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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

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A child of China’s Cultural Revolution now showing her true colors in Highland Park

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HIGHLAND PARK -- Artist Quan Sun’s favorite color is yellow, but not just any yellow, more like sunshine. She associates it with empress garb and joy. Vibrancy and color were not always part of Sun’s artwork, which is now hanging in her daughter’s gallery, Boney Puppy off of York Boulevard Growing up in China during the Cultural Revolution, Sun was limited in her choices and bold colors were considered rude.

Silver Lake Farmers Market vendors see less green as competition grows

Fresh produce on sale at the Silver Lake Farmers Market | Lucy Guanuna

SILVER LAKE -- Saturday mornings usually finds Lupe Esquivel at the Silver Lake Farmers Market, where she has run Anna’s Family Farm vegetable stand for the past four years. While the market draws a crowd, Esquivel says business has been tough. “Sales have dropped down,” said Esquival, who has had to mark down prices to attract customers. “We aren’t making as much as we used to.” The same holds true for many other vendors.

New Highland Park coffee house pops up in an unexpected spot

Workers prepping the new Tierra Mia for opening day

HIGHLAND PARK -- While new shops and restaurants have flocked to York Boulevard and Figueroa Street, Monte Vista Street has remained a sleepy side street of homes, churches and a few shops. But the opening today of Tierra Mia, a Latino-themed coffee house, might signal the arrival of other newcomers to the narrow street.

New skateboard & apparel shop rolls into Silver Lake

Photo courtesy Christopher Clough

SILVER LAKE -- There's no shortage of skateboarders roaming the streets and sidewalks of Silver Lake. But those skaters don't have many neighborhood options when it comes to buying a new skateboard deck or accessories, said Christopher Chough. That's why Chough decided to open The Banks, a skateboard and apparel store on Sunset Boulevard.

New Silver Lake sushi restaurant holds soft opening

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SILVER LAKE -- A new Silver Lake Boulevard sushi restaurant is looking to hire a head sushi chef to oversee daily kitchen operations, reports Eater L.A. But the lack of a head sushi chef did not stop Yakuza Sushi from holding a soft opening on Thursday, according to Yelp.

Cactus shop blooms in Echo Park

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ECHO PARK -- The lulling sounds of a Buddhist chant box invite passersby to peep inside the small store at the corner of Echo Park and Scott Avenues. Inside, in an otherworldly setting, a wild variety of cacti displayed on cinder blocks are jammed into the 350-square-foot shop, illuminated by red light bulbs that decorate the walls. Welcome to Echo Park’s cactus shop.