Looking for a unique way to celebrate the holidays?

Sink onto a plush pillow, sip warm tea and enjoy inspiring conversations at the first-ever Winter in the South Bay from 6 to 10 p.m. tonight at Artistic Habitat, 705 N. Pacific Coast Highway in Redondo Beach.

The event features artwork by locals, including Dane Capo, a 23-year-old autistic artist out of Hermosa Beach and Drica Lobo, also of Hermosa.

There will also be a live vinyl DJ set, a latke bar, gourmet eats from Black Flour Crepes food truck, fresh gluehwein (a holiday-inspired German drink), a tea lounge and more.

Other small businesses, such as Souk from Manhattan Beach, will also participate.

“We curated this really cool group,” said Katja Muller, owner of Artistic Habitat. “It’s going to be a night where everyone can come together and collaborate.”

The 29-year-old entrepreneur and artist said the focus of the evening is to connect the community with local creatives.

The evening is a collaboration between herself and Norel Ebriani, 28, owner of Torrance-based store Pull & Thread.

Ebriani said she hopes the event will inspire South Bay residents to shop small businesses.

“That’s one of my biggest philosophies is supporting local,” Ebriani said, sharing her own experience as the daughter of an entrepreneur. “I see business owners hustling...working nonstop. I know what that’s like.”

Ebriani and Muller said they chose the South Bay as the home for their artisanal home goods stores because the community is so well connected.

“It feels more warm and welcoming here than other places,” Ebriani said. “I want to create that in our shop. I want people to feel at home.”

The two Palos Verdes residents are hoping to inspire further creative connections in the area.

“There’s so much going on and so much potential,” Muller mused. “All of this is a part of something bigger. We want to help turn the South Bay into a happening community.”

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