique, ensuring that what you're getting is truly customized. Shinola (3515 Sunset Boulevard), haven of luxury, made-to-order watches, bicycles, leather goods, and unique collectibles, is offering complimentary custom personalization with the purchase of any journal. This Saturday from 1-4pm, just in time for V-Day, make a trip to the retailer and hand over the journal you pick to local illustrator Drew Melton, who will be on site to turn an admittedly already amazing, American-made book into a truly personal objet d'art.
DOWNTOWN—Is there a better way to celebrate V-Day than to run through an enormous cake maze? Doubtful. Avant-garde Think Tank Gallery (939 Maple Avenue) anticipated your childhood fantasies with the new show, Break Bread: a 30-day art installation by artists Scott Hove and Baker's Son. Described as a "whimsical candyland with a dark twist," the immersive show promises floor-to-ceiling cake sculptures, six cake chambers (OMG), and a nostalgic watercolor ice cream truck. Break Bread opens to the public tomorrow and runs until March 13th, but definitely head there tomorrow night from 7pm-2am for the opening reception and a cocktail hour, including tastings by Challah Hub and Sugarfina. Free registration (plus VIP ticketing, if you have the access code) is available here.