There will be much packing and wrapping going on at Wells Tile & Antiques in upcoming weeks as the Echo Park shop prepares to move thousands of pieces of vintage tile and antique ceramics after its Sunset Boulevard storefront was put up for sale. Owner Scott Wells said he is in the process of finding and leasing a new location and is looking at perhaps moving into the former Popular Furniture store a block east on Sunset Boulevard, a larger location that would allow him to perhaps team up with an architectural salvage firm. But it’s still not clear where Wells, which has operated in Echo Park for twenty years in two storefronts, will end up. All he knows is that he only has a few weeks to pack up one of the city’s largest collection of vintage tile.
If he fails to find a nearby location, Wells’ departure would leave only two other Sunset Boulevard antique stores on the western end of Echo Park, where only a few years ago about a half dozen shops featured antique and vintage furnishings and other items. Now, many of those shops have been replaced by cafes and other retailers.
Last month, The Eastsider reported that PETA, which recently held a grand opening of its new West Coast headquarters in Echo Park, was interested in purchasing the two-story Wells tile building. But a PETA official said the animal rights group decided against the purchase.
* Correction: A previous version of this story said PETA has purchased the Wells building. That was wrong. PETA had expressed an interest buying the property next to its Echo Park office but decided not to buy the building.