The crowd of hipsters, art lovers, fashionistas and the people who mock them spilled out from the storefronts and onto the sidewalk. Their voices and a cloud of cigarette smoke rose into the night air and the booming sounds of a rapper and D.J. performing on the bed of a truck trailer bounced off the brick walls of the three-story Del Mor apartment building in Echo Park. The Saturday night scene, a combination art opening and block party, has been repeated nearly every month for nearly a decade at Chicken Corner, the crossroads where Echo Park and Morton avenues meet Delta street. But this weekend’s scene will be the last for Kimme Buzzeli, the owner of fashion and art space Show Pony, and perhaps the final one for Han Cholo, purveyor of Ghetto-fabulous jewelry.
Buzzeli, who will continue to live in the apartments above, decided to close to focus on her art career. Han Cholo, meanwhile, is moving to a space on Melrose, one of the owners said Saturday. Both complained about rent increases in the building that is also home to Chango coffeehouse, El Batey coffee house, Hope gallery and Lucas hair salon. What will the first Saturday night of the month be like in Echo Park without these two anchors? Quieter, for sure, but not as much fun.