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.
SILVER LAKE -- There's no shortage of skateboarders roaming the streets and sidewalks of Silver Lake. But those skaters don't have many neighborhood options when it comes to buying a new skateboard deck or accessories, said Christopher Chough. That's why Chough decided to open The Banks, a skateboard and apparel store on Sunset Boulevard.
ECHO PARK -- The lulling sounds of a Buddhist chant box invite passersby to peep inside the small store at the corner of Echo Park and Scott Avenues. Inside, in an otherworldly setting, a wild variety of cacti displayed on cinder blocks are jammed into the 350-square-foot shop, illuminated by red light bulbs that decorate the walls. Welcome to Echo Park’s cactus shop.
ECHO PARK -- After El Batey No. 2 market closed its doors last June in the face of a steep rent increase, the landlord gutted the interior down to the exposed brick walls, put up a "For Lease" sign and waited for a new tenant willing to pay $4 a square-foot – or $5,960 a month - for the space. Well, apparently the owners are still waiting because the nearly 1,500-square-foot storefront has remained vacant.
RadioShack Corp. has released a list of 1,784 stores that face possible closure after the struggling consumer electronics and gadgets chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week. The list, published in Quartz and other publications, contains three Eastside locations:
Socially-conscious building supply store opens in Atwater; Vaka Burger truck finds a home in Boyle Heights; chocolate shop to close after Valentine’s Day
SHOPPER & DINER For the socially-conscious Do-It-Yourselfer, the new Habitat for Humanity Restore in the far north end of Atwater Village allows you to shop for building supplies while supporting the construction of homes for low-income families. The donated items range from hardware and doors to kitchen cabinets and tile at prices said to be 30% below those at standard home improvement chains