Echo Park storefront goes from check cashing to Pilates

A Pilates and yoga studio is moving into a former check cashing business

A Pilates and yoga studio is moving into a former check cashing business

Storefront ReportECHO PARK — Apparently Echo Park can’t have too many places for Pilates and yoga.  A former check cashing store in the 1700 block of Sunset Boulevard is being transformed into a Pilates and yoga studio, joining several other boutique fitness gyms and studios in the neighborhood.

The narrow space between Stories Books and the Council District 13 field office has been gutted, revealing a wood, bow-truss ceiling.  The online Building & Safety Department records don’t identify the tenant, but one person who stopped was told that a Pilates studio with two other locations was moving into the place.

Echo Park in recent years has attracted several fitness-related businesses to work out, tone up and stretch. On the same block as the new Pilates studio, a small gym has opened on the ground floor of Jensen’s Recreation Center while a cross-fit style fitness center has been operating nearby on Alvarado. Meanwhile, existing yoga studios have already been holding classes on Echo Park Avenue and Sunset Boulevard, which is also now home to a small boxing gym that replaced a medical marijuana shop.

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  1. And that, in a nutshell, is the recent history of Echo Park.

  2. I run a shop in the neighborhood, and my first experience with the owner of this place was definitely not pleasant. I hope this was an anomaly and does not reflect on the business moving in.

  3. As long as this isn’t another racist owned Pilates studio I don’t have a problem with this.

  4. At least pilates won’t carelessly throw you into a whirlwind of neverending debt, like these “check cashing” and “payday loan” services.

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