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TORTOISE GENERAL STORE IS MOVING! Thank you Abbot Kinney for 15 Great Years!

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We have a big announcement!
We are moving.
But not far at all.

After 15 years of enjoying the Abbot Kinney life, we have decided to move our brick and mortar location to Mar Vista, to join the ‘tortoise’ shop and showroom we opened on the corner of Venice Blvd and Wade Blvd last month!

Our last day on Abbot Kinney is yet to be determined – but will happen sometime end of May.  We hope to open our new Tortoise General Store in Mar Vista (next to our new ‘tortoise’ shop and showroom on Venice Blvd) sometime in June.  

When the Tortoise General Store opened in 2003, we began our shop with the philosophy of a ‘slow and steady’ life.  This philosophy guided everything we did – from the products we carried, to the exhibitions we presented, to the workshops we hosted over the years.  We made life-long friends with people who understood our preferred pace of life, and who appreciated the choices we made.  Our move to Mar Vista is our way of returning to the ‘slow and steady’ life that attracted us to Abbot Kinney fifteen years ago.  It will be a huge change and a new challenge for us to move our General Store from the busy, popular street of Abbot Kinney to a calmer location on Venice Blvd, but we also see it as an opportunity to make new contributions and get to know our customers again – like we did when we first opened.  Having a brick and mortar shop is a privilege in this age of ‘click and shop’, and we want to remain true to the philosophy that has given us a long life.  We hope to have your support and your patronage at our new location.

We will miss Abbot Kinney, but this is not goodbye.  Just see you soon in Mar Vista!

Heartfelt thanks and ありがとうございました,

Tortoise


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Newsletter published – RSVP: Grand Opening of ‘tortoise’ & Exhibition Opening

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Newsletter September Issue Published

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Newsletter August Issue Published

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Newsletter July Issue Published

  • Niime Tamaki Trunk Show in Tortoise Gallery – July 21st (Fri), 22nd (Sat), 23rd (Sun)
  • Mario Testino’s Mira Mira Feature – Thank you for your long friendship and support!
  • Sumi’s ‘Push Me Pull You’ Exhibit Ends 7/16! – Artist Multiples Avilable for Limited Time
  • Kaikado and Kanaamitsuji’s Special Items  – Available for Limited Time !
  • Kyoto’s Premier Tea Company: Ippodo Tea  – Final TGS Event @ MOCA July 13th (Thurs)!
  • Tortoise Gallery Closed Dates for August – Closed August 3rd, 7th, 29th, 30th, 31st

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Newsletter: Weekend Reminder! published

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Rhythmos Leatherworks Joins us from Japan!

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Rhythmos (pronounced: rue-toh-mus) makes timeless, exquisitely designed, leather products in a studio based in Kagoshima, Japan.

TGS is excited to announce that the artisan behind Rhythmos will be visiting Los Angeles THIS WEEK to hold 2 leather workshops at TGS, as well as an artist led demonstration at the MOCA Geffen in Downtown LA.

Seats for the workshop are limited and the demonstration at MOCA is free and open to the public.

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Workshop Details: Making a Card Case with Rhythmos (@ TGS)

  • $50 per person (up to 4 people per session)
  • 1 hour workshop
  • Ages 10 and up
  • Class attendees will be required to sign a waiver form before the session
  • Purchase a seat here

June 10th, Saturday 
11:00 – 12:00
14:00 – 15:00
16:00 – 17:00

June 11th, Sunday
13:00 – 14:00
15:00 – 16:00

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Artist-led Demonstration: June 8th, Thursday 5pm – 8pm (@MOCA)

 

Images above are from our MOCA pop-up as we set up for tonight’s interactive demonstrations.

We hope you’ll join us!

 


Newsletter June Issue Published

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Newsletter May Issue Published

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Newsletter April Issue published

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TGS Pop-Up at MOCA Geffen Contemporary – April 1st – July 24th

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We’ve got exciting news to share!

Starting April 2nd, a special TGS pop-up store will be housed at the MOCA Geffen Contemporary.

Similar to our general store and back-yard sister-gallery on Abbot Kinney, the pop-up will feature Japanese handcraft and design ranging from hand-dyed multi-functional cloths called tenugui, Hasami Porcelain tableware designed by TGS owner Taku himself, to the popular TRAVELER’s notebooks and other writing supplies that are a favorite among all our customers.

Also in keeping with TGS’ philosophy of providing services as well as products, selected workshops and demonstrations and will be offered and announced in future newsletters and on instagram (@tortoisegeneralstore).

Below is a quick peak of our pop-up.  Please visit this special TGS x MOCA collaboration before it ends!

MOCA Geffen Contemporary

Address: 152 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Hours of Operation:

Mon 11am – 6pm
Tues Closed
Wed 11am – 6pm
Thur 11am – 8pm
Fri 11am – 6pm
Sat 11am – 5pm
Sun 11am – 5pm

 

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Thank you Monocle Travel Guides!

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Thank you Monocle Travel Guides for including Tortoise General Store!

We always enjoy welcoming new and familiar faces to our store and to LA!


Newsletter March Issue Published

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Newsletter February Issue Published

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Yo’s February woodcarving class scheduled

February Schedule (updated 2/2/2017)

2/4 Saturday 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm
2/5 Sunday 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm

2/11 Saturday 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm

2/18 Saturday 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm
2/19 Sunday 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm

2/25 Saturday 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm

 

The ticket is $40/person and you can buy it online.
Seats are limited!

Please note the sales is FINAL.

 


Newsletter January Issue Published

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