Shopper & Diner: Holiday gifts ‘popping’ up in Echo Park; Old San Juan shutters in Atwater; Highland Park prepares for charcuterie; Silver Lake makes room for Broome Street 2.0

Ceramics at Ouli | Photo courtesy Scott Barry

By Marni Epstein

Echo Park Avenue has been witness to some big changes in the past year and the activity doesn’t look to cease any time soon. Just in time for the holidays, Ouli, a new pop-up venture, at the corner of Echo Park Avenue and Scott Avenue has taken the place of recently vacated Driftwood.  Proprietors Scott Barry and Brooke Intrachat look to be in their storefront until at least the end of January. An experiment of sorts, the two have curated a stripped-down retail space that provides an outlet for the many goods hand-crafted by their artisan friends and other far-reaching craft-persons they’ve stumbled upon. Ouli is currently stocking small furniture, lighting, ceramics, textiles and jewelry as well as fresh flower arrangements and small bundles by Of the Flowers.

In other Shopper & Diner News:

  • The active Echo Park Avenue corridor is also the home to the Beatrice Valenzuela boutique. The L.A. Times reports, Valenzuela, who began selling her handmade leather shoes at the Echo Park Craft Fair, also carries an array of ceramics, jewelry, leather bags, and basketry for the perfect one-of-a-kind gift selection.
  • Highland Park’s Recess Eatery is looking to open a charcuterie on York Boulevard. Highland Park Patch notes the process is smooth sailing so far as the The Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council has given their recommendation of approval to the city for the restaurant’s beer and wine application. The restaurant, meanwhile, is tidying up and transforming their Verdugo Pet Shop location to make way for the 150 seat restaurant.
  •  Also dusting themselves off is Silver Lake’s brand new Broome Street General Store location. LA Weekly  says, the second outpost called Broome Street General & Company is located just across the street from the original. The kitchen-minded retailer’s new store is also offering enough vintage-inspired clothing and furniture to make the Apartment Therapy set salivate with pure homegoods glee.
  • Atwater Village won’t be quite as gleeful this holiday season as Old San Juan Restaurant announces it will be bowing on Sunday December 15th. Atwater Village News reports due to unforeseen circumstances the restaurant’s doors will be closing but will still be offering their goods at the Eagle Rock Farmers Market  on Fridays, as well continue their catering services.

  •  Taza of Echo Park celebrates its one-year anniversary with a free sample of our guava cheese pastry with a purchase of a drink to the first 75 customers on Saturday, Dec. 14 during the Echo Park Community Parade. Taza is also beginning its blanket collection for the dogs and cats waiting to be adopted at the North Central Animal Shelter. Donate towels, sheets, blankets, dog and cat toys and receive 15% off any drink at Taza. 

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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