The Do It Best Hardware store in Highland Park has opened up a garden center in its own backyard. Well, it’s actually a former storage area behind the York Boulevard store that has been cleaned up and now stocks a variety of plants and fertilizer as well as outdoor furniture and barbecues. It’s the first time the store has sold plants on such a large scale since it opened 36 years ago, said owner Jim Rossi. What are Highland Park green thumbs buying? Vegetable, herbs and Impatiens, are among the most popular, said Rossi. Occasional barbecues for staff and customers and the screening of outdoor movies this summer will give locals more reason to hang out in the Do It store’s backyard.
In other Shopper & Diner news:
- The new owners of Little Joy are planning to reopen the Echo Park hipster dive bar in time for the Dodger opening game, according to LAist and Patch. Former patrons will find that the old pool table now sits in a completely remodeled interior with a solid oak bar, a new DJ booth. “Perhaps most exciting of all (at least for the ladies)” is the construction of new and larger restrooms, according to a bar press release.
- York Boulevard is not the only Highland Park street attracting new shops. Vintage store Found Clothing has opened it’s doors on Figueroa Street, reports Patch. Expect to find apparel from the 1960s through the 1990s (yes, people are nostalgic for the ’90s).