SILVER LAKE -- For more than 30 years, Silver Lake resident Mike Aceto has regularly shopped at Ralphs supermarket. The Glendale Boulevard store's convenient location, competitive prices and friendly staff were some of the reasons why Aceto kept returning. “It’s close to home, I can ride my bike here,” Aceto said with a bagful of recently purchased groceries in his hand.
You can be the judge of that on Wednesday when the coffee chain plans to remove the construction fencing around what's been called the "most depressing Starbucks in America" and open the newly remodeled York Boulevard store to walk-up customers.
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.
SILVER LAKE -- The Silver Lake Ralphs is scheduled to close on Sunday, March 15. But, judging from the vast stretches of empty shelves and display cases, the end might come sooner than expected for the Glendale Boulevard store. In fact, one manager told a shopper that the store could close earlier than scheduled if the inventory runs out.
This weekend's to-do list consists of poetry readings and art openings in Echo Park and a Pop art show in El Sereno. Make sure to move the clock ahead one hour on Sunday so you don't show up late for any event.
BOYLE HEIGHTS -- The murals of Boyle Heights wrap around the facades of storefronts and public housing projects and pop up in alleyways and churches. But while there has been much effort in preserving and repairing existing murals, there has been little in the way of major new work, prompting Boyle Heights Beat to say a revival in murals has skipped over Boyle Heights.
HIGHLAND PARK -- The Highland Theatre turns 90 years old this month. To put that into context, Calvin Coolidge was in the Oval Office at the time, and The New Yorker was just starting out on the East Coast. How many movie screenings that equals is anyone’s guess.
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 -- 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.
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.