Saturday, July 26, 2014

Storefront Report

Storefront Report: Will Blue Bottle win over Echo Park coffee drinkers?

blue bottle storefront

ECHO PARK — If you thought there were enough places in Echo Park to sip a coffee or a latte, you will soon be proven wrong.  The founder of Blue Bottle Coffee, the artisinal coffee maker out of Oakland, told Eater L.A. earlier this year that ... Read More »

Storefront Report: Silver Lake retail shake up in the works


SILVER LAKE —  Stores are coming and going on a two-block stretch of Sunset Boulevard near Maltman Avenue, with long-time tenants having moved or preparing to move while there is talk of a French retailer eyeing one of the spaces. Living Room owner Steve Melendrez said ... Read More »

Storefront Report: Highland Park gets juicy

HIGHLAND PARK — If the opening of the neighborhood’s first Starbucks has residents riled up about gentrification, imagine what they will think about the arrival of a new cold, pressed juice bar selling a 16-ounce bottle of Apple-Celery-Kale-Romaine-Parsley-Lemon-Ginger for $9?  We will find out soon as ... Read More »

Storefront Report: A one-stop shop for the well-groomed Echo Park man


ECHO PARK — From a straight-razor shave and haircut to wallets and suspenders,  the now under-construction Manly & Sons Barber Co. wants to be the purveyor of everything the well-groomed and well-accessorized man needs.  “It’s kind of the Ace Hardware for men,” said manager Eric Adams ... Read More »

New Starbucks stirs up debate at Highland Park council meeting; gentrification town hall in the works*

HIGHLAND PARK — Like it or not, a grand opening will be held on August 15 for a  drive-thru style Starbucks on York Boulevard. While some Highland Park residents can’t wait for their Frappuccinos, the mere mention of the coffee chain’s name at a recent neighborhood ... Read More »

Storefront Report: Echo Chamber brings creative DIY spirit to Echo Park


ECHO PARK –  Echo Chamber will host a series of workshops and other events throughout the summer at the site of former music venue Echo Curio on Sunset Boulevard. Echo Chamber will act as a creative co-op with an emphasis on collaborations, and presenting the community ... Read More »

Storefront Report: Sampling sake in Echo Park

ECHO PARK –  A new sake and yakitori bar has opened in the former Cortez restaurant space near Sunset Boulevard and Allison Avenue.  Kush Sake Bar, which is connected to Ji Taek Lim, owner of Silverlake Ramen, opened recently without much fanfare.  We don’t have details ... Read More »

Storefront Report: Long-time Echo Park antiques shop to ring up its last sale

Minnette King of Minnette's in Echo Park 6-23-2014 3-26-12 PM

ECHO PARK — On the day before she died last December at age 97,  antiques and vintage shop owner Minnette King was still talking to vendors and dealers about potential purchases and sales.  “She was wheeling and dealing until the end,” said Victoria Thor, manager of  ... Read More »

Storefront Report: Retail and real estate shake up on the Atwater side of Los Feliz Boulevard [updated]

ATWATER VILLAGE -   When it comes to attracting new restaurants and retailers, it seems like Los Feliz Boulevard has lagged behind Glendale Boulevard in recent years.  But the Atwater Village stretch of Los Feliz has still picked up  some new players, and the boulevard’s mainstays, like ... Read More »

Storefront Report: Chefs cooking up new concepts at Tested L.A.

GLASSELL PARK — Blank canvases come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes they look like kitchens. Experimental kitchen space Tested L.A.  on the border of Glassell Park and  Cypress Park is a brick and mortar restaurant open to ambitious chefs and food brands to rent who ... Read More »