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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Shopping

Occidental College joins the York Boulevard scene

Occidental College Buys York Boulevard Building

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’s Jumbo Bargain ringing up last sale

Final sale coming for Jumbo Bargain | Cecillia Padilla-Brill

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.

Change in store(s) for Echo Park Avenue

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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.

Final sale at the Silver Lake Ralphs

Silver Lake Ralphs Closing

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 Farmers Market vendors see less green as competition grows

Fresh produce on sale at the Silver Lake Farmers Market | Lucy Guanuna

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.