Starbucks Now Open In SMP

For many restaurateurs and businesspeople, opening a new food spot in Santa Monica can be a nightmare.  Red tape and delays make the process a long, dragged out affair. (Am I right Lemonade, Creams & Dreams? And Caffe Primo… we feel your pain.)  But for some magical reason known only to the god of multinational coffee chains, a new Starbucks can open in days in the notoriously challenging city.  It was only back in mid-October that I told you about a new branch of the ubiquitous coffee purveyor being built on the ground floor of Santa Monica Place near Bloomingdale’s.  One month and a half later, Starbucks is open and probably giving Ugo Café a run for its money.



Creams & Dreams Now Churning Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream In Santa Monica

Back in December of last year, I told you about the impending arrival of a new ice cream shop to the space at 219 Arizona (Third St. Promenade) in Santa Monica that used to house Frey Wille.  Well, it took about a year, but Creams & Dreams is now open.  Using liquid nitrogen in the churning, they offer a wide selection of all-natural ice cream in clever flavors such as maiz con queso, fresh avocado, and orange honey.  Check out their entire menu of ice cream as well as pastries, coffee, and tea here.


Creams & Dreams Ice Cream Coming Soon To Downtown SM…

I just noticed the signs up at 219 Arizona (Third St. Promenade) in Santa Monica announcing the future arrival of a brand new venture, Creams & Dreams Ice Cream Shop.  The space had recently housed clothing boutique Hydrate and previously Frey Wille.  Not much news out there yet and no word on an opening date, but I’ll keep watching…