Adventures in Echo Park shopping

The small boutique and independent retailers of Echo Park are an eclectic lot with some unique products to sell. But sometimes the neighborhood boutique and gallery scene makes many shoppers miss the GAP-like consistency found at a giant -albeit anonymous – mall. Take for example the dozing clerks, unpredictable hours and hard to find shops that’s Caitlan at the Echo Park Now blog wrote about on a recent retail expedition on Glendale Boulevard:

“We walked in through Haute Olive’s open door
and Paul was taking a nap on the couch. But once we started to jiggle some hangers, he was awake and asking us what size shoe we wore. He was watching the store for the day while the owner, Amara Wilson, was out auditioning.”

“Everything that I write about Them Atelier is going to be vague
and diaphanous which may be the best way to describe this brand/store/collection of designers and artists. The first time I visited them, I spoke with Brian Kim, the founder of the brand. However, the two subsequent times I went to clear up some details, the only one there to greet me was a friendly black cat.”

“What’s the deal with Front St.? I couldn’t even find it!
I thought it was supposed to be right next to Them Atelier. Again, if you readers have any info, please let us know.”

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