The once low-key strip of storefronts at the northeast corner of Sunset Boulevard and Micheltorena Street has in recent years attracted some upscale tenants, including Lark Bakery, The Hive Salon and Stark waxing studio. Now, the one-story building across from the Micheltorena Elementary playground is preparing for new and expanding businesses.
The former dry cleaner at the corner has been replaced with the new studio – and future store – for handbag designer Clare Vivier, who already shares a storefront around the corner with jewelry designer Kathryn Bentley. Meanwhile, the narrow storefront next door is being converted into what neighbors say will be restaurant. The restaurant owners could not be reached but apparently they plan to feature grilled cheese sandwiches on the menu.
Vivier’s new corner space will initially serve as her design studio until it her first-ever store opens in the same space within three to four months. Meanwhile, Bentley will remain in the Micheltorena storefront once shared with Vivier. She plans to feature more local artisans and artists in the front showroom while keeping the rear portion as her studio. Bentley said that she and Vivier will “continue to collaborate.”