Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Shopper & Diner: Coffee brewing in an Atwater garage; all things handmade in Highland Park; and a Guatemalan getaway in El Sereno

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Talk about a drive-thru coffee shop. The Glendale News-Press reports that Trystero Coffee, aka Greg Thomas,in Atwater Village  is brewing up some special coffees in his very own garage.  Thomas has been hand-brewing custom cups of coffee for local passsers-by  for the last three years. In other Shopper & Diner ... Read More »

Bargain hunters welcome Glassell Park’s new Goodwill store

Goodwill Store opening in Glassell Park. Brenda Rees 4-11-2014 10-24-25 AM

GLASSELL PARK — “I think we had close to 600 shoppers in the first 45 minutes of the store opening,” says Sahsa Itzikman, vice president of marketing and community relations for Goodwill California about the new Goodwill flagship retail store and outlet center that opened to ... Read More »

Shopper & Diner: ‘Wear the Eastside?’ asks Eagle Rock boutique; handmade gift store opens in Los Feliz; and plenty of Goodwill to go around in Glassell Park

Wearing your heart on your sleeve is so 2013. Now you can wear your neighborhood on you chest. Eagle Rock’s boutique MediaNoche  has just introduced a line of EASTSIDE t-shirts from L.A.-based map makers, Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography. Whether you want to keep your neighborhood close to ... Read More »

Shopper & Diner: Apparel company revs up Echo Park; East L.A’s tastebud-stinging torta; new ‘Bigfoot’ sightings in Atwater*

Echo Park, shopping

Grease is the word in Echo Park. Chopper Fever, an old timey, motorcyle-themed apparel company has just opened up in Echo Park. The Sunset Boulevard storefront sits above the owner’s current Sunrise Cycles custom motorcycle manufacturers.  Owner Kosuke Saito notes he’s been waiting five years to ... Read More »

Shopper & Diner: Outdoor-style in Atwater; Boyle Heights market embraces healthy fare; and collaborative stouts in Glassell Park

Atwater Village, shopping

The outdoor style specialists at Potted in Atwater Village are beckoning spring with new furnishings. This season the team of Annette Goliti Gutierrez and Mary Gray are offering “The Midge,” a modern and customizable outdoor accent table. A steel frame and glass tiled top bridge the modern ... Read More »

Storefront Report: Fitness seekers reach new heights at Lincoln Heights climbing gym

Stronghold Climbing Gym has recently placed a firm grip on the old Edison Electric Company space at the Brewery Arts complex. This Lincoln Heights space is a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument originally designed by Los Angeles architect, John Parkinson (City Hall, Bullocks Wilshire, Union Station). The ... Read More »

Storefront Report: Silver Lake beauty specialists set up shop in Frogtown

There is no shortage of places to get your hair cut and colored in Silver Lake, where stylist Tamara Perry and color specialist Vanessa McGrath worked in a high-end salon. So when it came time to open their business, they settled in Elysian Valley, aka Frogtown, ... Read More »

Storefront Report: Echo Park & Silver Lake boutiques on the move

There is some Eastside retail churn going on as two shops – Flounce Vintage in Echo Park and Sumi’s, a jewelry and gift shop in Silver Lake – are in the process of moving to new locations. Sumi’, which opened seven years ago on Sunset Boulevard ... Read More »

Shopper & Diner: Prix Fixe with a gift in Atwater; Los Feliz’s Dumb Starbucks goes dark; & Echo Park Pop-up settles down


Chloe’s at Golden Road is offering craft beer and prix fixe option for diners this Valentine’s Day. The private event space at the Atwater Village brewery is dishing up this specialty menu by Chef Adam Lavoe alongside live music from 7 pm -11 pm  on Valentine’s Day. ... Read More »

Does “Figueroa Plaza” sound like Highland Park to you?

The newly expanded Vons shopping center at Figueroa Street and La Loma Road in Eagle Rock is nearing completion, with a roster of  tenants that includes The Habit (grilled onions, please), Wells Fargo, T-Mobile and Supercuts, according to information posted inside the supermarket.  While some residents in ... Read More »