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Bar & Garden sells natural wines, pure spirits -- and air plants
Bar & Garden sells natural wines, pure spirits -- and air plants

A few blocks east of the Helms Complex in the heart of Culver City’s gallery district is an unusual wine and spirits store called Bar & Garden. Partners Marissa Mandel and Lauren Johnson took over an old liquor store, kept the sign out front, and opened in January 2013. Why Bar & Garden? “Because,” says Mandel, a landscape designer, “the beverages we stock all come from plants. They’re farm products.” And to emphasize that connection, the shop displays wines on crates the way farm stands display produce. Staghorn ferns mounted on wood are for sale, too, along with wispy air plants. The idea for the shop came one day when the two of them were...

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