The TOMS flagship store in Venice, which opened in 2012, showed early on that the company was about much more than selling slip-on shoes. Already the innovator in socially responsible brands, TOMS was founded to give back a pair of shoes to children in need, for every pair bought -- and has expanded its company causes to providing eyeglasses, light, water, safe birth, and bullying prevention services to those in need.
But the store on Abbot Kinney does much more than that: It sells coffee, juice, and baked goods, and boasts free Wi-Fi and space for anyone from startups to nonprofits. The space sells the company's shoes, sunglasses, bags, shirts, socks, and Apple Watch bands. There are also a number of free community events each week, from yoga and live music, to craft and film nights. The shop is a natural way to spread the TOMS brand throughout the community without shoving its products down your throat. And Venice residents can feel good about shopping while giving back.