After opening a “green-lifestyle boutique” in Silver Lake four years ago, Kelly Van Patter closed the Sunset Junction shop – called Kelly Green – last month as the landlord pursued plans to build a 90-unit residential development. There was no question that she would re-open the shop but she wanted a location near an anchor shop or business – such as Sunset Junction’s Intelligentsia Coffee – that dependably generates customer foot traffic. That’s how she ended up signing a lease in Echo Park on the same block as Mohawk Bend, the giant restaurant and bar that opened earlier this year to throngs of customers waiting for a seat in the former Sunset Boulevard movie house.
“I felt there needed to be an anchor to draw people in,” said Van Patter, who also opened up a shop in Santa Monica on Main Street. “With Mohawk Bend in business, there is a lot more popping up in that area.”
Kelly Green will join two other new businesses on the block – deKor home furnishings and iam8bit Productions gallery – that opened their doors in recent months. Isabelle Dahlin, owner of deKor, said Mohawk Bend has made more people aware of the block between Mohawk and Alvarado. “Even though most Mohawk customers don’t necessarily shop after eating, they do take notice of my shop, which is great.”
Van Patter had planned to open the Echo Park store, located in a former insurance office at 2149 Sunset Blvd., at the beginning of October but said it might take a bit longer to get the storefront ready. Customers can expect the Echo Park shop to carry the same mix of home accessories, gifts and other products found in the Sunset Junction location, which drew shoppers from Los Feliz to downtown Los Angeles.
“I hope they will follow and continue to support us,” Van Patter said