ECHO PARK -- Only a few weeks after going up for rent at more than $2,400 a month, the former Beatrice Valenzuela shop has apparently been leased to a new tenant. But who is it?
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 »
Eastside Weekend: Spoke(n) Art Ride in Cypress Park; Music at The Market in Highland Park; Designer purge in Echo Park
Even creative types feel the constraints of their 9-5 jobs. La Fabrica is a group of designers who are releasing all the wild imaginings they conjured during their days with clients who had very specific ideas. Designer Detox is a purging of the random thought patterns that percolated during the workday, finally able to see the light of day
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 -- 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.
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.
ECHO PARK -- Echo Park Avenue's relatively small retail scene is in the midst of change, with the recent closure of a designer shoe shop, the upcoming departure of a pet supply store and a possible replacement for the shuttered Red Hill restaurant. Here's the run down.
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.
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.