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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

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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.

New skateboard & apparel shop rolls into Silver Lake

Photo courtesy Christopher Clough

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.

Cactus shop blooms in Echo Park

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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.

What’s it going to take to fill an empty Echo Park market?

The asking rent has been reduced on the former home of El Batey

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 shakeup may lead to Eastside store closures

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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

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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

Where will you shop after the Silver Lake Ralphs closes? [updated]

SILVER LAKE — It was only a few weeks ago that Ralphs employees were telling customers that their Glendale Boulevard supermarket was going to remain open. Now, it's a different story. Employees and managers of the Silver Lake store have been told that their supermarket will be closing as Whole Foods says it's moving into the same space. "That location will be closing on or around March 15th," said Ralphs spokeswoman Kendra Doyel.

Thank You Comics calls it quits in Highland Park

Thank You Comics is closing at the end of the month | Nathan Solis

HIGHLAND PARK -- Thank You Comics will be closing shop at the end of February after opening up on York Boulevard more than 2-1/2 years ago.The final day for new comics will be Wednesday, February 25, according to an email the comic shop sent out Wednesday. “We understand that finding a local comic shop that fits your needs can be difficult and would like to offer you the very same subscription services at our sister-store, The Secret Headquarters, in Silver Lake.”