On December 6, the owners of Venice stalwarts Gjelina and Gjusta opened Gjusta Goods, a small lifestyle boutique housed in a 1930s art studio on Sunset Avenue in Venice. The restaurant’s team of Travis Lett, Fran Cemaj, and Shelley Armistead wanted to offer a mix of contemporary and vintage clothing, housewares, books, vinyl, beauty, and flowers to devotees of its restaurants. The cultural items change weekly while the tableware and homeware line from Gjusta Bakery are a permanent fixture. Customers can now buy the same vintage pewter Dorothy Thorpe glasses, handmade ceramics, linens, napkins, and aprons used at Gjusta for their home (think seagrass baskets, opinel knives, and vintage fabrics from Mali). Armistead, partner and COO of the Gjelina Group, sourced pieces from Europe, Japan, and Africa on her travels, and a lot of the vintage dresses are from her personal collection.
A series of fashion offerings include Clare Vivier’s “Liberez Les Sardines” striped pouch, tote bag, and sweatshirt—the proceeds from which raise money for the Gjelina Foundation, which funds a farming and culinary program at Venice High School. In collaboration with Citizens of Humanity, Armistead designed a worker’s jacket, which the staff wear at Gjusta, to benefit the local public schools as well as the Lower East Side Girls Club in NYC. Coming up is a line of hemp and denim overalls (Armistead lives in hers), a tent, organic camping mattress, and a furniture collection. Line up now—their waits are notorious!