Eastside Shopper & Diner Report

Silver Lake cool rolls into Cypress Park:  It was about six years ago that artist and skater Alex Rodriguez opened up a Silver Lake skateboarding and clothing store called Maintain amid a stretch of repair shops on Sunset Boulevard.  As interest in skating waned among his Silver Lake customers, Rodriguez decided to close the store and focus on a second outlet he opened about six months ago closer to his home in Cypress Park. There is not a yoga studio or waxing salon in sight from the corner of Figueroa Street and Avenue 28, where Rodriquez painted a storefront black and filled the interior with skateboards, street apparel, shoes as well as markers and high-end spray paint for graffiti artists. “I see the possibilities,” said Rodriguez of his stretch of Figueroa across the street from Footsies bar. But Cypress Park is not Silver Lake, and Rodriguez’ prices and merchandise reflect that. His merchandise includes lower-priced parts to appeal to skaters on a budget, with complete blank boards starting at $65 and wheel sets prices ranging from $12 to $40. Apparel ranges from $40 to $80, with printed t-shirts selling for $20. But check out the $10 sale rack.   Maintain, 2643 Figueroa, Cypress Park

↑ Shots of Sweetness:
Select an assortment of bite-size salted caramel or “hotter shot” (spiced with cayenne and ginger) and peanut butter brownies. $16 for a box of six shots @ Sweets for the Soul, Awater.

Head Gear: A “Modern Fedora” is one of the many vintage and replica man hats now in stock. $15 @ Añejo Duddery, Echo Park.

Everyone is a Winner: There is a cup, plaque, medal and ribbon for every occasion at the House of Trophies in Boyle Heights. Soccer teams, cops, cheer leading squads and Mary Kay sales reps have all received awards purchased here. Get 10% off with the Eastsider discount. Gold metal loving cup (top) $12.75 – $29; Two-tier karate trophy (bottom) $20.18 – $25.56. House of Trophies, Boyle Heights.

What do you have for Record Store Day?

(April 26)→

150 free tote bags with purchase @ Origami Vinyl,Echo Park.
Beach Boy’s Good Vibrations/Heroes & Villans 10-inch vinyl. $12.99 @ Rockaway Records, Silver Lake.
“Tons and tons of $1 and $3 lps (never out until now) @ Wombleton Records, Highland Park

Click here for more Eastside shopping & dining sales & news:

  • Present your Coachella festival wristband and get 20% off regularly priced merchandise at Echo Park Independent Co-op through April 17.
  • 10% off sale during April at Tavin boutique, Echo Park.
  • 8 Limbs offers new fashion and sewing classes in Echo Park.
  • Womens apparel, home accessories and more at Letters from L.A., Eagle Rock.


  1. Maintain is at Ave 28 and Fig, not Ave 43. It’s cool to see all the young skaters hanging outside of it!

  2. though id rather have the skateshop instead of the craftsman style jack in the box.

  3. ” some blank skate board decks starting at $65 ”

    That couldn’t be right. The average price for a blank deck is in the $30 range, a brand name “team” deck is in the $40-50 range, and a brand name pro-model deck is usually in the $50-60 range.

    Maybe it’s $65 for a complete which is comprised of a blank deck, blank wheels, and budget trucks. But I’m just speculating.

  4. Great store. Right next to the new medical marijuana store and in the same block as Big Saver.

    It truely is a nice store.

  5. Will be on the east side next week, definitely pass by to check it out!

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