SILVER LAKE – After sitting dormant and vandalized for several months, the former home of Silverlake furniture at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Benton Way has seen a lot of activity in recent weeks. Workers have been replacing the roof of the brick building while ... Read More »
LOS FELIZ -- From her second-floor shop on the border of Los Feliz and Silver Lake, Hayley Nahmias of Video Journeys has watched former rivals down on Hyperion Avenue close over the years: Blockbuster. Video Active. Video Hut. Now it's Nahmias' turn to hold a going out of business sale. After more than three decades in business, Video Journeys is closing at the end of July.
ECHO PARK -- The interior of Bar Bandini remains literally under wraps, with a large tarp covering the windows and doors of the Sunset Boulevard storefront. But the owners of Bar Bandini, located in the former City Sip space, recently have been posting photos of the interior, which has been stripped down for that rustic-industrial look.
ECHO PARK -- It's been hard to keep up with the store closings and openings on Sunset Boulevard. But the pace of change appears to be only picking up speed. The new landlord of the two-story medical office building at the northeast corner of Sunset and Echo Park Avenue - the structure covered with the mural featuring an earth-mother figure - is leasing out the ground floor for $12,500 a month, according to LoopNet. But wait, there's more.
ECHO PARK -- Crown Shoes owner Yong Kim has seen many of his customers leave the neighborhood as they have been priced out by rising rents. Now, Kim is joining them. After 35 years in Echo Park, Kim has closed the doors to his Sunset Boulevard shop after a new landlord proposed a substantial rent increase. "Things have changed," Kim said. "I'm done."
EAGLE ROCK — Members of the family that own the San Antonio Winery in Lincoln Heights are in the process of turning a former Colorado Boulevard auto parts store into a restaurant.
HIGHLAND PARK -- A new bar is in the works for the 5600 block of Figueroa Street in an area where several new businesses have opened and buildings are undergoing renovation.
SILVER LAKE -- It's been more than a year since the dance floor went dark and the Go-Go Boys stopped gyrating after MJ's, one of Silver Lake's last gay bars, closed up early last year. Since then, the owners have remained quiet about what's planned for the Hyperion Avenue venue while construction has been on and off during the past year However, construction has resumed, and it looks like MJ's is getting a major makeover.
SILVER LAKE — A former laundry next to The Black Cat will be turned into a new restaurant with a total of 120 indoor and outdoor seats if the city grants the necessary permits.
ECHO PARK -- Selling books is a tough business, which explains why so many book stores also double as cafes and gift shops. Now, Stories Books & Cafe in Echo Park wants to broaden the retail concept further to include beer and wine.