Beautiful and light filled, WMN Space has a warm, homey vibe and serves as a conscious space for women to gather and heal. The space offers workshops, gatherings, events and one-on-one healing sessions for female well-being and opened just before the Women’s March on Washington. Think yoga, yoni steams, and birth-related services like doulas and fertility work.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MEL BLANCHARD
Mid-century modern furniture and light fixtures, Moroccan pile rugs from Merchant Modern, and ceramic planters from Gainey and Architectural Pottery can be found throughout the studio. The furniture consists of a shearling-covered Nido chair designed by Estudio Persona from Stahl + Band, and a 1970s modern sofa from Directional, Rene Brancusi end tables.
The space features clean lines and minimalist touches to reflect the “intention of a clear and clean space physically and energetically.” Its retail offerings including skincare from True Botanicals, supplements from Moon Juice and scents from Lake and Skye. “We wanted to create a clean shell where women would enter inspired, feel safe and supported,” explains Merritt Mallis.
10764 Washington Boulevard
PHOTOGRAPHY BY NICKI SEBASTIANMidland Shop
Friends Paige Appel and Kelly Harris first teamed up in 2008 on an event production company, Bash Please, but recently, they were in search of a new creative outlet. They founded Midland Shop in their quest for quality goods and a greater sense of permanence as they traveled so much for work.
Housed in a former hair salon (which smelled like bad perm according to Harris), the duo worked with designers Alan Koch and Karen Spector at Otto Design Group to bring the space to life. Since its opening last fall, the shop has been praised for its design and selection by everyone from the LA Times to Emily Henderson.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY NICKI SEBASTIANThe walls are Japanese stucco with actual straw bale troweled on with the stucco for a beautiful patina, and the shelving is all-kiln-dried blonde spruce wood. Cacti potted in pale pink vessels from Mexico are placed on raw concrete floors and a spruce pergola was built over the checkout area.
“We like to say Midland is a little Santa Fe, a little Texas, a little Japan and a little Southern California,” says Appel. “It’s infused with earthy culture but sophisticated and refined.”
PHOTOGRAPHY BY NICKI SEBASTIANArtisanal, holistic, and well-curated products include accessories from Agnes Baddoo, Brookes Boswel, and Sara Barner; beauty from Shiva Rose; ceramics from Lucy Michel, Rebekah Miles, FBP and Notary; and home goods from Heather Taylor Home, Rachel Craven and Creative Women.
“Everyone that comes in says they want to live in the space,” says Harris. “They say how good it smells and feels. You can shop or you can just smell the scents and chat with us.”
8634 Washington Boulevard