ELYSIAN VALLEY — As a teenager, singer and songwriter Mia Todd used to practice at her father’s art studio in Elysian Valley near the L.A. River. Now, Todd is returning to the neighborhood to open a performance space and cafe with her husband and a partner involved in a former New York music and art venue known as Zebulon.
LINCOLN HEIGHTS – Stocked with 300 bottles of craft beer and wine, The Heights Deli & Bottle Shop held a “soft opening” today. Owner Vanessa Baek, a Lincoln Heights resident who also operates Xlixe pizzeria in Little Tokyo, said she hopes her new store will bring ... Read More »
ATWATER VILLAGE -- A new restaurant is preparing to open in the space once occupied by Atwater Village Farm, joining several new restaurants that have recently opened up along Glendale Boulevard.
After operating online for the past year, The MiA Project, which showcases U.S. designers and manufacturers, has opened its first store on the west end of York Boulevard. Located in the former home of Gimme Gimme Records, The Mia (Made in America) Project shop will feature everything from homewares and art to lingerie and apothecary.
EAGLE ROCK -- Except for a small green metal street sign, there’s little indication that Occidental College is only a short walk away from York Boulevard. But that’s about the change after the liberal arts college purchased a York Boulevard commercial building with plans to create a more visible gateway on York and also attract more shops and cafes further west along the street.
ECHO PARK -- From Venice to Downtown L.A., architects Rebecca Rudolph and Catherine Johnson have created some memorable and award winning restaurants spaces. Now, their firm, called Design, Bitches, is working to turn a former Sunset Boulevard Shoe Warehouse store into a bar-cade, a combination bar, restaurant and vintage video arcade.
ECHO PARK -- The red-brick Del Mor apartment building - aka Grafton Lofts - serves as the retail hub of Echo Park Avenue, with its ground floor tenants selling everything from coffee and organic veggies to hair cuts and evening gowns. Now, one of those spaces, left vacant by shoe designer Beatrice Valencia, has come up for rent. But prepare to pay a big price for this small piece of Echo Park Avenue store frontage.
ECHO PARK -- With tiny homes selling for more than $700,000 and coffee going for $4 a cup, there are few bargains to be found in Echo Park these days. And it looks like deals are only going to grow more scarce now that Jumbo Bargain, a discount store located at 1555 Sunset Blvd., is scheduled to shut its doors in April, coin-operated Kermit car and all.
LINCOLN HEIGHTS — Sign painters were out this week working on the exterior of The Heights Deli & Bottle Shop on North Broadway next to the Chapalita taco stand. The new deli is actually moving into what had been a larger version of Chapalita near the ... Read More »
HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN -- A new, block-long apartment building now rising on Temple Street is one of several new and proposed residential projects that are seeking tenants priced out of Silver Lake and Echo Park. But the coffee houses, Pilates studios and vegan-friendly restaurants found a few blocks north are in short supply on Temple.