Shopper & Diner Report: Glassell Park’s holiday ceramics; Tam O’Shanters does Thanksgiving; Silver Lake gets wide-eyed and bushy-tailed; Boyle Heights’ Sears gets unexpected new shopper

Handcrafted coasters from Bari Ziperstein/Photo courtesy Bari Ziperstein

By Marni Epstein

Holiday party season is upon us. The food and fixings abound and the drinks flow freely.  With wares from Glassell Park artist Bari Ziperstein this year, you can be the consummate holiday guest. Add a set of Ziperstein’s handcrafted ceramic coasters to the usual gift of a bottle of wine or bourbon for your holiday host. The LA Times notes that Finnish patterns and the California desert are the artist’s main inspirations for her collection, which also includes jewelry, vases, and lamps. These ideal holiday gifts are being offered through her BZippy & Co. website, or at a number of Eastside retailers, such as Highland Park’s Platform or Silver Lake’s Reform School.

In other Shopper & Diner news:

  • If even just the thought of the holidays is tiring you out, long-time L.A. institution Tam O’Shanters is offering to cook Thanksgiving dinner for you. Orders can be placed now through Tuesday, November 26, with pick up on Thanksgiving Day between 8 am and 11 am at the Atwater Village restaurant. Meals are served in single servings or in packages that can feed up to 12 guests. Executive chef Mark Kalenderian will be cooking up customizable holiday feasts that include whole roasted turkey or signature roasted prime ribs of beef, plentiful sides, and more!
  • Silver Lake’s Black Cat is now open for lunch. Eater LA reports, with the pub offering a new menu that includes soups and salads, braised pork sopes, mussels, and other eats.
  • From cats to dogs, Silver Lake can’t seen to get enough of their animal-themed establishments. Muddy Paw Coffee has Sunset Boulevard all a-buzz. Eater LA reports the new storefront has a large patio tucked away from the busy street , and the proceeds from the cafe will be going to local animal rescue efforts.

  • Signage and construction materials have gone up at Dinette in Echo Park. Work has begun on Gareth Kantner’s new eatery  just two months after we first reported the Cafe Stella owner’s purchase of the Sunset Boulevard building that is now home to E’Pack Family Clothing Store.
  • Boyle Heights’ under-utilized Sears complex will soon be put to new use. Curbed LA notes that the 1927 building has recently been purchased by successful DTLA developer Izek Shomof of the Alexandria Hotel rehab.

Marni Epstein is a freelance writer and music journalist who has also worked in both the film and digital media industries.

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